Sep 21, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #126

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #126
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and Jim Mooney

Jonas Harrow gives the Kangaroo a power-up.




POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 15
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Vulture: 7
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Sandman: 4
  • Hammerhead: 3
  • 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
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
BEN: In a weird coincidence, Jonas Harrow and the Kangaroo, the only two villains who have only appeared once, get their second appearances.

DUY: I'm in shock, SHOCK, that Harry Osborn is revealed to be the shadowy figure that took the Goblin costume off his father, Norman. It was so unobvious.


BEN: Was it, or have we just always known it so it seems so?

DUY: So it's a weird thing about serial comics. Under conventional storytelling, between 122 and now, it could have only been Harry, because he's the one whose behavior totally changed. No one else made sense. But in serial storytelling, you could have randomly said it was, say, Mysterio, and just make sense of it after.



DUY: Also, The Kangaroo dies. Not counting Richard Raleigh, this is now the second villain death (after Norman) in Conway's run.

BEN: It's like he, as a former fan, wanted to make sure the Kangaroo never appeared again.

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: Spider-Man is hired by Corona Motors to build a Spider-Mobile. I believe they are modeled after Stan Lee and Roy Thomas.



DUY: Spider-Man has learned from the incident in ASM#1 when he tried cashing a check. This is how you can tell Gerry was a fan of the book before writing it.



BEN: The first wave of fans turned writers tried to make sense of things, while Stan and the artists were just focused on making new stuff every month. Professor Warren is about to become more important.




WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Here:


NITPICKS

DUY: It's always bugged me when stuff like this happened. In my experience, people WILL notice footwear when it's out of the ordinary.


BEN: Especially if it’s up to your knees.

DUY: If Jonas Harrow can build anything, why would he just help the Kangaroo jump higher? Why doesn't he build him.... armor? Or other things?


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:


DUY: I love the perspective on this.


BEN: I bet you do.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: Conway again, for the second issue in a row. Masterfully balancing out everyone, working the Torch in there, getting rid of the Kangaroo.

BEN: I like the way Conway almost immediately brought back Spider-Man’s supporting cast on a much more regular basis.

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