Jul 1, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #114

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, John Romita Sr., Tom Mortallero, and Jim Starlin

Hammerhead is here! And it's a gang war!


BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 14
  • 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
  • Hammerhead: 2
DUY: John Romita Sr. is credited first — a rarity because writers are conventionally credited first — because apparently Gerry Conway worked the first year of the book as an "apprentice" to John.

BEN: First appearance of Jonas Harrow, and the origin of Hammerhead.

DUY: No joke, I confused Harrow with Mendel Stromm for a second.

BEN: Or Smythe. I confuse all the mad scientists.

DUY: You said "first appearance" and I went "Wait, what? No....."

BEN: I couldn’t even tell you right now which one invents what.

DUY: Who even has the time to keep track? And even if you could, why would you?


BEN: Gwen finally having enough of Flash.

DUY: Miles Warren shows up again, having aged 20 years, apparently. And now written by the guy who would turn him into... what he would eventually become.

BEN: I wonder if he already had plans.

DUY: And we're back to crime! Again, as discussed several times before, during the Crime-Master storyline, the Kingpin and the Petrified Tablet saga, and all that, before Frank Miller got onto Daredevil, Spider-Man was the book for organized crime for Marvel Comics.

BEN: I've said it before, but I hated the organized crime stuff as a kid but now I love it. I especially love the intersection between it and costumed villains. There’s no reason Doc Ock should be feuding with a gangster.

DUY: And it works too. The beauty of the superhero genre.

BEN: Duy, who is your favorite gangster character in Spider-Man? Because I think mine might be Hammerhead.

DUY: Hammerhead had a big role in the PS4 game too, which was kinda weird because I don't really expect it from Hammerhead. I like the Kingpin, but not as a Spider-Man villain. Mine might actually be Tombstone.

BEN: Tombstone is up there but only for one specific run. His storyline with Robbie Robertson in Spectacular Spider-Man. I haven’t really liked him any other time

DUY: He was great in the Spectacular cartoon too and also fun in the game. And I just like the general idea of him.

BEN: He’s like the Kingpin in that his increased strength makes no sense.


BEN: I hate when they do this. There’s a zero percent chance they don’t kill him.

 I can't really find much. This whole issue's pretty good.


BEN: Super hearing?

DUY: Okay, theoretically some phone speakers are really loud.

BEN: Peter is really going to have some concussion problems after getting knocked unconscious twice in one day.


 Mine is Gwen telling off Flash.

DUY: I enjoy the turning office:


DUY: I'm gonna say John Romita wins this issue.

BEN: The art has been really great recently.

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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