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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 2 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 2) Paperback – September 14, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118633
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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Great if your looking to collect some of the old spidey books and see his history.
Genry Milskiy
The best Romita moment was in Issue 42 with the creation of Mary Jane Watson who Peter had been avoiding meeting for Months.
Adam
The stories are still very good, and it probably helped that Steve Ditko was plotting many of them.
Mark A. Domeier

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on July 4, 2011
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Although these are typical superhero v. villain story, it is rare to see plot complexity that deals with the amalgam of human emotions that Peter Parker and Spider-Man confront in these 1960 issues. As a teenager he has to deal with feelings toward Betty Brant. He also has internal conflicts as he tries to combat crime and meet his responsibility toward aunt May. At the same time, he faces persecution from cops, JJJ's relentless bad press, and a public opinion that is at best divided in its trust on our hero. In spite of all this, Spider-Man deals with this persecution responsibly and with a positive psychology, always expecting that something good will come out of it.

These issues from 1965 and 1966 are also quite interesting because they bring up actual events into the story: the space race between the U.S. and the Soviets is mentioned in the stories about JJJ's asronaut son reappear. The draft for the Vietnam War is mentioned because Flash Thompson got a draft notice, providing another reason to pick on Peter Parker for not receiving one. Other cultural references like Jack Benny, Woody Allen, and the Lawrence Welk show are also made.

In these issues, Betty Brant makes up her mind to marry Ned Leeds, Peter Parker and the gang graduate, it appears that Liz Allen disappears because she doesn't go to college, Harry Osborn and Gwen Stacy also make their debut when Peter goes to college. Gwen Stacy seems to be attracted to Peter Parker and Harry Osborn initially dislikes Parker. Mary Jane Watson's cheerful and dynamic persona does add stamina to the Spider-Man stories. We also get to find out that the Green Goblin is Harry's father and the strenuous relationship between the two is shown here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike C. on October 26, 2005
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I purchased this as a present for my grandson and ended up reading and enjoying it myself. This book brought back many childhood memories for me of carefree afternoons of reading adventures and comic book swapping with friends.

What a great and inexpensive way to regain your old comic book collection. I thought the black and white illistrations might take something away but it really doesn't. This is the second book in the series that I have purchased and would difinately recommend it to anyone looking for some nostalgia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary on February 22, 2013
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This collects Amazing Spider-man #21-43 plus Annual 2-3. This book has the return of great villains, plus the Master Planner trilogy, which has Spider-man going to great lengths to save Aunt May. We see Peter Parker graduate high school and start college. My favorite part of the whole book is when Spider-man has a final showdown with Green Goblin that has both men unmasked (at the time Green Goblin was a mystery). We see Steve Ditko leave the book as artist and replaced by the legendary John Romita, with Stan Lee still going strong as the writer. Buy this book for your collection. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zombie phreak on February 3, 2013
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So I've been going back and reading all these Essential volumes of the Amazing Spider-man so I can see how the story started and see all of Peter Parker's original adventures and this trade paperback made me very glad that I did!

Seeing Peter fight all his classic villains really was a blast! In this volume we got to see the first appearance of the Rhino, Jameson's son, Mary Jane, Norman Osborne, Harry Osborne, and Gwen Stacy. It was so cool to see how they were way back in they day when Marvel Comics consisted of the two comic book gods: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The writing was great and the artwork was very cool!

The only downside is that Stan tried just a little too hard to make MJ sound hip and cool. Sure she's the cool girl and she is supposed to be the life of the party, but honestly when it comes to hip lingo, sometimes less is more.

Other than that this was awesome and it's a must own for any fan of Spidey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on September 6, 2012
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This is a great buy. Recommended for Spiderman and Comic lovers.
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By Mrs.C on May 25, 2014
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This book arrived ahead of schedule in perfect condition, no shelf wear at all.
It's a perfect gift for the comics reader(s) in my life.
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By Adam on November 29, 2013
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This second volume of the Amazing Spider-man collected Amazing Spider-man Issues 21-43 and Annuals #2 and #3.

Is this as amazingly good as the first Volume of Spider stories? Not quite. There's really not a comparison to facing off against the Sinister Six, but there are plenty of great stories that feature the world's greatest webslinger in amazing exploits that showcase his character as we get to see Peter Parker grow up.

Some highlights. We have a guest appearance by the Human Torch (issue 21), Green Goblin (23, 26,27, 39, 40), and Spidey thinks he’s going insane (24), gets attacked by a corny robot (25), and graduates High School (28), he has to battle the Master Planner and save Aunt May’s Life (31-33) and then there are two big battles with the Rhino sandwiched by one with J Jonah Jamison’s superpowered sons (41-43), the introduction of Mary Jane (42), .and then the book wraps up with Spidey’s first tryout for the Avenges (Spider-man Annual #3).

Beyond the highlights, Spider-man remains a thoroughly enjoyable title. As a Character, Peter shows some solid growth as a person as well as some great heroic moments. I love the story arch where he’s desperately trying to save Aunt May from his sickness caused by a transfusion from his radioactive blood and has to go through one of his toughest foes get it.

Avengers Annual #3 has Spidey facing a great dilemma when the short-handed Avengers offer him membership. His mission is to bring them the Hulk. Avengers membership would give him respectability, but Spider-man’s compassion and decency lead him to make a choice that is costly and painful.

I don’t know if I could ever fully appreciate the revelation of the Green Goblin’s identity in Spider-man #39. I’ve known it since I was a teenager.
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