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Quote1.png Silence! I called this meeting to inform you that I'm taking over all the rackets in the city! From now on, the Big Man is head of the crime syndicate! I'm going to run this little enterprise like a big business! As boss of our organization, I'll give all the orders! ...and my Enforcers here will make sure that my orders are carried out! Any questions? Quote2.png
Big Man

Appearing in "The Enforcers!"

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Other Characters:

  • NYPD
  • Mr. and Mrs. Abbott (First appearance) (May Parker's Neighbors)
  • Peter Parker's High School Classmates
  • Various Crime Bosses and other Criminals

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Synopsis for "The Enforcers!"

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The crime boss Big Man has gathered a group called the Enforcers in order to strong arm all the other gangs in New York to work for him. When the other mobsters refuse, they are beaten into submission by Ox, Montana and Fancy Dan. Meanwhile, Peter visits his Aunt May in the hospital and is told that she needs a blood transfusion. He's worried that his radioactive blood would have an adverse effect on his aunt, but he is pressured into participating in the transfusion.

Later as Spider-Man, Peter busts some crooks working for the Big Man. When Jameson is on the scene, he demands that the police also arrest Spider-Man, because he suspects that Big Man and Spider-Man are the same character, and Spider-Man's aiding the law is just to throw the police off. Returning to the Bugle, he demands writer Frederick Foswell say as such in the Bugle's paper. Foswell reminds Jameson that the last time the Bugle reported that Spider-Man was doubling as a costumed villain (Electro), the Bugle ended up looking bad when it turned out to be false.

When Betty Brant gets off work, she is confronted by the Enforcers who are coming to collect a loan from her. Peter tries to get involved and allows the Enforcers to push him around, not wishing to reveal his identity. When Peter tries to find out what was going on, Betty flees.

Deciding to deal with the Enforcers and Big Man, Peter constructs a giant spider's web, complete with a giant spider in order to scare a crook stool pigeon into revealing the location of Big Man's secret hideout.

His battle with the Enforcers ends with the Enforcers retreating. When Spider-Man sees J. Jonah Jameson on the scene, he begins to suspect that Jameson might be the Big Man. Peter finds that Betty is not answering her phone, and later at the Bugle, he learns that she has quit her job.

Peter deals with the Big Man with a new plan: The next day at school, he brags about how he's figured out the Big Man's secret identity, hoping that word would get back to the Big Man. Sure enough, it does and the Big Man sends the Enforcers to capture Peter. Locked in a cell, Peter changes into Spider-Man and breaks out. He then battles Big Man, the Enforcers, and their hoods.

The Big Man escapes during the fight, but Spider-Man is more than convinced that Jameson is really the Big Man. Going to the Bugle to expose Jameson, he finds Jameson yelling at Foswell about the story he wrote when the police burst in and reveal the Big Man is Foswell, who shows that he pulled off the identity with padded clothing that made him look bigger. After the police take Foswell away, Jameson admits to himself that he hates Spider-Man because he represents everything that he is not. While Peter returns home to find that there is still no word from Betty Brant, Betty sits alone in a small town in Pennsylvania, wishing there was some way she could get Spider-Man's help.


Continuity Notes

  • The blood transfusion Peter gives to his Aunt May has dangerous consequences, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #3133.
  • The events of Untold Tales of Spider-Man #57 happen between pages 5 and 6 of this story.
  • Foswell reminds Jameson the folly of accusing Spider-Man of being the Big Man, pointing out how a similar incident with Electro last issue backfired on him.
  • The reason why the Enforcers are harassing Betty Brant here is revealed in next issue.

Chronology Notes

Events in this story occur behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters: Spider-Man:

  • 🢐 Page 1-5 🢒 - Spider-Man fails to stop the Big Man from committing a robbery. Gives Aunt May a blood transfusion.
  • 🢐 Page 6-22 🢒 - Spider-Man breaks up the Big Man's operation. Learns that he is Fredrick Foswell.

Flash Thompson:

Liz Allan:

Big Man:

  • 🢐 Page 1-5 🢒 - The Big Man pulls off a daring heist, foiling Spider-Man's attempt to stop it.
  • 🢐 Page 6-22 🢒 - Big Man's operation is dismantled, exposed as Foswell, arrested.

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