Friday, 29 August 2008


Amazing Fantasy #15, August 1962
(Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)

Surely there's not a man or woman alive who doesn't know this tale?
Well, just in case, here's the edited highlights:

Weedy teenage boy.

Raised by doting Aunt and Uncle

Bitten by radioactive spider.

Gains super-powers.

Becomes celebrity wrestler.

Gets too big for his boots.

Uncle gets killed.


Doesn't make deal with Mephisto to bring his Uncle back to life.

The moral.

There you go: genius in 9 panels.

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