- When the news of my brilliant triumph is made public, I'll probably be asked to join the Avengers! But, I'll prove my modesty by declining!
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Synopsis for "Captured By J.Jonah Jameson!"
As Peter goes to sell pictures of a crime to J. Jonah Jameson, an inventor named Smythe comes in with a robot guaranteeing the destruction of Spider-Man. Since Peter needs money bad, he eggs Jameson on to hear out the wacky inventor. Smythe shows how his robot instantly shoots out steel tentacles at the hint of a spider's presence and grabs a hold of Peter much to his surprise. Jameson is given a remote control and they agree to a deal. Betty is furious with Peter for trying to trap Spider-Man, not understanding his true reasons. Peter shows up at school and has Flash Thompson waiting to fight him as he hangs around Liz Allan too much to his liking.
As Peter exits school, he sees the robot and begins to run. Flash, thinking he's running away from a fight runs after Peter. Peter turns and fights the robot and tries to put webbing on the robot, but it slides off and avoids its steel tentacles until he can come up with a plan. Meanwhile, Liz is concerned for Pete's safety due to Flash Thompson and Betty is concerned since the robot is attacking Spider-Man and both head to his house. Both are in for a shock as a humble Mary Jane Watson is waiting for Peter Parker to come home. Although we can't see her face, Betty thinks that she looks as beautiful as a movie star. When fighting the robot, Spider-Man is caught by the steel tentacles and can't escape.
Both Smythe and Jameson rush off to locate the robot and unmask Spider-Man but Spider-Man undoes the power box so when Jameson goes to unmask him he comes up empty-handed. Peter goes home, happy that he lives another day but is in trouble when Aunt May has discovered his extra Spider-Man outfit and demands an explanation. She accepts it but now Peter Parker has no Spider-Man costume.
- Peter recovers the Spider Signal that he left on a roof top last issue.
- Certain elements in this story should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Such as the type of camera used by Spider-Man, and the technical specifications of the Spider-Slayer.
- Betty reminds Peter how Spider-Man saved his Aunt May from Doctor Octopus. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
- Flash Thompson mentions how he helped Spider-Man defeat Mysterio. That happened last issue.
- Mary Jane's face is obscured in this story, her face is finally revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #42, this is also the time when Peter will meet her for the first time.
- This is the first time that Steve Ditko was credited as the plotter for an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man.
- This issue features a letters page, The Spider's Web. Letters are published from Flo Steinberg, Jame Murphy, Mickey Trifkovich, Bill Neal, Glenville Abrahams, Lowell C. Morris, Jim Boucek, Roy Rantilla, Tom Wise, and Larry Phelan. The two page letters page also contains the Mighty Marvel Checklist.
- Other full page ads in this issue include a cover reproduction for Fantastic #39 and an ad with Spider-Man himself proclaiming the merits of joining the Mighty Marvel Marching Society (M.M.M.S.).
- Swingin' script by: Stan Lee
- Dazzlin' drawaings by: Steve Ditko
- Loquacious lettering by: S, Rosen
- Reprinted in Amazing Spider-Man Vol.2 # 20 ( # 461)
- 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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