May 14, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #100

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every weekday until the end of May, 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, Gil Kane, and Frank Giacoia

In this specially terrible 100th issue, Spider-Man tries to get rid of his spider-powers and takes a trip down memory lane.


BEN: The landmark 100th issue, which is something we comic book fans celebrate for some reason.

DUY: It gets really ridiculous in the 90s, when we'd celebrate 25th and 75th issues too.

BEN: Peter grows four new arms. Spoilers.

DUY: This is a comic I use as a case study of when fans get mad about a new plot twist after the initial reveal (think Captain America as Hydra or Doc Ock as Spider-Man). By the same logic, they'd have been freaking out that Peter has four extra arms now.

BEN: Message boards in the 60s and 70s would have been lit.


BEN: One of the top 10 Spider-Man covers ever made. Top 5?

DUY: Certainly very iconic. I wouldn't put too many ahead of it. But I'd say top 10. Actually at this point, what are the top 10 covers from Amazing Fantasy #15 to Amazing Spider-Man #100?

BEN: Amazing Fantasy, 24, 29, 33, 39, 50, 56, 70, 100, Annual #1. Ditkos covers are iconic and etched in my brain, but I don’t know if any besides 33 are “the best.”


BEN: I was really enjoying Kane’s art with Romita’s inks and even the first few with Giacoia inking, but he’s gone off the rails here. 

DUY: I started disliking him last issue.

BEN: I was sure this was leading to Peter’s periodic reminder that he continues to fight crime as Spider-Man because of his role in Uncle Ben’s death, but then this happened. 

DUY: I know I read this story a billion times, but I'm still surprised Captain Stacy is Uncle Ben now.

BEN: The only reason I can think of for them using George here is that they already did this basic story with Ben in #50. I guess I never thought of this as another “Peter quits” story, but no wonder it became such a trope.

DUY: Also he's the sun, which is ridiculous.


DUY: Kane's art sucks, is my nitpick.



DUY: I like when Peter is in the lab:


BEN: Captain Stacy, for inexplicably being Peter’s cosmic reminder that with great power, must also come great responsibility.

DUY: Two weird things. First, they still never mention that line. Second, he mentions Uncle Ben in the issue. So it's not like they forgot him.

BEN: Maybe Stan actually remembered using Ben last time.

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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