Ditko cvr/art; origin retold; 1st Chameleon; 1st J. Jonah Jameson; Fantastic Four cover (3/63) Comic Book Impact rating of 9 (CBI)Where previous heroes had their origin stories based in spectacular events, dramatic twists, 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, all while 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 seen before and was an overnight sensation, leading to a hurriedly prepared solo debut issue. Note the use of the Fantastic Four on the cover as insurance, as their group exploits 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 was no fluke. Spider-Man's first self-titled issue demarcates a new era of superheroes that is characterized by humanistic protagonists and energetic art that stands apart from the clean-cut crusaders of the Golden Age.
Amazing Spider-Man #1, the first issue of one of Marvel's flagship titles, represented a historic moment in pop culture as well as comics. This copy earned a 7.0 Universal Grade from CGC, with off-white to white pages. Featuring the first appearances of J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon, as well as the first Fantastic Four crossover, this landmark key looks stunning. The iconic Kirby and Ditko cover presents beautifully, with clear, sharp renditions of Spider-Man and the FF. Spidey has appeared in countless comics, movies, TV shows, and video games, and he's not going away anytime soon. This gorgeous copy of his first self-titled issue would be an exciting addition to any collection or investment portfolio.
Overstreet Guide 2021 F/VF (7.0) value = $15,250
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