Mar 25, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #66

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. and Don Heck

Mysterio returns!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 9
  • Green Goblin: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • The Kingpin: 6
  • Mysterio: 5
  • Kraven the Hunter: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • The Lizard: 3
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 3
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Electro: 2
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2
BEN:  “Gwen Stacy cries” consecutive issue count: 7

DUY: Peter sells his moped, and there's a cameo of Norman as the Green Goblin. We don't count that as an appearance.  Don Heck and Mick Demeo ink Romita on this. Based on how much better this looks than the Heck-only issues, I'm going to bet Mick Demeo is the reason it looks fine here. Who's Mick Demeo? Apparently Mick Demeo was the former name of Mike Esposito, who will go on to ink Spider-Man for quite a while.

BEN: I don't know if it's the art or what, but this issue was much better than the previous ones.

PETER: Peter once again doesn't go after a criminal (Mysterio in this case) because of self-pity. He'll fight him if he's there, but won't knock himself out to find him, because the police can handle it. This is the kind of decision that almost always backfires on Peter.


BEN: I love Captain Stacy and Robbie hanging out.

DUY: Robbie and George working together has all the makings of a crime book, the kind of thing that works better in Daredevil, or in the 80s onwards. Spider-Man was Marvel's original crime book, even if it's not exactly the right spot for the genre.

BEN: Is this the first time he’s referred to as Joe Robertson? Is this another mistake that has to get fixed?

DUY: I'm fairly certain his name was never officially "Robert Robertson," so Robbie must have been a nickname from his last name. And I will say, the visual of fighting over a tiny amusement park or city or whatever never gets old. It's such an effective visual for implying scope but reminding you there isn't really any.

BEN: I've always loved miniatures.

DUY: Must... resist.... easy joke.


BEN:  Mysterio hiding under the grate made me laugh. I love Mysterio.

DUY: Is the Daily Bugle hiring dumb photographers who are cowardly bad aging, or is Jonah just cheap?

BEN:  Aunt May is frightened of a news report.


BEN: What about Aunt May’s shattered door frame?

DUY: Damn it, Peter.


BEN:  I’m trying not to cheat by picking the last page splash.

DUY: Screw it, I will pick the last page splash.


DUY: John Romita Sr, who gave us so much good stuff to look at.

BEN: He may not have been as good a storyteller as Ditko (who is) but his pictures were prettier.

DUY: Provided he had the right inker, apparently. Which, isn't Don Heck a legend in this business?

BEN: I don’t want to keep killing him, but I feel like if he’s known, it’s as the “other artist” in those early days. And in all fairness, most artists would be the “other” guy in a room with Kirby, Ditko, and Romita.

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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