May 25, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #107

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every weekday until the end of May, 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 #107
by Stan Lee, and John Romita Sr., and Frank Giacoia

Spencer Smythe personally goes after Spider-Man! Flash Thompson confides to Gwen Stacy that something bad happened in Vietnam!


POINTLESS TRIVIA 

BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • Doctor Octopus: 12
  • Green Goblin: 11
  • The Vulture: 7
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Kraven the Hunter: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Sandman: 4
  • Electro: 3
  • The Enforcers: 3
  • The Rhino: 3
  • Man Mountain Marko: 3
  • Silvermane: 3
  • The Chameleon: 3
  • The Schemer/Richard Fisk: 3
  • The Ringmaster: 2
  • Scorpion: 2
  • Molten Man: 2
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
DUY: Flash takes his shot at Gwen.


WHAT'S AGED THE BEST?

BEN: Jameson as mayor, that would be a crazy idea...


DUY: Way, way ahead of its time. Actually even when Jameson does become mayor, it's also slightly ahead of its time.... Anyway, I like that Gwen is just straightforward with Flash.


BEN: There’s no place for maturity in this comic.

DUY: You only say that because the main character is Peter Parker.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST?

DUY:  This issue was pretty good, so I'm just gonna take the time to remind everyone that the way webs are drawn in this era and for the next nearly 20 years still is fairly simplistic and will be changed by 1988. 


NITPICKS

DUY: Would this really work? It seems not that plausible



BEN: I was gonna chalk that up to miscolored rope.

FAVORITE PANEL

BEN:
 You know I love these angles:



DUY: I bet you love that ass shot.

BEN: I love Peter’s ass, what can I say?

DUY: Mine:


BEN: Romita did try to break Gwen from her classic headband mold towards the end here.

WHO WON THE COMIC? 

DUY: I'm far more interested in Flash and Gwen than the main storyline here, so I'm gonna say Gwen Stacy.

BEN: Even Smythe would say 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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