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85: Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1)

" Nothing Can Stop the Sandman "
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Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Steve Ditko
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: September 1963
Release Date: June 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,494                 Times Rated: 751
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Flint Marko, an escapee from a maximum security prison and on the FBI's most wanted list, has started to rob banks. Spider-man stands in his way but soon discovers that there is a reason Flint is known as the Sandman!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
  Betty Brant
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Betty Brant in the mainstream continuity. Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
  Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Elizabeth Allan next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
  Seymour OReilly
Seymour OReilly last appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (v1). Seymour OReilly next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
  Andrew Davis
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Andrew Davis in the mainstream continuity. Andrew Davis next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #26 (v1).
  Jessica Jones
Cameo Appearance First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jessica Jones in the mainstream continuity. Jessica Jones next appears in Alias #1. According to Amazing Spider-Man (v1) #601, Jessica is a background student in the crowd. This is a cameo appearance.
  The Sandman
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Sandman in the mainstream continuity. The Sandman next appears in Strange Tales #115a (v1).
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
New York Police Department
New York Police Department last appeared in Fantastic Four #18 (v1). New York Police Department next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1).
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Issue Notes

Betty Brant and the Sandman are both introduced in this issue.
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Issue Synopsis
After accidentally attacking a group of pedestrians he thought were trying to rob a jewelry store, Spider-Man runs off, only to discover a new villain, the Sandman. The Sandman's body is completely made out of sand, which he can soften or harden at will. During their fight, Peter rips his Spider-Man mask and has to escape to avoid his identity being revealed. While Sandman robs a bank, Peter sews his mask and watches a news report on Sandman's origin: Flint Marko, an escaped prison inmate, hid on a beach as a nuclear bomb was being tested, and the radiation caused his molecules to combine with the sand on the beach.

Running from the police, Sandman hides in Peter's high school and demands a diploma while he's there. Spider-Man appears, and the two fight. Eventually, Spider-Man tricks Sandman into a room with a large industrial vacuum-cleaner and uses it to contain Sandman in the vacuum bag. Realizing that he forgot to take pictures for the Daily Bugle, Peter stages a mock battle with ordinary sand. After the battle, J.J. Jameson continues to publish that Spider-Man is a public menace, and Peter wonders if the public will ever appreciate him as a hero.
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  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-19 18:25:17  
  I don't know what's better, the long-run fight between Spiderman and the Sandman, or watching Peter Parker sewing his mask, losing a date because of duty, and another full pack of nonsensual stuff that makes the issue great.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-22 13:28:43  
  For Sale Shoe Laces 10 cents. So dramatic. haha

Spider-Man is easily the premiere book at this point. Stan's storytelling seems to be a bit better with this title. I like using the news report to give the background on Sandman. Before, the characters would talk to themselves and tell themselves their own history.

If he's "no cotton-pickin' seamstress," who sewed the costume in the first place?

I know it would limit the drama, but if I were Parker, I would have sold my pix to a rival newspaper.

  fragsel Says:    
  2011-12-12 15:52:03  
  "...seizes the huge industrial vacuum-cleaner which the school janitor had been adjusting earlier in the day"... gee, I didn't see that coming...  

  Safis Says:    
  2012-02-23 21:29:41  
  Great issue, but ugh, those thought bubbles are BAD.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-12 23:42:50  
  Just awesome!

I'm always suspicious to talk about ol' Spidey, but well done plot, good fight, things go wrong, then seem to turn very right, he even delivers the bad guy beside the waving flag, but J. J. blows it all up.

Sometime soon things get repetitious, but at this moment it's 5 stars!!

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-05-21 23:46:30  
  Spider-Man really seems to have burst into the world fully matured... all five issues so far have been magnificent.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-03 22:58:05  
  The fight between Spidey and Sandman makes this issue worth it alone. Add the drama of Peter Parker's life and you have another great Spider-Man issue.  

  pik.asso Says:    
  2012-07-11 03:13:47  
  After watching all the Spider-Man-movies I started to read the original comics some time ago and it is really great to see all the so wellknown characters of the movies in their original form! I really enjoy that!  

