Oct 29, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #48

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 John Romita Sr.

Fighting off an illness, Spider-Man has to fight the all-new Vulture, Blackie Drago!


BEN: Villain appearance count:

  • Green Goblin: 7
  • Doctor Octopus: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • Kraven the Hunter: 4
  • The Vulture: 4
  • Mysterio: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • The Lizard: 3
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Electro: 2
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2

BEN: This is the first appearance of Blackie Drago, becoming the first legacy Spider-Man villain after he takes over as the Vulture following the death of Adrian Toomes.

DUY: Well, "death." I don't know why they keep trying to replace the Vulture. He looks like a vulture. He's old like a vulture? What more do you want. Any update just makes him a bird.

BEN: It’s one of those cases where logic creeps too far into the character.

DUY: There's a scene on top of a bridge, which as we all know after 1971 would never happen again unless it was an extra special story referencing the landmark story in 1971.


BEN: Peter trying to do his job while sick is such a normal problem, any reader can instantly visualize themselves in that situation.

DUY: There's also J. Jonah Jameson's "hot take" appearance on a TV news show that's widely done today.


BEN: I think they overthought the weaknesses of the Vulture because Drago has none of the charm that Toomes did.

DUY: Drago is just so generic. Ivan Drago is better.

BEN: I think Romita probably designed Drago before putting him in the costume because the Vulture looks ridiculous with hair. That’s why he made up the helmet thing, which is worse.

DUY: It's like if you decided to update the Rhino by turning him into literally any animal with a horn.

BEN: What, no. That’s a terrible analogy.

DUY: He's the Unicorn now.

BEN: Don’t try to salvage it.


DUY: I want to ask why Gwen would wear her hair the way Mary Jane would, but I'm not going to pretend I understand women.


DUY: If I had to pick, the last panel. Something about Spider-Man laid out against the complete whiteness of the snow.

BEN: I’m always a fan of extreme elements depicted in comics. Rain, snow. I guess it’s just those two. Whatever. This is pretty.


DUY: A generic issue with a sick Spider-Man fighting means I will have to give it to Spider-Man.

BEN: We’ve seen much less of Jameson since Romita took over right? Which makes sense with the focus on romance.

DUY: Unfortunately.

BEN: Let's compromise and say 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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