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Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1. (Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man #1)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,406 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Collecting The Amazing Spider-Man Nos. 1-10 & Amazing Fantasy No. 15
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Marvel Comics (first published 1987)
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Evan Leach
1960’s comics have a certain style that is either fun or ridiculous, depending on your point of view. Villains engage in a lot of expositional speeches, nobody is ever seriously hurt in all of these superhuman battles (somehow), and the dialogue is awfully campy.

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That said, if you are a fan of the Stan Lee style there is a whole lot to enjoy here. This collection contains Amazing Fantasy #15 (Spider-Man’s first appearance, telling the familiar origin story) and the first 10 issues of The Amazing
This collection of the first ten issues of "The Amazing Spider-Man" plus the fifteen page comic that started it all featured in the pages of "Amazing Fantasy 15" was a trip down memory lane for me. At the height of my love for collecting comic books featuring Spider-Man, Marvel Tales began reprinting the entire early run from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Picking up this full color, heavy and glossy paper collection brought the comics back to life in better quality than they were in my old reprint d
Magic Mike
This collects the very first issues of Spider-Man including his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15. These stories are told in an old fashioned way that may seem outdated to some, but for me this collection was surprising. What surprised me is how much of the Spider-Man character was there right from the beginning.

Stan Lee and Steve Ditko really knew what they were doing with this character. All the human drama of Peter Parker is just as good here as it ever has been since. When he first ge
Sure, it's dated and juvenile, but it's also a great time capsule of the '60's. It's definitely fun and the art by Steve Ditko gets better as the volume goes on. There is no continuous story other than Peter Parker (or "Palmer", as at least one issue calls Pete) encountering villain after villain and gradually refining his crime-fighting technique. I suspect that was actually Stan Lee refining the logic behind what would become a world-famous pop culture character. The introductions of the Vultu ...more
Some issues were better than others, but overall, I did enjoy reading these!
By today's standards it's pretty cheesy. Not far removed from the "Golden Age" comics in turn of complexity. While we typically associate Gwen Stacey or Mary Jane Watson with Peter Parker, the closest to a love interest in these first 11 issues is J Jonah Jameson's secretary Betty Brandt--Stan Lee loves him some alliteration. In case you're wondering the sinister foes show up in this order: Vulture, Dr. Octopus, Sandman, Lizard, and then Electro. Less memorable villains are sprinkled between the ...more
Ned Leffingwell
This is a nice collection of the first Spider-man comics. The art is classic Marvel, buildings rising in perspective as human figures contort and tumble in action poses. The dialogue is corny at times; this is the place to hear Spider-man say, "End of the line for you, commie!"

Along with the first Spider-man story, there are a bunch of first appearances here, such as Vulture, Dr. Octopus, Chameleon, Sandman, Tinkerer, and a face-off with Dr. Doom. Many of the plots are contrived but they are fu
Timmy De Leon
I have one thing to say: Amazing. This Marvel Masterworks edition of The Amazing Spider-Man is amazing for these reasons:

1. This is a compilation of the very first Spider-Man comics which started from Amazing Fantasy #15 where I got to see the very beginning of Spider-Man.

2. The action-packed adventures of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. See him tackle these villains like the Vulture, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, and more.

3. Peter Parker. You want to know why Spider-Man is my most favorite
I had so much fun reading these. There is a lot of repetition in every issue (bad guy comes out in the open, spiderman beats him up, end of story), but there is something new every time. Keeping the villains different and continuing the side story with Peter Parker gets you going. However, I felt let down by the dialogue. Some of it was downright ridiculous. They're putting out old issues so they could've changed some things and made it the best it could be, just like what DC is doing at the mom ...more
Adam Graham
This book collects Spider-man's first eleven adventures in Issue 15 of Amazing Fantasy and Issues 1-10 of the Amazing Spider-man in full color.

The introduction by Stan Lee is well worth reading. Perhaps the most amazing fact about Spider-man is how people at Marvel didn't want to green light Spider-man. Some feared he'd have too many problems to be heroic or that Spider-man was originally a teenager and that teenagers could only be sidekicks. Perhaps the strangest objection was that people didn'
Herman Gigglethorpe
This is another good introduction to the Marvel universe, and is currently on sale for Kindle as of the time of writing this review.

Much like the Fantastic Four Masterworks, Spider-Man has some silliness from comics of the time, like the cackling supervillains, melodramatic narration and monologues, Cold War drama, and a more forthright relationship with the reader. For example, one of the issues is dedicated to "teen-agers" who want to see Spider-Man fight the Fantastic Four for some reason, an
The graphic novel Spider-Man is about Peter Parker, an average teenanger, who one day gets bitten by a radioactive spider. Then he gets spider abilities. He can climb walls and he has spider sense. Throughout the book Peter meets many villains, the wrath of Mr. J. Jonah Jameson, and true love, Betty Brant. Peter Parker has crossed with some of Marvel's most dangerous and violent villains. But no matter how many powers or gadgets the long list of villains have they are no match for the Amazing Sp ...more
Brandon Dalo
During my very first ComicCon experience a few weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio, I was fortunate enough to see a Q&A session with Stan Lee. He was not only extremely funny, but also a charming and highly animated character. I had obviously heard of all of the superheroes he had helped create, but I had never read any of the actual comic books he wrote himself. While leaving his panel, I was determined to go and buy some of those original comic books that made him and his company Marvel so famous ...more
Alicia Scully
This is a great collection of the original Spider-Man comics. It gives the story from the beginning, and while my collector's heart loves that, I also found it a little boring. I don't know if it's because I've heard these stories so many times before through interviews or whatnot, or if it's because I read the comics from the reboot first and I found them more action-packed. Either way, I'm glad that this exists from a historical standpoint, but I didn't really enjoy it in terms of reading for ...more
I love Spider-Man and so of course I love getting to read the first 11 Spider-Man comics this summer! :D This is an awesome, excellent collection and I enjoyed it very much! I'd never gotten to read all these cool first comics before now and it's so great reading the smart-mouth, crime-fighting, superhero we know and love! :) There are so many thrills and dangers that Spidey comes across - very exciting!

