Oct 21, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #18

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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #125
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, John Romita Sr, and Tony Mortellaro

Spider-Man vs. the Man-Wolf, who is John Jameson, JJJ's son!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: The previous issue was a team-up between the Hulk and the Human Torch, so we skipped it. And the first appearance of Stegron, the Dinosaur Man!

DUY: Between Kraven and Ka-Zar, I feel I've seen these guys WAY too much. Also, every issue of Marvel Team-Up thus far has had either Spidey or Torch.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Stegron May be a complete copy of the Lizard, but I’m fine with it. Sick burn, Spidey.



DUY: For a villain created in MTU, Stegron has in fact aged pretty well.

BEN: It’s a proven concept.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Two things. 1. I’m pretty sure that webbing is going up his buttcrack. 2. Maybe you stop with the cell-regeneration research, Curt.



DUY: That webbing... is definitely going up his buttcrack.

NITPICKS

BEN: Missing spider emblem.



DUY: Really? He just so happens to be going back to New York?


BEN: I was wondering when they dropped him off, how was he planning to get home.


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: That’s just a well-done Spidey:



DUY: Yeah, shut up Ka-Zar.


WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Stegron, the Dinosaur Man.

BEN: I feel like if your real name is Stegron, you have to become a dinosaur man at some point.

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The Top 10 Most Important Superman Artists of All Time

Duy, LaMar, and Paul are back as we draft the 10 most important, most influential, and most definitive Superman artists of all time! Some Superman books these guys worked on: https://amzn.to/31oOAfW https://amzn.to/2TeQnQc https://amzn.to/2IFYTFF

Oct 19, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #130

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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #130
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and D. Hunt

Hammerhead is back! The Jackal is here! And so is Dr. Octopus! And the Spider-Mobile debuts!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 16
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Sandman: 4
  • Hammerhead: 4
  • 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
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
BEN: The debut of the Spider-Mobile.



DUY: Yes! Screw you, Batmobile!

BEN: Is this the first time we’ve seen a Christmas themed issue coordinated with the real-life season?

DUY: For Spider-Man, yes.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Peter Parker being a terrible driver. Three villains running around causing problems was new



DUY: Aside from the awesomeness of the Spider-Mobile and the fact that this issue in general is pretty good, I just want to point out that Andru has been different from his predecessors in terms of perspectives. You don't really get this kind of thing from Ditko or Romita, and it works. That's the second thing I've seen that distinguishes Andru from his predecessors, the first one being MJ's staple ensemble.


BEN: You know I love those high-up angles.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

BEN: Has Harry been weird since his father died?


DUY: He's been extra hostile, but I think it'd be easy to blame it on the drugs.

BEN: I’m just pointing out how inconsiderate his statement is. Of course he’s been weird, HIS FATHER DIED.

NITPICKS

BEN: Back to the Christmas thing, as a fan we just have to ignore the 40 different Christmas stories Spider-Man has had in the years since.

DUY: And that's just it with seasons passing in comics. You'll go through 16 seasons and it'll be a year in their lives.

BEN: How is Doctor Octopus out of jail?

DUY: I've said it before, but just because Hammerhead has a metal plate in his head doesn't mean he needs to just use his head to hit everything.

BEN: His neck isn't metal. Or maybe it is. I don't know.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: It doesn’t get more insane than this:


DUY: YES! SPIDER-MOBILE!!!


WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Corona Motors, for the majesty that is the Spider-Mobile.

BEN: I’m saying Ross Andru, because in many ways he was my baseline for the character as a kid. I didn’t have access to that many back issues of Romita or Ditko, but I was collecting these.

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Oct 16, 2020

Watch: Danny Fingeroth on Editing 90s Spider-Man

Danny Fingeroth group-edited Spider-Man for the first half of the 90s, overseeing, among many other things, the departure of Todd McFarlane (7:50) Maximum Carnage (19:39) and The Clone Saga (25:09)! Also, why are secret identities now outdated? (42:25) And is Spider-Man Jewish? (46:56) Get Danny Fingeroth's books here: Stan Lee, a Marvelous Life: https://amzn.to/3j0qH43 Maximum Carnage: https://amzn.to/31bmyo2 Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society: https://amzn.to/3lNiwtH Clone Saga: https://amzn.to/2Hb2ef2 Disguised as Clark Kent:Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero: https://amzn.to/375IqES

Watch: The Top 10 X-Men Artists of All Time

Joe, Justin, and Ben join Duy as they pick the 10 greatest X-Men Artists of All Time! Preorder the Jim Lee Artists Edition here: https://amzn.to/3j7LbIa

Oct 12, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #129

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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, D. Hunt

It's the first appearance of the Jackal! That's a big deal! And also some guy named the Punisher.



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 15
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • 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
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2

DUY: Wow, the death of Gwen Stacy, death of Green Goblin, and the first appearances of the Jackal and the Punisher, all in the span of nine issues. Conway's legacy is set at this point.

