March 1963 - November 1998
Issue Count: 443 (All Amazing Spider-Man Issues)
Nerdy science type. Radiation. Experiments. Sounds like The Incredible Hulk right? Wrong. This is the story of a young man, bitten by a radioactive spider. Orphaned at a young age and being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Peter Parker would learn that "...with great power comes great responsibility". The Amazing Spider-man was born!
Conceived and delievered by two of comics greatest giants, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spidey would go on to become the most iconic super hero of his time. Bigger than the Man of Steel or even The Dark Knight. "Web-head", as he has been known to some, is someone the young people of any generation can relate to but someone that adults from any generation can respect. He'd like to "get the girl" and "win" at life. Often times he is lonely and with no more than a couple dollars in his pocket. No matter what is going on in his personal life he always remembers, "With great power comes great responsibility."
And so he soldiers on from muggers to mutants and gangland drug wars to space armadas sometimes faltering but never falling. It's been over 60 years since Spider-man debuted in the pages of Amazing Fantasy 15 in 1962 yet Stan Lee's greatest collaboration endures the test of time from issues of death (ASM 121 Death of Gwen Stacy), vigilanteism (ASM 129 1st Punisher), from disease (ASM 248 The Boy with Cancer) to this nation's darkest days (ASM 36 Vol 2 - Black Cover). It's easy to understand why the future is bright for Peter Parker and his alter ego, the beloved Amazing Spider-man!
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