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Overview

One of the most ruthless villains in the history of the Marvel Universe - the fan-favorite Carnage - gets the Ultimate treatment! And though young Peter Parker has proven himself time and time again on the field of battle, can even he hope to defeat this heartless killing machine? Also, a bizarre occurrence brings Spider-Man and Wolverine together for the weirdest team-up in super-hero history! As the two struggle to get to the bottom of this mystery, their lives literally unravel. Why are both heroes too concerned with their own lives to work together? Plus: Johnny Storm realizes that despite his new flame powers and fame on the horizon, he still doesn't have a high-school diploma. And where does the young New Yorker enroll? Why, none other than a certain Queens high school that also counts one Peter Parker - Spider-Man - as a student.
Collects Ultimate Spider-Man #60-71.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785112495
  • Publisher: Marvel
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Ultimate Spider-Man Series , #4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (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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    Posted June 24, 2012

    Awsomeness

    This would be a good item into your book collection

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

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    Good Teen Drama

    Good book. I enjoyed the artwork and the witty dialogue. Bagley's pencils are amazing and Bendis is a great writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    Very good book.... probably my favorite

    This book is great. The green goblin has his reapperance causing an awsome fight in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    He's baaccckkkkk!

    This review is for Ultimate Spider-Man vol. 4 paperback edition: Legacy You can never keep a good villain down. That's true for all comic book worlds, including Ultimates, which is why Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin makes his return in this addition to the Ultimate Spider-Man library. Far more twisted and evil than in volume 1, Norman is determined to either own or destroy Peter. Nor is Norman Osborn the only threat presented. Nick Fury, of Ultimates fame, makes his presence known to our favorite wall crawler, upping the level of danger for all involved. The end of the original Goblin is slightly different than in original continuity, and more touching in my humble opinion. Bendis continues to grow and improve with his characterization as he makes these very classic characters his own. The dialog is flawless, appropriate, and flowing as always. His way of showing the madness in Osborn is brilliant, and must be seen. Once you've read those pages, re-read them. It's worth the time and it's too much to take in at once. Bendis is one of the most beloved and well known writers in the comic book industry for a reason, this volume showcases his talents well. Bagley and Thibert also continue to grow and find their own take on the characters. Their rendition of the Green Goblin is horrible, interesting, and chilling. The human characters are marvelously human, which doesn't happen much in comics anymore. While this volume can be read alone, I recommend having read at least vol. 1 before. It is appropriate for all ages, and is enjoyable for newcomers and seasoned collectors alike. This volume reprints Ultimate Spider-Man issues #22-27. Highest recommendations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2005

    uh - Is Anyone ELSE Creeped Out by Gwen Stacey Being Peter Parker's SISTER?!?!?

    I read ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN Vol. 4...after giving up on Spidey in the mid-Seventies when he seemed to go into a self-pitying tailspin following college girlfriend Gwen Stacey's (and her father, Capt. Stacey's) death. So imagine my surprise when I picked up USM Vol. 4 - only to discover that here Capt. Stacey and Aunt May had a fling, Stacey died...and Aunt May adopted Gwen making HER Peter's *sister*!?!? Like 'red shirt' Guy Fleegman said in GALAXY QUEST, 'Man - that's not right...!' Anyway, if (unlike me) you don't have Gwen Stacey as Peter Parker's 'One True Love' burned into your brain, it's a good reimagining of Spider-Man's early days based on Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN films - how he became a superhero rather than a pro wrestler, came to work for the BUGLE, and his relationship w/Mary Jane Watson. I was a bit taken aback at first by the thought of sweet Aunt May as a depressive middle-aged former 'hippie chick' with enough of an temper to tear J. Jonah Jameson a new one(!) - but after the initial shock, I realized she worked better than the Sixties Aunt May ever did. This middle-aged former nerd isn't *completely* convinced that a cutie like the teenaged Mary Jane Watson would fall truly, madly, deeply in love w/teenaged nerd Peter Parker, but I'll go along w/the pleasant fantasy that she MIGHT.... :) It's interesting to see Jameson (presented as nothing more than a blowhard bigot ala the NY POST's and Fox Newz's Rupert Murdoch in the Sixties and Seventies comics) given some shading - he's still a blowhard and a hothead who hates Spider-Man w/a passion, but he also shows both physical and moral courage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2002

    Big Bad Goblin has re-entered the Building!!

    Bendis/Bagely/Thibert have done it again! After all, since THE Spider-Man movie had premiered during the time the issues themselves were being written, it was only natural the Green Goblin was in this story arc. This TPB fills in the gap behind what was the purpose of Osborn creating the OZ drug in the first place. Oh, and not to give away any spoilers, but there are some scenes that are reminiscant of 2 VERY classic Amazing Spider-Man issues. But to find out more, read this TPB ya'self. It's a Spidey story arc the way it's supposed to be!

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