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Spider-man Meets… The Iguana?!

We couldn’t help but snag this one from the back issue bin. With the title on the cover “The Rage of the Reptile,” it seemed right up our alley. Here, Spider-man meets up with his pal Dr. Curt Connors, better (or worse?) known as The Lizard. Something’s not right about Dr. Connors and a little iguana he’s got in his lab. Well, guess what – the cute little vegetarian reptile turns into a hideous villain ready to kick Spidey’s butt! Not the greatest Spidey issue ever produced, but you can’t argue with this splash panel at the end. They even used Spider-man’s often-forgotten Spidey spotlight in his utility belt! And we’re total suckers for the spotlight…

Collector’s Guide:
– From Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #32;
Marvel Comics, July 1979.
Script by Bill Mantlo, art by Jim Mooney and Frank Springer.


The Lizard Has Only One Desire that Will Never Die!

Being a super-villain must be awesome. You never have an existential crisis. Every day when you wake up, you know exactly what you want most in life. One purpose. One plan. One desire that will never die…

Collector’s Guide:
– Reprints Amazing Spider-man #76
– From Marvel Tales #57


This Weapon Will Reanimate These Noble Skeletons!

The Lizard, Stegron, and dinosaur skeletons come to life. It’s so much awesomeness that you barely need Spider-man to show up! Len Wein picks up Stegron’s story from Marvel Team-Up #20. Dr. Curt Connors co-starred in that saga, even though he never went full Lizard. Well, here’s his chance!
The Lizard and Stegron would co-star again in Sensational Spider-man #23-27.

Collector’s Guide:
– From Amazing Spider-man #165; Marvel, 1977.
– Story concludes in Amazing Spider-man #166
– Reprinted in Essential Amazing Spider-man TPB #8.


The Lizard Sheds: Monkey Brain is Lizard Home Now!

Zeb Wells and artist Chris Bachalo make The Lizard badder than ever in a four-part story called Shed, part of 2010’s Gauntlet storyline. The Lizard at last commits the unspeakable crime Spider-man has tried to prevent since 1963. In doing so, he triggers a transformation to the next level of evil and looking awesome. Check out this creepy scene where Spidey meets the new and morally unimproved Lizard!

Collector’s Guide:
– From The Amazing Spider-man #632; Marvel, 2010.
– Reprinted in Amazing Spider-man The Gauntlet TPB #5 and The Gauntlet Hardcover #5.


Spidey Smashes Out!

Stan Lee and John Romita spun one of our favorite Lizard stories in this two-part epic from 1967. The Lizard totally freaks out (as usual) and knocks Spider-man off the side of a building. Spidey in a splint?! Oh no! But getting a little banged-up doesn’t keep Spidey from a spectacular showdown with The Lizard at a railway station. Guess what’s on the train… Thousands of hideous reptiles! YES!

Collector’s Guide:
– From Marvel Tales #185.
– Reprints Amazing Spider-man #45.
– Reprinted in black and white in Essential Spider-Man Vol. 3


Where Crawls the Lizard!

Stan Lee and John Romita spun one of our favorite Lizard stories in this two-part epic from 1967. The Lizard totally freaks out (as usual) and knocks Spider-man off the side of a building. Spidey in a splint?! Oh no! But getting a little banged-up doesn’t stop Spidey from a spectacular showdown with The Lizard at a railway station. Guess what’s on the train… Thousands of hideous reptiles! YES!

Collector’s Guide:
– From Marvel Tales #184.
– Reprints Amazing Spider-man #44.
– Reprinted in black and white in Essential Spider-Man Vol. 3


The Lizard’s Tale – Part 2!

Paul Jenkins took a more psychological approach to Spider-man and his villians when he wrote The Spectacular Spider-man. In “The Lizard’s Tale,” Jenkin hypothesizes that maybe Dr. Curt Connors doesn’t really lose control. Maybe he just uses his Lizard persona to act out all his violent fantasies – his dark side. Kind of like people who drink too much and use it as an excuse to be dumb jerks.

Collector’s Guide:
– From The Spectacular Spider-man #12-13.
– Reprinted in Spectacular Spider-man TPB #3, 2004.
Story by Paul Jenkins, Pencils by Daimon Scott.


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