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Published June 5, 2019

Today in Marvel History: Spider-Man's First Appearance

Fifty-seven years ago today, the Web-Head changed the Marvel Universe forever!

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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. 

AMAZING FANTASY (1962) #15
Page 1 of AMAZING FANTASY #15

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!

Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15

Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15

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