A Matter Of State

Amazing Spider-Man (1970s series)A high-level State Department official is robbed of a briefcase of top-secret material moments after stepping off of his plane, and the airport is quickly locked down. The Daily Bugle dispatches Peter to the scene, where he and other reporters are fed a cover story. One of Peter’s competitors from another paper, Julie Masters, snaps a photo of police swarming the luggage from the flight, which brings her to to their attention. It quickly becomes apparent that the secret material has left the airport, and the press is sent home without a story, though Peter’s Spidey-sense gives him an edge – and the “policemen” who noticed Julie taking pictures catch up with her to steal her camera, a robbery that Spider-Man is there to foil…and in any case, Julie had already swapped out the film. When her apartment is broken into, Julie and Peter are now more sure than ever that they’ve become part of a much bigger story. So big, in fact, that a visitor from the State Department drops by the Bugle offices to ask J. Jonah Jameson to stop Peter from reporting on it any further…but while Jameson can reassign Peter Parker to another story, he has no control over Spider-Man.

written by Howard Dimsdale
directed by Larry Stewart
music by Dana Kaproff

Amazing Spider-ManCast: Nicholas Hammond (Peter Parker / Spider-Man), Robert F. Simon (J. Jonah Jameson), Chip Fields (Rita Conway), Ellen Bry (Julie Masters), Nicolas Coster (Andre), John Crawford (Evans), James Victor (Lt. Martinez), Michael Santiago (Carl), James Lemp (Henchman), Tony Miller (Jim McGann), John Dewey Carter (Airport Spokesperson), Don Gazzaniga (Police Officer)

LogBook entry by Earl Green