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67: Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1)

" Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus "
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Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: John Duffy
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1963
Release Date: April 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,615                 Times Rated: 805
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Doctor Otto Octavious, a brilliant atomic scientist, is caught in an explosion when one of his experiments goes wrong, causing his brain damage and the mechanical arm apparatus he was wearing to fuse to his vertebrae. The demented Doctor still strives to carry on with his experiments and no one will stop him. Not even Spider-man!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2a (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2a (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1).
  Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1). Elizabeth Allan next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1).
  Sally Avril
Sally Avril last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1). Sally Avril next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
  Human Torch
Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #14 (v1). Human Torch next appears in Strange Tales #109 (v1).
  Doctor Octopus
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Doctor Octopus in the mainstream continuity. Doctor Octopus next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #11 (v1).
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2a (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1).
United States Military
United States Military last appeared in Tales of Suspense #41 (v1). United States Military next appears in Tales to Astonish #44 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1).
Spidey Signal
Spidey Signal next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #9 (v1).
Doctor Octopus' Tentacles
Doctor Octopus' Tentacles next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #11 (v1).
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Issue Notes

Why Essential Notes

This issue sees the first appearance of Dr. Octopus.
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Issue Review
   June 17, 2013
Now we're talking. The debut of Doctor Octopus, one of my favorite Marvel villains. And what a spectacular debut it is. We see how Doctor Octopus became the deranged duodecoped (not sure if that's a real word, but screw it) we know and love.

Yes, one of Stan Lee's favorite scientific effects (radiation!!!) comes into play, but for once it does so in a sensible way! Doc Ock uses the arms to shield himself from the harmful effects of the radiation, and when things go bad, so does the good doctor. From there, it's all action. Two separate fights between Spidey and Doctor Octopus, both well drawn and easy to follow. The pacing is solid, with the Human Torch cameo coming at a perfect time and propelling us to the climax of the book. I would have loved to see this become a two-part story, which is the highest of praise considering that most of these Silver Age issues just haven't been that good.

Ditko continues to bring the high-caliber art, and this may be his best work yet. He particularly does well capturing the emotions of the characters, whether it be Peter Parker's angst at being defeated for the first time or the first glimpse of Doctor Octopus after his descent into madness.

Can't recommend this one more highly.
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  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-19 09:51:38  
  This comic is the most drama-packed I've seen since the first one in the Order. Way to build an intense story to an epic climax.  

  Bob Says:    
  2011-10-19 16:21:55  
  Second that. I also like the dynamic of the final fight. My favorite issue so far in The Order.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-21 22:50:27  
  Agreed. One of the best stories so far.  

  Bapt15ta Says:    
  2011-12-21 06:02:47  
  The best comic I've read in the order so far. The way Spiderman is defeated the first time and humuliated by Doc Octopus (with a slap in the face) reducing Peter Parker's ego to dust is great. The final fight is also the best i've seen since i started reading the order. It's long and dynamic with face-to-face climax, literally. Since I've started reading the Order, Spiderman is the best written comic so far.  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2011-12-23 23:54:25  
  Five stars for the bitch slap alone. Outstanding, I like this Octopus fellow.  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-02-07 20:54:38  
  Very nice! And great artwork, too! I particularly like the way Doctor Octopus was often shown in sort of a monochrome silhouette throughout the issue, giving him that sense of maniacal deviousness he deserves!  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-06 23:50:24  
  I am suspect to say, but this was great, so far it was the bast villain characterization I can remember. I am not THAT Ditko fan, but his art is great here, note the explosion on pg4, first panel. Great comic!!  

  lmcontaldi Says:    
  2012-05-15 19:51:52  
  The right hook to the face may be my favorite Ditko panel so far. That said, I agree, Spider-Man suprisingly has the best of the comics so far, Lee is really stepping up the plot lines here.

Also... why in the world would Johnny's temperature be going down ever? Virus or not. lol

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-06-25 19:43:20  
  I love Iron Man and other heroes in the moden age but at this point there's something magical about Spider-Man that's missing from all of the other comics so far. I wish I could put my finger on it but I can tell why Spider-Man became such icon of Marvel's silver age.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-01 23:48:26  
  This was the best story in the order so far in my opinion. This issue has everything; the debut of one of Spider-Man's most powerful rogues, the first time Spidey is defeated and how he deals with his shaken confidence, and some great artwork by Steve Ditko as always.  

