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57: Amazing Spider-Man #2 (v1) [A Story]

" Duel to the Death With The Vulture! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #2a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
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Letterers: John Duffy, Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1963
Release Date: February 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 14
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,603                 Times Rated: 783
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The Vulture, a thief with razor sharp wings and agility of a bird of prey targets Spider-man, who will have to keep his wits about him to defeat this villain.
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Main Characters
  Spider-Man
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1a (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1).
     
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1a (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1).
     
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1).
     
  Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1a (v1). Elizabeth Allan next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1).
     
  Sally Avril
Sally Avril last appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (v1). Sally Avril next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1).
     
  Raymond Warren
Raymond Warren last appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (v1). Raymond Warren next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1).
     
Villains
  The Vulture
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Vulture in the mainstream continuity. The Vulture next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
     
 
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Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1a (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1).
   
     
NYPD
NYPD last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1). NYPD next appears in Tales to Astonish #42 (v1).
   
     
 
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Web-Shooters
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1).
 
     
Vulture's Wings
This is currently the only appearance of Vulture's Wings in the Main 616 continuity.
 
     
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Continuing Spider-Man foe, the Vulture, is introduced in this issue.
 
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 09:11:30  
  The Vulture can fly because of harnessed magnetic power? Has Stan Lee ever taken a science class?  
 
 

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 09:46:43  
  So let me get this straight....there are holes all around the "resisto-glass enclosure" to get the air OUT of it and keep more from getting IN?  
 
 

  Hertz1991 Says:    
  2011-12-13 21:40:31  
  I've always loved how the Vulture fooled the jewelers. Of course this is stupid and anti-scientific, but I like it. One star less for the stupid Tinkerer story though. That one clearly showed that there still were some doubts as to where the Spiderman comic was heading to (Fantastic Four?).  
 
 

  Safis Says:    
  2012-02-04 22:00:42  
  Two great stories! The aliens in the Tinkerer story feel very much out of place, although to be honest, most of my exposure to Spider-Man up to this point is the old cartoon. Other than that, though, I really like the way this series is going, and it's only been two issues (or three, if you count Amazing Fantasy #15).

I've been fairly critical of Ditko's art up previously, but I have to say that for the most part, he did a very fine job here. I guess I can narrow it down and say I really don't like the way he does faces, at least when it's not a close-up. The people have no eyes, for one thing....
 
 
 

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-03-31 23:47:01  
  So much goes on: Parker gets money, it is almost a job, and why to Johna? I would say it was sort of Peter's sarcasm! Things are fixed at home now (rent, bills, etc.), Peter puts spare web cartridges in his belt and in the end.. could it be that Spider Man put the building on fire??? Oh public menace!!  
 
 

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-30 13:54:01  
  Ignoring Stan Lee's obsession with magnetic energy (Which thankfully leads to one of the best comic book villains of all time in a short while), The Vulture story was top notch compared to the other stuff so far. The Tinkerer story was average (which makes it pretty bad compared to other Spider-Man stuff).

And so far every issue has had some sort of development in Peter Parker's life, which is astonishing compared to the rest of the Marvel universe and all it's relatively flat characters (at least for now).
 
 
 

  MX5 Says:    
  2012-08-07 01:58:41  
  The vulture story was enjoyable, you just have to suspend belief to get past all the scientific kinks. The tinkerer/alien story was pretty lame for spider-man.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-13 23:34:21  
  I love the Vulture! Something about an old geezer supervillain just works for me. The Tinkerer was pretty stupid, but who cares? Great stuff.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:33:45  
  I really lime The Vulture's debut here, but the Tinkerer story is bad for this run, though it is still decent, and has some neat visuals.  
 
 

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-06 16:23:00  
  God I found this one awful. The tinkerer was an appalling villan, the aliens were just pathetic and the vulture made a mockery of science in everyday possible.

Really hoping Spider-Man picks up later on.
 
 
 

  metsguy Says:    
  2012-12-17 15:53:56  
  Maybe I'm jaded by the fact that modern day Spider-Man never has an unambiguous win, but it was nice to see Peter Parker come out on top across the board in the Vulture story. The villain was locked up and Pete got money to pay rent for the year and buy Aunt May new kitchen appliances! Go Pete!  
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-13 15:28:05  
  I'm not a big fan of the Vulture. I hope he doesn't have too many appearances throughout the years.  
 
 

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-15 15:40:51  
  i really like the vulture. brilliant villain. i can see that amazing spider-man is head and shoulders above the other marvels - even fantastic four at this point. while ff does gain momentum soon (and don't get me wrong there are already some great ff stories in there) i feel that from the off our friendly neighbourhood spider-man already has depth in character, the supporting cast are superb and the villains are top notch.

except of course for the tinkerer and his bloody aliens!! one deducted star for that!
 
