Amazing Spider-Man #1
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #1
Also, his agent is forced to do business more honestly, which means he needs to pay via check, which means Peter can't get paid without revealing his identity.
The Bugle attacks Spider-Man in the papers even after Spidey rescues JJ's astronaut son in a shuttle launch gone wrong. Then Spidey tries to join the Fantastic Four (and here's Reed stretching his neck)....
...but finds that they are essentially a non-profit group (yeah, right!).
As Andres notes in the comments, this is one of the earliest examples of a crossover between Marvel books. It comes out the same month as Fantastic Four #12, which featured the Hulk.
Then the Chameleon takes advantage of Spidey's bad rep by trying to frame him for the crime of stealing missile defense plans.
In the end, Peter runs off sobbing and the FF worry about what would happen if Spidey ever turned to crime.
The story is super compressed and the dialogue is very expositional and a little corny, but overall this is very good for a Silver Age story.
Historical Significance Rating: 9 - Formative Spider-Man story. First Chameleon, J. Jonah Jameson, & John Jameson (later Man-Wolf).
Chronological Placement Considerations: There seems to be a minor step backwards from Amazing Fantasy 16-18 as Parker is once again struggling with the guilt of letting Uncle Ben die, but it stands to reason that he might go through some of the same feelings a second time as he works through it.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Spider-Man Classics #2
Inbound References (10): show
I think Peter Parker is accidentally called "Palmer" in some dialogue balloons here.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 31, 2011 1:26 AM
Similar to the super-man gaffe in Spidey #4. I guess Stan Lee was too preoccupied with co-founding the Marvel Universe to edit as carefully as he needed to.
Posted by: haydn | November 30, 2011 12:14 AM
Sorry, actually #3. I guess I need an editor too.
Posted by: haydn | November 30, 2011 12:31 AM
An article in Amazing Heroes #156 pointed this out: it isn't possible for a space capsule to have an orbit so low that a jet plane could overtake it.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 12, 2015 10:53 AM
While the dynamic of Pete working for JJJ of course is a classic one, I'm kind of struck by the Ditko-esque randomness of it all in this first issue (and which in muted forms runs through most of JJJ's appearances): JJJ really really hates Spider-Man. Especially in his first appearance, this is a bit weird because he's so distant; we get a sense that he doesn't like costumed heroes but we don't know why per se. He's never met Spider-Man, Spider-Man basically never interacts with him; in most comics to this point, a crusty old businessman who hated our hero would be proven wrong or turn out to be a sneaky criminal who was a secret gang lord. Jameson is none of those things; he just really hates Spider-Man. The fundamental, stark, random unfairness of it all seems vintage Ditko to me.
Posted by: MikeCheyne | June 24, 2015 5:17 PM
I get where you're coming from Mike but I think that randomness kind of works well for even a modern reader. There's been a ton of great Jameson stories explaining his reasons and origins but even without those there's a life lesson here. Some people really are just unreasonable jack asses.
Posted by: david banes | June 24, 2015 5:26 PM
I think the first panel Fnord provides sets up JJJ perfectly from the beginning: he doesn't like the suspicion of "costumed crime fighters" with secrets to hide that may or may not be for the better of society when there are actual heroes like his astronaut son doing just as good, if not more, to society. It may be random but I think its just a good set-up to show the troubles of Peter in society aside from his problems being both Spider-Man and "the nerd of the high school".
Posted by: Ataru320 | June 24, 2015 7:48 PM
I should clarify that I actually really like the randomness of Jameson's hatred; the idea that someone who is a respected person and not a criminal at all who still hates Our Hero was, at least based on my reading of contemporary comics, pretty innovative.
Posted by: MikeCheyne | June 24, 2015 8:45 PM
@MikeCheyne: I'd end the rivalry by having Jonah reveal to Spidey the real reason he hates him so much is due to the fact that he moonlighted one last story for the Bugle before taking full editorship, and it was on how Spider-Man let a burglar go at the television station, only to have that burglar turn up at the house of Ben and May Parker’s to rob and end up killing Ben. That is, the reason Jonah hates Spidey and sees him as a menace, is unlike us he doesn’t know Peter is Spidey, and he can’t abide the fact that Spider-Man is a crime-fighting super-hero when he wouldn’t stop a burglar who ended up killing an old man and leaving his wife a widow, and their orphan nephew without another father figure (which as a previously skilled investigative journalist would have found out upon interviewing May’s neighbours directly following the incident). The real reason Jonah likely employed Peter was because he was directly aware of the circumstance of Ben’s death and that he had done so in an effort to quietly help the family out due to the impact the story he had investigated had had on him, feeling that by doing so he could be a "silent" father figure to Peter, knowing how proud the neighbours told him May was.
Posted by: Nathan Adler | June 25, 2015 5:54 AM
@MikeCheyne: Ditko is really strong on banal evil sometimes, which isn't what you'd necessarily expect from an Objectivist. JJ irrationally hating Spidey DOES sound at least as much Ditko as Lee.
Posted by: BU | June 25, 2015 8:08 AM
Historical Significance Rating:9
Posted by: ANDRES L | January 27, 2016 4:06 PM
Well, it's more of a cameo, and Fantastic Four #12, which was a true crossover, came out slightly earlier (they both have the same cover date but FF #12 was released a little earlier). But i basically agree with you and have upped the rating. It's also the first John Jameson, which would be more notable if it wasn't for all the other things.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 27, 2016 4:18 PM
Unless I'm missing a joke or something, fnord, you really misspelled the team's name, right above the neck stretching panel (Fanastif Cour).
Posted by: Thanos6 | January 27, 2016 7:11 PM
A retelling of the FF scene happened in What If?#1, but the book makes clear that that one bit is actually in continuity rather than part of the main What If? story(it doesn't really add anything to the scene though).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 12, 2016 10:46 AM
FF annual #1 also has an extended version of the FF vs. Spidey fight.
Posted by: Benway | June 23, 2016 11:17 PM
According to the story, It was orbiting inside the atmosphere because the missing part kept it from going into space or landing. I know that Busiek showed earlier involvement with Jameson but I just wanted to point out that Stan was still playing with comic conventions here. The Daily Star/Planet loved Superman, most heroes involved with the press had good relations with them. Heck Crimson Avenger and the Green Hornet owned their own newspapers but here the press hates Spider-Man. Also he was the first hero to try to get a salary for being a hero.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 23, 2016 6:22 PM
The Fantastic Four may take their share of the blame for Spider-Man's life becoming so centered on the Daily Bugle. If they've got enough money to buy Johnny a new Stingray, I would think they'd have enough to give Peter "Spider-Man" Parker a decent salary. But no, they didn't want him, his superpowers or his scientific abilities, so he had to find other ways of earning money.
Still, it did keep the Torch in Spider-Man's life for quite a while, and it is fun to watch their relationship grow.
Posted by: ChrisW | October 30, 2016 12:34 AM
The Chameleon contacts Spidey in this issue by sending some sort of radio transmission only his "spider senses" could pick up. I like to think he's using a modified version of Hank Pym's talking-to-insect tech.
Posted by: Berend | March 12, 2017 1:36 PM
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