re: the cover to ASM #12, and the story associated with it.
|Posted: 08 July 2019 at 5:24am | IP Logged | 6
It seemed fairly simple for anyone to put on a fake/homemade/store bought Spider-man costume and imitate the web slinger in those days -- and thus easier to cover up an accidental identity reveal on Peter's part. How many times has the fake-costume-or-duplicate Spider-man thing been done?
ASM #5, ASM #12, Mysterio then does it in ASM #13 -- the very next issue. That's just in the first 20 Lee/Ditko issues, and I didn't even mention the fake robot from his Avengers appearance..
Now, with Spider-man having a high-tech Stark suit that you can't make in your basement or buy in a costume shop it's a hell of a lot harder for Peter to wave away that he was just goofing around playing Spider-man. It's harder for the public to write that off.
Just one of the reasons why I tend to dislike the high-teching of Spider-man's costume -- in particular when they want him to have the high tech stuff from the start. They love to show the shitty homemade/wrestling costume and then jump to the 'good stuff' right away. This is a problem with almost all modern depictions of Spider-man -- they want to do stuff like introduce Venom so early in the story they forget that the character of Venom works a lot better if Peter has been Spider-man for years. The story of Spider-man needs to slow down and breathe a bit -- something that's really hard to do when you need to get your story across in three installments under two hours.