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Spider-Man: Life Story

(Spider-Man: Life Story #1-6)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  67 reviews
In 1962's Amazing Fantasy #15, fifteen-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became the Amazing Spider-Man! 57 years have passed in the real world since that event - so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter as well? To celebrate Marvel's 80th anniversary, Chip Zdarsky and Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley unite to spin a ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Marvel
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Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the concept of this book, but did it really have to be so much more bitter then sweet? I have probobly been one of the biggest campaigners for having the more mature and married Spider-man, and I know cliffhanger ending keep people coming back in the series, but are the really as necessary in a mini series?

The concept imagine Peter Parker was Spider-man in the 60s and continued his adventures all the way to present day. He get older, so do the supporting cast. For all the lives he is
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is, without a doubt, the best thing Chip Zdarsky has ever written. A beautiful, heartfelt love letter to Spider-Man, a meticulously crafted labour of love from a devoted lifetime fan of the character, a wonderful tribute to one of comics' most iconic heroes. In Life Story, Chip takes the base starting point of Peter Parker in the 60's and imagines his life as he would grow, age and evolve as a person and as a hero throughout the decades right up until the 2010's. Peter goes through all the ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spider-man
When I need to recommend someone a single volume Spider-man story, along with Spider-man Blue, this is going to be one I’ll point to in the future. It’s pretty fantastic. Zdarsky takes decades of spider-man stories and weaves them into a 6 issue novel, covering some very familiar story beats while telling a story that feels new. Peter ages as he goes through the decades, along with everyone around him, which creates different takes on some classic stuff. And it’s really good!

You could say that
James DeSantis
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know that big thing some people complain about comic characters, that they never really age, and nothing really evolves much cause of timeline restraints. Well Chip is given the opportunity to start Peter's life in the 60's and through the decades age him and have the world around him change. In other words, we grow with Peter through his teen years to an old man.

The events that occur through this series might seem familiar. They tackle the green goblin rise, Harry's fall, Gwen's death,
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Great Spidey book that spans Peter Parker's Spider-Man origin until his twilight years. Spider-Man: Life Story covers all of Spidey's greatest hits, but each has a slight twist due to Peter aging realistically along the way. Chip Zdarsky deserves a pat on the back for this comic. Not only does Chip write a great Peter, he also makes the decade-an-issue format work without it feeling like a gimmick.

While the story slows towards the final issue, the majority of this comic flies by. Furthermore,
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chip Zdarsky’s cover is worth the price of admission.

I don’t know what it is about that monochrome cover that is just scratching some itch I never knew I had.

Maybe I need to see a doctor.

Full disclosure, I may be on the wrong side of my 30s, but this is the first, exclusively Spider-Man comic I ever read. Weird, huh?

Ok, I lied.

As a kid I got a copy of that issue where Spider-Man comes to Toronto and has to deal with the Ghost Rider and there’s like bike safety stuff in it. REMEMBER THAT?! They
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great solid story from Zdarsky that pretty much rounds up Spidey's life in comics from the start till now.

Great artwork too!

Highly recommended for Spidey fans!
Chris Lemmerman
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What if Spider-Man, and the rest of the Marvel Universe, aged in real time? That's the hook for Spider-Man: Life Story, in which Chip Zdarsky follows Peter from 15 year old teenager to 70 year old man, on a whistlestop tour of his greatest storylines, all remixed with the passing of the ages. You want Clone Saga? You got it. Civil War? That's here. Superior Spider-Man? Yep, and that. And it's all done with so much heart and reverence for the character that I don't even know where to start, ...more
Billy Jepma
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow, this was exceptional. I've said this before on here, but I've had trouble getting into Spider-Man's comics, despite loving the character a lot. I know of his major comic plotlines but haven't read many of them. But "Spider-Man: Life Story" makes me feel like I did. It's a lovingly crafted story of Spider-Man from his college years through to old age. Chip Zdarsky starts the story in the 1960s and ends in 2019, and this strategy worked *far* better than I expected it to. Zdarsky covers ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A great re-telling of the spider man story, weaving a half century into a cohesive web. Absolutely engaging. Even makes Civil War and the awkward 9/11 issue tolerable.

Read this. You’ll love it.
Matthew Noe
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a spectacular ode to Spider-Man that I got utterly absorbed into. I didn't even realize the train was pulling into the station level absorbed.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great Spiderman story, possibly the best one I've read for a long while. The book is basically the whole story of Peter Parker to his first appearance in 1960's to the current real timeline in 2019 with the addition of he and the rest or the Marvel characters actually age in the right order, with the addition of real life events like Vietnam wars and so on. We gets to see the life story of Peter throughout the ages not just as a superhero but as a person.


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Anna Heidick
A great timeline of Spider-Man's life. The eras, events and stories he lived through. Very well done and it all tied together nicely.
James Hynes
I didn’t cry but I didn’t not cry
Brandon Forsyth
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A great idea that ultimately feels compromised by its ambivalence around chronology and continuity. The Vietnam war and the idea of an aging Peter Parker deliver fascinating insights I’m not used to getting about this character, but for every moment that uses a conceit like this to deliver something new, the reader is afforded an opportunity to delve back into the clone saga or crossover events like Secret War. It ends up feeling like the series is half written by Zdarksy and half by an ...more
Theo Sariklis
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's not perfect, but I seldom give anything five stars because it's perfect though. To condense several story arcs of one of the most prolific superheroes into six issues is no small feat and nobody would be able to do so completely seamlessly.