  Gym1963 Says:    
  2012-07-18 16:57:30  
  This has got to be one of the best issues in the order so far. Great interplay between the characters, a really good villain, and so many excellent little details. J.J.J. standing there in his under-shorts whilst asking Peter "Did you bring me any new pictures?" is an absolute classic.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-08-01 10:46:58  
  I never liked Sandman growing up on the cartoons and Spider-Man 3 certainly didn't help anything but this issue was great and I'll be curious to see of sandman can maintain his momentum next time he gets featured.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-16 11:57:14  
  Peter...you're just a random teenager to the Sandman. He's not going to know, nor care, about your secret identity.

GREAT issue. High points include every scene with the Sandman, Aunt May selling shoe laces for 10 cents, JJ standing in his office with no pants, and defeat at the hands of a vacuum cleaner. Spider-Man's early issue stand in stark contrast with everything else coming out of Marvel at this time. In my biased opinion, they're all masterpieces.

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-09-23 23:46:35  
  Great issue, one of the few comics so far that are good for the right reasons and not the bad  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-09-26 15:30:55  
  Spider-man certainly seems to be the best of all the Marvel comics thus far. Can't wait for the rest to get on the same level.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-28 13:23:09  
  Woah! What an issue. Peter's personal life continues to be miserable in an utterly relatable way in this story, and it feels so very believable and real compared to so many other stories written, published, and drawn in the same era.  

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-09 18:34:07  
  Thank god for this issue! The last 15 issues have been dire. This one is almost plot hole free, it's consistent, and it's the first 5 star rating I've given an issue. I'd be happy with this one as a modern comic (with modern art obviously).  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-01-22 02:07:06  
  The first good thing about this issue leapt out on the first page. Look at that Ditko splash page! Sooo good!

I have to agree that the Spider-Man issues are the ones that I'm enjoying most. The real-life dramas - even if they are laughable - make you empathize with the protagonists in a way that doesn't compare to the poor heroes stuck in the mags that lack this element. The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, The Hulk, and to a smaller degree even Iron Man have used this closeness with the true identities of these heroes.

For such a well-known character, I personally don't feel that Sandman really stood out. It was a cool first appearance, and he does seem pretty badass, but we don't learn much aside from the fact that he hid out while on the lam in an atomic testing sight and fused himself with the sand during a nuclear test. Not really a big problem, but it would've made the story that much better if I knew a bit more about Flint Marko.

The only other problems I had with the story would have to deal with the king size vacuum cleaner that defeated Sandman.

Above everything, this was a fine issue. I'd been waiting too long for another Spidey ish, and it didn't disappoint. Glad that the mag is now a monthly instalment.

One star for buxom Ms. Brant! One star for delectable Ditko! One star for the good mixture of drama and action. One star for the first "friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man" I've seen.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-02-06 09:28:38  
  Couldn't he just get out of the vacuum after it was turned off by sifting himself back out through the hose?  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-02-25 11:39:25  
  Terminator 2 just seems like a bit of a ripoff now that I have just finished reading that.

Kirby vacuums have never been so badass.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-21 20:47:08  
  Teen angst and another great villain debuts. Another fantastic issue.  

  JobberMP Says:    
  2013-08-13 00:21:27  
  It's just amazing, one issue ago, I was thinking that the Super Skrull is one of the best issues so far in the order. Then the entire quality of work of this one puts all the others to shame.

I love Fantastic Four, but it's hard to compare any of the other series so far to how much Lee and crew put into the Spider-Man comics. Too bad they don't. FF could have done so much more early on.

Great issue.

  wedgeskywalker9 Says:    
  2013-09-06 20:00:51  
  I really struggled between giving this issue a 4 or a 5. It has some great elements to it for sure - Peter having to run away because his mask tore, the unique ways in which Sandman uses his powers, and classic Peter Parker's life getting messed up due to his obligations as Spidey, seen here when he can't take Liz Allen out. However, I ultimately gave this one a 4; the lack of grandeur in this issue to me just made it feel like it wasn't quite worthy of the illustrious perfect score. 4/5.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-21 05:37:31  
  Spidey is really my favorite... the story is interresting and seems to make the character advance with each issue! I wonder why Stan couldn't take this amazing creativity to the other characters...  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-13 18:19:33  
  Spider-Man keeps getting better and better. This was a really fun issue. I'm looking forward to more.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-14 22:30:31  
  Another great Spider-Man story. Art was pretty good as well. Spider-Man is definitely my favorite comic at this time. We get the introduction of Sandman and Betty Brant in this issue. Great comic.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-01 22:05:10  
  5 stars for the 1st app of the Sandman!

