Face-to-Face with…The Lizard!
Written by: Stan Lee
Drawn by: Steve Ditko
Lettered by: Art Simek
Originally published: November 1963
Wow, what a great issue! I think this is my favourite ASM so far! This issue introduces us to the Lizard, the grotesquely transformed monster that was once reptile researcher Dr. Curt Connors.
Spider-Man actually leaves NYC to go face the Lizard in the Florida Everglades, so we also get to see Spidey fight in some cool new locations. Ditko really took hold of this opportunity, and I really thought his art was better here than it has been in the last couple issues. Stan Lee’s writing is also great — the story itself is smart and fun, and I found Spider-Man’s dialogue surprisingly witty. I also really liked the short side-plot where Spider-Man has to save Liz before going to fight the Lizard.
Oh, and there’s this one sweet panel where Spider-Man steals a newspaper, but you can see that Ditko has also drawn in a small web-pouch that Spider-Man’s dropping on the pile – presumably money to pay for it. Awesome detail!