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Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt (Marvel Premiere Classic) Hardcover – August 23, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 1 edition (August 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078512330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123309
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Eisner Award winner J. M. DeMatteis was a professional musician and rock music journalist before entering the comic book field. Although he's written almost all of the major DC and Marvel icons -- including critically-lauded runs on Justice League International and Spider-Man (the epic "Kraven's Last Hunt" was voted the number one story in Spider-Man's fifty year history by Comic Book Resources), DeMatteis's greatest acclaim has come for sophisticated original graphic novels like Seekers Into The Mystery, Blood: A Tale, The Last One, and Mercy. The autobiographical Brooklyn Dreams was picked by the ALA as one of the Ten Best Graphic Novels and Booklist, in a starred review, called it "as graphically distinguished and creatively novelistic a graphic novel as has ever been...a classic of the form." The groundbreaking Moonshadow was chosen (along with Brooklyn Dreams, Blood and other DeMatteis works) for inclusion in Gene Kanenberg, Jr's 2008 book 500 Essential Graphic Novels -- where it was hailed as one of the finest fantasy graphic novels ever created.

His success in the comic book medium has led DeMatteis to work in both television (writing live action and animation) and movies (creating screenplays for Fox, Disney Feature Animation, directors Carlo Carlei and Chris Columbus and producer Dean Devlin, among others).

More recently DeMatteis has had great success with the children's fantasy series Abadazad (hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "...one of those very rare fantasy works that can enchant preteen kids and 40-year old fanboys..."), The Life and Times of Savior 28 (called "one of the finest super hero stories of the decade" by Newsarama) and the novel Imaginalis (which Publishers Weekly praised as "a sure-footed fantasy" with a "hopeful message about the power of reading and belief.")

Current projects include the upcoming all-ages fantasies The Adventures of Augusta Wind and The Edward Gloom Mysteries; writing for Cartoon Network's Teen Titans Go (set to debut in 2013); his ongoing Imagination 101 workshops, which explore the practicalities and metaphysics of writing for comics, graphic novels and animation; and Creation Point, a story consultation service that offers in-depth guidance for both the professional and aspiring writer.

DeMatteis and his family live in upstate New York. His blogs can be found here at Amazon.com and at www.jmdematteis.com.

Customer Reviews

The story was very good and the art was even better.
Zauriel
It doesn't matter because Kraven's Last Hunt's one of the most poignant of Spider-man stories, past or present.
Cai Yixin Jeremy
If you like Spider-Man, comics, or just a good read, make sure to pick up this story.
Aaron Felker

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Owens on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This may well be my favorite Spider-man story of all time. This has always been regarded as a fan favorite and high water mark for Spider-man tales and definitely as dark as his adventures have ever been. The story is phychologically gripping and frightening. Most of it is seen through the eyes of Kraven the Hunter who is spiraling into severe madness. The art from premier artist Mike Zeck is spot on in this dark, gothic tale. If you are new to Spider-man and are looking to explore some of his past great stories, or just looking to re-read a classic... you found a winner.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Loniewski on March 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this story when it first came out as a cross-over storyline spanning all the Spider-man titles at the time. I was hooked! I eagerly awaited the next instalment till it came.

This brings the story together (four or five issues worth) in one book.

It's hard to tell for whom to root for. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, would be Spidey. But yet, Kraven The Hunter, for a villian had both honor and integrity. You gotta respect that!!

The story is told from both Spidey and Kraven's point of view.It shows what's on the mind of Kraven. And that is COMPLETELY defeating Spider-man.

Without spoiling the ending, the reader is left asking themselves "Who REALLY won??"
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Travis on May 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Kraven's Last Hunt" is a true masterpiece of the comic book medium, and it still stands as the best Spider-Man related graphic novel to date.

This story alone should be proof enough that J.M. DeMatteis was the best author to ever be put on the Spider-Books, and the artwork by Mike Zeck complements the writing wonderfully.

This a book that must be read by all those interested or seeking an interest in comics, and of course all those interested in the greatest superhero of them all, the amazing Spider-Man.

The mysterious yet exhilerating gloom of "Kraven's Last Hunt" makes for one hell of an entertaining read, supported by spotless characterization and an incredible insight into the minds of Peter, Mary Jane, Vermin, and of course, Sergei Kravenoff, the man known as Kraven The Hunter.

There's no question about it, this one's a must own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ramsey on December 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
My tastes run a bit eccentric in my comics. I tend to like comics that take super heroes that have been around for a while and giving them an existential twist. Spiderman goes along this route and knocks the ball right out of the park.

The story centers around the lesser known spidey villain: Kraven, a sport hunter who lives for the thrill of the chase. As the title suggests, Kraven feels his time is coming to an end and seeks to end his ways by besting the strongest of all, Spiderman! Spidey has his own problems with a cannibalistic man rat named Vermin terrorizing the city.

This book has a lot of themes, but the major crest is the duality between comfort and fear. Fear is a human trait that each of the characters experience and their unique experiences serve as ways to re-examine the issue. Mary Jane seeks out friends, Peter gives in to the comfort of nothingness, Kraven hunts and Vermin hides. Each character has something haunting them and their confrontations with themselves are the crux of the story. There is barely any dialogue at all.

This is one of the best graphic novels I have read in a long time. If you are a fan of this book, I would also recommend Incredible Hulk: The End written by Keith David and The Sentry graphic novel written by Paul Jenkins.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
One can only imagine the frustration that ate away at that crazed Russian. For Sergei Kravenoff, notoriously known as Kraven the Hunter, it's always been about the hunt. He couldn't care less about material riches or power, or rather the sort of power often sought by other villains. Kraven the Hunter had prided himself on his natural ability to stalk and capture the most dangerous of game. Until he set his sights on Spider-Man. The wallcrawler, crafty and elusive, would prove to be the one prey who would always evade his grasp. It's enough to push Kraven the Hunter over the edge. In 1987, a consumed Sergei Kravenoff lays out his final snare. And he catches Spider-Man. And beats him. He beats the Spider.

In the wake of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and WATCHMEN, comic books everywhere strived to become darker and grittier, and the Spider-man titles followed suit. KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT demonstrates that J.M. DeMatteis, when not sneakily planting whoopee cushions with Keith Giffen, can craft a nerve-wracking psychological thriller. This tale of insanity and terror chronicles the final and most harrowing encounter between Spider-Man and Kraven the Hunter. And although there would be other incarnations of Kraven to follow (which would include his revenge-minded daughter), this original, definitive version remains dead and gone to this very day. So shame on Bucky Barnes and Barry Allen.

This trade reprints the acclaimed story arc, collecting WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #31-32, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #293-294, and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #131-132. It features the artwork of Mike Zeck, one of my favorite artists when it comes to Spidey in his black threads (no, not the alien costume). If nothing else, Mike Zeck made his mark in comic books with his dynamic stuff here and in SECRET WARS.
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