Feb 13, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #6

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Each Wednesday, Ben and Duy will look at a Spider-Man issue from the very beginning, in chronological order, and answer questions for various categories, inspired in large part by one of our favorite podcasts, The Rewatchables by The Ringer. Our goal is to make it to Amazing Spider-Man #200. Will we make it? Grab your Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus or crank up your tablet to Marvel Unlimited, and then tune in every Wednesday to find out!

by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Spider-Man feels the bite of the Lizard!


BEN: The first "take a paper by web, leave a coin by web" bit.

DUY: First Curt Connors, Martha Connors, Billy Connors, and Lizard.

BEN: Pretty sure this is the first “my spider sense is tingling.” There had been variations of it before now, but this is the classic line.

BEN: And the first funny quip.


DUY: Treating the black/blue part of his costume as black and blending it with the background has always worked for me.

BEN: Even a Lizard can cry.


BEN: Lots of sarcasm from Peter in this, and some quips as Spider-Man. He actually seems like he’s starting to enjoy his new life a little. It’s a step toward Spider-Man being funny, instead of sad, angry, and poor all the time.

DUY: The quipping, definitely. He's finally getting his stride.

BEN: Also, an army of super-lizards is awesome no matter what year it is.


DUY:  I don't know how 1960s school systems worked, but can you really have a major in high school?

BEN: In comics “science” means you can do anything. Electronics, engineering, biochemistry.


BEN: Curt Connors gave his wife a signed photo of himself?

DUY: You have to establish they're married, and you have to establish tht's him in the picture, and okay fine, it's lame.


BEN: Realistically we could say Peter Parker/Spider-Man in every single issue, but this is the first time his whimsical side started to take shape, so I’m giving it to him this time.

DUY: Peter also starts to be more confident as himself, so yeah, Peter.


DUY: We can draw parallels between the Lizard and the Hulk — both are brilliant scientists trying to do good who get turned into a monster. But once again Spider-Man fights a scientist.

DUY: This is also the first time that Spider-Man fights someone with a personal connection to him, although that personal connection is only established after he meets him, so it's kind of a precursor to the Green Goblin. Spider-Man also once again uses his scientific knowledge to beat an opponent. This is like an integral part of his character at this point.

BEN: It is pretty interesting that they moved away from that aspect of him for so long.  It’s really prevalent in these early comics.

DUY: We're going to have to keep track of when it stops.

BEN: That's it for Spider-Rama this week.

DUY: Thank you, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko—

BEN: —for telling us we aren't the only ones.

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