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87: Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1)

" Marked for Destruction by Dr. Doom! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: October 1963
Release Date: July 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,386                 Times Rated: 709
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Dr. Doom seeks an ally and believes that Spider-Man's strength combined with his could defeat the Fantastic Four forever. Naturally he is turned down by our hero but Dr. Doom teaches Spider-man that to not be with him is to be against him.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Strange Tales Annual #2.
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1).
  Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). Elizabeth Allan next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1).
  Seymour OReilly
Seymour OReilly last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). Seymour OReilly next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #8a (v1).
  Betty Brant
Betty Brant last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1).
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #18 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Strange Tales #112 (v1).
  The Invisible Girl
The Invisible Girl last appeared in Fantastic Four #18 (v1). The Invisible Girl next appears in Strange Tales #112 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #18 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Strange Tales #112 (v1).
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #18 (v1). The Thing next appears in Strange Tales #112 (v1).
  Sally Avril
Sally Avril last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1). Sally Avril next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #8a (v1).
  Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom last appeared in Fantastic Four #17 (v1). Doctor Doom next appears in Fantastic Four #23 (v1).
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Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1).
Doombots last appeared in Fantastic Four #5 (v1). Doombots next appears in Astonishing Tales #1b (v1).
The Fantastic Four (Roster I)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #18 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Strange Tales #112 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Strange Tales Annual #2.
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Issue Notes

The Human torch references that he knows what Spider-Man looks like near the end of this issue. This reference has to be just the shape of Spider-Man, as of this time the Human Torch has not seen Spider-Man's face.
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   December 31, 2009
This issue runs pretty even so far with the Spider-Man issues I have read previously. This issue starts into full swing the look at how being different (in this case a super-hero) can affect a kid and it is a good story to read for pre-teens. The downside is that this title continues to be written by Stan Lee. I know I have mentioned it in other reviews, but even though the man is a creative giant who put this all on track, as a writer he leaves much to be desired.

Everyone continues to narrate their actions and give a monologue for every thought they have. I can see how they tried to show Doomís assuming Spider-Man could be a potential ally if he believed Jamesonís stories, but for a guy that is supposed to be a genius, if payed any attention to Spideyís actions he would have know it wouldnít work.

There is a mention by the Human Torch near the end of this issue about recognizing Spider-Man. This has to be a mention to just the overall size of Flash. The Human Torch and Spider-Man did meet each other in Amazing Spider-Man #003 but never saw his face.

Overall its not a terrible issue from the 60ís runs of comics, but of course that is a big caveat.
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  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-20 15:00:48  
  Boy, what a fight! Sure Dr. Doom is one of the baddies, but he's gotta nerve like no 60's Marvel villain. All hail Doom!  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-22 14:41:52  
  I agree, Shark. I still think that Doom is Marvel's best villain.

Spider-wave transmitter. haha One of my favorite things about the Spidey stories so far is that he's not fighting throwaway villains like the other heroes have been. Every issue has had a keeper.

  Safis Says:    
  2012-02-24 20:28:51  
  Another smashingly great Spider-Man story! This title is really off to a running start!

Also, I loved Stan's sarcastic commentary as the narrator. If you've been reading the fan letter pages in Fantastic Four, you'll see where this is coming from.

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-04-13 12:34:07  
  To be truth I don't enjoy this issue that much. Doom is one villain I like the most, but this not fits the image I have of him, he seemed not ruthless enough and did a grave mistake taking Flash, Doom doesn't make such harsh ones, but of course it was a gag!

"I've got nothing but luck... and it's all bad" - Ol' Spidey stile.

  phatfarmer Says:    
  2012-05-14 11:13:34  
  "... I can throw him a curve by slithering down this vent, as only Spider-Man can do it!"

I mean cause I've never seen Mr Fantastic just squeeze through air gaps under sealed mechanical doors. Still a good read though lol.

