Quote1 Know why I hate you, Leeds--? Because you have the right to propose to Betty! The shadow of--Spider-Man--isn't standing between you! Quote2
-- Spider-Man talking to a dummy that looks like Ned Leeds

Appearing in "Just A Guy Named Joe!"

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  • Mary Jane Watson's car

Synopsis for "Just A Guy Named Joe!"

Joe Smith has dreams of becoming a boxing champ and after begging Tommy Tomkins to let him fight, the older man becomes his manager. Unfortunately for Joe, he’s a poor boxer and is ridiculed by others. Taking pity on Joe, Tomkins gets him a job as an extra on a science-fiction movie. While shooting the scene, an arc light falls in a puddle of chemicals and shocks Joe. As he rests, Peter Parker visits The Daily Bugle and runs into Ned Leeds. Both ask each other where Betty yet neither has an answer. Joe is shooting another scene where he has to attack stuntmen. As he fights them, he begins to lose it as a result of the shock and goes on a rampage, with debris flying everywhere, getting the attention of Peter.

Spider-Man emerges and Joe gets angrier seeing another person trying to keep him down. They fight, and after a pause in the action, Joe regains his senses and runs away with Tomkins. Meanwhile, Norman Osborn is disguised and offers $20,000 to criminals to get rid of Spider-Man. Back at Empire State University, Gwen again sees Pete in a positive light, admiring his strength and courage. As word gets out that Spider-Man has a bounty on his head, he’s busy fighting crooks coming at him left and right. As he fights, he hears a commotion at a gym, seeing Joe Smith pounding on the other boxers.

After a few punches to Joe, he’s knocked out of his delusion and Tomkins runs in before he’s arrested. Tomkins says the charges have been dropped and that the movie company wants to give Joe a large starring role for his impressive display. Spider-Man fights more criminals and is angry that Ned has the possibility to marry Betty, because he doesn’t have to hide Spider-Man, and misses another visit from Mary Jane Watson.


Continuity Notes

Publication Notes

  • Steve Ditko's last issue as plotter, penciler, and inker for Spider-Man. He left the series due to ongoing creative differences between himself and Stan Lee.
  • The cover for this issue is actually comprised of four different images from within the comic itself. The main image which shows Spider-Man swinging on his web is from Page 13, and the three images on the bottom are, from left to right, are page 7 panel 6, page 12 panel 4, and page 15 panel 1.
  • credits:
    • Written and Edited by Stan Lee
    • Plotted and Drawn by Steve Ditko
    • Lettered, Unfettered by Artie Simek


  • It has been rumored that the grinning mannequin punched by Spider-Man at the end of this issue was Ditko's "farewell" shot at a likeness of Stan Lee, not Ned Leeds.

See Also

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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