I recently saw this snippet from what seems like an old Spider-Man comic where he's battling Doctor Octopus.

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Here, Doctor Octopus is able to snap out of Spider-Man’s webbing after which he says:

And now, Super-Man, I grow bored with this game! My time is too valuable!

I’m looking for the comic book where this occurred.

Also, did any of the publishers comment on this if it was just a typo, or some sort of mistake?

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It's from The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) Issue #3

The "error" occurs on panel 6 of page 7:

Amazing Spider-Man

Doc Oct already called Peter Spider-man on the previous page, so it does appear to be a mistake on the author's part.

Amazing Spider-Man

As a side-note, there's also that time where he was mistakenly called Peter Palmer. Granted, that was a clear misprint (given that the letter M is right below K on a QWERTY keyboard), unlike in this case where "Spider" is misspelled as "Super".

So one could assume that Doc Oct said that on purpose, to show that Spider-man's webbing wasn't indestructible, calling him "Super-man" (with a hyphen) just as he broke his webbing.

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    I don't think it's a mistake, Doc Oct is mocking Spider-Man, note as he says it he snaps the webbing.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 8:32
  • @TheLethalCarrot I agree, I was halfway done editing :). That hyphen was there for a reason.
    – Voronwé
    Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 8:42
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    k might be right above m, but r is nowhere near l...
    – IronSean
    Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 18:51
  • The reason so many Marvel Superheroes have alliterative names is so that Stan could remember them better. I've no doubt Palmer was a mistake by Stan that made it past Jack and onto the page. I seem to recall an instance where Bruce Banner was mis-named as well (separate from the TV show), and they gave him a middle name to keep it "canon". (source for most of these claims is the book Superman Is Jewish?: How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice, and the Jewish-American Way)
    – ale10ander
    Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 23:48
  • @IronSean Damn you, autocorrect! Commented Sep 6, 2019 at 4:47

This was from Doctor Octopus's first appearance in Amazing Spiderman #3 (from 1963)

You can see in this recording of the comic (crazy I know) on youtube:

It's also mentioned in this archived reddit thread

Doctor Octopus called Spider-man Superman in his first appearance.

I couldn't find anything about it being a typo.

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