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Amazing Spider-Man
Amazing Fantasy # 1
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Amazing Fantasy # 15: "Spider-Man" 
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating: JJJJJ
Synopsis:
Peter Parker, high-school bookworm, gains amazing powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider. He dons a colourful costume and as Spider-Man enjoys a brief brush with fame. Unfortunately, Spidey learns a very important lesson in responsibility at the cost of his uncle Ben's life.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance and origin of Spider-Man.
  • First appearance of Aunt May, Uncle Ben, and Flash Thompson.

Amazing Spider-Man # 1
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
"Spider-Man" 14 pages
Uncle Ben's death has left Aunt May and Peter in financial dire straits. Peter decides to give show business another try. However, J. Jonah Jameson the publisher of the Daily Bugle launches an anti-Spider-Man campaign and prematurely ends Spidey's career. Yet, Spidey doesn't hesitate to rescue Jameson's son John as his space capsule looses its guidance. J.J. Jameson twists the events in his paper and actually blames Spider-Man for the accident.

"Spider-Man vs. the Chameleon" 10 pages.
Spidey pays a visits to the Fantastic Four hoping that they can hire someone with his abilities. Unfortunately after a brief scuffle, Spidey learns that they're a non-profit organization and he quickly loses interest. However, a spy called the Chameleon takes an interest in Spidey and sets him to take the fall for the theft of missile defense plans. Spidey catches up with the Chameleon and helps the police capture the spy before he can sell the plans to the Soviets.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance of J. Jonah Jameson, John Jameson, and the Chameleon
  • In "Spider-Man", Ditko plays around a variety of panel arrangements from 3 panels per page to 7 panels per page, whereas in "Spider-Man vs. the Chameleon", he sticks to a rigid 9 panels per page.
  • Interestingly, there's no mention of the main theme of "great responsibilities come with great powers" from Amazing Fantasy #15.
  • "Spider-Man vs. the Chameleon" featured Spidey's first use of his spider instinct sense.

Amazing Spider-Man # 2
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
"Duel to the Death with the Vulture" 14 pages
The Vulture's crime spree gets the media's attention and Spidey takes him. Spidey is defeated but he does get pictures of the Vulture which gets him a part-time job with J. Jonah Jameson's Now magazine. Spidey gets a rematch with the Vulture and beats him.

"The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer!" 10 pages
Peter Parker helps out a local scientist and gets involved with the Tinkerer. Spidey does some investigation and comes across an apparent plot by an alien advance invasion force. Spidey spoils their plans and drives them off.

Jay's Notes:

  • Issue #51 of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man reveals that these "aliens" were actually out-of-work stuntmen.

Amazing Spider-Man # 3: "Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus!" 
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
A strange atomic accident forever alters the life of Doctor Octopus as his mechanical arms have become part of him and respond to his commands. Spider-Man's first meeting with Doctor Octopus ends in a humbling defeat. However, encouraged by the Human Torch, Spidey confronts Doctor Octopus, who has taken over an atomic plant. This time Spidey comes out ahead and turns over Doc Oct to the authorities. 

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance and origin of Doctor Octopus.

Amazing Spider-Man # 4: "Nothing Can Stop the Sandman!" 
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
J. J. Jameson' anti-Spidey campaign begins to have an effect on the public and on Spidey's self confidence. Unfortunately, the Sandman doesn't make things better for the web-head. Spidey is forced to flee their first encounter because of a torn mask  and he can only resume the hunt for the Sandman when his mask is fixed. However, the Sandman turns up at Parker's school where he and Spidey square off again. Spidey tricks the Sandman and comes out on top, but he continues to question his role as Spider-Man.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance and origin of the Sandman.

Amazing Spider-Man # 5: "Marked for Destruction by Doctor Doom!" 
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating: JJJJJ
Synopsis:
Dr. Doom tries to recruits Spidey as an ally against the FF, but Spidey rejects the offer and barely escapes Doom's clutches. Flash Thompson, Spidey biggest' fan, want to play a prank dressed as Spidey on Parker, who pretends to be critical of Spidey. Doom has decided to eliminated Spidey once and for all, and kidnaps Flash. Doom holds him ransom expecting the FF to turn themselves in for Spidey. However, Spidey shows up and battles Doom until Doom is forced to withdraw as the FF show up. Betty Brant begins to show an interest in Parker.

Amazing Spider-Man # 6: "Face-to-Face with the Lizard!" 
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating: JJJJJ
Synopsis:
Peter travels to the Florida Everglades with J. Jonah Jameson in search of pictures of the mysterious Lizard. Peter ditches J.J.J. and as Spider-Man has a brief encounter with the Lizard. Spider-Man learns the origins of the Lizard and sets out to restore Dr. Conners to his human form. He confronts the Lizard and force feeds him a formula that reverts him to normal.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance and origin of the Lizard/Curt Conners.

Amazing Spider-Man # 7: "The Return of the Vulture" 
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJJ
Synopsis:
The Vulture escapes from prison and resumes his criminal activities. Spidey takes him on, but the Vulture has learned from their last encounter and defeats him. Later, the Vulture attempts to rob the Daily Bugle, but Spidey intervenes. Spidey comes out on top and Peter ends up getting romantic with J. Jonah Jameson's secretary Betty Brant.

Amazing Spider-Man # 8
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Penciller: Steve Ditko/Jack Kirby
Inker: Steve Ditko/Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating: JJJJJ
Synopsis:
"The Terrible Threat of the Living Brain!" 17 pages
An advanced computer/robot is shown off at Midtown high. It unfortunately goes haywire during a boxing match between Peter and Flash Thompson. Peter ends the fight quickly and changes into his Spidey costume to confront the robot. Spidey manages to shut down the robot and as Peter, has a bit of fun at Flash' expense.

"Spider-Man Tackles the Torch!" 6 pages
Spidey pays the Human Torch a visit and decides that he needs a bit of humbling. However, the Torch gives him a run for his money. Spidey calls it quits when the rest of the Fantastic Four show up.


Amazing Spider-Man # 9: "The Man Called Electro!" 
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis:
Aunt May falls ill and Peter has to rush her to the hospital where she must undergo an expensive operation. Meanwhile, a new menace Electro begins his crime spree and Spidey is unsuccessful at stopping him. Peter then seizes the opportunity and tricks JJJ with fake pictures, which "reveal" that Spidey is really Electro, to pay for Aunt May's operation. Finally able to concentrated on Electro, Spidey confronts him and is prepared against his electrical powers. Spidey defeats him and gets some great pictures of the battle which he "gives" to JJJ to ease his conscience.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance and origin of Electro.

Amazing Spider-Man # 10: "The Enforcers" 
Writer: Stan Lee/Steve Ditko
Artist: Steve Ditko
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
A mysterious figure named Big Man using his hirelings the Enforcers seizes control of the underworld and launches a dramatic crime spree. Betty Brant gets leaned on by the Enforcers for the money she owes to a loan shark. Spidey gets involved and decides to take down the Big Man's operations. He cleverly finds their headquarters and lets the police in on it. Spidey defeats the Enforcers and the Big Man, who turns out to be Daily Bugle reporter Frederick Foswell, is captured by the authorities. Betty ignores Peter's attempts to get close to her because she doesn't want him to get involved with her problems with the mob.

Jay's Notes:

  • First appearance of Big Man and the Enforcers.

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