I also love the Fantastic Four so it's way cool that they were in the collection also! :)

Un super volume pour commencer les aventures de Spider-Man ! Ce volume commence dès le tout premier Spider-Man. Evidemment, ce sont des comics des années 60 alors ne vous attendez pas au storytelling compliqué de nos jours. Les panels ne sont pas chargés, les couleurs ne sont pas nuancées, et la narration est hyper omniprésente. Le charme qui s'en dégage est incommensurable !

Chaque numéro contient une aventure qui ne nécessite pas d'avoir lu les numéros précédents (contrairement à ce qui se fait
I usually don't like Spider Man, but I really enjoyed these early comics. Sure some parts were a little cheesy, and some sections had major reader feeder but the comics were made for kids, might read the other volumes, this was a great read.
Trey Conrad
How can you not love Amazing Fantasy #15 followed by the first 10 issues of the Amazing Spider-Man? AF 15 is great because not only does it spin the true origin of Spider-Man but you can hear Stan Lee's voice while reading it. That was an effect that would be lost in the first couple of issue of Spider-Man but would return towards the 6th issue. These 11 stories introduce so many important characters and ideas that are still relevant and still being written about today. While some may say it's a ...more
Charmingly fun to read, with many of the standards of Spider-man's everyday life colliding with super-heroics established from the beginning. Either I'm at this point used to the grandiosity of Stan Lee's writing, or it works better channeled through a teenage character, and Ditko's art is on par with Kirby's own distinct qualities that elevated from the norm: a sinewy realism, with a more stark, stylized Spider-man (the sharpened eye holes, the more detailed webbing over the whole costume, and ...more
Beth Sniffs Books
I don't get why volume 1 is out-of-print. And doing a quick search, it seems that a lot of the first volumes for other Marvel Masterworks collections are out-of-print too. But, many of the first volumes are available for nook (and probably kindle) so that's good for people who like reading on e-readers or tablets, but that's not me. But still, I don't get how something so seemingly popular (a collection of the first issues) could no longer be in print. There is a new printing of Spider-Man volum ...more
This is a really important bunch of comics. They laid out the ground work for a mythic figure who would become an enduring part of culture. I would happily bet that the average 26 year old knows more about Spiderman than he or she does about Hamlet.

That said, while this comic launched a character that continues to be relevant there is a lot in this comic that carries the flaws commonly associated with comics. They can be pretty footed in exposition and villians are often closer to being silly th
Mike Ward
Collection of great early Stan Lee stories, but the reprint color mars Steve Ditko's artwork.
The original Spider-man stories collected together, how can you go wrong?
This compilation is just fun to read. The tone is quirky and fun and the art is good. The villains are equal parts ridiculous and interesting. Sometimes I kind of felt like I was back in elementary school reading Archie comics, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. And then all of a sudden there would be a dude flying through the sky on magnets or another guy who looked like a lizard and talked like a man who was trying to convince all of the alligators to take over the world with him.

I mean seri
it was fun and awesome
Gregory Thomas
I love Spiderman the first time I read one of the comic books as a kid. It's great to go back and see where it all started -the teenage bravado that characterizations of good and evil the innocence and uncomplicated style of writing. The great thing that comes with this volume are the reminders of how much of my mind was activated/used to fill in the world of these comic books. it's the step between reading pages without pictures and going to the movies. A great collection in hard bound copy. Wo ...more
These stories had a huge impact on me as a child, a teen, young adult, adult....

Enough has been written on Spider-man and his impact on popular culture - so my review would only echo the chorus.

These stories are just great for what they are and I really enjoyed the format of this deluxe hardcover. I've read these many times before, but the next volume starts to introduce me to stories I have rarely read, or never read,
Mike Jensen
I was a little amazed at how bad this comic book was in it early issues. Well, it is titled THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. There is way too much soap opera in word balloons that nearly cover many panels and far too many long fight scenes. There was little in the way of real plot beyond an excuse to another fight or more soap opera. This is basically a two star book that gets a third for satisfying my curiosity.
Loved this introduction to Spider-Man. Meeting all his foes for the first time and seeing how his character starts off and subsequently develops is kind of exciting. Call me a nerd if you will, but I probably won't notice anyway as I will be caught up in Volume 2.
(P.S. Steve Ditko's artwork makes my knees weak. His talent is shocking, just like Doc Ock's Caesar-cut hairdo.)
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