Apr 25, 2021

Spider-Rama: Marvel Team-Up #33

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, Sal Buscema, and Vince Colletta

Spider-Man and Nighthawk vs. The Looter!

BEN: Holy shit it’s the Looter. Or Meteor Man, whatever.


BEN: Not only is his costume great, he has a balloon in his backpack. He’s Ditko’s greatest villain creation.

DUY: To be fair, TO BE FAIR, that silent sequence with the balloon reminds me of "Silent Interlude," the legendary silent issue of GI Joe.

BEN: Nighthawk is a Batman analog, so this is basically a team-up with Batman.

DUY: This is in fact very Batman.

BEN: I’m pretty sure if I ever got powers I’d immediately become a supervillain, just like Ditko’s greatest villain.


BEN: Buscema has done better work than this, so I’m blaming Colletta, who is a controversial inker as it is.

DUY: For those unaware, Vince Colletta was one of the go-to inkers of the legendary Jack Kirby, and was known for taking shortcuts.

BEN: Colletta imposing his own style on Buscema’s Spider-Man is... odd.


BEN: I think if you’re capable of thinking about how groggy you are, you can also move your fingers to save yourself.

DUY: Spider-Man jumped Nighthawk because his spider-sense was triggered. Why was his spider-sense triggered?

BEN: Nighthawk is lame?


BEN: I love that balloon:

DUY: That's mine too, you know I'm a sucker for those layouts.


BEN: Ditko’s greatest creation, the Looter, or Meteor Man, whatever.

DUY: Here's Ditko's greatest creation punching out Batman.

BEN: The Looter is like combining Snake Eyes with Ditko and he’s punching Batman.

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