- Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Boulevard (MM); Boulevard Mass-market ed edition (Feb. 1 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572971037
- ISBN-13: 978-1572971035
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,857,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ultimate Spiderman Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1996
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From School Library Journal
YA?Twelve stories written by different authors about the adventures of the Amazing Spider-Man. Much like a baker's dozen, there is an extra treat thrown in: an introduction by the superhero's creator. Lee explains how Spider-Man was serendipitously conceived in the drawing room at Marvel Comics. Then he, along with co-author Peter David, spins the book's first tale of how Peter Parker evolved into a crime-fighting arachnid. In the rest of the stories, as Spider-Man battles supercriminals, a variety of writers use psychological nuance in describing Peter, the ne'er-do-wells he encounters, and the adventures they incur. Illustrations by a variety of artists accompany each story. Biographies of the authors and illustrators conclude a volume that YA fans of comics, light sci-fi, or the action genre will enjoy.?Karen Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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What this book holds is a number of well written, different style, short stories that put the spotlight on Spidey and his numerous foes. Some stories, don't even have well established foes, but still hold the magic of Spidey, and at times even better without them. The different writers showcased in this anthology do best to grasp the essence of the character. The alternating Peter Parker and Spider-Man form produces a very well conceieved idea tht has forever appealed to millions of readers and fans all over the world.
The major setback in this anthology is that Spidey is a very visual character, and the fans have gotten used to seeing him swing and jump and fight his way. The emaphsis is on the word "see". Some fans would not accept the charcater in such a setting andthus forth might consider the book not their cup of tea. Another aspect of things to be seen, is that readers of prose, not comics will think that a Spidey book is childish and not what it's supposed to be. Those people deal more with charcaterization and delving of the characters' emotions and so forth. This dos not imply that the book lacks that, Spidey has always been about character and how real and of this world he really is. An excellent example of such an achievement is the excellent final story of the collection "Five Minutes" by Peter David. That story captures the magic of the Peter Parker, the man behind the mask. Anyone who has a loved one waiting for them and yearning to be with them at all times, will relate to that story.
Though I have told people that I was reading this book when I was, but I cold not actually hold it with me and walk around the university campus with it. I guess no matter how OK you might be reading a book on Spidey, people would still think that you're a kid or a geek to actually do such a thing. Should you care?? I think not. On the contrary, up till now thisis the best anthology book that have read this year, but I can't go more to say that it's the best.
Spider-Man is a winner and he always gets on top. No matter.
The story Spider-Man itself provides a new take on the origins of the web-slinger. How ironic is it that the same man who penned the novelization for the movie could put an entirely different spin on the spider bite while at the same time introduce one of our hero's most celebrated adversaries.
"Suits" was also an insightful look into the workings of another superhero from the past who decided to hang up his tights and attempt to live a normal life.
"An Evening in the Bronx with Venom" provided more details about Spidey's most mysterious villain. I did not realize that Venom had vowed to protect the innocent and only preyed on the criminal.
I think my favorite story was "Five Minutes." The reader gets an inside glimpse at the married life of Peter and Mary Jane. We see what effects peter's double life has on his relationship with his wife. Although she knew going into the marriage that her husband would ot be a normal nine-to-fiver, MJ is a normal woman with feelings and it was nice to see how her mind works. What wife of a superhero would not long to have a normal life? Firefighter and police officers can't be everywhere at once so why must Spider-Man be expected to?
All-in-all the stories in this anthology were quite enjoyable. Some of them were just too short to be memorable. But most were quite exceptinal.
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