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Black Widow: The Sting of the Widow [Hardcover]

Stan Lee , Gary Friedrich , Roy Thomas , Gerry Conway , Gene Colan , Don Heck , John Romita , John Buscema

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Book Description

Sept. 2 2009 Black Widow
She started as a super-spy and ended up a super-star! After failed endeavors with the Crimson Dynamo, Natasha Romanova ditches her fishnets for a black bodysuit and a solo crime-fighting career against gangsters and terrorists, in rare stories not reprinted in decades! Goliath, formerly the archer known as Hawkeye, wants them to be a costumed couple, but an android matchmaker has other ideas when he manipulates the Black Widow into rescuing Daredevil - the better to use them both! Guest-starring Spider-Man! Collects Tales of Suspense #52, Amazing Spider-Man #86, Amazing Adventures #1-8, and Daredevil #81.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Sept. 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137948
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #450,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Marvel C-lister getting no respect... Sept. 13 2009
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
The Black Widow was a Marvel character created in the '60s. She bounced around as a villain for Iron Man, love interest for Hawkeye, and was one of the features of the new Marvel anthology, Amazing Adventures.

This book reproduces Tales of Suspense #52 (her introduction), Spider-Man #86 (where she adopts a new look/costume), Amazing Adventures #1-#8 (her brief, unsuccessful feature), and Daredevil #81 (starting her relationship with that character).

What is clear is that the Black Widow wasn't able to carry a book by her lonesome; she worked best as a supporting character. There was probably potential there but there were a number of writing/art changes over the 8 issues which killed any possible momentum.

The reproduction is substandard also. The Amazing Adventures covers are horrid. Fortunately we should see them reproduced much better when the Inhumans Masterwork comes out in a few months. The AA stories themselves are hit and miss reproduction wise, some look fine, others not so much.

In short, I can only recommend this book if you're a diehard Marvel completist, as the AA stories are unlikely to be reprinted again. Otherwise, give this one a miss.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Black Widow: The Sting of the Widow Premiere HC/ Poor Reproduction-Avoid Aug. 23 2009
By Sterlling - Published on Amazon.com
The issues taken from the Marvel Masterworks files (Tales of Suspense #52, Spider-Man #86) look fine. All the other material from Amazing Adventures #1-8 and Daredevil #81 have very poor reproduction in them. I'd avoid this book. You'd be better served finding back-issues on EBAY to read since the printing in the originals is so much better. Buyer beware on this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Look Into Black Widow's Origins/History Dec 10 2012
By optical_discs - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this out of curiosity to see what Black Widow's first appearances were like. Reading this is an interesting experience, kinda like looking into a time capsule.

I was originally worried by other reviews about the quality of the reproductions. I had feared that maybe the artwork was faded or perhaps Marvel had simply used photocopies of worn issues from their archives. Not so! This book is of the same publishing quality as the others in the Marvel Premiere Edition Classics line of hardcovers.

Of course, whether or not you enjoy the stories will be up to you as an individual. Still, if you are mindful of the context in which these stories were first drafted, you may be pleasantly surprised.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Original Title Here June 15 2012
By lokiiago - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
So the book came to me in perfect condition and right on time. So I have no issue whatsoever with the seller.
However, as for the material itself, I can only say I'm moderately happy I purchased it. While I am happy to see BW's beginnings, I feel much of her important backstory is negated from this anthology. Her relationships with the Red Guardian and Hawkeye, her adventures with SHIELD, and her brain-washing are all left out leaving us to see her struggle against villains and heroes I could frankly care less about.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor reproduction? I just don't see it Jan. 3 2011
By R. Collofello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I don't understand the complaints about the reproduction of the artwork in this book. Mine looks just fine. The art on the Amazing Adventures issues is crisp and clear, and in fact looks almost identical the the original comics except that this is printed on better paper. Maybe people just aren't used to the look of Gene Colan's art inked by Bill Everett, which has an almost sketchy appearance to it. In any case, if you're interested in this book, don't be swayed by other people's opinions, judge for yourself. To me, this book looks just fine.

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