Apr 17, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #15

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

Kraven is the world’s greatest hunter, and Spider-Man is the ultimate prey.


BEN: First appearance of Kraven the Hunter and the second appearance of the Chameleon. So our villain appearance count is :
  • The Vulture: 2
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Doctor Octopus: 3
BEN: It's also the first mention of Mary Jane Watson. Is this the first cameo appearance of Anna Watson?

DUY: I think it is, since we had those other neighbors earlier on, just five issues ago. And is this the first time Spider-Man has hung upside-down?


BEN: Stan and Steve must have really started feeling confident in the book, because they started planting seeds for the future. Last issue they introduced the Green Goblin with a mystery identity, and now they’re teasing MJ.

DUY: Like I said above, this is the first time he's shown upside-down, and that would become a staple. This feels like a "Hit their stride" issue. One of the landmarks, even for little stuff.


BEN: A man in leopard print tights that hunts for sport. Although, one of the cartoons made him a reality show star, which immediately makes all that’s ridiculous about him more understandable.

DUY: Do the villains being Russian age badly, or age well? I can't tell.

BEN: Two years ago I would have said yes, but evil Russians are unfortunately back in style.


DUY: They really weren't playing off the origin yet, because not only is there no mention of Uncle Ben and the fact that Peter could have saved him, there's also a burglar like this just showing up. When they start repeating the origin, you can't just use that combination of clothes arbitrarily.

DUY: It's interesting how certain things take on a significance. You can't just dress anyone up like that anymore. You can't use the Brooklyn Bridge in a Spider-Man story anymore.  They mean something. And also, either this sentiment doesn't age well, or it ages perfectly because it's coming from Aunt May. And we know she's going to be completely wrong about Mrs. Watson's niece.

DUY: Similarly, I don't know if this ages bad or well, but it sure is timeless.

BEN: I completely forgot how much Liz was flirting with Peter in these early stories.


BEN: Jameson calling Peter “useless” made me laugh.

DUY: Right before yours. I love how Jameson is there for this high school drama that he clearly has no patience for.


DUY: This city sweeper. "You're blockin' progress!"

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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