Spider-man is one of the coolest, most relatable superheroes on the planet, but he has had his share of moments he would rather have you forget. Here are a few gems from the weirdest issue of Amazing Spider-man.
1. The Spider-Buggy!
Batman has a batmobile, so why doesn’t Spider-man have some wheels of his own? That was the thinking behind the Spider-mobile, a dune buggy with some spider-man paint that debuted in Amazing Spider-man #126. Spidey didn’t really want to build this thing but was pressured by a car company to do it in exchange for some rent money. This led to where most bad ideas eventually end up: the Human Torch’s garage.
Using the best technology Reed Richards had thrown in a dumpster, these two beloved knuckleheads made a buggy that could drive up walls and shoot webs, which if you were paying attention, are things spider-man can already do without a car. Mercifully, after a few vehicular misadventures, the Spider-mobile ended up being driven into the river during a fight with Mysterio. As if all of that wasn’t bad enough, in Amazing Spider-man #160, the car came back with a mind of its own to get revenge on our hero!
2. Spidey Gives Himself Six Arms
How do you celebrate a hundred issues of Spider-man? If you are Marvel Comics Group, the answer is you make him so fed up with being Spider-man that he begins experimenting on himself in an effort to not be Spider-man anymore. Since this is Peter Parker we are talking about, he not only manages to not cure himself, but he manages to become more Spider-man than ever before! Sprouting four extra arms after this botched experiment in Amazing Spider-man #100, Spidey found his extra appendages to be more of a drawback than an advantage.
Now only did they seem to do whatever they wanted independently from what he was telling them to do, but they were awfully hard to hide under his civilian clothes. Eventually with the help of Lizard’s better half, Dr. Curt Conners, he managed to down an equally scientifically dubious concoction that rid him of his unwanted appendages. Hey, it beats amputation any day!
3. Spidey Is Defeated By Suburbia
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Spider-man thrives on traversing the skyscrapers of New York City and when he has to chase a crook on a wild commute back to his suburban home of Scarsdale NY in Amazing Spider-man #267. Without any buildings to swing from, Spidey stumbles into a cavalcade of slapstick moments including falling butt-first into a bush, getting frisked by the neighborhood watch, and webbing a family dog’s mouth shut. All this to catch a burglar called Ron. Sometimes it sucks to be Spider-man.