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Essential Spider-Man - Volume 11 Paperback – June 27, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Essential Spider-Man
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163305
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Many have tried to replicate it, but nothing beats ['The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man'] .... This touching story is so powerful, it is one of the best Spider-Man stories ever." -- comicsbackissues.com

"This volume shows the series in one of its best periods. The writing and art complement each other well, whilst the stories put both Spider-Man and Peter through a quite diverse range of situations without once stepping into the ridiculous ... this is definitely one of the best runs in Spider-Man's history." -- Tim Roll-Pickering

"Roger Stern is a spider-writer near and dear to my heart. I can pretty much recite these issues word for word. The Cobra and Mr. Hyde 2-parter in 231-232 is godlike. When it comes to great Spider-Man artists ... make mine Romita! [But] the crown jewel of Stern's run on this title has to be the Hobgoblin. I remember the thrill of stumbling onto this new villain, and thoroughly enjoyed watching the saga unfold over the next several years. Stern restores the Vulture as a force to be reckoned with, and he restores Spider-Man himself ..." -- Kris Shaw

"This is the best volume in ages. The team of Roger Stern and John Romita Jr. is excellent." -- Mitch Romig

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I sincerely hope that volume 12 will come soon!
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Each issues offers a well integrated recap of what's going on in the story and Spidey's life without it necessarily feeling like an info-dump.
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I remember buying these books new off the stands and really enjoyed them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hickerson VINE VOICE on March 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
The latest collection from the long run of The Amazing Spider-Man is a trip down memory lane.

Long before I knew about the existence of stores exclusively devoted to comic books and in the years before I was given mail subscriptions to my favorite books, I was at the mercy of which issues of my favorite books were at the local grocery store or drug store when I got to visit with parents or grandparents. The fact that I managed to collect a solid run of many of the issues featured in this book is a testament to the patience of all those people, who put up with my looking through the racks for the latest issue or that one I'd miss so I could have a complete story.

This run of issues is helped by the fact that it has a consistent creative team churning out the stories. I'm not sure how the comic book community as a whole feels about Roger Stern's run at writing Spider-Man, but I've got to admit it holds up pretty well. Stern did a nice job with creating story arcs that lasted just long enough to sustain reader interest and tell a good story without feeling like he was extended things out to sell more issues (I'm looking at your modern comic books writers). Stern also clearly follows the model of Stan Lee, who said that you should treat every issue as if it's someone's first. Each issues offers a well integrated recap of what's going on in the story and Spidey's life without it necessarily feeling like an info-dump.

Of course, the big change to the Spidey universe in this collection comes from the introduction of the Hobgoblin. If there's a storyline that defined my time reading Spider-Man, the mystery of the Hobgoblin was it. (In fact, it was once we found out who the man behind the mask really was that I began to move away from regular reading of Spider-Man...
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peircefer on June 26, 2012
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For anyone collecting the Essential Marvels (especially the Spider-Man ones), this one is a must-have. Why? Well, it includes the mystery of the Brand Corporation (continuing from volume 10), MJ returns, Spidey keeps on quipping, Hobgoblin's origin, and it ends with one of the best Spider-Man stories ever: The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man. If you're a Spidey fan, you really should buy this volume, and the other 10 if you don't already have them.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Comics-R-Fun on October 22, 2012
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I remember buying these books new off the stands and really enjoyed them. The real standout is, of course, "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" from issue #248. When the story was first published, fandom considered it an instant classic and nearly thirty years later, it's still as poignant as ever. The rest of the stories are solid superhero tales with the Hobgoblin subplot being set up throughout.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric on January 18, 2014
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My favorite run on Amazing Spider-Man, second only to Ditko and Lee, Stern and Romita Jr deliver some of the smartest and heroic takes on the character I've ever seen. Unfortunately the Juggernaut story didn't make it into this volume making number 10 essential, but even without it, this book stands on it's own.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Numismata on December 29, 2014
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Great series and enjoyable stories though dated by today's standards. Recommended!
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