You are bidding on: Amazing Spider-Man vol 1 #1 CGC 7.5 **Silver Age Key**
March 1963 Marvel Comics1st Chameleon1st J. Jonah Jameson1st Fantastic Four Crossover
2nd & Origin Spider-Man
Stan Lee (Story) Steve Ditko (Art) Jack Kirby (Cover)
Very nice looking 7.5!
With the Parker household desperate for money following the death of Ben Parker
, Peter Parker
decides to continue in show business as Spider-Man. However, not only
does he find it impossible to cash his paycheck (made out to
Spider-Man), but the irrational editorials by J. Jonah Jameson
in the Daily Bugle
effectively quelch his career. Besides denouncing Spider-Man as a
publicity-seeking phony, J. Jonah Jameson also publishes articles
lauding his son, John Jameson
, a courageous astronaut about to be launched into orbit in a space capsule. J. Jonah Jameson calls his son a "real hero."
The day of the launch finds Peter Parker at the launch site as an
observer. The rocket takes off successfully, but a guidance system
error causes it to go wildly off course and re-enter the atmosphere.
Spider-Man appears at the launch site and offers to replace the
defective 24-3B guidance unit in the plunging capsule with a spare.
Because there is no way for the military to get to the capsule in time,
they allow Spider-Man to try.
Spider-Man commandeers an aircraft and pilot, and together they
fly toward the space capsule's re-entry point. Although the capsule is
falling fast, Spider-Man manages to get hold of it with his webbing and
climbs aboard. He quickly replaces the faulty guidance unit. As a
result, John Jameson regains control of the capsule, gets it properly
oriented, and opens its parachute. To the joy of all concerned, the
astronaut is saved.
Thinking that Spider-Man has at last proved himself, Peter Parker
is shocked when he reads J. Jonah Jameson's editorial in the next
edition of the Daily Bugle. Spider-Man is accused of deliberately
sabotaging the space capsule and staging the rescue as a publicity
stunt. With public opinion turning against Spider-Man with each new
editorial in the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker's position is as hopeless as
"Spider-Man Vs. the Chameleon!"
Still looking for a way to use his powers to make money, Spider-Man decides to try and join the Fantastic Four
He enters the Baxter Building, escapes a "plexi-glass cage" trap, and
battles the four heroes. After explaining his intentions, he learns that
the Fantastic Four are a non-profit organization and earn no salaries.
He leaves disappointed, vowing to make the group "look like pikers."
Meanwhile, the Chameleon
is using his "multi-pocket disguise vest" to infiltrate a defense
installation in the Lark Building at the edge of New York City. Later
that night, while mulling over the defense plans he has stolen, he hears
about Spider-Man's visit to the Fantastic Four's headquarters. He
deduces that Spider-Man has no legitimate way to earn a living and must
be short of money. He once more infiltrates the defense installation,
and, disguised as Spider-Man, steals the remainder of the missile
defense plans. Spider-Man, who had been contacted with a phony job offer
by the Chameleon on a special frequency that only his Spider Sense can
pick up, arrives at the defense installation just after the Chameleon's
departure. The security guards try to capture him, thinking he has
stolen the plans.
Evading capture, Spider-Man uses his elastic webbing to sling
himself out over the harbor, then spins a web parachute to land safely.
He grabs a boat and follows the Chameleon's helicopter to a waiting
Soviet submarine. He quickly gains control of the helicopter, and he and
the Chameleon return to the Lark Building. The Chameleon disguises
himself as one of the security guards to avoid arrest, but after a brief
battle he is captured. Unfortunately, during the battle the guards
believe that Spider-Man is the Chameleon in disguise, forcing Spider-Man
to flee. He departs, rueful of the way things never seem to turn out
I hope they find that horrible Spider-Man and lock him up before he can do any harm!
-- Aunt May
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