Nov 21, 2020

Rick Veitch Interview: 1963

In 1993, Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and Rick Veitch created 1963, a throwback retro series that paid tribute to Silver Age Marvel Comics. It was published by Image, but the 1963 Annual, meant to be the finale drawn by Jim Lee, was never published. Rick Veitch gives his side of the story, discusses the background, the technical challenges, and how it fell apart, and takes us into an alternate reality where 1963 was published. What would the comics industry have been like then? For background on 1963, here's a video from Strange Brain Parts.

 

Nov 13, 2020

Spider-Rama: Giant-Size Spider-Man #1

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and 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!

GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN #11
by Len Wein, Ross Andru, and Don Heck

Spider-Man meets Dracula!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
DUY: This version of Dracula was created for horror comic The Tomb of Dracula, which debuted in April 1972, just a few months after Morbius, and just a few months after the Comics Code Authority allowed characters and beings from previous literary works (previously, vampires were not allowed). This was supposed to be separate from the rest of the Marvel Universe, but the sales potential was too high and this was the first of those crossovers..

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Unfortunately, this scene is very relevant to the present day.



BEN: Bravo, that was a great reveal, and thought-provoking.



DUY: Spider-Man's unconscious sexism is a thing that will continue to be a thing up until the Into the Spider-Verse movie.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: You’ve already fought a vampire (and werewolves) before this moment, Pete.



BEN: Machine Gun Kelly is a terrible present-day rapper.



DUY: Machine Gun Kelly was named after a serial killer, so there is a reason for this, but yes, that hasn't aged well.

NITPICKS

BEN: I could no-prize this, but still, he found a ship in the middle of the Atlantic in 15 minutes.



DUY: Why not drain them instead of simply killing them? Dracula is wasteful.



BEN: That's a helluva coincidence.


DUY: Technically, Maxfield didn't fall out of the sky.


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:




DUY: Comics never shoved gender politics down your throats.


BEN: No, never.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Dr. AJ Maxfield.

BEN: I’m giving this to Wein. I’ve been negative about him in the past, and I was fully expecting this comic to be a chore, but it was quite good..

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Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #133

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and 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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #133
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and D. Hunt

The Molten Man is revealed to be Liz Allan's stepbrother!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 17
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Hammerhead: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • Molten Man: 4
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • Man Mountain Marko: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • The Chameleon: 3
  • The Schemer/Richard Fisk: 3
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
DUY: So we covered this in Molten Man's first appearances. But I always knew he was Liz's stepbrother, to the point that I didn't even realize until later that that wasn't mentioned in those appearances. And now, he's revealed to be her stepbrother, and I'm surprised it's a "reveal." It's not even executed as if it was a "reveal." Just a matter-of-fact statement. If it had been revealed way before, this would just be a recap and need no rewriting.


BEN: That’s true, Peter should be way more surprised.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Creepy.



DUY: Being related to Liz is the only way Molten Man even still shows up.

BEN: With good reason. Though, these covers are great. This cover in particular is (no pun intended) amazing, which prompts the question, were Amazing Spider-Man covers on average better than every other Marvel series? This cover wouldn’t even crack Spider-Man’s 10 greatest even at that point, and it’s great. Or am I just more familiar and partial to Spider-Man’s covers?

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

DUY: It is not this easy to be a nurse.

BEN: They must have it confused with orderly, which is insulting.

DUY: Is it just me or has Jameson become less of a comedy figure? He's still exaggerated and ridiculous, but he's not as funny.

BEN: He's still angry, just not to comedic effects.

NITPICKS

BEN: Fireproof clothes?



DUY: And an asbestos mask!!


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: And that’s bad:


DUY: Mine:

BEN: Again, his feet would burn off


BEN: And that's bad, Duy!



WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: This random dog.




BEN: Man’s best friend, protector of the realm.

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Three Jokers: Discussion, Reaction, and Alan Moore

Joe, Ben, Paul, and Duy talk about Batman: Three Jokers by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, from DC's Black Label. We talk about the impact of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke, Jason Todd getting his retribution from A Death in the Family, and the impact of Alan Moore on today's DC Comics (59:19).
   

 *This episode was recorded very soon after Grant Morrison came out as nonbinary and specified that they preferred "they/them" pronouns. We did our best to do so, but fell back into "he/him" at points out of habit. **This episode was recorded two days before Marie Javins was announced as the new Editor-In-Chief, so our sentiments on DC editorial do not apply to the new structure.

The Comic Book History of Animation: Fred Van Lente Interview

Fred Van Lente returns to the Cube to talk about The Comic Book History of Animation (00:00:20), the play King Kirby (co-written with Crystal Skillman) (1:06:06), and his stint on Spider-Man: Brand New Day (1:10:00). 

