Amazing Fantasy #15 White Mountain pedigree (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages. Here's a genuine milestone in the history of comics -- the origin and first appearance of mild-mannered Peter Parker and his alarming alter-ego, the spectacular Spider-Man. Having begun as Amazing Adventures #1 in 1961, the title changed to Amazing Adult Fantasy with issue #7, before a final name change for the series' swan song. The story goes that publisher Martin Goodman was so underwhelmed by Stan Lee's new arachnid creation that the only way the story could see print was as a throw-away feature in the final issue of a dying title. But Stan Lee's tale of a withdrawn high-school student suddenly endowed with strange powers hit a chord with readers, and the rest is history. Steve Ditko's moody art struck just the right tone for Lee's offbeat tale, and Jack Kirby's cover remains one of the most iconic images from the Silver Age of comics. The tragic death of Peter Parker's beloved Uncle Ben in this issue, at the hands of a felon Spidey could easily have arrested earlier, teaches the young hero the "with great power there must also come -- great responsibility." The high bidder on this fantastic comic will also have a great responsibility -- namely, caring for one the finest copies of this issue in existence. Excelsior! Overstreet 2005 NM- 9.2 value = $42,500. CGC census 4/05: 5 in 9.4, 1 higher.

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