Spiderman Number 1: The Handyman’s Trials

Spiderman Number 1: The Handyman’s Trials

So, The vulture in the first story and The handyman in the second, the Spider Man the series was going very well in its second issue. With the backstory firmly established in the first issue, Stan Lee and his team decided to pencil in supervillains for Spiderman.


In this issue, Peter Parker begins working for a world-renowned scientist, Professor Cobbwell. While his teachers are pleased with him, his colleagues and peers start calling him a bookworm, and he ends up not being the most famous kid in school.

Now, like all the other interns, Parker’s life is not only about working on who he is, but also doing the tasks the professor asks of him. This brings him into contact with a man known only as The Tinkerer, who fixes important men’s electronics for just a penny.

Parker finds this suspicious, and his spider-sense tingles when he reaches the tinkerer’s lair, but he has no choice but to leave. After all, the intern only has to do what his employer tells him, right?

Back in the professor’s lab, he feels the same tingle and our costumed superhero is puzzled. He feels the same tingle when he was at the Handyman’s lab!

As Professor Cobbwell leaves for the day, Spiderman investigates the radio and finds unique devices. Our brave hero decides to investigate further.

Well, Spidey finds out that The Tinkerer’s repair shop is just a front for an alien race that has a unique plan to take over the world. They inserted a device into the electronic devices of all the important men, so that they could decipher their user behavior and spy on them.

In fact, the alien race is spying on defense plans which are discussed by an army major even as Spiderman discovers their dastardly plan.

Spiderman is found and there is a skirmish between the aliens and Spiderman. Although Spidey overpowers them all, he is eventually captured after a device is thrown at him. He is held captive in a special cell, through which Spidey emerges with his web.

There is another skirmish now, in which one of the control panels is hit and there is a major fire. Spiderman escapes, along with The Tinkerer and all the aliens. As people see Spiderman escape from the chimney, they wonder if it was Spiderman who set the building on fire.


The first issue had Peter Parker getting used to his role as Spiderman, and the following issue had him fighting against a common criminal, The Vulture, for the first time, and the third story pitted him against a alien race!

It escalated pretty quickly, didn’t it? Well, the common thread running through all of these stories is electronics. A miniature camera, a device that stops the vulture’s artificial wings, and special devices in radios that allow people to spy on others.

We have to point out here that while electronics may seem to be portrayed in a bad light, it’s ultimately an electronic device that Spiderman uses to beat The Vulture.

If the comics are any picture of the situation at the time, we guess being in the electronics business wasn’t really an idea at the time. In these issues, with the larger-than-life characters like an alien race and a flying thief, new electronics are at the heart of the matter.

Spiderman’s character has also grown tremendously in the early issues, and the writers have made it a point to elaborate on how Spidey gets things done.

We look forward to reading and discussing the other adventures. Are you? Tell us all in the comments section below.

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