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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Just about every big name super hero in comics has at least one pivotal moment that always gets remembered by fans. For Spider-Man, what's collected here in Death of the Stacys is THE pivotal turning point for Marvel's celebrated character. The death of Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's first true love before Mary Jane, meets her demise thanks to the Green Goblin, which leaves Spidey blaming himself for her death. This story alone makes Death of the Stacys worth picking up, and it begins with the death of Gwen's police captain father and mentor to Peter. After that, poor Gwen meets her maker, and the story concludes with the final (well, it was at the time) battle between Spider-Man and Norman "Green Goblin" Osborne. Though the dialogue may be dated, the overall story is ahead of it's time, thanks to the talent of the legendary Stan Lee, and the underrated Gerry Conway, who took over Amazing Spider-Man with big shoes to fill, and only ended up scripting the most pivotal event in Spidey's history (and would also create the Punisher to boot!). Not to mention artwork by the legendary John Romita Sr. and Gil Kane, and well, you get the idea. All in all, Death of the Stacys is the absolute pivotal event in the Spider-Man mythos, and for fans new and old, this handsomely designed hardcover is a must own. Just remember to ignore anything that was attempted to be undone with this story by J. Michael Straczynski's Sins Past storyarc in his Amazing Spider-Man run.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
What made Spider-Man different from the very start was the adversity he faced as Spider-Man and as Peter Parker. Even in the more innocent time known as the "Silver Age" he had to learn early in his super-hero career that even with all of his amazing powers he could not stop tragedy from befalling those he loved. What started with his Uncle Ben continues here with the deaths of Captain Stacy and his daughter Gwen.

Collected in this volume are the stories that marked the end of the Silver Age and the beginning of the more grim Bronze Age. Gwen's death in paticular is one of the watershed moments in comic history. And that death is followed the very next issue by the death of Spider-man's arch enemy, the Green Goblin, another shocking death in it's time, one that has lost some of it's significance with Norman Osborn's return in the 1990's.

What's also included in this volume is insight from the man who killed Gwen Satcy, Gerry Conway. In writing about her death, he tells us Gwen died not become of some grand plan, but rather he didn't like her, and he like Mary Jane Watson better.

I't amazing that in almost 35 years since Amazing Spider-Man #121 was published Gwen Stacy has managed to stay dead all this time when just about everyone else has come back to life. Hopefully this will remain as a classic story like this should not be cheapend to make a buck as part of some compnay-wide crossover epic.

Definitely worth picking up and adding to your collection!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2007
The first part of this book deals with the death of Captain Stacy, which is a lovely Doctor Octopus story which features Ock at his deadliest. Penned by Stan Lee, and drawn by legends John Romita and Gil Kane, these are the pinnacle of classic Marvel Comics.

The second part of the book deals with the death of Gwen Stacy. There's no way around it: These issues are beautiful and touching. Filled with emotion and drama, you're drawn right into the story. This is what makes Gwen one of the most important parts of the Spidey mythos. NEVER read SINS PAST. It's complete crap and destroys the image of Gwen, and further more twists this story into total dirt. If you have read it, forget the story or this volume will be ruined for you. The issues in this collection are how Spidey should be. This one's a keeper!
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VINE VOICEon April 27, 2007
Having just read this story makes me realize how die hard comic book fans had so many problems with Spider Man (the movie). Basically the first Spider Man movie takes this horrible trajedy of the death of Gwen Stacy and turns it on its ear by making it happen to a different girl (Mary Jane Watson), and making it a rescue instead of a trajedy. What a slap in the face to the fans who know how it really went down!

I am a new fan of Spider Man, so I am trying to catch up on my 40 plus years of being behind (and I aint even forty yet:). I feel this story is a milestone in my understanding of the character, and perhaps a milestone in my understanding of how great ideas can transform an industry.

