The Amazing Spider-Man

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 Horrorthon Posts

So here’s the thing. There are differences of opinion about origin stories; about silver age comic books; about certain comic book artists and movie directors; about cynical franchise trends. These differences of opinion occasionally surface here on Horrorthon. But I submit to you: Amazing Fantasy # 15, August 1962, 12 cents. The Amazing Spider-Man. It’s only twelve pages long. And Steve Ditko can’t draw; he is to a picture what Lou Reed is to a song. But it’s pure magic and the immediate reactions it got (in measurable sales terms) showed that Marvel was on to something. The Amazing Spider-Man, a story in twelve pages that I think you could hang on a gallery wall: