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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (18 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785125000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785125006
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2007
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The opening tale has one of my favourite Marvel covers of all time on issue 161 as Spider-Man is joined by X-Man Nightcrawler and the Punisher track down a sniper.
A whole horde of Spider-Man's old foes return with a vengeance Kingpin, Stegron, the Lizard, a new Spider-Slayer, the tragic Molten Man and a rejuvenated Silvermane. The Tinkerer is even lurking in the background.
New threats materialise in Will-o'-the Wisp which sees the return of Dr. Jonas Harrow, Dr.Faustus, the Rocket Racer and the White Dragon. There's even a whodunnit with Photon and the hordes of AIM guest-starring Nova.
The highlight of this series of tales by far is the brilliant twisting 5 issue epic as the Green Goblin returns which more than makes up for the following below par Big Wheel and Rocket Racer stumbler. The Goblin tale goes through so many different turns before the pieces eventually fall into place with a surprise finale.
Peter Parker finally graduates, he proposes to Mary Jane and Betty Brant returns near the end to give him a further relationship headache.
These tales ran in parallel with those reprinted in Essential Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man volume 1. Just what where they thinking of with the Big Wheel?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Wells on 3 Dec. 2008
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This selection of Spiderman comics are enjoyable, some of which last a few comics. We see Spiderman taking on some of the best villians again including Kingpin and the Lizard.

We see more about the Kingpin than in previous comics for the Kingpin arrived just a a huge thug but we see his more human side where he hopes to bring his son back. The Lizard plotlines remain the same but they are always entertaining so theres no argument from me there.

This volume also sees Peter decide to ask Mary Jane to marry him but is turned down with Mary Jane saying sees too much of a "free spirit" but we can only wonder if there is more to it.

Another entertaining part is when Spiderman has to take on the Punisher again and Nightcrawler from the x-men. The Punisher continues to pop up in the Spiderman comics and I this he's one of the best Marvel heroes out there with such a cold attitude.

Aunt May has recently had a bit of a change as she is usually seen as the doting frail aunt but the writers have turned her into a bit of an actovist. Peter continues to juggle his personnal, work and alter-ego life and you feel sorry for him at times and not to make matters worse Betty returns for more confusion for Peter.
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Great stuff -- but false advertising 4 April 2007
By Dodger2829 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this era of The Amazing Spiderman. Maybe I'm biased because the very first Spidey title I ever bought was ASM #168, but I love Len Wein's writing. Most of his 30-issue arc can be found in this volume (the first section, issues 151-160, are in Essential Spiderman vol 7) and it's a great ride. While some of his plots were a little cheesy (Hammerhead's ghost and the Kingpin's "life-force" machine), his narration and dialogue were first-rate. And his cliffhangers were truly exciting. In addition, he made great use of ASM's supporting cast and gave each of them new dimensions. Furthermore, he and artist Ross Andru really incorporated New York City into their plots which gave the series a real sense of place.

BUT --- on both the front and back covers this volume lists Giant-Size Spiderman #6 as being included and it is NOT. I'm not sure what happened. Maybe the editors realized at the last minute that #6 reprints ASM annual #4 (which is already featured in an earlier Essential Spiderman volume) and therefore why reprint a reprint? Maybe they were thinking that people who will purchase this volume already have the earlier volume and wouldn't want to see the story twice. If that's the case - they're in error. This is the first Essential Spiderman I've purchased and I would have appreciated reading GS ASM #6, reprint or no reprint. Why not simply go ahead and include it anyway? They included Amazing Spiderman Annual #11 (not written by Len Wein) and it's pretty bad.

In any event, not only is GS ASM #6 advertised on the front cover (as well as in it's press release) but they use the cover image for this volume's back cover as well!

