Oct 12, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #129

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by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, D. Hunt

It's the first appearance of the Jackal! That's a big deal! And also some guy named the Punisher.

BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 15
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • 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

DUY: Wow, the death of Gwen Stacy, death of Green Goblin, and the first appearances of the Jackal and the Punisher, all in the span of nine issues. Conway's legacy is set at this point.

BEN: Mary Jane thought bubbles.

DUY: They're so rare! The question about those specific MJ thought ballons -- when they were written, was it meant to characterize her, or was it meant to have her be lying to herself?

BEN: I think you can say both.

DUY: That's kinda nuanced for a 1973 comic.

BEN: It was probably true at the time, but became nuanced after the retcons.

DUY: The Punisher was designed by John Romita, and was close to being called The Grim Reaper or The Executioner.


BEN: Obviously the Punisher went on to become one of Marvel’s most popular characters, especially among those that have never read a comic book.

DUY: The cover is iconic, and has been homaged several times.

BEN: The costume is brilliant.

DUY: The Punisher's costume, for me, specifically, has aged well. It's perfect, right down to the ammo being the teeth of the skull.


BEN: I have to agree with the Jackal, what’s it matter how he dies?

DUY: Peter sewed his entire costume from scratch, so this doesn't really make sense.


BEN: I know Spider-Man’s ability to dodge projectiles depends on the story, but still.


DUY: Mine:

BEN: Mine:

DUY: The Punisher has grown to be one of the most feared men in comics, and Spider-Man takes him down in a panel.


BEN: The eventual “grim and gritty” era of comics. The death of Gwen and the creation of the Punisher will be two important checkpoints towards superhero comics becoming much more dark and violent.

DUY: It's either the Punisher or Gerry Conway.

BEN: Conway is killing it, in terms of creating legendary comics.

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