Saturday, 13 February 2016

PART THIRTY-EIGHT OF FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

You're looking at one of my favourite-ever comics - The
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Annual #2.  Never owned it back
in the 1960s, got the one you're looking at sometimes in the '80s.
However, I was familiar with the tale from the 1968 FANTASTIC
Summer Special, which reprinted it in a re-sized format (two
U.S. pages to one U.K. page) to fit the larger dimensions of
a British comic.  And it was in black and white.

The graphics, naturally, are superb, as is to be expected
from STEVE DITKO at the height of his artistic powers, but
it's STAN LEE's dialogue which elevates the issue from being a
great-looking tale to a classic.  Stans's dialogue in conjunction with
Steve's artwork, of course, but had Steve scripted the tale himself,
I doubt it would've resonated down through the years to the same
extent that it has.  Some people tend to forget that comics are
for reading, and not just looking at the pictures.

As well as the original, I also have various reprintings
of the tale, one of my favourites being MARVEL TALES #
167.  This is one worth hunting down if you don't already have
it.  ASM Annual #2 would cost you a small fortune, but the
MT reprint will be far more affordable.  Anyway, enjoy the
pages on view - and may your amulet never tickle!

'Worlds' on the cover, 'world' on the splash page - I wonder why?

The Spider-Man figure in pic 3 was used on the cover of the 1968
Fantastic Summer Special, published by Odhams Press in Britain




A little 'rearrangement' to accommodate the bar code box, but still a
great cover.  Get on to eBay and track down a copy of this ish today!

2 comments:

Rip Jagger said...

I first ran across this story as a reprint in a later annual. Ditko in his prime. It's a fantastic crossover of the Ditkoverse which existed briefly at Marvel before "Sturdy" Steve took his talents to Derby and elsewhere.

Rip Off

Kid said...

It's interesting to note that, although Stan credits Steve as having plotted the tale, he yet credits himself as the writer. I think this illustrates that Stan used the word merely to indicate that he'd written the dialogue and captions, and not because he was deliberately trying to rob anyone of their due credit. 'Scripted by' would probably have been better 'though. The tale's a cracking read for sure, Rip.

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