Cover Me - I like the panels on the cover. I think that it works well.

NYPD Green - On the splash page the star on the cop car on the left looks like it has been wedgied!

Casing The Joint - A great scene of the crooks outsmarting Spidey.

Hidden Years - Are there any stories showing the Sandman before meeting Spidey? I smell a story here.

Fight Club - Wow! This issue is just one big slugfest!!!

Photoshopped - I like that Spidey had to talk himself into staging the photos.

'Nuff Said - "I call myself...the Sandman! now, then, any other dumb questions?"-Sandman

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-02-13 17:05:20  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-26 21:11:22  
  Loved it. 5 stars! The plotting and scripting of the Spider-Man stories is on a completely different level than the other books so far. Stan is at his best with these, for sure. This one was PACKED with all of the elements that make Spider-Man great... action, angst, J. Jonah... so many little details stand out to make it special.

The scene with J.J. in his boxers behind his desk is a classic. Be honest... up until Page 9, Panel 2, how many of you thought that Spidey may have pooped on J.J.'s chair? "I'll just leave a little souvenir for him, just to prove I was here." "Sitting at his desk chair, Jonah Jameson angrily finds the little memento which Spider-Man mischeviously left the day before." "What in dod-blamed ding-busted Sam Hill is on my chair?!?" LOL!!

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-07 17:30:11  
  1. I know he is a very simple villain but I have always appreciated the Sandman as being essentially a regular thug with an irregular ability that makes him very good at thuggery
2. Good theme development with SM meaning well but misunderstood by the police and press.
3. Good storytelling using the news reports
4. Great final panel
This book was very good, from writing to dialogue to pacing to artwork...4 stars

  Schabenc Says:    
  2014-05-18 12:17:39  
  Sandman is an awesome villain! What a cool power! But getting sucked into a vacuum? Now, that sucks!  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-09 20:01:36  
  Thank God for Spider-Man! Honestly, so far his comics have been killer, and this was no exception! Great issue!  

  Amanda Says:    
  2014-07-24 16:28:45  
  If Peter has so much trouble sewing the mask, who made the costume in the first place? Or maybe he just glued all the parts together :P  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-27 20:38:27  
  Can anyone recommend a good shoelace salesperson?  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-27 20:41:01  
  If Peter can't sew, who made the first Spider-Man mask for him?  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2014-09-04 00:29:45  
  They realły pack a lot of action into these early issues. *****  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-03-02 23:53:57  
  I am sorely tempted to break out of the order here and just continue to read issues of Spider Man. The art and writing are on a whole other level from anything else Marvel had to offer.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2015-03-17 07:37:56  
  Spidey takes Sandman to school!  

  Naethen Says:    
  2015-03-21 15:22:58  
  Crooks threatening to sue Spider-Man for assault! Love it. Good to see the police at least appreciate Peter.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2015-05-01 19:30:16  
  The bad thing about fighting the Sandman is when you're done, even days later, he's still all over the place.  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-31 12:50:52  
  Dude, these early Spidey villains. Just one after another! Bam bam bam!  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-20 14:55:18  
  4 stars. I'm just a little biased as Spider-Man was always my favorite Marvel hero but it's easy to see why, this story proves his adventures are leaps and bounds above other comics of this era and it only gets better  

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-11-20 10:26:07  
  wow, my childhood is just starting to get back to me and i begin to remember why i loved Spider-Man so much (as Cartoon and in Comics) ...great villains, Great support Characters, great character Development....4*  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 11:03:48  
  Much better than anything else these early comics have to offer  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 12:34:09  
  Awesome villain and awesome story.. Flash is a dick.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-21 23:03:23  
  • That’s my line – “What in the dod-blamed ding-busted Sam Hill is on my chair?” (J. Jonah Jameson)

  • At last, a story where the villain is not planning to take over the world!

