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107: Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1)

" Face-to-Face with the Lizard! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1963
Release Date: August 1963
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Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,395                 Times Rated: 705
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In the swamps of Florida, a creature has appeared and is terrorizing the local inhabitants. The Bugle has issued a provocation on Spider-man to defeat this abomination and so Peter Parker finds himself traveling to Florida. Where Spider-man will face off against the Lizard!
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Spider-Man last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #1b. Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
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  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
  Betty Brant
Betty Brant last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1). Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
  Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1). Elizabeth Allan next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
  Martha Connors
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This is the first appearance by Martha Connors in the mainstream continuity. Martha Connors next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Billy Connors
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This is the first appearance by Billy Connors in the mainstream continuity. Billy Connors next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  The Lizard
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This is the first appearance by The Lizard in the mainstream continuity. The Lizard next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #32 (v1).
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Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
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Web-Shooters last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #1b. Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1).
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This is the first appearance of the Lizard (Dr. Connors) and his family in the Marvel Universe.
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-24 12:11:35  
  Again with the "as if it were cardboard" simile. There are other light-weight, fragile things out there Stan.

What I learned:
Dinosaurs were bulletproof and could crush a present-day tank.
The US is littered with old, abandoned castles and Spanish forts.

I've always loved the Lizard, bu this story is a little too hokey. It's probably the weakest Spidey story so far in my opinion.

On a non-Spidey note--looking through the ads in the old issues...I never realized how popular stamp collecting apparently was int he 60s. Life must have been pretty boring back then. No wonder these cheesy stories floored everyone.

  Safis Says:    
  2012-03-04 22:53:29  
  This was pretty good, but it was a little hokey how Spider-man so quickly whipped up an antidote based on a quick reading of Connor's notes. I mean, he may be smart, but he's still a high school student. Also, if somehow this can revert the Lizard back to a man, I wonder what would happen if he fed the chemical to real lizards, say the alligators. Would they become half man? That could make for an interesting follow-up...  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-05-02 04:07:37  
  I wonder what a movie the Lizard would give, I can imagine his origin scene going on!!!

It's a ve-ry nice version of "American heroes save a nice american family" that it's good!

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-08 12:36:39  
  The Lizard is one Spider-Man's best rogues, yet I'm disappointed to find his debut to be pretty lackluster. It's no wonder why Stan Lee waited nearly 40 issues to give Lizard a second chance to shine.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-08-31 21:39:12  
  I "LOL'd" at "Nevermind those *!?+! cushions"  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-18 23:17:28  
  Flash: "Duh, wouldn't you know we'd find bookworm Parker here!"
Um, dumbass...you're there, too.
The Lizard's great, JJ's a douche for tearing up those photos.
Spidey's poem at the end was really stupid, but hey, Peter's a teen, so it makes sense.
Loved it!

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-10-06 16:03:12  
  Decent spider story, led the Looney tunes allusion "suffering spiderwebs"  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-11-03 13:39:31  
  Woah, I think ol' JJJ is an even bigger jerk than usual in this issue. Tearing up the photos was just a step too far, and it became hard to dismiss him as a mere comical nuisance. I seriously wanted Peter to really mess him up after that.

Other than that, though, I found this to be a very enjoyable issue. I quite like Doc Connors, and I feel that his very first fight with Spidey is quite enjoyable.

  Adrian Says:    
  2012-11-23 16:00:02  
  It was nice to see Spidey facing a foe that wasnt in New York city where all of the bad guys seem to hang out. I like the lizard and am glad that he gets the chance to return.  

  MX5 Says:    
  2012-12-06 13:51:51  
  Interesting issue, not the best. It's strange how I thought I knew the origin of the lizard until actually reading his first appearance. Not sure if I like it as much as the idea I had in my head, but I'll take it.  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-30 14:50:44  
  Very fun stuff. Some laugh out loud moments. Well paced. Ditko is marvelous.And it the origin of the Lizard.  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-02-21 17:34:31  
  While not the best Spidey tale to date, I did think it was pretty good; Silver Age balderdash aside. The usual New York setting being left out of this issue was probably the main detractor, but...

