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

  • Title: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 4
  • Author: Stan Lee Steve Ditko John Romita Sr.
  • ISBN: 9780785111894
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.
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    About “Stan Lee Steve Ditko John Romita Sr.

    1. Stan Lee Steve Ditko John Romita Sr. says:

      Stan Lee born Stanley Martin Lieber is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.With several artist co creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co created Spider Man, the Fantastic Four, the X Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

    2 thoughts on “Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 4

    1. This volume collecting ASM 31 to 40 from 1965-66 includes Peter's enrollment in college, the introduction of Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Norman Osborn, the opening issues where Pete seems to face his greatest challenge yet, and the final issues containing the revelation of who wears the Green Goblin mask. I still found it hard to get past Stan Lee's cheesy dialogue and Pete's jerky reactions to people who eventually became his friends, but both of these are toned down by the last few issues. I [...]

    2. I can't quite rate this as high as the volumes before, for two reasonst of all, there are some lesser lights among the antagonists in this volume. Second, we lose Steve Ditko as penciller. To be clear, I think John Romita is an incredibly talented artist. But his Spider-Man comic is too glamorous and the people are too beautiful for a Spider-Man book. It just doesn't work for me.

    3. The Green Goblin is BornThis Masterworks, with #31-40 is a great spot to start or pick back up for any Spidey fan. Featuring the start and end (first of many) of the Green Goblin - one of my personal favorite villains - as well as growth in the storytelling and art. Great series of issues!

    4. The stories are very good. But I never liked Dirk is art. If you want to call it that. I was glad when Romita came on in issue #39. It's funny later on in the series Flash said he never bullied Peter. He needs to read early Spidey stories. Just calling him puny is very offensive and bullish.

    5. It's easy to look at these mid-century examples of the form as "primitive," and it's true that some of the more recent additions to the comic language allow for more subtlety (for instance, using punctuation apart from explanation points and question marks and allowing for wider-angle panel shots). However, Lee and Ditko's chronicling of the travails of hapless Peter Parker is still revelatory stuff 50 years later, and very much feels like a record of the time of its creation. I haven't read any [...]

    6. I've been reading these Masterworks collections in order and I have to say they keep getting better. This collection features the famous Master Planner story by Lee and Ditko, depicted on the cover, probably one of the most classic Doc Ock tales.Closing out the book is the sensational debut of John Romita on pencils, replacing original artist Steve Ditko. While Ditko will always be remembered as the innovator who created the visual language of Spider-Man, Romita polishes the style and is ultimat [...]

    7. Hah, five star rating for Amazing Spider-man: 'it was amazing.' Cute. Classics on top of classics here, with Doc Ock still as the major threat/arch-villain he was originally envisioned to be. Ditko's famous several page Spider-man caught under mounds of rubble with the vial for Aunt May's cure just out of reach, and Ditko's final issue (that seems to be pretty much one of the godfather's of the average man POV story in superhero comics. Then Romita Sr. as the new artist, with the unmasking of S [...]

    8. More limping Marvel magic by the overrated Stan Lee and the rightly rated Steve Ditko and John Romita. Lee's trademark over the top soap opera soaks these stories and makes them as ridiculous as the over the top fight scenes. Hard to believe these seemed so compelling when I was a kid. Lee isn't very well known for the constant boasting of his characters, but he should be. Story after story after freakin' story people stop a fight to brag about how unbeatable they are, then they are beaten. This [...]

    9. The final book of Marvel Masterworks to reprint Steve Ditko's legendary run on Spider-Man shows a master at the height of his craft. The change to John Romita is certainly jarring, and the lackluster scripting and illogical plotting shows that Stan Lee was just phoning the book in. But it is Ditko's artwork and plotting that makes this volume great. This volume also features the first team-up of Spidery and Ditko's other masterpiece of the era, Dr. Strange. Recommended for all comic fans!

    10. Talk about a milestone - the first issue in this eleven issue collection introduces Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn AND Miles Warren, who later becomes incredibly important to the Spider-Man mythos. Later we meet The Looter, there's more hints at the identity of Mary Jane Watson, and we meet Harry's father, Norman Osborn. Coinciedntally, we also learn the true identity of The Green Goblin - who'd have guessed?

    11. Peter Parker enters college. Gwen Stacey, Harry Osborn and Norman Osborn are introduced. Aunt May falls ill, and Peter feels guilty. There are some good stories here, especially the one with the green goblin. Gwen Stacey looks nothing like you would expect her to. It is still very much of its time. A good read.

    12. Enjoyed this volume a lot. We move into the Romita era with the classic 2-part Goblin story. The overall tone starts to get more integrated to the culture of the time. The panels against protestors seem very out of place when looking through the lens of history - and when we see the later issues I am sure that will change. It seemed like a thin volume, but it was the standard 10-issue set.

    13. The Spider-Man comics are easily the most consistent and entertaining of the 1960s lines. Where other lines just feature page after page of fight scenes, Amazing Spider-Man actually features character development!

    14. The Marvel Masterworks volumes are fantastic reprints of the early years of Marvel comics. A fantastic resource to allow these hard to find issues to be read by everyone. Very recommended to everyone and Highly recommended to any comic fan.

    15. Apparently this is the volume where everyone almost discovers who Spidey is!!! I love all the crazy villians, and I especially love their whacked out reasoning skills.

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