- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; 2nd edition (May 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785116826
- ISBN-13: 978-0785116820
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – May 2, 2007
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Someone may be interested in this book to follow the development of the storyline of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (PPtSSM), or interested simply because it's Spider-Man. Particularly hot at the time were the Carrion issues.
A correction on the editorial description: The first issue of PPtSSM was dated December 1976 and this is when the title began, not 1968.
They have confused this title with two issues printed in 1968 called "The Spectacular Spider Man (tSSM)." Those two issues are rare collectibles and are not reprinted in the "Essential Peter Parker," but the second issue of tSSM is classic Spider-Man and Green Goblin - as well as Norman Osborn and Peter Parker at Thanksgiving dinner.
In his first spectacular outings, ol' web-head meets up with plenty of old foes (the pointy-toed Tarantula, the cadaverous Vulture, Kraven, Morbius, Scorpion, and even the long-not-really-awaited return of the Enforcers) as well as new ones like the photogenic Lightmaster, the psychedelic Hypno-Hustler (who has the 70's written all over him), and the trigger-happy Hitman (whose second and probably last appearance I had already seen in Essential Punisher). Some memorable storylines include Spidey teaming up with a neophyte hero from Arkansas in a pig costume (it's better than it sounds), assisting two former X-Men through the final chapter in the ill-fated history of the Champions supergroup (and why can't they have an Essential), a throwdown with the Maggia with the mysterious Moon Knight at his side, and a guest appearance by Daredevil who assists Spidey after the Masked Marauder blinds him (and how could horn-head POSSIBLY understand what he's going through?).Read more ›
This volume is a collection of the first 31 comics in The Spectacular Spider-Man line. The stories are typical Spider-Man - where things never go the way Parker plans and the villains just aren't up to par with the classic Amazing villains.
The biggest addition to these comics is the references to other comics published during the same time. You will see a number of references to Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Champions and other comics in each Spectacular comic.
This is a brilliant ploy to get readers to purchase the other comics - because you have to follow up with the story!
The titles in volume 1 are:
"Twice Stings The Tarantula!" (part 1)
"Kraven Is The Hunter!" (part 2)
"...And There Was Lightmaster!"
"The Vulture Is A Bird Of Prey!" (part 1)
"Spider-Kill!" (part 2)
"The Power To Purge!"
"Cry Mahem..Cry Morbius!" (part 1)
"...And Only One Shall Survive!" (part 2)
"...Like A Tiger In The Night!" (part 1)
"Tiger In A Web!" (part 2)
"A Life Too Far"
"Brother Power, Sister Sun!" (part 1)
"...The Coming of Razorback!" (part 2)
"Killing Me Softly...With His Hate!" (part 3)
"The Final Rage!" (part 4)
"The Beetle and The Badge!"
"Whatever Happened To The Iceman?" (part 1)
"My Friend, My Foe?" (part 2)
"Again, The Enforcers!"
"Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?"
"Still Crazy After All These Years!"
"By The Light Of The Silvery Moonknight!" (part 1)
"Guess Who's Buried In Grant's Tomb!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This "Marvel Essential" volume collects black-and-white reprints of the first 31 issues of "Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man" with original cover dates from December 1976... Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by K. W. Schreiter
This book is a great collection of Peter Parker issues from the 70's. Awesome stuff! 1976-9 collecting 'Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man' issues 1-31. Read morePublished on July 15, 2009 by L. DuCheny
I always tended to think of the Spectacular Spider-Man series as the "little brother" to Amazing Spider-Man and assumed the stories must not be as good. Read morePublished on November 1, 2008 by Hwy61Joe