  • I’m really looking forward to someone else doing the artwork. As hard as I want to appreciate Ditko, I just can’t get past his characters who all look too cartoony.

  • How can Sandman tell anyone who Spider-Man is if he has no idea who Peter Parker is? It’s not like he’s the most popular boy in town! Parker, you’re such a drama queen!

  • I wonder how Sandman can still monologue while he’s just sand particles.

  • Peter Parker cannot sew? He’s the friggin’ Spider-Man. Ain’t he supposed to be amazing at these things? And he took half the night to sew like six inches of tear? Man, he is bad! Now explain how he managed to fabricate a whole costume again?

  • Aunt May always seems to be carrying a tray of food, just like my ol’ granny used to.

  • Using the newscast to provide the origin of the villain was quite creative.

  • J.J.J. in boxers… priceless!

  • It is the first time Spidey refers to himself as the “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man”, right?

  • Character development was awesome! Great villain, great fight, great story, great fun! A real classic! 5 stars!

  • Oh!... Anybody recognized Chekhov's vacuum cleaner?

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-24 12:32:34  
  I remember reading Marvel Tales reprints of some of these Spider-man issues and this one seemed really familiar. First appearance of Sandman and was quite good. In 4 issues we've seen half of the members of the Sinister Six. Spidey's great and just getting started.  

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-15 09:16:11  
  Lots of great stuff in here - the first appearance of Betty Brant and the Sandman, the first use of the phrase "your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man", Peter Parker finally pushes back against bully Flash Gordon (albeit in a limited way) and an introspective Spidey to close it all out. Absolutely loved this one.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-06 02:53:19  
  The first (and still best) appearance of classic Marvel villain, the Sandman... a still-learning Spider-Man almost getting himself arrested, via his own brash, youthful overconfidence... more high school, work and home dramas, with what was (at that point) easily the best supporting cast in comics, bar none... all brilliantly brought to life courtesy of the inimitable Steve Ditko, Esq.

How could any Spider-fan worthy of the name conceivably NOT give this an immediate and enthusiastic five stars -- ?!?

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-12-09 19:08:58  
  Ok... so where is Jessica Jones and how does she have a cameo 40 years before her comic?  

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-28 09:50:59  
  page 9, panel 7, peter parker looks just like hank hill  

  CrazyforRAMU @ skabeaters (original post):    
  2017-06-16 09:49:27  
  Per ASM #601 (2009), Jessica Jones is the silent brunette in the bottom right corner of page 12. This is after she got her powers, and watching Spidey do his Spidey-thing is what inspires her to try being Jewel for a while.  

  stiffmeyster Says:    
  2018-01-01 23:40:16  
  Spider-Man issues are the ones that I'm enjoying most. He has some special charm, I really love reading his issues.

How is it possible that Jessica Jones has a cameo in this issue? I mean it's just a guessing from the writters of this blog or it is really checked?

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2018-01-02 02:53:24  
  Stiffmeyster, she wasn't originally Jessica Jones. That was a retcon that was made decades later.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2018-01-02 02:54:24  
  I forget who came up with it, some writer at Marvel. Maybe Bendis.  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 22:40:19  
  Spidey has been the best Marvel hero since his debut. He deserves all the accolades he receives.
Granted the Marvel Universe revolves around the FF so far and they have more issues, but Lee + Ditko really are hitting it out of the park with interesting villains, Peter Parker's psychology, supporting cast, humor, drama, and good stories.

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-01-27 11:19:09  
  Another solid comic. It's pretty cool to see these early villains who become mainstays. I wish they would turn some of this creative genius towards the other books in the order.  

