May 16, 2021

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #145

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #155
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Dave Hunt

As if the Tarantula weren't enough, Spider-Man now has to deal with The Punisher!






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
  • The Jackal: 4
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • Man Mountain Marko: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • The Chameleon: 3
  • The Schemer/Richard Fisk: 3
  • Scorpion: 3
  • Ringmaster: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • Tarantula: 2
  • Green Goblin (Harry): 2
  • The Grizzly: 2
  • Mysterio 2: 2
  • Cyclone: 2
DUY: This is one of my first comics ever.

BEN: You have such random first comics.

DUY: So in the Philippines in the 80s, there was maybe a couple of comic stores, Filbar's and Comic Quest. But other than that, comics would just be sold in random book sale stores. (One chain itself was called Book Sale.) There would be no rhyme or reason as to which comics were available, but a lot of them would be the same comics. And this was one of them, for some reason. This is where I learned about Gwen Stacy. This issue was my actual introduction to Gwen Stacy, and it's her clone, because Gwen is dead. I must have been 7 years old when I read it, so you can always jump in in the middle of a story, everyone.

BEN: Shhh, it's the real Gwen.

DUY: And it wasn't actually this issue, but the 1980 reprint in Marvel Tales 122, where the cover was very creatively changed by being flipped horizontally.



BEN: This is, believe it or not, the Scorpion's first appearance in this title since #29, when Ditko was drawing (and co-plotting) the book. Romita never pencilled him in his very long run. That makes this only his third appearance in Amazing Spider-Man (fourth if you count his appearance as Mac Gargan in #20)... which means that he actually at this point has more appearances in Captain America (122, 150, 151, 152).  150 is actually just a one-panel appearance, so you could say it's the same number of appearances.


DUY: He's also shown up in Daredevil a couple of times, because I guess Gene Colan enjoys drawing him.



WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

DUY: This is a pretty good offbeat take on doing a recap.


BEN: We know a lot about clones now, but how much was known in 1975? This must have been one hell of a cliffhanger.



WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: May.



DUY: Dude, I get it, but calm down..



BEN: Yeah, he poured it on a little too much.

NITPICKS

DUY: Scorpion gets out of jail, opens his bag to reveal his Scorpion suit... and did they just give him his suit back?



BEN: No way it fits in a suitcase either.


FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: This is an iconic image in my mind, even if there's never been any reason for me to think it is:


BEN: That's my pick too.

DUY: Something about the Scorpion's tail makes for great visuals, and the way Spidey dodges him, very well-drawn:


BEN: Look how cute and small his tail used to be.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Gerry Conway and Ross Andru. No frills, just solid, good comics.
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