Amazing Spider-Man Classics

ASMC 002 – Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2

The Webhead is back!  Six months after his one-off story in the cancelled Amazing Fantasy, Spider-Man was granted his own book, which hit shelves in late 1962.  Jon, Bertone, and Donovan take a look at the introductions of such essential characters as J. Jonah Jameson and Betty Brant while laughing at Ditko’s cooky villains like the Tinkerer and the Chameleon.

Amazing Spider-Man Classics is devoted to covering every issue of Spider-Man’s various titles, as well as every guest appearance or cameo in other books that we can find.

Some notes:  Right at the beginning of the discussion, I say that Jack Kirby draws Spider-Man with Steve Ditko inking.  I meant to say “on the cover” somewhere in there.  The interior arts are, of course, Steve Ditko’s.  At one point, we discuss the Chameleon’s career immediately following this story, but we aren’t positive of our facts.  Turns out that after this book, he showed up in Amazing Spider-Man 15 and then gave Iron Man and the Hulk a few troubles.  He didn’t show up in Amazing Spider-Man again until issue 80, and then 186, and not again until 306.  So the Chameleon was a pretty scarce villain until the late 80s.

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Amazing Spider-Man Classics

ASM Classics 001 – Amazing Fantasy 15

Here it is, folks!  The start of your journey through every Spider-Man book and guest appearance, beginning with Amazing Fantasy 15 and going forward indefinitely.  In Amazing Spider-Man Classics, we’ll be reviewing and discussing every issue of every Spider-Man series, giving the same treatment to his guest appearances in other books, and tossing at least a mention at every cameo we can find.

In this introductory episode, Jon is joined by Bertone and Donovan to look at the origins of our favorite web-slinger in the lead story of a cancelled anthology sci-fi book.  In future, we will usually handle two issues or more per episode, but we spent some extra time relishing and poking fun at this Twilight Zone-style story.

Once during the episode, Jon mentions a Michael Bailey blog entry that can be found here.

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