by Webslinger, CMRO User
Written by Stan Lee, Art by Steve Ditko
Published: September 1962
So here it comes: First we’ve got the Fantastic Four, a group that didn’t fit together perfectly. Then we have the Incredible Hulk, a creature that is barely a hero in a classic sense. Next we’ve got Thor, an all-powerful god of thunder that can travel in time, summon storms, and ask Odin some help. Finally came Ant Man, a scientist-come-crime fighter that doesn’t go into a lot of personal life details.
After all those characters were introduced, we finally get to Peter Parker. It all starts up with a pin-up page where we learn he is a social outcast in high school, being called “bookworm” and “wallflower”. If you’re reading through all the order and get time to see the secondary stories in Tales to Astonish, Strange Tales, etc. maybe you’ve already seen this formula: “the not popular guy saves the world” or something, if not try 1961′s Amazing Adventure #2 – This is Manoo.
Anyway, in one page we learn he is beloved by his family (Uncle Ben and Aunt May), dedicated at school, girls won’t go with him, is mocked by everyone. Not surprising, after all he invites people to a science exhibit instead to a pub or some dance club (ed. note: or school dance/football game since this was the 1960’s. Not a lot of dance clubs).
Next page we change environment, and color palate, and the show gets on the road. In 6 panels the origin of his powers are told and we learn two (or three, if counting the not yet mentioned spider sense) of them in the following panels.
What I particularly liked is this is the first comic where the character isn’t ethical at first with his powers. He quickly goes to cashing in on his powers, resulting in the events that will turn him into the hero we all know.
Spider-Man is my favorite Marvel character, so surely there is some lack of objectivity, but I hope everyone enjoys this issue as much as me.