Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at the first meeting between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus!
In the third issue of Amazing Spider-Man, by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, Spider-Man finally meets a villain who is not only his match, but it seems like he might be Spider-Man's BETTER!
This was quite a dramatic thing to see happen to a superhero at the time!
As the issue goes on, Doctor Octopus is practically unstoppable, until the city goes to call in the Fantastic Four to take him down.
The Human Torch is ready for the job, but came down with an illness that temporarily kept him from pursuing Octopus until it passes (and his powers come back to full strength). While waiting to heal, he entertained some local high school kids, and inadvertently gave Spider-Man just the pep talk he needed!
This led to the toughest fight of Spider-Man's then-new career, in an awesome series of panels by Ditko...
For me, "the" moment is when Spider-Man gets his ass handed to him in the beginning of the story. That was so powerful and so unlike a standard superhero comic that it really stood out, and helped set the tone for years of Spider-Man stories, I think (certainly for the classic Amazing Spider-Man #33, where Spider-Man must first get all the way down before he can heroically triumph).