Saturday, April 23, 2011

Marvel History Post 74: Amazing Spider-Man # 4

Issue: Amazing Spider-Man # 4 Writer: Stan Lee Artist: Steve Ditko Publication Date: September 1963 Brief Summary: http://marvel.wikia.com/Amazing_Spider-Man_4 Commentary: The beginning of this issue is a phenomenal example of why Spider-Man works. Poor Pete tries to do the right thing in busting up a heist, and instead bungles the whole thing and gets himself into some trouble with the law. It's not a big scene, but it's a perfect example of why Marvel superhero comics represented something new on the scene in the 60s. These heroes had serious flaws that made them easier to relate to than the Batmans and Supermans of the world. It's understandable why Spider-Man will become one of the most popular superheroes of all time. We can see ourselves as him.
Jameson's secretary Betty Brant makes her first appearance in this issue as well. She's Pete's first big flame. Quick Thoughts:
  • Well, asking for a diploma is certainly one of Sandman's more bizarre capers.
  • It's pretty rough when a hoover takes you out of the fight.
  • Spider-Man goes from bi-monthly to monthly with this issue.
Favorite Panel:
The shoot out scene from Heat it isn't.
Next: The Avengers # 1!