Episode 154: Super Coordination (Amazing Spider-man Annual #1) -- October 1964
In This Episode:
Mike and Ed discuss the new super villainous team the Sinister Six. How did Spider-man manage to defeat six arch-nemesises at the same time? First heroes joined together for mutual protection, now more and more villains are doing the same. Do the heroes need to step up their game to be one step ahead? Why are is the Fantastic Four still communicating through sky writing? And why does anyone need to take an ad out in a newspaper to get in touch with a super hero?
Behind the Comic
This was the first giant-sized annual for Spider-man and Lee decided to go all out. It was the first appearance of the Sinister Six, but the issue also had cameos from Dr Strange, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-men - along with plugs for their respective titles. It was superhero tale as blatant cross-promotion. The end of the issue was filler art - pin ups of Spider-man, how his powers worked, and a page each to every villain he fought in his history - starting with “Burglar”.