  Schlodz Says:    
  2012-06-30 14:13:29  
  Haha, that's just what i thought phatfarmer.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-04 11:34:14  
  Once again, another great Spider-Man issue. I really feel like at this point Stan was using this character as an experiment to revolutionize comics, and the rest of the Marvel titles were just reflections of the current trends in the industry. It's too bad Doom doesn't battle Spider-Man very often.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-08-01 12:39:47  
  Three fantastic issues in a row! Too bad the next one is a Strange Tales.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-16 13:00:33  
  Flash, you are such a friggin' idiot. I LOVE Peter's diabolical look on page 11 when he imagines Doom killing Flash. The Spider vs. Doom battle was great. This is the most consistently great comic out of early Marvel. Not even the Fantastic Four comes close.  

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-09-24 00:32:19  
  Another good read from or friendly neighborhood spiderman, you got Dr. Doom using spiders to telepathically talk to Spiderman, Peter comtinplating leaving flash too die, and Peter wanting to shack up with betty.  

  MX5 Says:    
  2012-09-27 15:08:48  
  Great issue! I'm not a fan of Dr. Doom or the Fantastic Four but this was very entertaining.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-30 18:50:50  
  While this is the worst issue of ASM at this point in The Order, it's still pretty good. My main problem with it is that I feel that Doom is a bit out of Spidey's league, at least in the early point in his career at which this issue takes place, but that's hardly a problem, seeing as Doom very nearly finishes Peter off, and indeed would have if The Four hadn't shown up when they did.  

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-10 13:30:48  
  It's like I'm reading comics out if order. These Spider-Man ones are SO much better than the ones around them. The thing is I don't particularly like Spider-Man, but it's so much better than the crap around them, I'm really enjoying them.  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-27 19:40:38  
  The very fact that spider-man would have probably lost is what makes it an easy 5 stars for me.  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-01-22 09:26:02  
  Spider-Man fighting Doc Doom wasn't something I was expecting to see in this early run through the Order, but with all of the crossovers we've seen lately, I guess I'm not all that surprised.

Most of Spidey's enemies so far have been your run of the mill criminal -type villains, so seeing him go toe to toe with an evil arch-villain like Doom is a rare treat. I like how he is clearly overmatched here too.

Overall, the story quality wasn't all that bad. I like Flash Thompson's character more and more with each passing issue.

One star for Flash. One star for Parker being such a mama's boy. One star for Stan doing a good job in my books with the cross-universe continuity.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-02-07 14:02:29  
  The dialogue was pretty strange in parts of this issue. Not sure if teenagers really talked like that back then or if Stan just didn't know how to write teenagers very well.  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-03-10 08:18:10  
  Can not agree with Dopey at all here, Sandman, Doc Octopus... run of the mill

Doom is as always superb, to the degree that the Fantastic Three and the Turd had to bail Spider-Man out.

One day he will get a better aim with his finger cannons and really start to tear sh%$ up.

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2013-05-08 14:09:12  
  How the hell high and mighty Stan Lee could think that everyone would suspect Peter for being Spider-Man if he (Peter) didn't talk against him (Spider-Man) in front of his spider-loving friends?
I hate such scenes in super hero comic books. Unfortunately, there are plenty of them.
It's just dumb way of thinking.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-22 18:49:26  
  Awesome story. Spider-Man deals with Doom quite handily and even goes back for a return engagement to save someone he personally can't stand. Beautiful illustration of the 'great responsibility" principle.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-08-09 03:43:53  
  Notice how Doom sais strange to see spiderman in his costume in broad daylight then later when Liz calls Peter (side note, why the hell does she 1: have his number and 2: think he can do anything to help) and tells him that flash was dressed like Spidy last NIGHT when he went missing. Just found that to be a little funny but really it was a great issue.  

