Nov 26, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #135

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #135
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, and Frank Giacoia

As if the Tarantula weren't enough, Spider-Man now has to deal with The Punisher!




POINTLESS TRIVIA
 
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
  • Molten Man: 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
  • Shocker: 2
  • The Beetle: 2
  • Morbius: 2
  • The Gibbon: 2
  • The Man-Wolf: 2
  • Jonas Harrow: 2
  • The Kangaroo: 2
  • The Jackal: 2
  • Tarantula: 2
DUY: The second full appearance of the Punisher.

BEN: Harry confirms his suspicions in a very memorable sequence.




WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

BEN: I feel like this is an iconic Spider-Man cover.

DUY: Same.

BEN: This panel is a metaphor for what superhero comics would become in the ‘80s. The idealism of the ‘60s heroes, crossing paths with the more violent anti-heroes of the ‘80s.


WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

BEN: Haven’t you already learned Spider-Man isn’t what his reputation says he is, Frank?



DUY: I've read that Marvel in many ways was actually stricter than the Comics Code Authority, and one of those in-company rules was no mentioning of the word "Hell." So here's literary Punisher.



BEN: It would have been funny it Punisher shot and killed Tarantula while he was monologuing here.


NITPICKS

BEN: I’m going to keep tracking how the Parallel Lives retcon tracks with the actual comics. (Parallel Lives was a 1989 graphic novel that established that Mary Jane knew Peter was Spider-Man before she even met him.) Yes, I do know retcons change what happened in previous comics, so the events as seen here could have altered. Anyway, this could read as Mary Jane pushing Flash to suspect why Peter disappeared before Spider-Man appeared, which would be a crappy thing to do.




DUY: Does Peter normally take showers with the bathroom door open?


BEN: You don't?


FAVORITE PANEL

BEN: Mine:


DUY: Anytime Peter beats up the Punisher, it's a great panel.



BEN: It should never even be a contest, but yes.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: The Punisher.

BEN: Frank continues his path to superstardom.

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