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Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man, has made an astonishing discovery -- he has a sister! Worse, a manipulative super-villain known as the Gentleman, who had a hand in the deaths of Peter Parker's parents, has somehow brainwashed her into becoming the deadly super-villain known as Pity! Together with Doctor Octopus, Electro, the Vulture, and Mysterio, they've formed the newest incarnation of the super-villain group dedicated to destroy Spider-Man, ...

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Overview

First mass-market edition!

Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man, has made an astonishing discovery -- he has a sister! Worse, a manipulative super-villain known as the Gentleman, who had a hand in the deaths of Peter Parker's parents, has somehow brainwashed her into becoming the deadly super-villain known as Pity! Together with Doctor Octopus, Electro, the Vulture, and Mysterio, they've formed the newest incarnation of the super-villain group dedicated to destroy Spider-Man, the Sinister Six. The Gentleman's plan to destroy Spider-Man is about to reach its awful conclusion!

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Gr 7-Up In this final volume of a trilogy, Spider-Man faces six super-villains who attack New York City. Brought together by the deliciously evil "Gentleman," the bad guys each battle the webslinger at least once. The most intriguing of the six is Pity, a female with powers of darkness; Spider-Man suspects she might be his sister. Castro does an excellent job of capturing the feel of comic-book action through his prose. The lively scenes feature nearly over-the-top descriptions, balanced by dry and sometimes sarcastic humor. The intense, but playful tone involves readers in the intrigue and the battles, while recognizing that it's all in good fun. Sly nods to popular culture are peppered throughout, including references to characters from beyond the world of comics, such as the sheriff from Fargo and the evil Nazi from Marathon Man; even Scooby Doo and friends show up on the final pages. The daylong attack on New York fills up more than 100 pages, with plenty of quick scene changes and a large cast of supporting characters. Though they can be hard to keep track of, they add to the atmosphere of this bizarre city in which super-powered heroes and villains wage life and death battles on a fairly regular basis. Readers who haven't read the first two books in the trilogy will have no trouble catching on: Spider-Man himself sums up recent events in a funny lecture he gives to a ridiculous would-be villain. -Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743458320
  • Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Interviews & Essays

On June 24, 1998, barnesandnoble.com on AOL was pleased to welcome Stan Lee to our Authors series for his regular monthly appearance. The creator of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and The X-Men, to name only a few of his brainchildren, Stan Lee is the patriarch of the Marvel dynasty. A discounted selection of works by Stan "the Man" are available at Keyword: bn. 'Nuff said.

Welcome to our monthly chat featuring the master of Marvel myth and mirth—Stan Lee!



Marlene T: Good evening, Stan. It's nice to see you here again!

Stan Lee: Hi, heroes!


Marlene T: Do you have anything you'd like to share with us before we get to the audience questions?

Stan Lee: Nope! I'm your obedient servant—at your beck and call—so whap me with some questions! If I don't know the answers I'll fake 'em, as usual!


Marlene T: [laughs] OK, here we go!

Question: Mr. Lee, many 12-year-olds idolize sports figures like Michael Jordan. However, you are my son's hero! He's sitting beside me and wants to know what's your favorite book?

Stan Lee: Actually, I have dozens of favorites. Everything by Mark Twain, Conan Doyle and H. G. Wells.


Question: Mr. Lee, do you think that the decline in comics is due to our illiterate society and this nation's turn to the television?

Stan Lee: There isn't that much of a decline in comics! Mostly, the problem is there aren't enough stores to sell 'em.


Question: Mr. Lee, have you ever approached and discussed yourcomics with someone you've seen reading them on the street?

Stan Lee: Mostly people reading comics approach me, and it's always a kick to talk to them. Hey, call me Stan, OK?


Question: What motivated you to start writing?

Stan Lee: Greed! And hunger! Basically, I really love to write. I can't believe I get paid to do what I enjoy so much


Question: Stan Lee. THE NAME AMONG NAMES! THE SULTAN OF SOAP BOX! I got a question. When will you visit the Marvel Mania restaurant again? Do you think you've met your biggest fan yet?

Stan Lee: My biggest fan is someone six-feet-six! I go to the Marvel Mania restaurant at least once a week—love it!


Question: Which characters, if any, were created to portray your own qualities and beliefs?

Stan Lee: Almost all of 'em! But especially the Silver Surfer, and often Thor.


Question: Stan, out of all the heroes you've created, who is your favorite? Who is your favorite villain you've created?

Stan Lee: I'm kinda partial to Spidey, and Doc Doom is my all-time favorite baddie.


Question: What is it like to create the web slinger?

Stan Lee: It was great. Funny thing is, no one ever knew he'd catch on so big.


Question: Hey, Stan, what's your take on the sales of, and the general state of the comics industry today?

Stan Lee: Are we out of questions?


Marlene T: Never; not with this group.

