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As we begin this issue, the mysterious figure who had been tailing Peter Parker in the finale of the last installment is still sticking to Peter like glue. After following him home from school, the stranger takes off and Peter uses the opportunity to garb himself in his Spider-Man get-up.

As Spidey, he follows the man to a telephone booth but can't overhear the stranger's conversation. The next day, the man is still following Peter as he heads over to the "Daily Bugle". On an upper floor of the building, J. Jonah Jameson sees an article about one Dr. Farley Stillwell and suddenly gets hit by a whopper of inspiration...create an anti-Spider-Man to use against his wall-crawling obsession.

We then find out that the stranger who has been following Parker is a man named Mac Gargan; and that he's in the employee of Jonah himself. It seems Jonah wanted to discover the secret behind Parker's ability to take such great news photos. Now, however, Jameson has a much more daunting task for the unsuspecting Gargan. Together, the pair head for the laboratory of Dr. Stillwell.

Against his better judgment, Farley is persuaded to transform Mac Gargan into a deadly new superhero: the Scorpion. Setting out to defeat Spider-Man, the Scorpion finds he has a seemingly limitless amount of strength and stamina. After tossing the luckless web-head through an empty water tower, Scorpion decides he is better suited to a life of crime than following the whims of a man like Jameson.

After robbing an armored car, Scorpion is confronted by Dr. Stillwell, who recognized that the creation process Scorpion underwent succeeded in allowing his evil nature to rise to the surface. Concocting an antidote, he tries to convince the Scorpion to drink it and save his sanity. However, the Scorpion has already embraced his evil tendencies and inadvertently causes the death of Dr. Stillwell.

Hearing of Farley's death, Jonah is burdened by the guilty realization that his personal hatred for Spider-Man has caused him to unleash something even more vile upon the city. Jameson faces more pressure when the Scorpion arrives at the "Bugle" to kill Jonah...seeing as how Jonah is the last living person to know the Scorpion's real identity.

Showing up on the scene in the nick of time, Spider-Man and the Scorpion do battle again. This time, Spidey gains the upper hand after ripping the Scorpion's prosthetic tail off. Receiving numerous cuts and bruises, the web-slinger also realizes his costume has sustained a large dose of damage. The issue ends with poor Peter pricking his fingers mercilessly while trying to stitch the shredded costume.

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Not Worth Your Time 0

There is little to distinguish this issue. Sure, it's the first appearance of the Scorpion, but the fight between Scorpion and Spider-Man is in all ways conventional. The writing is in fact kind of bland and could just as easily have been any generic superhero fight.Ordinarily I'd rank such a comic 2.5 stars out of 5, a right down the middle average issue. But then there's some other things I distinctly dislike about this issue. For one thing, Spider-Man sneaks into his house which is under surv...

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No One To Blame 0

I had always thought J. Jonah Jameson had somehow tricked Jim Garagan into becoming the Scorpion. In every appearance I have ever seen him in he is yelling at him for being stuck in the suit. Yet in this, his origin issue, we find that he had a chance to give it up and was warned of the consequences. I have to say though, after this issue the Scorpion could be my favorite of the Spiderman villains. I definitly like his first appearance more than the other classic villains. I also like J. Johna ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
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