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Essential Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man: v. 3 (Peter Parker, Spider-Man) [Paperback]

Marie Severin , Luke McDonnell , Jim Shooter , Jim Mooney , John Byrne , Ed Hannigan , Greg LaRocque , Bob Hall , Al Milgrom , Rick Leonardi , Rick Magyar , Jim Sherman , Alan Weiss , Roger Stern , Bill Mantlo , David Kraft
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14 Mar 2007
Spider-Man's second long-running series was second to none in action and intrigue! Recurring rogues such as Kraven the Hunter, Electro and Silvermane are joined by the more rarely seen likes of the Ringer, Goldbug and Robot-Master! Plus: the first appearance of Cloak and Daggar! Spider-Man's uneasy allies, Molten Man and Will-O'-the-Wisp! John Jameson as the Man-Wolf! Peter Parker's graduate studies! The Smuggler, the Beetle and Moonstone - all fated to form the Thunderbolts! And the noxious Nitro, harbinger of today's Civil War! Collects Spectacular Spider-Man #54-74 and Annual #3.

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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (14 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785125019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785125013
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 16.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,014,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great mix of the old and the new 15 Nov 2009
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The stories here are from 1981 to 1983 and feature a wide range of villains both old and new as well as picking up on several social issues, most of which are still relevant today.
From Spidey's past Will O'The Wisp, The Beetle, Gibbon, Jack O'Lantern, Man-Wolf, Molten Man, Kraven, Electro, Silvermane, The Kingpin and Dr. Octopus all return. Joining them are Nitro, Killer Shrike, The Maggia, Gold Bug, Boomerang, and the Owl who, in the final tale here, is involved in a gang-war with The Kingpin and Dr. Octopus, a tale which is to be continued in the next volume. There's also the return, on the last page, of one of Spidey's best supporting characters.
There are a few new characters such as the Ringer as well as the first appearance of Cloak and Dagger in a tale involving new designer drugs. There's also a great story about gun control that is still hard-hitting 25 years later as son little has changed, later tales also touch on schizophrenia and battered wives.
Peter Parker struggles holding down his studying, being an assistant teacher, paying his Aunt's medical bills and taking photos for the Bugle, as well as being a hero, although not in everyone's eyes as JJJ continues his campaign of hatred. The writing, mostly by Roger Stern and Bill Mantlo, is superb as Parker's life starts to unravel due to outside pressures.
These tales ran alongside Spider-Man's own title as well as Marvel Team-Up so there are links to both of those titles here and welcome returns for Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn and Liz Allen.
It's a great read but as always please bear in mind these reprints are in black & white.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 16 May 2007
By Samuel C. Kerby - Published on
Some people are turned off by the black and white reprints like these essentials. But you get so much for the money, and there's hours of reading enjoyment. These essentials are a great way to read or reread comics from the past, without having to fork out the large bucks that the after market sellers are asking. Granted some of these issues are corny, but they're still enjoyable to a 40 year old like myself, who grew up reading these issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spider-man is spectacular 27 April 2013
By martez detroit - Published on
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This volume of Peter Parker is essential to your collection. Some good ol' innocent Spidey adventures with some good writing. It also contains the legendary Cloak and Dagger introduction. Good to read on a plane, train, automobile, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spectacular Ed Hannigan 5 Aug 2010
By Hwy61Joe - Published on
Just as with the previous Spectacular Spider-Man volumes, this one treats its readers with an all-star lineup of talent: Roger Stern, Bill Mantlo, Jim Mooney, John Byrne, Frank Miller, Al Milgrom, Rick Leonardi, etc. While the talent is without question, I considered knocking my rating down to four stars due to the lack of consistency. It seems no two consecutive issues were produced by the same creative team. In the end I stuck with the five star rating because it is still so enjoyable. The highlight of this volume is the work of Ed Hannigan. Hannigan is a highly underrated artist in comics history and the proof lies within these pages. He is known primarily as a cover artist and for his contribution to the creation of the characters Cloak and Dagger. The stories that he draws are the best in this volume. His cover designs, page layouts and Eisner-esque splash pages are second to none.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Parker The Spectular Spider-Man is still good. 6 May 2012
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While I liked the earlier volumes of Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man I was a bit disappointed in the supporting cast like Phillip Chang and Peter's other college buddies that were thankful not to appear in the main title. The White Tiger Hector Ayala (a character that unfortunately died in Bendis run on Daredevil) was actually somewhat underused and I was disappointed he wasn't given more chances to shine.

In this volume more story-lines are developed instead of Peter Parker fights random villain of the Marvel Universe which was very entertaining but somewhat repetitive. Spider-Man has to deal with keeping his secret from Debra Whitman a girl he has one of those classic "I wonder if they know I like them" bits in fiction that seems to go on forever. Debra Whitman is a character I would had completely forgotten about if it hadn't been for the 90's Spider-Man cartoon. While I liked what was being done with the character I also wanted to see where she was in the main Spider-Man comic. He also fights minor superheroes Cloak and Dagger who are some of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe.

The volume actually ends with a gangway between the Owl and Dr. Octopus which I was very interested in. I look forward to getting the next volume. Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man also has the Death of Jean Dewolff story which is one of the best ones in comics. (Although that isn't until way later down the line. In fact considering that these comics contain about thirty issues tons of Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man Essentials would have to come out for it to fill all #250 issues.)
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