off white pgs Origin retold; 1st Chameleon; 1st J. Jonah Jameson; Fantastic Four cvr
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While previous heroes had their origin stories planted in spectacular events, dramatic turns of events, and high tragedy, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko firmly planted their flagship character's feet in the hard ground of daily life in the big city. Shy, insecure, lower-class teen Peter Parker, drawn to scrawny imperfection by Ditko, transforms into a freakish, wise-cracking daredevil tortured by guilt over the loss of his father figure and scrambling to make a quick buck from his sudden brush with semi-greatness. Spider-Man's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 was like nothing anyone had ever seen before, and was an almost instant success, leading to a hurriedly prepared solo debut issue. Note the use of the Fantastic Four on the cover as insurance, as their group exploits, which hit the newsstands not long before Spider-Man's, were Marvel's one real box-office draw at the time, and the hungry, ambitious Lee was taking no chances. One of the most important comics of the Silver Age, and the book that proved the Marvel Age of comics was no fluke.
One would think that both Amazing Fantasy 15 and Amazing Spider-Man 1 would peak in investment and growth potential, but they are both unstoppable forces of nature. Anyone who's been thinking of buying Spidey keys had better jump now, as these books just keep skyrocketing in value!
Overstreet 2011 FN+ 6.5 value = $7,500.
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