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Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man - Volume 5 [Paperback]

Stan Lee , John Romita

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Nov. 10 2010 Marvel Masterworks the Amazing Spider-Man (Book 5)
We finally meet Mary Jane! After months of hints and failed setups, Mary Jane Watson jumps into Peter Parker's life with a bang - leaving him unsure who he likes more, MJ or Gwen Stacy! And while Peter gets a motorcycle and his fi rst apartment with friend Harry Osborn, Spider-Man faces villains deadlier than ever! The Lizard! Kraven the Hunter! A new Vulture! The Kingpin! And introducing the Rhino and Shocker! What's a web-slinger to do? Plus: The Avengers try to recruit Spidey by sending him after the Hulk! And weary of public mistrust, Peter decides he'll be Spider-Man no more!


Amazing Spider-Man #41-50, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Nov. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785145656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785145653
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spider-Man not only quits, he finally meets Mary Jane March 24 2005
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
When John Romita (Sr.) took over the artistic duties for "The Amazing Spider-Man" from Steve Ditko he certainly started off with a bang as his first two issues (#39-40) was when the Green Goblin learned Spider-Man's secret identity. As we get to "Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 5," we get to see what Romita and Stan Lee came up with after that high point in the series. This hardback volume collects issues #41-50 of "The Amazing Spider-Man," along with Annual #3 (okay, the original story, "...To Become an Avenger," where Spider-Man has to bring in the Hulk as his initiation to the group of superheroes but lets the Hulk go when he learns he is really Doctor Bruce Banner, and not the reprints of the second and third appearance of Doctor Octopus in issues #11 and #12, which are reprinted in Volume 2 of this series).

The cover shot is of "Spider-Man" #50, "Spider-Man No More," the story that was at the core of the successful "Spider-Man 2" film from last summer. Then there is the equally memorably splash page on page 8 that was used in the movie as well. Besides, any story that has J. Jonah Jameson talking to Johnny Carson while Ed McMahon shows Spider-Man's costume has its moments. But Spider-Man's premature retirement is not the only memorable moment in this collection, because at the end of #42 Peter Parker finally meets Mary Jane Watson, after one of the longest build ups of all time. She actually stopped by to visit Aunt May back in #25, but we did not get to see her face (Liz Allen and Betty Brant did and they thought she looked like a movie star). Talk about being worth the wait. If there is one thing John Romita could do it was draw good looking women and MJ's entrance line, "Face it, Tiger...you just hit the jackpot!" is perfect. So there is one great story here and another great moment, while the rest is simply a solid collection of Spider-Man stories from Lee and Romita.

So, yes, Spider-Man does more than quit and meet girls (actually the other way around) in these stories. Spider-Man battles the Rhino (#41 & #43), John Jameson (#42), a rematch with the Lizard (#44-45), the Shocker (#46), Kraven the Hunter (#47), the "new" Vulture (#48), and then Kraven the Hunter and the "new" Vulture (#49). In fact, Spider-Man fights a couple of these villains with one arm strapped to his side. Still, it is hard not to keep noticing that Peter Parker's social life is improving now that he is off to college and is sharing his own place (Peter Parker's pad, of course) with Harry Osborn, and in retrospect the key thing here is appreciating what it being set up down the road. Despite the arrival of Mary Jane, who is the one who Peter finally ends up marrying, it is Gwen who is going to become the love of Peter's life. It is impossible for long time fans to read these stories again and not think about what will happen to Gwen, Harry, and Mary Jane in the years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Spider-Man's classic years May 19 2008
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
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For my money, this was really Spider-Man's best era. Love Steve Ditko; loved his Green Goblin stories, but gosh, all that stuff with the Enforcers and other minor-league bad guys was slow-going. But, man! When John Romita came on board, this book really took off! I've always loved his artwork, and the stories were real slam-bang humdingers. The pieces fell into place for Peter to begin his adult life, and all the major characters that would dominate the series for the next few years came into clear, crisp focus. Peter finally quit mooning over Betty Brant, and the Peter-Gwen-MJ triangle took shape. And the super-action is a blast. This is Mighty Marvel at its 1960's best. Whoo-Hoo!! Face front, true believers! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romita and Lee hit their stride July 5 2009
By JBat - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 and am very impressed. I've been reading all of these in order, and as much as I enjoyed the Lee/Ditko stories, I think the tandem of Lee and Romita is where Spidey really hits his stride. Romita's dynamic style and use of composition really brings Spider-Man to life, and Lee's writing had become more polished and less juvenile in tone then some of the earlier stuff, as good as that was. Many of Romita's covers are fantastic as well.

These stories may be 40 years old, but they are thoroughly enjoyable to read, and highly recommended to any die-hard comic book fan. The quality of the hard-bound volumes is top-notch and worth every penny they cost. I plan on buying all the Spider-Man Masterworks up through volume 10, they've been that good. Go get 'em!
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Ditko's July 17 2014
By Josue Chaves - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to be sincere. I started buying these because of Steve Ditko's art (and specifically the great and classic master planner story in Vol. 4), and I bought this volume thinking that the superb story of the person behind Green Goblin's mask was going to be continued here (John Romita's first issue).
It was my mistake actually.
However, Romita's Spider-Man is way better than Ditko's. His characters have more empathy and are way more beautiful and dynamic than the former.
This doesn't mean that Ditko's art is not great, but I'd change the first two volumes for this one at any moment. Spider-Man as we know it starts here.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spidey fans rejoice April 15 2014
By p.macan - Published on Amazon.com
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Grew up reading spidey and loved every bit of it!would wait impatiently every month...not too happy with the the bright new colors though, ...

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