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Monday, 29 February 2016
AMAZING FANTASY #15 - FACTS VERSUS FICTION...
It's surprising just how many people still think that SPIDER-MAN was thrown into AMAZING FANTASY #15 because it was the last issue, just so that STAN LEE could get the character out of his system while assuaging MARVEL publisher MARTIN GOODMAN's reservations about the teenage hero by the fact that, hey, it was the mag's last ish, so what did it matter?
As you can see from the above lower cover caption box (and if that's not a contradiction-in-terms, I don't know what is), there was "An important message to you, from the editor - - about the new Amazing!" And just what exactly was this message? Read it below. (Click to enlarge, then click again for optimum size.)
So there you go - AF #15 was never intended to be the last issue. It was meant to be the first in a new direction for the mag, so clearly the decision to cancel it was made after it had been prepared for (or sent) to the printers, and maybe even after it had gone on sale. (See the final caption below for further proof.) When later recounting Spidey's debut, Stan remembered that it had appeared in the final ish of AF, joined two and two together - and came up with five. Which is not to suggest that he set out to deceive, only that much of his 'reminiscence' belonged more properly to what he believed had most likely happened than what actually did.
Regular readers will be aware that I've covered this subject before, but this time I decided to include the actual pages to show that I ain't just whistlin' Dixie. So, yeah, AF #15 was the last ish, but that's not why Spider-Man appeared in it. Excelsior!
Posted by Kid at Monday, February 29, 2016