Jul 24, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #35

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

The Molten Man returns!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 5
  • Green Goblin: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • The Vulture: 3
  • Mysterio: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • Kraven the Hunter: 3
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Electro: 2
  • The Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2


DUY: I'm just going to use this section for favorite panel, because it's the only thing that ages well here.

BEN: He looks like Daredevil there.


BEN: We just gave them credit for not doing villains getting paroled for good behavior anymore, and then they do it again.

DUY: Really? All the villains you could go back to the well with this quickly and you choose the Molten Man? Also, he's getting let off because he has "offered to pay for the damages".... with what money???

BEN: The money he stole, obviously. 

DUY: "Yogi Berra" as a reference obviously doesn't age well. Replace it with any contemporary sports star.


BEN:  Molten Man has Spider-Man on the ropes and runs away because the jeweler is yelling.

DUY: So Molten Man thinks he can take Spider-Man, but not the cops. Right.

BEN: Look, he’s clearly the dumbest villain Spider-Man has had yet.

DUY: The worst part of the Marvel Method, exhibit 1: I'm pretty sure that's not a kick.

BEN: Between the Irving Forbush and sound effects gags, it felt like Stan mailed this one in.

DUY: The worst part of the Marvel Method, exhibit 2: "Can't even tell you his name" or "We don't even have a name for him yet"?

BEN: Definitely a case of “I got nothing” at the deadline.


BEN: For some reason this dude looks so corny to me here. He runs away prematurely, without the loot, and sits in his room and smokes like he’s an ad agent from the ‘50s. Worst villain ever.

DUY: I also can't see him as not Liz Allan's stepbrother, so every time I see him requires a bit of mental adjustment from me.

BEN: Same here. Why is that so prominent?

DUY: Because otherwise he's just an idiot with superstrength.

BEN: A golden idiot.

DUY: Why is he always naked?

BEN: Does he still have a penis?

DUY: How does he have sex?

BEN: How does he pee? Is he stuck with that haircut forever?

DUY: I've never seen him with another haircut.

BEN: No wonder he's so angry.


DUY: Stan Lee won this issue. How much time and effort did he spend on that fight scene? That's the life, man.

BEN: I hear your Stan Lee and counter with Gwen Stacy.

DUY: That's it for Spider-Rama this week.

BEN: Thank you, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko—

DUY: —for telling us we aren't the only ones.

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