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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – March 8, 2006

4.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 1 of 11 in the Essential Spider-Man Series

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Product Details

  • 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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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 14, 2006
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This is the third version of the "Essential Spider-Man, Volume 1" trade paperback collection and the fact that it did not come out until March 1 of this year has given me a lot of headaches this semester. This is the one "textbook" in my Introduction to Popular Culture class and Spider-Man is usually the second unit and I had to shift it at the last minute to being the fourth unit to make sure everybody has copies. The cherubs are turning in their essays this week in which they argue what are the five most significant defining elements of Spider-Man comic books (e.g., spider-powers, JJJ out to get him, bookworm, worried about Aunt May), and it is always interesting to see how many of them were convinced they would hate having to read comic books and how much they end up loving Spidey.

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.
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I had never read these original stories before. They are great and it was a wonderful experience to read them. Besides the fantastic elements in this story, Lee is able to add some soap opera elements with Peter's romantic relationship with Betty Brant. It gets quite dramatic when Betty makes Spiderman responsible for killing her brother, just when Peter is about to reveal to her that he is Spiderman. Later on, other obstacles will be on the way between the two, like Liz Allan's sudden change of heart for Peter Parker.
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.
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I never considered myself a comic book guy, but lately I find that I'm buried in them. So far I've mostly stayed away from the Marvel Universe, however, because getting into it is like wading through a Sargasso Sea of characters, lore, and backstories, but I find giant compilations like this volume of early Spider-Man comics are great for the initiate.

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.
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I've read the Ultimate Spidey comic. Don't get me wrong it was a smart move by Marvel to "refresh" their dated comic titles for the younger generation but c'mon you cannot re-write history. While I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the Ultimate Spider-Man comics it feels wrong somehow.

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.
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I've been reading Spider-Man since about 2003 and there have been some ups and downs as far as quality goes, so I figured I would pick this up and see how the whole story began.

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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