 
 

  gonzo Says:    
  2013-06-02 16:49:32  
  More screwball Silver Age science at work, but seeing Vulture and Spidey doing battle with the skyline as the backdrop was one of the biggest highlights yet, artistically speaking. Great work by Ditko...  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-20 07:45:41  
  Great issue! Was Spidey originally supposed to go in an anthology? The first 2 issues being short stories makes me wonder.
Rent for a year and all-new appliances--JJJ pays damn good!
If Peter can invent the web formula, the web shooter, and the gadget that disrupts the Vulture; why isn't he filing for patents that would bring him millions?
 
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-08-28 18:07:34  
  to answer Leisch comments: Filling for patents of is inventions would give out his secret identity in no time.... that's why he doesn't get credit for is photos.... And it is the only character Stan puts so much efforts in those kinds of details. The Vulture story is really got but I'm a bit fed up with the alien stories so far.... still the best alien story yet. And I like how Peter's personal story advances with the bills, the new gadgets it's more believable than "Another day where the Human Torch saves the world"  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-09-08 21:38:02  
  Ditko's art seemed on and off in both of these. There were some good panels and some terrible ones. The stories were average. But this was the introduction of Sinister Six member Vulture and recurring villain Tinkerer. Average read.  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-05 13:45:19  
  This is the first time I noticed any resemblance to a DC super hero. Spider-Man, particularly in the first story, reminds me of a combination of Super Man and Batman, In form and in function respectively. The second story was pretty good as well, giving us a little more insight into what makes Spider-Man a unique super hero.  
 
 

  bharbeke Says:    
  2013-12-17 08:46:11  
  This is one of the best issues in the early order to me, along with Fantastic Four #2 and Amazing Fantasy #15. One detail that gives Vulture some extra visual appeal is how his yellow/green ensemble contrasts with Spider-Man's red/blue costume. Actually, quite a few of Spider-Man's memorable villains have green, yellow, or both in their color schemes.  
 
 

  quidproquo Says:    
  2014-01-07 19:08:15  
  Sure, there are some plot flaws... but this is one of the early issues of a Marvel superhero book that seems like a superhero book from the start. Some of the others seemed to still cling to the old monster/sci-fi trappings. Amazing is a superhero comic right out of the gate. I love the villains and the way Ditko draws the crazy action. Nice stuff.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-09 06:26:27  
  3 stars for the Vulture!

Cover me - Love the cover of them over the skyline! The splash page is good also...got your foot!

NOW Hear This - I know that NOW Magazine pops up every NOW and then.

Spice - Just what were Uncle Ben and Aunt May up to with a mini-camera in their bedroom?

Roost - The Silo Pad is a nice touch for the Vulture.

Missed Opportunity - If the Vulture only thought to remove Spidey's mask after he had knocked him out...

Punk - On page 8, panel 6 that one kid has pink hair!

Best Intentions - If only they would've parked the armored truck closer to the building.

Good Behavior - It's nice that the prison lets the Vulture keep his costume.

Pro. Cobbwell - Hmm... an electronics expert that can't fix his own radio!

Harry Butts - On page 5, panel 6 that alien on the right is not wearing any pants!

Advanced Race - Hmm...they have spying devices with no recording equipment???

Body Parts - When the aliens made the Tinkerer's mask...I think that they were looking at the wrong part of the human body....

'Nuff Said - "Please--no jokes!"-Vulture
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-14 02:28:36  
  1. The cover is a classic (minus the box announcing the second story)
2. I've always loved that Peter is a photographer. Its a cool idea that really became central to the character.
3. That jump trick...most of the heroes can do that.
4. Its nice to see a thoughtful story about a power change or increase rather no explanation for it
5. And the award for silliest use of magnetism goes to...
6. Nice little diagram of the webslinger
Second story was meh...3 stars for the issue.
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-01 20:04:58  
  I liked the introduction of the Vulture, and the further character development of good ol' Pete. Stan was really focused on these Spider-Man stories, I think. Wasn't as crazy about the Tinkerer story, which was YAAP (Yet Another Alien Plot) which are growing tiresome. I was willing to forgive the Vulture's use of magnets to fly, but the alien plot just seems lazy.

I also liked Ditko's artwork, which seemed to be more confident and dynamic, with interesting uses of perspective and more defined character models. Nice use of action poses too.
 
 
 

  nanok88 Says:    
  2014-04-07 20:45:07  
  The vulture's story was good, the one about the tinkerer and the aliens, not so much.  
 
