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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (Essential Amazing Spider-Man #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,428 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
While attending a demonstration on radiation, high school student Peter Parker was bitten by a spider that had been exposed to radioactive rays. Learning he had gained great arachnid-like abilities, the timid teenager donned a colorful costume of his own design - seeking fame and fortune as the Amazing Spider-Man! But his Uncle Ben's death - tragedy he could have prevented ...more
Paperback, 568 pages
Published March 8th 2006 by Marvel (first published 1980)
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Elijah Kinch Spector
Sep 12, 2012 Elijah Kinch Spector rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Damn, I forgot just how depressing these original Spider-Man issues are. Pretty much every one ends with Peter Parker crying, being villified, insulted by a girl he was into, etc. etc., and when there IS a happy ending, there's always one more page to make sure he's down in the dumps again by the end.

I mean, of course he's a famous underdog, teenage hero... but I forgot just how well Stan Lee nailed both of those aspects. Good God.
Zack! Empire
Oct 28, 2014 Zack! Empire rated it it was amazing
What’s amazing about this story is how after 50 years the elements introduced in these first issues are still the ones that are being carried on today. That shows you how powerful and perfect the ideas were. Right from the beginning we have the main cast, from Aunt May to Jolly Jonah himself. Even the villains are classic. There isn’t one villain in here that isn’t still being used today. (A possible exception being the Big Man, but really isn’t Kingpin just the new Big man? Okay, okay, the liv ...more
Arqui Himself
Jun 23, 2016 Arqui Himself rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comienzo con este tomo la lectura de los primeros números de “The Amazing Spider-Man”, uno de los títulos fundacionales de la “casa de la ideas” y sin temor a equivocarme el de mayor importancia.
Spider-Man fue ideado por Steve Ditko y por quien considero el creador/guionista/editor más carismático, influyente y determinante en la historia del comic de Superhéroes, Stan Lee.
Este volumen reúne no solo los primeros 19 números de la colección sino que incluye una gran cantidad de extras: portadas en
Mar 06, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing
Von der ersten Ausgabe an spitze

Das ist der Superheld, der die Comicwelt verändert hat. Spider-Man hat die ganze Gefühls- und Innendarstellung von Superhelden von einem Tag auf den anderen umgekrempelt - plötzlich waren die Helden nicht mehr die strahlenden Supermänner ohne Belastungen, sondern die Probleme der Normalmenschen und das Alltagsleben nehmen Einzug in diese ausschließlich glamouröse Welt. Liebesprobleme, Geldsorgen, Krankheiten und soziale Ausgrenzung finden hier von der ersten Ausga
May 04, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's Ditko's artwork that really shines in these early stories with nearly every panel offering something fresh and new.

There's also a lot of groundwork set down here by Lee and it's impossible to understate the importance of the introduction of a teenage superhero with day to day problems. vilified by society and struggling with his love life. Having read a lot of early Batman stories recently, this really does feel like refreshing stuff. Still, the faults of these early comics are rarely point
James Beach
Dec 18, 2015 James Beach rated it liked it
Honestly, like most of its era, the original Spidey comics really don't hold up at all, visually or story-wise. What is here has its moments however, introducing some of one of the best rogues galleries in comics, some solid character moments for Peter, the obvious historical significance. It's worth a read, or at least a skim, if you really want the knowledge, and it's better than most of its time, but it's still not that great anymore.
Aug 21, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it
At one point towards the end of this volume, the Parker family doctor refers to Aunt May as a hardy woman -- that's an understatement, given than in the course of 21 issues and an annual she manages to have at least three heart attacks, two major operations, sundry lesser attacks and ailments, is apparently at least eighty and extremely slight...but she strives to take care of Peter and spends a lot of convalescence time trying to be up and around to feed him pancakes and set him up on blind dat ...more
Chad Warner
May 17, 2011 Chad Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spider-Man fans
Shelves: fiction
The original story of Spider-Man and several of his most popular opponents. As a Spider-Man fan, I’m ashamed to admit it took me this long to read these comics. They’re definitely products of their time, as evidenced by the slang, dress, and cultural references. It was also funny how the cover of every comic claimed to be the best ever. This book’s a must-read for any Spider-Man fan.

