Jun 12, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #22

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 #22
Spider-Rama
by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Spider-Man fights circus freaks... the Circus of Crime!


POINTLESS TRIVIA

BEN:  More and more of the printed fan letters are from college students.

DUY: In the shared universe department: Peter Parker goes through some of Hank Pym's latest biochemical papers.


WHAT'S AGED THE BEST?

BEN: I love how often Stan has characters use the adjective “useless” as an insult toward other characters.

DUY:  "In a sleazy hotel room, in a shabby hotel, some sneaky sinners are startled by the sight of a sparkling spider signal!"



WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

BEN: The circus?

DUY: This?


BEN: Similarly, this:


DUY: So if this were retold today, Python coming onto Spidey would show him having more of an internal struggle to resist, right?

BEN: I think they’d play that up more.

NITPICKS

DUY: This does not look like a headpiece. It looks like half her head has been cut off.



BEN: Showing her robot brain.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: I remember a few fan letters criticizing Ditko’s rendering of feet, so this seems like an inside joke.



DUY: The "Sleazy hotel" one makes me laugh so much I'm going to post it twice:


WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: The Clown. Just kidding, no one won in this comic.

DUY: Princess Python, I guess. This comic sucked.

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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