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Grey Gargoyle

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Subj: Re: Doc Ock // Spidey !!!
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 at 11:24:49 am EST (Viewed 129 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Doc Ock // Spidey !!!
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 at 04:44:06 am EST (Viewed 107 times)

    Ok, I understand.
    My comment came from ASM # 3 when Doc Ock said :
    "Now, watch me trap a spider in a web of my own--a web made of my new-found arms! Your strength is merely that of a spider, but mine is the energy of an atom, born of a nuclear accident! You dared to mock me before! Why aren't you mocking me now? Where are your brave words and taunts now, Spider-Man?"

I see. Still, I'd say that a villain comparing himself to his opponent so that he can describe himself as better (or should the word here be "superior"? \:\-\) ) is an old convention, so here comparing his arms to a web even if that comparison does not, IMO, properly fit, can be excused.

BTW, ASM #3 does provide two other interesting things:

On the splash-page Doctor Octopus is already (and somewhat spoilerifically) touted as "the only enemy ever to defeat Spider-Man". Even though that did not mean very much at the time (in his previous three appearances Spider-Man had merely been up against a normal-powered burglar, a normal-powered master of disguise (the Chameleon) and an enhanced senior citizen (the Vulture)(1)), the story did set up Doc Ock as a villain to be reckoned with. And until the Green Goblin showed up and carved out his niche, Otto Octavius was arguably the top dog among Spider-Man's villains.

And of course, in the panel just before the one with the lines you quoted, Doctor Octopus utters the immortal words: "And now, *Super-Man,* I grow bored with this game!"

(1) He had done very well against the Fantastic Four, but they weren't enemies in any real sense.

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