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Spider-Man: Panel By Panel

    This fall, celebrate six decades of web-slinging adventure with the release of Spider-Man: Panel by Panel from Abrams Books.

    Spider-Man: Panel by Panel includes two complete stories plus the original art from the Library of Congress.

    Spider-Man first swung onto the comic book pages in August 1962 with the publication of Amazing Fantasy #15, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and with cover art by Jack Kirby, which was soon followed by Amazing Spider-Man # 1 in March 1963. Sixty years after the comics’ publication, award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd reimagines the iconic first stories using original vintage copies of both comic books to present these classic tales in a whole new way.

    Perfect for both lifelong fans and the latest generation of Marvel enthusiasts, the book also includes text by Chip Kidd, Marvel editor Tom Brevoort, historian Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics), and Library of Congress curator Sara Duke. Stunningly photographed by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man # 1 are showcased as you’ve never seen them before—oversized and up-close. This is a panel-by-panel exploration of both entire issues that captures every single detail and nuance of Lee and Ditko’s groundbreaking story, making it a must-have for every comic book collection.


    Stan Lee (1922–2018) was a writer, editor, comic book creator, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Steve Ditko (1927–2018) was one of the most influential American comic book artists of all time, and the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Jack Kirby (1917–94) created or co-created some of the comic book’s most popular characters. Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer and editor at large for Pantheon. A three-time Eisner Award winner, he has written and designed more than a dozen books on comics. Geoff Spear is an award-winning photographer. Tom Brevoort is an executive editor and vice president of publishing at Marvel Comics. Mark Evanier is a comic book writer and historian and author of the award-winning monograph Kirby: King of Comics. Sara Duke is a curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Arts in the Prints and Photographs division of the Library of Congress.