I was looking through the "40 Years of the Amazing Spider-Man" CD-ROM set tonight and was reading one of my favorite early issues of the Stan Lee / Steve Ditko run, issue #12, cover dated May 1964, "Unmasked by Dr. Octopus!," when I noticed this letter in the back:
Well, it seems Mr. Dave Cockrum of Fort Collins, Colorado, had an eye for snappy comic book costume design from a young age! Kinda hard not to see the influence of Ditko's designs for Electro, Spidey, and others in Cockrum's later Legion of Super-Heroes and X-Men work, now that I think about it.
Letter columns of the early Marvel Age are gold, my friends.