Thursday, June 23, 2011

Marvel History Post 100(!): Amazing Spider-Man # 7

Issue: Amazing Spider-Man # 7
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
Publication Date: December 1963


Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Amazing_Spider-Man_7


Commentary:


After having such a successful go of things the first time around, the Vulture is back in action.  Stan makes a big point of emphasizing that the Vulture designed something to accommodate for the way Spider-Man beat him last time, and Spidey should have really thought this was a possibility.  Still, it's only issue seven.  There's a lot of mistakes still to be made.


We continue to see Jameson's completely one sided view of our hero, as he is involved in another of Spidey's rescue efforts, and yet tries to more or less pin all of his problems on our hero.  Readers of the time may have been hoping for the one comic where Jameson's fool headed logic is turned on its head, but they've been waiting for that a long time. 


Quick Thoughts:
  • Spider-Man's town is named as Forest Hills.
  • J. Jonah Jameson publishes "Now" magazine in addition to the Daily Bugle.
Favorite Panel:


The below is one of the more experimental panel layouts we've seen thus far, with the stretched out length and minimal width.  It works well for this scene, emphasizing the fact that Spidey can't see the Vulture from his vantage point until the rogue is on top of him, but letting us see the villain's cunning the entire time.






Next:


Fantastic Four # 21