The Menace Of The MOLTEN MAN!
1st appearance "Molten Man" (Mark Raxton)
Classic All BLACK Cover Art
As the school year comes to a close, Peter Parker is getting the cold shoulder from Liz Allan, but so is Flash Thompson without any explanation. Graduation day is coming soon, so Peter is let out of school early and he pays a visit to Spencer Smythe, creator of the robot. Even though the robot grabs Peter, he talks his way out of it and quickly exchanges Spider-Man outfits to get his real one back. Just as he finishes, he notices a commotion between Smythe and Mark Raxton over a liquid metal alloy. Raxton intends to sell it and Smythe fights back saying more testing needed to be done. As Peter goes to help, the robot grabs him and he watches as Smythe is struck down and the jar of liquid metal alloy spills onto Raxton. Raxton leaves for a hospital and, lost in thought, is almost hit by a car. When he lashes out, he realizes his strength and decides on a life of crime. Spider-Man confronts Raxton and begins to battle him, taking extremely hard blows due to Raxton’s new body of metal. Spider-Man knocks the lights out, and in the dark ties up Raxton’s hands and feet with super-thick webbing and leaves him for the police. Peter Parker attends his graduation and unfortunately J. Jonah Jameson is the guest speaker. After a tedious speech, Peter decides to catch up with Liz Allan as Jameson butters up Aunt May to retain Parker’s photographic skills. Liz professes her feelings to Peter and says she felt she was seen as a ditzy blonde and that she never had a chance with Betty or Mary Jane around. Liz says it’s time for that part of her to graduate and leave behind and leaves before Pete can say a thing.