  wedgeskywalker9 Says:    
  2013-09-07 01:08:20  
  Spider-Man delivers another fun, if imperfect, issue here. Seeing Peter have to think of a way to get out of the house without his Aunt worrying was good stuff, as was his realization that he can't just leave Flash to die. Doom was serviceable here - seeing the first appearance of the Doombot was fun, but he seems to be falling more and more into a pattern of setting a series of traps for the heroes and then running away once they get through them. Despite that issue, and the ridiculousness of Doom capturing Flash without Peter noticing from maybe a yard away, Spider-Man #5 is another solid contribution to what is already Marvel's most illustrious comic. 3/5.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-23 13:25:05  
  I really love the Spidey stories.... and now we're talking about a crossed universe as Stan kept the continuity with the FF series AND the Spider-Man series I think it's the first time... And I will keep saying it but Doc Doom is really one of my favorite villains!  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-15 11:07:21  
  The comic itself states that this was the "longest introduction you've ever read", but I liked it. I enjoy the back story and character development in these old comics. There isn't much of it, so I savor what I can get.

I was hoping/expecting Spider-Man to give Flash the old what for and tell him not to be a punk. I guess it makes sense that he didn't though, because adversity is always a good way of showing character. It would be cool to see Flash turn into a real villain though, and/or eventually grow to respect Peter. Flash probably already looks up to Peter, or he wouldn't pick on him. That's how I see it anyways.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-15 19:38:26  
  As always Spider-Man is still my favorite comic. Loved seeing him battle Doctor Doom. Pretty good story and decent art.  

  bharbeke Says:    
  2013-12-20 10:37:45  
  The Spider-Man vs. Doom action is pretty good for the time, but it's the character beats that really make this issue shine. Spider-Man struggles with his dark side a bit when it comes to Flash, and he very much comes off as a real teenager trying to do his best to please everybody (including himself).

I don't know how it was in the 1960's, but most bowling today is paid for in 1-2 hour blocks. Would kids really have taken a break from their bowling to watch a Spider-Man TV editorial? Live footage of a confrontation I could understand, but surely these clips have been seen before.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-02 10:11:06  
  4 stars for Spidey vs DOOM!!!

Not On The List - How did Peter even get to hangout with the cool kids? He should of been ran out of there a long time ago!

Flashack - When Doom is thinking back to his escape. In the last panel it looks like he's trying to kick that cloud!

2nd Place - Doom boasts of making a spider transmitter, but the Chameleon beat him to it. Of course, no one is going to tell Doom that!

Copycat - Doom's spider tracker reinds me of Reed's flesh covered in steel tracker. Only he changed it to track a spider wearing a costume!

Mad Props - I liked the giant telephone on top of the phone company. Did they really have something like that in NYC back then?

'Nuff Said - "Friendship is for weaklings!"-Dr. Doom


  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-03-02 12:02:21  
  I would imagine it would be very difficult for a teenager to take on Dr. Doom alone, what with the relentless trash-talking... "I knew you would do that! You've fallen right into my trap! You lack the mental capacity to out-think me! Ah, you've done just as I predicted! Once again, you've proven your inferiority! Your skills are nothing compared to mine! You're powers are like those of a flea compared to my own!" And so on, and so on... Doom never shuts up!

Sure, Petey has rotten luck, but at least Reed knows he was there battling Doom on his own. That has to count for something!

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-08 21:05:36  
  1. The splash page is great. From introducing minor characters to the funny note at the bottom. Good stuff.
2. Good to see Doom but the spider wave transmitter? Please don't let Antman nonsense infect the Spidey books
3. The banter between SM and DD in the first encounter is pretty bad.
4. Doom catching the wrong one was contrived but entertaining
5. Excellent main battle
Another very good ASM issue....4 stars

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-10 11:48:05  
  Wow! Another good Spider-Man issue! Doom's spider wave transmitter was ridiculous of course, but all things considered, another solid issue!  

  Amanda Says:    
  2014-07-24 16:41:28  
  Oh, the start of Flash being taken for/suspected of being Spider-man. I loved Peter's "moment of weakness", as if he could let Flash die just for being a bully.  

