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212: Amazing Spider-Man #15 (v1)

" Kraven the Hunter! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #15 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: August 1964
Release Date: May 1964
Story Arc: -
Pages: 22
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,120                 Times Rated: 600
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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The Chameleon has returned! Realizing that Spider-man needs to be eliminated before he can take hold of the crime world, he hires the most dangerous stalker on Earth to find and destroy our hero, Kraven the Hunter!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Tales to Astonish #57a (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1).
  Betty Brant
Betty Brant last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
  Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). Elizabeth Allan next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
  Seymour OReilly
Seymour OReilly last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). Seymour OReilly next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
  Anna Watson
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Anna Watson in the mainstream continuity. Anna Watson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1).
  Sally Avril
Sally Avril last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1). Sally Avril next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
  Raymond Warren
Raymond Warren last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #8a (v1). Raymond Warren next appears in Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1b.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Kraven in the mainstream continuity. Kraven next appears in Tales of Suspense #58a (v1).
Chameleon last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1). Chameleon next appears in Tales of Suspense #58a (v1).
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Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #13 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1).
NYPD last appeared in Avengers #7 (v1). NYPD next appears in Daredevil #3 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Tales to Astonish #57a (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1).
Spider-Tracer last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #13 (v1). Spider-Tracer next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1).
Spidey Signal
Spidey Signal last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #13 (v1). Spidey Signal next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #17 (v1).
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Why Essential Notes

Spidey villain Kraven the Hunter is introduced in this issue.
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Issue Review
   April 22, 2014
Yet another awesome villain introduced this issue. Kraven becomes a much darker figure as the years go by, but nearly all of him is intact here, down to the crazy lion's head.

Spider-Man was it from the start. This issue also gives us a suggested peek (peak ? ;)) at the future Mrs. Parker, Mary Jane Watson. She will haunt the pages without ever appearing in them for years.

I like the book a lot - and it even manages to bring back the Chameleon - a decent villain - in a much better role in this book.

In clear Spider-Man fashion, the book revels in mundane problems, and super-hero ones, too.
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Issue Synopsis
Our story begins with Spider-Man swooping in to stop a bank robbery. He is able to capture three thugs with ease, but their leader gets away, jumping out of a window and quickly transforming into the likeness of an old man. When the man arrives home, he pulls of his mask and The Chameleon is revealed beneath him, back in the United States. He thinks for a moment about how to defeat Spider-Man and then decides to contact Kraven the Hunter.

Soon after, Kraven arrives on a boat from South Africa. J. Jonah Jameson brings Peter Parker and Betty Brant along to get pictures of his arrival. As Kraven is walking off the boat, a few wild animals gets loose. But before Peter can change into Spider-Man, Kraven rounds up all the wild animals and puts them back in their cages. Kraven announces that he will be hunting Spider-Man next.

The Chameleon organizes another robbery, which Spider-Man is able to easily stop, though Kraven watches him from a distance. After he has rounded up the thugs, Kraven dives in to fight him. Though Spider-Man has the advantage at first, Kraven is able to land a powerful punch and strike Parker with a bit of potion, making his reflexes weak. Spider-Man escapes, but continues to shake that night and into the morning.

The next night, Parker, dressed as Spider-Man, goes after Kraven again, finding him on the outskirts of a park. He follows Kraven into the park, stalking behind him, hoping to plant a tracer to track his movements. But the Kraven he is following is actually Chameleon, and the real Kraven leaps from behind a tree and attacks Spider-Man. With the element of surprise, Kraven is able to trap the hero in a net, which he soon escapes from. Next, Kraven the Hunter lands a pair of magnetic cuffs on and arm and leg of Spider-Man. Pressing his advantage, Kraven stalks his prey through the park.

In the meantime, Spidey is able to locate the Chameleon and learn how he was duped. Using some of his webbing, he muffles the sound of his cuffs and goes after Kraven again. Now at full strength, Spider-Man is easily able to knock out Kraven time and time again, eventually trapping him in a web long enough for the police to arrive and haul him off.

