"MYSTERIO'S REVENGE SCHEME"
Instigator: Mysterio (Quentin Beck)
Purpose: To gain revenge on Spider-Man
Allies: A. I. M., the Ani-Men (Ape-Man, Bird-Man, Cat-Man, Frog-Man), Annihilus, Calypso (Calypso Ezili), Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius), Electro (Max Dillon), Gypsy Moth (Sybil Dvorak), Hela, Impossible Man, Orka, the Owl (Leland Owlsley), Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich), Scorpion (Mac Gargan), Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day), Tarantula (Luis Alvarez), Tiger Shark (Todd Arliss), Venom (Eddie Brock), Vulture (Adrian Toomes)
Opposition: 3D Man (Chuck & Hal Chandler), Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Avengers (Black Widow (Natalia Romanova), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), She-Hulk (Jen Walters), Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Thor (Thor Odinson), Tigra (Greer Nelson), Vision ("Victor Shade"), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Wonder Man (Simon Williams)), Balder the Brave, Brother Voodoo (Jericho Drumm), Cage (Carl Lucas), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Hulk (Bruce Banner), J. Jonah Jameson, Mockingbird (Bobbi Barton), Moon Knight (Marc Spector), Namor the Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie), New Warriors (Firestar (Angelica Jones), Namorita Prentiss, Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor), Nova (Rich Rider), Speedball (Robbie Baldwin)), May Parker, the Pinstripes (baseball team), the Red Trims (baseball team), Sandman (William Baker), Sif, Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Starfox (Eros), Warriors Three (Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, Volstagg the Voluminous)
Location: Coney Island, the Daily Bugle, La Chic Warehouse, Muscle Beach, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square (all New York, USA)
First Appearance: Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man (1992)
(Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man) – As part of a massive revenge scheme against Spider-Man, Mysterio teamed up with voodoo priestess Calypso and the mutated Ani-Men to cause chaos in New York. Seemingly boosting his illusion skills with Calypso’s magic, Mysterio attacked the Daily Bugle building atop a giant ape, his illusions affecting everyone in his vicinity. When Spider-Man arrived to stop Mysterio, he was swarmed by affected reporters, preventing him from getting to Mysterio. Spider-Man quickly located clues to Mysterio’s next attack while heroes such as Luke Cage, Hulk, the Avengers, and the Asgardian Warriors Three attempted to halt villains such as Scorpion, Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Rhino and Tarantula from taking advantage of the chaos. Shortly thereafter, Spider-Man tracked Mysterio to Muscle Beach, where the villain had begun affecting some of the heroes present such as Daredevil, Mockingbird and Moon Knight. Once again finding clues left by Mysterio, Spider-Man ventured to Coney Island, where he attempted to round up some of Mysterio’s thugs and gathered clues to Mysterio’s next location. Led to a nearby baseball park, Spider-Man continued to gather up clues while heroes and villains alike disrupted a baseball game between the Pinstripes and the Red Trims. Soon tracking Mysterio’s clues to Radio City Music Hall, Spider-Man watched Mysterio disrupt a chorus line show while gathering the clues that led him to the middle of Times Square where Mysterio’s illusions caused panic. Learning of Mysterio’s hidden base within the La Chic Warehouse, Spider-Man defeated more of Mysterio’s thugs before venturing under the Warehouse, where Mysterio had activated a machine that generated energy-based clones of Spider-Man. The clones soon erupted into the New York City streets where the previously illusion-affected super heroes regained their senses. With the help of the restored heroes, Spider-Man defeated Mysterio, Calypso and the Ani-Men.
(Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man – BTS) – As part of the New York City cleanup, Spider-Man returned to the Daily Bugle as Peter Parker to retrieve some of his lost Spider-Man gear while Matt Murdock returned to the ballpark to gather up his own lost Daredevil gear. While Scarlet Witch helped clean up Coney Island and Thor aided in the Times Square cleanup, Spider-Man ventured back to La Chic Warehouse, Muscle Beach, Radio City Music Hall, Mysterio’s underground base and the streets of New York to recover gear left behind by the assembled villains.
Comments: Created by Dwight Zimmerman, Howard Bender, Rich Yanizeski, Brian Clopper, Alex Morrissey, Brian Buniak, Don Heck, Mike Esposito and Marie Severin.
The Ani-Men featured in the Look & Find Book could only be the group seen in Code of Honor#3 & Civil War: War Crimes, given that that group was first active during the Secret Wars and the previous 2 incarnations of the Ani-Men were both dead in 1992 when this book was published. Unfortunately, Code of Honor#3 came out after the Look & Find Book despite it showing a flashback with the Ani-Men active during Secret Wars. This presents a strange bit of continuity: Either the Code of Honor Ani-Men first appeared in this Look & Find Book or the group seen in the Look & Find Book was an entirely separate and new team of Ani-Men (assuming this was Earth-616). Then again, I’m probably reading way too much into this, as it was a book aimed at a child audience ... but for the sake of accuracy, I’m choosing to count this as the Code of Honor group’s first appearance and will link to their Appendix profile. If it is later proven inaccurate, it can be changed...
Many of the heroes and villains in this book seem to be acting out of character but I tend to blame the Book’s silly nature on the fact that Mysterio seemed to be boosting his natural illusion skills with Calypso’s magic, which probably affected all heroes and villains present. If not for the fact that the Book specifically states that Mysterio teamed with Calypso AND the Ani-Men, I’d be tempted to blame the Ani-Men’s appearance in the Book as mere illusions created by Mysterio...
The Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man Book was published by Publications International but there is a “copyright 1992 Marvel Characters, Inc. for Marvel, Spider-Man & all related characters & the distinct likenesses thereof” on the indicia. The Book was also reprinted in 2006 with new lettering. The images were taken from the 2006 reprint.
Profile by Proto-Man.
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The Pinstripes & the Red Trims
The Pinstripes and the Red Trims were rival baseball teams who were scheduled to play a game against one another at the baseball stadium that was attacked by Mysterio, Calypso and the Ani-Men. Affected by Mysterio’s illusions and Calypso’s magic, members of both teams began to act crazy, some using golf clubs, becoming autograph hounds, and wearing raccoon skin hats. Barely able to play the game, the two teams also became victims of others affected by Mysterio and Calypso such as Sandman throwing off the pitcher’s aim by disguising himself as the pitcher’s mound and members of the Red Trims becoming victims of itching powder put in their uniforms by a minion of Mysterio. Despite all of the chaos, the two teams attempted to play their baseball game even though nearly the entire roster of both teams, as well as heroes and villains affected by Mysterio's illusions, were on the field at the same time.
--Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man
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Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man (2006 reprint), p1-2, splash page (Mysterio & company attacking Daily Bugle, main image)
Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man (2006 reprint), p17-18, splash page (Heroes rounding up the villains & spider-clones)
Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man (2006 reprint), p7-8, splash page (Pinstripes & Red Trims)
Look & Find the Amazing Spider-Man (1992) – Dwight Zimmerman (illustration script development), Howard Bender (layouts, pencils, illustration coordinator), Rich Yanizeski, Brian Clopper, Alex Morrissey, Brian Buniak (pencils), Don Heck, Mike Esposito, Marie Severin (inks)
Last updated: 03/23/13.
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