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Essential Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback


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Product Details

  • 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: 10.1 x 6.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By clyde asbury on June 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed these Spider-Man tales when they were new, and I'm happy to see them available again. Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (PPtSSM) was fresh and new, and it invigorated Spider Man's character, bringing a younger group of readers to Spider Man's other titles.

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.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Hazelwood on February 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
From out of Marvel's celebrated vault of past titles comes the Essential Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man Volume 1. As a fan of the Essential line, I had been looking forward to some more vintage web-slinging action, although future installments of the original Amazing Spider-Man (if numbers 5 and 6 are any indication) will probably only come out the same weeks as future movies. So imagine my surprise when I learned that January 2005 would see the release of the earliest issues of 1976's popular follow-up series (the first 31 in fact).

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?).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By goldenrulecomics on March 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book collects the first 31 issues of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man, which debuted in 1976 as companion to the character's main series. It's hard to imagine now, but because Spider-Man was also in Marvel Team-Up there was some concern at the time about overexposure! So Peter Parker was pitched as a series focusing more on his college days and friends, and in that sense it worked wonderfully. The stories have a clean freshness to them and almost all of them have held up well over the years. The series did a great job of mixing long-established villains such as the Beetle, Vulture, Morbius, with more recent ones like the Tarantula and Hitman, and also served to introduce the White Tiger to Marvel's comic-book universe after his introduction in its black-and-white magazines. There's a few clunkers that reflect the late 1970s, like a CB radio superhero and a disco super-villain, but Bill Mantlo, who wrote most of the stories in this collection, did a great run of stories, ending this volume with the multi-part introduction of Carrion. I think this is a great book for any Spider-Man fan. For more in-depth book reviews I've done, search for goldenrulecomics on the Squidoo website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MasterAP on August 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Seeing as I have read all the Amazing Spider-Man volumes in print, I decided to pick up the next set: Essential Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 1.

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!
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