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Classic Comic Cover Corner – Amazing Spider-Man #131

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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling pop culture commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Amazing Spider-Man #131 – April, 1974

Cover art by Gil Kane

Amazing Spider-Man #131 – April, 1974
Amazing Spider-Man #131 – April, 1974

We know that Tom Holland will be playing a high-school aged Peter Parker in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film and Spider-Man movie reboot. Good, I’m down with that. And rumor has it that the actor who played The Phantom, Billy Zane, is in talks to take the part of The Vulture in the 2017 Spidey flick. This is great news because I like Zane and The Vulture and I’m really hoping that they do NOT do the Green Goblin again. But one bit of Spider-Man news that I’m uneasy about is that Marisa Tomei might be our new movie Aunt May.

Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in love with Ms. Tomei since I saw her in My Cousin Vinny back in 1992; and I also saw her in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead in 2007…and let’s just say you can never unsee that. The point is, even though she is 50 years-old, she’s still one of the hottest actresses in the world today, and there’s just something about her sultry Brooklyn accent that puts May Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy to shame.

I do think Marisa is talented enough to pull off the Aunt May part, so the problem is really with me and my nerdy ilk; but I/we just can’t envision her ever looking like she does on the Gil Kane cover of Amazing Spider-Man #131, where she is dolled-up for her wedding with Doctor Otto Octopus.

Amazing Spider-Man #131 – April, 1974
Amazing Spider-Man #131 – April, 1974

Gerry Conway’s “My Uncle…My Enemy?” story is one of my all-time favorites, where Peter’s only family is set to marry his worst enemy; but just in the nick of time, Hammerhead crashes the wedding proceedings and an all out gang warfare cuts the affair short just before May says “I do.”

Now, let’s go back to the Green Goblin for a minute. Like DC’s Lex Luthor in the Superman movies, I’m so very tired of seeing the Goblin in the Spidey films. Spiderman has such a deep and interesting rogues gallery of enemies, I don’t understand why Norm and Harry Osborn always have to be in the mix. That said, I’d love to see this particular story with Doc Ock and Aunt May come to life on the big screen.

So, how about it Hollywood? I won’t give you any more guff about a sexy Aunt May, if you deliver on bringing ASM #131 to the movies. Deal?

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.