Since I stopped gaming a few weeks ago, I have a lot more time for reading. As a nod to his 50th anniversary, I’m going for a complete read of all 700 issues of the Amazing Spider-man – 1963 to present. I started reading yesterday, and it’s taking me longer than I thought it would, actually reading each panel. It’s going to be a long project, but it’s something I’ve never done before, and I think I can do it over a few months.

My progress so far- Amazing Fantasy 15, Amazing Spider-man 1-7
1963 – Written by Stan Lee and art by Steve Ditko.

These first issues introduced Spidey and the regular cast –  J. Jonah Jameson, Flash Thompson, Liz Allan, and Betty Brant. He fought the Chameleon, Vulture, Sandman, Doc Ock, The Lizard and Doctor Doom. There were pop culture references to Fats Domino and the Ed Sullivan show as signs of the times. Some of the stories are very basic. but by the seventh issue, there is some real character development starting, and relationships are beginning to form.