Stan Lee: Sales are picking up. The mags are looking better than ever. I'm totally optimistic about comics—especially Marvel's!


Question: I heard there was going to be a 13-part miniseries of Spidey, and maybe Peter Parker retiring as Spiderman or something. What's the deal about that?

Stan Lee: Hey, it's all a big secret. Mackie and Bob Harras would kill me if I told!


Question: Stan, if you could have any of your characters' powers, what would it be?

Stan Lee: Aw, I've got enough super power now. Couldn't handle any more!


Question: Stan, is there anything that the Marvel writers of today have done with the characters you created that you really haven't been too pleased with?

Stan Lee: One character I never knew what to do with: Diablo. I liked his name, and that was it. My one big failure!


Question: Stan, I am an ambitious comic-book drawer, and I was wondering what would I do to get my drawings looked at by a comic-book company?

Stan Lee: Just send 'em to Marvel, care of the Submissions Editor. Good luck!


Question: Mr. Lee, do you feel that the passing of the multiple-cover gimmick era has been good for comics, in that quality, not collector speculation, is once again the most important consideration in the creation of the books?

Stan Lee: Ab-so-lute-ly! Who says I can't be brief?!!!


Question: Hey Stan, do you think another X-Men cartoon is possible?

Stan Lee: Anything's possible—especially at mixed-up Marvel.


Question: Would it be OK if I sent in some comics to be autographed?

Stan Lee: Sure—but not too many at a time.


Question: AOL, how can you schedule one of the greatest Yankees of all time during the Yankee game? [Editor's note—This portion of the question refers to AOL LIVE guest Yogi Berra, who was chatting directly prior to Stan's chat.] On a positive note, this is the best guest spot I've ever seen for LIVE.

Stan Lee: Thanx, O Great Judge of Literature and Guest Spots!


Question: What was the first comic you ever created, and how old were you at the time?

Stan Lee: I was about 17. I think it was called "Hurricane"—a guy who ran fast or something—or maybe it was "The Destroyer." I never knew anyone would ask years later, so I didn't pay attention!


Question: Stan, if Spider-Man could have one more power, what would it be?

Stan Lee: The power to sell twice as many copies of each issue! Gotcha!


Question: What is your most memorable moment at Marvel?

Stan Lee: That's a tough one. Probably when the sales figures of the Fantastic Four came in and we saw we had a monster hit.


Question: Stan, what are you doing lately?

Stan Lee: Answering all these questions on the Web. And in my spare time, working on movie, TV, and animation projects.


Question: When can we expect the next Marvel movie to come to the big screen?

Stan Lee: The next one will be "Blade"—it'll be out real soon—starring Wes Snipes. And it's really great!


Question: Stan, when you created the characters of Spider-Man, The X-Men, etc. in the early '60's, did you think that they'd still be going strong more than 30 years later, as they clearly have done?

Stan Lee: Nah, I didn't have a clue. It's still hard for me to believe, but, y'know something—I love it!


Question: How is the Marvel Park coming along in Florida?

Stan Lee: Terrific!!! It opens next year. Y'all come, hear?


Question: Do you like Wolverine with or without his adamantium? And why?

Stan Lee: I like him with the adamantium. But hey, what do I know?


Question: Stan, do you have any family members who have followed in your footsteps and work in the comic industry?

Stan Lee: My brother, Larry Lieber, who used to write and draw "The Rawhide Kid" and now pencils the daily Spidey strip in the newspapers.


Question: Stan, will there be anymore made-for-television Marvel movies, or maybe a series?

Stan Lee: I sure hope so.


Question: Stan, did you like Star Wars?

Stan Lee: Loved it. Can't wait for the new ones.


Question: Thought you were great in "Mallrats." Will you work with Kevin Smith again?

Stan Lee: I wish he'd ask me. He was a great guy, a great director—and hey, he made me a star!!!


Question: Some kids a couple years ago were very into Power Rangers. Were you like that as a kid? If not, what made you get into comics and characters that could do incredible things?

Stan Lee: As a kid I was into Tarzan and any Errol Flynn movie, like "Captain Blood." I was lucky to get into comics where I could keep doing wild stuff.


Question: Have you had an opportunity to preview any of the upcoming Marvel/Events comics? If so, what did you think of them?

Stan Lee: They're merely sensational. Miss 'em at your own risk! (Typical Stan Lee shameless plug!)


Question: What do you think are the main reasons for the enduring appeal of comic books?

Stan Lee: Simple: They're just plain fun. They're enjoyable and exciting. What more couldja want?


Question: Stan, do you ever plan to write any comics again?

Stan Lee: If I ever get the time, I'd love to. It's the most fun ya can have without working!


Question: Stan, do you like the present-day comic art, as to compared to the books in the '60's?

Stan Lee: Look, I'm prejudiced. But I like 'em both. They're different from each other, but they both have their great features.


