Black Cat's first appearance! Spider-Man's beloved enemy, (and sometime girlfriend), makes her smashing debut at an illegal-arms warehouse. Classic! Spider-Man may be in over his head when he runs afoul of Black Cat's bad luck juju!
Never Let the Black Cat Cross Your Path!
A mysterious woman in black sneaks into a darkened office, steals some files, reads them, and then tosses them to the streets below.
And thus....we are introduced to ........The Black Cat! Is she good, bad, or both?!
She ends up fighting with some thugs, and strange bad luck seems to be all around these criminals! Could this gorgeous newcomer be causing their run of bad luck? Could be!
We then cut to a couple of currently brewing plot points until we get to that all important first meeting between The Black Cat and Spider-Man! The two meet, tussle, and then Felicia pulls up Spidey's mask and kisses him!
Cut to more developing plot lines, then Peter Parker sees a report on TV talking about a Walter Hardy as one of the owners of the stolen files. Off swings Spidey to check up on the aforementioned Walter Hardy, who is still in prison where Spider-Man put him!
The Black Cat shows up, fights with Spidey, and uses some "bad luck" to make a wall collapse on our un-lucky hero.
To quote Felicia Hardy, "Never let the Black Cat cross your path!"
- Features the Hostess Fruit Pies ad, The Thing And The Ultimate Weapon!
- Mark Gruenwald's assistant editor credit taken from letters page header.
- This issue features the first appearance of The Black Cat.
- The letters page features original design art for The Black Cat by Dave Cockrum and two previous covers that were rejected for her first appearance. The first cover was designed by Marv Wolfman with art by Carmine Infantino for Spider-Woman #9 where Black Cat would have made her first appearance, albeit somewhat of a different character, but Stan Lee felt something was missing and before he asked for a cover change, Wolfman left the book taking the character with him.
- The second cover was also designed by Wolfman with art by Keith Pollard for Amazing Spider-Man #194, also rejected by Lee, leading to Al Milgrom being asked to do a cover which would eventually be the one published.