Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Amazing Spider-Man #6

Spider-Man Sunday - The Amazing Spider-Man #6

My oldest comic book is also my oldest Amazing Spider-Man issue. When I was about 11 or 12 my local comic shop, Fantasy Books & Games in Livermore, was selling a copy of the oldest Spider-Man issue I had ever seen in person. The shop had it up on the wall with a $90 tag on it. It was tattered and definitely worn, but I assumed that is how all books looked from the early 1960's. I asked my father to buy it for me, and he did. Granted I had to work for him doing yard work for the next year, but it was well worth it to own a piece of history of my favorite comic book character.

The Amazing Spider-Man #6 was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963. It tells the story of the cover villian The Lizard who is the transformation of Dr. Curt Conners. Dr. Conners had lost his arm in a war and attempted to create a serum which would help him regrow his limb. Using lizard DNA (because lizards have the ability to grow back lost parts such as tails) Dr. Conners experiment was a failure. Sure it grew his arm back, but it also turned him in to a vicouse lizard-like monster. Conners would revert back to his human form after some time and be unaware of the violence he had commited towards others. Plus, while in human form, his arm is still missing. Bummer.

Besides being able to own a piece of Spider-Man history, my favorite part about this comic of the day is the great line on the cover:
"Half-Man...Half-Reptile...The Lizard will take over all of earth unless Spider-Man alone can stop him!"
Really? One Lizard guy is going to take over "all of earth" (odd phrase - not just part..."all")?

Most Powerful Rulers of All Time:
  • Gangis Khan
  • Alexander the Great
  • Augustus Casear
  • The Lizard

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