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-15 06:42:28  
  It feels so much more like proper Spidey now that the wisecracks have entered the mix.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2012-07-23 15:20:12  
  Five stars for this one. This is really a great step in the right direction for Marvel comics.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-15 00:08:12  
  Can you go wrong with the intro of Doc Ock? The answer is NO, you can't. Can you go wrong with Spidey getting his ass handed to him in a fight that ends with Doc disrespectfully bitch slapping him? NO, you can't. Also, I love how easily Spidey gives up after his first major defeat. I know he's a teen, but Jesus, dude, grow a pair and fight back!

Stan and Steve have been knocking them out of the park with these early issues. Great stuff.

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-24 14:23:27  
  Really good stuff. I had a couple of problems with it, but overall, this is a really enjoyable story.  

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-19 21:42:36  
  It's no joke, this has been the most enjoyable read so far in the Order. Mr. Ditko's artistic style is a huge win for me. The black-on-red explosion that turns Otto from an innocent and likeable man into a power-crazed lunatic is but one of many panels that really strikes me. Ditko does an awesome Doctor Octopus.

The emergence of the spider signal affirms my belief that Spider-Man is Marvel's Batman. This, coupled with the fact that the John Duffy, the letterer, had Octavius calling Spider-Man Superman in one of the panels really goes to show you how much the staff at Marvel were sweating over their rivals down the street.

I must also say that I sincerely hope that we don't go back to the two-story issues. This comic is a screaming success only because it was given enough space to develop it's plot. I feel that many other characters could benefit from this treatment.

One star for the epic two-round bout. Two stars for Ditko's best so far. One star for Tom Jones' opening statement in the Letters Pages of this issue.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-13 17:12:32  
  Doc ock is my favorite villain so far in the order  

  TaoTaomona Says:    
  2013-02-14 09:02:53  
  Best villains are getting stacked into FF and Spidey.  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-15 15:54:54  
  genius. issue three and this is just excellent. best story in the order so far by far! had to give it 5 stars. i gave amazing fantasy 15 5 stars for obvious reasons! this really would get 6 stars it was that good. what an entrance into the marvel universe for doc ock. keep em rolling!  

  gonzo Says:    
  2013-06-16 15:27:17  
  Only the third five-star rating yet for me in the order, and probably the best individual read yet. I've also submitted a review for this one. Top-shelf stuff. I want a physical copy now for my personal collection!  

  stevi0d Says:    
  2013-06-23 12:16:30  
  Spiderman's fourth outing and the best yet; introducing the greatest villain in the order so far. Superior silver age entertainment firmly establishing Spidey in the A-list. Even the Human Torch managed to be cool.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-20 17:55:25  
  The 1st Spidey I ever read and I still love it. The Spider-Man stories stand apart from the rest of Marvel's output at the time for the consistent quality of art and plotting. I have to figure that Ditko was having substantial input on the stories and tempering some of Stan's usually hyper writing. And Spidey is carefully building the best rogues gallery in the Marvel Universe. Well done!  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-02 07:24:01  
  Spider-Man are the best written issue so far and exept for The Tinkerer all the villains he fought are great villains!  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-08 17:06:05  
  Spider-Man just got Octo-Slapped! :D :D

Spider-Man has been the most consistently enjoyable series. Maybe it's the extra few pages it has over the 13 pagers, but the story is much more engaging and fleshed out. I'm loving the Spider-Man comics.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-03 09:18:25  
  Very good story and art. I loved the intro of Doc Ock. I've read this before but decided to read it again since it was in The Order. Good solid issue.  

  quidproquo Says:    
  2014-01-08 12:44:57  
  This is the first full length Spider-Man story and it really delivers. Great plot, fights, and Peter Parker characterization. The only thing that made me pause and scratch my head for a minute was the Human Torch not being able to use his flame power because he was under the weather (too sick to use his powers but not too sick to speak at a high school?). Still, this was a great issue.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-15 06:18:14  
  5 stars for the 1st app of Doc Oct; plus a good story!

