Apr 22, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #82

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

Electro's back!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 9
  • The Kingpin: 9
  • Green Goblin: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • The Lizard: 5
  • Kraven the Hunter: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 3
  • Man Mountain Marko: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • The Chameleon: 3
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
DUY: John Romita's back. If you compare this issue to the next one inked by Mike Esposito, then... yeah, I prefer Jim Mooney. So if nothing else, this entire stretch of comics has made me appreciate Jim Mooney.

BEN: Is this only Electro's third appearance?

DUY: It is, in fact, only Electro's third appearance.

BEN: They did try to create new villains post-Ditko, but Kingpin aside, it was much less successful. 

DUY: I wonder if this guy's brother-in-law is Spidey's original agent from Amazing Fantasy #15.

BEN: Is this the first appearance of the Amazing Bag-Man?

DUY: As a kid, I got into really collecting Spider-Man in 1992, because of all the anniversary issues and the giant annuals. One of the annuals had "Spider-Man's most embarrassing moments," and the laundry scene was in there.


BEN: The first page splash was a really effective method of recap.

BEN: Stan is in top form with this banter.


DUY:  As much as I like the first splash page, why would Peter be worried about Robbie figuring out his secret identity? He hasn't actually had any run-ins with him that would indicate that he knows, right?

BEN: Is this the birth of “does Robbie know"?

DUY: We have seen Robbie working with George Stacy in #66, so I don't think so, but unless I'm forgetting something, Spider-Man hasn't had any interaction with him that would logically lead to him thinking he's going to figure it out, or that he's even trying to. It might just be Peter being paranoid, which is on brand.

DUY:  Maybe stop calling them "females", Pete. I don't even know what it is about the term, you just don't use it.

BEN: Female is more often used, in casual conversation, as an adjective. If you use a word most often used as an adjective as a noun, you’re reducing an entire person to the confines of that adjective. For example, if you refer to a man as “a white” instead of a “white man.”

DUY: You're a white.

BEN: The sun is my enemy.


BEN: Swinging in through the high-rise window wasn’t enough proof that he’s really Spider-Man?

DUY: Is it just me, or is this a really weird drawing of someone shaving?

BEN: Is it a weird drawing of someone shaving, or a regular drawing of Harry Osborn?

DUY: Two issues ago, Peter couldn't figure out the Chameleon was behind a crime where someone's appearance was mimicked. Now he can't remember Max Dillon's name after Dillon just turned off a massively malfunctioning circuit breaker without being hurt.... you're smarter than this, Parker.

BEN: He’s only fought him twice!

DUY: Oh come on, if you met someone once and he was completely unaffected by electricity, you wouldn't remember him?

BEN: Not if I met a Kangaroo man last week!

DUY: Batman would remember.


BEN: The end of a really good scene, with Peter finally explaining himself (for the most part) for once:

DUY: I don't care how ridiculous this is. Electro is holding a solid electric bolt and I love it:

BEN: It's no less ridiculous than that glorious mask.


DUY: Hell, I dunno, Electro? Technically he didn't lose, and that's a win for a villain.

BEN: 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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