Essential Spider-Man - Volume 9 Paperback – May 20 2009
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Marv Wolfman wrote issues #186-204 and the first Annual. Keith Pollard penciled 12 of these, while John Byrne, Sal Buscema and John Romita Jr. each penciled multiple issues of this run. This includes the debuts of The Black Cat (#194) and Madame Web (#210), plus appearances from Marvel Universe guest-stars Captain America (#187), The Punisher (#201-202), and Dazzler (#203). Villains include classic Spidey foils The Chameleon, Mysterio, Kingpin, Doctor Octopus and Kraven, as well as lesser new villains like Fusion and The Jigsaw.
A few of these stories appeared in late 1980s Marvel Tales issues, but most are reprinted here for the first time. The stories in this book run parallel with those of "Essential Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man" Volume 2. A key limitation of Marvel's "Essential" paperback line is the black and white format resembling newspaper comic strips instead of full-color comic books. I prefer the Amazing Spider-Man DVD-ROM for its complete collection of the entire ASM run in full color PDFs. However, the Marvel Essentials series offers convenient, inexpensive access to these 30-year old Spider-Man comics without needing a computer.
The 9th volume of Essential Spider-Man is not up to par in storytelling. Most of the villains are newbies. Of the veteran foes, we see Mysterio, Electro, Kingpin, Kraven the Hunter and Chameleon.
The stories are really bad. You can tell they are in desperate need of some new ideas for Spidey. Parker is out of school and has become a teacher at the university.
He also gets fired from The Daily Bugle and decides to work for The Daily Globe.
Here are a few of the titles found within this volume:
Chaos Is The Chameleon!
The Power Of Electro!
The Jigsaw Is Up!
Mayhem By Moonlight!
In Search Of The Man-Wolf!
Wanted For Murder: Spider-Man!
24 Hours Till Doomsday!
The Wings Of The Fearsome Fly!
Never Let The Black Cat Cross Your Path!
Nine Lives Has The Black Cat!
The Kingpin's Midnight Massacre!
Mysterio Is Deadlier By The Dozen!
Now You See Me! Now You Die!
The Spider And The Burglar...A Sequel (200th comic)
One For Those Long Gone!
Bewitched, Bothered And Be-Dazzled!
The Black Cat Always Lands On Her Feet!
...In Love And War!
A Method In His Madness!
To Salvage My Honor!
The Prophecy Of Madame Web!