My son has been asking for comics of his own lately, and after I showed him an old Spider-Man annual on Comixology (the first annual, with the Sinister Six) he said he was keen to have a hardcopy version of his own.
So I had a look around to see what the most affordable reprint option was, and found that Panini had a few years ago reprinted it - along with some other classic Lee/Ditko Spidey material - in a nice hardcover annual (in the UK large format, so roughly A4-size).
It collects the origin story from Amazing Fantasy #15, as well as ASM #1 (the Fantastic Four/Jameson rescue/Chameleon stories), ASM #6 (the first Lizard story) and the first Annual with the Sinister Six story. Plus there's loads of fact-file type 'secrets of Spider-Man' stuff like this, which I remember I used to love as a kid (I had an annual of my own with similar reprints at his age):
Also included is this favourite story from the original ASM annual too:
All the pin-ups from the annual are included too.
It's a really nice compilation of early era Spidey, with a nice mix of stories and features, and pretty affordable (it was originally around twelve quid but I picked up a copy for around half that). It's nice to see that this original material is still in print for kids, even if it is marketed as 'vintage' now.
Most importantly my boy seems really happy with it, and I'm happy to pass on these stories to him: my first real comic was a paperback compilation of AF#15 and ASM#1-6 around the same age (he's four), and it gave me the comics bug for life. It will be interesting to see whether he continues to be interested or moves on to something else.