Spidey fought the the Lizard on three separate occasions! That's pretty good, considering these other mags of the time. Not to mention he foiled a gem robbery at the museum too.

I've always been a pretty big Lizard fan, and I feel that this is one of the first times we actually can sympathize with one of the villains. He comes across as a likeable character, and I think that makes him more memorable and brings a link to the villain and the reader. More so than Namor, who's just got a hard on for Sue, or Dr. Doom, who is just trying to expose Reed Richards for the sham that he is.

For the longest time I've been wondering why it is that after every Spider-Man tale I feel that I've finished a more complete story than with most of the other mags to date. After reading a separate blog, it's been brought to my attention that we have Steve Ditko to thank for this. See, Ditko most often lays out nine panels of art and story per page, whereas Kirby does bigger panels and so can't fit as much story onto every page. Most people in my research have gone on to say that it's a fair trade, because Kirby is the better artist, but I have to disagree. Kirby can't draw people very well. He does great when fine detail is needed, but I think that everyone else so far does a better character portrait. I'm going against the grains here, but that's just my opinion. All I know is that FF stories are now hit and miss, while Spider-Man - and even Dr. Strange - stories are jam packed and complete, leaving me satisfied at the end of them. And Strange only has five pages to do this in, so do your own math and tell me I'm wrong.

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-02-21 17:35:11  
  I also feel that in comics that are trying to sell their characters, the characters themselves should really stand out. Heck, Ditko, and even Sinnott are doing great work with Thor, Penny Potts, Tony Stark, and Jan Van Dyne. Sue Storm looks ugly, and she has some weird yellow monster that lives on her head. The Thing often has the wrong amount of fingers and toes. The feet of Kirby's characters are often just blobs. Sorry for making this comment an examination of artistic talent, but I figured 'why not?'.

One star for Ditko and his nine-panel pages. One star for the Lizard that we feel for. One star for Peter 'The Player' Parker wanted to get all up in Betty Brant and Liz. Threesome!

  stevi0d Says:    
  2013-07-08 16:53:58  
  Suffering spiderwebs! Still these spidey stories are a cut above the other titles in this early part of the order. The lizard! A lizard in a lab coat! Best villain to date!

Much less silver age sillyness and more coherant and engaging storylines are the hallmarks of spiderman that keep me waiting excitedly for the next issue and leave me with a proper sense of satisfaction.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-25 19:14:50  
  Lizard/Dr. Connors is a classic sympathetic villain. Spidey has to defeat him but must also try not to harm him too badly. Great issue!  

  PMIK Says:    
  2013-07-29 15:12:39  
  Loved Spidey's line about J. J. "He's like a big, fat guardian angel" as aunt May innocently smiles in agreement. Laughed out loud!  

  TheGrandIgloo Says:    
  2013-08-25 01:37:36  
  With that transistor radio that kid could have all the powers of Iron Man!!!  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-10-22 10:08:06  
  Great story... I like how the origin stories in Spidey magazine makes sense... it's nothing atomic or alien just an experiment to recover from a lost limb... also the characters have more depth... how many times do you meet the villain's family and how many time so far the villain is also a victim...  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-26 10:38:28  
  A pretty good issue. I like that Spider-Man helped turn the villain into a good guy in the end. I really think what makes Spider-Man great though is his interactions with other people as Peter.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-19 09:43:01  
  As always these Spider-Man comics are the best of the bunch so far. 4 stars. Good story, decent art.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-09 18:17:34  
  4 stars for the Lizard who I have always liked!

Cover Me - An awesome cover! I just wished they would've kept the Lizard's eyes black in the rest of the comic.

Keep The Change - On page 2, panel 5 Spidey is paying for the paper, but it's just hard to see it.

Lucky Charm - And how did that rabbit lose it's leg? Also, is there a mutated lizbit running loose in the swamp?

Liar, Liar - I wonder if there really was a serum to change the reptiles? You never see it, and before he couldn't make one to change him back to human...

