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Steve Ditko: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 - #38

It's an end of an era - so we took a look back at our favourite memories of the first 38 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man. We also asked you about your favoruite panels and stories! Thanks for getting back to us. In this episode, we talk at length about some of our favourite story beats, and discuss your thoughts on Steve Ditko's run on Spider-Man. With Stan Lee, the pair defined a famous character. Be sure to listen to the last five minutes so you can get the skinny on the first competition...


Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4)

If you want something to reinforce your newfound love for a character, there's nothing like a AAA Playstation 4 game. Marvel's Spider-Man is just that, and it's a refreshing tonic for James and Brad who are absolutely not shoving in a filler episode to buy Brad time to produce artwork for the podcast. Even then, it's a brilliant time to dissect, critique and enjoy this fantastic game. Truly, despite some of our thoughts and criticism, this game is a world-beater and gets our stamp of...


The Amazing Spider-Man #38 - Joe's The Name!

James and Brad have finally finished their journey through the first era of The Amazing Spider-Man. The last Steve Ditko drawn comic is down and out. A new era begins shortly. So, do you want to know about a Guy Named Joe? Do you want to see Norman Osborn do his best Breaking Bad? Do you want to know what happens when Jeremy Clarkson fights a chef? Of course you do! Listen on!


The Amazing Spider-Man #37 - Weebles Wobble

Spider-Man, Fleshy Robots, Osborns! The boys continue their journey through the Spider-Man lore by meeting Norman Osborn and Doctor Stromm. Patch also returns.


The Amazing Spider-Man #36 - Loot Box

Hi! Another episode of Swinging Through Spider-Man takes you, the listener ever closer to the present day by dragging a run of the mill 60's Spidey comic out to a 45 minute run time. This time, we've got the penultimate Steve Ditko comic, issue 36 of The Amazing Spider-Man. Big Steve is just about done with Marvel and Stan Lee right about now, so he's phoning it. Which makes for some amazing comic book art, if we do say so ourself. We dissect the story of issue 36 for the very first time and...


Episode 39: The Amazing Spider-Man #35 - Safe Word

Spider-Man is finding his feet as a superhero, and that's good - because he's got to tangle with the Molten Man again! Packing a punch, James and Brad talk about Spidey's second punch-up with the Molten Man! These two slug it out, and out, and out, and out in a never ending punch fest. Who needs story when you can hit each other in the face? You can send us feedback and thoughts at swingingthroughspidey@gmail.com - we'll read them out! Shout out to Rusty Nails for composing our intro!


Episode 38: The Amazing Spider-Man #34 - A dose of Krokodil

Pete's back in style, his aunt is healthy - he's going back to school. Things are looking up? Maybe. Kraven has his eye on our boy. And he's coming. You can send us feedback and thoughts at swingingthroughspidey@gmail.com - we'll read them out!


Episode 37: The Amazing Spider-Man #33 - If This Be My Destiny!

Things are getting dire for Spider-Man. His Aunt is dying, his love life has failed, he is broke - and he's also getting crushed to death following a failed encounter with Doctor Octopus. It's part three of Spider-Man's first 'arc' - and it's the final part of 'If This Be My Destiny' so go back and catch the last two or three episodes before diving in. James and Brad cover The Amazing Spider-Man #33, a life and death situation for Spidey. Will Curt Connors be able to fix the formula, will...


Episode 36: The Amazing Spider-Man #32 - An Octopus's Garden

Aunt May is in poor health, Spider-Man is struggling and Pete is being Pete. Business as usual for the Amazing Spider-Man? James and Brad tackle the second story in the three-part 'If This Be My Destiny 'Arc, widely known as the best Spider-Man story going, and if not that, the most iconic. As The Master Planner continues to get the better of Spider-Man, the wallcrawler continues to fall into the traps laid out for him. Our hero seeks help from an unlikely source, and it all ends with a...


