Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide

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Marvel authority Tom DeFalco unmasks the history of the beloved websling in this updated edition of DK's definitive guide, which includes more than 600 full-color illustrations from the Spider-Man comics, along with original illustrations, detailed character profiles, and descriptions of the latest developments in the Marvel Universe. MARVEL, Spider-Man and the distinctive likeness thereof are trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc., and are used with permission. (c) 2006 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights ...
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Overview

Marvel authority Tom DeFalco unmasks the history of the beloved websling in this updated edition of DK's definitive guide, which includes more than 600 full-color illustrations from the Spider-Man comics, along with original illustrations, detailed character profiles, and descriptions of the latest developments in the Marvel Universe. MARVEL, Spider-Man and the distinctive likeness thereof are trademarks of Marvel Characters, Inc., and are used with permission. (c) 2006 Marvel Characters, Inc. All rights reserved. This book is produced under license from Marvel Characters, Inc.
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Since his debut in 1962, Spider-Man has become one of the world's most popular, beloved, and universally recognizable superheroes. With hundreds of Marvel comic book story lines, three multimillion-dollar motion pictures, a handful of television shows, a long-running syndicated comic strip, and numerous video games to cultivate and propagate the mythos surrounding Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego, it's no surprise that DK Publishing has reissued its already extensive ultimate guide to Spider-Man with new and updated material.

Featuring more than 700 full-color images from the original Marvel comic books, this ultimate guide not only covers Spidey's evolution throughout the decades but also provides in-depth information concerning hundreds of key characters, including every one of Spider-Man's numerous adversaries (the Hobgoblin, Juggernaut, Kingpin, the Green Goblin, Hammerhead, Doctor Octopus, and more).

Also included is an introspective foreword from Spider-Man creator Stan Lee (the creative genius behind dozens of iconic Marvel characters like the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the X-Men, Daredevil, Iron Man, et al.) who speculates on Spider-Man's continued worldwide popularity: "He's possibly the most realistically human of all Super Heroes. He never has enough money, he's constantly beset by personal problems, and the world doesn't exactly applaud his deeds -- in fact, most people tend to suspect and distrust him. In short, he's a lot like you and me."

Fans of Spider-Man and the Marvel Universe in general will undoubtedly find their spider-senses tingling when they peruse this definitively "ultimate" guide to everything Spidey. Paul Goat Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789479464
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.00 (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 August 3, 2004

    SPIDER-MAN IS SWINGIN'!!!

    When I opened the book, the whole world of Spider-Man came flooding out to me!I love the book! It`s the ultimate Spider-Man fan guid!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!!

    You must purchase this book now! It has all the information about Spider-man and his enemys from doc ock to the green goblin, all his costumes and what some of him and his enemys look like in the year 2099. So getyourself off the couch and go buy it now!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2004

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If your a Spider-Man fan like me, then BUY THIS BOOK!!!! It has EVERYTHING!!! From bad guys like SandMan to Doc Ock to all his different costumes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    INCREDIBLY AWESOME!!!!!!

    this is one of the best books I've ever read. it has loads of information on anyone you could ever think of. from venom to Doc Ock to the green goblin to the scorpion and even peter's girlfriends. they also tell you all about spidey's super powers and costume. overall I think this book rocks and every web head fan should have it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2004

    spiderman rules

    this book is incredible i just love to read it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    INCREDABLE!

    If you thought that you hate comics, or just didn't know a thing about them. This book has EVERYTHING on the MAN! I'm actually a collector of comics, and even I learned somethings. Get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    AWSOME!!

    Everything you need to know, and everything there is to know is in this spider-man book. Info on all the villians, peter, his girlfriends, and intristing facts all are in this book. Great pitcures in this book, too. it is AWSOME!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2003

    Hear It From Me: Dark Spyder

    This book is a great way to get to know all of the charecters in the Spiderman world. From villians to heroes. Gangs to Girlfriends. This is a must for the Spiderman fan. And You heard it from me Dark Spyder...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    Buy This Book!!!!!

    If you're a Spider-Man fan, you can't live without this book. It cleared up so many questions I had about certain villains, and even includes some info about Spider-Girl, Spider-Man 2099 and Ultimate Spider-Man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2002

    Terrell Hyde the biggest Spider-Man Fan in The world

    I LOVE this book! Its is the best book about any superhero I have ever read. You may think you know everything about ole web head but once you read this book you will know so much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2002

    Great info on the ol' Webhead!

    The best in info on the ol'Web Slinger its like it was takin write out of Stan Lee's mind!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Reference Tool

    I love this book! It's quite detailed, and it goes into depths on characters like Cloak and Dagger. I was afraid this book would end in like 96, but no, it's all the way up to the beginning of 2000. There's a section about Spider-Man 2099, and even Spider-Girl. So, everyone should get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    excellent

    very cool book. if your a hardcore spidey fan then GET THIS BOOK! even if your not a fan you'll still enjoy it. it provide's lot's of information on the web head and the villians, plus much much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2002

    Very descriptive!

    This book takes an in-depth look at the many aspects of spider-man. I garrantee that any one who reads the book will want it.

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