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Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man - Volume 1 [Paperback]

Stan Lee , Steve Ditko , Jack Kirby
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Feb. 18 2009 Marvel Masterworks the Amazing Spider-Man (Book 1)
Celebrate Marvel's 70th anniversary by experiencing the tales of the world's most-famous super heroes from the very beginning! The Marvel Masterworks have brought readers deluxe hardcover collections of Marvel's classics from the Golden Age, Atlas Era, and the mighty Marvel Age, and now you can join in the Masterworks excitement with Marvel's new, monthly Marvel Masterworks trade paperbacks. And where better to start than where comics' most robust line of archival comic collections began - the Amazing Spider-Man! In 1962 in the pages of a comic book slated for cancellation, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko gave birth to one of the most-enduring icons in American popular culture - the one and only Amazing Spider-Man! Turning the concept of a super hero on its head, they imbued the young, guilt-ridden Peter Parker with the fantastic powers of an arachnid and the fantastic pressures of an everyday teenager. The combination was pure magic. So join us in the following pages as we present stories of spectacular web-slinging adventure from Spidey's very beginning, including the tragic origin that started it all, the first appearances of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Vulture, Electro, and guest-star nods by the Fantastic Four and Human Torch. And to top it off, we've packed this volume full of bonuses galore, including the complete original artwork to Spider-Man's Amazing Fantasy #15 origin from the Library of Congress archives! Collects Amazing Fantasy #15 and The Amazing Spider-Man #1-10.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for a paperback Dec 31 2012
By K. Wong TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Although this is not the hardcover, it does the Marvel works justice. Get it if you want something nice/definitive to be signed by Stan Lee.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very cheesy, but that's the charm of it! Aug. 19 2013
By Koopa90
Certainly nothing like the action-packed stuff I grew up with in the 90's but that doesn't mean its not still a good read.
I enjoyed it. I expected a little more than I got from it, but never the less, I still enjoyed reading this collection.
Couldnt help but cringe every time there is a panel of Spider-man swinging, and even though you can see it yourself, you still get 4 speech bubbles on the page telling you who he is and what he is doing, "Wow that man is swinging from wall to wall" ... "Thats no man, its SPIDER-MAN" ... "They say he can climb walls just like a Spider!" ... and so on, its laughable but again, it was the style at the time.

So, down to the basics of this review.

Is it worth reading?
As a Spider-man fan, YES.
If you are new to Spider-man, I'd say NO as the style it's written in (once again, it was of the time period)may throw you off as its not overly interesting.

The book is nicely presented, the pages are that thin type, just like the actual pages of an old comic book.
There is a ton of extra content and even the original, long lost, cut and paste around pilot 11 page comic.
They even kept in the notorious 'Peter Palmer' typo in the early issues, a nice touch.

Well priced.
Well put together.

Need I say more?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection Aug. 16 2010
I didn't buy it off amazon....... but I plan to order the next 9 from here very soon! The original 12 comics featuring Spiderman, and still the great quality they were so long ago!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The foundation April 7 2009
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Spidey fans, this is the foundation-in affordable form.

These are the original stories from 1962-63 that brought the Spider Man legend to the world.

This is where we meet Peter Parker, see how the whole story started with our man being bitten by a radioactive Spider, how PP hooked up with J. Jonah Jamison and his rival Flash Thompson, and what happened to his Unle ben, who was never seen again after his initial appearance.

In 1962-63, this was avant-garde stuff because it presented Peter Parker in a manner that the mostly geeky teenage boys who read such books could truly relate more than they cared to admit. PP is the target of bullies, girls avoid him, adults don't understand him, and the world just isn't ready for him. Even as superhero Spidey, he's still the same mistake-prone geek. This was revoutionary at the time and accounted for much of his early appeal.