 

  Schabenc Says:    
  2014-05-10 13:56:52  
  The Vulture story is great! The Tinkerer...forgettable.  
 
 

  grayrender Says:    
  2014-06-08 17:52:18  
  Automatic 1-star rating for any issue where the main antagonist is either a "Red" or a newly-introduced alien species that wants nothing more than to conquer/destroy/mess with Earth for no articulable reason.  
 
 

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-06 10:59:26  
  Decent issue, Vulture was alright, but I'm getting sick of all these aliens who want to take over the world. That said, Spider-Man's much more interesting than half these comic heroes so I'll be forgiving.  
 
 

  Amanda Says:    
  2014-07-24 16:20:49  
  "Magnetism" you keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means. Really though magnetic energy seems to work in the marvel universe in a very different way. Also, holes to get the air out? How about just let your enemies slowly suffocate, be patient.  
 
 

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2014-10-16 02:26:27  
  Spidey is definitely a page turner compared to the rest so far. I think because he's so relatable. He's not some rich scientist or mythical god, just a kid who fell into some crazy stuff. I wish the rest of the early Marvel stuff was this good.  
 
 

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2015-03-17 07:35:15  
  Two old guys for the price of one...  
 
 

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-31 12:45:16  
  Give me more Vulture craziness! I want it now!  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:47:04  
  I love spiderman  
 
 

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 07:52:35  
  The art is ok but man it's the vulture...classic.
 
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-11 21:15:53  
 
  • Why on Earth would anyone wear such an ugly costume, with the fluffy collar and all? And out of all possible birds, why pick the Vulture to begin with? Not that any costume would make this guy any prettier, but opting for a toucan would hide part of his face!

  • That being said, throughout the story, the drawings of the Vulture are all beautifully executed in a broad variety of positions and angles.

  • Spider-Man got out of the water tank exactly as I thought he would, as logic would prescribe, without making up a stupid new power like the Human Torch would. Isn’t it awesome!

  • The geek in me loves it when they show us how the costume was developed. Again, instead of improvising extra web-fluid as the story goes, they decided to build up on how it came to be. Brilliant!

  • You will note that Peter doesn’t consider himself as a super-hero yet, but as an adventurer. He basically focuses on making money, not on fighting crime, which is the result of a set of circumstances.

  • ”Go out and buy yourself some twist records.” LOL! How wonderfully old it sounds!

  • Rent sure was cheap in ol’ New York! I also never considered Jameson would be generous!

  • Except maybe for the magnetic techno-babble, everything makes so much sense in this magnificent story. And not a dull moment. I love it. Five stars!
 
 
 

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-13 20:52:06  
  Was a little surprised there was no backstory on Vulture a.k.a. Adrian Toomes. Guess we will have to wait for his next appearance. Very nice issue.
 
 
 

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-24 14:27:35  
  1. It's interesting to watch Stan figure out how the Spidey-sense works. Is it psychic? Is it air vibrations? Is it radio waves?
2. Aah, we're back to the magic of magnetism again.
3. Apparently they let villains keep their costumes on in jail (actually that may make sense. This is jail, not prison).

Overall, a good, solid Spider-Man story, introducing a great, recurring villian. Why are Spider-Man comics so consistently better than anything else Marvel is doing at this point?
 
 
 

  Calion @ Psychopat (original post):    
  2016-05-24 14:51:27  
  Yes, but why doesn't he invent *other* things? Maybe it just hasn't occurred to him.

But it never really does, to my knowledge (though he tries to sell his Web formula at one point). It never made sense to me that such a brilliant guy makes his money as a photographer.
 
 
 

  nickeyelysse Says:    
  2016-09-24 20:50:57  
  Okay, I have a problem with this. If you're carrying a container of diamonds, that you already know is planning to be stolen, why would you carry it with the handle away from you? You're just asking to have it snatched right of your hand. That kind of idiocy deserves to be taken advantage of.  
 
 

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-26 22:53:03  
   
I really liked this issue, especially as it continue to develop Peter as a fascinating character, surprisingly so given the recent track record of this team. Unfortunately, Stan's adoration of magnet-based pseudo-science returns to GRANT MAN THE POWER OF BIRD FLIGHT!

Also, for a "Duel to the Death", everyone walked away rather unscathed. Uncle Ben continues to be one of a very small set of lasting consequences
 
 
 

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-11-18 07:32:26  
  Stan Lee yet again does not know how magnets work. That's quite amusing. Also, it's interesting how they call him Birdman considering who will go on and play him in Homecoming  
 
 

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-06 21:41:16  
  Great issue but why is does the Vulture still have his suit on in his prison cell?  
 
 

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 10:26:44  
  Three cheers for the Vulture! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!  
 
 

 
 
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