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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963-98; 2003-13) #3
CBCS NM: 9.4
ENDED ON:  Monday, 12/09/2019 1:43 PM
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Steve Ditko cvr/art; 1st app. of Doctor Octopus
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ow/white pgs
Steve Ditko cvr/art; 1st app. of Doctor Octopus
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 Webhead. 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.
This book is in beautiful condition, the deep gray tones of the background push Ock's silhouette to the fore, making the cruciform Spidey appear even more dramatic. This is certainly one of the best examples of this comic available, perfect centering and sharp corners complete the NM package.

Overstreet Guide 2019 NM- (9.2) value = $11,500.

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