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Amazing Adventures #1-6 (June 1961 - Nov. 1961) continued as Amazing Adult Fantasy #7-14 (Dec. 1961 - July 1962) continued as Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962).Amazing Adventures 01

Amazing Fantasy is a comic book anthology series published by Marvel Comics from 1961 through 1962, and revived in 1995 and in the 2000s. It is best known as the title that introduced the popular superhero character Spider-Man in 1962.

Amazing Fantasy began under the name Amazing Adventures (first issue cover-date June 1961). That series, a science fiction anthology, introduced then fledgling Marvel Comics' first continuing character, the paranormal adventurer "Doctor Droom" (later renamed "Doctor Druid" when brought back in the 1970s as a supporting character). Doctor Droom was phased out when the book's title was changed to Amazing Adult Fantasy with issue #7 (Dec. 1961). The new title also ceased to be a collaborative effort between a number of artists (Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Dick Ayers, et al.) and reconfigured to reflect the more "sophisticated" nature of its new exclusive content: the quick, quirky, twist-ending tales of writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. The cover of the comic carried the motto "The magazine that respects your intelligence."

With issue #15 (Aug. 1962) Amazing Adult Fantasy was renamed Amazing Fantasy and slated for cancellation.

With nothing to lose, publisher Martin Goodman agreed to allow Lee to introduce Spider-Man, a new kind of superhero — one who would be a teenager, but not a sidekick, and one who would have everyman doubts, neuroses and money problems. Sales for Amazing Fantasy #15 proved to be one of Marvel's highest at the time and The Amazing Spider-Man was quickly launched to capitalize on the new character's apparent popularity. Although the interior artwork (continued from Amazing Adult Fantasy) was by Steve Ditko alone, Lee had Jack Kirby collaborate on the cover with Ditko.

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