AMAZING SPIDERMAN #3
CGC NM+: 9.6
Every great hero needs a great villain, and while the Vulture, who appeared in the second issue of this title, is great fun and a fine bad guy, he isn't quite the showstopper that Spidey needed to solidify his place in hero history. Enter Doctor Octopus, one of the wildest, most inspired, and most enduring of all the rogues' gallery that the fevered Lee-Ditko hive mind ever cooked up. In keeping with the Marvel theme of misunderstood loners and accidental heroes and villains, tortured genius Otto Octavius finds himself turned into a monster when his experiments in radiation lead to a bizarre apparatus being fused to his body, making him a multi-armed and demented foil for our increasingly beleaguered web-head. Illustrated with Ditko's typically feverish, imaginative panache, and liberally applied with plenty of high-melodrama Lee dialogue, the first appearance of Doc Ock proved a knockout, and gave Spider-Man his first truly iconic foe.
Tied for second-highest graded, this jaw dropping beauty of a book looks like it just rolled off the presses -- the reds and blues of Spidey's costumes are especially rich and inviting, and the strong black outline of our guest villain are so strong they seem almost to punch off the paper. Marvel collectors know how tough it is to find these early issues in nice shape -- boy, this one's a killer.
Overstreet Guide 2012 NM- (9.2)value = $9,300
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