   

Read Fred Van Lente's stint on Spider-Man: https://amzn.to/38tEbE7

Nov 8, 2020

Barbara Randall Kesel on Building Worlds, Cultivating Talent

 Barbara Randall Kesel talks to Duy about the portrayal of women in comics (9:21), editing Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons on Watchmen (24:05), her proudest writing moment (30:25), games and fandom (39:30), working for Crossgen Entertainment (45:25) and her favorite book Meridian (55:55), working with George Perez (1:07:20), and how to put new artists in a position to succeed, as she did with Steve McNiven and Kelley Jones (1:24:35), and hey, what's she doing now?   (1:22:10)



Nov 6, 2020

Talkin' Batman

 Ben, LaMar, Paul, and Duy talk about Batman! When did we first discover Batman (00:29:00), favorite characters (00:15:55), favorite Batmobile (00:31:30), favorite Robins (00:39:26), Talia or Catwoman? (00:53:04), our thoughts on prep time (1:04:03), and our favorite villains (1:15:54)!


Interview: Tintin Pantoja

 Tintin Pantoja is a Filipina comic book artist that works on a variety of genres, with a highlight on female protagonists such as Who Is AC? with Hope Larson, Unplugged and Unpopular with Matt Heagerty, and The Makers Club: Game On with Reimena Yee. She's also got a story coming up in Insider Art, an anthology about artists being locked down! Listen to her give advice on working in comics. (15:05)


Nov 4, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #21

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and 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!

MARVEL TEAM-UP #21
by Len Wein, Sal Buscema, Frank Giacoia, D. Hunt

Spider-Man and Dr. Strange vs. Xandu, because this is a thing that always happens.



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
DUY: Spider-Man and Dr. Strange fighting Xandu first happened in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 and will continue to happen forever.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Sal Buscema’s art looks great considering he’s relatively new.



DUY: Xandu spends the issue trying to save Melinda Morrison for a sleep resembling death, but then ... "Not a sleep resembling death, but a death resembling sleep" is a great line and a pretty cool twist ending.


BEN: That ending was pretty heavy.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Ugh. Xandu.

DUY: Always Xandu. These guys fell in love with that annual where Spidey and Strange teamed up and thought that the only reason they have for getting them together is Xandu. Every time.

NITPICKS

DUY: Why is there yet another mind control plot?

BEN: It’s a trip man, it’s the ‘70s.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:




DUY: Mine:




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: I'm gonna go with Sal on this one.

BEN: Again, Sal’s work is recognizably Sal already.

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Nov 2, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #132

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and 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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #132
by Gerry Conway, John Romita Sr, Paul Reinman, and Tony Mortellaro

The Molten Man strikes again as Liz Allan returns! What is the possible connection between the two that you could absolutely Google since this story is nearly 50 years old?



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 17
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Hammerhead: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • Molten Man: 3
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • Man Mountain Marko: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • The Chameleon: 3
  • The Schemer/Richard Fisk: 3
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
DUY: Liz Allan returns after 102 issues. That's a long time.


BEN: She won’t come close to The Looter’s record.

DUY: This is already past the Romita run, but he's drawing here. So this is the first time John Romita has drawn Liz Allan, the only prominent character from the Ditko run he had never drawn before.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: The flame effects on Molten Man make him look a lot more dynamic, and more deadly.

DUY: That dude's dick on the cover is getting really close to burned off.

BEN: The residual heat alone.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

DUY: Let's talk about ourselves in the third person in a moment of crisis, why not.


BEN: As he’s passing out, no less.

NITPICKS

BEN: There no way Spider-Man can kick Raxton if he’s 300 degrees. 


BEN: And did Peter get fired? He’s a staff photographer.



DUY: How does Mary Jane know who Liz is? I feel there was a golden opportunity to say they actually met off panel in the last 100 issues.



BEN: It’s the biggest error Conway and Roy have made so far. Peter even says they didn’t get along before, which seems impossible when they haven’t met.

DUY: The only thing I can think of that could be an in-story explanation is that Peter's doing his whole "All blonde women are the ghost of Gwen" thing.

BEN: Why would Mary Jane go with it though?



FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:



DUY: Not my favorite, just pointing out this panel is reprinted in How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way.




DUY: This is my actual favorite panel, because it's both well drawn and utterly ridiculous.




WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: Spider-Man, for not getting his dick burned off.

DUY: Liz Allan, because welcome back.

BEN: Okay, fine, it's Liz.

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Oct 30, 2020

Incidental Comics' Grant Snider Interview

 Grant Snider is famous for Incidental Comics (www.incidentalcomics.com), which you have definitely come across at some point on social media even if you don't realize it. Duy talks with him here about creativity, bookshelves, working in a social media setting, and his books, both the ones collecting his Incidental Comics work and the new children's books.


