Nov 13, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #133

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #133
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and D. Hunt

The Molten Man is revealed to be Liz Allan's stepbrother!



POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 17
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Hammerhead: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • Molten Man: 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
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
DUY: So we covered this in Molten Man's first appearances. But I always knew he was Liz's stepbrother, to the point that I didn't even realize until later that that wasn't mentioned in those appearances. And now, he's revealed to be her stepbrother, and I'm surprised it's a "reveal." It's not even executed as if it was a "reveal." Just a matter-of-fact statement. If it had been revealed way before, this would just be a recap and need no rewriting.


BEN: That’s true, Peter should be way more surprised.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Creepy.



DUY: Being related to Liz is the only way Molten Man even still shows up.

BEN: With good reason. Though, these covers are great. This cover in particular is (no pun intended) amazing, which prompts the question, were Amazing Spider-Man covers on average better than every other Marvel series? This cover wouldn’t even crack Spider-Man’s 10 greatest even at that point, and it’s great. Or am I just more familiar and partial to Spider-Man’s covers?

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

DUY: It is not this easy to be a nurse.

BEN: They must have it confused with orderly, which is insulting.

DUY: Is it just me or has Jameson become less of a comedy figure? He's still exaggerated and ridiculous, but he's not as funny.

BEN: He's still angry, just not to comedic effects.

NITPICKS

BEN: Fireproof clothes?



DUY: And an asbestos mask!!


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: And that’s bad:


DUY: Mine:

BEN: Again, his feet would burn off


BEN: And that's bad, Duy!



WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: This random dog.




BEN: Man’s best friend, protector of the realm.

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