The Amazing Spider-Man 7 (December 1963)

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When I started reading these comics again, I had no expectations. I read them as a kid, but as I grew up, I really only read Silver Age on recommendation and no one ever recommended a reread of these.

Most of these issues, so far, are absolutely fantastic. This issue, with the Vulture returning, has all sorts of great stuff in it–not to mention ending with Peter and Betty hanging out (romantically). Ditko’s art, though not always enthusiastic, is frequently great. He’ll go soft on Spider-Man details for a few panels and then come up with some incredibly dynamic one.

One thing I don’t think Lee noticed–though he does have Spidey’s wisecracking self-aware in this one–is how Peter Parker’s changed in terms of his self-image. Maybe with the girls, sure, but the super-powers are making him a much different person than originally seen.

CREDITS

The Return of the Vulture; writer and editor, Stan Lee; artist, Steve Ditko; colorist, Stan Goldberg; letterer, Art Simek; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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