Spider-Man has been my favorite superhero for as long as I can remember. It’s probably because I can identify with
Jun 16, 2012 Thomas rated it really liked it
While I have been a Spider-Man fan off and on since the 90's I had never read how it all began. Sure we all know the origin but I wanted to kind of go back in time and see how Spidey/Peter was characterized back then.

This is a fantastic way to get those early stories that would be way to pricey to buy in their original form. There is also a lot of content here. My one complaint is that they were totally in black and white but still not bad to get the first 21 Spider-Man stories for $10-15.

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Existe um antes e depois de Steve Ditko na história do Homem-Aranha. O paradoxo só é aparente: ainda que Ditko seja o primeiro desenhista regular do personagem, ele o encontrou assim para devolvê-lo assim.

As diferenças entre as duas imagens superam a PISTOLA DE TEIAS: ao contrário da primeira versão, de Jack Kirby [pelo que se diz, uma versão genérica de The Fly, personagem que o rei co-criou com Joe Simon], o Homem-Aranha de Ditko
Edward Johnson
Jul 16, 2012 Edward Johnson rated it liked it
The ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN volume one was an interesting read. The famous first appearance in AMAZING FANTASY is a fairly standard story. When Spider-Man gets his own title the stories got stronger. In his first issue, not only does it feature a cameo of the Fantastic Four with Spider-Man rescuing a space capsule from certain included an extra feature introducing the villain known as the Chameleon. The rest of the first volume proves why Marvel changed the landscape of the comic book ind ...more
Edward Cheer
Jan 24, 2015 Edward Cheer rated it liked it
Yeah, it's cheesy. Yeah, it's clunky. Yeah, it's kind of stupid. But compared to other comics from back in the 60's, this is some pretty good material. Sure the villains aren't that great, and the plots are dumb... but it's got some heart to it. You can tell Lee cared about the character of Peter Parker and his life, when he wrote this story.
Sep 01, 2015 Natalie rated it liked it
Incredibly formulaic, but an interesting background on Peter Parker and some iconic Spider-Man villains. While Spider-Man is definitely not my favorite Marvel hero, it was fun to read an earlier comic. The Vulture and of course The Green Goblin stood out to me. And damn, does Peter lead a depressing life. Hopefully, in the next volume he will have some better luck.
May 28, 2014 Brenna rated it really liked it
A lot of fun. Spiderman is funny, the artwork isn't terrible, and some of the story lines are actually depressing and/or memorable.
There is also some bad art, cheesy story lines, and tacky villains, but.....
I love Spiderman.
Nov 07, 2013 Stephen rated it liked it
I was never the biggest fan of Lee's writing or of Ditko's art. By the time I started reading comics in the late 1970s, better artists and writers had made the character who he was to me, so I never really cared about the idea that he was a vulnerable teen so much as he was a young adult living on his own and holding his own with the likes of the Avengers as he does today. However, I have to acknowledge that if these stories hadn't come along then the character could not have been expanded and f ...more
Aug 04, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still reading this one, but Spidey is a favorite of mine. He's pretty down to earth and has his weaknesses, he's friendly and conflicted and believes that 'with great power comes great responsibility.' I'm not huge on spiders, but they're a pretty cool creature nonetheless and they take care of lots of bugs for us.

The thing I've noticed about comic books is that they provide a snapshot of the history of their time-frame. It shows what our cultured valued at those times, which is fun to try to f
Cj Chua
May 23, 2015 Cj Chua rated it it was amazing
it is interesting.
Jul 15, 2010 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books, classics
Never a huge Spider-man fan myself, but it's hard to deny his place in comic book history or the imagination, humor and energy that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko bring to these stories and the amazing amount of characters that are still in use in comics to this day and have become part of the foundation of the marvel comics universe.

