Nov 6, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #49

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.

The new Vulture and Kraven the Hunter go after a still-sick Spider-Man!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Green Goblin: 7
  • Doctor Octopus: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • Kraven the Hunter: 5
  • The Vulture: 5
  • 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: Kraven and Drago are the Karl Malone and John Stockton of Spider-Man villains. For the non-NBA fans, they’re pretty good, but boring, and they lose in the end.

DUY: Kraven breaks out at the end though.

BEN: By killing himself, sure.


BEN: What did I tell you? Harry may be an idiot, but he was smart enough to see Peter would bring the girls to his doorstep, and that’s exactly what happens when Gwen and MJ visit.

DUY: Anna Watson telling May not to worry either ages well or not depending on how you feel about people overparenting.


BEN: The most evil thing Kraven does is periodically beat up his pet tiger. Poor abused Rajah.

DUY: Man, Kraven's just mean.


BEN:  I need to know Dr Bromwell’s story. What’s he do on the rare day Aunt May isn’t calling him? Is he still around? What is the final fate of Doc Bromwell!?!

DUY: Aunt May calling Jonah Jameson "sweet" and "the dearest soul" is ridiculous. Even she's not that dense.

BEN: He does always put on the schmaltz for her.


BEN: Kinky.

DUY: Pull up a seat.


BEN: Harry left with Gwen and Mary Jane, Peter spent the evening with Aunt May and Anna. Harry.

DUY: Oh yeah, it's definitely Harry.


BEN: So this ends the stretch of comics Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale used as inspiration for Spider-Man: Blue. A mini-series that was so good, it invented scenes I now remember being in the original comics but weren’t. Like this:

DUY: Yeah, so this according to Spider-Man Blue is when Peter and Gwen became official, which isn't the case here. But I love that "That's when you had me, Gwen Stacy, all of me" sequence, so let's just show it anyway.

BEN: It’s to the point where I’m anxious to see when and how they do make it official. And there's also this scene that totally doesn’t make me cry.

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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