A Year of Cool Comics – Day 1
What can I say? I’m a bit of a sucker. So here, for your edification, is another daily feature, this time spotlighting a cool comic each day, whether it be a self-contained work or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years. Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
For the first day, I’ll re-examine some familiar ground and point out the greatness of Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s Amazing Spider-Man!
While this won’t be the case for most future comics featured on this list, I already had a write-up of this particular run from when it ranked #5 on the Comics Should Be Good Top 100 Runs countdown, and it seemed like a waste to write a new write-up.
So here ya go…
Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s run on Amazing Spider-Man
Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #1-38, plus two Annuals
Introduced in the last issue of the anthology, Amazing Fantasy (which had its name changed from Amazing Adult Fantasy to Amazing Fantasy in the last issue), Spider-Man quickly got his own title, also written and drawn by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Really, it is extremely hard to quantify the impact of this run by Lee and Ditko, particularly on Ditko’s end, who soon became the driving force behind the comic strip during probably the greatest period of comics in Marvel’s most famous superhero.
During this period, characters who were introduced include Spider-Man, Aunt May, J. Jonah Jameson, Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn, Gwen Stacy, Betty Brant, Liz Allen plus pretty much every notable Spider-Man villain – Dr. Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, The Vulture, and one of the most notable villains – the Green Goblin.
Ditko’s style was one of great economy, so readers got a great deal of story in every issue of Spider-Man, and Ditko manages to make the book so realistic and so down-to-Earth, which was aided greatly by Stan Lee’s clever dialogue, which made the stories a great deal more appealing to the populace than they would have been if Lee was not present.
Perhaps their greatest moment on the title happened towards the end of the run, with the classic storyline that was so influential that it must have been homaged about three gazillion times since then – where Spider-Man is trapped under heavy rubble and is forced to fight against all odds to escape with the cure for Aunt May (suffering one of her many illnesses).
Such a brilliantly told story.
Ditko’s last issue was Amazing Spdier-Man #38…