Later on, Peter Parker has some problems of his own, with Betty still mad at him about Liz's affections towards him. He goes to the docks to blow off some steam right in time to see Kraven and the Chameleon sailing off, deported back to South Africa, and vowing revenge.
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  Who is this mysterious Watson girl?  

  fragsel Says:    
  2011-12-29 04:03:59  
  Hahahahahaha!!!! A good HOUSEWIFE!!!! Hahahahhahahhahaha!!! Mrs. Watson's niece!!!! Hahahahahahahha!!! HOUSEWIFE!!!! Hahahahahaha!!! Stop it, Anut May!!! You are KILLING ME!!!! Hahahahahahaha!!!  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-06-17 06:09:39  
  Consdering that most important villains only get good on their second or third incarnation Kraven has a good start.

I reaaly don't like the issue that so much (3,5 stars), but adding this fact with the start of the plot about this Watson girl, gets 4. How lame can be a girl that Aunt May get's to meet you??

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-07-01 12:22:55  
  I found myself liking Kraven in this one. He makes for a good villain. And the "mysterious Watson girl" definitely added.  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-07-11 22:04:30  
  Oh man, I didn't even catch on that this girl was the "Watson girl" until near the end when Aunt May told Peter she cancelled! Wow, am I dense or what?

Speaking of dense, it appears the dense jungles of the Congo can now be found in South America! The things you learn!

Loved Kraven as the villain here, too. Now that we've finally met all the members of the Sinister Six, I'm excited to see how they'll work together!

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-29 19:46:44  
  Jameson douches it up, AGAIN.

Kraven's great. I don't get why people hate him. I like characters that want to destroy a superhero just for the challenge of it. I also like that he randomly gets deported to...South America????

  pik.asso Says:    
  2012-11-13 02:54:33  
  This one was really good!! I like Kraven and I even think Chameleon isn't Spidey's worst villain.

Oh my god, Safis, I even didn't get it until I read your comment! Man, how cool is that?! :D great issue! It even thrilled me AFTER I read it!

  Donuil23 Says:    
  2012-12-04 10:50:31  
  That Stan he's got some imagination. Let's use drums as a weapon. Spidey couldn't possibly handle the rhythm!  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-12-29 21:37:32  
  That was actually a really good issue! Not without flaws (housewife, congo, magnets that get stronger but don't seem to do anything) but a really good issue nonetheless. While both villains are quite one dimensional (who isn't in this silver age?) they both stand up as villains who can definitely still be good in modern issues.  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2013-05-21 11:49:47  
  Aunt May is the most annoying character in Marvel comics so far ("Peter, you are so fragile", "you will catch a cold"...) I remember her wasn't so irritating in the stories from 80s and 90s which I read about fifteen years ago... or maybe my memory is not so good. For now, the less I see her, the better.  

  Ben Reilly Says:    
  2013-06-21 14:12:05  
  When JJJ gets to present day will he start paying his employees with Trident Layers? Other than that cheesiness I REALLY enjoyed this issue!  

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2013-07-13 15:51:29  
  Kraven's best story ever (given that there is only 1 possible Kraven story, hence why DeMatteis killed him, making Kraven's best stories his first and last).

Hey, Spidey has been drugged such that he is physically shaking, he is being hunted like an animal, and he has magnetic binders pulling his arm and leg together... I think a little psychological warfare combined with seemingly TWO Kravens makes jungle drums, I.e. noise disorientation, a perfectly valid and effective part of an attack plan.

Spidey only starts to win when he steps back from the situation and starts dismantling each piece of the attack one by one. Drums, et al, were designed to keep him from doing so, to keep him "in the moment" rather than having time to think. Any rave participant could tell you the effectiveness of drugs and music in combo to make one "zone out."

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-01 12:32:19  
  Kraven continues Spidey's run of villain debuts in high style. The hunt was excellent.
In current continuity, kraven was part of an unofficial "Avengers" team in the fifties.

