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Comin’ at ya – The Amazing Spider-Man #19

May 30, 2010

This issue of The Amazing Spider-Man holds two personal distinctions — it’s both the earliest issue that I own and it’s also one of my favorite covers from the whole series.  Lord knows I paid a high enough price for it — I can remember it shot my budget for a couple of weeks.  But the sacrifice was worth it.  After all, I love me some Spidey.

It’s one of my most beloved covers mainly because of the wonderful 3-D quality that it has.  The way Spidey’s swinging through the webbing makes it look like he’s bursting right out of the paper.  Ditko was just so wonderful at depicting him in action.  He could always capture the marvelous grace and kineticism of the character, even with a cover concept as relatively simple as this one.

I also can’t help but hear a couple of the old classic Spidey theme songs in my head whenever I see this image.  For you, well, I won’t call you old-timers, but maybe older-timers, there’s the classic 60’s intro that everyone knows by heart (or they at least know the first couple of lines by heart):

For me, though, I usually hear the theme from the 80’s cartoon, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.  I’m a child of the MTV decade, after all.  It’s a catchy little tune:

I’m going to have these ditties bouncing around in my ears for hours now.  And that’s not such a bad thing.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2010 11:38 pm

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  2. June 1, 2010 3:36 pm

    That is a terrific issue. I believe that the first 19 issues (plus the origin from AF #15) form a circle that ended up being repeated over and over again through the years. Peter gives up being Spiderman for awhile before something convinces him to don the blue and red once again. He is trapped between his obligations to his dead uncle and his live aunt. It is a brilliant design for a character.

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