Dr. Otto Octavius is the foremost expert in atomic research and to assist him in his research he has designed a two sets of mechanical arms to assist him, which is where he gets the nickname, Dr. Octopus from. Unfortunately and accident occurs and the resulting explosion causes the arms to fuse with his nervous system and basically scars his brain. The result is an extremely brilliant, but quite mad and powerful supervillain and the only one who can stop him is Spider-Man.
Hands down this is the best issue thus far in the series. While many will point to Green Goblin as Spider-Man’s best villain, I’ve always felt that Dr. Octopus is the better villain. I think his origin story and powers are much more interesting. Also, he is the first villain to defeat Spider-Man, basically slapping him and then discarding him like garbage. In addition, Dr. Octopus doesn’t want to take over the world, no he is going against those who conspire against him, which really plays into the madness that underlies the character.
Amazing Spider-Man #3 has a great story, great villain and great artwork. This is a must read issue in the Marvel Universe and probably one of the best issues up to this point.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Steve Ditko
- Inkers: Steve Ditko
- Letterers: John Duffy