May 22, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #19

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

With Aunt May fully recovered, Spider-Man finally strikes back. The issue ends with a mystery figure that one might infer to be the Green Goblin, but is billed as a "new and different menace."


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • The Vulture: 3
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Doctor Octopus: 4
  • Electro: 2
  • Kraven the Hunter: 2
  • Mysterio: 2
  • Sandman: 4
  • Green Goblin: 2
  • The Enforcers: 3
BEN:  This is the seventh Human Torch appearance, the first full appearance of Ned Leeds.

DUY: It's possibly the end of Peter and Betty's relationship, too.


DUY: I hate to say it, but Jameson going back and forth on Spider-Man being a fraud and over, and then publishing pictures of Spider-Man feels a lot like some news outlets, even the legit ones.

BEN: There was always an element of marketing that was going to be involved.

DUY: The Peter/Flash rivalry is really starting to get nuanced, I think. Peter for the second straight issue has tried talking to Flash like a regular person, but Flash is too angry to listen. They're going to be good friends eventually, and Flash is even going to be best man at the wedding for some inexplicable reason, so it's interesting to see the journey.

BEN: It was really smart of them to sprinkle in some humanity from Flash from time to time.


BEN: The Enforcers.

DUY: It really is easy as hell to take out Johnny Storm, isn't it?

BEN: Sand is his natural enemy.

DUY: And speaking of which, anything with the word "asbestos."


BEN:  Sandman is too tired to run from the cops? He doesn’t even have muscles anymore.

DUY: When exactly did Peter and Betty officially break up? Or is that just not how dating worked back then?


BEN: This pose, which is on the cover as well, was used in the ‘60s Spider-Man cartoon approximately 400 times:

DUY: That's mine too.


BEN: The Spider-Man and Human Torch team-up. They were working very well together before ruining it by getting in each other’s way. Torch appears so much in this comic he might as well be part of the supporting cast.

DUY: I'll go a bit higher than you and say the entire Marvel Universe at large. I think the argument can be made that the entire shared universe is founded in this friendship. You have two characters who are polar opposites, and you have two characters who were created by different people, unlike, say, the Avengers, who were all Kirbys. And not only do they have chemistry, they also interact regularly.

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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