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Amazing Spider-Man by David Michelinie & Todd McFarlane (Marvel Omnibus) [Hardcover]

David Michelinie , Todd McFarlane
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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (24 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785157298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785157298
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 19.1 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY MCFARLANE OMNIBUS HC MARVEL COMICS (W) David Michelinie (A) Various (CA) Todd McFarlane Written by DAVID MICHELINIE Penciled by TODD MCFARLANE, ALEX SAVIUK, ERIK LARSEN & COLLEEN DORAN Covers by TODD MCFARLANE Whether clad in blue and red or black, or possessing spider-powers or cosmic ones, Spider-Man stands ready to face any threat! And the threats have never been greater! From his own foes - Venom, Mysterio, the Scorpion and more - to newcomers to his friendly neighborhood like Sabretooth, the Taskmaster, Magneto and the Sentinels, Spidey sure has his hands full! Good thing he's got Mary Jane, Captain America, the Black Cat and the Hulk around to lend a hand! Featuring the pulse-pounding prose of longtime IRON MAN scribe David Michelinie and the groundbreaking artistry of the legendary Todd McFarlane! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #296-329 and material from SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #10. 848 PGS./Rated A

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing (groan) 21 Aug 2011
Just over 800 pages of comics, some thirty-five issues in this massive collection, and I read it in one go. David Michelinie's Spider-Man is fun, light and engaging. Coming straight from having read a great deal of the 1990s clone-related stories, this is so, SO refreshing. Peter and MJ have to contend with eviction and related money troubles but there's no existential crises to be seen in this two-year run and that's just the way it should be: so too are there no deals to be made with devils. Quite the contrary: the fledgling marriage of the young Parker couple is all warmth and really flies in the face of latter-day marriage deniers whose will has been catered to by the buckling Joe Quesada.

While things go a little awry towards the end with that whole 'Cosmic Spidey' nonsense, at least the first half of this book is hugely compelling stuff, unputdownable even. The latter half features issues that formed parts of larger crossovers (Inferno and Acts Of Vengeance), or ones that relied on prominent events in other Spider-titles not collected here. There's also the six-issue "The Assassin Nation Plot", which one suspects was drawn out to that length to facilitate the eventual graphic novel publication in a time when that format was in its infancy. Rogues Gallery fans are treated to appearances from classics from the Lizard to the Chameleon, alongside less worthy late-1980s fodder such as Chance, Paladin and a few too many appearances by Silver Sable.

And then there's Todd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comic! 4 July 2013
By Marie
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Interesting story and great drawings. As always a great Marvel comic with all the actions it requires, I Loved it.
Have to love all in one huge book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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David Michelinie was one of Marvel's strongest writers during the 1980s, producing some of the very best Iron Man stories ever told whilst also adding a lot to Spider-Man lore by introducing characters such as Venom and Carnage. This omnibus collects the first third of his hundred or so issue run on the web head, featuring all the work he did alongside up and comer artist Todd McFarlane (who y'know, you might have heard of). Whilst McFarlane defined the art to come for Spider-Man with his giant bug eyes and spaghetti webbing, Michelinie told character focused romps for a newly wed Peter, struggling to balance his marriage and his super heroics. The two were a perfect fit for the book and wrote some true classics, namely the origin of Venom and the classic 'cosmic spider-man' ark, the latter of which was generic cross over trash that plagues this omnibus. Indeed, the second half of the book, whilst still very entertaining his filled with loose tie ins to events like 'Inferno' and 'Acts Of Vengeance'. Michelinie is really hamstrung by these events particularly during the final collected issues. However, in an 800 page book a dip in quality is more than acceptable. The pages inside are nicely over sized with glossy, high quality paper and include several extras. The biggest thing that stops me from enjoying this collection is the state it arrived in. Choosing one day delivery, I was treated to a completely battered spine, crumpled pages and pages with flicked corners. Little to no protection was offered and the most amazon did was stuff it with paper and put it in a big box. However, despite this, I'd highly recommend this book whilst it's on the cheap, despite what condition it may arrive in. The stories here make an excellent addition to any collection and look awesome on your book shelf to boot.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Craziness begins 27 Dec 2011
By "extreme_dig_cm" - Published on
Individual comics were selling in the millions!

In the early to mid-'90s the speculator craze in comics had reached a fever pitch. It may be too simple to credit one person as being the reason for all this, but Todd McFarlane was very easily a key figure in the mix.

Michelinie & McFarlane's Amazing Spider-Man success in '88-'90 led to sales in the millions for Marvel in the early 90's. Spider-Man #1, X-Force #1, and X-Men #1 hit the industry like a tidal wave, and then McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, and Jim Lee, among others, rode that wave to success with Image Comics. Sales on Youngblood #1, Spawn #1, and WildC.A.T.s #1 were also extremely high, and the speculator craze was officially in full swing.

Here in this collection we see Michelinie & McFarlane's main contribution to the craziness. Seeing this rendition of Spider-Man for the very first time, to me, was like seeing him in high definition for the very first time- before HDTV even existed! I'm somewhat amazed at the creativity in these visuals, yet at the same time McFarlane's artistic fundamentals were clearly still in development. To me, the good here far outweighs the bad, and I consider this to be a landmark, visual interpretation of this famous character.

