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Issue Details

Issue #72
Published November 1982
Frequency Monthly
Cover Price 0.60 USD
Pages 36
Editing Tom DeFalco
Notes Letters page replies by Tom DeFalco.

Cover Details - "Waiting For Doctor Octopus!"

Characters Spider-Man; Ollie Osnick
Genre superhero
Pencils Ed Hannigan (painted)
Inks Ed Hannigan (painted)
Colors Ed Hannigan (painted)
Reprinted in Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (Marvel, 2005 series) #3

22 page Spider-Man story "Waiting For Doctor Octopus!"

Characters FEATURE: Spider-Man; GUESTS: Milton and Zelda Osnick; Brad Rossi; Dr. Bailey Kuklin; DEBRA Whitman; VILLAINS: Ollie Osnick (1st); Dr. Octopus; CAMEOS: Moon Knight; Frank Miller (page six, panel one)
Synopsis Inspired by Doc Ock, a bratty rich kid constructs his own mechanical arms and heads out on a crime spree.
Genre superhero
Script Bill Mantlo
Pencils Ed Hannigan (breakdowns); Al Milgrom (finished art); Rick Magyar (finished art)
Inks Al Milgrom; Rick Magyar (backgrounds)
Colors Glynis Wein
Letters Jim Novak
Notes There are a lot of in-jokes and pop culture details in the background of this story; Frank Miller is portrayed as an obsessive artist drawing water towers; Ollie's gang sits around his house listening to classical records while reading Playduck (a Howard the Duck movie reference); Ollie has Star Wars toys in his room including a Tie-Fighter, a B-Wing Fighter and a Darth Vader poster; Ollie passes a graveyard sporting tombstones for Elektra, Gwen Stacy, Jean Grey and Denny O'Neil; Cops find issues of Ka-Zar and other Marvel comics on the floor of a vandalized convenience store; Ollie steals Rom and G.I. Joe toys from FAO Toys (whose sign exclaims "Amusements for the Well Heeled").
Reprinted in Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (Marvel, 2005 series) #3; in Uomo Ragno, L' (Edizioni Star Comics, 1987 series) #24