The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #1
Spider-Man, in one of his earliest adventures following Uncle Ben’s death, must save a crew of astronauts aboard a malfunctioning space ship! (Synopsis from Marvel.com)
Writer: Stan Lee
Illustrator: Steve Ditko
Published: March 10, 1963
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #1 features an upset spider-man as he tries to help his Aunt May.
Spider-Man’s origin is reiterated in this issue, which I kind of like even though I already knew it. They did a small recap and quickly moved into the first story. Spider-Man is not welcomed by the world. He is seen as a menace and a bad influence. Peter Parker struggles with this because he hasn’t done anything wrong.
Parker definitely fills the shoes of the down on his luck hero. He is just a high school kid and no matter how hard he tries everything seems to go badly. I think he is probably the most relatable hero I have come across so far.
This issue contained two stories instead of just one, which I preferred. It felt like it moved much faster that way. In the second story, we get to see the Fantastic Four, which was fun. I love cross-overs. I think it was a really good first issue for Spider-Man’s first series. It captured everything it needed to in order to hook the reader.
WHO IS PETER PALMER? And is it Spider-Man or Spiderman?
Within this one issue, his name is both Peter Parker and Peter Palmer. They also spell Spider-Man with and without the dash. Make up your mind guys!