Sep 18, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #43

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 John Romita Sr.

Spider-Man has to stop an escaped Rhino, but Mary Jane tags along!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Green Goblin: 7
  • Doctor Octopus: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • The Vulture: 3
  • Mysterio: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • Kraven the Hunter: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Electro: 2
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2
BEN: Betty Brant and Ned Leeds get engaged.

DUY: Curt Connors mentions the Lizard, in preparation for the next issue. These days it would take a bit more of a buildup.


BEN: Considering she’s technically supposed to already know he’s Spider-Man, Mary Jane suggesting they go find the Rhino fits perfectly.

DUY: The way Romita draws MJ is just so iconic. That's Mary Jane Watson.


DUY: Peter driving his tiny moped in his suit and tie.

BEN: Every word out of Mary Jane’s mouth.

DUY: Do you think MJ's dialogue seemed hip back then, or did it come off as Stan trying too hard? "Dad-- you're the end!" "You're right from groovesville!"


BEN: With his irremovable suit, the Rhino is yet another villain that can't pee.

DUY: Like the Molten Man and the Scorpion.

BEN: The initial fight is in an alleyway until the Rhino busts through a wall and heads onto the street, and yet Peter still gets photos of everything.

DUY: Why in the hell does May Parker not ever mention that she's out of her money for her medicine? How does she have a martyr complex bigger than his?


DUY: This is so terrible I love it:

BEN: I love this:


DUY: Daredevil, who probably saw his sales bump up a bit just because he showed up in this one.

BEN: Can I interest you in a year’s subscription of Gwen Stacy?


DUY: So in a (very) old article, I called John Romita the co-creator of Mary Jane Watson, along with Stan Lee. A rebuttal to that is that she's actually a Ditko/Lee creation, because much of her personality was already established before she had even made her first full appearance. My stance is, it's not a creation until it's completed on the page. I think MJ is a Romita. Thoughts?

BEN: To me, co-creator doesn’t have to mean 50%. So Romita is absolutely a co-Crestor of Mary Jane, artists copied his model for the character for the next 20 years. Until Todd McFarlane. John Romita is the reason she was popular.

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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