May 4, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #92

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, Gil Kane, and John Romita Sr.

Spider-Man takes Gwen Stacy away from mayoral candidate Bullit, which leads into a fight with Iceman for some reason.


BEN: All we're missing is Firestar.

DUY: Spider-Man and Iceman are two-thirds of the 1981 cartoon, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. The original concept was for it to be Spidey, Iceman, and the Human Torch, for a fire and ice dynamic, and also because no one really makes more sense to team with Peter than the Human Torch. But there were legal issues with Torch, so they created a new character named Firestar, who, despite being a redhead, has no relation to Mary Jane Watson. Firestar was then introduced to the comics as a mutant, and has been a staple member of the New Warriors.

BEN: The most famous episode guest-starred the X-Men, with Wolverine inexplicably having an Australian accent.

DUY: I believe the entire series is now on Disney+. There was also a concurrent Spider-Man cartoon (yes, he had two cartoons going at the same time at one point) that is just called Spider-Man 1981, which I actually liked better. The Spider-Friends' catchphrase was "Spider-Friends, go for it!", which is the lamest catchphrase known to humanity.


BEN: Sadly still relevant.

DUY: There's a commentary here about JJJ and the type of person he is, and I guess about Conservatives in general. They're the types who want to spend on "law and order" and "defense," but they're also more prone to being blatantly bigoted and racist. The question is, if you're someone like Jameson, who's in the first camp but not in the other, would you be willing to look the other way? I'm glad Jameson isn't.


BEN: There was a time when they had to explain who the X-Men were, even to comic book readers.

DUY: This probably isn't that funny if you're only a few years removed from the Batman 1966 TV show, but here's Iceman sliding down an ice pole.


DUY: I can never really get over this.... but is Iceman just naked in his ice form?

BEN: Also, how much damage does all that ice cause when it cracks and falls to the ground below?

DUY: And also, why Iceman? He's not, at this point, currently starring in X-Men. It doesn't really need to be him making this appearance. Of all the guest-stars they could pick, why Iceman?

BEN: Iceman is the youngest?


BEN: Stop hitting me, lady!

DUY: Strike!


DUY: Yeah, I'm gonna say Robbie again. He actually does his job, and he does it well enough to get victimized by Bullit.

BEN: Is he the only one that consistently and successfully influences Jameson to change his mind?

DUY: No one ever has.

BEN: I really love the relationship they have. In a way, I feel like Robbie is the only one that gets to see the real Jonah.

DUY: Jonah hides his compassionate side from everyone else, but Robbie sees right through him. Eventually, and in another title, Jonah will be seen as more human by another reporter.

BEN: That's it for Spider-Rama this week.

DUY: Thank you, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko—

BEN: —for telling us we aren't the only ones.

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