'Nuff Said - "No! No! Stay away! Don't look at me!! Don't!"-Lizard

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-03-19 20:34:10  
  I love how the story starts with the Lizard chasing a bunch of random dudes (including the guy in the hat and jacket) who just happen to be hanging out in the middle of a swamp. Drug deal? That's the only possible explanation.

These Spidey stories really are a cut above everything else going on in the Marvel Age of Comics at the time. They just have a certain "je ne sais quoi," non? Stan's really having fun with the dialog.

And how can one ever tire of JJ's "PARKER! Get in here!" It never gets old.


  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-21 23:14:30  
  1. Spiderman in JJJs office is cool
2. Good origin for the villain
3. Nice to see the hero lose a battle
Good stuff..looking forward to finding out how Lizard comes back...3 stars

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-07-09 14:52:24  
  Um... did Connors CUT OFF THAT RABBIT'S LEG while experimenting?

What if it didn't grow back? :/

  DerryDonovan Says:    
  2014-07-10 11:56:30  
  The Lizard has one of the best reasons for returning of any villan. This first appearance is a great start for this charicter.  

  Amanda Says:    
  2014-07-24 16:55:12  
  So Peter is a lot smarter than an actual genius scientist? I mean, what are you doing in high school? If he could find a cure this fast when the person who created the serum couldn't, he surely could skip high school and get a scholarship to a great college.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-28 22:53:41  
  One of my favorite issues so far! You'd think a villain called the Lizard couldn't possibly lead to any good, but it was surprisingly interesting! Lots of classic 60s kookiness...  

  Ryumit Says:    
  2014-09-05 12:14:12  
  4 stars - Enjoyed the read. Put a side all the random things that these comics have and its one of the better stories.

Agree with a previous comment about Parker being able to make an antidote in no time - convenient! however part of the story and still good fun.

  At The Gates of Dawn Says:    
  2015-03-17 07:42:19  
  I've learned to never take a trip to Florida while a man-sized Lizard is causing havoc all over the place.  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-06-10 07:13:47  
  The Lizard is a real humanizing villain. Everything comes full circle near the end.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-20 11:03:56  
  Spiderman has the best stories  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-06 20:47:04  
  Showed a picture of Jameson to my partner. Her first comment was that he looked just like he does in the movies.

Spot on with the casting of Jameson in my opinion.

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 14:37:52  
  Strange cover art but great story!  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-04-02 01:00:59  
  • That’s my line – “Sure! Sure! Every time I turn around I get ‘doomed’ by someone else!” (Spider-Man)

  • How sweet of Spider-Man to drop that cute little pouch for the paper boy. Doesn’t Peter have a free subscription with the Bugle?

  • Love the way he managed to manipulate Jameson into sending Peter in Florida… Of course, it came with a twist! The dynamic between the two is getting better and better.

  • Dr. Connors outed by his wife came as a surprise. Usually, the villain delivers his story during an endless monologue.

  • Spider-Man must keep in mind that there is a great scientist and a family man under the Lizard. Brilliant move!

  • Well, that was fun! All characters are gradually taking shape with their own uniqueness. This series is by far the best for the storytelling and the dialogs. Even the villain has a strong backstory. Although the premise is a little farfetched, the lack of ‘scientific’ details only made it more credible. And despite Ditko’s aweful faces and the usual Silver Age wackiness, I give this one 5 stars for making me laugh a few times.

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-05-15 00:02:24  
  Lizard debut. An okay issue. This is the first Spider-man issue I wasn't crazy about..

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-25 23:14:29  
  "Reserve your copy at your dealer's now!" As if it's an addictive drug. Which I guess isn't too far off.  

  Calion @ Amanda (original post):    
  2016-05-25 23:37:14  
  The person who created the serum was a stupid lizard when he tried to formulate the antidote.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-24 21:16:38  
  Decent issue. Good debut for the Lizard. I found it a little hard to take his swamp threat seriously though; if his brain was too dull to formulate an antidote, how could he create the serum to transform swamp lizards?

I liked that poem to JJ though. Sure it was terrible, but it was funny. You think he'd really put forth the effort to write a better one? If I were him, I sure wouldn't!

