Aug 5, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #9

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 Wednesday to find out!

MARVEL TEAM-UP #9
Spider-Rama
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and Frank Bolle

Spider-Man and Iron Man get embroiled in The Tomorrow War!



WHAT'S AGED THE BEST?

BEN: I feel like this is a low-level beloved cover. Maybe I’ve seen it on merchandise before.

DUY: No clue if this is planned, but Harry being all cranky will fit right into what's happening in the main book.



BEN: I’d assume it was planned, since it is Conway on both.

DUY: The idea that Iron Man should save all the Avengers will be taken to its extreme post-2008, especially in the cartoons. He fails a lot in the movies and actually shares screen time. But the cartoons...

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

BEN: Iron Man before Robert Downey Jr. was so boring and not fun.

DUY: Everything about Iron Man pre-2008 has not aged well. This is true.

BEN: Even Andru suffers, drawing Iron Man armor is not his strong suit.



NITPICKS

DUY: Spider-Man + Iron Man + Zarrko (A Thor villain) + Kang really does feel like they just threw names in a pot.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:


DUY: In the realm of linguistic drifts:



WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Edwin Jarvis, who is important enough to be kidnapped by a time-travelling Thor villain.



BEN: Jim Mooney, because it’s clear Romita’s art never looked better than it did with Mooney finishing it.

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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