Dec 4, 2020

Spider-Rama: Giant-Size Spider-Man #2

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!

by Len Wein, Ross Andru, and Al Milgrom

Spider-Man has to come to terms with the existence of Fu Manchu as he runs into Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu!

BEN: The first time Al Milgrom worked on a Spider-Man comic, it seems.

DUY: Shang-Chi is a character meant to capitalize on Bruce Lee, and is the son of Fu Manchu, who at the time Marvel had the rights to.

BEN: Bruce Lee was a famous martial artist in the 70s.

DUY: He may or may not be known best for his role as Kato in The Green Hornet.

BEN: What's The Green Hornet?

DUY: He may or may not be known best for his role as Kato in The Green Hornet.

BEN: What's The Green Hornet? Don't you mean Arrow?

DUY: During a Green Hornet/Batman crossover, Green Hornet vs. Batman as well as Kato vs. Robin ended in a draw. Legend has it that Batman was supposed to go over Hornet while Kato was supposed to go over Robin, but Burt Ward didn't want to lose to Bruce Lee.

BEN: Bruce Lee was in that Seth Rogen movie?


BEN: Superheroes fighting each other over a misunderstanding is a Marvel staple, and they did a better job of manipulating it in this story than usual.

DUY: Shang-Chi will have his own movie in the MCU soon, so I guess he aged well.

BEN: Spider-Man does have a weakness to bricks, as we’ll see much much later.

DUY: Using captions to narrate the first person is a very modern technique, and would now be used without the corresponding quotation marks.

BEN: Shang-Chi got the honor of narration.


BEN: These:

DUY: Another mind control device, and minions being killed after they’re defeated. Two prevalent tropes in comics at the time.

BEN: The frequent use of racial slurs. I know the bad guys are saying them, but I don’t know that slurs against other racial groups would be used as freely as these are.

DUY: This is not necessarily impossible, but sumo is a Japanese tradition and Japanese and Chinese are not interchangeable.

BEN: This is unlikely:


BEN: "Too long."


BEN: Mine:

DUY: The stiffness of Spider-Man in this panel is fascinating. Did he not bend his knees or his waist at all as Shang-Chi flips him?


DUY: Uh, I guess Shang-Chi by default.

BEN: Bruce Lee, for landing a part in a Seth Rogen movie.

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