The Amazing Spider-Man from the beginning Feb 12, 2015 5:33:27 GMT -5 shaxper, Jesse, and 4 more like this
Post by crazyoldhermit on Feb 12, 2015 5:33:27 GMT -5
"Like costume heroes? Confidentially, we in the comic mag business refer to them as "Long Underwear Characters"! And, as you know, they're a dime a dozen! But, we think you may find our Spiderman just a bit... Different!"
And so the world was introduced to Spider-Man, who in my opinion is not only Marvel's greatest hero but is the greatest superhero of all time. As a kid Spider-Man was my absolute favorite, save for when Batman temporarily overtook my life when I was seven. Even as a kid I could see that there was something different about Spidey. He felt more human and more dramatic while at the same time boasting a ridiculous amount of cool ideas and visuals (being raised during the initial airing of the 90s animated series I was particularly enamoured by his six-armed form and the Goblin villains). As an adult I look over the character's history and see something unique: The life story of one man (except when when it was two) told continuously over 50 years chronicling his development from boy to manhood (save for one unfortunate interruption...).
Since the announcement of the new Secret Wars the fate of that story has been thrown into doubt. Will it continue onward? Will it end? Or will it be morphed into something new? We'll get an answer soon enough, but whatever happens I'd like to commemorate the story of Peter Parker as it was told in the pages of his flagship series. Some of this material I've read but I'll be reading most of it for the first time. I don't know how far I'll get and I don't know how long it will take to get there but my main goal is the 300th issue, with stories from other series mixed in when necessary.
Milestones and Highlights
The Lee/Ditko Era (1962-1966)
AF#15 - The origin of Spider-Man. First app. Peter Parker, Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson, Liz Allan and the Burglar.
ASM#01 - Spidey faces his first supervillain and meets the Fantastic Four. First app. J. Jonah Jameson, John Jameson, The Chameleon and The Daily Bugle.
ASM#02 - Peter takes photos for The Daily Bugle for the first time. First app. The Vulture.
ASM#03 - Spider-Man is defeated for the first time. First app. Dr. Octopus, Spider-Signal.
ASM#04 - Peter sells photos of Spider-Man for the first time. First app. Sandman, Betty Brant.
ASM#06 - First app. The Lizard.
ASM#08 - Peter stops wearing his glasses and fights Flash.
ASM#09 - Betty becomes Peter's girlfriend and Aunt May falls ill. First app. Electro
ASM#10 - First app. Frederick Foswell, The Enforcers.
ASM#11 - Doc Ock returns to terrorize Betty in the first two parter. First app. Bennett Brant, spider-tracer.
ASM#13 - Liz Allan develops a crush on Peter. First Mysterio.
ASM#14 - Spidey meets the Hulk for the first time. First app. Green Goblin.
ASM#15 - First app. Kraven the Hunter.
ASMA#1 - First app. Sinister Six.
ASM#16 - Spidey meets Daredevil for the first time.
ASM#17 - The Green Goblin returns as Aunt May falls ill and Spidey is branded a coward. First three parter.
ASM#18 - Peter quits being Spider-Man for the first time. First app. Ned Leeds.
ASM#20 - First app. Scorpion.
ASM#23 - First app. Norman Osborn (unofficial).
ASM#25 - First app. Spencer Smythe.
ASM#26 - The Green Goblin battles the Crime-Master.
ASM#28 - Peter graduates from Midtown High and Liz Allan leaves the book. First app. Molten Man.
ASMA#2 - Spider-Man meets Dr. Strange for the first time.
ASM#31 - "If This Be My Destiny," the greatest story of the run. Also, Peter starts college! First app. Harry Osborn, Gwen Stacy, Miles Warren.
ASM#34 - Betty Brant dumps Peter.
ASM#37 - First app. Norman Osborn (official), Mendel Stromm.
ASM#38 - Final Steve Ditko issue.
The Lee/Romita Era (1966- )
ASM#39 - Spider-Man and the Green Goblin learn each other's identities (two parter).
ASM#41 - First app. Rhino.
ASM#42 - First app. Mary Jane Watson.
ASMA#3 - Spider-Man is invited to join the Avengers.
ASM#46 - First app. Shocker
ASM#47 - Flash joins the army. First major retcon.
ASM#48 - First app. Vulture II (Blackie Drago), the first legacy character in the series.
ASM#49 - Gwen adopts her classic look.
ASM#50 - "Spider-Man No More!" Peter finally understands his great responsibility. One of the greatest Spider-Man stories of all time. First app. Kingpin
ASM#51 - First app. Joe "Robbie" Robertson, the first minority character in the series.
ASM#52 - The death of Frederick Foswell
ASM#53 - Peter and Gwen's first date