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2015-03-17 07:39:13  
  Amazing battle issue!  

  gonzo Says:    
  2015-05-07 16:25:51  
  I love that Spider-Man's checklist before fighting the biggest villain in the Marvel Universe at this stage includes "is my mask on securely?"  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-31 12:50:12  
  DOOM is simply the best.  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-20 16:48:45  
  I don't know why but I thought that panel of Doom gassing and capturing Flash was funny as hell.  

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-11-21 18:02:28  
  best issue in the order so far for me....Dr. Doom vs. Spider-Man...what an awesome final fight that was! And wrapped around the 2 battles Are These little character developments...just Great! 5* (my First)  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 11:05:40  
  I love spidy  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 12:36:42  
  Love spidey and love Doctor Doom! Win Win!  

  hendrica Says:    
  2016-01-21 17:07:46  
  These early Spider-Man stories are all getting high ratings from me so far. It will be interesting to see if it's because I enjoy Spidey that much and the trend will continue or if it's just because these early stories are average and everything else in the order is mostly below par.  

  JimboJangles Says:    
  2016-03-02 05:42:01  
  Page 6, panel 5: Web Slinger clearly getting jacked straight to the chest by Doom's blaster. Spidey's reply - "I'll say 'so long' for now, Doc!" - as he's flying through the window. Don't see how anyone could be more of a badass than that.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-25 18:10:07  
  • Thatís my line Ė ďIs it necessary for you to make your entrance quite so dramatic, my impetuous friend?Ē (Doctor Doom)

  • Keeping jet-packs on his armor is entirely logical for a villain who lives in the clouds and is a legit explanation for Doomís survival.

  • Parker is somewhat of a masochist if he keeps going back to this bunch of losers.

  • Was Spider-Man really expecting his web-balls to lay any damage on Doomís armor?

  • I really donít like Ditkoís Doom.

  • Seeing how a super-hero was so helpless against his overprotective aunt was hilarious.

  • There was some great action. Iím always in for a good cross-over or a team-up, and if you include Doctor Doom in the package, Iím sold. The Fantastic Four cameo was nice but it left me wanting more. But I didnít buy that Doctor Doom believed Spider-Man would ever consider teaming up with him. 4 stars!

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-26 00:00:41  
  2 of my favorites Doom and Spiderman. Doom looks a bit odd in this one but the story moves quickly enough that I can give it a pass. Tuning into spider sense was an arrgh moment.  

  Calion @ CrangTheCimmerian (original post):    
  2016-05-25 08:17:22  
  But maybe Peter, not Stan, is the dumb one? He is only a teenager after all!  

  Calion @ Anonymous (original post):    
  2016-05-25 08:18:36  
  She has his number because they had a date planned once. And maybe she thought he could help because he's a science genius.  

  Calion @ bharbeke (original post):    
  2016-05-25 08:24:59  
  I usually pay for bowling by the game, not the hour.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-23 09:28:50  
  Spidey vs. Doom.....these two should've faced each other much more often. This was fun!  

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-18 13:03:55  
  Another issue of Amazing Spider-Man that I really liked, even if Ditko's Doctor Doom looks a bit....off to me. Agree with the others that this is the most consistently good book in the Order yet (even more so than Fantastic Four, which I also love), in this issue we've got a great Doom-Spidey fight, Peter Parker showing his humanity by contemplating leaving bully Flash Thompson with Doctor Doom, and the most quips yet from ol' webhead that I can recall. He's quickly turning into the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man that we all love, and best of all the issue ends with the news that the issue will start to get published monthly, so that means Spidey on a greater regular basis in the Order. Hooray!  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-06 18:28:43  
  A slight step down for me, from the dizzying heights of the previous two issues (but just a *slight* one). No one big, overriding reason, really... just lots of little niggling things, here and there: Ditko had obvious difficulties getting Doctor Doom's "look" just right... the spider-wave transmitter and spider-Geiger counter were flatly ridiculous, and served to take me out of the story both times... and I can't for the life of me figure out why Liz Allen called up Peter Parker (whom she openly *detested*, at this point) to snivel about Peter's chief tormentor, Flash Thompson, being kidnapped.

