Duel To The Death With The Vulture/
The Uncanny Threat Of The Terrible Tinkerer
Comic Book series: Amazing Spider-Man
Issue Number: 2

First published:

May 1963

Executive Editor:

Stan Lee

Cover Artist:

Steve Ditko


Stan Lee


Steve Ditko


Steve Ditko


Stan Lee

Previous issue:

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Next issue:

Amazing Spider-Man #3

This article is related to the second issue of the Amazing Spiderman comic series.

Characters Edit

  • Peter Parker a.k.a The Spider Man
  • Aunt May
  • The Vulture (villain)
  • Mr.Jameson
  • The Police Department
  • College Principle
  • Professor Cobbwell
  • The Tinkerer
  • The Tinkerer's Aliens


The Comic is divided into two parts

Duel to the Death with the Vulture!Edit

  • A new villain the Vulture is a menace to New York and he has artificial wings that he can use like a bird himself. The Vulture has become very famous and the Daily Bugle Publisher, Mr. Jameson desperately wants some pictures of the Vulture. Spiderman finds about this and thinks that if he has some pictures of the Vulture he can earn some money by selling it to Mr. Jameson. Peter Parker takes a camera from Aunt May and sees the vulture from his terrace, changes into his Spiderman suit and follows the Vulture but the Vulture senses that somebody is following him and whirls back and kicks Spiderman unconscious for some moments. The vulture drags the Spiderman and prisons him in a water tanker to drown. Spiderman wakes up and finds his web fluid has run out. He uses his masculine spider strength and cracks open the water tanker and escapes. Meanwhile, the Vulture upgrades his wings and sends messages to the Police Department, the Daily Bugle and other security headquarters that he is going to steal the valuable diamonds at the diamond exchange site. The police meanwhile continue the diamond exchange when suddenly the vulture appears from an underneath tunnel and flies away. Spiderman sees him and starts chasing him and injures Vulture's wings as the Vulture collapses. Spiderman takes quick close up pictures of the Vulture and sends it to Mr. Jameson who thinks that Peter Parker is just a common teenager and wonders how could he take such close up pictures. Nonetheless, Mr.Jameson gives Peter his money who uses it to pay his home rent and buy some new crockery for his aunt, May.

The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer!Edit

  • Peter Parker while experimenting in his college is suggested by his science teacher to Professor Cobbwell, who is an elite scientist and wants Peter Parker's help in his experiments. He tells Peter to run him an errand of bringing his repaired radio from the Tinkerer's shop and then come to him for the experiments. Peter accepts gratefully and the next day goes to the Tinkerer's shop to take the radio. Peter hears some sounds here in the basement and is suspicious after the Tinkerer tells him that he repairs the electronic gadgets for almost no charge. Peter takes the radio (in which the Tinkerer has set a video recorder to take over the world, he has repaired radios of various famous people in the world.) Peter reaches Professor Cobbwell's apartment and questions them about the radio but the Professor tells him that it's nothing. Peter hears the sound again and understands that it came from the radio. After Professor Cobbwell is gone Peter opens the radio and finds a video recording device. He breaks it and changes into his costume and goes to the Tinkerer's shop again where he finds a secret basement in which he sees aliens who have an ambition to take over the world. He also sees that the Tinkerer is an alien who has worn a human mask. He fights the the aliens and defeats the Tinkerer with his web. The Tinkerer and the aliens flee from the planet and all is well in the end.

Continuity DevelopmentsEdit

Developments for "Duel to the Death with the Vulture!"Edit

  • The Vulture (Adrian Toomes) makes his first Earth-616 appearance.
    • Spider-Man defeats The Vulture.
  • This issue marks the first time Peter Parker sold pictures to the Daily Bugle after he took pictures of the Vulture's defeat as Spider-Man.

Developments for "The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer!"Edit

  • The Tinkerer (Phineas Mason) makes his first Earth-616 appearance.
  • Although not named, Quentin Beck (later to become Mysterio) makes his first canon appearance in Earth-616.

Trivia Edit

  • This is the first time the trademark "Spider-Sense" term is coined for the power that warns Peter of incoming danger.