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2013-08-04 01:44:35  
  Kraven hunting was pretty cool. But Spidey beats him too easy imo. Spidey's quite the player, he's got 3 chicks that want him :)  

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-09-06 18:34:29  
  How is Flash still under the impression that he's dating Liz?

How badly must you suck to get the name Pee-wee when the other guys are named Nails and Rocky?

Web fluid is anti-magnetic now? You'd think he's share it with the X-men.

All in all a good intro to one of the most important baddies of Spider-man's rogues gallery. Though I don't see him and the Chameleon sitting around playing cards.

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-28 19:13:54  
  Spider-Man looks unusually... stocky on the cover. Looks like he may need to lay off the wheatcakes.

I always liked Kraven's costume, even though it is a hideous mess. Ditko outdid himself on that one. Fairly good introductory issue for Kraven, even if it didn't feature his origin.

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-28 19:18:58  
  I'm curious - is Peter's teacher "Mr Warren" the same person who will become "Professor Warren" and have a major effect on peter's life years down the line?  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-04-13 20:44:29  
  OK...Spider-Man is definitely my most favorite comic right now.
Good story, decent art.
The character development in these Spidey comics is AMAZING.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-04-24 23:22:46  
  4 stars for the 1st app of Kraven the Hunter! The most interesting man in the world! I don't always hunt spiders, but when I do, I carry a rolled up newspaper!!!

Cover Me - A very striking cover! The little circle with the Chameleon in it reminds of the Love Boat opening. Of guest stars appearing in a circle smiling at the camera!

Fourth Wall - On page 13, panel 3 it looks like Peter is showing the reader the paper as his thought bubble is talking to the reader as well!

Overkill - Why, mess with a spider tracer to let him know if Kraven is about to attack him when he still has his spider sense?

Karma Chameleon - When Spidey unmasks Chameleon, he is wearing his smoking jacket under the Kraven outfit! Sweet smoking jacket by the way. I do miss his goggles though from his 1st app.

Ring A Ding Ding - @duncanm: The webbing was just to slience the bells. Not every panel, but a couple still show the magnetic lines afterwards.

Day Of The Jackal - @Durango55: Close, they're brothers!

'Nuff Said - "And that Watson girl is probably a refugee from a horror movie!"-Peter Parker

  Psychopat Says:    
  2014-04-25 14:53:22  
  Really like this one! Kraven is a good villain, the character developpement is awesome and we're starting to hear of Mary-Jane  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-05-30 06:59:13  
  Oh man, it must be tough Peter, being the nerdy guy and having three girls calling on you. You poor thing. :P

Kraven was an entertaining villain. I like all his tricks and traps. My only gripe is it was really weird seeing him keep trying to capture Spider-Man with a net over and over even after he broke out of the first one. That and Kraven is basically a juicer.

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-06-30 03:18:17  
  1. Ooh...nice icicle bubbles from Betty
2. It takes brains to be smart.....good to know
3. Good fight and nice to see Spiderman outfox Kraven
Good issue

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-07-10 21:28:14  
  Great issue! I love these early Spidey stories, with Ditko's great comic strip-style artwork and Stan's sense of humor. Both of them do a great job of maintaining an extended set of characters that really add that something "extra" to the stories. Just look at Page 5 Panel 2, or the scenes with Aunt May to see what I mean.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-07-24 12:13:41  
  What more could you want? The return of the Chameleon and the introduction of Kraven the Hunter. The story and writing were great, and this finally sets up for the Sinister Six to make an appearance (my all time favorite super-villain team). I remember the introduction of Kraven in the 90's Spider-Man series that ran on Fox, and this issue beats that episode hands down!  

  MattDog37 @ Safis (original post):    
  2015-01-18 08:27:15  
  At the very end of Sensational Spider-Man Annual '96, which revisits/retells this story, it has Kraven on a steamer bound for Europe. So it would appear Kraven and the Chameleon were deported to South America, then sailed back to Europe, before eventually going back to the jungles of the Congo for hunting practice.  

  wingot Says:    
  2016-02-04 18:00:35  
  Had good fun with this story (which I seem to say a lot for the ASM title...), and included the first appearance of Kraven (although I don't overly remember the chameleon ...). Kraven was a solid match for spider man until Stan kicked up the spider sense power even more: it can now track the movements of his prey?  

  wingot Says:    
  2016-02-04 18:05:33  
  And ... completely missed Miss Watson. Picked up in the blind date thing obviously but didn't even click that Mary-Jane's surname is Watson until the next issue said it in full.  

