Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #63

Background

This is the final story before the Scarlet Spider titles take over. It's a three part tale which quite unashamedly borrows from the "If This Be My Destiny" story from Amazing #31-#33, with the New Doc Ock standing in for the Old, Mary-Jane cast as Aunt May, and as a bonus - twice as many Spider-Men as in the original epic.

Story 'The Kick Inside'

  Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #63
Summary: Dr. Octopus II
Arc: Part 2 of 'Greatest Responsibility' (1-2-3)
Editor: Bob Budiansky
Writer: Howard Mackie
Pencils: Gil Kane
Inker: Tom Palmer
Cover Art: Gil Kane

Gil Kane/Tom Palmer/Howard Mackie share the credits for art and story. The art is a blast from the past with clean lines and bold colouring.

Scarlet and Ben fight Octopus and her purple-clad hoods in her underwater base. The prize is Seward's life and the steel container holding the cure for the radioactivity in MJ's blood.

General Comments

Sound familiar? Amazing Spider-Man #33 perhaps.

Overall Rating

Four and a half webs, and rising to a dramatic finish.