As Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary celebration draws to a close in 2022, the new handsome book Spider-Man: The First 60 Years is now available.
The first 60 years of Spider-Man summarized in a deluxe book
The must-have book for any Spidey fan, Spider-Man: The First 60 Years (book in English published by Titan) is on sale now at Amazon or on order at your favorite bookstore. This step-book explores the history of Spider-Man in the comics, from his origins in the early 1960s to his greatest adventures in detail. The book also features the real-life stories behind the creation of his greatest enemies, including Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, and Venom, and describes the creators who made the character a groundbreaking pop culture icon. The book contains profiles of its visionary creators, including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, John Romita Sr. and Dan Slottas well as vintage illustrations from the chests Marvelit’s the ultimate celebration of Spider-Man.
Marvel shared an exclusive excerpt from the book Spider-Man: The First 60 Yearswhich you can see below:
The extraordinary 1960s, the silver age of Marvelended with the departure of Jack Kirby, but the House of Ideas quickly remobilised. While John Romita and John Buscema successfully replaced the “King” on The Fantastic Four and Thor, Stan Lee was increasingly busy promoting Marvel and turn it into a multimedia brand, and his adventures with Spider-Man were coming to an end. A transfer of power was imminent, so that “The Smilin’ One” could begin a new chapter as publisher of Marvel.
At the suggestion of the U.S. Government Department of Health, Stan Lee wrote an unforgettable trilogy in issues 96-98 (March-July 1071) to denounce the effects of drug use, which at the time was beginning to spread among young people and worried the authorities. The government hoped that Marvel could positively influence new generations. Stan Lee and Gil Kane were particularly inspiring: they used no propaganda or dull morals, but gave readers a harrowing and dramatic story, full of tension between Mary Jane, Peter and Harry Osborn, who found escape in the excesses of dope.
But the Comics Code Authority, a self-censorship committee created in the 1950s to avoid government intervention, refused to approve the issues because the episodes depicted drug use, which (like blood, sex and violence) was a “prohibited” subject. It was a contradiction – given the explicit request of the US government – that Stan Lee refused to maintain. So, for the first time, Marvel published comics without the Code stamp on the cover. It was a historic turning point that forced the Authority to relax its restrictions.
It wasn’t the only revolution involving the superhero who was now the best-selling and most popular character in Marvel. History The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #100 (September 1971), “The Spider or the Man? began the saga of Spider-Man’s transformation into a horrifying six-armed spider creature, caused by Peter’s failed experiment to become a man without superpowers again. The next issue also introduced an unforgettable new character: Morbius – the Living Vampire – a scientist who had played with bat DNA to cure his leukemia and turned into a terrifying bloodthirsty monster. He was another tortured and complicated villain. But Stan Lee is not the one who told his story: from number 101 to number 104, his right arm Roy Thomas intervened, as he had done for The Fantastic Four. He created the villain with Gil Kaneand he will soon also become an editor after Stan was promoted to publisher in 1972. That was the year Marvel exceeded DC, who could not keep up with the artistic and philosophical pace of his rival. With its flawed anti-heroes, character-driven stories and modern dialogue, Marvel had finally won over readers.
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