Appearing in "A Day in the Life Of ---"
Synopsis for "A Day in the Life Of ---"
After a day out with Gwen Stacy, Peter decides that it's time he gets his personal life in order. His first order of business is getting a real job, deciding that going back to Osborn wouldn't be a good idea as it might awaken the Green Goblin again, Peter opts to pressure J. Jonah Jameson into finally giving him a part-time job at the Bugle instead of freelance work. When Jameson asks Peter to take pictures of a hostage situation at a nearby prison, Peter pressures Jameson into giving him a job.
Peter shows up at the prison as Spider-Man and breaks up the hostage situation while getting the photos that are needed for the Bugle. On his way back, he's stopped by talk show host Johnny Carson who offers him the opportunity to be a guest on his talk show, Spider-Man talks him into paying him the usual rate for appearing on the show.
Peter is very happy for this incoming money because now he can afford to take Gwen out to dinner. However, he's shocked to find that now that he's on salary at the Bugle, payday isn't until Friday. Figuring his luck isn't out what with the guest appearance on the Carson show, Peter goes there as Spider-Man for the taping. After showing that he's the genuine article for the audience and then giving a speech about the overcrowded prison system, Spider-Man is forced to flee (without pay) when the police come to arrest him as there is still a warrant out for his arrest.
Disappointed that he doesn't have the money to take his girlfriend out, Peter arrives at Gwen's and tells her the news. Gwen tells Peter he's being silly and doesn't need to take her out and they opt to stay in, while she cooks them supper for a nice romantic night indoors.
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- Peter feels he can't got to Norman Osborn because Osborn -- as the Green Goblin -- discovered Peter's secret identity in Amazing Spider-Man #39, a bout of partial amnesia in the following issue kept this safe although Osborn had lapses in Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #2 and Amazing Spider-Man #96–98.
- Spider-Man's interactions with Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, and his appearance on the Tonight Show should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- Peter negotiates a job as a salaried part-time staff photographer with J. Jonah Jameson this issue. He eventually quits in Amazing Spider-Man #136.