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Dear Stan and Steve:

      Amazing Spider-Man #2 was again very good. I enjoyed this issue somewhat more than the first issue, probably because there was more action this time. Your two stories, "Duel to the Death with the Vulture", and "The Terrible Tinkerer", were both very good. I wish Spider-Man had gotten due credit for his capture of the Vulture (not to mention the prevention of the conquering of the Earth), and I'm still waiting to see the day when Jameson will swallow his nasty remarks about our hero. The picture of Spider-Man on page 9, panel 6 was one of the best pictures yet of our hero. By the way, thanks for the picture of Spider-Man in the corner of your cover. I'm glad that the Marvel group has received this custom. It adds an extra little touch to the cover. Well, I'll be looking forward to your next issue.

Dave Bibby
40 Hillside Ave.
Verona, N. J.

Thanks, Dave. Glad you like our cover trademark. We've received many nice comments from readers about it, and appreciate them all.

Dear Stan and Steve:

      I have just read a terrific new comic that is worthy of reading over and over again. It's name: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and it's great. No question about it. Well, mebbe just one. In the first half of the book, Spider-Man's secret identity is Peter Parker, but in the second half, his secret identity is Peter Palmer! Which name is right?

Gary Anderson
East Northport, N. Y.

Gary, literally hundreds of puzzled fans have called our attention to that king-sized error! We don't know how it happened, but to set the record straight, SPIDER-MAN'S real name is Peter PARKER, and we're gonna do our best to see that it STAYS that way!

Dear Stan and Steve:

      Stan, you have struck again. If I thought the first SPIDER-MAN tale was good, I should have waited till the second and third. WOW! and a few more for flavor! The only thing I truly regret is that Steve Ditko's art distorted the Four to the point where it was agony to this dyed-in-the-wool FF fan to see them. SPIDER-MAN he can do well - I honestly can't picture him any other way - but the others . . . I suggest any more feature appearances be made by S-M (Sub-Mariner's initials?) in other magazines.

Paul Moslander
Editor of Jeddak
1206 31 Ave.
San Mateo, California

You're about to get your wish, Paul! Lately, it seems that SPIDER-MAN is all over the place! He has a brief guest appearance in the great FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL, on sale this summer . . . and he shares top billing with the HUMAN TORCH in the 72-page STRANGE TALES ANNUAL, also this summer. We couldn't think of any excuse to squeeze him into the MILLIE THE MODEL ANNUAL, but we tried!

Dear Stan and Steve:

      WOW! You really did it! Amazing Spider-Man #2 was spectacular! It was colossal! It was even better than your first great issue. You gave us new, new villains, both of whom are good. I think, however, that the Vulture was the best; he was terrific! I think he's even better than Dr. Doom, villain in Fantastic Four. The way the Vulture keeps looping around behind Spider-Man made me wonder if Spider-Man would defeat the Vulture at all! One of the things that makes the Spider-Man more believable and real is the fact that he does make mistakes at times. He wasn't very careful, at times, in his battle with the Vulture, and consequently, the Vulture was able to knock him out and dump him in a water-tower. Another time, Spider-Man was careless, and the Vulture almost sent him plunging to his death! But it's things like this that make the Spider-Man so great! I have some comments to make about the belt that Spider-Man now wears. As long as he uses it to keep web-fluid capsules in, it's all right with me. Just don't start having him keep a whole lot of scientific gadgets and other things in it! If you do, POW! Spider-Man is supposed to depend on his spider-like powers; he doesn't need a lot of other things in his battle against crime. Keep up the good work. Spider-Man is your best super-hero by a long shot!!! Why don't you drop the word 'Amazing' from your title? It doesn't sound quite right.

Larry Brown
506 Handy Drive
Bay City, Michigan

We kept the word AMAZING out of sentiment, because it was part of the title of the magazine which SPIDER-MAN replaced. Also, it seemed to fit Peter Parker to a T! But, as usual, we'll let our fans be the final judge. What do you say, friends? Do we drop the word AMAZING from our title, or does it remain?

Dear Stan and Steve:

      At last! Spider-Man has his own mag!!! I love your art, and the plots are terrific. His costume is the most glamourous and colorful in comic history and I think his mag will be the most liked throughout all of North America within six months. Don't get Spider-Man to join the FF though; he's the greatest by himself. He's the only super-hero I know who doesn’t have money or live in luxury. I think that should give him his own headquarters and maybe a Spider-jet with his insignia on it.