Still, the final showdown between Spidey and Doomsie *was* a thrill ride, and the Thing threatening to paste Flash Thompson one made me chuckle. ;) Three stars.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 20:54:26  
  I honestly think that Doom works better in this story than his previous appearances in Fantastic Four.  

  stiffmeyster Says:    
  2018-01-04 18:09:08  
  It is remarkable how the issues of spiderman are the more enjoyables in the order.
This is the second best appearance of Dr. Doom so far, the first was his first appearance.
I love how Peter Parker struggle for a moment with himself with the idea of letting doom killing Flash Thompson.

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-13 07:42:45  
  Slight step down, so "only" 4 stars lol...
Parker's characterization and background characters are so superior to anything at the time, that a slightly bad appearance by Doom (too many Doombots, art, and it seemed like a low-end plan for Doom) still allows for an amazing comic.

Liked how Pete at least mused about joining Doom and not saving Flash.

  UncannyAddiction Says:    
  2018-01-27 20:32:38  
  Doom seems so much better in Spider-Man.  

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Dear Stan and Steve:

Subject: Amazing Spider-Man #3.

Opinion: The Greatest!

      Yep, that's right! I've just finished reading Spider-Man #3 for the fourth time and have come to the previous conclusion. Dr. Octopus is the most original villain I've seen in my four years of comics reading. The guest appearance of the Human Torch came unexpectedly. His speech not only raised Spider-Man's hopes, but it encouraged me, too. One complaint, though - on page 10, panel 6, you have Dr. Octopus thinking, "The security police aren't apt to notice an extra pipe or two up on the ceiling." That's just like him saying, "The security police aren't apt to notice an extra former atomic scientist up on the ceiling." The two spectacular Spider-Man versus Dr. Octopus battles were well handled. My brother and I, after reading one of your comics, analyzed it. From our studies we have found: 1) Too many of your villains are formerly "the greatest atomic scientists in the country". 2) You put in many instances, much more wording into the captions than the actual panels. 3) Your villains use too formal language for a hectic situation. 4) Many of your heroes (Sgt. Fury, for example) give the inexperienced reader the impression that they are inhuman roughnecks. A good example is the cover of Sgt. Fury #1. It depicts him saying, "Keep movin', you lunkheads! Nobody lives forever! So get out the lead and follow me! We got us a war to win!" If all of your stories are as good as #3 you'll go a long way.

Richard Cohen
722 E. 102nd St.
Brooklyn 36, N. Y.

Correction, Dick! Sgt. Fury said "Get the lead out -" not "Get out the lead -"! See, if we want to find fault with YOUR material -! But, thanks for an interesting letter, R. C.

Dear Stan and Steve:

      Congratulations on SPIDER-MAN #3!! It was a great issue and I thought it surpassed your other comics by far. I, for one, do not like these "book-length" stories that you are putting out, except in the FANTASTIC FOUR. SPIDER-MAN should have at least two stories per issue in order to give us a little more variety. I guess ever since that horrible year of 1954, when the crime books were at their peak and the Comics Code came in, you publishers either haven't had a chance to put out a good "robbery" story or else the readers like the super-villain better. Your SPIDER-MAN is both a human-interest story and an exciting book to read. I am against your new titles inside. They are so small and insignificant that I barely noticed them. I suggest that you use a much larger title. Steve Ditko is my favorite artist. He has a very good, but weird style that is hard to copy. The action scenes were the best I've ever seen in SPIDER-MAN or any of your magazines, for that matter. I like Ditko's art even better than Kirby's, although he did do some wonderful work in the 1940's. The one thing that is wrong with your magazines (all of them) is that your company has some pretty bad inkers for the fine quality of pencil artists you have. If this matter were cleared up, I am certain that your company would soon climb to the top. One last thing about Ditko's art - he just can't draw feet right!! They look out of shape and flat. I don't want to hear collectors calling my favorite hero a "flatfoot" - do you??? It's good that you have Peter Parker using his other talents once in a while for a change from his spider powers. This is the first hero that I've seen that is ridiculed by his schoolmates and uses his knowledge of chemistry as a weapon. Also, it's nice that you have a "poor" boy with powers unlike all those crazy millionaires that have been floating around for years. I greatly enjoyed your SPIDER-MAN Pin-up page. It's the first I've seen that gave a really big picture of my hero. John Duffy is one of your best letterers. In fact, there isn't anything that I don't like about the whole book. It's tremendous, colossal, stupendous, and the whole - just plain marvelous! This gives a slight impression of how I feel about "Spi" and your entire company!!!