The Shape of Ideas: https://amzn.to/35pVK4H

I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf: https://amzn.to/37s9hLG

What Sound Is Morning? https://amzn.to/3mb1G8u

What Color Is Night? https://amzn.to/35lgmeq


Oct 28, 2020

DC vs. Marvel 2020!

In 1995, the Big Two published DC Versus Marvel, a crossover that involved 11 intercompany fights an fan voting, and ask, if this were to happen now, in 2020, what would the 11 fights be? What do you think? Did we get it right? Would you read these fights?




And that was part 1! Here's part 2, where we decide who wins!

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #20

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and 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!

MARVEL TEAM-UP #20
by Len Wein, Sal Buscema, Frank Giacoia, and Mike Esposito

Coming back to New York, Spider-Man runs into Black Panther, and Stegron the Dinosaur Man is still around!

POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: As near as I can tell, this is the first time Sal Buscema penciled a Spider-Man comic, after inking Amazing Spider-Man #94 and #95.

DUY: He will continue to draw Spider-Man. Forever.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Comics are great sometimes.


DUY: Obviously, the answer to this, given the last few years, is the Black Panther, who is better than Batman.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: I’m going to keep tracking how the Parallel Lives retcon works with the actual comics. (Parallel Lives was a 1989 graphic novel that established that Mary Jane knew Peter was Spider-Man before she even met him.) Yes, I do know retcons change what happened in previous comics, so the events as seen here could have altered. This sequence doesn’t prove she couldn’t have known his identity, but it doesn’t help.




DUY: I was gonna pick that too, not because she's supposed to know who he is, but because it's such bad "acting" on his part. He's not mean to anyone else he saves.

BEN: He did snap a girl’s neck once while saving her. That’s mean.

NITPICKS

BEN: There’s really no way he could move fast enough for this to happen.



DUY: Yeah, but he's more likely to make it than Batman.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Who doesn’t love a man in a bright red spider costume punching a dinosaur man?



DUY: COMICS ARE AWESOME.




WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: Sal Buscema, one of the most significant artists in the history of the character got his first full opportunity here.

DUY: The winner of this is T'Challa, the Black Panther, who is better than Batman.

BEN: With money and training, any of us could be Batman!

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Oct 26, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #131

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and 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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #131
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and D. Hunt

Dr. Octopus is marrying Aunt May because the world is terrible.




POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 17
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Hammerhead: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • Man Mountain Marko: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • The Chameleon: 3
  • The Schemer/Richard Fisk: 3
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
DUY: Hammerhead is moving up the list fast, passing Sandman even.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: All the relationship talk. Some of it was poorly written, but it still worked for me.



BEN: And setting up the Mary Jane relationship.




DUY: "I don't want to love him" is great, great character work. I think I'm remembering that I actually do love Mary Jane Watson.

BEN: You didn’t love “randomly appearing as Harry’s girlfriend” Mary Jane?

DUY: No. No I did not.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Where to begin? There’s the continued utter cluelessness of Aunt May. The secret island/atomic plant inheritance. Doc Ock in a tux. I mean, why would Ock even care about acquiring this plant legally? May doesn’t even know it exists.

DUY: Every single panel with Aunt May in a wedding dress.

BEN: She looks like the human personification of death. Death by marriage.

NITPICKS

BEN: There’s no chance Spider-Man can hear them from the outside of a helicopter.



DUY: That's a low-key great panel though.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:



DUY: That's a great explosion. And not my gold standard for comic book explosions drawn in Amazing Spider-Man. Yes, there's such a thing. And we always talk about how awesome it is when Spidey kicks ass. But what about his villains? Ock is DANGEROUS.



BEN: You’ll fall at his tentacles.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: Mary Jane, because I feel like even if you were the biggest Gwen fan, they set up this switch to MJ as well as possible.

DUY: Yeah, this issue was easily owned by Mary Jane and her eight panels.

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Oct 23, 2020

Warzones and Rock Stars: Joshua Dysart Interview

Joshua Dysart is a comic book writer who has worked with Neil Young and has been flown into warzones to research his comics. Duy sits down with this unique creator to discuss his career, recurring themes of being an outsider and belonging, what he hopes his work will achieve in the world, and the time he hit on a certain Elvish princess. 
 

