Apr 10, 2021

Spider-Rama: Giant-Size Spider-Man #4

 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 Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and Mike Esposito

Spider-Man teams up with the Punisher!

BEN: The third appearance of the Punisher. Fourth, if you count that last page cameo.

DUY: Let's just decree now that when we say appearance we mean a full appearance. It's the last time Punisher's creators work on him, too.

BEN: First appearance of Moses Magnum, who would go on to become, at the least, a reliable journeyman villain across the Marvel Universe.

DUY: The first appearance of the Punisher's van and the fact that he keeps a "War Journal", which is a narrative excuse to get him to talk to himself.


BEN: I loved the thick spine on these old oversized comics.

DUY: Punisher's battle van is simultaneously fun, in character, and a precursor to a bunch of 80s merchandise.

BEN: Spider-Man’s hatred of windows is contagious.


DUY: This is almost definitely not a "kidnapping."

BEN: I’m pretty sure this is the first time we see the Punisher actually kill someone. Spider-Man would usually give Frank a lot more shit about killing someone, even while saving him, but he doesn’t mention it at all.

DUY: Matt Dillon is a 90s actor who was in There's Something About Mary and Wild Things.

BEN: That’s a reference to Marshall Matt Dillon, from the TV show Gunsmoke.


BEN: For goodness' sakes Frank, get some sleep before a big raid against a criminal empire.

DUY: Where'd Peter get the comb?

BEN: You know how vain Peter is.


DUY: Ross Andru and motion. Pretty good:


DUY: The Punisher.

BEN: The Punisher is getting closer and closer to becoming the Punisher everyone knows.

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