Cover Me - Great cover! I also like Ditko putting his name in the artwork.

Albert Schweitzer - Thanks, Spidey, I had to look him up.

Alias - Peter Palmer, aka Super-Man!!!

Missed Opportunity - Once again a villain had a chance to unmask Spidey!

Pipe Dream - Yes, the guard may not notice extra pipes on the ceiling, but you would think that he would notice a man on the ceiling!

Pre Hulk - On page 12, panel 3 is that Maj. Glen Talbot?

Flame Off -Ok, 1st the FF are on a case that they don't need Johnny. Then Johnny said he's burned out because he used to much power earlier. So much that it will takes days to recharge. When usually it just takes minutes. Finally we find out that he had a virus that was making his flame weak. Even though a fever should make him burn up! What's really goin on here???

'Nuff Said - "Doctor Octopus? Why do they call him that?"-Coworker

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-22 22:25:20  
  1. Sweet cover
2. The spider signal makes him look like a batman wannabe
3. Great origin story for Doc Oc of course. Very modern (for the time) panel 1 page 4
4. Oops! Page 8. Superman. Yikes.
5. Good issue hurt by a solo torch appearance with some nonesense about p erusing his flames
6. Very nice battle
Not perfect but a rock solid 4 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-10 09:21:09  
  Great stuff. We get the origin of Doc Ock, and the birth of the friendship between Spidey and the Torch.

I loved the panel of Otto striking Spidey across the face... Such a perfect representation of Octavius' conceit. Also nice is how Spidey pays him back at the end with a sock to the jaw. I'm reminded of issue #700, when Otto marvels at Peter's strength and realizes he had been holding back all those years.

Ditko's art is interestingly unusual, the way he draws legs and feet in ungainly action poses.

  nanok88 Says:    
  2014-04-09 00:15:46  
  Doc Ock is one of my favourite villains. Liked the story!  

  Schabenc Says:    
  2014-05-10 15:22:37  
  Ah yes, the first appearance of Doctor Octopus. Classic.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-07 00:20:30  
  One of the best issues so far! Captivating, real (or as real as it gets), and finally in character! There's something about these Spider-Man issues that really puts them ahead of the crowd...  

  DerryDonovan Says:    
  2014-07-10 11:52:26  
  The introduction of my favorite villan. Doc Ock  

  Amanda Says:    
  2014-07-24 16:25:16  
  Great introduction of the Doctor Octopus, it's always good when Spider-man has to lose at first, things get too easy if he always wins.  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-13 21:10:34  
  It's great that Spidey finally gets a full-length story. The extra space only makes the comic even better! I chuckled at the typo on page 8, referring to our hero as Super-Man and when Doc Oc bitch-slaps Peter, I was on the floor. This was damn near a perfect issue and miles above everything else that's been in the Order so far! I loved that Peter lost his first battle. My only nit-pick... the Torch needs to spend a few days in order to let his flame get strong? Since when? Because he's sick?

  thedopeshow Says:    
  2014-12-02 02:38:40  
  One of my favorite issues of all time. Doc Ock beats Spidey up, bitch smacks him, and throws him out a window like a piece of trash. The writering is definitely a weakness still even in the best issues from this time, with a very wishy washy way of explaining the Fantastic Fours absence and not being consistent on why Human Torch was inactive. But I guess that's just nitpicking.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-23 18:15:25  
  Best art so far + best villain + good story + rare villain back story = My first 5 star rating in the order. This one was awesome.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2015-03-17 07:37:00  
  Doc Ock. Nuff said!  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-31 12:55:10  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-16 22:14:26  
  5 star issue and one of the main reasons why Spider-Man was always my go-to comic. Intro of perhaps the greatest of Spidey's foes giving a cocky youngster his first sound defeat. It's easy to see why this series quickly became one of America's favorite. A small glimpse of the greatness to come.  

  hendrica Says:    
  2015-10-30 09:15:31  
  Gave this issue a 5 star rating, although I'm not entirely sure if it's because the issue was that great. I have several problems with the logic behind some things, but everything has been so bad in the last several order issues this story is elevated even higher.  