Question: What is your favorite baseball team, Mr. Stan?

Stan Lee: The L.A. Dodgers. But I liked 'em better years ago when they were "doze bums," the Brooklyn Dodgers!


Question: Stan, what year did you create Captain America, and what age were you at the time?

Stan Lee: I'm sorry to say I didn't create him; Joe Simon and Jack Kirby did. But I wrote some of his early stories from the time I was 17 on.


Marlene T: We have time for one last question, Stan.

Stan Lee: Okay.


Question: What have been some of the richest sources for your characters and stories?

Stan Lee: Everything I've ever seen, read, or heard. As with every writer, we all write from our experiences. So keep your eyes open, heroes—observe everything, but not too much—I don't need lots more competition!


Marlene T: Do you have any comments or questions for us?

Stan Lee: My comment is I think you're all the greatest! My question is—damnit, can't think of any! I guess that means I know everything! EXCELSIOR!


Marlene T: We already knew that! [laughs] Thanks so much for being here with us tonight. See you again next month.

MarvC Web: Thanks Stan! We look forward to seeing you again next month.

Stan Lee: Enjoyed it, gang!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    Spider-Man: The Secret of the Sinister Six

    Adam and Troy Castro take spiderman fans to the next level with this novel. It shows true emotion that spiderman has hidden and what he is dealing with now. it shows that spiderman is only human. also this novel tells about spiderman's past and him trying to find his long lost sisites. The plot in this book is amazing!!! This novel shows how Mary Jane deal with her husband fighting crime. There is more history between the six and spiderman than people think. Doc ock married aunt May.!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    Spider-Man: The Secret of the Sinister Six

    THis is one of the best spiderman novels ever. Adam and Troy Castro's novel captures the life of spiderman and how hard it is to be spiderman. There is so much emotion that it shows that spiderman is only human!!!!!!! I wish there is a third novel in this series. Also there is so muchaction from the Sinister 6 and spiderman and also there is some history between the 6 and spiderman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2003

    Sinister six a little too sinister

    To say that ¿Spider-Man: Secret of the Sinister Six¿ is a terrific novel, is not entirely true. It is a very well written novel with a few minor flaws. It¿s not that Adam Troy-Castro doesn¿t capture Spider-Man¿s humor, describe his fights with the Sinister Six and their effects correctly, or even keep you glued to the novel with his plot twists; it¿s he tries to hard to make the Sinister Six too sinister. There were a few instances where the random violence occurring at the hands of the Sinister Six was too appalling. True, several members of the Sinister Six are more evil and have less regard for human life then others, but the members that Troy-Castro describes with particular detail to their enjoyment of violence are the members who usually have grander plots than killing an individual for fun. Doctor Octopus was especially portrayed out of character in one scene of this novel as he enjoys killing a helpless individual for no other reason than the fact that the individual asked a question. While the fights and violence of the Sinister Six are an integral part to this novel, the last novel left readers at a cliff hanger with the possibility of Pity, the newest member of the Sinister Six, possibly being related to Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The implication gave readers something to mull over in the year between novels, and readers will be happy to know their waiting will not be in vain as all of their questions are finally answered. The last novel also lead readers to believe a bigger plan was in the works than the Day of Terror of the last novel, and they couldn¿t be closer to the truth. The planned attack on New York is far grander than any other attempt pulled forth in the comics, and the full implications of the plan aren¿t made aware until the end of the novel, making the reader want to continue reading at the turn of every page. The humor of Spider-Man is extremely well done. Troy-Castro does an outstanding job making both the humor and action flow as smoothly as it does in the comics, even though this will take the average reader far more time to finish then a comic book. There are several scenes in which the use of comedy relief actually help the novel from becoming too stale and keep the reader thoroughly entertained. This novel also has several of the double crosses that occur in any comic book series with the Sinister Six. As anyone knows, the Sinister Six are well known for their plans and for double crossing of each other, which makes any novel or comic book starring each of them integral in including these factors. This novel is no exception. The double-cross in this novel leads up to a thoroughly shocking ending which shows the success of Troy-Castro¿s understanding of the Sinister Six and how they work together. This whole novel could make an extremely good comic book series, which makes reading it a joy, as it is based on the exploits of a comic book superhero and should capture the feel of the comics. Between Spider-Man¿s one-line quips, the fights between Spider-Man and the Sinister Six, and the conclusion of this trilogy, there is something here for every reader, Spider-Man fan or not. However, reading at least ¿Spider-man: Revenge of the Sinister Six¿ would give the reader a lot more background info and would contribute to their enjoyment of this novel. The discrepancies portraying a few of the characters and villains are overlookable, and the fights, plot twists, drawing a conclusion to the unresolved issues of the last novel, and humor help make up for those discrepancies as well. All in all, this is one of the best novels starring Spider-Man on the market.

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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