Welcome to the final Part of Spidey-Man Vs Gnatman and Rotten!
You know what? I think I am not that crazy after all, I mean I don't want to learn how to do The Batsui so I guess I will be leaving The…
No, not that Gnat signal and theres even a Gnat signal on JJJs back… and a building declaring "watch gnats tonite"
Then we get to see Rotten jump over JJJ in "Holy Pursuit" having just passed a woman wearing a gnat skirt,
a gnat jumper (for women),
and a gnat hat
She is holding a baby wearing a baby gnat costume as well (whose first word is "Gnaturally")
NONE of this apparel existed when this comic was written….
Leaving merchandising alone for a moment we move to the final panel where Gnat-Man is revealed to be chasing "The Pelican" who has apparently got away the "last six hundred times"…
There is a carton character called Paddy the Pelican which apparently is one of the "Worst Cartoons Ever."
Well you can judge for yourself if you wish
BUT it's much more likely that The Pelican is a not too subtle reference to The Penguin, especially given the similarity in apparel
And for trivia fans, in the Batman Tv show "The Penguin's a Jinx" Season 1 Episode 4, The Pelican Arms Hotel is featured
Of course in the Batman TV show The Penguin was played by the legendary Burgess Meredith who would go onto to start in many other roles, notably Michael "Mickey" Goldmill the boxing trainer from the first few "Rocky" movies
"The six hundred times" is in general reference to the perceived lameness of The Penguin Character who has no real ability or strength just some unusual weapons. Put against Batman it was never a fair fight and this was being said way back in the 60's!
Miss Brunt (A parody of Betty Brant )
(yes this is a meta reference, of course)
and is shown wearing a Gnat-man and Rotten Fan Club T-Shirt…
Which while the Batman TV show fan club didn't have a T-shirt mentioned in the advert it did include "easy to follow, step-by-step instructions of how to do The Batusi"
YES, The Batsui…
And yes that dance does look remarkably familiar...
In the next panel we have JJJ watching the tv showing Gnat News, in which Gnattin' (instead of nothing) is doing and the picture inside the picture Gnat man and Rotten are presumably sponsoring the Gnat News in association with Gnat Crispies
So (as we have seen) apart from one item, Marie Severin predicted everything before it even existed! And talk about merchandising overload, it's enough to make one wonder if there was a Gnat flame thrower…
Meanwhile we have three people sitting on a park bench (that has wet paint) who appear to be drawn directly by John Romita Sr who are most likely:-
Mary Jane Watson
and of course Peter Parker
We can also see a hobo looking in the trash and finding Spider-mans costume this is of course is a reference to Amazing Spider-Man #50, July 1967 which is of course drawn by Romita and in which Peter Parker quits being spider man
And we conclude with Peter Parker having fun with these two ladies, why would he bother being spidey-man if he is so hated and all it does is make his life more complicated?!
As it says Its The Livin' End and Peter Parker can now go on living!
As indeed can we!
NEXT WEEK: Something completely different