Episode 35: The Amazing Spider-Man #31 - Patching things up

Destiny. If this be his? That's the title of this new arc and well - what to expect? Well, things haven't gotten that much better for Peter. He is hated by his new college classmates - including the Three Muskateers of Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacey. His aunt has fallen ill, and his beau is tangling with a marriage proposal from another man. At least there's always Spider-Man! Well, if he can get on the right side of a bunch of masked criminals roaming around the streets of New...


Episode 34: The Amazing Spider-Man #30 - LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM

Your boys are all grown up. James and Brad performed the latest episode of Swinging Through Spider-Man live at the Birmingham Podcast Festival over the past weekend. Their radio silence is because of the hearty prep required to bring such a magnificent showcase of all things Spidey to an adoring crowd. We hit issue #30. Peter Parker's life starts to get rough as forces collide. His Aunt is ill, his ex-girlfriend seems to have moved on, and it's getting to him. He's even missed a new criminal...


Episode 33: The Amazing Spider-Man #29 - Garglin' Gargan

Your regular content is back! After the diversion of the latest Spider-Man Annual, James and Brad continue with the story of Spider-Man. What happens this time? Well, someone breaks out of prison. Who'd have thunk it.


Episode 32: The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 - Xandu, Xandon't

Sorry for being away. Here's the second Amazing Spider-Man Annual! Featuring Spider-Man, your boys and Doctor Strange!


Episode 31: The Amazing Spider-Man #28 - Brass Balls!

After a bout of illness, Swinging Through Spider-Man is BACK! Thanks for your patience. And we are back with a doozy. A new villain appears, Peter breaks hearts, he falls for old traps and he gets his duds back! It's issue 28 of The Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Ditko. This train stops for no-body! In this episode, James spoils Death Note, Brad brings the feels and breaks down Aunt May's taste in men, and the pair are left heartbroken by a devestating ending. Intro music by the...


Episode 30: The Amazing Spider-Man #27 - Gun To The Head

Say hi, and bye to the Crime Master! He stuck around! James and Brad are back to continue their journey through the Amazing Spider-Man saga as everything comes to a head in New York's underground scene. And just what is Foswell up to? Music by the excellent Rusty Nails!


Episode 29: The Amazing Spider-Man #26 - Moves Like Rorschach

A new villain(?) appears in this 29th episode of Swinging Through Spider-Man covering The Amazing Spider-Man #26. Also, the Green Goblin is back, trying to work his plan to master the underworld. It's not gone well so far. This podcast also features a missed connection between Fred Foswell and Fancy Dan. You heard it here first.


Episode 28: The Amazing Spider-Man #25 - To Catch A Spider!

James and Brad are back to continue their onslaught and destruction of the Spider-Man canon that they frankly don't understand. Today, the attention turns to issue number 25 of the original Amazing Spider-Man run by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. This issue features the debut of a major player in the Spidey Universe - and that's about it, but there are more hijinks to this than meets the eye!


Episode 27: The Amazing Spider-Man #24 - Gaslight Champion

Spider-Man is gaslit by a new villain in this episode of Swinging Through Spider-Man. He also shoots his webbing at a wall, and helps J Jonah Jameson LOSE IT. We end on a not-so-surprising reveal, as the day is also saved by the least suspecting person of all time. Our read through of the Amazing Spider-Man continues! Also - some links below to explain some of the mental health issues that aren't dealt with at all well by the comic. Oh well, we can fix that!


Episode 26: The Amazing Spider-Man #23 - Empire State of Mind

Get your bag of cans out - and crack them open. The king of Prog Rock and latex is back and he's got some dodgy films to show you, to win you over to his side! The Green Goblin is back and he's in an empire state of mind. You'll see what we mean. Also, Pete has laundry issues! If you enjoyed, like, share, talk to us, subscribe! Do your thing. Reviews help and feedback is always appreciated.


Swinging Through Spider-Man Recap #1

New listener, intimidated by 25 back episodes? No worries - jump right in here with this recap and you SHOULD have enough knowledge to jump straight in with the next episode! James and Brad talk the life and times of Peter Parker, his love interests, his family, his enemies and of course, his alter-ego, Spider-Man!