Spider-Man Poster #56 vs The Burglar by John Romita Sr


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The Burglar is a fictional character in Marvel Comics, left unnamed in most of his appearances. He is best known as the first criminal faced by Spider-Man, and as the killer of the hero’s uncle and surrogate father figure, Ben Parker. The Burglar first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), making him directly responsible for Ben Parker’s death and Spider-Man’s existence. The Burglar’s name was never revealed in the comics. John Romita, Sr. (often known as simply John Romita) (born January 24, 1930) is an American comic-book artist best known for his work on Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2002. Stan Lee gave Romita a backdoor tryout because of the growing estrangement between Spider-Man co-creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. When Ditko abruptly left Marvel after completing The Amazing Spider-Man 38 (July 1966), Lee gave Romita the assignment. This followed Romita’s eight-issue Daredevil run, the cover of the subsequent issue 20 (Sept. 1966), and an incidental Hulk and two Captain America stories (in Tales to Astonish 77, March 1966, and Tales of Suspense 76-77, April–May 1966, respectively). While Romita’s depiction of Spider-Man would eventually become the company mascot and the definitive look to the general public, the artist had trepidations: “I was hoping against it, believe it or not. People laugh when I say this, but I did not want to do Spider-Man. I wanted to stay on Daredevil. The only reason I did Spider-Man was because Stan asked me and I felt that I should help out, like a good soldier. I never really felt comfortable on Spider-Man for years. …I felt obliged to mimic Ditko because … I was convinced, in my own mind, that he was going to come back in two or three issues. … I couldn’t believe that a guy would walk away from a successful book that was the second-highest seller at Marvel. … After six months, when I realized it wasn’t temporary, I finally stopped trying to mimic Ditko. …I was doing these nine-panel pages and the thin line, and I was doing Peter Parker without any bone structure — just like Ditko was doing, I thought.” From 1992…over 20 years old!

Near mint condition.