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Amazing Fantasy #15 - Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko cover, Ditko art + 1st Spider-man (key)

Amazing Fantasy v1 #15 marvel 1960s silver age comic book cover art by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko
Jack Kirby / Steve Ditko
Amazing Fantasy v1 #15, 1962 - Continuing the numbering from Amazing Adult Fantasy, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko begin the Marvel age with this historic key first appearance of Spiderman. Longtime veteran Jack Kirby illustrates this now-familiar cover (with Ditko inks). The background perspective is drawn from below and yet we see the hero at eye level. Kirby fits the building on the right comfortably within the negative space of Spider-man's figure, a deft move to balance the composition. Curiously, in his very first appearance, the web-slinger has no qualms about mentioning his secret identity out loud. Ditko does a capable, but not extraordinary job with Spider-man's origin. The artistic high point is the opening splash of Peter Parker in high school. Ridiculed and humiliated, his shadow metaphorically hints at his upcoming transformation. This Marvel silver age superhero was first reprinted in >Marvel Tales #1 (1964) but more recently in >Marvel Tales #137 (1982). Ditko drew three stories inside in the same issue, following the same sci-fi/mystery format in many Atlas titles in the 1960s. "The Bell-Ringer" has generally weak visuals, but the "Man In The Mummy Case" and "There Are Martians Among Us" rate among the artist's better silver age works. This is number 1 of 1 Amazing Fantasy issues with Ditko art and/or covers and number 1 of 1 Amazing Fantasy issues with Kirby art and/or covers. See the first issue of Spider-man's first series.
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Kirby cover pencils / Ditko inks = **
"Spider-Man" Ditko story pencils and inks 11 pages = ***
"The Bell-Ringer" Ditko story pencils and inks 3 pages = **
"Man In The Mummy Case" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
"There Are Martians Among Us" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***



Amazing Fantasy v1 #15 marvel 1960s silver age comic book page art by Steve Ditko
Steve Ditko
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