But the man they call Judo Jim had a more important part to play in comic book history than even that.
That's because, for several months, he was the main cover artist on Marvel UK's flagship title Mighty World of Marvel. This was before his cosmic heyday but, even in the early 1970s, the seeds of his future greatness were there for everyone to see.
Therefore, Steve Does Comics gives its not in the slightest bit definitive list of Jim Starlin's ten greatest Mighty World of Marvel covers.
Remember, this list is compiled without the aid of insight, taste or expert knowledge and makes no claims to being at all right in its opinions.
Spidey comes up against a surprisingly stylishly dressed Lizard, while the floating heads of the Fantastic Four and the Hulk look suitably startled.
That bounder Dr Doom's up to no good - both of him.
Daredevil's so sickened by it all that he can't resist throwing away his stick.
He'll regret that later. You never known when you might need a stick.
It's Doom vs Spidey.
Do my razor-sharp senses spot a helping hand from Jazzy John Romita on the figure of Spider-Man?
The Hulk gets zapped.
It's brain vs brawn, as the Leader causes his usual mischief.
How can the FF possibly hope to defeat both the Sub-Mariner and Dr Doom?
I reckon they'll be fine as long as no one tries to launch the Baxter Building into outer space.
This was the first issue of Mighty World of Marvel I ever read - and what a way to start, as Spidey battles the FF.
The FF vs the Hulk.
Daredevil's throwing his stick away again.
Will he never learn?
If the sight of the Hulk smashing through a wall doesn't make you want to buy a comic, then what would?
Spidey might have quit the comic but a new hero's introduced to readers, as Daredevil makes his entrance.
All scans from the Grand Comics Database.