Comics : Avengers (Vol. 1) #3

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This story is part of a Lookback Series: From The Beginning

This review was first published on: 2002.

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The shortest Spidey appearance yet! The first time he appears and has nothing to do with the story.

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"The Avengers Meet...Sub-Mariner!"
Avengers (Vol. 1) #3
Jan 1964 : SMURF 008.700 : SM Cameo
Summary: Spider-Man Cameo
Editor:  Stan Lee
Writer:  Stan Lee
Pencils:  Jack Kirby
Inker:  Paul Reinman
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 Reprinted In: Avengers Classic #3 (Story 1)
 Reprinted In: Essential Avengers #1
 Reprinted In: Marvel Super Heroes #21
Articles: Avengers, Human Torch, The Wasp

The Hulk, volatile and unstable, has angrily quit the Avengers and the group doesn't dare let him go off on his own. Tony Stark, in his guise of Iron Man, uses an "image projector" to travel the city, asking other super-heroes if they have any leads on the Hulk. One of the heroes questioned is Spider-Man, who is in the midst of webbing up three goons toting tommy guns. A ghostly image of Iron Man hovers nearby, startling the webhead. "Sufferin' Spider-webs!" he says, "I must be workin' too hard! I'm seein' things!" "Don't be alarmed!" Iron Man replies. "I'm just trying to find the Hulk." Snide teen-ager that he is, Spidey counters with "Look, do I tell you my troubles? I've got my hands full right now! Why don't you try the missing persons bureau??" An angry Iron Man leaves, saying, "Thanks for nothing, sonny!"

In General...

If you're only interested in it for Spider-Man, it's not worth your time but if you're looking for a classic Lee-Kirby battle royale between the original Avengers and the Hulk and Sub-Mariner, you can't beat it with a stick. Four and a half webs.

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