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Spider-Man: The Original Clone Saga Paperback – July 13, 2011
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Gil Kane (ESSENTIAL MARVEL TEAM-UP and MARVEL VISIONARIES: GIL KANE) drew almost every major character in comics throughout his illustrious career. He is best-known for his work on DC's Green Lantern.
Len Wein is the co-creator of "Wolverine" and the "New X-Men." He is a former editor in chief of Marvel Comics, Disney Comics, and Top Cow Comics, as well as a senior editor at DC Comics. His previous work includes "The All-New, All-Different X-Men Masterworks; The Untold Legend of Batman; "and" Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals." He lives in Woodland Hills, California.
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Here goes the story that started the madness, The Original Clone Saga. Beginning in 1974 and written by Gerry Conway, the Original Clone Saga which has went down in Spider-Man lore as a Marvel Milestone was the follow up and supposedly fall out of another milestone, The Death of Gwen Stacy. That storyline introduced another moment of tragedy in the life of Spider-Man, as he witnessed the death of his lover at the hands of the Green Goblin, which occurred when he remembered Spider-Man's secret identity and attacked in full force. This story begins when a villain calling himself the Jackal enters, and it's very unclear what his motives are besides terrorizing Spider-Man. The story had a major impact on the Spider-Man mythos which would be felt for way over 20 years, beginning new storylines and debuting new characters, as well as re-introducing older ones thought long gone. Along with its overall effect, the story would prove to be quite entertaining with startling revelations that left many in awe as the story reached its climax. This trade paperback collects some of the best stories during one of Spider-Man's best runs; Amazing Spider-Man 139 - 150, Giant-Size Spider-Man 5, Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man 25 - 31, 149, 162 - 163, and Annual 8.Read more ›
The Spider-man/Jackal war didn't start with issue #139, it actually goes farther back to the 1st issue of Punisher in a Spider-man comic and that's back in the late 120 series, published in 1973. If you own that comic it's worth money.
The Spider-man/Jackal war is the 1st real epic struggle in comics. This starts hardly 3 issues after the death of Green Goblin (and that was screwed up later in the various clone stories: another subject). At issue #139 things start to take off with the introduction of Grizzly in the Spider-man Jackal war. Note, this war goes from issue 139, full inclusion of the double sized annual into the story, to an epilog in issue 151; the reader isn't treated to a story line with Shocker later in that issue. Note, Marvel does not top the Spider-man/Jackal war until the X-Men epic of the X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga and that particular comic line is about as good as it gets with this medium.Read more ›
So I held off on getting this collection, and eventually bought it out of boredom, as well as because it included some things that I rarely see reprinted - stories from annuals, and issues of Spectacular Spider-Man.
But I was impressed with the collection. There's the enjoyable original clone story, but that leads on to cleaning up the issues with the clone of Gwen Stacy, followed by a few stories that deal with Carrion.
While I had read all of these stories separately over time, putting all of them in a single volume has an interesting effect of making the story feel better thought out than it probably was.
There's an explanation as to how the clones were created, which is very satisfying. However, it sounds like it was abandoned when 90s clone saga got started.
The artwork is a mixed bag. I like most of the classic artwork, but Sal Buscema changed his style over time, and during the time period here, on Spectacular Spider-Man, his artwork turned into a style that seems to have split people. Some people love it, but I felt like it was unique, but hardly enjoyable.
Still, it's a better volume than the other clone saga books out there, and entirely worth the purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Realy fun story, I've always loved the 70's era of spidey and this story arc is ages better than the later Clone Saga Epic. Love this TPBPublished 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This book doesn't even make too much sense and it is mindless spidey story telling that drags on and on. I will always look at spiderman now badly because of this. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Neo
Very good story I would give it a 9/10. In my top ten and there to stay. Great showing of spiderman and his first re encounter with gwen. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by j mav