This image of a rain-soaked Peter Parker walking away from a crumpled Spider-Man suit in a trash can is an arresting one.
Everything seemed to fall apart for Peter in this issue. Between J. Jonah Jameson offering $1000 to the person who could capture Spider-Man to Aunt May’s failing health to Peter’s falling grades, it all was just too much for him to process. In a bid to keep his personal life strong, Peter Parker memorably decided to quit his Spider-Man role.
This page, with the discarded suit in the foreground and a dejected Peter in the middle ground, burned into readers’ minds. The composition by John Romita Sr. is strong. The dialog is held in check, a fact that can’t be said about every Stan Lee page. In all, it’s a brilliant image and one that would be referenced time and again.