Get Joshua Dysart's books here: 

Superman Smashes the Klan! Discussion, History, and Resonance

 Paul, LaMar, and Duy discuss Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, including history, the Adventures of Superman radio show, our personal takes on the book coming from different cultures, and how much we love this version of Superman, who can't fly and runs across power lines. Get the book here: https://amzn.to/31uFHkY


Works Cited:

 - The Tennessee Encyclopedia: https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/ku-klux-klan/

 - Ku Klux Klan in the Reconstruction Era:  https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/ku-klux-klan-reconstruction-era

 - Ku Klux Klan: Its Origin, Growth and Disbandment (1884):  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31819/31819-h/31819-h.htm

 - Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan During Reconstruction: https://uncpress.org/book/9781469652139/ku-klux/

 - Night Riders in Black Folk History: https://archive.org/details/nightridersinbla00glad_0

 - The History of the American People, in Five Volumes: https://amzn.to/34ihEri

 - A Measuring Rod to Test Textbooks and Reference Books In Schools, Colleges and Libraries by Mildred Lewis Rutherford: https://ia800306.us.archive.org/32/items/measuringrodtot00ruth/measuringrodtot00ruth.pdf

 - Address Delivered by Miss Mildred Lewis Rutherford, Historian General: https://archive.org/stream/addressdelivered04ruth/addressdelivered04ruth_djvu.txt

 - Confederate States of America - Georgia Secession: https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_geosec.asp

 - Levitt, Steven D.Dubner, Stephen J. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything. https://amzn.to/2FMmlzZ

 - Cronin, Brian. Was Superman a Spy? And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed. https://amzn.to/37FOOmT


Oct 21, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #19

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and 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!

MARVEL TEAM-UP #19
by Len Wein and Gil Kane

Spider-Man vs. the Man-Wolf, who is John Jameson, JJJ's son!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The previous issue was a team-up between the Hulk and the Human Torch, so we skipped it. And the first appearance of Stegron, the Dinosaur Man!

DUY: Between Kraven and Ka-Zar, I feel I've seen these guys WAY too much. Also, every issue of Marvel Team-Up thus far has had either Spidey or Torch.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Stegron May be a complete copy of the Lizard, but I’m fine with it. Sick burn, Spidey.



DUY: For a villain created in MTU, Stegron has in fact aged pretty well.

BEN: It’s a proven concept.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Two things. 1. I’m pretty sure that webbing is going up his buttcrack. 2. Maybe you stop with the cell-regeneration research, Curt.



DUY: That webbing... is definitely going up his buttcrack.

NITPICKS

BEN: Missing spider emblem.



DUY: Really? He just so happens to be going back to New York?


BEN: I was wondering when they dropped him off, how was he planning to get home.


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: That’s just a well-done Spidey:



DUY: Yeah, shut up Ka-Zar.


WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Stegron, the Dinosaur Man.

BEN: I feel like if your real name is Stegron, you have to become a dinosaur man at some point.

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The Top 10 Most Important Superman Artists of All Time

Duy, LaMar, and Paul are back as we draft the 10 most important, most influential, and most definitive Superman artists of all time!
   

 Some Superman books these guys worked on: 

Oct 19, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #130

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and 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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #130
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and D. Hunt

Hammerhead is back! The Jackal is here! And so is Dr. Octopus! And the Spider-Mobile debuts!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 16
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Sandman: 4
  • Hammerhead: 4
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • Man Mountain Marko: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • The Chameleon: 3
  • The Schemer/Richard Fisk: 3
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
BEN: The debut of the Spider-Mobile.



DUY: Yes! Screw you, Batmobile!

BEN: Is this the first time we’ve seen a Christmas themed issue coordinated with the real-life season?

DUY: For Spider-Man, yes.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Peter Parker being a terrible driver. Three villains running around causing problems was new



DUY: Aside from the awesomeness of the Spider-Mobile and the fact that this issue in general is pretty good, I just want to point out that Andru has been different from his predecessors in terms of perspectives. You don't really get this kind of thing from Ditko or Romita, and it works. That's the second thing I've seen that distinguishes Andru from his predecessors, the first one being MJ's staple ensemble.


BEN: You know I love those high-up angles.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

BEN: Has Harry been weird since his father died?


DUY: He's been extra hostile, but I think it'd be easy to blame it on the drugs.

BEN: I’m just pointing out how inconsiderate his statement is. Of course he’s been weird, HIS FATHER DIED.

NITPICKS

BEN: Back to the Christmas thing, as a fan we just have to ignore the 40 different Christmas stories Spider-Man has had in the years since.

DUY: And that's just it with seasons passing in comics. You'll go through 16 seasons and it'll be a year in their lives.

BEN: How is Doctor Octopus out of jail?

DUY: I've said it before, but just because Hammerhead has a metal plate in his head doesn't mean he needs to just use his head to hit everything.

BEN: His neck isn't metal. Or maybe it is. I don't know.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: It doesn’t get more insane than this:


DUY: YES! SPIDER-MOBILE!!!


WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Corona Motors, for the majesty that is the Spider-Mobile.

BEN: I’m saying Ross Andru, because in many ways he was my baseline for the character as a kid. I didn’t have access to that many back issues of Romita or Ditko, but I was collecting these.

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