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-11-10 10:28:47  
  At long last, the first appearence of my favourite villain of my childhood (i'm 33 now)...and man was that issue a joy to read, overall Great! 5*  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:53:05  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 08:23:14  
  great background story finally and great intro to new villain ....Doc Ock!  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-14 19:29:31  
  • That’s my line – “Well, I sure ain’t Albert Schweitzer!” (Spider-Man)

  • I had to Google that name and learned about an important man today, thanks to Marvel!

  • Spider-Man assumes his crime-fighting activities now.

  • Separated at birth: Doc Oc and Roy Orbison (page 3 panel 5).

  • Parker’s arrogance with Jameson in the beginning of the story is somewhat out of character. Can't believe he actually J.J.'ed his boss!?

  • Johnny Storm by Ditko is plain bad. The artist has good photographic ideas, but his hand is not steady enough to deliver.

  • I did not know the Human Torch had to “recharge”!

  • Octopus calls Spider-Man “Super-Man” on page 8! I wonder what Stan said about that!

  • Best story in the Order till now, great action, convincing villain, good character development. Even the Human Torch didn’t get on my nerves and contributed nicely to the plot. If the artwork had been better, it would have been near perfect. 5 stars anyway, coz I just loved it! And yes, Spidey is now even with the FF in my 5-stars count!

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-17 11:41:16  
  The above comments say it all. 1rst Doc Ock. 1rst real loss in battle. Great story. Way to bounce back and also the Human Torch.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-24 16:58:12  
  So instead of getting a camera for his belt, he makes a mostly-pointless Spider-Signal? And how exactly did Doc Ock get the webbing off of his face?

Still, a good issue. Makes me want to ditch the rest of the Order, even the Essentials, and just read Spidey.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-19 13:36:46  
  There IS something about Steve Ditko's artwork that gives his run on Spider-Man some character; he has a rough, dark style that seems to echo the "everyman" theme this series set out to convey. It really worked here when Spidey faced his first serious threat.

And yeah, the pairing of Spidey with the Human Torch seems natural given their ages. Johnny's now been in two of the three issues of Amazing so far.

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-08 19:32:33  
  My two favorite titles in the Order thus far are this and the Fantastic Four, because as I've previously stated, they started out with their tones largely established (the FF are a family, for both good and bad, and Spider-Man shows that gaining superpowers doesn't make one's life easier, it merely complicates it) and many of their best villains are introduced quickly. Spidey's are introduced at a pace that leaves one's head spinning - in the first issue we got the Chameleon, the next gave us the Vulture and now we see the arrival of Doctor Octopus. I'd never really considered but he's only got six arms, thus he wouldn't be an Octopus, but Doctor Octopus does sound a lot better than Doctor Sextopus. Kidding aside, this a great issue, where we see a great arc of Ol' Webhead intially lamenting the lack of worthy adversaries in his life, a humbling defeat and his eventual triumph. Simply terrific, I really liked this one.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-04 18:40:17  
  Absolutely perfect. A true Marvel Comics classic. Five stars out of a possible five, only because *six* stars isn't a viable option.  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-08 17:04:05  
  5 star issue. Fantastic Art, Outstanding Story just Amazing  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 19:32:32  
  Villain origin--blown up and has meglomania. Reasonable.

The mentally controlled arms. I'll buy it.

Kicks Spidey all over the place. Peter gets depressed. Quick unknowing pep talk from the Torch. Spidey wins next round.

Best story so far in the order. 5 stars.

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 18:35:35  
  Best story in the Order.
Lee and Ditko are tapping into something very, very special.
Excellent origin, characterization, fight + rematch, supporting cast used well- including Johnny Storm's best appearance so far.
I guess the Marvel bullpen is overextended with so many assignments that they can't all be like this, but you can really see how the good ones are timeless classics like this.

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-01-25 18:55:10  
  No complaints. This was awesome.  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-03-16 20:56:07  
  It's clear that Stan is best writing Spider-Man. Great issue.  

