Jun 10, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #111

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 Gerry Conway and John Romita Sr.

Kraven gets control of The Gibbon!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • Doctor Octopus: 12
  • Green Goblin: 11
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • The Lizard: 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
  • The Gibbon: 2
BEN: Kraven moves into the top 4 for appearances.

DUY: Gog, the alien monster from the Savage Land from the last time Kraven showed up, is confirmed as dead.

BEN: This is the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man written by Gerry Conway. Conway had been writing Marvel Team-Up, which features Spider-Man, starting with the second issue. He will become one of the most important Spider-Man writers of all time.


BEN: Robbie keeping Jonah in check.

DUY: That's a great comedic reaction from JJJ too. 

BEN: Conway did a great job of copying Stan’s voice, to the point I didn’t even realize this was written by him until after I finished it.

DUY: This is a pretty good ending. Kind of poetic. I can hear mood music fading out.

BEN: He's probably too old, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan should play Kraven.


BEN: Can Peter and May please both agree that neither needs the other to survive?

DUY: Between this and Marvel Team-Up 2, that's the second time Conway has gone to some form of mind control in as many issues.

BEN: C'mon, that's reaching Claremont levels.

DUY: It's only Claremont levels if it's done to women and sexually. And speaking of Claremont, mind control, and Kraven, we'll get to Marvel Team-Up 67 in no time.

BEN: The issue a mutual friend of ours admitted to keeping under his mattress?

DUY: Yes, that one.


DUY: This is so dumb. Soooooo dumb. Spider-Man hands a note addressed to Peter Parker to Robbie. Why doesn't he just hand the note to him as Peter?

BEN: Peter has a ready made excuse for why he would need to run off in dangerous newsworthy situations, but never uses it. He’s not bright, is what I’m saying.


DUY: All I can say is if someone drew Spider-Gwen, Jessica Drew, or Silk in this position......

BEN: What hero doesn’t leap into battle crotch first?


DUY: I would assume at this point he has a pretty solid suspicion.

BEN: You mean after Spider-Man hands him a hand-written letter addressed to Peter Parker?

DUY: Yes. Yes, that.


DUY: Uh, Robbie?

BEN: Ugly men everywhere. You should know.

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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