- Series: Marvel Masterworks
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (August 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785129324
- ISBN-13: 978-0785129325
- Package Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man - Volume 10 Hardcover – August 10, 2008
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And while that happens a bit in this collection of The Amazing Spider-Man, it's hard to find a few gems from a creative team that was firmly in a grove at this point. Collecting issues 88 to 99 of the original run, Spidey does battles some classic and not-so-classic foes all while Peter Parker's life is upended by his decision to continue being Spider-Man. The collection includes a couple of pivotal events in the life of Spider-Man from the death of Captain Stacy to the infamous drug addiction storyline that Marvel had the courage to print without the endorsement of the comic code authority. Re-reading this story now, it seems a bit light-weight and a bit like something you'd see on a daytime drama. But looked at through the prism of when it was published, it's downright revolutionary and hard-hitting.
The three-issue run that concludes this collection finds Harry Osborne becoming addicted to pills (what exactly he's addicted to isn't quite specified) in his attempts to keep up in college, Mary Jane Watson and the expectations of his father. Throw into the mix that Norman isn't feeling too well and his about one step from transforming back into the Green Goblin and you've got a classic mix of Peter Parker real-world angst coupled with a superpower dilemma for Spider-Man.
Sure there are a few less than stellar stories in here, but the good stuff more than outweighs the forgettable stuff. It's not quite as high on my list of Spidey favorites as the classic run of Lee and Steve Ditko, but it's still awfully good and well worth enjoying again.
The volume includes issues 88-99 from 1970-71. The highlight is the first few issues containing a battle with Doctor Octopus that ends up killing Captain Stacy, the father of Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's love interest. This volume also includes the "drug issues" where the comics code seal of approval was denied because the stories contained images of drug abuse. Hard to imagine today any controversy over such images.
After these issues, Stan Lee didn't write the stories and John Romita didn't draw the pictures and it just wasn't the same. Gil Kane, did his best work here - right up there with his Green Lantern in the 1960's. But this is where the kids moved on to other things along with the talent that abandoned the Marvel franchise at this moment in time.
So savor this and the first 10 Fantastic Four Masterworks as true masterworks. If they publish any more, it will just have the title Masterworks, but the lustre is gone. This is the last of the really good stuff. Enjoy it. The last issue here actually has a happy ending too. It's time to put it all away and behind us now. But what memories... these stories will take you back. A definite buy.