Amazing Spider-Man #41
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #41
Peter and Betty meet up and find that they are no longer interested in each other. Peter starts noticing Gwen.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #180
Inbound References (3): showAunt May, Aunt Watson, Betty Brant, Flash Thompson, Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Man-Wolf (John Jameson), Ned Leeds, Rhino, Spider-Man
Romita hasn't quite his stride with Gwen here.
It's a surprise that it took this long for the Rhino to appear. I think of him as one of those classic Spider-Man villains who showed up in the first 20 issues or so.
Posted by: Erik Beck | January 15, 2015 8:13 AM
What's even more surprising is how little the Rhino actually appears in the early Spider-books. He has his run here and then pretty much becomes a Hulk villain until the late-80s/early-90s.
Posted by: TCP | January 15, 2015 8:53 AM
Awesome design for the Rhino. And I see Romita is drawing Gwen with the Ditko-horns still. I know they aren't horns but they sure look like it.
I am blanking, has Romita Jr ever drawn the Rhino? He seems right up his latterday bulky alley. Sal Buscema drew him awesomely, Bagley and McFarlane drew them in the odd redesigns, Larsen and Frenz did a good job on him as well, Wieringo too, but I cannot think of a major JRjr Rhino story?
Posted by: PeterA | July 12, 2015 4:46 PM
I still like the Ditko Gwen Stacey and she's not that bad at this point with Romita. Once she becomes "blonde Mary Jane with a hairband", it just takes away from that.
Posted by: Ataru320 | July 12, 2015 7:07 PM
Romita Jr drew the Rhino in the opening arc of Black Panther vol. 4. The story kind of fizzles out, but I like the scene where Rhino fights an actual rhino.
Posted by: Mortificator | September 26, 2015 11:40 AM
Nick Caputo believes Bill Ward assisted John Romita on this issue. His post is at http://nick-caputo.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/john-romitas-first-fanzine-interview.html .
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | December 29, 2015 4:23 AM
Oh, God, I hate the Rhino. So seriously overused. Just like Mr. Hyde, the Wrecking Crew, Hydra, and a bunch of others.
Posted by: Andrew Burke | September 21, 2016 12:39 PM
I like the Rhino myself and the constantly evolving relationships between all the characters. The Rhino fits the dumb brute category much like DC's Blockbuster but for some reason he sticks in your memory. He has fought several different Marvel heroes over the years but mostly the Hulk.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 8, 2016 7:58 PM
I think what worked with the Rhino is just his look: this huge brute in a literal rhino costume charging through things. Even though they later build him up with other Marvel heroes like the Hulk, it really does work from the Spidey perspective.
Posted by: Ataru320 | November 9, 2016 9:08 AM
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