THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20 (1965): First Scorpion

FIRST Scorpion

First appearance of The Scorpion.   So many classic villains in these early issues….

Mac Gargan is a thug hired by J. Jonah Jameson to spy on Peter Parker and see how he gets all those great Spider-Man pics.  When JJJ learns about Dr. Sitwell’s ability to give people super-powers, he puts Gargan in the mix and Scorpion is born.  Yodda yodda.  It’s a fine origin tale, but the real story is on the splash page, where the creative tension between Steve and Stan is bleeding into content.

Creators: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
First appearance: Scorpion
Grade: A-

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