The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white pages. Now that The Amazing Spider-Man is the most collected series in comics, there's not a collector out there who doesn't wish he had snapped up a copy of the first issue when it originally hit newsstands. Well, this copy is so fresh, it looks like it was whisked here by time machine from 1963! In fact, only one copy of the issue has been graded higher to date. While Spider-Man did have one previous appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, this second Spidey appearance has more than enough firsts. Take the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson, a key member of Spidey's supporting cast who's been a memorable player in the movies as well. And there's the debut of his son John Jameson, who also appeared in "Spider-Man 2." And the issue's second feature has the first appearance of the Chameleon and also marked the first time the Fantastic Four appeared outside of their own series. That second story is a perfect example of the Marvel approach -- Spider-Man tries to join the Fantastic Four and makes it clear that he's worthy of a top salary, only to find out to his disgust that the FF are non-profit do-gooders! The issue is by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, while the dynamic cover was laid out by Jack Kirby and finished up by Ditko. We see no signs that Spider-Man's popularity is going to wane anytime soon, making this a book you can't go wrong with. Overstreet 2005 NM- 9.2 value = $32,500. CGC census 7/05: 3 in 9.6, 1 higher.