Jul 1, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #25

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!

Except, in honor of the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home this weekend, we will be going daily for Spider-Rama for the next two weeks! So tune in every day at the same time for your daily dose of Spider-Man retrospectives!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25
Spider-Rama
by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Spider-Man fights a super-spider-killing robot, controlled by J. Jonah Jameson!


POINTLESS TRIVIA

BEN: First appearance of Spencer Smythe and his Spider-Slayer robot, and is this the second Norman Osborn?




DUY: That's definitely on purpose.

BEN: First appearance of Mary Jane Watson, her face hidden, of course.



DUY: This supposedly takes place exactly the next day from the previous issue. And, although it's already been mentioned that Peter was indirectly responsible for Uncle Ben's death, Peter's main motivation is still money. In both this and the previous issue, he looks for crimes specifically so he can take pictures.


WHAT'S AGED THE BEST?

BEN: This is a nearly perfect Spider-Man comic. J Jonah Jameson is Spidey’s true top adversary, and the robot gives him a less morally reprehensible way to attack Spidey. The troubles with Flash and juggling two girls, and a third he doesn’t know about. Angry Betty Brant is far more delightful than the usual crying version. Losing both his costumes. All around the best comic yet.

DUY: Spider-Man's scientific knowledge comes into play here once again, and it's been on hiatus for a while. Kind of the perfect resolution to a tense conflict.

BEN: Mary Jane being a knockout is a brilliant twist too, and it’s fortunate Ditko never penciled the full reveal.



DUY: It's unfortunate for Ditko, but probably for the best in terms of impact and MJ's first full appearance that John Romita got to pencil that particular reveal.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

DUY: The Spider-slayer design is so ugly. Ditko did not design mechanical stuff well. Also there is no way Jameson would actually look to end Spider-Man at this point; he makes him too much money

BEN: So you’re saying there’s a bit of Thanos to Jameson?

DUY: He wants to... kill... half of Spider-Man?

BEN: He secretly wants to fail!

NITPICKS

BEN: The robot that can track Spider-Man’s aura is a bit of a stretch.

DUY: Does Betty have no friends? Like literally no friends?

BEN: She doesn’t go to school, and the only people that work at the Bugle at this point are Jonah, her, Foswell, and Ned.

FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: Peter trying to get away from the crowd and then jumping and then using the flagpole to just swing away. I love when Ditko does this. He looks so seamless.



BEN: Peter is half-aroused here.



WHO WON THE COMIC?

BEN: tan Lee and Steve Ditko are firing on all cylinders at this point. I could say Jameson, but I’ll give them credit for knowing exactly who that character is and the right balance between adversary and comic relief.

DUY: The word is momentum. This issue moves so fast and it's just going to keep going.

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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