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-07 02:21:06  
  Hot damn! The premiere appearance of my all-time favorite Spider-Man villain, at long last!

Right from the very beginning, with an iconic splash page, this one absolutely *rockets* from the starting line, and never slows down or even misses a single step all the way through the final panel on the very last page. Highlights included the increasingly flirtatious banter between Betty Brant (comics' first cougar?) and Peter... the genuine pathos of the Connors family's anguished plight... Spidey's horrified, steadily dawning awareness that the Lizard is genuinely is physical superior, and almost certainly *will* kill him... and, of course, page after page of glorious Ditko artwork throughout.

Five stars for the best issue, hands down, since #3!

  razzledazzlepg Says:    
  2017-05-06 01:36:48  
  Spider-Man stole that newspaper. JJJ was right about him, he's a menace.  

  RobinHoodMtl @ razzledazzlepg (original post):    
  2017-10-19 18:08:18  
  He did not. If you look closer at that panel, Spidey leaves a small pouch as he takes the paper.  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-13 19:54:04  
  Spidey's rogue gallery have great debuts.
A shame most of them never branched out to other heroes that much.

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-04-21 14:51:15  
  Some really dumb moments, but this series is so much fun! Love the scene with JJJ on the roof!  

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Dear Stan and Steve,

      The truth is I've loved Spider-Man from the very beginning and sincerely hoped he would get his own magazine. Well, I decided to wait until the next issue to send in my verdict. Here is the newly discovered evidence: 1) Issue #3's artwork improved greatly; 2) Issue #3's color schemes were much better; 3) Issue #3's paneling improved. (I especially liked page 9.) Now that I have brought before the court the new evidence, I will give you some helpful (I hope) hints. Keep up the fabulous plots as in issue #3. Also, please keep your human interest gimmicks. Let's have more villains, and keep returning them. Your interesting sub-plots help, too. On the condition that these hints are fulfilled, the prosecuting attorney withdraws all charges and submits this verdict for consideration by the judge, your reader - The verdict is: Guilty - guilty of having the greatest comic magazine! The sentence is: Eternity - an eternity of success for Spider-Man. Case is closed.

Ken Dixon
674 Buttonwood Drive
Springfield, Del. Co., Pa.

The FANTASTIC FOUR is trying to appeal the verdict, we hear, but it's too late! Thanks for your unusual way of telling us you like us. (At least, that's what we HOPE you were saying.)

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Just bought AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 this morning and I can't say I'm sorry! If you can keep up the good work, in a few years you ought to be able to publish it oftener than monthly. But Stan, old boy, you'll have to keep up the story quality! I wish you lots of luck, since you already must have to use a separate typewriter for each hand with all the work you do. (Looks like you get snowed under occasionally and have to use your feet, too - once in a while you do slip; then again, nobody's perfect.) Together, you and Steve have made SPIDER-MAN one of the few books I not only buy regularly, but also enjoy without a sense of disappointment at substandard stories or a closetful of cliches. Sincerest congratulations on your new feature, DR. STRANGE, in STRANGE TALES! If the first story is any indication, you've got another winner on your hands. This is really good!

Phil Castora
Burbank Hotel
Burbank, Calif.

We almost hoped not too many readers would notice DR. STRANGE, so that we could turn out the stories without too much effort. But, the reaction has been far more favorable than we expected, so it looks as though the ol' Master of Black Magic will be a regular feature, which means another headache for us! If you haven't seen him yet, treat yourself to a copy of the latest STRANGE TALES - but only after you've bought SPIDER-MAN, of course!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      How do you do it? First, you came out with the F.F., then Ant-Man, Thor, and Iron Man, and now - the best of all - Spider-Man! What a rare character - he sure is neat. I love his origin, his aunt, and especially him. I liked his idea of joining up with the F.F. My one gripe is his costume. It may be snazzy, but he looks like a criminal in it. Please tell me, is he ever going to be at peace with the world?

John Black
37 Windsor Sq.
Penicuik, Midlothian

Never mind YOUR questions! What WE wanna know is: how do you pronounce the name of that town you live in??

