Aug 3, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #120

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by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane, John Romita, and Tom Mortellaro

Spider-Man is in Montreal to fight the Hulk! And it's the last issue before... you know, something happens to Gwen Stacy.


DUY: Especially as depicted by the MCU, yes, nothing can stop the Hulk.


BEN: Is this the last time we see Gwen alive?

DUY: This is it. This is seriously the last issue we're going to see Gwen, and it's Gwen crying. Ugh. They did not think this through and I hate it.

BEN: Not to mention the previous storyline was a 3-part retelling of an older story.


BEN: Is that helicopter made of wood?

DUY: Similarly, this has to be the most solid depiction of water I've seen in a comic.

BEN: Solid water, wooden helicopters, what the hell is happening?


BEN: I love the art, plus they added in a reference to the Distinguished Competition:

DUY: You know I like the whole "filling up a whole panel with someone crouching to emphasize how big they are" thing:

BEN: I’ve never successfully drawn the Hulk. It’s one of my great shames.


DUY: I'm assuming the Hulk got a sales boost here, so I guess the Hulk..

BEN: Was this the same time that he fought a certain short Canadian superhero for the first time?

DUY: Not yet, this was about a year before.

BEN: I guess the Hulk spent a lot of time up in Canada. In that case, I’m giving Canada the win here.

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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