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The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #1

The first issue of the famous Web-Slinger's own individual series.

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So Begins the Premiere Issue of the World's Most Famous Web-Slinger!

  • Aug 25, 2010
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Spiderman, a character who debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15 was such a popular character that creator Stan Lee decided to give him his own monthly title.  This is the very first issue.  It actually consisted of two stories.  Spidey battles his first arch-enemy, The Chameleon.  This villian pre-dated the television Mission Impossible series and he used masks to alter his appearance to impersonate other people. 

The second story is actually the cover tale and it involved Spidey's first meeting with The Fantastic Four.  In this tale, Webhead attacks the team and actually gets the better of them.  As things turn out Spidey was interested in joining the team and was just showing them what he can do.  Reed Richards appears interested until Spidey asks what they pay.  Reed tells him that they are just a team of heroes and there is no pay.  

Spidey leaves before they can work out something.  In the premere title of another Marvel magazine called What If, the plotline was about What If the FF accepted Spidey's offer to join the team and create the Fantastic Five.  As that tale does not have a happy ending, it is probably better that Spidey left before he could have his mind changed!

Amazing Spiderman #1 is one of the most expensive Marvel titles that could be bought at a convention today, costing many thousand dollars for a copy in reasonable condition.  I wish that I had saved my copy but alas, my oldest Amazing Spiderman comic is Issue 4 which premiered The Sandman.

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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-...
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Author: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Format: Comic Book

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