AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #57 (1968)

Ka-Zar hates guns.

Ka-Zar barely knows JJJ for five minutes and he senses he’s an asshat.  But he still follows his instructions and goes after Spider-Man.

And messes up JJJ’s plans in the end.

spidey meets ka zar

Footnote to his statement that never before has he fought a more valiant foe: Ka-Zar had already met the X-Men at this point.  And Daredevil.  Proving Spider-Man is “more valiant” than they are.  Also:

Aunt May is hospitalized, and Spidey steals a sandwich.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #80 (1970)

Chameleon’s second appearance only takes up about half of this issue. The rest is Peter Parker.

parker kissing gwen

At the time, that was basically unheard of: A superhero comic where the real story isn’t about heroics. Instead, it’s about Peter getting physical with Flash because he thinks Flash is messing around with Gwen.

Turns out, it was a misunderstanding and Gwen is still into Pete. So…


I love how John Romita and Stan Lee can create a sequence that is so completely relatable, even if none of us have spider-powers. One minute you’re down, the next you’re soaring through the sky. That’s what young love is all about, isn’t it?