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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963-98; 2003-13) #3
CGC NM-: 9.2
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SOLD ON:  Monday, 08/30/2021 9:02 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.
Amazing-Spider Man #3 here earns a mind-bending 9.2 from CGC. Fewer than 25 copies on the census are in better condition than this. The shadowy figure of Doctor Octopus is wonderfully mysterious as he ensnares Spider-Man, a classic image. All of the cover text, including the Amazing Spider-Man logo appear uncannily clean, showcasing what made Marvel Comics so exciting throughout the 1960s. This is a beautiful copy of an iconic book. There are few things in life as good as a historic comic this sharp. This would be a stunning addition to any collection or pop-culture investment portfolio.

Overstreet Guide 2021 NM- (9.2) value = $12,500.

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