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Quote1 The underworld will now be run like a business... and the chairman of the board will be... the Kingpin! Quote2

Appearing in "Spider-Man No More!"

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Synopsis for "Spider-Man No More!"

As usual, Spider-Man breaks up an attempted robbery of a payroll truck. However, one of the bystanders is frightened by the violence and asks Spider-Man to leave. Peter is astonished at how well Mr. Jameson's attacks on him have worked.

Peter Parker (Earth-616) from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 50 0001

Spider-Man No More!

Shortly afterward, Peter arrives to his and Harry's apartment only to be told by Harry that his Aunt May is ill. Rushing to Aunt May's house, he is told by Anna Watson that May was calling for Peter, but she has been sedated now and is sleeping peacefully. Peter chastises himself for not paying enough attention to his Aunt since moving in with Harry. Even though he has an important test the next day, Peter doesn't study, figuring he wouldn't be able to concentrate.

The next day, after the test, Peter's Professor expresses concern over the decline in Peter's grades. With all of this weighing on him, Peter begins to hate the very name of Spider-Man! Adding fuel to the fire is J. Jonah Jameson going into another anti-Spider-Man rant on TV. Walking at night, dwelling on all his problems, Peter takes his Spider-Man outfit and throws it in the garbage, deciding to end his crime-fighting career.

The next morning, an excited child brings the outfit to Jameson's office, much to Jameson's delight. Public reaction to the story is mixed... although Jameson is delighted that he sold every copy of the paper with the story in it. Meanwhile, at the office of a mysterious figure known only as "Kingpin", the self-proclaimed Lord of the Underworld tells his men to prepare. Now that Spider-Man is out of the way, there will be no one to oppose him. In the upcoming days, the organized crime in New York City starts an uprise and through his contacts, Frederick Foswell learns about the Kingpin's plans.

In the midst of this situation, Peter arrives at the Daily Bugle and tells Jameson he is quitting, so he can devote more time to his College studies. In the following days, the crime rate increases dramatically, but Peter couldn't care less. Ironically, that same day, Harry shares his concerns about the crime in the city, while Aunt May has recovered and is busy along with Anna. Furthermore, Peter is unable to spend some time with either Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy, making his whole decision of being free to share his time with friends a bit pointless.

Finally, driving his motorcycle home, Peter hears a cry for help and seeing no one else around, decides to help out. The night watchman Peter saves reminds him of his Uncle Ben, and Peter remembers how he became Spider-Man, and how his Uncle Ben died because Peter failed to stop a criminal. Peter realizes he must once again become Spider-Man to prevent other tragedies due to his inaction.

Meanwhile, Foswell approaches the Kingpin and tells him he's taking over... and offers the Kingpin the job of Lieutenant in his army, but Kingpin has Foswell tied up. At that same moment, Peter breaks into Jameson's office, puts on his Spider-Man outfit, and waits for Jameson to come in so he can deliver the good news about Spider-Man being back to Jameson in person.


Continuity Notes[]

  • Foswell considers returning to a life of crime. He previously ran the underworld under the guise of the Big Man as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #10. He was exposed and arrested. After serving time, J. Jonah Jameson gave him his old reporter job back in Amazing Spider-Man #23.
  • Peter recounts how the murder of his Uncle Ben led him to becoming Spider-Man. This happened in Amazing Fantasy #15.

Publication Notes[]

  • This issue contains a letters page, The Spider's Web. Letters are published from Ed Payne, Joseph Hastings, Bruce Baker, Professor John S. Fawcett, Brad Caslor, Alan Caudle, and Cpl. R. St. Clair.


  • Letter writer Professor John S. Fawcett urges Marvel to make Peter Parker a more safety conscious motorcycle rider which would include wearing a helmet. Editors promise to do so, but Parker is shown again this issue riding his motorcycle without a helmet.
  • The cover of this issue appears in the comic galleries from the video games The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (Sega CD version) and Spider-Man.
  • Elements from this story were adapted in the movie Spider-Man 2, such as Peter Parker abandoning his role as Spider-Man, a scene which takes a direct cue from the splash page in this issue.

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