Amazing-Fantasy

Marvel

September 1962

Issue Count: 1 (All Amazing-Fantasy Issues)

Amazing Fantasy #15, strangely enough was the only true Amazing Fantasy issue. It was the culmination of a science fiction anthology and its name changes. The book began as Amazing Adventures and ran initially from issue 1 to issue 6. The decision was then made to rename it Amazig Adult Fantasy, this would last eight more issues until the decision was made to cancel the title. As a last ditch effort to revive the title it was changed to Amazing Fantasy and Stan Lee would debut his latest brainchild, a teenager hero, not a sidekick, who had real world problems and angst. 

This would prove to be comic book gold. Lee would refuse Ditko's cover art and opt for the art of long time collaborator, Jack Kirby for Amazing Fantasy 15 and Amazing Spider-man 1. It was, however, Steve Ditko that became synonymous with Spider-man as he penciled his way through issues 2-38 completely and the interior art for the previous two books! Ditko would become somewhat of an enigma. He left Marvel in 1966 and never officially toldanyone why. Many suspect that he and Lee had had a falling out. Many, many years later in 2013 Ditko would draw an homage to Amazing Fantasy 15. It would be a very limited print run variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man 700 (1:200), ironically, he would nearly mimic Kirby's cover from over 50 years prior. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko shpherded one of the most collectable and valuable super-heroes through his infancy and into stardom. Amazing Fantasy 15 is one of only three comic titles to top the million dollar mark selling for a cool 1.1 million in 2011! In 2008 an anonymous donor left Ditko's entire 24 page original art sequence from Amazing 15 to the Library of Congress. There it remains to this day.

Meanwhile, our beloved teenager has graduated college, grown into a man, gotten a job, gotten married, cloned, kidnapped, killed and brought back to life. Quite a wild ride, one I don't think anyone is getting off of anytime soon! Spider-man, Spider-man, nobody does what a Spider can! And that's why we love'im!

 

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