- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (March 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785121927
- ISBN-13: 978-0785121923
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – March 8, 2006
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When Spider-Man first appeared in "Amazing Fantasy" #15 (which now provides the cover art for Volume 1) the promise was that we would find the character to be "just a bit...different." Although there were similarities to those who had come before (e.g., the motivation of a loved one's death just like Batman, the use of radioactivity to provide superpowers), it was ultimately the difference that made Spider-Man so popular. However, the key element of that difference did not not emerge until issue #1 of "The Amazing Spider-Man," when J. Jonah Jameson begins his public crusade against the Spider-Man menace Ultimately, what made Spider-Man "different" was that he was considered to be a menace rather than a hero by the public, and usually neither Peter Parker nor his web-slinger alter-ego had any luck other than bad. Here was the comic book superhero as underdog.Read more ›
I'm also impressed by the compositional skills of Lee. considering that these comics were meant to be sold to a young audience, 8 to 12, the vocabulary is varied and demanding. When compared to the texts of The Ultimate Spiderman, the language has a higher standard.
The tone of these old comics also tend to be more lighthearted and carefree than the modern ones, and I like it that way--it's good to take a break from all those dark, brooding, and violent stories once in a while. This volume of Spider-Man often borders on comedy, but also touches on everyday troubles (and scares) faced by the teenage Peter Parker. I think it's partly due to this duality of the character that makes Spider-Man such a successful character.
Anyway, I just could not put this book down. I heartily recommend it.
Go back and get the real story on Spidey with these awesome collections. Call me an old fashion comic geek but I'll take my heroes they way they started dated history and all.
At first I was thinking that the clothes and the manner of speaking were a bit lame. I mean Peter Parker literally wears a suit and tie to go to high school and he's saying things like, "Woowee!" or "Gee whiz!" It was kinda ridiculous and I did roll my eyes more than once. But once I got past that I realized that this was the real meat and potatoes of Spider-Man
We got to see how he was originally famous for being a performer, how he failed to stop the original burglar when he had a chance, and how Uncle Ben paid the price for his nephew's arrogance. We get to see the origin stories of all the great Spider-Man villains that we know and love today. Doc Ock, The Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, The Enforcers, Kraven the Hunter, The Tinkerer, and of course, The Green Goblin!
For me the best part of the book was when we got to see Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 where he faces the Sinister Six for the very first time. We get to see full page spreads of Spidey belting the villains in the face drawn by Steve Ditko, and all the different heroes of the Marvel Universe show up in this issue as well. Spidey is going around fighting the villains and the other heroes are either trying to help him or are just making cameo appearances. Either way it's awesome to see the original X-men, Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Captain America and even The Incredible Hulk show up for a few panels.
This is a must have for anyone who is a die hard fan of Spider-Man. Check it out!
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The Amazing Spider-Man...Need I say any more. If you are a ASM lover then it is all good readingPublished 5 months ago by Rudy G
In okay condition, the cover is a bit chipped at the sides— was hoping for a cleaner condition since I spent a bit of money, but nonetheless, still received the product I wanted &... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ella
It arrived not long after I odered it. But for what i paid for the book it's rubish i would have expected it to at least be in colorPublished 14 months ago by morgan dyce
Can anyone tell me why this is so expensive?? $60 - $70 for an essential is a bit much... I bought 2 - 6 for $70 bucks...Published on May 5, 2014 by RJ
By the early 60s, Stan Lee was pretty much sick of comic books. He had been working in the industry since he was a teen and the monster and romance books held little meaning to a... Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by B. E. Beechler
I thought the black and white would take stuff away from the comics but you never notice it and all of the comics are great.Published on June 4, 2013 by Ryan Reigle
This book collects the first 20 issues of Amazing Spider-man plus Amazing Fantasy 15 (Spider-man's debut), and Annual #1 (Sinister Six debut). Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Gary