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The Essential Spider-Man, Vol.2 Paperback – May, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Essential Spider-Man (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Enterprises; Comic edition (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078510299X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785102991
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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This is a good buy and every true Spider-Man fan should own it.
Nancy T. Hutchinson
Powerful stuff, indeed, powerfully illustrated in Steve Ditko's swan song on the series.
Jeffrey A. Veyera
His love for Betty Brant changes to Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson.
Debra B.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Veyera VINE VOICE on August 1, 2000
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For any latter-day comics fans who wonder why Spider-Man, and not the X-Men, remains the most visible character in Marvel's stable today need to pick up "Essential Spider-Man vol. 2" for a primer on how comics are written and characters established. (Chris Claremont, call your office).
Spider-Man was always obviously the first love of writer Stan Lee. Rather than crank out the usual superhero nonsense displayed over at Marvel's Distinguished Competition for most of the 60s, Lee and artist Steve Ditko created in Peter Parker a character as unique and compelling as his alter ego. As a high schooler blessed with great power but constantly struggling to balance the demands of his life, Parker is a poignant and realistic hero.
I will illustrate this with just two examples from this collection. In the first, Parker's beloved Aunt May is dying of an incurable disease he unwittingly introduced to her bloodstream. To save her, he needs a rare isotope recently stolen by an enigmatic crime figure. After frenetically rampaging through New York to unravel this criminal organization, Spider-Man battles his foe in his headquarters, only to be buried under tons of machinery as the ceiling collapses and the river begins to flood in, the isotope a few feet away. Spider-Man struggles to free himself despite the enormous weight of the machine, his exhaustion, and his own nagging self-doubts, knowing that he alone can save the woman who raised him. Powerful stuff, indeed, powerfully illustrated in Steve Ditko's swan song on the series.
Fast forward to his next encounter with the Green Goblin, a madman who discovers his identity and attacks him at his house.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
This second volume holds a wide range of early Spider-Man stories, and shows a transitional period in the character's history.
The stories range from the epic Master Planner storyline, which builds strongly and contains very memorable scenes, to ephemeral stories like hat of the Looter and a guy named Joe. Villains from the past return, and this book includes some essential stories of Spidey's big name foes, Dr Octopus and the Green Goblin.
The book also takes Peter Parker from his high school days to college, incidentally introducing both Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson while leaving behind earlier romantic interests such as Betty Brant and Liz Allen.
During this volume, we see the period when artist Steve Ditko took over the plotting of stories, which lent the book a more moralistic air. Towards the end, Ditko leaves and is replaced by John Romita, making the book more clean-lined but less visually interesting.
This volume is a mixed bag, albeit of good quality material, and shows a comic that has largely outgrown its original premise but struggling to find a new one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
Flying by the seat of their collective drawers, Stan 'The Man' Lee and 'Sturdy' Steve Ditko transcended the whole of the comics industry with the issues presented in THE ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 2.
The impact that Ditko's work in this period made left mighty big shoes for his successor, 'Jazzy' Johnny Romita, to fill...and we get to see the first issues of that decidedly different direction here, as well.
'Nuff said.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debra B. on August 20, 2004
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Stan Lee's, Steve Ditko's, and John Romita's "Essential Spider-Man, Vol. 2" is an awesome graphic novel of Spider-Man's original comic book series! This volume contains the exciting issues #21-43 and Annuals #2 & 3! This book introduces lots of new changes for Peter Parker. His love for Betty Brant changes to Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson. It also brings lots of different villains to light for Spidey to battle, like:

- The Beetle

- The Clown, and his Masters of Menace

- The Green Goblin

- Mysterio

- The Crime-Master

- The Molten Man

- Xandu

- The Scorpian

- The Cat

- Kraven the Hunter

- Doc Ock

- The Looter

- The Rampaging Robots of Dr. Stromm

- The Rhino

What's really cool about this book is when you read the 3-part series of Spider-Man battling Doc Ock for the very life of his Aunt May, and when Spidey and the Green Goblin are both unmasked to each other! Another cool thing is the guest-appearances of The Human Torch, Dr. Strange, The Hulk, and the Avengers!

Even though the pages are all in black and white, I was still able to greatly appreciate Steve Ditko's and John Romita's art of drawing Spider-Man and his villains. I sped through this novel faster than I thought, wishing it wouldn't end! If you're a fan of Spider-Man, you'll love this great volume!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iamwatched@aol.com on August 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
I was excited to find out (from Amazon.com) that Spider-Man issues 21-43 were reprinted in one book. The first 20 issues have been reprinted many times but I had a hard time finding anything after that(at least nothing affordable). I remember reading the early Spider-Man comics as a teenager and at age 43 wanted to read them again (especially the #39 & 40 Green Goblin story). So I bought The Essential Spider-Man Vol. II. I will admit I was disappointed to find the stories were reproduced only in black and white. But once I started reading the stories, it didn't bother me much. In fact, the artwork (by Steve Ditko and John Romita) is actually nice to look at in B/W. The covers of each of the issues are also reproduced and I appreciate that! I've ordered Volume III from Amazon.com today (although at this writing it is not yet published) so I'll have more exciting Spidey memories to relive. If you don't mind back and white - this is a good, nice-sized volume to get!
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