Jun 17, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #112

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.

Aunt May disappears! And there's a surprise villain appearance on the last page! That we're totally gonna spoil!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 13
  • The Kingpin: 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: Jameson is totally in the right for once.

DUY: The first Betty sighting in what seems likes a while. I feel like Conway will use her a lot more than Stan and Romita did in their run on the series. 

BEN: Followed by Mary Jane and Aunt Anna. Conway is pulling out the full roster.

DUY: Betty was last seen in 96, and only for a panel. Anna was also last seen in 96, taking May to a play. And Mary Jane was last seen in 106, throwing a party for Harry and losing to Gwen in every single way.

BEN: For as much as modern comics got criticized for decompression, I don’t feel like these older comics accomplished a whole lot in each issue, not since the early Romita years. Sometimes Gwen didn’t even appear.


BEN: So if we’re to believe Mary Jane knows his secret already at this point (thanks to Parallel Lives, in a retcon written by Conway) she is deliberately making him feel worse here, not easing his paranoia.

DUY: Either interpretation is in character.

BEN: How so?

DUY: If she doesn't know, then she's discrediting the whole situation. And if she does know, she is deliberately making him feel worse..

BEN: Are you saying she's a jerk?

DUY: I'm not not saying it.


They had May’s handwriting on file?

DUY: I was gonna say I didn't need a full page recapping Aunt May, but then I got to the end

 Spoiler alert:

DUY: Yeah, that's mine too. Easy. One of the best single images of Ock and his arms.

BEN: It must have been so exciting back then to be completely surprised by a shocking cliffhanger.

DUY: Even though they foreshadowed it early on in the issue, I still didn't see it coming. Which is funny because I've actually read these before, but who's insane enough to keep track of all these things. Oh wait, I guess we are now...


DUY: Gwen is a good person. But the real answer is Octavius.

BEN: Peter has continued to ignore his smart and beautiful girlfriend because he doesn’t know specifically where his Aunt is. Like I said last issue, she should dump him.

DUY: I would be extra careful considering Flash is right there.

BEN: He constantly worries about them hanging out but actively avoids her.

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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