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Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 4 (Spider-Man Marvel Comics)

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Introduction by Stan Lee: I've a confession to make!In order to write these seemingly endless introductions to our much-vaunted Marvel Masterworks series, I've had to re-read the stories that we're so
generously reprinting to refresh my memory so that I'll know what I'm writing about; which, for me, is the exception rather than the rule! But that's not the confession. What
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 10th 2003 by Marvel (first published 1991)
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Aaron
May 03, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
This volume collecting ASM 31 to 40 from 1965-66 includes Peter's enrollment in college, the introduction of Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Norman Osborn, the opening issues where Pete seems to face his greatest challenge yet, and the final issues containing the revelation of who wears the Green Goblin mask. I still found it hard to get past Stan Lee's cheesy dialogue and Pete's jerky reactions to people who eventually became his friends, but both of these are toned down by the last few issues. I ...more
Paul Mirek
It's easy to look at these mid-century examples of the form as "primitive," and it's true that some of the more recent additions to the comic language allow for more subtlety (for instance, using punctuation apart from explanation points and question marks and allowing for wider-angle panel shots). However, Lee and Ditko's chronicling of the travails of hapless Peter Parker is still revelatory stuff 50 years later, and very much feels like a record of the time of its creation. I haven't read any ...more
Christopher
Hah, goodreads five star rating for Amazing Spider-man: 'it was amazing.' Cute. Classics on top of classics here, with Doc Ock still as the major threat/arch-villain he was originally envisioned to be. Ditko's famous several page Spider-man caught under mounds of rubble with the vial for Aunt May's cure just out of reach, and Ditko's final issue (that seems to be pretty much one of the godfather's of the average man POV story in superhero comics. Then Romita Sr. as the new artist, with the unmas ...more
Mike Jensen
More limping Marvel magic by the overrated Stan Lee and the rightly rated Steve Ditko and John Romita. Lee's trademark over the top soap opera soaks these stories and makes them as ridiculous as the over the top fight scenes. Hard to believe these seemed so compelling when I was a kid. Lee isn't very well known for the constant boasting of his characters, but he should be. Story after story after freakin' story people stop a fight to brag about how unbeatable they are, then they are beaten. This ...more
Rich Meyer
Oct 05, 2013 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
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The final book of Marvel Masterworks to reprint Steve Ditko's legendary run on Spider-Man shows a master at the height of his craft. The change to John Romita is certainly jarring, and the lackluster scripting and illogical plotting shows that Stan Lee was just phoning the book in. But it is Ditko's artwork and plotting that makes this volume great. This volume also features the first team-up of Spidery and Ditko's other masterpiece of the era, Dr. Strange.

Recommended for all comic fans!
Edward Davies
Talk about a milestone - the first issue in this eleven issue collection introduces Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn AND Miles Warren, who later becomes incredibly important to the Spider-Man mythos. Later we meet The Looter, there's more hints at the identity of Mary Jane Watson, and we meet Harry's father, Norman Osborn. Coinciedntally, we also learn the true identity of The Green Goblin - who'd have guessed?
Angela
Peter Parker enters college. Gwen Stacey, Harry Osborn and Norman Osborn are introduced. Aunt May falls ill, and Peter feels guilty. There are some good stories here, especially the one with the green goblin. Gwen Stacey looks nothing like you would expect her to. It is still very much of its time. A good read.
Frank
Apr 03, 2013 Frank rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this volume a lot. We move into the Romita era with the classic 2-part Goblin story. The overall tone starts to get more integrated to the culture of the time. The panels against protestors seem very out of place when looking through the lens of history - and when we see the later issues I am sure that will change. It seemed like a thin volume, but it was the standard 10-issue set.
Tara Calaby
The Spider-Man comics are easily the most consistent and entertaining of the 1960s lines. Where other lines just feature page after page of fight scenes, Amazing Spider-Man actually features character development!
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
The Marvel Masterworks volumes are fantastic reprints of the early years of Marvel comics. A fantastic resource to allow these hard to find issues to be read by everyone. Very recommended to everyone and Highly recommended to any comic fan.
Erin
Feb 18, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this is the volume where everyone almost discovers who Spidey is!!! I love all the crazy villians, and I especially love their whacked out reasoning skills.
Dan
Dec 17, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it
Now, that's more like it...
Jacky
Jun 01, 2014 Jacky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spider-Man can only be amazing.
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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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