Apr 9, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #69

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every day until the end of April, 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, John Romita Sr., and Jim Mooney

The Kingpin gets his hands on the Petrified Clay Stone Tablet thing and Spider-Man has to stop him from getting it!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 9
  • Green Goblin: 8
  • The Kingpin: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • 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: I can’t really tell if the social politics aged well or poorly. The idea of it aged well, but maybe not the execution.

DUY: I feel like it's still thought-provoking, able to show both sides. It lacks the nuance needed for a modern debate, but of course it does.

BEN: Unfortunately, the cop’s “shoot first” attitude is still relevant.

DUY: Then again, shirtless Spidey is straight out of an MCU movie.


DUY:  "Cook an egg... cook your goose! Turn the demonstrators loose!" is terrible, Stan, terrible!

BEN:  That’s not even so bad it’s good, it’s just bad.

DUY: "No one can match the Kingpin's strength!" in a universe with the Hulk in it.

BEN: Maybe he meant exactly. An exact match.

DUY:  "You puny parody of a present-day superhero!" from the mouth of the Kingpin. Come on, Stan.


BEN:  I was going to say this wasn’t a good look for Gwen, but she is the daughter of a cop.

DUY: She's in a tough spot.

BEN: She probably agrees with the demonstrators, but she knows the law way better than any of them do.


BEN: Both Palmer and I liked this panel. It's also his favorite part, but he doesn't really think Spider-Man is going to be a menace.

DUY: Spidey with a headscissors!


DUY: Gwen Stacy, who told off everyone.

BEN: Gwen is always the real winner, but I don’t like that she doubted Peter, so I’m mad at her.

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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Greenhickup said...

I just discovered this site and as an aspiring artist who has no one to talk to about this stuff i love it ! :D
Keep doing everything you're doing , i love all the lists and retrospectives !

Arthur S. said...

Gwen Stacy had a very right-wing edge in the early days. She's after all the only one Peter dated to come from a higher social class than him. This comes to bear in ASM#91-92, where she backs and supports a white supremacist named Sam Bullitt (https://www.cbr.com/spider-man-gwen-stacy-brush-with-white-supremacy/), and doesn't get called out or apologizes for a guy who openly supports a campaign to trample on civil liberties and more or less hunt Spider-Man.

It's stuff like this that explains why Gwen was so unpopular, as Roger Stern pointed out that she kept making bizarre and absurd actions that weren't called out or acknowledged.

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