- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; New edition edition (December 28, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785113657
- ISBN-13: 978-0785113652
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 6 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – December 28, 2011
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Issues #114-115 conclude the three-part Hammerhead story that started in the "Essential ASM #5" collection. Stan Lee gets a co-writer credit for the three-issue (#116-118) reworking of Marvel's short-lived 1968 "Spectacular Spider-Man" oversized magazine. These issues feature a popular yet suspicious mayoral candidate Richard Raleigh promising "change" while the sinister Smasher wreaks havoc on New York.
Spidey tackles The Hulk in a mediocre two-parter before the highlight of this run of issues comes in #121-122: "The Death of Gwen Stacy and Norman Osborn". Another memorable run is #135-137 "The Green Goblin Lives Again" where Harry assumes his father's villainous mantle. Each of these two plotlines was adapted for key elements of the recent Spider-Man films.
#129 features the first appearance of The Punisher and #130-131 features the threat of Aunt May marrying Doctor Octopus. Other appearances include: Luke Cage (#123), Man-Wolf (#124-125), The Kangaroo (#126), The Vulture (#127-128), Molten Man (#132-133) and the Tarantula (#134). Many of these issues were also reprinted as #93-114 of the late 1970s "Marvel Tales" series (and reprinted again in MT #192-193).
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 40-year old Spider-Man comics without needing a computer.
This volume will be unforgettable because Gwen Stacy dies ("The Night Gwen Stacy Died"), the Green Goblin, a.k.a. Norman Osborne dies ("The Green Goblin's Last Stand"), Doc Oc almost marries Aunt May, and he gets killed along with Hammerhead in the same issue ("My Uncle...My Enemy") Jonah Jameson's son becomes a werewolf ("The Mark of the Man-Wolf" and "The Man-Wolf Strikes Again"), a new vulture tries to kill off MJ (in "The Dark Wings of Death" and "The Shadow of the Vulture"), Liz Allen returns and the Molten Man returns to meet his death ("The Master Plan of the Molten Man" and "The Molten Man Breaks Out"), and finally Harry Osborne picks up where his father left off, becoming the Green Goblin ("The Green Goblin Lives Again" and "The Green Goblin Strikes"). Thus Conway offers SM readers a superhero epic which combines action and melodrama quite adroitly even though some plot elements may be far-fetched, or left unexplained. Gwen Stacy's death is the most pivotal event here because Peter Parker's sentimental life revolved around her, and it is a source for internal conflict because Spidey has to deal with feelings of revenge as well as with depression.Read more ›
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This book sees us swing fully into the Gerry Conway era on Amazing Spider-man and for many, it includes the event that many say launched the Bronze Age of Comics. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
THIS IS SO MUCH SOAP OPERA IN THIS COMIC BOOK AND I NEED TO ORDER VOL. 7 TO FOLLOW ANOTHER STORY TO FIND OUT WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO SPIDER-MAN.Published 22 months ago by JON E. CRUZ
A very sad day in comic book history. This was a major blow to Peter Parker. When the writers killed this character, fans were stunned. Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by MasterAP
I have not read it yet but I lend it to a friend of mine that said that it was one of the best purchasesPublished on July 1, 2008 by Tomas
Somehow I missed the part where I was informed the book was in black and white. Major disappointment. The lack of color is a big deal. Be warned. Read morePublished on December 28, 2006 by A. Simon
When Stan Lee bowed out, Gerry Conway took over. Then a young talent who struggled to find his place in the marvel universe. His writing was stiff and clunky. Read morePublished on December 27, 2006 by Dave F
Once you get past the black & white pages (there is much to be said about how color enhances comicbook artwork), the Marvel Essentials stories really manage to pull you in. Read morePublished on November 11, 2006 by M. Grant