Apr 3, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #12

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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8
Spider-Rama
by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Spider-Man is committing crimes. Has Peter gone crazy or is it the menace of Mysterio?


POINTLESS TRIVIA

DUY: This is the first appearance of Mysterio, who is, of course, the villain in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, where he will be played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

BEN: This is the second time a villain has impersonated Spider-Man, the first time being the Chameleon in Amazing Spider-Man #1.

DUY:  A good portion of the comic takes place at the Brooklyn Bridge, a setting that would never be indiscriminately used again in Spider-Man stories after 1973.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST?

DUY: Spider-Man going to the psychiatrist probably seemed silly then, but I can easily imagine them doing it in a superhero movie or TV show now.

BEN: DC has been centering a whole event around it.

DUY: That's Heroes in Crisis, shamelessly available on Amazon.


WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

BEN: Literally every single aspect of Mysterio. His costume, his gimmick, his former occupation. Him pausing the fight to monologue his real identity and origin.

DUY: Mysterio feels so out of place among Spider-Man's rogues' gallery. He's not old. He's not ambitious or unambitious. He's not really a genius. He's not connected to him whatsoever. He's not based on an animal.

BEN: Surprisingly, based on the Far From Home trailer, it appears that the fishbowl might actually look great in live action.


BEN: But even though everything about Mysterio is ridiculous, I enjoyed him even more now. As I get older, some of the goofier stuff becomes more endearing, and you don’t get goofier than a fishbowl helmet. Despite all that, I feel like he could actually make for a great movie villain, if you give him actual reality warping powers.

DUY: He feels like a pure Ditko villain too. Like if he'd created him for Dr Strange, the only difference is that he wouldn't be an illusionist, it'd be real.

NITPICKS

DUY: Okay, so Mysterio had special effects to help him frame Spider-Man,climb walls, all that.... Sure. But how did he get the athletic ability to swing from a web? Or, okay fine, he used to be a stuntman, so he actually is athletic... what happened to that?

BEN: I mean, even the idea that Spider-Man can be replicated by gadgets.

FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: This makes me laugh more than it should, meaning that it's J. Jonah Jameson again for me for the second week in a row.


BEN: Here's a peek at my nightly bedtime routine.



WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Liz Allan. You go, girl.



BEN: Almost every friend Peter has had, hated him initially. Mary Jane is the only one that likes him from the beginning.

DUY: Also, the Flash/Peter rivalry starts getting really fun. It's not going to last much longer once Ditko leaves, and it's weird how it didn't really last long. So enjoy it while it's there.

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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