Aug 17, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #10

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and Wednesday, 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 Monday and Wednesday to find out!

by Gerry Conway, Jim Mooney, and Frank Giacoia

Spider-Man and the Human Torch vs. Kang the Conqueror!


BEN: Marvel Team-Up villain appearance count:

  • Sandman: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Puppet Master: 2
  • The Mad Thinker: 2
  • Kryllk the Cruel: 2
  • Kang the Conqueror: 2
  • Zarrko the Tomorrow Man: 2

DUY: Marvel Team-Up hero appearance count:

  • Human Torch: 4
  • X-Men:1
  • Vision: 1
  • Thing: 1
  • Thor: 1
  • The Cat: 1
  • Iron Man: 1

DUY: I might be seeing things, but that hero appearance count is very telling of something.

BEN: Of what?

DUY: Of.... Peter and... Johnny's.... inextricable bond?

BEN: Johnny was the first Marvel character to get his own solo series, I think. Like you said before, it’s easy to forget how big the Fantastic Four was.

DUY: I just recently discovered Spideytorch is a thing.

BEN: I’d like to point out this comic was on the stands the same month as Amazing Spider-Man #121, one of the most important stories in comic book history. This comic is not one of the most important stories in comic book history.


BEN:  I liked it when Johnny had the red costume.

DUY: As noted before, Spidey + Johnny is a great combination, and that ages well.


BEN: Um, no:

BEN: What?!?!?

DUY: Oh God, where do I start?? It's Samurai, not Samauri! Inu Neko means "Dogs and Cats"! Mimashipa is not a word! How short is that sword??

DUY: Why is the sound effect designed that way??


DUY: Iron Man being taken out of commission because this is a Torch issue is the height of contrivance.

DUY: This is not the configuration the Avengers were in in the previous issue, but whatever.


BEN: Mine:

DUY: That's mine too.


DUY: Not Asia! Again!

BEN: Irrationality wins the day.

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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