  JimboJangles Says:    
  2016-03-11 01:34:57  
  Loving Spider-Man right now, he's the best hero in the best book so far in the order. The best set of villains with more to come. My prized possession is an Amazing Spider-Man #42, first appearance of Mary Jane Watson, so of course I'm totally stoked about her first mention here. I can't wait to get deeper into Peter's struggle with the role of Spider-man, I've read very few of these early issues so it's been a real treat so far.  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2016-05-30 11:14:31  
  I don't know if I'm just biased be a useful I've always loved ol webhead, but Spider-Man is just head and shoulders above everyone else in the order right now. Only the Daredevil origin and one or two Avengers and Fantastic Four issues even come close.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-05 14:07:56  
  Apparently Stan doesn't understand how freelancing works. You don't take a freelancer with you to an event like this if you have a staff photographer available. You're already paying the staff photog, but you have to pay the freelancer for the individual pictures.

Kraven's a fantastic villain. Terrifying. In fact I think Spidey beat him too easily.

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-07-16 12:34:51  
  • That’s my line – “Hmmm, now what do I do with you! You’re too bad-tempered to keep as a pet, and much too old to adopt!” (Spider-Man)

  • ”Lettered by : Art Simek (because his name fits this space)” Now seriously, there must be some kind of an inside running gag, because the terms used most of the times to introduce the inkers and letterers make them look like second-class artists. I hope they have a good sense of humor because it’s pretty humiliating.

  • I hope we get an origin story about the Chameleon at some point. I’m curious to learn more on what’s behind this mask of his. Does he ever take it off?

  • Page 5 panel 2 has a very cartoony JJJ!

  • A date with yet another girl is the last thing Peter needs at this point, dear Aunt May! And Mrs. Watson’s niece? Hmmm! Interesting!

  • Kraven wears way too much guy-liner!

  • Great introduction to Kraven in a solid story with some character development and very few goofs (though the American Congo was quite a bad one). There was some good action and Spider-Man’s sense of humor is really taking shape now. I really enjoyed it, so 5 stars!

  Russ Says:    
  2016-08-04 17:33:54  
  Very fun story. The debut of a great villain who's a perfect test for web-head. I'm also intrigued by Mrs. Watson's mysterious niece. Too bad she was too ill for that first date. Face it Tiger, you just rolled snake-eyes!  

  Calion @ RobinHoodMtl (original post):    
  2016-09-04 19:31:26  
  It's my suspicion that the letterers are the ones who come up with those blurbs. Simek in particular seems to have started them.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-26 06:40:10  
  Perfection! The best issue of SPIDER-MAN yet, and one of the best stories in the order thus far, period!

One of my three all-time favorite Spider-villains (along with the Lizard and Doc Ock), Kraven the Hunter absolutely *dominates* the storytelling stage in this, his debut appearance. The climactic battle between him and Spider-Man is an absolute marvel (no pun intended) of pacing and tension, snapping and banging like a string of firecrackers. Lee and Ditko's orchestration of the supporting cast is nothing short of sheerest comic book bliss -- pitch perfect, not a pen stroke or line of dialogue wasted. (That being said, however: total honesty compels me to point out that if Betty Brant were any more ridiculously high maintenance, she'd be a Cadillac.) ;)

Five stars... and a standing ovation! More! MORE!!!

  gonzo Says:    
  2016-12-17 20:03:15  
  Spider-Man continues to bring out the best in the creators. Loved the art in this one (that splash intro page!) and the battle between Spidey and Kraven was fantastic. Extra points for the Chameleon's sweet smoking jacket, and a mention of Mary Jane.

A must read.

