The Amazing Spider-Man Marvel Masterworks, Volume 3by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
In 1962 in the pages of a comic book slated for cancellation, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko gave birth to one of the most-enduring icons in American popular culture-the one and only Amazing Spider-Man! Turning the concept of a super hero on its head, they imbued the young, guilt-ridden Peter Parker with the fantastic powers of an arachnid and the fantastic pressures of
In 1962 in the pages of a comic book slated for cancellation, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko gave birth to one of the most-enduring icons in American popular culture-the one and only Amazing Spider-Man! Turning the concept of a super hero on its head, they imbued the young, guilt-ridden Peter Parker with the fantastic powers of an arachnid and the fantastic pressures of an everyday teenager. The combination was pure magic. So join us in the following pages as we present stories of spectacular web-slinging adventure from Spidey's early days including battles with the Green Goblin, the Molten Man, Vulture and Scorpion! Featuring appearences by Dr. Strange and the Human Torch!
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When I saw the first movie, I imediatley fell in love with Spider-man, then the second movie came and i loved it! I just knew I had to read the comics! I have read them and they are amazing! I'm officially obsessed with Spidey! He's my hero!
These issues really show Steve Ditko running full force in the 2nd and 3rd years of the book. The art style now became consistent from issue to issue. This later Ditko style looks much more like the Romita style that would follow. (Compare this book to Volume 1 and see the growth!) Ditko began to actually write the stories, which is referred to as 'plotting' (Stan Lee would later write in fuller dialogue to be placed in the word balloons and for decades get credit as the author by those not reading the credit page). The story gets more soap opera-like and less episodic. It is almost with a sense of dread that I moved on to the next volume after finishing this book where Ditko would end his run. He co-created Spidey, came up with the webbed costume, wrist shooters, Spidey-light, look of all characters and villains and overall mood of the whole Marvel New York. Its like Paul Simon leaving Simon and Garfunkel to go on without him. It was that much of Ditko's book. Only complaint: printing is off at 1/3 of page down and is easily noticed in text as it is split and does not line up well. Same problem in Vol.2 This is a problem with the whole run, I have heard, not something in one area of distribution. I must detract one star for it in the rating. BUT, it is distracting only part of the time.