The Coming of…Stegron the Dinosaur Man!
Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: Dave Hunt
Originally published: March 1974
Spidey os off to the Savage Land at the behest of Dr. Curt Connors, to stop a dinosaur-man named Stegron. A few comments:
- This issue starts off dumb, with Spidey opting to make a web parachute instead of accepting the offer of a real one. I’ve always hated the web parachutes, but this is stupider than normal. Even if he was able to make web parachutes and even if he had full confidence in them – which we’re shown, he does not – it’s a waste of web fluid. Why not just accept the real parachute? I guess Spider-Man always has been kind of a show-off, but this still bugs me.
- Weird art mistake – missing Spider from Spider-Man’s chest:
- Zabu the sabretooth tiger also looks incredible weird in this issue. Fail.
- Len Wein’s narration is bugging me again. Check this out:
Based on this narration, the Savage Land is a creationist’s dream – man co-existing with dinosaurs, literal interpretation of Genesis. Maybe I’m just a modern cynic, but I really don’t need the Old Testament being brought into my Spider-Man comics. (BTW, there’s another Old Testament reference too: Stegron’s dinosaur-transporting airship is called “The Ark”.)
- Another thing I have a problem with is Spidey the golden-haired Ka-Zar fighting all the dark-skinned “barbarian” swamp men. I’m sure it’s not meant to be overtly racist, but it bothers me that Savage Land natives are depicted this way.
- At the end of the issue Stegron and a bunch of dinosaurs are heading towards NYC. All of that stuff is shown in Code of Honor 1, which means I read that book in the wrong spot. Boo.