As you may have guessed by now, I'm a pretty big fan of Steve Ditko, and I generally fall on the Ditko side of the Ditko/Romita debate when it comes to all things Spider-Man. Perhaps that's why it may be a bit confusing when I declare that the Mark II is my favourite of all the Spider-Slayers. I really dig the Ditko version, but for me the Mark II just seems a bit more menacing. If memory serves, this one was actually programmed to kill Spider-Man, rather than simply capture him. I've always loved the spider web motif on the chest plate. Professor Smythe has certainly created faster and more deadly Spider-Slayers over the past 45 years. I'm sure that some have posed a greater threat to Spidey than the Mark II, but to be quite honest - if it doesn't have J. Jonah Jameson's face in the visor, it's just not the real thing. Marla Madison obviously agreed with me when she designed the Jameson-visaged Mark V in Amazing Spider-Man #167.
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