Monday, July 15, 2013
The Original Web-Spinner!
Something I'd love to do before too long is sit down and read through the original Amazing Spider-Man adventures by "Sturdy" Steve Ditko and Stan "The Man" Lee. These earliest issues offer up stories all of which I've read before, but I don't think I've ever read them straight through.
I do know enough to realize that Peter Parker's tale in these issues goes through some significant changes as he was aging at about real time, moving from a mere high school student into college. His role as Spider-Man too develops, showing the growing pains of being a vigilante and trying to balance that with the rigors of the everyday world.
There's no doubt that when the talented John Romita took over the reins of the strip that the luster and polish he brought to the character increased his marketability, but there's equally no doubt that after Ditko departed repetition set in and began to erode the integrity of the storytelling.
I don't own these Ditko issues in the original save for one long issue I picked up somewhere long long ago. But recently I traded away all my Spider-Man issues pretty much, leaving me with the stories exclusively in collections and trades and whatnot. That's fine by me as I only read them in that format pretty much anyway.
But all that aside, I still need to visit those heady days when Spider-Man was fresh and new and totally amazing.