13 COVERS: A DOCTOR OCTOPUS 60th Anniversary Tribute

Ditko! Romita! Kane! MORE!


Doctor Octopus (aka Dr. Otto Octavius) must certainly rank as Spider-Man’s second-most deadly enemy, following the Green Goblin. To celebrate Doc Ock’s 60th anniversary — he first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #3, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, which went on sale April 9, 1963 — here are some of his best Silver and Bronze Age covers, plus a great Steve Ditko pin-up page… AND a video clip from Spider-Man 2, with a terrific retelling of the Doc’s transformation from man to madman.

The doctor is out… definitely way out!

Steve Ditko

Ditko; Jack Kirby, alterations



The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, Ditko pin-up page

John Romita pencils, Mike Esposito inks


Romita pencils; inks undetermined



Gil Kane pencils, Frank Giacoia inks

Ross Andru pencils, Giacoia inks


— MARVEL Sets Date For Next Bronze Age AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION. Click here.

— 13 SPIDER-MAN COVERS From the Late ’60s — Just to Make You Feel Good. Click here.

PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Pagehas just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.




Author: Dan Greenfield

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