Fun stuff, as Lee is able to write soap hero as well as super heroics in a way that make them over the top and part of the fun, rather than dragging the story down.

Justin Deveau
Jul 12, 2016 Justin Deveau rated it really liked it
Amazing Fantasy #15, The Amazing Spider-Man #1-20, Annual #1
Sam Poole
Some of this is great, some of it annoying, some of it boring, some of it still ahead of its time. The second volume so far seems much better because there are parts of this that are dated. That said, the merging of romance, horror, superhero and comedy are almost seamless here. The newspaper print made my eyes hurt and gloss over sometimes BUT this is definitely worth reading. The best issues are the ones where Peter Parker is fighting Flash, girl troubles and his aunt. Interested in more!
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Jul 28, 2015 Julitta rated it it was amazing
Classic! To enjoy it, pretend you're 10 again, and it's a classic
Feb 25, 2012 Kristopher rated it liked it
These stories aren't great by modern standards. They're written for a younger audience, hinge on a lot of coincidence and luck, and almost all are one-shots, hurling forward quickly with little development or tension-building.

That said, it's pretty amazing with Stan Lee and Steve Ditko did here. Spider-man arrives almost fully formed--the costume, the wise-cracks, the rouges gallery, Peter's family and friends--they're all laid out in the first 20 or so issues.
Jan 23, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This is the first book any respectable Spider-fan should get (the second is, of course, Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1). This collects and reprints some of the most classic Spidey tales ever, including the majority of his rogue gallery intro stories and the oh-so-motivational issue #19, in which Spidey, after nearly giving up the mantle, bears the world's punishments like a man and kicks butt in a series of well-done fight sequences. Congrats, Stan and Steve, congrats.
Holden Attradies
This was definitely one of the easiest of the Marvel essential Vol. 1's that dates back from the beginning of marvel. But I think the thing that stood out the most is how pretty much every issue in here introduced a villain that was memorable and is still a big part of the Marvel lore. Especially when compared to the villains in say the first volumes of X-Men or Fantastic Four or Thor, whats in here as antagonists was great.
Aug 15, 2009 Brent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spider-man
This is a classic regardless what you think of comic books. I mean it's Spider-Man! Yeah there is some cheesy writing here and there but what wonderful cheesy writing it is. Truly Spider-Man began a new era,and has stood the test of time.
These Essential Marvel books I also think are great. They are black and white, but thay are also reasonably priced. Highly recomended for people who just want to know the whole story.
Jun 20, 2012 Francisco rated it it was amazing
A true classic of the genre, it is easy to see why this was so popular. Lee and Ditko play with audience expectations all the time, subvert the comic book genre as it was in the 60s to make one of the great runs. Of course this has dated, too much text clutters the pages, too much exposition and thinking out loud... But all this is forgivable taking into account the historical context of the comics.
Jun 14, 2012 Lars rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic, concentrated creativity. Lots of essential Marvel villains get born in this collection, Peter Parker as a late teen superhero protagonist with the inner conflicts of this duality; all this forms the great basics for this series, yet the overall quality of the stories vary, and some seem more quickly written than others, which is why I can't give it top grades.
Jared Abrahamson
Jun 09, 2013 Jared Abrahamson rated it it was amazing
Sure, these comics are dated. Sure, they're reprinted here without color. But it's wonderful to see the birth of Spider-Man. All the angst and drama that comes from Peter Parker is present here. I love Stan Lee's hyperbolic writing, and Steve Ditko's quirky style. You can't go wrong with this massive phone book size collection. It's pretty cheap too.
Ronald Wilcox
First twenty issues that SPiderman appears in, introducing such villains as Kraven the Hunter, the Green Goblin, Mysterio, the Chameleon, the Scorpion, Sandman, the Enforcers, Electro, and others. Shows the initial development of Spider-man while he is still just a high school kid. Great read for comic fans.
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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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