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Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus, Volume 1
This collection includesAmazing Fantasy #15 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #1a (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #2a (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #8a (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #9 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #10 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #11 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #13 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #15 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, Amazing Spider-Man #17 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #19 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #21 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #23 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #24 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #25 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #26 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #27 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #28 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2, Amazing Spider-Man #29 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #30 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #31 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #32 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #33 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #34 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #35 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #36 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #37 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #38 (v1), Fantastic Four Annual #1a, Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1)
Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1
This collection includesAmazing Spider-Man #1a (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #2a (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #8a (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #9 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #10 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #11 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #12 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #13 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #15 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, Amazing Spider-Man #17 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #19 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #2b (v1)
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This collection includesAmazing Spider-Man #2a (v1), Amazing Fantasy #15 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #1a (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #8a (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #9 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #10 (v1)
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We regret that no letters can be answered personally, but we will print as many as possible each issue, and you may rest assured that either Stan Lee or Steve Ditko, or both, carefully read each and every letter received here at the Web!

Dear Stan and Steve:

      The Amazing Spider-Man #1 was quite good as first issues go, and in comparison to other first issues edited by you two, it was great. In the Spider-Man, you have a hero that really reaches out to the hearts of the readers. His financial state, his social life, and his acceptance as a super-hero are all things that make this guy appealing. (Yes, appealing; his appeal is gained more through pity than admiration of him.) And, oh, how I hate that J. Jonah Jameson. I can't really say that I know a fictional character that I've hated so much. Of course, being as I hate him, I have to put in a good word for him. Like - how can the reading public believe what this guy writes? I can understand how a few or even a majority might have sided with him after his first editorial. And it's understandable that as each new "masterpiece" on his part came off the press that his following might increase. But when Spider-Man saves this bum's son and then he turns around and claims that Spider-Man is a headline grabber, come on...! I say that this J. J. Jameson guy is the headline grabber. The second story was the better of the two and this is understandably so when you figure that the FF were contained therein. I think that Ditko did an exceptionally fine job on the Four. I also think that in this story, Mr. Fantastic played a far larger role than he's ever done. Usually he's confined to controlling the Thing and the Torch and tellin' the others what to do. Question: How was the Spider-Man able to rip the door of the helicopter off its hinges? Or do spiders normally have this ability? I also liked the end of the story (second) where the Four are pondering over the future of the Spider-Man. The cover of this issue was exceptionally well done in comparison with other covers done by you guys. The costume of Spider-Man is quite good-looking and it's second only to Thor, as costumes go. Thanks for your time and your fine publication.

Tom Jones
622 Plater
Aberdeen, Maryland

You're welcome, Thomas. And, regarding your question, remember - a spider is far stronger than a human being in proportion to his size! Inasmuch as Peter Parker has the relative strength of a spider, and the size of a human, well - just imagine!

Dear Editor:

      I just finished reading the first issue of your wonderful magazine. I thought that it was very good. I especially liked the way the Spider-Man spins his web. This is quite an original idea. One question, though: why doesn't the Spider-Man appear monthly instead of bi-monthly?

Jerome Haro
515 S Street
Chula Vista, California

Maybe he will, Jerry, if enough fans feel the way you do.

Dear Stan and Steve:

      At last you have put out a single comic book devoted to one super-hero. Spider-Man sure deserves it. The cover was exceptionally well done. The title, The Amazing Spider-Man, on the cover should stay as it is. Of the two titles inside, the one used on the Chameleon story was better. The plot of the first story was a good one, but I hope that the public will be straightened out, and Spider-Man will be on the side of the law and make everybody know it. The plot with the Fantastic Four was also good, but I don't think Steve Ditko drew the FF too well. In some panels, the Human Torch looked like he did in Fantastic Four #1 and #2. If Spider-Man is treated right, and is made to appear to the public as a normal super-hero, he will be one of the better ones. Looking forward to the next issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

Fred Bronson
11620 Port Rd.
Culver City, California

So are we, Fred! But tell us: Just what is a "normal super-hero"???

Dear Stan and Steve:

      Here are some suggestions for Spider-Man. . . . Have him battle common criminals. Make him more like a detective than a lifeless manikin who scares away alien invaders. Have pictorial previews of forthcoming issues. Have a letter column in the first issues with comments on the Spider-Man origin in Amazing Fantasy #15. Have Steve Ditko do all the art, and Stan Lee the writing. Have the type of spectacular covers you had in the 40's, keeping Spider-Man the main figure. In closing, I would like to say that the Spider-Man could be the best mag on the market, and you have everyone's hopes to be just that.

