AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 (1963)

amazing spider-man #6

The Bugle debuted in issue #5, and already it’s becoming a Spider-Man mainstay.

This was the issue that introduced The Lizard, and his family drama.

You all know the origin, right?  He lost his arm and created a regeneration serum from reptiles.

Of course, it goes wrong and he turns into a vicious lizard animal.

He also has the ability to control alligators.  I guess he always has that power, but I don’t remember him using that often.

Here’s how he transforms:

Look at these early issues: Vulture.  Chameleon.  Doctor Octopus.  Sandman.  So far, every villain introduced in these issues has become iconic.  Oh, and Flash is still a jerk.

Stan Lee was a fucking genius.  I know current nerd politics are to say it was Jack Kirby who did all the work, but that’s bullshit.  Stan pulled his own weight, and then some.

Creators: Lee/Ditko
First appearance: Lizard.
Grade: B+

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