|Spider-Man across the decades by Humberto Ramos for Amazing Spider-Man #692.|
|Retelling of Spidey's origin from Amazing Spider-Man #94.|
Marvel editor and head writer Stan Lee was riding high from the recent Marvel renaissance ushered in by the Fantastic Four comic that he co-created with artist Jack Kirby, but he was looking for the next big idea. Factual accounts on how that idea came about have varied from creator to creator and lost through the annuls of time. One account has Lee inspired by the pulp hero The Spider and a spider on the wall, as well as a desire to tap into their teenage market with a character they could relate to. The character’s name Spider-Man was inspired by Lee’s fascination with rival publisher DC Comics’ Hawkman.
|The original Jack Kirby/Joe Simon version of Spider-Man.|
|Peter develops his equipment and costume.|
Initially unsure about the new hero, publisher Martin Goodman gave permission to publish it in the final issue of a cancelled series to minimize the risk of it failing. Spider-Man appeared in the 15th issue of Amazing Adult Fantasy, renamed Amazing Fantasy. Although the interiors were drawn by Ditko, Lee wasn’t happy with his original cover and had Kirby redraw it with Ditko inking over him. Ditko’s cover, however, did end up making the rounds as a pin-up in several publications.
|Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1 #1, 1963.|