Today in Marvel History: Spider-Man's First Appearance
Fifty-seven years ago today, the Web-Head changed the Marvel Universe forever!
On June 5, 1962, a comic book called AMAZING FANTASY #15 changed the world.
Written by Stan Lee with art by Steve Ditko, the issue told a genre-defining story about a kid named Peter Parker, his run-in with a radioactive spider, and the death of his uncle. Instantly regarded as a brilliant first issue, the story of AMAZING FANTASY #15 has stood the test of time and is now widely thought of as one of the greatest character origins in all of fiction.
The youthful protagonist was a revelation. A young readership saw themselves on the page for the first time as they journeyed alongside this high school student navigating a tricky social life. The alchemic mix of action, heart, and—crucially—humor instantly propelled Spider-Man into comic book superstardom; his standalone AMAZING SPIDER-MAN series began just months later. And now, 57 years on, he remains the most popular Super Hero on the block!
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