Oct 26, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #131

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

Dr. Octopus is marrying Aunt May because the world is terrible.

BEN: Villain appearance count:
  • Doctor Octopus: 17
  • Green Goblin: 13
  • The Kingpin: 12
  • The Vulture: 9
  • Kraven the Hunter: 8
  • The Lizard: 7
  • Mysterio: 6
  • Professor Smythe/Spider Slayer: 6
  • Hammerhead: 5
  • 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
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
DUY: Hammerhead is moving up the list fast, passing Sandman even.


BEN: All the relationship talk. Some of it was poorly written, but it still worked for me.

BEN: And setting up the Mary Jane relationship.

DUY: "I don't want to love him" is great, great character work. I think I'm remembering that I actually do love Mary Jane Watson.

BEN: You didn’t love “randomly appearing as Harry’s girlfriend” Mary Jane?

DUY: No. No I did not.


BEN: Where to begin? There’s the continued utter cluelessness of Aunt May. The secret island/atomic plant inheritance. Doc Ock in a tux. I mean, why would Ock even care about acquiring this plant legally? May doesn’t even know it exists.

DUY: Every single panel with Aunt May in a wedding dress.

BEN: She looks like the human personification of death. Death by marriage.


BEN: There’s no chance Spider-Man can hear them from the outside of a helicopter.

DUY: That's a low-key great panel though.


BEN: Mine:

DUY: That's a great explosion. And not my gold standard for comic book explosions drawn in Amazing Spider-Man. Yes, there's such a thing. And we always talk about how awesome it is when Spidey kicks ass. But what about his villains? Ock is DANGEROUS.

BEN: You’ll fall at his tentacles.


BEN: Mary Jane, because I feel like even if you were the biggest Gwen fan, they set up this switch to MJ as well as possible.

DUY: Yeah, this issue was easily owned by Mary Jane and her eight panels.

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