Aug 31, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #124


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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #124
by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane, John Romita Sr., and Tony Mortellaro

Spider-Man fights the Man-Wolf, who turns out to be John Jameson!


POINTLESS TRIVIA

BEN: Villain appearance count:

  • Doctor Octopus: 15
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Sandman: 4
  • Hammerhead: 3
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 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
  • The Gibbon: 2

DUY: First John Jameson as the Man-Wolf.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST?

BEN: It’s a proven fact that exercise relieves anger and stress.



DUY: At least they acknowledged this is the second werewolf he’s fought in a week.



BEN: You’re the werewolf expert, has the “good man cursed” always been part of the werewolf formula? Or is that a new thing?

DUY: Disclaimer: I am not a werewolf expert.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

BEN: He always has to make everything about him.



DUY: In particular, this is a very Peter-is-egocentric issue. I can let it slide given Gwen just died this time though.

NITPICKS

BEN: Either he conveniently found those 10-day old competing newspapers, or two big New York City newspapers are still reporting about a 10-day old murder on their front pages:


BEN: Mary Jane is a student?



DUY: Since when is MJ a student? And since when is this John Jameson?


BEN: Maybe he went gray, you don't know.

FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: These stuck out to me for some reason. I feel like this is one of the first instances we're seeing a more modernized type of storytelling where we're just shown smaller actions:



WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: This being the second werewolf he's fought in a month, I'm going to say that the biggest winner is Marvel for overcoming what was then a Comics Code law (no werewolves).

BEN: He’s a Man-Wolf, Duy.

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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