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Titles

  • Amazing Spider-Man (ASM) launches in 1963
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man Volume 1 (SSM) launches in Dec. 1976 (~ ASM 163)
  • Web of Spider-Man (WSM) launches in 1985

Noteworthy Issues

* ASM 37    (1966): Wacky robots of The Robot Master :)
* ASM 48    (1967): Artistically significant "New Vulture" issue
* ASM 68    (1969): Politics and black rights are investigated
* ASM 88-89 (1970): A twist towards the more bizarre, with
                    Doc Ock's tentacles moving by themselves.
                    Also, more freaky layout and angles.
                    #89 has an awesome fight between Spidey and
                    Ock.
* ASM 91    (1970): Sam Bullit = Richard Nixon?
* ASM 96    (1971): LSD (ASM breaks the Comics Code)
* ASM 100 (1971): Spider-man gains 4 extra arms
* ASM 235 (1982): Monstrous Tarantula
* ASM 252 (1984): The alien suit
* ASM 299 : Venom appears

Artists

* Steve Ditko (ASM 1-38)
  not very good, drawings look a bit sloppy
* John Romita Sr. (ASM 39-88,106-)
  the classic Spidey artist, produced detailed drawings with
  well-defined characters (except for the women, which all
  tend to look like the same soap commercial)
* Gil Kane (ASM 89-105)
  the characters are a bit poorly defined, but he made some
  cool experiments with layout, and his action sequences are
  great
* Ross Andru (ASM 125-)
* Todd McFarlane (ASM 298-)

References