It's a small quibble, I know, and there are more important problems in the world, but I figured it's better to speak up than to remain silent. Peace!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
B/W reprints of late 1970s ASM #161-185 and Annual #11 29 Mar. 2009
By K. W. Schreiter - Published on Amazon.com
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This eighth "Essential" volume collects black-and-white reprints of "Amazing Spider-Man" issues #161-185 that Marvel Comics originally published between October 1976 and October 1978. It also includes Annual #11 and an issue of Nova.
Len Wein wrote issues #161-180, and fellow ex-Marvel editor-in-chief Marv Wolfman started his ASM writing run in #182. Ross Andru provided the penciling for 34 of the 35 regular issues, with the only exception being #181, a "clip show" fill-in from the Spectacular Spider-Man team of Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. Mantlo and Don Perlin are the respective writer and penciler for the 1977 Annual.
The first half of this book consists of two-part stories including Nightcrawler, The Punisher, Kingpin, Stegron and The Lizard. This run also includes another iteration of the Spider Slayer and the origin of the Will O' Wisp. #171 is a crossover with Wolfman's Nova series, which itself was considered a clone of ASM. After some mediocre issues with forgettable characters like The Rocket Racer and The Hitman, #176-180 is a five-part Green Goblin story, the highlight of Wein's run. Wolfman's run begins with more weak villains like The Rocket Racer (again!) and a man named Jackson Weele who becomes "The Big Wheel", but these issues show more of Peter Parker's interesting personal life, including a Mary Jane marriage proposal and the return of an old girlfriend.
A few of these stories appeared in late 1980s Marvel Tales issues, but most are reprinted here for the first time. The stories in this book run parallel with the other Marvel Essential Spider-Man titles Essential Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man Volume 1 and Essential Marvel Team-Up Volume 3. I prefer the Amazing Spider-Man DVD-ROM for its complete collection of the entire ASM run in full color PDFs. However, the Marvel Essentials series offers convenient, inexpensive access to these 30-year old Spider-Man comics without needing a computer.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Response to previous review 25 April 2007
By Robert Nephew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The previous reviewer stated that Giant-Sized Spider-Man #6 is not included in this volume. This is not entirely true. The contents of that issue are not re-printed, but the cover is included in this volume. There is also a note on the table of contents stating that Giant-Sized #6 reprints the contents of Annual #4. It doesn't make a huge difference since you still don't get the actual contents of the issue, but I thought it should be made clear what this volume contains.
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A Very Good Compilation Hurt Only By Lame Villains! 5 Jun. 2011
By goldenrulecomics - Published on Amazon.com
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Essential Spider-Man Vol. 8 has several highlights: a very early appearance of Nightcrawler outside the X-Men series; a two-part mystery story with Nova and a five-part saga with the return of the Green Goblin. I also liked the appearances of the Punisher here, as this was back from the days when his hard-edged methods were such a contrast to the rest of the good guys. Ross Andru does the art on almost all the issues here, part of a five-year run that really solidified his rendition of Spider-Man in my teenaged brain. One other interesting inclusion is a short back-up story drawn by John Romita, Jr., his first U.S. piece of work for Marvel. He did a credibly job on Spider-Man and Peter Parker but I remember thinking even at the time that his Mary Jane Watson didn't really look like her. See what you think! The downside to this book is that a number of the villains are just lame -- the Rocket Racer, Will O' The Wisp and the Big Wheel are just a few examples. Still, the price is right for so many good stories. For an expanded review, check out my Squidoo lens by searching goldenrulecomics on that site. I recommend this book.
Not totally "essential," but don't pass it up 23 Oct. 2012
By Comics-R-Fun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like other reviewers here, I too grew up on these mid-70s stories and these comics made eight-year old me a died-in-the-wool Spidey fan (along with the Spidey appearances on TV's The Electric Company). Reading them now, there is a bit of silliness here and there but it's still solid storytelling. Len Wein was a competent and interesting writer and the Andru/Esposito team still holds up. (Yes, I hold Ross Andru in higher regard than Todd McFarlane!) I would rather read these again than some of the books from the current run by Dan Slott. Maybe a future generation will consider those classics, but give me Wein/Andru any day. One thing missing from this volume is Annual 12 (1978). People have taken umbrage that Giant Size Spidey 6 isn't reprinted, only the cover (because the reprinted content of the book was already in a previous volume). Well, not even the cover to annual 12 is here. The content was an edited reprint of Spidey 119-120 with the Hulk (which was left out of the Marvel Tales series at the time), but the first page was new and the cover itself was a sight to behold! A new drawing of the Hulk smashing a wall, trying to destroy Spidey, drawn by John Byrne, done during his run on Marvel Team-Up. A bit disappointing it was left out. All in all, though, this volume is a pretty decent read!
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