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It Ain’t Me Babe – Dr. Kildare

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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 #4 and Dr. Kildare…

Dr. Kildare was a fascinating creation, with the way that writer Frederick Schiller Faust used modern ideas of cross-marketing to make the character so famous. You see, Faust created the character for Paramount Pictures with the 1937 film, Internes Can’t Take Money, where Joel McCrea plays Kildare when he is just a medical intern.


The following year, MGM picked up the series, with Lew Ayres now taking over the series as the now DOCTOR Kildare, as the young doctor is paired with his mentor, Dr. Gillespie, played by Lionel Barrymore…


Faust, a popular novelist, then had Kildare star in a number of novels, written under the pen name of Max Brand…


Ayres did nine Kildare films before leaving the series, which continued as a Barrymoore starring vehicle (he gained new doctors to mentor).

Years later, the character made his return in 1961 with a TV series, with Richard Chamberlain playing Kildare and Raymond Massey playing Gillespie…


That series was still quite famous when Amazing Spider-Man #4 came out in 1963, even having its own comic book series contemporaneous with Amazing Spider-Man #4…


So the reference was a very topical one for the time…