Dr. Octopus is out for revenge and Kraven the Hunter is out to bag the ultimate prey. Can Spider-Man survive double trouble? Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) #14-21.
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 mirthStan 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 servantat your beck and callso 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 weeklove 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 comicsespecially 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 possibleespecially at mixed-up Marvel.
Question: Would it be OK if I sent in some comics to be autographed?
Stan Lee: Surebut 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 noteThis 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 somethingor 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 soonstarring 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 somethingI 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 directorand 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, heroesobserve everything, but not too muchI 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 isdamnit, 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!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Double Trouble Doctor Octopus has long been one of SpiderMan greatest villains and this volume sees his entrance into the Ultimates world. Horribly disfigured after his accident in Osborn lab. Otto Octavius insane Add into the mix Kraven the hunter who thinks of himself as the best hunter in the world and doesnt have a supper plus his new prey is SpiderMan. The writing is good, the characters are like there real. His approach to Mary Jane and Peter relationship is also defent aproch. This is the perfect Ultimate SpiderMan graphic to buy for someone who has seen SpiderMan 2 and wants to read a comic with Doc Ock in it. This book is also appropriate for all ages.
This volume is like on my top 5 list. Compared to the movies ultimate spiderman is like way better. This book is awesome!
This book is more about growing up and focuses on emotions more than superhero stuff. However, I think this is needed in an epic story such as this. Venom makes a short appearance which might be a drag to some. Overall I found it to be a satisfying read.
Ultimate Spider-Man volume 3 or Double Trouble is by far the best one, in my opinion that I have read. I love Doctor Octopus, or just Doc Oct for short. The story is very simple, after an explosion at OsCorp Industries (THIS HAPPENED IN VOLUME 1) Doctor Oct wakes up a couple months later with four mechanical arms fused onto his body. He goes on a murderous rampage and who else to stop him but SPIDER-MAN! Trouble is that Peter a.k.a. Spider-Man knows that the Doctor knows he's Spider-Man, but his memory is all fuzzed up and not only is the Doc on a murder rampage, but Kraven the famous hunter is now going to hunt Spider-Man down and kill him. I absolutely love this title and it is chalk full of amazing artwork and story-telling. This is the one volume the Ultimate Spider-Man series has been waiting for.
This review is for Ultimate Spider-Man vol. 3 paperback edition: Double Trouble Doctor Octopus has long been one of Spider-Man's greatest villains, and this volume sees his entrance into the Ultimates world. Horribly disfigured after his accident in Osborn lab's in volume one, Otto Octavius insane and out for blood. Add into the mix, Kraven, who fancies himself the world's ultimate hunter, and his new prey is Spider-Man. Once again, Bendis bring his best game when scripting this book. The writing is wonderful, the characters very real and very human. His take on Gwen Stacy is very unlike mainstream Gwen Stacy but the result is a very likable character. His approach to Mary Jane and Peter's relationship is also very teenage and appealing. Bagley and Thibert's pencils are nice, and appropriate to the book, though the character's are a little wide eyed at times, and their take on Doc Ock's body didn't mesh with my personal image of the character. This is the perfect Ultimate Spider-Man graphic to buy for someone who has seen Spider-Man 2 and wants to read a comic with Doc Ock in it. This book is also appropriate for all ages and for comic collectors and newcomers alike. This volume reprints Ultimate Spider-Man #14-21. Highest recommendations!
This is the third installment of the Ultimate Spider-man story. This story is not the best of the series, but it's still a good read. This is the darkest of the series and lacks the same playful energy that the other books have. In spite of this, the story reveals the neccessary, yet painful aspects of the superhero lifestyle. In this story some of the more subtle information from the first two volumes is contradicted. One thing is Eddie Brock. In book two, he is revealed as a middle-aged news reporter at a press conference at the docks, but in this volume he is a college student and childhood friend of Peter Parker. Spidey's webs keep changing color, and the story lacks all of the twists that it needs to keep it exciting. Marvel probably did this to keep the book dark and serious so as not to reveal too much until the end. Luckily for us, the fans, they included an outline in the end book by book all of those twists and plot points that they left out of the stroy-line. The entire book is written like a movie where the only way to really enjoy the story is to picture it unfolding in your mind and filling-in the blanks between panels. The end with Nick Fury leaves some interesting possibilites for the future of the series. The venom saga is actually a VERY SHORT part of this book. It's more like the Scum-bag college guy saga with one short Spidey vs. Venom fight scene. It's more a story of people and their relationships than an action comic.In the end, this book would be more valuable as part of the Ultimate Spider-man collection coming later this year containg all three of the hardcover volumes in one package for a decent price. Any die-hard fans willing to read the outline after reading the book and try to picture those points as part of the story will greatly enjoy this book.
I love this book so much it's down right scary! I am really impressed with the whole Ultimate Spider-Man idea and where it's going. Ultimate Doctor Octopus is even more interesting than he was in the Amazing Spider-Man timeline. Unlike the Ultimate Green Goblin who, although still entertaining, is somehow lacking the presence of the original, Doc Ock now seems to have more menacing and has more purpose than he did in the original. Another thing I liked about this book is the introduction of the new and improved Gwen Stacy. Many new readers may not know her seeing that she died decades before they started reading Spider-Man so I'm happy they included her in the story. The books had a few flaws like Ultimate Kraven, which I hope becomes more like the original Kraven in 'Kraven's Last Hunt,' and the use of Justin Hammer, who had absolutely nothing to do in the Spider-Man universe, instead of another evil and selfish businessman like Adrian Toomes (aka the Vulture) or Mendell Stromm. Fortunately, Doc Ock and Spidey's biting humor(especially when he webs a phone under the excitement of webbing two guards or when he tells a false origin to a gullible reporter) more than makes up for the little mistakes that's in this book. If you love Spider-Man, read this book! Its good!!!
This book got me hooked from the first page to the last!
Very good storyline with awesome graphics of Doc Ock! I'm dying to get this in hardcover. Anyone know if Marvel is planning on continuing to publish them in hardcover as well?
This book was awsome, the best out of the 3 so far, it had everything from, peter kissing mary jane all the way to a little sneak peak of the Sand-Man, and it this book was this good, we can only imagine what the next one will be like
Stopped reading Spidey Comix about 15 years ago. Thanks to Brian Michael and his team I'am back into it. That old gang's back, Peter, MJ, Gwen, Flash, Doc Ock, Kraven the Hunter etc, however, freshened-up and placed in an up-to-date environment. And Spidey's punchlines during the action bits are as crunchy as ever. Really looking forward to Vol 4.
Well, looks like Brian Michael Bendis has done it again with another smashing Ultimate Spider Man book. The Ultimate version of Doc Ock is cool, his metal arms being able to form stuff like guns makes him more intresting and more dangerous than in the original Spider Man comics. The introduction of Gwen Stacy was a nice touch, since it'll make things between her, Peter, and Mary Jane very intresting. Introducing Kraven The Hunter as some cheesy crocodile hunter, though(mind if I say 'Crikey!'?), was a little pathetic, so I'll dock it one star. And was it just me, or did Eddie Brock make an appearence here? Hmmmm. Looks like Ultimate Venom may be around the corner soon.
This version of Spider-Man was truely outstanding, and absolutly breath-taking. In fact the whole series was wonderful. I srtongly recommend it for anyone who likes the Marvel masterpieces. All of them included all the of the important ingredients to make a great book: suspense, action, and even romance.... Each book will make wanna know more.