A few of the distinct, visual elements here include big eyes on the mask, crazy-exaggerated poses, hyper-detailed line work, spaghetti webbing, and extreme camera angles & page compositions. It's this combination of stylistic elements that makes McFarlane different from all artists that preceded him. He often throws down a million little microscopic lines on the page, and while I didn't really like this effect back in the day, here on this over-sized omnibus paper it's looking quite a bit better to me. This is Image-style art before Image came to be.

Michelinie & McFarlane give us explosive stories with a great range of characters. I like that we initially & briefly get to see Spider-Man in his black costume before switching to his traditional red & blue. Highlights here for me include: Silver Sable; Black Fox; Sandman; Black Cat; Chameleon; Taskmaster; Killer Shrike; Green Goblin & Hobgoblin; Hydro-Man; extra mutated Thing; Scorpion; Rhino; Blacklash; Captain America; Solo; Red Skull; and the Incredible Hulk, among others. And VENOM. Lots and lots of Venom. And that isn't even a complete listing. I especially love McFarlane's depiction of Captain America- a really distinctly visual take.

This omnibus also includes 2 issues with art by Alex Saviuk in the beginning. At the end, a few of the Acts of Vengeance issues appear, with artistic contributions by Colleen Doran and Erik Larsen. And then there's a miscellaneous art section, including covers from Marvel Tales & more, and a brief What The-?! take on a Bat-Man. I've seen a similarly humorous take about a Bat-Man in John Byrne's Superman: True Brit.

Even though I initially bought this collection for the visuals, it's David Michelinie's crisp, economical & entertaining writing that's keeping me interested in reading this entire thing. Michelinie, McFarlane, and Spider-Man make an entertaining team!

P.S. Contents include: Amazing Spider-Man 296-329 & a few pages from Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 10. Also 2 pages from What The?! issue 3; assorted Mcfarlane covers & pin-ups; and a few character drawings from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Amazing Spiderman collection 20 Aug 2011
By MAR2D2 - Published on
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I'm so excited! I'm already a big fan of he Marvel Omnibi. They are like long cherished dreams and wishes finally coming true. All Walt Simonson Thor's in one? All Steve Ditko SM in one? And now all Todd McFarlane Spiderman in one? Pinch me, I must still be dreaming.

I still think this is Todd's best work. I like the first Spawn issues, but compared to ASM they have a worse sense of storytelling, too much unnecessary detail, too obtrusive coloring and too much breaking of panels. All too often it looks messy.
It may be because David Michelinie is a better writer than Todd. As I recall, the Spiderman series Todd drew (and wrote?) after he left AMS was already worse than his ASM run.

But this book is a joy to read. Sometimes you enjoy a comicbook, but when you read it 10 years or so later you think: wait a minute...did I ever enjoy this?? This not as good as I remember. This is crap!
Not so with this book. It's actually better than I remember it. The artwork is still mesmerizing to look at, the story and dialogue so funny and breezy. I love the impossible poses, the proper pacing between action and drama, the cute faces (even Venom looks cute), the copious pinups of Mary Jane and the comedy (Spiderman in a gala suit...LOL)

The book also contains 26 covers Todd did with SM. The quality of the book is standard Omnibus quality: excellent, if not perfect. Marvel has some pretty good editors working nowadays, who know (and probably love) what they're doing.
Actually, the only thing I could find that withholds this book from being absolutely perfect is that there's a lot of references to other issues: see Spectacular #217 - Ed. See X-Factor, etc. But I'm still excited.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent print quality and binding. Another Marvel Omnibus Winner 9 Sep 2011
By M. Peoples - Published on
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I have an 11 year old daughter who drags our collection of Marvel Omnibus' everywhere we go. I've always been impressed that these books are built like TANKS. Ours have taken a beating, and not one stitch is out of place. This latest offering of McFarlane's work is no exception. If you've taken a look at any original McFarlane Spider-Man issues, you'll see fading art work, and perhaps a printers bleed here or there that happened at the printers. This Omnibus issue gives you his art pristine, clean, with vibrant colors. The best issues contained inside for us - are of course the ones that Todd penciled AND inked himself. That art is amazing. But the kicker? The 22 page book was being published BI-WEEKLY at that time! I didn't remember that, and find myself stunned at his quality regardless of Todd having only 14 days instead of 30 to pump out these pages with both Pen and Ink. This is one not to miss.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-HAVE for Todd McFarlane fans 4 Nov 2011
By Juan Bon Jovi - Published on
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It should be pointed out that the official description for this item does not do it justice. In addition to every Todd McFarlane/David Michelinie issue of Amazing Spider-Man, the book also gives you the covers McFarlane drew for Marvel Tales (issues 223-239), the front and back covers from the original "Spider-Man versus Venom" TPB, a two-page Batman spoof from "What The?," a few more miscellaneous covers & pin-ups, and some illustrations from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. So not only do you get his take on the classic Spidey rogues that he drew during his run on Amazing, there's some X-Men eye candy in there as well.

And hey, don't forget his collaborator! This volume collects roughly the first third of David Michelinie's run on the title, spanning from Amazing Spider-Man #296 to #329. Michelinie would stay on Amazing through issue 388, winding up behind only Stan Lee and Gerry Conway in terms of longevity on the title.

As for the material itself, it aint Watchmen but if you're looking for a fun read and some cool art, this book fits the bill.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb 29 Nov 2011
By Bakellas Marios - Published on
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That was a real treat.It brought me to mind memories of my teen years. The art is really fantastic and the script is full of energy and intensity. The quality of the publication is of high standard.
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