Sunday, December 11, 2011

Marvel History 209: Amazing Spider-Man # 20

Issue: Amazing Spider-Man # 20
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
Publication Date: January 1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_1_20


Commentary:

It's a New Year, and Stan's not breaking stride, as he introduces another classic villain in his first issue of 1965.  Also, I should note that this issue was probably still released in 1964, due to the strange publication dates on comics.  Anyway, onward with the Scorpion.

The story opens with someone trailing Parker, as J. Jonah Jameson wants to know how Peter gets all of his amazing photos of Spider-Man.  Adds a little credibility to Jameson just accepting that this kid gets to take all sorts of pictures of Spidey.

Jameson, in his attempts to undermine Spidey, ends up causing more damage than he actually wanted when the Scorpion is set free on the world.  You'd think this would teach Jameson a lesson, but if it did, he wouldn't be Jameson.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Steve Ditko gets top billing in the credits over Stan Lee; let the debate over the importance of the writer vs. artist begin!
  • J. Jonah Jameson is responsible for the creation of the Scorpion
  • Betty Brant's boyfriend Ned Leeds leaves for Europe for six months

Favorite Panel:

Jameson looking very much like the villain.

Next: Avengers # 12