The 100 Greatest Stan Lee Stories Ever Told: #3-1

Last month, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. Lee was likely the most famous comic book creator in the history of the medium and he was the Editor-in-Chief for Marvel Comics for a remarkable three decades stint from the Golden Age through the launch of the Marvel Age of Comics. Working with iconic creators like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, Joe Maneely, John Buscema, Don Heck, Wallace Wood, Dick Ayers, Gene Colan and many more, Lee either co-plotted and scripted or simply scripted some of the most famous stories in the history of comics. We asked you to vote for your picks for the top comic book stories that Lee either scripted or co-plotted and scripted. Here are the results!

3. "Spider-Man!" Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)

What makes the origin story of Spider-Man so especially remarkable is that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko did the whole thing in the length of a typical story in one of Marvel's many horror and science fiction anthologies of the time. Lee had created Amazing Adult Fantasy as a spotlight for Ditko's particular brand of stories, the really clever stuff that did not rely as much on action. With the success of the Fantastic Four, however, Lee was slowly transforming those anthologies into superhero titles and this time it was Amazing Adult Fantasy's time, as it dropped the "adult" part to introduce a new hero who was, in a rarity for the time, a teenager.

In just a few short pages, young Peter Parker has been bitten by a spider and is already developing webspinners and a costume...

In another novel idea at the time, Spider-Man is a bit of a JERK for much of the story. He lets a crook get away because, well, why should Spider-Man care?

Then he learns that his beloved uncle has been murdered...

He uses his powers to bring the killer to justice and, of course, it is the same guy that he let go free earlier. How awesome of a twist is that? That then set up the foundation for one of the greatest superheroes of all-time...

It is still remarkable how much Ditko and Lee packed into that short story.

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