  Pope_Snarky @ Durango55 (original post):    
  2017-06-13 21:32:51  
  Hail Eris!

Raymond Warren is Professor Miles Warren's brother.

As I recall, when I read this a couple years ago, I quite enjoyed it, so I'm going to rate it highly, and subtract a star for the bad geography. Four ****, IOW.

What if libertarianism becomes the great gloss to cover up the hidden desire to achieve personal power, malevolent longings, antisocial urges, and authoritarian ends?

  wrmsnicket Says:    
  2018-01-28 17:52:22  
  Was not expecting MJ to be brought up this quickly. Good issue, Kraven is a great villain.  

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-02-05 18:29:45  
  Awesome introduction to Kraven. I'm still amazed at the lasting power of the early Spider-Man villains.  

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Dear Stan and Steve,

      In your latest issue of Fantastic Four you have a letter from someone who did a book report on that comic book in school. I thought you might be interested in seeing the impact that Spider-Man has had on higher education. My friends and I have decided that Spider-Man is far ahead of any other super-hero in the field. In an article published in the school newspaper, I tried to sum up the reasons why. Everyone who has read Spider-Man identifies with him, and if Peter Parker ever wants to go to college we'll try to get him a scholarship here - and a fraternity bid, too. We'll be reading your comic books as long as you put them out!

John Butterworth, COLGATE MAROON
Colgate University, Hamilton, N. Y.

John sent us a clipping of the article he mentions from the Colgate U. school newspaper. It's clever as all get-out. It's entitled "Spider-Man Strives For Status In Competitive Comic Book World Of Insecure Super-heroes." Wish we had room to reprint it here. Thanks a heap, J. B.

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Lots of kids whose dads are stationed here in Greece buy your "classy" mags (as many people call them). I also find great enjoyment reading SPIDER-MAN. At the Air Base the comics cost 12¢ as usual but people that can't buy things on the base have to pay 7 drachma elsewhere, which is about 20¢! So you'd better think up some super-doopers, Stan, and you'd better start your flashy drawing, Steve, because I don't give 20¢ to a super-mag for nothing!

Ricky Cocorelis, 30 Prigipos Konstantinou
Palio Psyico, Athens, Greece

Thanks, Rick! And after we read your letter a few more times, perhaps we'll be able to figure out if it's a knock or a boost!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Gosharootie! Issue #11 of SPIDER-MAN just hit the stands. I was delighted that this episode took place in Pennsylvania (I live in that state, you know!). The script was stupendous and the artwork was colossal. Spider-Man was fantastic and Dock Ock was marvelous. I flipped over the fight scenes, especially the part where Peter meets two of the mobsters (page 15 - panel 5) and contemptuously bashes them aside like troublesome insects - boy, he must lift weights! I am mildly disappointed over the fact that Betty Brant, and not Liz Allen, is Spider-Man's girlfriend - don't you fellows know that gentlemen prefer blondes and that Peter should have chosen Liz instead of Betty? Naturally, I was shocked over the death of Bennett Brant; however, you didn't make the customary mistake which you usually include to see if we readers are on our toes - what happened??!

John F. Lebar, 305 N. Jordan
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A fine thing! We even get yelled at when we DON'T make mistakes! Actually, Johnny, we probably make as many as ever, but you fans are getting so brain-washed you don't notice 'em as much!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Well, you did it again! I just finished reading SPIDER-MAN #11 - the plot was great and Ditko's art is better than ever. You fellas at Marvel have a very unique fashion of writing and drawing your mag that has made me a fan for life! Spider-Man, next to F.F., is the most exciting and wonderful magazine yet. But don't team him up with anyone except maybe Daredevil. I think it would ruin the color and excitement which is Spider-Man. This is my first, but not last, letter and I could praise you all day, but I'm sure you hear a lot of it anyway!

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Richard Kent, 6 Charles St.
Seldon, N. Y.

Why, bless your extravagant little heart, Dickie boy! Of COURSE you may buy a subscription to ANY Marvel mag! We're turning your letter over to our subscription department immediately! (SOME department! One overworked gal with a squeaky addressing machine! Take a bow, nice Nancy Murphy!)

