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This is feature is based on a running gag Stan Lee used to do in Amazing Spider-Man where Spider-Man would burst into a room, someone would say something like “Spider-Man!” and he would say some variation of “Well, it isn’t _____ ____.” So in this feature (which will go in chronological order), I’ll explain who Spider-Man is saying he WASN’T back during the 1960s.
We continue with Amazing Spider-Man #7 and the Lone Ranger…
I feel kind of stupid explaining this reference, as the Lone Ranger is so famous, but I said that I would do these things chronologically, so I guess it is only fair!
The Lone Ranger was a masked Western hero who debuted on a radio show in 1933 that became a massive success (there is debate over who created the character – either the station’s owner, George Trendle, or the writer of the show, Fran Striker).
The radio show spawned a series of books (mostly written by Striker) and then, most famously, a long-running TV series from 1949-1957 featuring Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger (with John Hart taking over for one season during a contract dispute by Moore) and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.
It was recently even made into a box office bomb of a motion picture starring Arme Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto…
And in 1964’s Amazing Spider-Man #7, the Lone Ranger was a lot more famous than he is now, so it was a very well known reference…
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