Apr 15, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #75

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!

by Stan Lee, John Romita Sr., and Jim Mooney

Silvermane has used the Petrified Clay Stone Tablet to restore his youth!


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: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • Scorpion: 2
DUY: At eight issues (68-75), the Stone Tablet Saga may be the longest-running arc thus far in the series. It's not the main plot in virtually any issue, so it definitely feels like the start of what would become the standard A-plot B-plot C-plot storytelling that would be perfected by the 70s. From the DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics, here's a diagram of how that works, called the Levitz Paradigm, after famed editor Paul Levitz.

BEN: The Comics Buyers Guide put it on their top 1000 comics ever list, and I wonder if it’s because it had that long-form build-up that not many stories had at the time.

DUY: This seems like a good issue to put it, but it's been theorized that the term "Maggia" was created to not offend the Mafia, who was actually controlling a lot of print distribution at the time.

BEN: Maybe they were offended for not being included?


BEN: Even though he’s a pretty generic mobster boss in this first storyline, Silvermane becomes so much more fun later. He ages backwards here, thanks to the tablet, and that's always a fun concept.

DUY: And it's always a logical concept too, like why would a fountain of youth stop at a certain age.

BEN: So... does he become sperm at the end?

DUY: Yes.

BEN:  And an unfertilized egg?

DUY: ...Yes.


DUY:  Dr. Doom can talk like this. Loki can talk like this. Spider-Man villains should have to earn the right to talk like this. And Silvermane has not earned that right, nor will he ever.


BEN: How did he manage to get the name Silvermane? He was obviously a young man once.

DUY: You know how Scar from the Lion King has a scar but probably didn't have it when he was actually named Scar. How people are named Smithers and Jeeves before they become butlers. How a library collections officer happens to be named Bookman.

BEN: Bookman may have been inspired by his name.


BEN:  I love a well done eyes with effects shot:

DUY: That's mine too. Intense.


BEN:  I think it’s pretty clearly Gwen Stacy

DUY: I'm gonna say Curt Connors. If you switched Connors with Bruce Banner in a story like this would it make much of a difference?

BEN: You were supposed to say Gwen wasn’t even in this!

DUY: You say Gwen all the time! And you said Ghost Rider the other day!

BEN: He should have been in this!

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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