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Spider-Man: The Graphic Novels (Marvel Graphic Novel #63)

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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Several of the Amazing Spider-Man's most extraordinary adventures are offered together in this fabulous collection! From being whisked away to a bizarre fantasy world inhabited by a creature of near limitless power, to dealing with unruly ghosts in an ancient Scottish castle, things have never been weirder for our hapless hero! Also, the secret history of Peter and Mary Ja ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published June 27th 2012 by Marvel (first published March 1990)
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Leo Horovitz
I didn't know who Charles Vess was but after reading this album, both written and illustrated by him, I now know what he should be: an illustrator, and nothing else. Actually, I'll limit that even further, he should illustrate environments, and nothing else. The landscapes are beautiful, he has a real sense for the dramatic and also for small details, but the characters look extremely stiff, the heads are often misshapen and the facial expressions are all but nonexistent. He does manage to do a ...more
D.M.
This collection of the 'graphic novels' starring Spider-Man perfectly depict why Marvel never really 'got it' in the 90s: they just couldn't grow up. While DC and the indies were willing to do mature, interesting stories with their characters and others, Marvel thought they just needed to do thicker books and hire new artists. There are four books in here ('Hooky,' 'Parallel Lives,' 'Spirits of the Earth' and 'Fear Itself'), and they're all basically longer versions of typical Spidey stories, al ...more
Paul
Charles Vess is a great artist, Charles Vess can also be a very good writer (see his Balads sagas).
In the case of this book, the art is pretty much awesome as awesome can be.
Sadly, the story falls short. The story seems to want to pander to the regular Marvel Universe Zombie that requires the division between the really good guy and the really bad ones.
Oh well, I've read it once... the following times where I took this book off the shelf, I settled for just looking at the incredible art
Paul
Charles Vess is a great artist, Charles Vess can also be a very good writer (see his Balads sagas).
In the case of this book, the art is pretty much awesome as awesome can be.
Sadly, the story falls short. The story seems to want to pander to the regular Marvel Universe Zombie that requires the division between the really good guy and the really bad ones.
Oh well, I've read it once... the following times where I took this book off the shelf, I settled for just looking at the incredible art.
Jason
I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars. The story was pretty good, the artwork was great in some spots but only okay in others (sometimes the faces look weird). The landscapes are spectacular, and it's wild to see Spidey in such an unusual setting. This is definitely a lost treasure from the days when superhero graphic novels were not as big a deal as they are now. You can still get it cheap on Ebay, too! I got mine for 5 bucks!
Devero
La storia non è un granché, in fondo. L'Uomo Ragno in Scozia, non rende. Ma i disegni, signori, che disegnatore che è Vess. Ci sono alcune tavole che da sole valgono l'intero prezzo della Graphic Novel.
Rob
The pictures are awful pretty.

The plot, well, Scooby-Doo comes to mind...
Michael
a case of where overwhelming gorgeous artwork adds an extra star to the review
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Charles was born in 1951 in Lynchburg, Virginia and has been drawing since he could hold a crayon. He drew his first full-length comic when he was 10 and called it "Atomic Man." Minimalist in nature, it required no drawing of hands, feet or heads ("they just glowed"). Since then, he has painstakingly drawn thousands of hands, feet, and heads in great detail. Charles graduated with a BFA from Virgi ...more
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