40 Years Of The Amazing Spider-Man
- 11-disc CD-ROM collection of 500+ Spider-Man comic books
- Covers 40+ years of all Amazing Spider-Man comic books printed
- Mind-blowing 10 Milestones of Amazing Spider-Man
- Spider-Man's debut issue: The Amazing Fantasy #15
- All articles and vintage ads, Spider's-Web column, and Bullpen Bulletins
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Revisit and relive every Amazing Spider-Man comic book ever printed (including Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Man's debut) covering over 40 years spanning March 1963 through December 2003.
From the Manufacturer
This is a complete collection of every Amazing Spider-Man comic book ever printed covering over 40 years - Mar. 1963 to Dec. 2003, including The Amazing Fantasy #15 Spider-Mans debut issue. A total of over 500 (issues 1 thru 500, and Amazing Fantasy #15 complete comic books including all articles, the Spiders-Web column, Bullpen Bulletins and every advertisement cover to cover complete. Articles and script from the great Stan "The Man" Lee, and artwork by non other than Steve Ditko. The digital images are created from the original historic paper comic books (complements of Marvel editor and collector Mr. Ralph Macchio), so some images may be a bit soiled, slight discoloration and small degrading of pages such as small tears, creases and pen marks. But thats what gives it its historical value and character.
Forty years ago, The Amazing Spider-Man first leapt onto the pages of a comic book. In his hand-stitched red-and-blue costume, this teenage boy discovered an obligation to use his incredible powers to help save a world, despite the fear and mistrust held by many who he sought to aid. Though much has changed in Spider-Mans world in those intervening years, all that matters has remained the same. Spider-Man has taught us that the greater power, the greater the responsibility comes bound with obligation. Trace the fascinating exploits of your favorite web spinner as he battles crime and cruelty in its many guises, while often putting his own search for happiness in second place. Packed with intrigue, love and loss, victory and defeat, this truly is The Amazing Spider-Man.
- 11 CD-ROM collection
- Every Amazing Spider-Man comic book printed over 40 Years
- Over 500 complete printable comics, cover to cover
- Includes Amazing Spider-Mans debut issue the Amazing Fantasy #15
Revisit and relive every Amazing Spider-Man comic book ever printed covering over 40 years. Including the mind-blowing 10 milestones of Amazing Spider-Man, spanning March 1963 to December 2003.
- ASM Issue #3 The first appearance of Doc Octopus
- ASM Issue #14 The first appearance of the Green Goblin
- ASM Issue # 42 The first appearance of Mary Jane Watson
- ASM Issue # 50 Spider-Man no more
- ASM Issue # 121 Gwen Stacys death
- ASM Issue # 129 The first appearance of The Punisher
- ASM Issue # 196 The first time Aunt May dies
- ASM Issue # 252 The first appearance of Spider-Mans black costume
- ASM Issue # 299 & 300 The first appearance of Venom
- ASM Vol. #2 Issues #37 & 38 Aunt May finds out Peter is Spider-Man
...all these + hundreds more!!!
Top Customer Reviews
Second, you have to view these comic books through the Adobe Reader, the 6.0 version of which you can install from the first disc (this is important because otherwise the "Marvel" that pops up as a sort of watermark when you try to print these pages pops up when you start reading each page. Unless you have a really big monitor (I thought I did before this) you have to choose between seeing the pages real size, where you cannot see an entire two-page spread at the same time, or you can reduce them in size to where you can see the entire two-page spread in which case the question is whether your eye sight is good enough to still read the print (I appear to be older than I thought). Beyond this it is a question of how powerful your computer is for being able to move from one spread to the next at a decent rate. Some people will find this maddening, and if that is the case you will not enjoy what this CD-Rom has to offer.
There are minor problems in that what you get is each CD-Rom in its own envelope, which means you can undoubtedly find some better way of keeping them around, and each disc only indicates what years are covered (e.g., 1962-1966), so you need to come up with your own way of remember what issues are on each disc (you can jot the numbers down on the envelope). The top choice on my list of Spider-Man comics I wanted to read again was #257, the one where Mary Jane finally told Peter Parker she knew he was Spider-Man. After I checked out the first disc I made a calculated guess as to which one it was on and I was right, but including the range of issues on each disc or at least on the box (to go along with the "mind-blowing 10 Milestones") should have been a no-brainer. Still, all of these "problems" are easily fixable. I am surprised that the annuals are not included, but expecting to have the crossovers (as some of the "Essentials" volumes do, e.g., "Tomb of Dracula) is rather unrealistic, so I would not count it as a major or minor problem.
Yes, it would be nice to sit in a chair that was not in front of a computer and read "The Amazing Spider-Man" from nicely bound books. But the "Marvel Masterworks" series is a rather expensive way of getting these comic books, the "Marvel Essentials" series is reprinted in black & white, and combined those two have not reprinted half of what is collected on these 11 CD-Roms. Even if you have the comic books, taking them out of their bags and backing boards seems like heresy, especially with the old ones. However, I do not have that problem because many years ago when my brother and I split up who was going to collect which Marvel comic books, he got the Spider-Man titles (we had from #28 on in the original comics, with everything prior to that being the original reprints in "Marvel Tales"). All I have are the six "Essential" collections and the four "Masterworks" trade paperbacks, which means I only have about a quarter of what is here in book form. When it comes to being economical, you are not going to be able to beat what this collection has to offer, and that is the key factor for putting its shortcomings in perspective.
"40 Years of The Amazing Spider-Man" begins with "Amazing Fantasy" #15 and ends with what became "The Amazing Spider-Man" #500 when "Volume 2" took advantage of the "Volume 1" numbering to mark a significant milestone in the history of the web-slinger. The touching coda in that last issue, drawn by John Romita, Sr. (who was Spider-Man's artist when I bought my first "Spider-Man" comic book, #62), makes for a fitting place to end this collection. I suppose a disc 12 could be out in 2007, but I do not have the same qualms about taking the latest issues out to read again that I do about the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko issues. I am not overly excited about having the "complete" comic books, with all of those ads we remember from out childhood and the letters to the editor, but I do like seeing the covers of the other titles Marvel was putting out in the Sixties.
I gave up on Spider-Man when the whole clone thing was getting way out of hand. The alien costume bit was okay, but the clone bit was just too much for me. I started reading the comic books again (we live in the age of multiple titles for any successful comic book character) when I started teaching an Introduction to Popular Culture class in which I use "The Essential Spider-Man, Volume 1." The class also looks at a recent issue of one of the main Spider-Man titles, so I started reading "The Amazing Spider-Man" again with #482 (nee #42), almost a year after J. Michael Stracynski started scripting the book. I have gone back and gotten all of "Volume 2" of the book, and these CD-Roms allow me to fill in the gaps. It is just going to take a while to get through all of these and I feel like I should write some sort of academic treatise on it all.
You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger Spidey fan than me, but I can't recommend this software. If you want to read these issues you'd be better off buying physical reprints, which are plentiful and inexpensive.