BEN: Mary Jane thought bubbles.


DUY: They're so rare! The question about those specific MJ thought ballons -- when they were written, was it meant to characterize her, or was it meant to have her be lying to herself?

BEN: I think you can say both.

DUY: That's kinda nuanced for a 1973 comic.

BEN: It was probably true at the time, but became nuanced after the retcons.

DUY: The Punisher was designed by John Romita, and was close to being called The Grim Reaper or The Executioner.



WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Obviously the Punisher went on to become one of Marvel’s most popular characters, especially among those that have never read a comic book.

DUY: The cover is iconic, and has been homaged several times.











BEN: The costume is brilliant.

DUY: The Punisher's costume, for me, specifically, has aged well. It's perfect, right down to the ammo being the teeth of the skull.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: I have to agree with the Jackal, what’s it matter how he dies?



DUY: Peter sewed his entire costume from scratch, so this doesn't really make sense.


NITPICKS

BEN: I know Spider-Man’s ability to dodge projectiles depends on the story, but still.



FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: Mine:



BEN: Mine:


DUY: The Punisher has grown to be one of the most feared men in comics, and Spider-Man takes him down in a panel.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: The eventual “grim and gritty” era of comics. The death of Gwen and the creation of the Punisher will be two important checkpoints towards superhero comics becoming much more dark and violent.

DUY: It's either the Punisher or Gerry Conway.

BEN: Conway is killing it, in terms of creating legendary comics.

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Watch: Tales from Silver Age DC! Interview with Barbara Friedlander

Barbara Friedlander worked at Silver Age DC in the 1960s and wrote romance comics and Swing with Scooter! Hear her tell tales about Mort Weisinger, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito, Tony Abruzzo, Jay Scott Pike! How did DC see the rising threat of Marvel? This is comics history, folks!

Oct 8, 2020

Watch: Jane Foster Thor Talk!

 Duy loves Jason Aaron's run on Thor and got two other Thor fans, Roz  (@ifshebeworthy on Twitter) and Jacqueline, to talk about what got us into the run, the artists Russell Dauterman and Esad Ribic, and our love of Jane Foster as the Mighty Thor! (There will be spoilers. A lot of spoilers.)


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Oct 7, 2020

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #17

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 #17
by Len Wein, Gil Kane, and Everybody


Spider-Man teams up with a member of the Fantastic Four! Oh wait, it's Mr. Fantastic.



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
DUY: Mar-Vell is in the issue since this continues from the previous issue, but he does nothing, much like Iron man when he showed up. It's like a rule that the previous issue's guest star has to be useless if the story continues.

BEN: It was a rule for Iron Man to be useless, until 2008.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: I give you Marvel’s first official supervillain.




WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Unmitigated moron.


DUY: This is a Kane staple and I hate it.


BEN: Stare at my weird drawings of faces! Stare at them!

NITPICKS

BEN: How would Spider-Man know Basilisk was a heistman?



DUY: Look at the cover. Just look at it. It makes no sense.  Spider-Man is swinging from Mr. Fantastic's left arm, under his right arm, punching someone who's clearly under his left arm, WHAT.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:



DUY: I love how Reed is just like "Yeah, no, Johnny's not here, go away." Even though Spidey needs him for the Spider-mobile everywhere else.




BEN: Johnny’s not home, little boy.


WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Rick Jones. The Mole Man. I dunno. Whatever.

BEN: Short agile men.

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Watch: The World's Biggest Hank Pym Fan Talks Hank Pym

 We talk to Kimberly Smith, aka HumanKimberly, the world's biggest Hank Pym fan! Whether it's as Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, or the Wasp, Hank Pym is just an interesting character.


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Oct 5, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #128

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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #128
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and D. Hunt

The Vulture returns!

POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 15
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • 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
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: This:


DUY: If this happened in 2020, the racist fans would be complaining that a black character exists.

BEN: Peter finally using his built-in excuse.


DUY: Perfect in today's day and age. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Or “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere." by Elie Wiesel.



WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: This.


DUY: Heeheehee, his name is Shallot.

BEN: This whole Vulture imposter plot. So the experiment made him look exactly like Toomes for some reason?



DUY: The genetic mutation and facial changes idea has now been introduced, though, and that's going to be important in around 20 issues.

NITPICKS

BEN: Maybe don’t wear a bright yellow jacket then.


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:



DUY: Mine:




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Once again, Gerry Conway, who hits a LOT of positive check marks in this entire issue.

BEN: And Peter isn’t a total dick this time.

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Oct 2, 2020

Watch: Ian Sta. Maria Interview

Filipino artist Ian Sta. Maria talks to Duy about Skyworld, Mr. Tino, and Salamangka! Learn about Filipino mythology, what got him into comics, and his biggest influences! Visit Ian Sta. Maria on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofIanStaMaria Visit Ian Sta. Maria on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takbotikbalang