Oct 2, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #45

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.

The Lizard and his reptile army invade New York City, and Spider-Man has to defend the city with a broken arm!


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 Lizard: 3
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Electro: 2
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2

BEN: The first date between Harry Osborn and Mary Jane Watson?

DUY: Speaking of, how and when did Harry and MJ get each other's number? Did she just stake out ESU until she saw someone she knows?

BEN: She went to Oscorp and the front desk gave her.


BEN: Since we as the reader know the full picture, it always seems like it would be easy to guess Peter is Spider-Man, but without that full view we get, there is no reason for any character inside the comic to suspect that Spider-Man is even a regular person at all.

DUY: You would need to first observe that Peter is never around whenever Spider-Man is, then you'd have to observe that Spider-Man is about the same size as Peter. And in Flash's case, having seen Peter unmasked as Spider-Man once before and then not believing it, he really has no additional reason to do so.

BEN: So even with a busted arm, Flash and Harry make fun of him for copying Spider-Man, because that’s what real people would do.

DUY: It's actually pretty realistic.

BEN: Speaking of realistic, reptile armies age like a fine wine.


BEN: They were clearly building up to Peter quitting in #50, which was good that one time. Unfortunately, it’s been copied 100 times since.

DUY: Lizard having a semi-human brain and not knowing he's Curt Connors is a bit too Hulk-y for me. I prefer him knowing he's Connors and then losing control, and then the next step is just full-on Lizard.

BEN: Full-on Lizard was my stripper name in college.


BEN: Spider-Man beats the Lizard and then makes the antidote to cure him. Why not make the antidote first and have it ready?

DUY: Aunt May is so annoying. She's in this comic for two panels, and she's so annoying.

BEN: She’s as annoying as she is necessary.


DUY: The panel with Peter swinging away while there is no dialogue among the Connors family, for the reader to fill out themselves, is equal parts charming and lazy.

BEN: A peek at my brain:


DUY: You can't go wrong with Spider-Man whenever he's fighting injured.

BEN: You can go wrong, because the winner is Gwen.

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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