Waiting for the next issue,
Bill Schmuck
1140 Rock Street
Victoria, B.C., California

We're all for it, Bill, but where is a super hero without any dough gonna get his own Spider-jet?? Last we heard, he was trying to raise the down-payment on a bike!

Dear Editor:

      I thought Fantastic Four was great, but the amazing Spider-Man is superb, excellent! Glad to see S. Lee and S. Ditko together on such a great mag. In my opinion Spider-Man's adventures are superb, great fantasy, plots, and artwork. If future issues are as good or better as No. 1, they'll be excellent. About Amazing Adult Fantasy (where SPIDER-MAN first appeared), what ever happened to it? I thought it was a great mag. The first issue of amazing Spider-Man was truly superb. Thanks for a great mag.

Arthur Davis Jr.
2809 Avenham Ave.
Roanoke 14, Virginia

You're more than welcome, Art! As for AMAZING ADULT FANTASY, we're glad of this opportunity to explain its demise to all those who've asked about it. Judging by your mail, those who read the mag LOVED it . . . but, judging by our sales, not enough readers BOUGHT A.A.F.! So, just for kicks, we decided to create a new super character (SPIDER-MAN) and throw away all the rules, making him as original and as different as we could. We planned to present him in the final issue of AMAZING ADULT FANTASY, just to satisfy ourselves. But, the rest is history! His surprise appearance jolted readers everywhere, and we were deluged with letters demanding that he be given his own magazine. So there you are ... AMAZING ADULT FANTASY has now become AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and a new super hero sensation has joined the Marvel galaxy of stars!

Dear Stand and Steve:

      I can tell already that the SPIDER-MAN letter column will contain fantastic rave letters, claiming that you have the art of Dali, the writing of Shakespeare, and the greatest character since Ellery Queen. Probably you will also print one crank letter, saying "SPIDER-MAN stinks because he is a real weirdo, so why don't you give him some more powers and a romantic interest, and have him talk to spiders and befriend them, and square him with the law so as he can be a fighter for crime." Even if you won't be as good or as bad as any of the letters you print, there is certainly no denying that you have something going for you. The cover was the best ever used on any magazine you edit, the interior art of Human Torch was especially outstanding, the best treatment he has had since the "good old days", he plots were sound, and the personal touches that make your stories what they are abounded. The way SPIDER-MAN "flies" by swinging from web to web, may displease the window cleaners who have to clear the webs away, but I hope you keep it, rather than have him jump or catapult himself until he is effectively flying under his own power. The scenes in the second story, on page seven, were especially effective. One gripe, and I will bring this letter to a close. Such quotes as, "My spider instincts sense danger behind me!", "That tingle I feel, my quarry is close", "I can still sense him in the dark" - all imply some vague power which has no reasonable explanation, and which is unnecessary to the story. Most super-heroes have such unexplained instincts which save the writer the trouble of thinking up a more reasonable and clever way out of plot difficulties, but I just hope you keep SPIDER-MAN out of this rut!

Rick Wood
Bellingrath, Southwestern
Memphis 12, Tennesse

Aw, come on now, Rick! WHAT rut? How many OTHER super heroes do you know with spider instincts?


Forgive us if we sound boastful, but we just can't help it. In the space of only three issues, SPIDER-MAN has become a comic magazine sensation! And so, we are proud to announce that, effective with this issue, the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN will be published MONTHLY!

Many readers have written to request that SPIDER-MAN join the FANTASTIC FOUR, or team up with the HUMAN TORCH, or SUB-MARINER, or THOR, or almost any and every super character in our ever-growing lineup. However, for the time being, we would like to limit him a few occasional guest appearances with our other heroes (which will be announced, when space permits). Stan and Steve have so many wonderful, unusual ideas for future SPIDER-MAN tales, that we don't want to do anything to interfere with them.

Due to the unusually large demand for SPIDER-MAN, we hear that some fans have been missing issues because their dealers were sold out. May we suggest that you avoid disappointment by asking your dealer to RESERVE a copy for you in advance. Okay? Then we'll see you next month!

Yours till Peter parker picks a peck of pickled peppers!

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