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Spider-Man Blue HC (Amazing Spider-Man) [Hardcover]

Jeph Loeb , Tim Sale
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19 May 2003 Amazing Spider-Man
This is the story of how Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy fell in love. Or, more appropriately, how they almost didn't fall in love. Welcome to Spider-Man's life. In order to get the girl of his dreams, he'll have to run the gauntlet of the Green Goblin, the Rhino, and a mysterious man in the shadows controlling it all. Join Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale in the story about Spider-Man's first love. Everything was just coming together...only to fall apart.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (19 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785110623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785110620
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 19 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spider-man : Blue 2 Nov 2003
To put it bluntly, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sales "Spider-man : Blue" is one of the best Spider-man books ever written. For those of you already familiar with the work of Jeph Loeb on "Batman : Hush" and "Batman : Dark Victory" and Tim Sales art in "Batman : Dark Victory" you will not be dissapointed; the story aims to retell significant events in Spider-man history (The first appearance of Mary Jane watson is a high point of the book)and does this extremely well but the focus is on the beginning of Peter's relationship with Gwen Stacy, his first love.
For fans of the Spider-man history, this is a must have book with an excpetional balance between action, romance and subtle nods to the days of Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and
John Romita Snr (the "amazing fantasy" gag works without being cheesy)for those only slightly familiar with Spider-man it has everything you need to get to know both sides of the character.
Overall, one of the finest accomplishments in Spider-man history and if you don't cry at the last three pages, you have no soul and shall die cold and lonely.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love letter from the heart...... 8 Aug 2006
Spider-man:Blue is a love letter from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale to the classic tales of Stan Lee and John Romita's wallcrawler from the 1960's. The story harks back to a simpler time, before gimmicks, over the top plots, and awful writing became the common thing it is today.

The writing is fantastic, catching the very essence of not only Peter Parker, but his supporting cast; these are characters you can care about, and Jeph Loeb makes them live and breathe. Tim Sale's artwork is simply stunning,some of the two page spreads are unbelievably gorgeous, and the covers have a simplistic beauty I have rarely seen.Don't get me started on how fantastic Gwen and MJ look!!

This is without doubt one of the best comics ever published; it perfectly marries great storytelling, great artwork,and great characterisation, all from creators who clearly care deeply.

If you want to read Spider-Man as he should be, read this; if you love the comic book art form, read this. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, we are not worthy............
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5.0 out of 5 stars No One Said Love Was Easy 22 Oct 2013
With a small handful of cassettes and a tape recorder Peter Parker sits down to record messages to someone, on the anniversary of their death. After laying a rose at the Golden Gate Bridge Peter recalls the tale of how first met a girl named Gwen Stacey and how eventually she became his first true love.
The flashback starts from when the Green Goblin first learnt Spidey's identity only to loose it to amnesia and returning to being Norman Osborn. What follows next are moments in both Spiderman and Peter's lives which led him down the path to finally getting with Gwen. Such obstacles include the arrival of one Mary Jane Watson, attacks by Rhino, Lizard, Two Vultures, Moving into a apartment with Harry Osborn only to have his roomie later kidnapped by Kraven, all this leading to Gwen asking one question 'Will you Be My Valentine?'
Spiderman: Blue is secretly the book that made me a Spidey Fan again, at the time I was put off the Wall Crawler following the disaster that was One More Day but this book restored my love of the character. Gwen Stacey was a important character in the books given she was the first love and sadly one of the great tragedies in Peter's life. This story takes us back to the Good Old Days of Spiderman with Art that recalls it to boot. To see these tales brought to life again in a slightly new light is fantastic. For newer fans it was a chance to get a history lesson which was enjoyable from the get go. Praised by fans everywhere I can see why, Spiderman: Blue is an essential book for any fan with a touching ending. Go and read it now, you wont be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God bless Jeph Loeb... 3 Dec 2005
The talent and sheer genius that is Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Daredevil: Yellow, Batman: Hush vol. 1&2) has struck once again in the form of Spider-Man: Blue, all with the help of course, from the artist Tim Sale. This wall crawling adventure is really anything but as Peter Parker sits in his house, in the dark and alone, recording stories of his first true love; Gwen Stacey. But not everything is going swimmingly for Parker this time around, as the stunning and shockingly forward, Mary-Jane Watson is introduced into Peter's life. The book kicks off at the very location where Gwen died, Spider-Man lays a rose upon the top of the large bridge. Referring to her as his "funny Valentine", Peter documents the key points in their relationship before it all went wrong. This is a definite must have for any true fan, as this is the story of how Gwen and Peter fell in love, or more appropriately, how they almost didn't fall in love...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blue me 15 May 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Jeph Loeb – the man who made having no ideas into a decades-long career in comics – brings his bafflingly successful approach to Batman over to Spider-Man. His approach? Tell stories that have already been told! With Batman, it was the fall of Harvey Dent in The Long Halloween, and Robin becoming his sidekick in Dark Victory; with Spider-Man Blue, it’s tangentially about the death of Gwen Stacy – but crucially, Gwen doesn’t die in this book. She’s also barely in the book. So wait… what the hell is this about?! Absolutely nothing.

The setup is: Peter’s feeling lonely on Valentine’s Day and decides to talk to the long-deceased Gwen via a tape recorder about the good ol’ days (even though MJ, his wife, is elsewhere in the house). That’s it. There’s no story. There’s really no point either. There’s a half-hearted story about some shadowy villain hunting Spider-Man but it’s little more than a reason for Loeb to shoehorn in some boring superhero fights between the, ahem, “romance” (plus the “mastermind” villain reveal is totally arbitrary and idiotic).

Peter fights the Rhino, the Vulture, and the Lizard (this is another Loeb staple: throw the hero’s rogues gallery at him in stages for no reason). He meets MJ. He moves into his first flat with Harry. Gwen’s in the background some of the time. Flash joins the military. Peter and Gwen hook up. That’s it.

That’s it?! Yeah. Because Loeb doesn’t know how to tell stories, he just throws characters together aimlessly and hopes that somehow a plot will emerge – and, what a surprise, it doesn’t. No, Spider-Man Blue is just a cheap excuse to shamelessly wallow in sentiment. Spider-Man’s “blue”, get it? ...
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