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Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) National Book Store Variants comic books

  • Issue #154
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    National Book Store Variant. "The Sandman Always Strikes Twice" Script by Len Wein. Pencils by Sal Buscema. Inks by Mike Esposito and Dave Hunt (backgrounds). Cover by John Romita. The Sandman is back on the block! And stealing an experimental cryogenic converter for a mysterious crime boss! The charter member of the Frightful Four easily breaks into the research complex! But instead of absconding with the converter, the Sandman lays a trap for the spectacular one (to even the score after his defeat in Marvel Team-Up 40)! When the web-slinger shows up, the showdown begins! It's another rock 'em sock 'em battle between the Amazing Spider-Man and the Sandman! Cameo appearances by Doctor Octopus and the Kingpin. (Notes: The Sandman appears next in Fantastic Four 176. The letters page includes letters from comics historian Peter Sanderson and comics publisher Dean Mullaney respectively. This issue contains a full-page ad for Hostess Cupcakes featuring Peter Parker, Mary Jane, and Man-Mountain Marko. The letters page also includes Marvel Value Stamp series B #49 Fantastic Four by John Buscema and Joe Sinnott. This story was reprinted in Marvel Tales 131.)

  • Issue #156
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    National Book Store Variant. "On a Clear Day, You Can See...The Mirage!" Script by Len Wein. Pencils by Ross Andru. Inks by Mike Esposito and Dave Hunt (backgrounds). Cover by John Romita. Wedding bells ring in the pages of the Amazing Spider-Man! As Peter's former girlfriend (Betty Brant) and the web-slinger's future foe (Ned Leeds aka the Hobgoblin) tie the knot! The joyous ceremony proceeds as planned until a wedding crasher shows up! The Mirage! And he's not just looking for free hors d'oeuvres! Can the wall-crawler see through the Mirage and restore Betty and Ned's happy day? First Appearance of the Mirage. Appearances by Aunt May, Anna Watson, Mary Jane Watson, Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson, and Doctor Octopus.