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CHAPTER TEN
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Continuing our SPIDEY SECRET ORIGINS SERIES, this issue is all about how Spider-Man got his AMAZING adjective! Of all the adjectives in the world, how and why did Spidey wind up with "AMAZING"?

Our story begins with a Marvel comic called AMAZING ADVENTURES, published in 1961. As mentioned in previous chapters, this title lasted only six issues. The title was cancelled in November 1961 -- literally. Meaning that the BOOK would continue, but its old TITLE would not...
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AMAZING ADVENTURES continued publication under a new title: AMAZING ADULT FANTASY. The first issue of this title was #7, because it continued the previous title's numbering. AMAZING ADULT FANTASY, a sci-fi anthology by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, lasted 8 issues under this title.
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When AAF #15 hit the stands, the book had ANOTHER new title, AMAZING FANTASY, as well as a slight format change. Inside, a FAN PAGE (excerpt seen below) explained why the book's TITLE had been changed. Umm... it's a bit awkward...
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AMAZING, FANTASTIC

"Spider Man" debuted in AMAZING FANTASY #15 -- without an adjective! On the book's cover, he was simply "Spider Man." But when he got his own book, he needed his own distinctive adjective. Since Spidey debuted in AMAZING FANTASY, it made sense to select "AMAZING" as Spidey's adjective of choice, and leave "FANTASY" for the "FANTASY-ASTIC" FOUR. The first time the world saw "AMAZING" affixed to Spidey's name was in an ad for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 that ran in Fantastic Four #13, April 1963, pictured below.
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And here's Spidey's AMAZING first issue,
cover pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Steve Ditko.
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Below, original art for a page from Fantastic Four Annual #1, which retold Spidey's big meeting with the FF from ASM #1, adding additional material. This page is penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Steve Ditko. THIS is a page more magical than a thousand voodoo incantations. A time machine that transports us back to the early Sixties. Gaze upon it in awe, reader, for its like will never be seen again!
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XIn the years to come, Spidey would meet the FF on numerous occasions. For a while, the Human Torch appeared so often in Spider-Man's book, he should have had billing as a co-star! Some Kirby fans were disturbed by Ditko's version of the team, but I always found it to be different and exciting.

RIGHT: Ditko's pencils for Marvel Heroes and Legends #1 (1996) featuring the FF.

BELOW: Ditko explains the versatility of Spider-Man's webbing by comparing it to the Fantastic Four's powers.
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BELOW: Marvel comics on sale in March 1963, the week AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 hit the stands. That same week, The INCREDIBLE Hulk had his first battle with the Thing, and Tony Stark became the INVINCIBLE Iron Man for the first time. What a week! As you can see, the superheroes were beginning to crowd out the sci-fi, monster, western and romance titles...
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Of course, Spider-Man went on to become the idol of millions, and the adjective AMAZING was forever joined to his name....
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AND SO . . .
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He is, now and forever...
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...and the rest is history!
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But Robby, what can possibly be left to SAY?

ONLY EVERYTHING!
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