Apr 10, 2021

Spider-Rama: Amazing Spider-Man #144

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #44
by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia, and Dave Hunt

Spider-Man wraps up his trip to France against Cyclone, and... Gwen Stacy returns?




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
  • The Jackal: 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
  • Tarantula: 2
  • Green Goblin (Harry): 2
  • The Grizzly: 2
  • Mysterio 2: 2
  • Cyclone: 2

DUY: Cyclone could be a legitimate villain with the right push.

BEN: No, he got beat by an industrial fan.

DUY: But look how dangerous he looks before that!

BEN: He looks like a Masters of the Universe character!

WHAT'S AGED THE BEST? 

DUY: The cover is amazing. The worm's eye view. The closeup of the stuff in the gutter. The way you know it's Gwen and it's just her leg. Spider-Man's pose, clearly contrived so he fits just right under the title logo and yet so distinctly Spider-Man. The Clone Genesis TPB that came out in the 90s didn't have covers (or blurbs and credits) so I didn't see this until much, much later, so that's not confirmation bias.

BEN: It’s a great cover and the only bad thing I’ll say about it is that you have to wait until the next issue to see how what it’s teasing plays out. The way they teased out the return of Gwen was masterful abc storytelling.

WHAT'S AGED THE WORST? 

DUY: He knows what "Yes" means, Parker.


BEN: I was struck by how stressed out she was by the phone ringing.



DUY: After Far From Home and its usage of the Nightmonkey, Spider-Man not using another identity in a foreign location is weird.

BEN: I also thought of the Nightmonkey.

NITPICKS

DUY: I don't know that being patriotic is the first thing you should be defending in a situation like this.



FAVORITE PANEL

DUY: I kind of hate that Gwen's death outfit has become her signature outfit, but how many supporting characters can you really identify from a silhouette?



BEN: That's mine too.

WHO WON THE COMIC?

DUY: I'm going to say this for the first time in a while: Gwen. Stacy.

BEN: I’m giving it to Jonah for telling Peter that nobody cares about his scatter-brained girlfriend.




DOES ROBBIE KNOW?

DUY: They completely skip over how Peter explains why Spider-Man is also in Paris, and Robbie is not stupid.




BEN: That little tape recorder he used to fool Jonah had the best speaker ever.



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