Oct 23, 2019

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3

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, John Romita Sr., and Don Heck

The Avengers try to recruit Spider-Man (and in the process ask Daredevil if they should, without offering Daredevil a membership), and his first test is to capture the Hulk!


DUY: This is the first time Spider-Man was asked to join the Avengers. Steve Ditko did not want to associate Spidey with other heroes, so that's why none of his guest stars(Except Daredevil) ever really helped him, and why his dynamic with the Human Torch is not one of a partnership. Ditko did not work on this, bu that still holds, and that's weird.


BEN: Spider-Man thinking he’s helping Banner by not luring the Hulk to the Avengers is at least plausible.


BEN: So the Avengers are looking for a character witness on Spidey, and Hawkeye says they know someone who’s fought with and against him, and as I’m thinking "Human Torch" in my brain, my eyes read "Daredevil". Why would they ask Daredevil?

DUY: Is Daredevil not offended that he's just being asked by the Avengers about another hero altogether?

BEN: I was going to say, he’s probably thinking “if you hold my opinion in such high regard, why not me?”

DUY: Like if they asked Johnny then there's at least the "I'm already a member of the Fantastic Four" excuse. But asking Daredevil is like asking the single friend of the girl you want to ask out if her friend is available.

BEN: But only if you’ve never met that girl or her friend before.

DUY: Also, this is not good artwork. And it's by John Romita Sr. and Don Heck.

BEN: The cover is good.


DUY: Holy crap, Janet Van Dyne, quit talking about how wasps and spiders are natural enemies. You're too old to be this petty.

BEN: The Avengers are too busy to track down the Hulk?


BEN: Desist!

DUY: This is so stupid-looking, I have to pick it.


DUY: Spider-Man beat the Hulk, so it's Spider-Man.

BEN: Can we agree to skip the annuals after this one?

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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