Let's kick off the holiday season with a scene from the classic Spidey story "The Final Chapter!" C'mon, you know it...the one where Spider-Man lifts a big-ass piece of machinery off of himself to get medicine to Aunt May one of the greatest sequences in early Marvel Universe history! Oh yeah, and there's this lovely scene, in which Peter Parker grows a backbone and, in keeping with our holiday theme through Christmas, compares J.J.J. to E.S....Ebenezer Scrooge, that is! (An allusion which'll prove to be more than merely symbolic as you'll see in a little about a week and a half!)
Panels from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #33 (February 1966); plot, pencils, and inks by Steve Ditko, script by Stan Lee, letters by Artie Simek
"Come off it, JJ! Compared to you, even Scrooge was a reckless, devil-may-care spendthrift!" You've got to hand it to Peter, who in less than three years has turned from a mousy bookworm to a guy who will stand up for himself. He has grown the proportionate spine of a spider!