Dear Stan and Steve,

      AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 topped the excellent #2. Although I like two stories in a comic rather than one long one, this story was great. At first, Doctor Octopus looked too crazy, but he turned out to be a great foe. Maybe he should return in a future issue. One of the high points of the story was his crushed spirit at being defeated, and his thoughts of quitting the hero business. It will be a long time before I forget those terrific action scenes on pages 15-19. They were really great. I enjoyed the Human Torch's appearance and I'm glad he didn't play too big a part in capturing Doctor Octopus. My reasons for saying this is since this is Spider-Man's comic, he should have most of the action to himself. I don't agree that Spider-Man should have a secret partner. He wouldn't be the same with one. I like Spider-Man's new sign. The way he flashes it on walls and such gives the story more color (as if you needed it!). I agree that Spider-Man should be published monthly. He is very deserving of it. Finally, the pin-up page was excellent, and it was very skillfully drawn.

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

Don't worry, Davey boy - good villains are hard to come by, and when we succeed in creating a few, you can be sure we'll bring them back whenever possible! So don't be surprised if you see Doc Ock (as we call him, here in the bull-pen) coming back for more maypole dances in future ishes.

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I guess it'll seem kind of funny hearing from the mother of some of your fans, but I'd like to say that I enjoy your comic SPIDER-MAN. I'm not one to interfere in the hopes of others, but I noticed in your fan mail that they are already searching for a secret pal for Spider-Man or trying to push him into the Fantastic Four. He does a mighty fine job alone! Come on, you kids, why not let Spider-Man live his role alone like Richard Diamond?? Don't mess up two mighty fine comics just because Spider-Man goes it alone, huh? I have four daughters who are fans, also. They say they like Spider-Man just as he is . . . only thing they'd like to see is his clobbering Flash, the boy who is always blabbing at him.

Ruth Green
115 Oak Drive
Central Point, Oregon

We're very pleased to announce that we have received many letters from parents, such as Mrs. Green, all with kind words for SPIDER-MAN! As for S-M getting any secret partners, the mail so far has been heavily AGAINST the idea, so we have no plans to introduce any secret pards just yet. (Although we like to spring surprises on you from time to time - such as changing ANT-MAN into GIANT-MAN unexpectedly, in TALES TO ASTONISH #49.)

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I find your comic simply perfect! Wait a cotton-picking minute now, and let me finish - I don't mean your stories are all perfect - I mean your style is perfect. First of all, I like the idea of your letter column being at the end of the story, not in the middle. I like the idea of Spider-Man being a teenager and not a full grown man. I like the idea of his costume being completely different with not one thing being a take-off from some other hero. Last, but not least, I like his personal style which is his alone. I very seldom write to a comic but I couldn't resist this letter because of all the perfectly original ideas you have come up with.

Ralph Gershovich
3200 N.W. 169th Terr.
Miami, Fla.

Never mind the soft soap! What do you MEAN our stories aren't perfect?? For 12¢ do you expect HEMINGWAY?!! (Irving Hemingway, our next door neighbor!)

Dear Stan and Steve,

      Please have the Vulture return occasionally to plague Spider-Man. I like the idea of Spider-Man, who can't fly, fighting the Vulture who can. Please don't have Spider-Man win so easily against normal crooks. Please have Dr. Octopus return again, too, and please have SPIDER-MAN monthly. Please tell me why someone hasn't noticed his super-muscles while he is Peter Parker - doesn't his school have Physical Education??

Alan Oberle
760 Oakway Place
Glendale 22, Mo.

