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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – March 8, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785121927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785121923
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,692 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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the third version of the "Essential Spider-Man, Volume 1" trade paperback collection and the fact that it did not come out until March 1 of this year has given me a lot of headaches this semester. This is the one "textbook" in my Introduction to Popular Culture class and Spider-Man is usually the second unit and I had to shift it at the last minute to being the fourth unit to make sure everybody has copies. The cherubs are turning in their essays this week in which they argue what are the five most significant defining elements of Spider-Man comic books (e.g., spider-powers, JJJ out to get him, bookworm, worried about Aunt May), and it is always interesting to see how many of them were convinced they would hate having to read comic books and how much they end up loving Spidey.

When Spider-Man first appeared in "Amazing Fantasy" #15 (which now provides the cover art for Volume 1) the promise was that we would find the character to be "just a bit...different." Although there were similarities to those who had come before (e.g., the motivation of a loved one's death just like Batman, the use of radioactivity to provide superpowers), it was ultimately the difference that made Spider-Man so popular. However, the key element of that difference did not not emerge until issue #1 of "The Amazing Spider-Man," when J. Jonah Jameson begins his public crusade against the Spider-Man menace Ultimately, what made Spider-Man "different" was that he was considered to be a menace rather than a hero by the public, and usually neither Peter Parker nor his web-slinger alter-ego had any luck other than bad. Here was the comic book superhero as underdog.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ZombieMan 5000 on April 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've read the Ultimate Spidey comic. Don't get me wrong it was a smart move by Marvel to "refresh" their dated comic titles for the younger generation but c'mon you cannot re-write history. While I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the Ultimate Spider-Man comics it feels wrong somehow.

Go back and get the real story on Spidey with these awesome collections. Call me an old fashion comic geek but I'll take my heroes they way they started dated history and all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on April 19, 2011
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I had never read these original stories before. They are great and it was a wonderful experience to read them. Besides the fantastic elements in this story, Lee is able to add some soap opera elements with Peter's romantic relationship with Betty Brant. It gets quite dramatic when Betty makes Spiderman responsible for killing her brother, just when Peter is about to reveal to her that he is Spiderman. Later on, other obstacles will be on the way between the two, like Liz Allan's sudden change of heart for Peter Parker.
I'm also impressed by the compositional skills of Lee. considering that these comics were meant to be sold to a young audience, 8 to 12, the vocabulary is varied and demanding. When compared to the texts of The Ultimate Spiderman, the language has a higher standard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By College Reading on April 15, 2009
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Amazing Spiderman: Essential Vol. 1 shows the beginning of the still ongoing series, from Peter Parker making history and being bit by that radioactive spider, to Spiderman battling The Sinister-Six for the first time. Throughout this book you will definitely find something that will grab your attention.

Although not being a fan of the co-creator's (Steve Ditko) artwork, it symbolizes a sort of landmark in the comic book industry. The style is very cartoonish, but believable. He put's everything in perspective and you will always know what is going on in the story. Ditko's work also includes issues in the Incredible Hulk, Dr. Strange, and Iron Man. With the help of Jack Kirby, there is a nice balance in this collection.

Accompanied by Stan Lee's legendary narration, this comic is one of the many reasons Stan Lee is so influential in the comic book world. Not only being the creator of Spider-Man, but also Daredevil, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and Thor.

Personally, I really enjoyed this collection. Being a long time comic book fan myself, I really respect where they came from and where they went with the story. It is very fast paced and moves along quite well. With well deserved villain breaks in between, it gives you time to understand Pater parkers love interests (in this case Betty Brant). This is obviously the beginnings of Spider-Man and takes place in Earth 616 in the Marvel Multiverse. With new remakes slowly coming out, it's always good to know the real story beforehand, and especially to know the differences.

Overall, I would positively give these comics 5 stars. It's entertaining and suspenseful. With crossovers and multi story arcs coming out left and right, it's difficult to get into comic book nowadays. I would definitely recommend this for anyone interested in comic books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zombie phreak on December 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been reading Spider-Man since about 2003 and there have been some ups and downs as far as quality goes, so I figured I would pick this up and see how the whole story began.

At first I was thinking that the clothes and the manner of speaking were a bit lame. I mean Peter Parker literally wears a suit and tie to go to high school and he's saying things like, "Woowee!" or "Gee whiz!" It was kinda ridiculous and I did roll my eyes more than once. But once I got past that I realized that this was the real meat and potatoes of Spider-Man

We got to see how he was originally famous for being a performer, how he failed to stop the original burglar when he had a chance, and how Uncle Ben paid the price for his nephew's arrogance. We get to see the origin stories of all the great Spider-Man villains that we know and love today. Doc Ock, The Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, The Enforcers, Kraven the Hunter, The Tinkerer, and of course, The Green Goblin!

For me the best part of the book was when we got to see Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 where he faces the Sinister Six for the very first time. We get to see full page spreads of Spidey belting the villains in the face drawn by Steve Ditko, and all the different heroes of the Marvel Universe show up in this issue as well. Spidey is going around fighting the villains and the other heroes are either trying to help him or are just making cameo appearances. Either way it's awesome to see the original X-men, Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Captain America and even The Incredible Hulk show up for a few panels.

This is a must have for anyone who is a die hard fan of Spider-Man. Check it out!
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