Amazing Fantasy #15 features the first appearance of the Spider-man, a character who would go on to become one of the most popular characters for Marvel, and it’s pretty easy to see why. The issue opens up with Peter Parker, while loved by teachers and his family, is pretty much a nerdy outcast among his peers. That all changes when he goes to a science experiment and is bitten by a radioactive spider, which gives him superpowers. Soon, Parker uses his powers to gain fame and money and things are starting to look up for him. However, that all changes when a robber he failed to stop earlier, because he felt it was beneath him to do so, ends up killing his Uncle Ben.
I have to say this is probably one of the most effective origin stories thus far. Spider-man’s powers are quickly revealed to the reader in a natural way and Parker has a pretty sound motivation for wanting to use his powers for fame. In addition, it setups a strong motivation as to why Parker decides to use his powers in a selfless way and become a superhero. Also, the Spider-man’s custom is just badass. All of this makes Amazing Fantasy 15 a must read.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Steve Ditko
- Inkers: Steve Ditko
- Colorists: Andy Yanchus
- Letterers: Artie Simek