This masterwork was a delight to read. At 264 pages, everything included, it collects 13 issues from the Amazing Spider-Man comic book from the mid 1970s. It finishes up the Jackal storyline begun in the previous volume. The pacing is perfect, the identity of the Jackal is a genuine surprise, and the climax lives up to the lengthy buildup. It was hard to put down. This storyline, if I'm not mistaken, has come to be known as the first "clone saga", foreshadowing its much better known successor.
The volume is rounded out with the 150th anniversary issue by Archie Goodwin and issues 151-155 by new writer Len Wein. They don't quite live up to Gerry Conway's Jackal storyline but are entertaining nonetheless and all three writers handle Spider-Man's extensive supporting cast very deftly.
Ross Andru is stout on pencils throughout and Conway is right - he is very underrated. He is finished by a number of inkers including his long time partner Mike Esposito. He looks stellar. Gil Kane pencils the anniversary issue and Sal Buscema does the last two issues in the book.
Extras include the new material from the oversized Marvel Special Edition #1, some house ads, and the letter page from #153 where readers' concerns about plot holes in the Jackal story are addressed. I recommend reading it right after finishing #149.
There are several references to events in the contemporary Marvel Team-Up book but nothing substantial except for a few seams in the story. The Giant-Sized Spider-Man issues were invariably team-ups so will be masterworked along with the team-up issues. On the other hand this volume finishes up right about where the Spectacular Spider-Man starts up so it will be interesting to see how that is handled. A combined Masterwork with both Amazing and Spectacular or separate lines for each? My money is on the latter.
Highly recommended. Huge fun, well drawn, and well written.