Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #06 (1969)

“The Sinister Six!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko

Reprint of the first Amazing Spider-Man annual. Dr. Octopus gets out of jail and forms the Sinister Six. The team of villains includes Mysterio, Electro, Kraven, Sandman, The Vulture, and (obviously) Dr. Octopus. They make a plan to take down Spider-Man, but it doesn’t work and Spider-Man beats them all.

The Amazing Spider-Man #079 (1969)

“To Prowl No More!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: John Buscema

Storyarc with The Prowler concludes. The story picks up with Peter falling out of the window. He quickly changes into Spider-Man and battles the Prowler. The Prowler narrowly beats Spider-Man with his gas pellets and runs away before the fight can continue. The Prowler decides that he can make a name for himself by defeating Spider-man and lures him into another fight by breaking into a diamond shop. Spider-Man is victorious this time, unmasks The Prowler and has Hobie tell him why he turned to crime. Realizing that Hobie is just a confused kid, much like himself, he lets him go and webs away. The Gwen story is furthered by Peter seeing Gwen on his way to class and telling her off for the Flash incident.

The Amazing Spider-Man #078 (1969)

“The Night of the Prowler!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: John Buscema

1st appearance of The Prowler. Hobie Brown, a young inventor, gets dumped by his girlfriend Mindy because he’s a nobody. To prove her wrong he first presents his boss, a window washer, with several new inventions to improve worker productivity. He is turned down and decides to use these inventions to become a costumed character that people will notice. He attempts to rob the Daily Bugle offices of J. Jonah Jameson and Peter Parker walks in on him. Peter, knowing that he cannot betray his identity as Spider-Man pretends to fall out of the window. A side story has Peter dealing with relationship problems with Gwen. He wants to spend more time with Gwen, but is often too busy being Spider-Man. He later sees her in a coffee shop talking to Flash and misinterprets the situation as her cheating on him. She was actually speaking to Flash to discover why Peter seems so distant. Flash has known him the longest out of the current compatriot group.

The Amazing Spider-Man #077 (1969)

“In the Blaze of Battle!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: John Buscema

Human Torch joins the fight against the Lizard, although Spider-Man fears he may injure Dr. Connors.

The Amazing Spider-Man #076 (1969)

“The Lizard Lives!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: John Buscema

Spider-Man battles the Lizard. During their battle, the Torch shows up.

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