Jul 9, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #30

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!

Except, in honor of the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home this past weekend, we went daily for Spider-Rama last week and will continue to do so this week! So tune in every day until Friday at the same time for your daily dose of Spider-Man retrospectives! We'll be back to our regular Wednesday schedule next week.

by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Spider-Man fights The Cat!


BEN: First appearance of The Cat, and Ned proposes to Betty.

DUY: Is this just a thing? proposing to someone where you've barely been dating? Also, isn't Betty underage?

BEN: If Peter is 18, Betty might be 19. But yeah, the writing on this is very juvenile. Which would make sense if they were catering to kids still, but they’re clearly aiming at college students now. Betty clearly loves Peter, but Ned pays more attention to her. Ned knows she loves Peter, but wants to marry her anyway. And all this without even so much as a kiss, we assume.


BEN: Spidey taunting Jameson.

DUY: I don't know if this ages well, but Peter being a dick to Betty in the wake of Ned's proposal is a pretty understandable reaction.


BEN: Flash stalking Liz Allen is really creepy.

DUY:  I weirdly thought Liz had been written out after graduation. But apparently not. She doesn't stick around long, right? And Peter being a dick to Betty is a pretty understandable reaction... but now all of a sudden they say they love each other, even if it's only to themselves. Did they ever tell each other they actually love each other?

BEN: Not that I actually recall.


DUY: The Cat sucks. Seriously, what a terrible idea for a supervillain. Old dude who's really good at sneaking around. But there's a lot to nitpick here, such as the henchmen for the Master Planner (to be introduced in the next issue) being dialogued as working for The Cat. Here's a conversation between Kurt Busiek, Steven Grant, and Erik Larsen about why this comic barely made sense:

BEN: I did notice the henchmen, but I assumed they were working for the Master Planner.

DUY: It is weird that the stretch after the Goblin/CrimeMaster story all the way to the end produced the most clunkers, but it also produced the peak of the run, which is the next three issues.


DUY: The last one, where Betty and Peter are divided by the specter of Spider-Man, is really powerful, and Gil Kane would do something similar to this 92 issues later.

BEN: The stuff of nightmares.


DUY: Ned Leeds again, apparently, just because Peter's being a dick.

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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