Dan Fleming
430 Beach Street
Ottawa, Kansas

You've mentioned so many points, Dan, that we don't know WHICH to comment about! But, we have a hunch some of your readers will have quite a bit to say about your opinions. As for us, we're delighted that you, and our other perceptive readers, take such a keen interest in our Marvel mags.

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-Four 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
1206 31 Avenue
San Mateo, Calif.

We have a hunch there'll be a number of guest appearances in our various mags, employing our different heroes, because judging by your letters, it's something which most of you fans enjoy. Some future guest shots will be announced beforehand, while some will be sprung on you unexpectedly! So keep watching!

Dear Stan and Steve:

      What a story you put out for the SPIDER-MAN #3 magazine! The strangest foe of all time - DOCTOR OCTOPUS! Boy, you fellas weren't kidding! He's terrific! One thing about your villains: They're all so interesting that any one of them could be featured in a mag of his own! Where do you ever think up your stories? They're all so different, and there's never a let-down! You may have guessed by now - you're my favorites!

Richard Jankowski
47 New York Ave.
Dunkirk, N. Y.

What so you MEAN where do we think up our stories??? Haven't we convinced you that They're all TRUE? Anyway, we thank you for enthusiasm, and our villains thank you too!

Dear Stand and Steve:

      To get to the point, needless to say, you've got a hit on your hands! Please, no more shocks like the last one. What do I mean by shock? I'll tell you. I went out to the store one day looking for new comics, and here's what I found: 1) SPIDER-MAN #1 with guest stars, the Fantastic Four - great. 2) FANTASTIC FOUR #12 with the Hulk - great. 3) STRANGE TALES #106 with the F.F. I fainted right there on the spot!

Sid Wright
Worcester, Mass.

Not before paying your twelve cents, we hope!

Dear Stan and Steve:

      Spider-Man #2... who's coming up with the great villains all of sudden!? Not that I don't like super-powerful villains like Sub-Mariner and super geniuses like Doc Doom, but I like a good "gimmick" hero, too, like the Vulture. The bit about Jameson paying off the person he hates the most is a great one; let's have more of it. However, what happens if Jameson decides that Parker should go out with one of his reporters to do a team story. As a matter of fact, it might not be a bad idea if that reporter was a girl (maybe even Jameson's daughter!) and she found out Spider-Man's secret ID. It would be quite a joke on Jameson to have his own daughter a secret ally of Spider-Man's. One little thing I noticed: so many characters have gloves as part of their costume, yet you never can figure out how they get rid of them when they're in their civilian identity. They make a switch and voila! . . . the gloves are gone. I was glad to see the Spider-Man has met the problem! Steve Ditko's art is improving tremendously. He draws swinging aliens. One thing I like about Spider-Man is your finally having a character who can actually fight the "Cotton-pickin'" bad guys. No one dares lay a glove on Thing, Thor or Iron Man. None of the others, except Spider-Man, are the type of hero to make use of their fists. Ditko does a pretty fair-to-middling job of fight scenes, too!

Steve Perrin
4420 Meadowlark Lane
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Fair-to-middling???! Boy, you'd probably say that MOZART was a pretty average composer, too!

