Jul 8, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2

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 teams up with Dr. Strange to fight the sorceress Xandu across dimensions!


DUY: The first of what would be many Spider-Man/Dr. Strange team-ups, a team-up I'm still kind of baffled by the fascination for. There's nothing to connect the two, other than who created them, but it's not like we get creators clamoring to team up The Demon Etrigan with Kamandi just because they're both Kirby characters.

BEN: Fun fact, I’ve realized I don’t like Dr Strange. I’ve tried and I’ve tried his comics across every decade, he bores me. Even the movie is my least favorite MCU movie.

DUY: I like Strange more in theory.

BEN: Same. But nobody has come close to being able to unlock what Ditko unlocked there. There’s no evolutionary modern version of Ditko Strange.


DUY: I guess the combination of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange has taken on a new life since Infinity War.

BEN: People seem to like Cumberbatch in the part, but to me if you were doing replacement levels, he’d be the median level.

DUY: Cumberbatch plays him pretty much how I'd expect anyone to play him. So, passable, but replaceable.

BEN: Maybe now that the character is established he’ll get to play with it more, like Hemsworth with Thor.


DUY: Xandu. Ugh, he just sucks.

BEN: Xandu is like when they insert in a temporary character with the intent of inventing something better later, but didn’t.


BEN: Trippy Ditko is so basic if you look at each shape, but it must be the way he puts it all together.

DUY: That's mine too.


DUY: No one wins this issue, unless you're on weed.

BEN: As many college students reading this probably were.

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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