Bill Ryan
1247 Dellwood Drive
Westlake, Ohio

Thanks for your advice, Bill, although we could mention some competitors who probably don't share your hopes!

Dear Spider-Man:

      I feel sorry for you, buddy. It was pretty mean of the Fantastic Four to desert you, but I think they will let you in if you tell them about your problems, and beat the rocks out of the Thing's head! I'm sure Johnny Storm is on your side. I'm going to write to the Fantastic Four as soon as possible.

Your full-of-pity-Friend,
Frank Glen
Box 154
Hopewell Junction, New York

Hey, hold on there, Frankie boy! The FF get more than enough letters! WE'RE the ones who can use 'em!

Dear Stan and Steve:

      Your new Spider-Man mag is the greatest!! Your title-logo is striking and appropriate. I missed this trial issue in Amazing Fantasy (and you can give me fifty lashes with a wet noodle for this). His costume is superb. His powers are confined, not branched out like some heroes who can do anything. He is the only hero of this New Age of Comics that is hunted by the law. I heard that in the Golden Age of Comics, almost all super-heroes were. Here's to Spider-Man's running 50 years in his own comic.

Phil Leibfred
105 Parkway Rd.
Bronxville, N. Y.

Only fifty???

Dear Stan and Steve:

      Your Spider-Man shows great promise as a really great super-hero. I'm very sure you made no mistake in giving him his own magazine after only one tryout in Amazing Fantasy. It doesn't take a second look to know that Spider-Man is a natural. A super-hero's success is based on the reaction of the reader to said super-hero's assortment of super powers, the quality of his art, and lastly the writing quality. I'm sure you know this better than I. I think reader reaction to Spider-Man's powers will be almost wholly his favor. His powers are original, different, and very interesting, to say the least. You've no problem on this point. As to art I have nothing but praise. Mr. Ditko is the perfect choice to illustrate Spider-Man. He's had much experience illustrating weird and off-beat stories as in the case of Amazing Fantasy. When he began to draw Spider-Man he also proved he could handle a super-hero as well. But of interest is the fact that he could inject into the Spider-Man art the weird feeling from his earlier work of unusual stories. Mr. Ditko has a knack for drawing a man so that he seems half man and half spider - the Spider-Man. His style in SM art is almost hypnotic. He draws SM in such poses as to suggest a spider and he does it so well that I find myself counting Spider-Man's limbs to assure myself that he has no more than four. But art can't make the whole comic. Story-wise I think there's room for improvement. The handling of Spider-Man's character has been well done, but otherwise the plot hasn't been as good as it could be. The first appearance in Amazing Fantasy was great, but the plot in the first issue wasn't as good. The appearance of the Fantastic Four was good but I didn't like the plot otherwise. I realize Spider-Man is just out and brand new, so I'm sure not going to give him up. With each issue I'm positive he'll improve as did your your great mag, Fantastic Four. In no time at all Spider-Man should be ranking among the very tops in the comic world.

Buddy Saunders
1605 Joyce
Arlington, Texas

Thanks - we think!

Dear Stan and Steve:

      I think Spider-Man should have a secret partner to find out inside information and to help him keep his identity secret from outsiders. I just loved your first issue and hope you keep up the good work. I'm looking in the news-stands for your next issue.

Doug Arch
Box 48
Joshua Tree, California

Hope you find it, Doug! As for a secret partner for S-M, well, what do the rest of you fans think? (Both of you!)

Dear Stan and Steve:

      Having read almost as many stories as you have written I feel my opinion is as good as the next fellow's. Meaning to say that your startling story in #1 copy of Spider-Man was terrific. But may I ask what in the world did you do to the second part? Is he so different that nothing can go his way? Your next issue is supposed to be great, but if more of your fans such as I feel this way after reading the first issue . . . well, I don't think I'd waste my good money on another copy like the first. Having read as many of your great stories as I have, I'd just like to know which side of the bed you got up on to finish a good story such as Spider-Man the way you did?? Good luck on your next issue. I have a feeling you'll need it.

Margaret Seth
955 Preston St.
Sciotoville, Ohio

'Twas an interesting letter, Maggie, although we still can't decide whether your're for us or agin' us!

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