Pete's muscles aren't the bulging kind, Alan. Even in Physical Education (known as P.T. in the N.Y. area, for Physical Training) he just looks like a well-built slim teen-ager. Of course, if one should FEEL his muscles, that would be another story!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      I just bought SPIDER-MAN #3 and it was great. I'm surprised with each issue that Steve Ditko does such wonderful art. I was happy to see that Steve signed the cover of SPIDER-MAN #2 and #3. I'd like to see this carried over to other MARVEL COMICS. When Joe Sinnott draws a story for JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY I'm not sure if he or Jack Kirby drew the cover. The same is true of TALES OF SUSPENSE. I think that Jack drew the covers, even if Don Heck drew some of the stories, but I could be wrong. If each artist would sign his covers, all we fans would be sure of the artist. Here a few other items I would like to comment on: don't give Spider-Man a secret partner, let Dick Ayres do more art in STRANGE TALES, and let Prince Namor team up with Spider-Man in a full length adventure. Next to Dr. Doom, Dr. Octopus is in second place as far as villains go - the reason is his having such different powers - and in the third place is the Vulture. What I'd like to see is the F.F. battling Dr. Octopus and the Vulture together. I bet the Thing would have his hands full trying to hold Dr. Octopus. This would give Spider-Man a chance to get a crack at Dr. Doom. The Torch should be added and make it a book length adventure. I'd also like to see Spider-Man guest star with the Torch in STRANGE TALES, and have Dick Ayres do the art for both. Since both Spider-Man and the Torch are teenagers, they should be featured together every once in a while. They would make a great team! Thanks for letting me bend your ear.

Gerry Johnson
30A Bayview Place
Superior, Wisc.

BEND it? You practically BROKE it! The reason we don't usually have artists sign the covers, Gerry, is that they often represent the work of MANY men. One might do the rough layout - another the penciling - then, we might decide to change a figure or two and still another artist might make the correction - ditto for the inking. However, when one man does the whole thing as Steve did on the covers you mentioned, he usually DOES affix his signature! There! That ought to pretty well confuse everybody!

Dear Stan and Steve,

      PHOOEY! With complaints, that is. I hate all those know-it-all and I-want-to-make-a-comment readers. In the first SPIDER'S WEB there were only two letters I completely agreed with and these were the ones written by Jerome Haro and Bill Ryan. Bill's letter wasn't "suggestions", as he put it, but praises telling you to keep up the good work. Fred Bronson and his "normal super-hero". Bah! It clearly states in the first issue that "there's never been a hero like Spider-Man!" Frank Glen can take that "full of pity" letter and stand in the corner. Let Spider-Man stay as he is. Phil Leibfred should learn that a hero like S-M will live on the pages of a comic book as long as someone is there to draw him. Your plots are terrific, so go tell Buddy Saunders to soak his head. Secret partner, be hanged . . . the only partner Spider-Man could have is Ant-Man. You can also tell any "middle of the road" readers to take a long walk off a short pier. Your book is the greatest. Keep up the good work!

Paul McDonough
5 Cherry St.
Hartford 6, Conn.

We appreciate your praise, Paul, but in all honesty, we like the letters of complaint, too. Many times the complaints of our readers are well-founded, as our steady fans know, we have made many changes over the past months based on readers' comments - and will continue to do so in the future. Our one job - our ONLY job - is to please YOU, the wonderful, loyal fans who make our mags possible.


A personal message to our readers, from Stan and Steve: We've been in the business of creating comics for many years. During that time we've had quite a few hits (and our share of duds, too!) But no successful mag has ever given us the pleasure, or the THRILL, which we get from seeing how you, the magazine readers, have made SPIDER-MAN the success story of '63! Just as he seems to appeal to YOU, he appeals to US the same way! We really ENJOY writing and drawing his adventures, and we want to repeat that your letters mean a lot to us - we read every single one - and we feel that a great deal of Peter Parker's growing fame is due to your intelligent suggestions and sincere criticism. So, from the bottom of our hearts to the tips of our ink-stained fingers - many many heartfelt thanks to you, from Stan and Steve!

By now, you have probably seen S-M's appearance in STRANGE TALES ANNUAL #2, and FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1. If you haven't, we suggest you try to find a copy. (Not as easy as it sounds - they're already sold out in some areas.) We're anxious to hear how you like his guest appearance in other mags, and if you'd like to see more of the same.

Well, let's all put away our little webs and resume our normal identities again, until we meet here next ish for more of SPIDER-MAN'S own brand of super-excitement!

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