Jun 5, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #21

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 the Human Torch feel the sting of The Beetle!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • The Vulture: 3
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Doctor Octopus: 4
  • Electro: 2
  • Kraven the Hunter: 2
  • Mysterio: 2
  • Sandman: 2
DUY:  This is the eighth Human Torch appearance


BEN: I don’t if I would consider it a good thing, but Peter is definitely starting to get a lot angrier.

DUY:  I think it's part of what makes him so relatable that early on. He's a teenager!

BEN: It's so unique too. Superman wasn’t ever angry. Not even Batman was angry at the time.

DUY: This relationship would be such a big part of Dan Slott and Ty Templeton's Spider-Man and Human Torch: I'm with Stupid, which is a series I can't recommend enough. You get so taken in by it too, because it's Spidey's series. I think if we told this story from Torch's point of view, it'd be interesting. Spidey must seem so mysterious.

BEN: I remember thinking it would be cool if Slott got a chance at a Spider-Man ongoing.

DUY: And it was, Slott got me back into reading Spider-Man after a long absence.


BEN: Including the annual and Amazing Fantasy, the Human Torch has appeared in 8 out of 23 Spider-Man comics, over a third. I do enjoy those two together, but it’s getting a bit excessive. This comic felt like an issue of Strange Tales. And Betty and Dorris were in an epic showdown to see who could be the bigger “wet blanket” girlfriend.

DUY: This pose has aged the worst.


BEN:  Seriously, it takes three seconds to shout “The Beetle has Dorrie!”

DUY: Why does Dorrie fix Peter a glass of Coke? I know they're kids, but they need to sit around her sofa for a Coke? Also, Betty calls Aunt May and she's wearing an apron and she's in the middle of cleaning. Can't we ever catch Aunt May like watching TV or something? And finally, Betty's one to talk about Peter maybe kinda dating someone else when she's been openly seeing Ned.


BEN: Poinng:

DUY: This is a pretty awesome shot:


BEN: The Beetle, because I completely forgot he started as a Human Torch villain.

DUY: I guess he needed a home after The Human Torch's solo feature in Strange Tales was cancelled.

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

DUY: Thank you, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko—

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

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