May 20, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #104

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 Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and Frank Giacoia

Kraven! Ka-Zar! The Savage Land!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • Doctor Octopus: 12
  • Green Goblin: 11
  • The Vulture: 7
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Kraven the Hunter: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • 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 Schemer/Richard Fisk: 3
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2

BEN: Shared universe, baby.

DUY:  I guess it's the shared universe, but Kraven retreating to the Savage Land is way too on-brand it's dumb. 

BEN: Maybe it’s so on-brand it’s brilliant?


BEN: Spider-Man murders an innocent creature!

DUY:  Oh, I get it. Gil Kane's trying to be Jim Steranko, but he's not good.

BEN: He murdered that creature!

DUY: Activate instant kill!


Kane has never seen a T-Rex before.

DUY: So with just the bare amount of brain effort.... Ka-Zar must know Spidey is Peter Parker, right?.

BEN: Ka-Zar grew up around gorillas and dinosaurs


 One of us shall end this day as a corpse:

DUY: This entire issue is like that one episode of GI Joe with Baroness in a bikini:

BEN: The greatest cartoon ever?


BEN: Kraven has found his niche as an over-the-top clown:

DUY: Ka-Zar wins because he's made his second appearance in Amazing Spider-Man in less than 50 issues, and WHY. Like why Ka-Zar? Why?

BEN: Storytelling yes. It feels like they get so much more accomplished in this story than they have been for a whilThere was that new Tarzan movie that flopped a few years back and people were wondering why. Maybe it’s because Tarzan isn’t still interesting 150 years later.

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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