Z'Darsky gets insanely close though. If I had to list my incredibly minor grievance, it would be that the format of this mini-series doesn't really allow Z'Darsky's story to breathe, leading to lots of overt exposition dumps and tonal shifts. It's really
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Collects Spider-Man: Life Story issues #1-6

I will likely rank this as the #1 comic book series of 2019. It is a must-read for Spider-Man fans, and I think Marvel fans in general will appreciate the innovative story-telling. Peter Parker is 15-years-old when he is bitten by a radioactive spider in 1962, and the story progresses in real-time from there, as we see Peter aging over the decades. Each issue features a snapshot of Peter's life from a different decade, so:

Issue #1 = The 1960s
Issue #2 =
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A greatest hits of Spidey stories retold by Chip Zdarsky with art by the legendary Mark Bagley and with the added twist of Peter Parker actually aging. Fun and beautiful and his finale. Like his issue 310 of Spectacular Spider-man, I was in tears. Thoughtful and beautiful.

A must read for all Spidey fans
Rory Wilding
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In 2017, Sex Criminals artist Chip Zdarsky, who had been writing for Marvel for a couple of years, took over the newly published Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, which for years was very much the secondary Spidey title after The Amazing Spider-Man. Along with Adam Kubert, who primarily did the art throughout the run, Spectacular was a fun but flawed spin on the web-slinger that may go off in crazy directions, but had a healthy balance of heart and humour. After a pitch-perfect final ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
After reading and enjoying Zdarsky's run on Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, I was very interested and intrigued by the concept of this book: imagine Peter aging as a normal human being. How would he deal with different events in the world? Would he make different decisions? There are 6 issues, each issue spotlighting a point in his life in each of the decades: 60's, 70's, 80's, etc.

As an example, the first heavily involved the Vietnam War as Peter struggles to decide if he should be
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
"Spider-Man: Life Story" is a story with a clever concept and a solid execution. The six-issue series follows Peter Parker (with most of the greater Marvel universe as a backdrop) from the years 1966-2019, with Spider-Man and company aging in real time. Each issue covers a decade in Spider-Man's publishing history, including aspects of many of the most well-known stories from each respective decade of Spidey's comic book history. For example, you'll find variations of the original "Clone Saga" ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A modern day classic? One of the better Spider-Man stories in the last decade?
It might be too soon to put all these hyperboles on this story but yes it is a very well executed What If-story incorporating bits and pieces of all the better Spider-Man adventures that have come before. Great storywriting and good art.

Marvel being Marvel I wouldn't be surprised if more Life Stories will be announced in the future.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Probably the single greatest Spider-Man story in years and it encompasses all of the previous ones. Now I want versions like this for more Marvel and DC characters.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everyone keeps saying that this is something special, and that's true. It's also just kind of just a 6-issue "What If?" with a particular ambition: let the hero age. In the same way that Bart Simpson has been 10 for 30 years, Spidey kind of hit 30 and stopped. Really, you mostly want that, but this is an interesting look at what would change if you simply let a year be a year. Poignant and fun and a great walk through the halls of memory.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm reading Spider-Man: Similar to the Elseworld's "Superman/Batman: Generations" concept that has the characters age in real time.

As such, this serves as somewhat of a encapsulation of Spider-Lore mashed into a succinct six-issue series. It's a bit similar to Ed Piskor's X-Men: Grand Design and I hope such "artistic editing/renditions" are allowed more often.

I feel Spider-Man got a great ending with Spider-Man: Reign and this is another Imaginary/What If tale that has some real feels and
tony dillard jr
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a revolutionary miniseries. In 1962, Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. Upon the tragic death of his Uncle Ben, Parker is consumed by guilt and becomes the superhero, Spider-Man.

Life Story follows Parker through 6 decades of Marvel History- but with a twist. This narrative is told in linear fashion. Yes, Peter Parker and friends and foes age through the troubled 1960s, past a nuclear holocaust threatened to a 9/11 ravaged 00s and beyond!

This was in ways a sort of 'What
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was wonderful and easily a must-read for anyone who likes Spider-Man. There are so many Spider-Man stories out there because he is a popular character. However, how many of them really stand out as incredible? Not many. I wouldn't say this is perfect but it's certainly not 5 stars. I would give it 4.5 stars if possible.

The premise is simple in theory. Each issue represents a decade of Spider-Man with the story starting in the 60s all the way through the 2010s. He ages as the story goes
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While Spider-man has always been my favorite superhero, I've had a hard time finding a great story arc that I can really recommend. Spider-verse is awesome, but super weird and complicated. Ends of the earth is fun, but silly. He's good in Civil War, but that's only one part of a ginormous story. Kraven's Last Hunt is overrated. The original silver age comics are creative but cartoonishly ridiculous. The closest I've come to is Spider-man: Blue, which is very sweet, but a little dramatic for my ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spider-Man is 72 years old.

At least he would be (in 2019) if he'd aged in real time.

With this story Zdarsky essentially unshackles himself from the sliding timeline that keeps the Marvel characters forever-young, and explores what a full, lived life would look for Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

Over 6 issues, the story essentially skips from decade to decade, to a year when something BIG happened to spider-man in the comics. Green Goblin, Secret Wars/Kraven's Last Hunt, Civil War etc. And all the
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Chip Zdarsky is a Canadian comic book artist and journalist. He was born Steve Murray but is known by his fan base as Chip Zdarsky, and occasionally Todd Diamond. He writes and illustrates an advice column called Extremely Bad Advice for the Canadian national newspaper National Post's The Ampersand, their pop culture section's online edition. He is also the creator of Prison Funnies and Monster ...more

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