Another great Ditko splash.

This is one of the greatest comics of all time.  Seriously.  It’s perfect from beginning to end.  It stars with Green Goblin being introduced.  The sequence is so thrilling–who is this man in shadow?  Look at that costume!–that you don’t even wonder…Why is a goblin riding a broomstick, and why does the broomstick look like a vacuum cleaner?

Goblin hires the Enforcers, who will be a small part of the story.

Then, the issue moves to Hollywood where there’s this patently offensive homophobic panel.  But, hey, it’s the 1960s so a flaming gay guy named BJ passes for lowbrow humor.

Then, for the first time, Spider-Man creates a human web catapult.

How much more can they cram into a single issue?

Glad you asked.  Because the answer is: One Hulk.

Yes, this is the first time that Spider-Man meets Mr. Green, and it’s some of Steve Ditko’s best Hulk work.  We get an actual fight sequence, masterfully drawn…

And finally, in the end, the mystery of “who is Green Goblin” is unanswered.  This begins one of the longer-running slow-reveals in early Marvel history.

One of the best single issues of all time, truly.  Such a great comic.  If you only ever read one Lee/Ditko book, this is the one.  Actually, probably Amazing Fantasy #15.

But if you read two…..This one offers the power of chest expansion!

Creators: Lee, Ditko
Firsts: Green Goblin, Spidey meets Hulk.
Grade: A+

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And see my Ratings of Runs on comics here.

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