Amazing Spider-Man Classics
018 ASM Classics - Amazing Spider-Man 24 and 25

We're wrapping up September with a bang, Spider-Fans!  Not only is this our longest episode yet, not only does this episode include the silver anniversary issue of Amazing Spider-Man, not only do we get to see the first (kinda) appearance of Mary Jane Watson, but also we are joined this episode by none other than Gerard Delatour, reviewer of The Amazing Spider-Man for the Spider-Man Crawl Space (check out those reviews here)!

In Amazing Spider-Man 24 and 25, Mysterio returns in the guise of a psychiatrist, out to catch Spider-Man by proving that he is INSANE.  Then, two years of publication come to a head as J. Jonah Jameson uses a robot to catch that web-slinging menace, but at the same time Flash Thompson, Betty Brant, and Liz Allan all converge at Peter's house right in the middle of a visit by the mysterious Mary Jane Watson.  The fit really hits the shan, and you can see the actual page here!  And you know you want some funny art, so here you go:


Also, there is some debate on the episode about Mary Jane's fashion choice in this issue. Here is an example of Audrey Hepburn sporting the look that MJ may have been going for.

This catches the show up to my self-imposed schedule.  From here on, I'm planning on a steady thrice-monthly release schedule, on or around the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month.  And in October, we have great things in mind for the Green Goblin and the Crime-Master, the Molten Man and Peter's graduation, the return of the Scorpion, a team-up with Dr. Strange, and Cat.  So, that's Amazing Spider-Man 26-30 and Annual 2, coming at you over the course of the next month!

As always we enjoy receiving your emails, which we'll now be addressing nearly every episode (when we have any), so write and write often!  Or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Enjoy!


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017 ASM Classics - Amazing Spider-Man 23

Emails, emails, and more emails!  Between the recording of this episode a month ago and its publication, the emails have begun to stack up, so rather than make you wonderful people wait longer for a response, we recorded an email segment to accompany our somewhat shorter coverage of Amazing Spider-Man 23.  And that ended up being half the episode.  But keep sending them in.  We have a strategy now for addressing emails in a more regular fashion, so never fear to write.

This week, Spider-Man is faced once again by his nemesis from Hollywood, the Green Goblin.  We also see the Goblin maskless for the first time, though neither Spider-Man nor readers of the day realized it at the time.  That insight adds some extra dimension to the story, which we explore on the episode.

We also explore the ginormity of the Goblin's ears:


There is also a pin-up in this issue, and as promised, here is a link to the image:  Amazing Spider-Man 23.

Speaking of email, continue to write in to the show, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes.  Emails and iTunes reviews will receive response on the show.  Enjoy!

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016 ASM Classics - Amazing Spider-Man 21 and 22

Gasp!  Shock!  This time around, the Classics gang is going SOLO!!  What do you call it when a group of three is going alone?  Whatever that is, that's what we're doing.  It's no big deal.  We're just changing up some behind-the-scenes stuff which will mean more guest co-hosts sometimes, as well as the occasional episode with just the three of us.

In this, our latest episode, Jon Wilson, Joshua Bertone, and Donovan Grant venture beyond the realm of the three Pocket Books reprints that Jon had as a youth, looking at Spider-Man's first fight with the Beetle, and his last fight with the Circus of Crime (at least for a long, long time to come).  Along the way, we laugh at Dorrie Evans' insane demands on Johnny Storm, and Betty Brant's insane jealousies of Peter.

There was a cool pin-up in issue 21, and I realized I should show more of the pin-ups.  So in lieu of amusing scenes this time around, here for your viewing pleasure are links to high-resolution images of all the pin-ups we've had so far.

Amazing Spider-Man 3 - Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1 -
Amazing Spider-Man 20 - Amazing Spider-Man 21

As always, I hope you enjoy the episode.  We do answer your emails this time around, and we'll do more next time as well, along with coverage of Amazing Spider-Man 23.  So please continue send us email or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes.  Emails and iTunes reviews will receive response on the show.  Enjoy!

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015 ASM Classics - Amazing Spider-Man 20 and The Avengers 11

Hey, check it out!  New page design!  Pretty righteous, eh?  My brother has put his visual design skills to work for us here at Amazing Spider-Man Classics, and I am forever in his debt.  The line art is, of course, straight from the books, but the layout and coloring are his.  His name is Jim Wilson, and more of his work can be found at, so I invite you to mosey on over there and have a look-see at the other imagery to spring from his fertile mens.

In the meantime, we are wrapping up our recording session with the ever valiant, but by now somewhat sleepy Stephen Lacey, of the World of Superman Blog.  After this, Jon, Josh, and Donovan have sworn off seven-hour recording sessions.  We'll be recording more frequently for shorter durations, which means more guest co-hosts, and episodes with no guest co-hosts.  It's just gonna be easier.  Stephen was great, but we hate to torture people with hours and hours at the mike.

This episode addresses the first appearance of the Scorpion, Mac Gargan, later of Venom fame.  We also see Spider-Man co-starring in an issue of The Avengers, or so Stan would have us believe.  This episode does run a bit shorter than most of our two-issue episodes, but there is much art fun to be had, mostly with the Avengers book.


Thanks as always for listening.  Next episode, the original trio return to look at issues 21 and 22 all by themselves.  Can't wait to see you there!

Please feel free to comment below or send us an email.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes.  Emails and iTunes reviews will receive response on the show.  Enjoy!

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