When Spider-Man first appeared in 1963, it was something truly unique to comic books.  While previously created heroes were chiseled near perfect specimens of virtue, Spidey was a geeky teenage twit, with girl problems, money problems, and more angst than you could shake a stick at.  Though comic art god Jack Kirby designed the costume, (which you can see in the first picture in the top row), Lee needed a freakier approach, so he went with Steve Ditko.  Ditko's trippy style suited Spidey perfectly, and his run on the first 38 issues of the book, are my favorite.  So before you go and spend $8 on the new Sam Raimi film, pay tribute to the men who started it all by enjoying the wild and amazing collection of covers.

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Spider-Man and all artwork in this article is (c) Marvel Comics