This is my first Marvel Premiere book and it wont be my last. The quality of the pages is excellent, and it makes all the difference in my overall enjoyment of the story. The story is great, and surely pivitol in the life of Spider-Man, and perhaps the catalyst for many super hero stories who have had to deal with a dark chapter in their lives. If you don't know the story, then please get this book. You wont be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2013
For the record, I freaking love spiderman, he has been my favorite super hero since I was like 7, and it has never changed since. If you are not in the scene for whatever reason, this is quite simply one of the most important, influential, ground breaking comic book pieces not just for spiderman standards, but for ANY COMIC BOOK EVER MADE. This issue was groundbreaking for its time, and alot of people say that it ended the silver age of comic books (which was about late 70's) and paved the way to the fantastic golden age of comic books which was the 80's, and the 80's boasted amazing comic books like The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, all of those great classics, and spiderman paved the way for that. If you do not know why this comic book was so ground breaking, well this might be one epic spoiler that you shouldent read if you arent familiar with this comic piece, but if you dont care then here is the rundown. Gwen Stacy was spidermans first real girlfriend, she became an established character in a comic book series, which usually means she is going to stay alive throughout the series, at this point their love was at their peak and Peter was going to ask her to marry him and it would have been something typical. But stan put in messages like "This is an issue you are never going to forget" and things like that. So in this issue and the next one, the green goblin suddenly RETURNS ONCE again, and kidnaps Gwen Stacy, the love of Peters life. So you think he is going to save her right. Nope, the Goblin throws a bomb on the bridge causing her to fall, so at this point she is presumably dead, but thats not all, spiderman desperately trying to save her snaps her neck with the velocity of his web, so in one amazing issue, ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTER DIES, AND STAYS DEAD THROUGHOUT THE SERIES. This folks, is unheard of, a main character has never STAYED DEAD before in a comic book, this is why this comic book is so famous and amazing, its realistic, it is heartbreaking, shocking, and you just see peter's character just deteriorate throughout this 2 issue special, its freaking masterful. THIS is why you should get this, its incredible, just read it, it is SOOOO good!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2010
This is THE quintessential story that shapes who Spider-Man is in so many ways. It holds up and is well worth reading. Some of the language is a bit old school but it still works. I should mention that the book itself is well done and feels nice to hold. But sometimes it's easier to read a regular soft cover graphic novel because it's easier to see the inside edges.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2008
Beautiful Cover Art and Beautiful Art, A Must for Any Spidey Fan. A Very Sad story that should have never happen,Mortal Choice,Imagine what would Happen If "Just If".Very Sad but a Classic.
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VINE VOICEon December 23, 2009
I have always heard about Gwen Stacy's death, but never read it. This book took care of that. Both stories are well written (though as another reviewer mentioned, dated dialogue). The only thing I would have changed is that I would have added the next issue of Amazing Spiderman so that you could see everyone's reaction at the funeral. The final scene of MJ closing the door, I wanted to see what happened next.

As for the book itself, very good quality to the pages. For the price, I would like to have seen DC use this quality for its Absolute Editions instead of charging so much for them.. Marvel go this one right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
As a rather new person to comic books, at first the writing of Stan Lee's Spider-Man threw me off. Every single sentence he said, even in thought, ended with an exclamation point! Spider-Man was so excited! There is a potato chip on the ground!!! However, if you can power through that, this story is really good. I now consider it a must read for all Spider-Man fans.
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VINE VOICEon November 11, 2014
I'm a big fan of graphic novels, and I only occasionally read story arc collections. I usually come away disappointed, feeling like the writing is too pedestrian, and that I don't have enough background on the characters or a stake in their future. However, I like to experience the classics and get a good sense of comics history. Even if I don't love them (Death of Superman, X-Men: Days of Future Past), I appreciate them in context.

Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys, however, I loved. The emotional resonance can still be felt, even with all that's happened for Spider-Man since this story originally came out. The art and writing is inspired, and there's a real sense of tragedy, of a past and a future that are forever colored by these events. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in the core comics stories, but also to people who appreciate a good read for any reason at all.
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