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Before I start, let me say that I'm on your side entirely. In issue #11 Joseph Shea wrote that he didn't like SPIDER-MAN #8. Well, I think it was great, and the art and plot lived up to their name of being a Marvel because they were. He also said that he didn't like continuous stories or Tales of Asgard. Well, I think they're both great and both deserve medals for being the outstanding features of the Marvel Group of the year. He also said (are you listening, Joe?) that he could read the continued stories in the funnies for free - I suggest he does. If he doesn't like Spider-Man, then why does he read them? Listen Joe, if you write another letter like the last one, you'll get a nasty letter from my Congressman. Remember, I'm still carrying a "Torch" for you.

Nick Blackwell, Route #2
Kennesaw, Ga.

Don't be mad at Joe, Nick. He's really one of our best fans. As for our continued stories, we'll be using less and less of them - mainly because we keep forgetting where we left off the issue before!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I have been looking for a letter in the Spider's Web which would take inventory on all the Spider-Man stories, but I haven't seen one yet so I've decided to write one. When Spider-Man appeared in "Amazing Adult Fantasy" the whole conception of Spider-Man was really what made the story which lacked in art somewhat. When compared to the more recent stories this one was quite poor, but when compared to others of that time, this was a pleasant radical change of pace which introduced new concepts to the comic world. I might add that I think this story was the turning point of the Marvel idea and ushered in the Marvel Age of Comics. Thanks for the good job and the enjoyment you have brought me through Spider-Man.

Ken Dixon, 674 Buttonwood Drive
Springfield, Pa.

Ken also included a detailed critique on each ish of SPIDER-MAN since it started! However, we'll save that for some future time when colleges offer courses on "Spider-Mania"!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Allow me to introduce myself - I am Spider-Man's costume. Sure he's a great guy, but that crawling around on floors and ceilings is wearing out my knees. Oh-h-h - that sickening, gooey web-fluid he shoots out all the time makes me look messy. But one thing is the utmost end - that was when Spider-Man fought Electro and actually touched him. I don't think I've fully recovered yet. I'm still shaking! After putting me through all this, you'd think I'd be well paid. Well, you're wrong! All I get is dry-cleaning expenses. I think I deserve a little more than this. After all, he would look kind of drab without a costume. Well, at least there's one good thing about being Spider-Man's costume - I get to take part in all his dandy adventures . . . and that's something I wouldn't trade with any other costume.

Peter Bieger, 305 Hampshire Dr.v DeWitt 14, N. Y.

Very cute, Pete - but now we'll probably have to grant equal time to Daredevil's costume - not to mention the Human Torch and Ice-Man!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I never did consider Dr. Octopus as a good villain, so when I saw the cover of SPIDER-MAN #11 I was disappointed. My anger was soon dispelled while reading the story, for it surpassed my expectations by leaps and bounds. What made the story so effective was the use of subplots and minor details such as linking Betty Brant in Dr. Octopus' plans, the fact that Betty turned against Spider-Man, and the electrified spider. I was really shocked by the death of Betty's brother. What other magazine would have the nerve to do this? But then, it's this type of unpredictable action that makes Marvel so famous! As for Steve's art - well, I could rave on and on but he knows how great he is! The best picture of Betty was the third last panel - it didn't look like Ditko's usual work, but I'm not complaining. You have the uncanny knack of producing the most touching, stirring conclusions to your stories. Much as I hate to say it, for Pete's sake (that was unintentional, honest!), I like this type of ending. It's really effective in a sentimental sort of way. A thought just struck me - what with Peter's problems of being an outcast of society, harassed continuously by J. J. Jameson, and his mixed-up love affairs, he'd make a wonderful soap opera! You could call it "The Heart of Peter Parker!" or "The Perplexing Problems of Peter Parker and his Pickled Peppers!". Maybe you could give him his own "Doctor" show and he could do appendectomies on spiders!