Dear Stan and Steve:

      Just finished reading SPIDER-MAN #3. It was great as usual. One small suggestion - why don't you have a page or even a half-page telling your readers when your comics will be going on sale? I would like to know when to visit my newsstand to buy your better than usual comics.

Cory Reed
Johnstown, Pa.

We appreciate your interest, and your suggestions, Cory. Our mags go on sale at different times depending when each individual store decides to put them on display. We'd only be able to give APPROXIMATE on-sale dates, and after you've followed a mag for a while, you'll probably have as good an idea when it goes on sale as we do.

Dear Stan and Steve:

      I am an avid fan of the costumed super-heroes of all the companies, but Spider-Man is the best of all of them in my opinion. For one thing, he has no allies, the world hates him, his powers are unique, his costume is colorful, and his secret identity is really secret. His costume is excellent because I can appreciate the tough time you must had drawing all the webs over him. The red and dark blue or black balance each other very well and his bright white eyes set in black fall into the suit's composition perfectly. The spider emblem lets everyone know that there is one and only one Spider-Man. I am glad Aunt May doesn't know her nephew is Spider-Man. Now many interesting situations may arise. Also, there are no shrimps helping him. Sure, Peter is a square, but if everyone knew he were Spider-Man, he would be a hero to his school chums and a target. Everything as far as his identity goes is fine with me. Finally, I want to start a Spider-Man Fan Club to promote him. I feel that he will become the most popular super-hero in years. There are many projects in planning, as an opinion page, a Spider-Man Fan Club book, and a member sheet. I need quite a few members for these projects, and with a nation-wide fan club, the results would be terrific.

David Coleman
217 Kenwood Ave.
Rochester 11, N. Y.

You've got our blessing, Davey boy - just so long as YOU handle the mail and not US!


ITEM ONE: Guest appearance info! SPIDER-MAN is really in the limelight this month, guest-starring in two Marvel Comics Group annuals! The first is STRANGE TALES ANNUAL, in which SPIDER-MAN is featured with the fiery HUMAN TORCH, in an 18-page thriller-diller! Then, before the smoke clears, you'll find him also in the FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL in a tale which shows him in the kind of action you fans have been clamoring for!

ITEM TWO: News from Marvel! By now you've probably heard of our latest super-hero title - the X-MEN! We here at Marvel are especially anxious for your opinions on the first issue of X-Men, for we honestly believe it is destined to become one of the most talked about teams in comics mag history! Also, have you seen the big, action-packed first issue of the AVENGERS? - It stars some of your all time favorites - IRON MAN, THOR, ANT-MAN, and, more powerful than ever, the incredible HULK. Yes, they're all together in one book-length tale, in the now-famous Lee-Kirby style!

ITEM THREE: This month's Marvel line-up! Look for these great features on your newsstands this month: FANTASTIC FOUR #19: The FF take a trip thru the time to solve the macabre mystery of the Sphinx! TALES OF SUSPENSE #46: IRON MAN faces a foe who was specially trained to defeat him - the CRIMSON DYNAMO! STRANGE TALES #113: The HUMAN TORCH meets a super-villain you'll never forget - the PLANTMAN! TALES TO ASTONISH #48: Not to be outdone, ANT-MAN and the WASP come up against the most original foe of all - the spectacular human PORCUPINE! And, in JRNY. INTO MYSTERY #96, THOR is menaced by a foe whose magic power exceeds his own - the mad MERLIN! So, if you get the feeling that this is a good month for Marvel super-heroes - you're RIGHT!

ITEM FOUR: A final word from Stan and Steve: We want to thank you for making SPIDER-MAN the smash success of the year! We promise to do our best to continue the merit your loyalty and to keep SPIDER-MAN the greatest, most original, most exciting super-hero of all!

(Ed. note: SPIDER-MAN #6 goes on sale approximately Aug. 8. Ask your newsdealer to reserve your copy now!)

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