Avengers (Vol. 1) #3

Background

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

Story 'The Avengers Meet...Sub-Mariner!'

  Avengers (Vol. 1) #3
Summary: Spider-Man Cameo
Editor: Stan Lee
Writer: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inker: Paul Reinman

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!"

General Comments

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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