This volume reprints Amazing Fantasy #15 from August 1962 and The Amazing Spider-Man issues 1-10 from March 1963 to March 1964 (issues 1-5 were bi-monthly). The stories are scripted by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko, with Jack Kirby pencilling the back-up story in #8.
The script and art combine flawlessly to whisk you along at a great pace through the stories; there are no extraneous caption boxes, as used by so many later writers as the art tells you everything you need to know, nor are there endless speech balloons to slow the flow [Roy Thomas and Chris Claremont, I'm looking at you], but that is how it was in Stan's day.
The contents are – #1 – featuring the Chameleon #2 – featuring the Vulture and the Tinkerer #3 – featuring Dr Octopus #4 – featuring the Sandman #5 – featuring Dr Doom #6 – featuring the Lizard #7 – featuring the Vulture again #8 – featuring the Human Torch #9 – featuring Electro #10 – featuring the Enforcers
How’s that for a line up of some of Marvel’s most famous villains – and you saw them here first. Well, 8 out of ten of them anyway, Dr Doom was already spoken for. This is where the Marvel Empire began (even if the Fantastic Four got top-billing as ‘The World’s Greatest Comic Book’ – Spider-Man was always the more ‘human’ comic to me).
A fantastic collection of early 60s spiderman stories by stan lee and steve ditko, this is how spiderman started back in the day and the comics just got better month by month, i was a big fan of spidey when i was a young man back in the early 70s and never got the chance to read the american comics due to the price of back issues / but was hooked on spiderman comics weekly which was a black and white british comic reprinting the american versions, this is a brillient paperback in full color which deserves a place on every fans bookself. brings back some fantastic memories and great enjoyment of marvels early stuff, nuff said,
Great to be able to read the proper origin story and the first few issues of Amazing Spiderman. The reason for not giving it five stars is the fault that others have mentioned. It is hard to see the inner margins of the pages without opening the book too wide, damaging the spine and causing the pages to become detached.
When the Amazing Fantasy title was due for cancellation, Stan Lee decided to experiment with a different kind of hero, over the objections of publisher Martin Goodman. Steve Ditko went to work and a legend was born. (Note Jack Kirby drew the striking cover for Amazing Fantasy #15.) Peter Parker was an ordinary teenager blessed with extraordinary powers after an encounter with a radioactive spider. Previous teen heroes had always been sidekicks to adult heroes e.g. Robin and Batman, Bucky and Captain America - but Stan and Steve created a character that reflected the hopes and fears of teenagers everywhere. Ofcourse not every teenager faced such fascinating characters as the Green Goblin, Lizard, Sandman, Vulture, Chameleon, Mysterio and The Kingpin. Everyone could identify with Peter's struggle to make ends meet and juggle his private life. Spidey caught colds, lost his clothes, lost fights to school bullies and struggled to keep girlfriends. Whoever heard of multimillionaire Bruce Wayne being strapped for cash or Superman defeated becase he had a fever? Spiderman was a hit from the very start and bcame the mainstay of the Marvel Universe. No Spidey, no X-Men, nuff said.