May 27, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #109

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!

by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.

Flash Thompson's war past come back to haunt him! So here comes Dr. Strange!


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
BEN: Sha Shan gets a name.

DUY: Is that even a real Vietnamese name?

BEN: No?

DUY: Google says it's a hotel in China.


BEN: Finally someone said it!

DUY: F'in' finally. 


DUY: I know this is standard fare for drama in those days, but wow, they really wasted three pages on the secret identity stuff, huh?

BEN: I was watching Marvel’s The Avengers earlier today, and not a second is wasted on secret identities in that movie. I know they’re different types of characters, but it really makes this comic trips stand out.

DUY: Dr. Strange guest starring in a story about Asian mysticism would probably have not made me think twice a few years ago, but there was such a controversy about whitewashing the Ancient One for the Dr. Strange movie, which led to some people believing Strange himself was supposed to be Asian. It just takes on a new context now, but to be honest, I don't really care.

BEN: But you love when Strange and Spider-Man team up.

DUY: I... sure.


DUY: Ugh, did we call you people "Occidentals" at any point? This is painful.

BEN: They’ve hit cringe bingo over the course of this storyline. 


DUY: This is mine, 'cause I hate Aunt May:


DUY: Gwen goddamn Stacy.

BEN: Gwen is speaking on behalf of us, from the past, in our present, her future.

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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1 comment:

Arthur S. said...

Roger Stern, a fan of Aunt May, would absolutely disagree with this.

Gwen's Stacy death made her the holy version...this ideal woman for Peter...People who say that weren't around for the whole run. They've forgotten how nasty she was. She wasn't the most stable. She'd be all lovey-dovey one moment, and then hands-off the next. She was very strange. Just prior to her death, there was a long period when they were on the outs.
— Roger Stern Spider-Man Crawlspace Episode 37: Roger Stern Interview Pt. 2', Timestamp: 52:00 — 55:00

And her cruel behavior to Aunt May is responsible for the dreaded Otto-May romance. So nothing good comes out of a living Gwen.

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