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

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,880 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Collecting The Amazing Spider-Man Nos. 1-10 & Amazing Fantasy No. 15
Paperback, Barnes & Noble Edition, 248 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Marvel Comics (first published 1987)
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Evan Leach
Jul 15, 2012 Evan Leach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 1960-1969, marvel
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.

img: Sandman

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
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Matt Williams
May 01, 2015 Matt Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, well. . .this is just a classic. Can't really say anything bad about a comic book that has come all this way, and will go even further. Anyone own one of these? Swap it for a Spawn #1, probably worth about $40. Get at me ;)
Morgan
May 03, 2015 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collects the first 11 appearances of Spider-Man, so that is way I'm going to give it a 5 star rating. Spider-Man is also a huge icon for so many people, so it's really hard to give this anything lower. However, there are something I didn't like about this volume..GASP!

I'm really glad to see that Spider-Man has lasted so long because some of these stories feel dated now. The fact that Aunt Mary doesn't know who Spider-Man is makes me wonder how long Peter Parker kept it a secret from her. Fo
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Gav451
Mar 22, 2015 Gav451 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes reading is not just about the act itself but also the associations and memories it triggers. There can be an added dimension to the item you are reading which is unique to you alone because of those memories. This can be both positive and negative in that it can bring fond memories or it can fail to live up to your expectations and ruin what is a perfectly lovely memory of a great thing.

In this case the book evokes happy memories for me. I grew up in a house which was not rich. Second
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Michael
Sep 14, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009
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
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Magic Mike
Aug 01, 2010 Magic Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aaron
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
Diana
Some issues were better than others, but overall, I did enjoy reading these!
Nathan Dehoff
May 23, 2015 Nathan Dehoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spider-Man was a clever character in reflecting the stereotypical comic reader of the time, a nerdy teenage boy who has trouble getting along with his peers. It's partially wish fulfillment, yet at the same time gaining super powers doesn't get rid of his problems. He has money woes and general teenage awkwardness, and was of course largely goaded into crime-fighting by the murder of his Uncle Ben. The basics of the character are introduced quite early on, including J. Jonah Jameson's vendetta a ...more
Mike
May 24, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realizing Marvel's Amazing Fantasy series was getting cancelled, Stan Lee knew he had nothing to lose so he used the final issue to introduce a character called Spider-Man. That issue had such a drastic boost in sales that he and Steve Ditko decided to create a new series for the web-slinger, and the rest is history.

What makes Peter Parker such an interesting character is the fact that he is a geeky teenager who gets picked on at school, strikes out with girls, and has an ailing aunt and uncle b
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Silas
Sep 15, 2015 Silas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting, if just to see that despite its popularity, Spider-Man didn't hit his stride right away. I had generally thought that Uncle Ben's death sobered Peter and that he worked from that day on to shoulder the responsibility of his great powers, but that isn't realy the case. Young Peter Parker is kind of a whiny, prideful jerk-face, and Spider-Man is often tempted to do wrong just to get the money to support himself and Aunt May. I was also surprised that web-slinging as a means o ...more
Patrick
Apr 22, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Beau Johnston
This is a fun read. The old-school artwork and easy to follow story lines were what made comics fun to read. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to see how one of the worlds most loved superheroes began, this is it.
Ned Leffingwell
Feb 16, 2014 Ned Leffingwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nesrine
May 06, 2015 Nesrine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3.5
I finally finished this one! It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it! Little spidey is a badass!
Timmy De Leon
Nov 15, 2014 Timmy De Leon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Adam Graham
Dec 15, 2012 Adam Graham rated it it was amazing
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'
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Herman Gigglethorpe
Jul 22, 2013 Herman Gigglethorpe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
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
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Mia
Nov 19, 2013 Mia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ann♥♪♪♪♪
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! :)

One
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Cyn Mcdonald
May 17, 2015 Cyn Mcdonald rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-book
Amazing Fantasy #15, The Amazing Spider-Man #1-10. 1962-1964.

I can see why Spider-Man was and is so popular, the nerdy teenage boy who is secretly, not a sidekick, but a superhero in his own right. Looking back from 50+ years on, the bullying and the head games the kids play are entirely as I remember them, but it makes me really angry that this was considered so very normal.
Jennifer
Revisiting this many years later and it felt surprisingly fresh. I had always felt Spiderman was too brash and irritating but this time I could clearly see that was an outgrowth of the bullying he gets at school, financial pressures at home, his youth and to some extent living in NYC. He is a kid, an outsider, trying to figure out how to be a superhero. And some of that brashness must have been straight from Stan Lee's lips as you can see the over the top intros he scripted for each issue. The v ...more
Daniel Robledo
Feb 13, 2016 Daniel Robledo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spider man!

while I do have some gripes about the book, such as the genetic villains and repeated themes, there is a reason spider man is my favorite super hero ever. Spider man is incredible, witty, and selfless, but he still has his fair share of human flaws. His stories are also delivered with an energy rarely seen in comics.
Kevin Hull
Apr 01, 2016 Kevin Hull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of the original 11 issues of Spiderman by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first published in 1962. Sure, it's dated and often very silly (Spiderman defeats Sandman with a shopvac! All sentences end in an exclamation point!) but it's great to see Spidey as he originally was, in a time when superheroes were fun, positive and uncomplicated.
Léna
Mar 27, 2014 Léna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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Christopher
Apr 29, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ed
Feb 22, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this in to context of other Marvel comics from the time, it's easy to see why Spider-Man was such a breakout star. On top of the obvious "teen like you" and "real problems" cliches, Parker has complex motivations and seems to genuinely have to figure out hard problems to defeat his foes. It makes for fun reading that mostly holds up today.
Teresa
May 05, 2015 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-mics
Ha sido interesante. Hay muchas cosas que aparecen en las películas, y me ha sorprendido bastante la actitud de Peter en el cómic. Me ha gustado, quiero seguir :3
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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex,
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