Apr 24, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #16

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Each 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 Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Spider-Man and Daredevil team up for the first time, against the Circus of Crime.


BEN: First meeting of Daredevil and Spider-Man. I have sort of love/hate the Spidey and Daredevil relationship. I’ve always loved how Marvel crosses over, but DD is usually a pompous know-it-all toward Peter.

DUY: When I was a kid I thought they were best friends. I have absolutely no basis for that. Matt always comes off like he's the more mature and experienced one, but Peter's been in the game as long as he has. This is also the second and third and fourth time Spider-Man has swung from his web upside down, which makes me think Ditko liked the pose when he came up with it and that's why it eventually became iconic.


DUY: In today's social climate, Matt Murdock choosing not to go out on a social situation with his employee that he has feelings for, ages particularly well.


DUY: Daredevil pre-Miller, or at least pre-Colan, kinda ages pretty badly. He's fairly standard, except for his handicap, which isn't a handicap for him at all. Interesting to note that Daredevil will end up taking off once he takes a second-tier Spider-Man villain and turns him into a first-tier Daredevil villain.

BEN: Turns out that Daredevil is the early Marvel hero least suited for the storytelling style of the Stan Lee era. He needed to be tortured and depressed, not worrying about a love triangle with his only two friends. He seems like he’s having too much fun with all this, and that feels wrong.


BEN: As far as Foggy and Karen know, Matt is completely blind, so why in the hell would he want to go to the circus?

DUY: Karen remembers he's blind while already at the circus, but still, the whole thing is pretty stupid.

BEN: I can’t imagine the average blind person likes big crowds.

DUY: This feels like a whole advertisement for Daredevil. I much preferred the Hulk meeting two issues ago, where it was random and felt more organic.


BEN: Like you keep pointing out, such great motion.

DUY: I do love that motion.


BEN: Daredevil. This was a shameless cross-promotion coming very early in his existence.

DUY: It even feels more like a Daredevil comic than a Spider-Man comic.

BEN: What a strange time early Marvel was. Fantastic Four was the established hit, Spider-Man was the early smash success. The Hulk was cancelled after six comics. The X-Men and Daredevil probably did just well enough to keep going.

DUY: That's it for Spider-Rama this week.

BEN: Thank you, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko—

DUY: —for telling us we aren't the only ones.

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1 comment:

Daniel said...

Remember, Matt Murdock is an actual grown-up (college graduate practicing law) while Peter Parker is still a high-school kid. DD's seniority isn't attributable to how long he's been wearing spandex on weekends.

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