Steve Ditko - Original Art for Amazing Spider-Man #10, Complete 22 page story (Marvel, 1964). In 1962, Stan Lee created a new vision for a super-hero, never tried before, called Spider-Man. For the first time in comic book history a heroic character would be so infused with the real problems and neuroses of an angst-ridden teenager that the readership began to relate to the character as if the fictional events were actually happening to them. Jack Kirby, Marvel's ace, turned in a few initial pages that Lee deemed, "too heroic." He then handed the book to Steve Ditko who injected a simpler everyman quality into the book's imagery. The end result was a smash. A comics revolution was born with reverberations still being felt today, forty years later, as the Spider-Man film that recently opened broke every box office record in the book. This awe-inspiring, 22 page story, is one of the earliest complete Spider-Man stories ever brought to auction. The page one splash alone is enough to get your spider-senses tingling: a huge classic image of Spider-Man, apparently defeated, against the might of the evil Enforcers. Ditko's line and brush work are just breathtaking. Every page displays the excitement of a master craftsman, at the zenith of his abilities, clearly cranking on all cylinders with a heap of enthusiasm for his work. This story, written and conceived by Stan Lee at the very peak of his powers, has everything you could possibly want in a Spider-Man epic. We heard this was one of Stan "The Man" Lee's favorite stories, so we emailed him and got the following quote: "Why is issue #10 one of my all time favorites? I was hoping you'd ask. First of all, it's one of the greatest examples of Steve Ditko's inimitable art, showing why he's the legend he is. Next, the human interest. Picture Aunt Many at death's door while Peter is involved in one of comicdom's most dramatic love tangles. Then there's the unforgettable sequence in which J. Jonah Jameson finally lets us know the reason for his fanatical hatred of Spider-Man! This pivotal story in Spider-Man's character development will make you wish Hollywood would make a movie of Spidey's life. Hey, come to think of it, they just did! Excelsior!" Ditko's Spider-Man artwork is highly prized and coveted in the marketplace. Important examples rarely come up for sale as the good stuff quickly gets snapped up and tucked away in permanent collections. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an all important piece of the Spider-Man legacy. The size of the pages measure 12.5" x 18.5", twice-up art, pen and ink on board. Pages are white and in excellent condition.

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    July, 2002
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