Apr 14, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #74

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every day until the end of April, 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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74
Spider-Rama
by Stan Lee, John Romita Sr., and Jim Mooney

Silvermane has kidnapped biochemist Curt Connors to translate the Petrified Clay Stone Tablet thing, because apparently everything that needs thinking can be solved by a scientist in the Marvel Universe. Anyway, Curt might turn into the Lizard at some point, or something.



POINTLESS TRIVIA

BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 9
  • The Kingpin: 9
  • Green Goblin: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Kraven the Hunter: 5
  • Sandman: 4
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • The Lizard: 3
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 3
  • The Chameleon: 2
  • Electro: 2
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • Man Mountain Marko: 2
  • Silvermane: 2
BEN: Another newspaper purchase by web:


WHAT'S AGED THE BEST?

DUY: Left over from the Ditko days: Peter Parker being too self-absorbed to say hi to anyone. And the fact that it's the black students who are defending him is definitely a conscious creative choice.



BEN: Peter has zero soul, c’mon now.

DUY: One of the Kingpin's crime lieutenants is named Caesar Cicero, and I love the name.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

DUY: Harry Osborn's mustache:


BEN: Harry needs to be locked up for that. He was already pushing it with the hair.

DUY:  This kind of storytelling, where the dialogue says exactly what's in the art, has definitely not aged well.



BEN: Sumptuous should never be a word associated with Silvermane.


NITPICKS

DUY: After slapping Man Mountain Marko, it's not the "exertion" that should cause Silvermane to be in pain. He should have broken his hand.



BEN: I wonder if that’s another disconnect between artist and writer, because it was clearly the blow that hurt his hand.

DUY: Billy Connors in this comic seems much older than he would be portrayed in later issues. And also, if he's known about Curt being the Lizard for "years," then on the sliding timeline, that'd be... one year?


BEN: Billy fluctuates in age even more than Magneto. And here’s where we retroactively justify why they kidnapped a biologist, even though they’d have no reason to think he was the answer.


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: It's like looking at a car wreck. Gwen, take your own advice and help him shave that abomination off his face.



DUY: This panel is captivating. Did he just pick up that guy who remained stiff as a board? And what's with the proportions of the left arm of the guy on the ground? Did he just suddenly grow Kirby hands?




WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Gwen Stacy.

BEN: I think it’s pretty clear it’s 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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