Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 3
Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus
Comic Book series: The Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 1)
Issue Number: #3

First published:

July, 1963

Executive Editor:

Stan Lee

Cover Artist:

Steve Ditko


Stan Lee


Steve Ditko


Steve Ditko


Stan Lee

Previous issue:

Amazing Spider-Man #2

Next issue:

Amazing Spider-Man #4

This article is about 3rd issue of The Amazing Spiderman comic series.

Characters Edit


Dr. Otto Octavius was an atomic scientist. His peers gave him the name "Doctor Octopus" due to the four remote-controlled tentacles he had created to handle radioactive materials.

During an experiment, an explosion caused the arms to be fused to Octavius. He also could control them with his mind as a side affect of the radiation blast. Now on the verge of insanity, Dr. Octopus begins his criminal career by rampaging through New York City.

When J. Jonah Jameson learns of the accident and the havoc caused by Dr. Octopus, he sends Peter Parker to obtain some pictures for the Daily Bugle. As Spider-Man, Peter battles Doc Ock and is defeated.

Peter Parker is soon left feeling down being defeated. Doc Ock returns to the research facility determined to gain control over a great amount of atomic energy. Soon the Fantastic Four are called in to attempt to stop Doc Ock. They decline due to other commitments.

Meanwhile, Human Torch, recovering from a illness, keeps his commitment to speak to the students at Peter's high school. Upon hearing his speech, Peter is inspired to take on Doc Ock once again.

Spider-Man then visits Doc Ock and defeats him using his strength and catching hold of his tentacle and damaging them. The Human Torch is surprised at Spiderman's victory.

Continuity DevelopmentsEdit

  • Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) makes his first Earth-616 appearance.
    • Otto's supervillian origin is also revealed in this issue.


  • Part of the plot this comic was used for the plot of the live-action movie, Spider-Man 2.
  • Spider-Man uses his Spider Signal for the first time in this story.
  • This issue marks the first time Spider-Man uses his Spider-Signal.
  • This issue marks the first time Spider-Man left a note, after capturing bad guys for the police.
  • Spider-Man is erroneously called "Super-Man" once in this story.
  • Doctor Octopus' last name is mislettered "Octavious" in this story, as it is in several other early Spider-Man stories.

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