Conan The Barbarian Mocks Spider-Man's "With Great Power" Speech

It's Spider-Man proverb time! Today sees Conan The Barbarian team up with The Rhino to rob a Manhattan Bank in Savage Avengers #20. Because that's just the kind of thing that Conan does, why would anyone have a problem with that? And in doing so, reveals that this is the Rhino's modus operandi, make a big fuss, rob the bank and fight the superhero (usually Spider-Man) and then have a partner who does the actual, theft under all the fuss. Then break out later and split the profits…

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Savage Avengers #20

Which does, admittedly, make a lot more sense and maybe shows the Rhino isn't quite as stupid as he has sometimes been portrayed. Of course, the difference, in this case, is that Spider-Man knows Conan, so the plan doesn't quite work out – even as Conan is trying to get Spider-Man's clothes off. And just has Conan has disdain for the very concept of a bank, so he has contempt for Spider-Man's unpaid act to defend such a bank. And Spider-Man's justification for what he does.

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Savage Avengers #20.

As written by Stan Lee in Amazing Fantasy #15, it has become the most famous phrase associated with Spider-Man, even if it gets paraphrased quite a lot. "With great power must come great responsibility."

Conan Mocks Spider-Man's "With Great Power" Speech
Amazing Fantasy #15

Echoing through the decades, through the comic books…

Conan Mocks Spider-Man's "With Great Power" Speech

…and films…

Conan Mocks Spider-Man's "With Great Power" Speech
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But Conan The Barbarian? Not so much. He'd have been quite happy for Uncle Ben to die, what's all the fuss about, he's an old man, at least he died a warrior's death, etc.

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Savage Avengers #20.

Not the only Spider-Man going through a little challenge to his philosophy, as a confrontation between Miles Morales and his best friend Ganke, leads Miles to wonder if being Spider-Man is actually making him a worse person.

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Miles Morales Spider-Man #25

As Spider-Man has usually tried to ignore, power corrupts…

(W) Saladin Ahmed, Cody Ziglar (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero, Daniel Acuna (CA) Taurin Clarke
•  We finally see the full extent of what the Assessor did when he kidnapped Miles back in #7.
•  This oversized anniversary issue lets the clones loose in Brooklyn and messes with Miles life even more than Peter Parker's Clone Saga messed HIS life up. Rated T In Shops: Apr 28, 2021 SRP: $4.99

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Patrick Zircher (CA) Valerio Giangiordano
• A marvelous Marvel team-up between Conan and the Rhino goes awry when Spider-Man threatens to ruin their good time. Parental Advisory In Shops: Apr 28, 2021 SRP: $3.99

I bought my copies from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, with an extensive back issue collection and online store. With a new store planned for Watford, if you are in the neighbourhood, check them out. 

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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