So read and see how the legend began in an economical format. Enjoy.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 20th Century's best comic book hero Aug. 9 2010
By B. E. Beechler - Published on Amazon.com
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By the early 60s, Stan Lee was pretty much sick of comic books. He had been working in the industry since he was a teen and the monster and romance books held little meaning to a man entering middle age. Then, in 1961, he wrote the comic he wanted to write figuring that if it didn't work, he was leaving comics anyway. Well, Fantastic Four was a hit and Stan and Jack Kirby began to create their own universe to play in. I think Stan stayed in, mainly, because for the first time ever he was getting feedback. And these weren't just letters from kids, students from places like Yale were stopping in the Marvel offices, wanting to talk to Stan...readers of Rolling Stone were talking about Marvel...Stan was feeling like what he was writing actually mattered to thinking people. While FF is the darling of the comics intelligentsia, especially big time Kirby fans, its family of characters still trail behind Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man, in the hearts of most folks. I think the genius of the character, from the minds of Stan and Steve Ditko, was that many of the known tropes of superhero comics were used, but were tilted in a way never fully explored before. Clark Kent lost his parents and was raised by an older, loving couple - check. Bruce Wayne's parents were killed by a street thug - check. An accident with radiation gave a person incredible powers (FF, Hulk) - check. Peter Parker had all of these...so what made him special? He didn't start out with goodness in his heart or a sense of justice...he had to learn it the hard way. That pushed Spidey closer to all of us. Because of the fantastic origin story of Spider-Man, Peter could never completely put himself above the petty crime, the greed, or the selfishness he fights against. Batman looks at a criminal and sees the person who took his parents. Superman can't understand man's inhumanity to man. But Pete knows, in his heart of hearts, that, while he didn't kill his beloved uncle, he certainly played an important part in the events that led to his murder. Peter Parker had to live with his aunt after those events...had to watch her mourn...and it had to twist his stomach. But...and this is important...Peter didn't let this make him sullen. He made a life-change and it launched him into action. To start out so tragically, but become so upbeat, a force for hope and goodness...that's what we love about the character and his adventures. And it certainly helped that 1) Stan, Steve, and John surrounded Peter with a fantastic cast of supporting characters (the best in mainstream comics) and 2) Stan wrote some great, laugh-out loud dialog accompanied by Ditko's strangely beautiful art and Romita's window into the New York of the 60s and 70s.

While Superman and Batman may still be the most iconic superheroes in the world, Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man, is the most human and, ultimately, the greatest creation of 20th century comic books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set for cheap! At Vision Comix that is. April 1 2012
By Sean Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great set of the very first Spider-Man comics. Drawn by Steve Ditko, he brings a refreshing look to the artwork that was dominated by Jack Kirby during the '60's. Ditko's style suits Spider-Man perfectly. I believe that if Kirby had drawn the Spider-Man series it wouldn't have been as good as it ended up. It's a shame that Amazon is out of stock on this first volume. Please *do not* pay $60 (or more!) for this from the 3rd party sellers. Vision Comix.com carries this first volume for $18.99 ($25 with shipping in the continental US). I always buy from Amazon, but in this case, it's not worth it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider-man greatness... Feb. 1 2011
By Cozzster - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally, early spider-man issues collected in an affordable format.

I love these stories, as I'm sure many people do, because Peter Parker is a very relatable character for many people. Stan Lee captures his geekiness on one side, but on the flip side he catches the man Peter wants to be but can only be when he is spider-man because he wears a mask and has nothing to fear.

These issues are great introductions of some of spider-man greatest villains that remain in his rogues gallery still today. We meet Chameleon, Vulture, Lizard, Tinkerer, The Enforcers, and of course JJJ.

This is essential to anyone who is a true fan of spider-man comicdom. Great reprinted artwork, high quality pages. Highly recommended.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvel Fans, Read This. May 5 2010
By Linda L. Getman - Published on Amazon.com
First off, this Marvel Masterwork (in paperback) is a spectacular restoration of the original comics of The Amazing Spider-Man from 1962-63. The artwork is incredible thanks to Steve Ditko and the storylines are also equally amazing, courtesy of Stan Lee. With 10 issues of fantastic adventures, this comic has proven itself not to dissapoint. Also, the price is so much lower than a bookstore close to me. It is a great deal and it is also something good to read if you wanna slip out of reality for an hour. This Marvel Masterwork is the start of a tremendous age, and it is still 1 of the best ones you'll ever read today. I just ordered Fantastic Four, by the way. I'm expecting them to come in soon (I think on May 10th, can't wait!) Look for my reviews on other Marvel Masterworks for some helpful shopping advice. (Only Paperbacks)
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