Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man - Volume 5 Paperback – Nov 10 2010
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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.
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!
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.
This Spider-Man TPB collects a pretty interesting batch of issues, and not only because it debuts some new characters with the most notable being Mary Jane Watson and the Kingpin, in which the latter would go on to plague Daredevil years down the road; but this is also when Peter Parker grows into adulthood and tries to become an independent man. I said it many times before, but it's just so clear to see that Spider-Man had a very soft spot with Stan Lee. Despite some repetitive elements here and there. I always felt that he was most creative in this title. This TPB collects The Amazing Spider-Man issues 41 - 50 and Annual #3.
One of the running themes going on in this book is Peter transitioning into his own man, therefore escaping his Aunt May's constant, but very loving badgering. He finally makes friends in college and Harry Osborn invites him to become his roommate, he meets Mary Jane and begins to break some type of ice with Gwen Stacy, plus the seeds of friendship with his high school nemesis Flash Thompson begins to blossom. This type of change wasn't only good for Parker but very necessary too.
The drama is done very well for sure. The encounters with newer and returning villains is done even better. Spider-Man battles the Rhino in his debut appearance in a rather under-rated fight, which gets slightly better in their second encounter because it not only shows that Spider-Man has gotten better as a fighter, but he also again resorts to using his brain. The Shocker makes his first appearance in a pretty good fight, and the Lizard returns in violent fashion. However, things take a different turn as the Kingpin surfaces in an attempt to unite the NYC mobs; and these stories prove how important Spider-Man is when engaging the crime element.
These stories are full of excitement and are too gripping. There seems to be something new around every corner as Lee introduces revamped villains, or dives deeper into developing this characters. For those whom prefer solid storytelling before anything else really need not to worry with this volume. The one flaw in these issues takes place with certain characters. I really like Aunt May, but Lee resorts to her getting sick too often which is already a tired plot device; and at least for me, she slows the progress in Peter becoming a man. I get were this is coming from and it's fine I guess; yet it feels too Mama's boy for Peter at this point.
John Romita's artwork is incredible to say the least. It has a dated feel especially when looking at Rhino, because he appears to be a fat guy in a suit; but it's the creativity in the action panels. The artwork manages to tell the story at times in place of and sometimes better than the actual writing. Romita also again shines with the character designs, by adding a certain amount of sex appeal to female characters Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane, and even Betty Brant.
The flaws are minor in these issues for the most part. There's simply too much to like and the building story elements can leave someone new wondering what's happening next with some things. In any case, this is an overall solid volume that can come off newbie friendly, but I do recommend the earlier volumes first. Spider-Man is one of those titles I think all budding comic fans should see from the beginning and move on up.
Pros: Romita's artwork, new villains, and some good storytelling at times
Cons: Some annoyingly repeated elements