Quote1 Face it just hit the jackpot! Quote2
-- Mary Jane Watson

Appearing in "The Birth of a Super-Hero!"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Birth of a Super-Hero!"Edit

At first it seems that Spider-Man has robbed a bank and drops the bag and its contents in the river near the Queensboro Bridge. [1] Then it is reinforced when at the Daily Bugle Building Frederick Foswell comes rushing in looking for J. Jonah Jameson to tell him that Spider-Man has just robbed a bank. Betty Brant is there at the Bugle talking to Ned Leeds. We find Jameson at Kennedy Airport with his son John. On John's recent spacewalk he contacted space spores. This reaction to the space spores suddenly increased his size and made him stronger.[2]
Within sixty minutes the doctors agree that the spores must come from Jupiter and not long after this diagnosis that Stark Industries have provided a special suit for John Jameson. After hearing from Frederick Foswell at the Bugle that Spider-Man has robbed a bank, the senior Jameson suggest that John become a super-hero and should battle Spider-Man.[3] Meanwhile at a nearby courthouse the Rhino lies unconscious until the doctors leave and slam the door on the way out. At the same courthouse Foggy Nelson decides to accept the defense of the Rhino.[4] At that moment the Rhino almost escapes but is subdued by a Spray Tranquillizer.

Back at Empire State University Gwen Stacy invites Peter to a Party at her house on Sunday but he must decline as he is to meet his neighbors niece Mary Jane Watson.[5] Spider-Man then fights John Jameson and explains why he was robbing the Bank at the beginning of the story.

Finally Peter does meet Mary Jane and her famous first words are "Face it just hit the jackpot!" [6]


  • This is the first time Mary Janes face is shown
  • This issue is reprinted in Amazing Spider-Man (Fireside).


  • No trivia.

See AlsoEdit

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #42, 1966, p 2
  2. ibid, p 3
  3. ibid, p 5
  4. ibid, p 7
  5. ibid, p 9
  6. ibid, p 26


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