The other shoe drops: here’s my version of Steve Ditko’s rejected cover for Amazing Fantasy 15, featuring Spider-Man’s historic debut. Eventually printed on the back cover of a mid-eighties publication indexing the earliest adventures of the Web-spinner, I’ll confess that I vastly prefer Mr. Ditko’s version to Mr. Kirby’s. Maybe editor Lee hedged his bets, passing on the comparatively quirky style of Ditko for Kirby’s more traditionally robust approach, but it wouldn’t have been MY call. Ah well, whatever the reason, it’s all webs under the dam now,,,
From the pages of Marvel Age Magazine #114 (July 1992), we catch up with a hitherto long forgotten cast member from the very first Spider-Man story, published in Amazing Fantasy #15 (and YOU thought Crusher Hogam was obscure!!)…
The Uniqueness of the Origin of Spider-man for the Non-Comic Readers or The Misinformed
You may only know Spiderman(Peter Parker) as the boy that bitten by radioactive spider,and became a super hero its more than that behind it
It doesn’t really read like a super-hero origin, or at least, not one that you would’ve expected in 1962. There’s no triumph, no Batman posing on the rooftop, no Superman performing herculean feats, not even a vow to use his powers to benefit mankind like you got with the Fantastic Four. Instead, the last panel of Spider-Man’s first appearance is a teenager walking alone down a dark street, crying because his uncle died and it’s all his fault.
It’s actually structured less like a super-hero story and more like a horror comic, right down to the ironic twist ending and the fact that it has a moral. The only thing that really separates it from the kind of story you would’ve found ten years earlier in Tales From the Crypt is that Peter Parker comes back for more stories.
But he never really loses that edge of tragedy, and a big piece of that comes from the fact that Spider-Man’s story doesn’t romanticize the death of his parents in the ways that other heroes’ stories do. Superman, for example, is an orphan, but the death of Jor-El and Lara doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things; he even gets a second set. The death of Batman’s parents is a tragedy, and it has to be horrible in order to be the catalyst for what sends him on the path to spending his entire life fighting crime, but it’s also something that frees him. It’s what gives him his fortune, and gets him out of school so that he can travel the world learning to be awesome. It frees him from family responsibilities, at least until he’s ready to start building his own family as an adult.
Batman’s family dies, but he bounces back. There was nothing he could’ve done to stop them from being killed – again, because he was a kid – so he makes himself into someone that could, and does it for others instead.
Spider-Man never gets over it. He never goes back to life as it was before Uncle Ben died. There was something he could’ve done to stop it, but he chose not to. Now, he does anything and everything he can to keep it from happening to anyone else. It’s an atonement, but no matter what he does, it’ll never be enough. He’s not determined, he's DRIVEN.