Marvel Masterworks The Amazing Spider Man Vol Introduction by Stan Lee I ve a confession to make In order to write these seemingly endless introductions to our much vaunted Marvel Masterworks series I ve had to re read the stories that we re sog
Introduction by Stan Lee I ve a confession to make In order to write these seemingly endless introductions to our much vaunted Marvel Masterworks series, I ve had to re read the stories that we re sogenerously reprinting to refresh my memory so that I ll know what I m writing about which, for me, is the exception rather than the rule But that s not the confession WhatIntroduction by Stan Lee I ve a confession to make In order to write these seemingly endless introductions to our much vaunted Marvel Masterworks series, I ve had to re read the stories that we re sogenerously reprinting to refresh my memory so that I ll know what I m writing about which, for me, is the exception rather than the rule But that s not the confession What I m confessing to is, every time I re read one of these now ancient tales, I m amazed at how wonderful they are Since I ve completely forgotten them during the ensuing few decades, it s as though I m discovering them for the first time, and let me be the first to admit it I ve become a bigger Steve Ditko fan with each new reading While I wrote the dialogue and the captions and tried to inject whatever personality I could into the yarns, the basic story structure itself was, for the most part, fashioned by the dazzling talent of Mr Ditko As you read each and every now classic adventure, you ll notice for yourself how every little subplot weaves in and out of each episode, embellishing the main theme and finally becoming a major part of the later story lines The you study the delicate fabric of each tale, the you have to admire the subtle skill and meticulous planning that Steve brought to each and every installment.As for the stories themselves, you ve really got some rare treats in store.During this period in Spidey s career, our hero was deeply enmeshed in a romantic situation with the lovely Betty Brant, a relationship that seemed doomed from the start As fate agonizingly draws them further and further apart, we ll meet a dramatic new love interest, a girl destined to play a major role in Peter s life, the stunning, star crossed Gwen Stacy.You ll also be on hand when Peter enrolls in Empire State University where Harry Osborn will become a very important figure in our unfolding saga as we gradually learn and about the startling secret of Harry s father.Aunt May, too, figures dramatically throughout the series, as does Jonah Jameson After all, Spidey without Jonah would be like rock without roll And just look at the roster of super villains we ve got lined up for youFor starters, our friendly neighborhood wall crawler has to battle the Master Planner and his gang of masked killers This is the episode, too, where ol webhead first meets gorgeous Gwen Next, we segue into everybody s favorite frenetic friend, the ever deadly Doc Ock We even have a great cameo performance by a certain Dr Connors, whom you may know as the Lizard brbrThen comes one of the most famous five page sequences in the history of comicdom This one alone is worth the price of the book any book It s where Spidey is pinned down by tons of fallen steel and, unless he frees himself, AuntMay s a goner We can promise you ll never forget our hero s epic struggle and the brilliant way it was depicted by Steve Ditko After that, Kraven the Hunter returns, determined than ever to defeat his web spinning foe Then, before you can catch your breath, we follow up with the menace of the Molten Man, the Looter and rampaging Robot While all that s going on, the mysterious Frederick Foswell figures and importantly in our strange and startling series Identically, you ll also encounter one of my favorite bits of Parkerian dialogue when Peter, shunned as usual on campus, unhappily mutters, Boy, if unpopularity ever became popular, I d be top man around here brbrFor a change of pace, our next story is entitled Just a Guy Named Joe and I guarantee you won t read many tales like this one in comics, or anywhere else for that matter While all the razzmatazz is going on, we learn that Harry Osborn sfather is plotting some sort of nameless evil As for Peter, he almost has his first meeting with Mary Jane Watson but notice I said almost brbrHang on to your hats now, heroes, because it s time for the grim and gruesome Green Goblin to make the scene in an unforgettable two issue epic in which we finally learn Gobby s true identity And, of equal importance, our Goblin episodes herald the arrival of a terrific new talent upon the art scene When, with thirtyeight issues of terrific creativity under his belt, Steve Ditko elected to give up the Spidey strip and seek new worlds to conquer, luck was with us in the person of the great John Romita who took over the illustrating chores and helped bring ouramazing arachnid to even greater heights of artistic glory It s comic book history in the making, and you re there to see it Well, since I don t want to tire you out before you have a chance to get to the heavy stuff, this is as good a time as any to end my ponderous little precis and wish you good reading You re really gonna enjoy the pages that lie ahead I should know I ve been there Excelsior Collects The Amazing Spider Man 31 40, Annual 3
Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 4 By Stan Lee Steve Ditko John Romita Sr. 496 Stan Lee Steve Ditko John Romita Sr.
Title: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 4 By Stan Lee Steve Ditko John Romita Sr.