Apr 11, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #71

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 Petrified Clay Stone Tablet is with Spider-Man, and now everyone's out to get him! Including the Avenging Mutant Speedster, Quicksilver!


BEN: First time Robbie is put in charge of the Bugle, and the first appearance of Martha Robertson.

DUY: So Quicksilver is clearly faster than Spidey (duh), but the 1993 trading cards put them at the same level of speed. I assume it means that Spidey has faster reflexes and agility, while Quicksilver is better at the actual running?

BEN: You’re using the trading cards as canon now?

DUY: Quicksilver being unable to run through an object definitely puts him below the Flash, and that kind of calls to mind the Stan Lee edict of the Silver Age that essentially made Marvel heroes less powerful than DC heroes.


    BEN:  I always love when Robbie is in charge and the Bugle does unbiased reporting and pays Peter a fair price.

    DUY: This sentiment about youth and rebellion never changes. Applicable today. Applicable always.


    BEN: The Dark Continent?

    DUY:  So I looked up why it was called the Dark Continent, in case it wasn't the obvious reason, and it's not. It's much worse, apparently coined for more imperialism and slavery reasons, the fact that so much of their history was erased. So yes, that absolutely didn't age well. But it is in character. He also calls Toad "misshapen," which reminds me that Pietro is just a jerk.

    BEN: ...But he is misshapen.

    DUY: There's no need to point it out!

    BEN: His name is Toad!


    DUY: Oh, come on! You would notice bright red shoes, how much more bright red leggings with webs!

    BEN: My counter is Harry is an idiot.


    BEN:  I always love these angles:

    DUY: I always love these long panels where multiple things happen:


    BEN: The name Martha. There should be a special edition of Batman vs Superman where Randy Robertson joins in on the momma Martha fun.

    DUY: If the X-Men got a sales spike soon after this, then they win.

    BEN: The X-Men?

    DUY: Or the Avengers. Whatever.


    DUY : I just want to point out that this is true regardless of era. Older fans complain about this now, but younger fans don't at all. Stuff is still written in a way where everything you need to know gets filled in even if it's not "everything."

    BEN: Few of us ever started with the first issue of a comic.

    DUY: I do want to know why they were aligned with Magneto again, but not enough to look it up. Even in this age when that would be insanely easy.

    That's it for Spider-Rama this week.

    DUY: Thank you, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko—

    BEN: —for telling us we aren't the only ones.

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