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Quote1.png Now this is more like it, Parker!! Exclusive pictures of the Chameleon! No one even knew he was back in this country! You deserve a big bonus for this! Miss Brant -- open the safe and give Parker one of my own personal bars of milk chocolate! Quote2.png
J. Jonah Jameson

Appearing in "Kraven the Hunter!"

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Synopsis for "Kraven the Hunter!"

Spider-Man swings down and catches a group organizing a bank robbery and upon dropping in unexpectedly, a man escapes in a puff of smoke and changes his costume until he can hide. The criminal actually was The Chameleon in disguise and he plots to rid the world of Spider-Man. The Chameleon comes up with the idea of contacting his friend Kraven the Hunter. Parker finds this out firsthand when taking photographs for The Daily Bugle as Kraven arrives by boat.

Kraven studies Spider-Man's fighting style by organizing a robbery for Spider-Man to stop. He finally comes out of hiding and fights Spider-Man. Spider-Man realizes the true strength of Kraven and also realizes that Kraven cheats by infecting his opposition with drugs that weaken them. Spider-Man retreats to fight another day. Pete, however, begins to get the shakes so bad that he can't hold a test tube or shoot a web straight. He tracks Kraven's future location by attaching a Spider-Tracer and is led into a nearby forest, where he faces Kraven.

After a few tricks and traps, Spider-Man finally catches hold of what appears to be Kraven, but is actually The Chameleon in disguise. After learning this, Spider-Man hunts down and finds the real Kraven, and intimidates and overpowers him with his agility and strength. After fighting, Kraven ends up running into a giant sticky web to be picked up by the police. Kraven and The Chameleon are then deported, with Kraven swearing revenge upon Spider-Man.


Continuity Notes

  • This is the first mention of Mary Jane in this series, although she won't appear for the first time until Amazing Spider-Man #25. Peter keeps dodging dates with Mary Jane until he finally meets her in Amazing Spider-Man #42.

Chronology Notes

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


J. Jonah Jameson:

Betty Brant

Flash Thompson:

Liz Allan:

Karven the Hunter:


Publication Notes

  • As seen on page one, this issue is Story#X-721.
  • This issue contains a letters page, The Spider's Web. Letters are published from John Butterworth, Ricky Cocorelis, John F. Lebar, Dennis Willits, Richard Kent, Nick Blackwell, Peter Bieger, Bob Malisani, and Gary Polk. The letters page also contains a Special Announcement Section which notes most of the other Marvel Comics published this month, including Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
  • This issue also contains a full page cover reproduction advertisement for Fantastic Four #29 and Sgt. Fury #8
  • This issue contains an error on page 20, where "most" is used instead of "move" when Kraven describes Spider-Man's speed
  • Credits:
    • Written by: Stan Lee (because we couldn't afford Mickey Spillane)
    • Illustrated by: Steve Ditko (because Picasso was out of town)
    • Lettered by Art Simek (because his name fits this space)
  • References: Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #11


  • The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.

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