Jan 15, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #57

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.

Still stricken with amnesia, Spider-Man runs into the lord of the jungle, Ka-Zar!


BEN: The first of many times Gwen will cry over Peter:

DUY: This is the second jungle-dwelling character named Ka-Zar. The first one was a pulp hero from 1936, and this one was created for the X-Men in 1965. Why the same name? I dunno. I also don't care. Ka-Zar sucks.

BEN:  It seems like they did this amnesia angle to minimize time with the ever-growing supporting cast, which I might have enjoyed when I was younger, but now I always want more time with them. Maybe later on when Mary Jane is choking down cigarettes and sorrow, but not with this cast. On my scale of importance, this cast is at the top. Ka-Zar is not as high on my personal scale. Ka-Zar is not on my scale. Ka-Zar can’t look at my scale without asking.


BEN: Who needs proof?

DUY: Ka-Zar's superpower is basically that he's a parkour expert, so I guess that's aged well.


BEN:  The entire concept of Tarzan, or Ka-Zar.

DUY: Ka-Zar is faulty enough as it is, but coming so soon after a Kraven story, it's just ridiculous. A waste of time.


BEN: Ka-Zar rips his shirt off at the first possible moment, but not his pants. I usually lose my pants as I cross through my front door. I’m not saying I want to see Ka-Zar pantsless, but I’m not NOT saying it.


BEN:  Steeped in villainy!

DUY: Ka-Zar rides a cab and takes Zabu, his sabertooth tiger, with him, and I think it's funny.


BEN: Jameson once again does a lot in so few panels.

DUY: Dr. Bromwell, for saying what we're all thinking about Aunt May.

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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