We have a wonderful thread, started by Richard Mantle, that examines the Amazing Spider-Man starting with issue #51. I don't know why it took me so long to realize we don't have a thread that covers Spidey's beginning to the point where Richard starts.
Spider-Man is hands down my favorite Marvel hero and I love the early stuff. Peter Parker felt like an outsider in high school. He had girl troubles and money troubles. I think a lot of us could identify with him when we were teenagers; I know I certainly did. Those first 50 issues of Amazing, plus the Annuals and Amazing Fantasy 15, are among the cream of the Silver Age. Outstanding artwork from Steve Ditko and John Romita. Unforgettable dialogue from Stan Lee. A fantastic rogues gallery and a wonderful supporting cast. Just terrific, terrific stuff.
Join me, won't you?