Plot Details/Summary

The villain in this one was a man who had been born something of mutant (in a more traditional, non X-Men sense of the word). He looked rather freakish/monstrous, and possessed mental powers. There is some exposition in the story about everyone (including his family) fearing him when from the time he was a little boy, and something about him causing the death of one or both of his parents by mentally forcing them to run out in front of a moving car.

I don't recall how Spider-Man runs afoul of the villain, but I do recall the mutant having most of the townspeople under his mental control. He sends them to attack Spider-Man, swarming him. I think the cover of the issue might have a similar scene. I think Spider-Man also faces direct mental assault by the villain, but am not sure.

Spider-Man is saved when he recalls something the villain had said about the people "hearing his thoughts" or something like that. He claps the villain-mutant on the ears, deafening him and breaking his control on the townspeople. I believe the story ends with the villain whimpering and pitifully begging the people to listen to him. Something like that.

Publication Details

I read it in the mid-to-late 1970s, and I'm almost certain it was a regular Spider-Man comic, not a spin-off title.

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The villain you're referring to is Mindworm.

He made his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #138, which appears to be the issue you described in your question. As you noted, his telepathic control over the hundreds of civilians in the area was broken when Spider-Man boxed his ears, temporarily deafening him.

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  • wow - if only the Second Foundation had a Spider-Man, they could have easily defeated the Mule so many years quicker than they did. Just punch him in the ears!
    – NKCampbell
    May 25, 2021 at 20:11
  • Brr! That guy still gives me the creeps. What a freaky looking villain!
    – Helbent IV
    May 25, 2021 at 20:12

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