Dec 8, 2020

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #138

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by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and David Hunt

Here is Spider-Man, now, fighting the Mindworm, even as Peter Parker gets evicted from the apartment he shared with Harry Osborn!

BEN: The first appearance and origin of the Mindworm!

DUY: Flash Thompson’s address and phone number:


BEN: Peter crashes with Flash and the transition to friendship between the two of them continues.


BEN: Yet another mind control villain, and one that looks ridiculous. Going for a creepy unsettling look is cancelled out by the striped tank top and sandals.

DUY: How the hell does Mindworm have a recollection on the day of his birth?

BEN: His mental powers are that great.


BEN: I don’t know what the housing laws were in 1974, but maybe you could tear up a lease if the tenant destroys one side of your building.

DUY: Peter calls Flash his "old enemy", but at this point they haven't been enemies for a substantial period of time.


BEN: Mine:

DUY: This guy. THIS GUY. Looks like he came out of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a late Will Eisner Spirit, or a MAD comic. And I love him.


DUY: The landlord.

BEN: Don't vote for corrupt landlords..

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1 comment:

Arthur S. said...

This comic was very controversial because Ross Andru, who often modelled real locations in his backgrounds, drew a real house. Readers of the comic recognized it and flocked to the address and the owner sued Marvel, they had to settle and since then, Marvel has avoided doing 1:1 realism.

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