Bob Malisani, 1338 Dupont St.
Toronto 4, Ont., Canada

And can't you just picture him guest-starring on "What's My Line?"

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Unlike so many others, I don't try to find things wrong with your mag. I hand over my 12¢, find a chair, and sit down to enjoy one of the greatest Marvel mags ever published. Steve's art is the greatest and ditto for Stan with his stories. Personally, I think you've got something with the Avengers and the X-Men!

Gary Polk, 1521 Highway 80
Weatherford, Texas

Sure we have, Gary! Impossible deadlines, THAT'S what we've got!


  • Okay, we've read all YOUR letters, now the least you can do is read what WE have to say! And as usual, we've got PLENTY to say! So let's go!
  • Judging by the mail we've received so far for our new superhero, DAREDEVIL, he's the greatest thing since frozen custard! You've probably read DAREDEVIL #2 by now, featuring Spidey's old arch-enemy, Electro! Wasn't Joe Orlando's art as great as we promised? And just wait till #3 goes on sale! It features The Owl, Overlord of crime! Our mags may be from hunger, but how about those TITLES?!!
  • Well, let's see what's doing with our other Marvel mags which are now on sale . . .
  • The FANTASTIC FOUR has a real kookie yarn for you this month! It's entitled "It Started On Yancy Street," and it's really a different type tale. It has four former arch-foes of the F.F. battling them at once, plus a great guest star who has already won a series for himself. Drawn as usual by Jack (King) Kirby, it's inked by Chic Stone who seems to have become everybody's favorite almost overnight!
  • Just when you think there are no new ideas left, THE AVENGERS have come up with a new team of villains called "The Masters of Evil"! Three of them are old friendly foes of yours, but the fourth is a newie! You'll like this one!
  • As for the X-MEN, we don't know how Stan and Jack do it! Not only do they feature Magneto and his Evil Mutants, co-starring Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch, but they've built the story around comicdom's greatest roving guest star - the sensational Sub-Mariner! You've got to read this one to believe it!
  • Do you know who Carl Burgos is? He's an old pal of Stan's who drew the Human Torch years ago in the Golden Age of Comics. Well, we talked him into doing a Torch story for us in the current ish of STRANGE TALES, just for old times sake! You'll really enjoy seeing Carl's great artwork after all these years. And, al-though he's busy with advertising art these days, we're trying to talk him into doing additional stories for us. Perhaps a few letters from you would help - !
  • Villains! Villains! Villains! Have we got villains for you!! The new IRON MAN has another Don Heck goodie called The Unicorn! There's a lot of human interest in this one - and Pepper was never prettier. But don't take OUR word for it!
  • And, as if Giant-Man isn't big enough, the new ish of TALES TO ASTONISH has him battling a big bad villain named Colossus who's TWICE as big as handsome Hank! You'll see Captain America in this one, too - but only for a couple of panels. However, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how well darlin' Dick Ayers drew Cap!
  • THOR really finishes off Mr. Hyde and The Cobra in this month's ish, and there's not a dull panel anywhere! We originally introduced Thor just for the few fans who enjoy imaginative, heroic drama on the grand scale, but your response has been overwhelming! Thor has actually become one of our top heroes! If you haven't been following his adventures, get the new ish and see what you've been missing!
  • We're running out of room, so all we can say about the latest SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOES is - it's loaded with surprises! Entitled "The Death Ray of Dr. Zemo," it introduces a brand new Howler; a villain who is ALSO seen in THE AVENGERS #6 (YOU figure out how!); and the exciting art work of Dick Ayers (while Jack works frantically on the F.F. Annual). Sounds terrific?? It IS!
  • And now, the big news! The SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 goes on sale in June! It features Spidey battling The Sinister Six (and just guess who THEY are!) and has more doggone feature pages and Spider-Man surprises than you'd dare to hope for!! Be sure to reserve your copy at your newsdealers NOW! And of course our regular SPIDER-MAN mag also goes on sale in June, so you Spidey fans have it made! So, till we meet again (real SOON, hear?) remember: Be gentle to spiders - one of them may be Petey's nephew!

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