Jun 1, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #110

Welcome to Spider-Rama! Every Monday and Wednesday, 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.

Spider-Man vs. his greatest villain ever.... The Gibbon.


BEN: First appearance of the Gibbon!

DUY: Yaaaaaaaaay.


BEN: Hidden messages:

DUY: All kids somehow become who they are in relation to their parents. And that's just me saying that Peter Parker is just as bad as Aunt May. 

BEN: Gwen definitely should have broken up with him by now. And I don't like Marty’s self-esteem here, but I do like the sentiment that Spider-Man can’t possibly have it as bad as he says he does

DUY: You mean to say Spider-Man may be into self-pity a bit much?


BEN: I have to say, Peter is unbearably melodramatic and self-absorbed in this one, and a bit of a dick to Marty too.

DUY:  This is Scott Summers levels of melodramatic.

BEN: He didn’t leave his wife and kid for his resurrected first girlfriend, but it’s close.

DUY:  Scott Summers moaning how ugly he is to Nightcrawler, melodramatic.

BEN: That's a fitting comparison.


We already did this “I decided to just develop animal agility” thing with The Kangaroo.

DUY: So, just no-prizing it..... Marty is a mutant, right?

BEN: That would be the modern explanation. Back then it would be “what’s a mutant?” Because the X-Men initially failed, you see? 

DUY: No, Peter, this would not break your hand.

BEN:  I think he crushed that same pipe with his hand in his origin story. 



DUY: I love that she says it to him on-panel:

BEN: Is that the first time? We should be tracking this stuff.

DUY: This is in fact the first time it's ever said on panel to him, and of course she's unconscious.

BEN: So he’s been living this long without an “I love you” return?

DUY: He's said things to her like "love of my life" and stuff, but I don't think they've said the exact sentence to each other on panel. I imagine they have said it off panel though. Restrictions are weird. I don't think Thor and Jane or Thor and Sif ever kissed under Jack Kirby. Peter never kissed anyone under Steve Ditko, and it still took a while under John Romita.


BEN: Gwen Stacy is perfect in this, which is highlighted even more by everyone else being unbearable.

DUY: Only Gwen is good in this.

BEN: Gwen may have cried a lot in those days, but she was still consistently the best part of the comics.

DUY: That's it for Spider-Rama today. 

BEN: Thank you, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko— 

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

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1 comment:

Daniel said...

Your mention of the Kangaroo led me to think "These guys should get together." Then I discovered that they DID, in Spectacular Spider-Man #246. Gibbon, Kangaroo, Grizzly, and Spot (!?!), and Spidey labels them the All-Losers Squad. Maybe only one in a hundred readers would get that, but I'm one of them, and I laughed out loud.

Er, I guess that's not really relevant to complementing you on your usual fine work deconstructing #110.

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