Amazing Spider-Man #2: First Appearance of Vulture and Tinkerer!
With Spider-Man now appearing in two official comic books (Amazing Fantasy #15 and ASM #1), we have to wonder – where are all the Spider-Man villains?
Finally, in Amazing Spider-Man #2, Vulture and The Tinkerer get their first appearances.
That's important for two reasons: Marvel continuity, of course, but also the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, which features both bad guys.
Sure, Vulture and Tinkerer are nowhere near the level of Doctor Octopus, Hobgoblin, or Green Goblin, but every great hero versus villain story has to start somewhere.
ASM #2 brings up an interesting topic – how does Spider-Man shoot webs?
Despite getting superhuman powers, “spider sense”, and the ability to stick to walls, Spider-Man wasn’t organically endowed with the ability to create webs.
Various movies and TV series have addressed this in different ways over the years, but the "truth" revealed in this important Silver Age comic book is...
To shoot webs, Spider-Man created web shooters and liquid webbing, as shown in Amazing Fantasy #15. In ASM #2, we get a close up look at how his web shooters work.
Later, in the “Disassembled” storyline (Spectacular Spider-Man, vol 2, #17), Spider-Man undergoes a huge transformation and can organically shoot webs from his wrist.
With two major Spider-Man villains making their first appearances in ASM #2, its value in high grade can reach four figures and beyond. It is scarce in higher grade.
In average condition (these usually turn up in 3.0 to 4.5 shape), this key issue comic book is worth around $450-600.
Is yours a bit more "loved"? Never fear. Because ASM #2 is such a significant event in Spider-Man history, almost every copy, no matter the condition, is guaranteed to be worth something. As long as it's complete, you have an asset.
Unlike the stock market, comic books are almost a sure bet, and Amazing Spider-Man comics are no different.
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