Amazing Spider-Man #7 (12/10/1963)

detailnn.jpgI think that there are two things that the Amazing Spider-Man series does so well compared to other series of this time period. The first one is that the series builds upon previous events, which other series don’t seem to do. Amazing Spider-Man #7 offers a good example of this. While most issues are satisfied with just briefly recapping the last encounter with a villain, the Amazing Spider-Man goes beyond that by incorporating lessons learned form the pervious encounter. For example, Amazing Spider-Man #7 sees the return of the Vulture, an individual that Spider-Man beat in their last encounter pretty handily due to an anti-magnetic device. Thus, this issue sees Spider-Man be over confident due to still having the device.

The other thing that this series does really well is that there are actually consequences to Spider-Man’s actions and encounters. For instance, due to being overconfident in his encounter with the Vulture, Spider-Man comes out of the encounter with a sprained arm. I mean seriously, how many heroes have had an injury up to this point? I can’t think of one. Another thing I’ve always liked about the Spider-Man series is the extensive supporting cast and the important roles they play in the series, such as the dynamics between Peter and Flash, and Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson. When was the last time Don Blake changing into Thor caused him any issues?

Overall, this another solid issue in the series and worth a read. The Vulture, while not one of Spider-Man’s best villains, still is a solid character. In addition, this issue sees further development in the relationship between Betty Brant and Peter. Also, J. Jonah Jameson getting his mouth webbed was just a classic Spider-Man move.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Creators:

  • Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
  • Writers: Stan Lee
  • Pencilers: Steve Ditko
  • Inkers: Steve Ditko
  • Colorists:
  • Letterers: Steve Ditko
  • Editors: Stan Lee

Amazing Spider-Man #2 (05/10/1963)

detail2Amazing Spider-Man # 2 sees the debut of the Vulture, who terrorizes the skies of New York City and strikes at his victims on silent wings and taunts the media and the police while doing soon. In addition, this issue also sees the debut of the Tinkerer and his secret plot to spy on the Earth in preparation for an alien invasion. Will Spider-Man be up to the task of stopping these villains?

This was another solid entry in the series and the Vulture is one of Spider-Man’s classic villains. This issue also introduces the concepts of Peter Parker as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle, the utility belt, and his micro camera. In addition, Steve Ditko’s artwork is just fabulous. The only down side to this issue is the Tinkerer and the whole alien invasion thing just doesn’t work nearly as well as the Vulture. Also, Lee was too damn lazy to even give this species of aliens a name.

In the end Amazing Spider-Man #2 is worth reading just for the Vulture story and Ditko’s wonderful artwork alone. The Tinkerer story, while not bad, really doesn’t add anything overall to the series.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Creators:

  • Editor: Stan Lee
  • Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
  • Writers: Stan Lee
  • Pencilers: Steve Ditko
  • Inkers: Steve Ditko
  • Colorists:
  • Letterers: John Duffy, Artie Simek