This is where it all started. In an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, Stan Lee decided to create Spider-Man, a teenage superhero who could stick to walls. The character's introductory story took place in the last issue of a fledgling anthology titled called Amazing Fantasy.

After the story's release, the character was forgotten about and Stan Lee moved on to other projects. But when the sales figures for the issue came back, Lee's editor demanded that Spider-Man get his own series. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Amazing Fantasy #15 details the hero's origin, from nerdy Peter Parker to celebrity to vigilante. Everyone already knows the character's background and the heartbreak caused by Uncle Ben's death; it's been told through animation, feature films, and even other comics. But nothing tops the original. While Lee's script was great for the time, it's the art by Steve Ditko that ties everything together. It works just as well today as it did in 1962.