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  • Hardcover: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (25 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078516247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785162476
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 5.1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Join acclaimed tale-spinner Kurt Busiek as he weaves an intricate web of "lost" stories from Peter Parker's earliest days as the Amazing Spider-Man! Swing along with Spidey during a series of untold gems in which he encounters the likes of the Human Torch, Dr. Octopus, the Vulture, Sandman and more classic characters - along with some new ones like Batwing and Bluebird - on his way to becoming Marvel's premiere super hero! Collecting AMAZING FANTASY (1995) #16-18; UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN #1-25, #-1, ANNUAL 1996-1997 and STRANGE ENCOUNTER; and material from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #37.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul McNamee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2012
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If you've time for a little history lesson, this paragraph's just for you. JUST for you. If you're already familiar with Untold Tales and want the skinny on this recently-released Omnibus edition, feel free to skip down a paragraph or two. My feelings'll only be hurt a little bit. So anyway, as part of its bid to attract new readers in the mid 1990s Marvel launched several new series at a cut price in the hopes that the drop in cents would boost sales and among said titles was The Untold Tales Of Spider-Man, under the guidance of writer Kurt Busiek (of Marvels fame) and Pat Olliffe's pencils. At the time, Spider-Man was waist deep in the deep waste of the multi-year arc fans shudderingly recall as the Clone Saga (`saga', in this case, a term too slight for what could better be described as an age), and the tales Untold presented must surely have come as a relief from Ben Reilly's monthly battles with cyber-terrorists, plot saturation and any regard for credibility. Hell, I'm a clone saga apologist and even I get tired of those stories from time to time.

What Untold Tales presents, for your consideration, is a collection of stories set during the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko era, those original 38 issues (plus annuals!) which many and most consider to have defined the character in a fraction of the time other iconic characters have enjoyed. It helps if you've read those issues (they're available in paperback form as Marvel Masterworks volumes 1-4) but these stories stand up very well on their own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SamuraiRick86 on 2 May 2012
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Gearing up for the newest instalment of the Spider-Man film franchise, Marvel have released a new, Untold Tales of Spider-Man omnibus. This omnibus collects the complete (relatively) obscure run from the mid '90s, with a few extras at the back for good measure.
The concept of this series was to return Spiderman to his 1960s roots, and add 'extra' stories between the original issues. For example, what did Spiderman do on his first date with Betty Brant? What happened after he ran away from Sandman, when Aunt May was sick? This run consists of 25 issues, plus a couple of annuals as well - the latter of which are a homage to the first few Spidey annuals, with some 'pin-ups', profiles of the bad guys, and creator-sketches too. The stories are well-written (as you would expect from Busiek - the writer of the legendary Marvels comics), and the art is generally very good. However, a few of the newly introduced villains fall a bit flat. Luckily, towards the end of the run, Busiek focuses the stories primarily on Spider-man's 'classic' rogue's gallery, and it's at points like this where the series really shines.
The biggest problem with this omnibus is - why? There are loads of choices for (arguably) better Spidey runs. It's been a long, 5-year gap between vols 1 and 2 of the Amazing omnibus, so why they'd pick this left-field choice seems a tad strange.
Nevertheless, it's still a most entertaining read. As with all omnibuses, the production is excellent - although these books are fairly expensive, they've been made with care. Like always, the printing, colouring, binding and page-quality are pretty much top notch. Overall, if you've got a spare £50 in your bank account, you could do much worse!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Spider-man: The Untold Stories! 19 Oct. 2012
By Jonathan Balofsky - Published on Amazon.com
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This omnibus collects all of Untold Tales of Spider-man including the amazing fantasy issues 16 and 17, bonus stories and the follow up story from a couple of years ago.

The main comics of Spider-man at the time were in a serious continuity quagmire with the clone saga and related stories. Kurt Busiek and Pat Olliffe instead set their stories in the early days of Spider-man's career, with more insight given to his supporting cast including new ones created for the series. The series had its own cast of villains including scorcher and the spacemen. Classic villains like the radioactive man and the wizard appear as well. There is an issue devoted to Mary Jane Watson though in the time this is set, Peter has not met her yet.

The series was an attempt to tell fresh stories and they did and they were not any less serious. The issues with Peter's classmate Sally are powerful and really helps provide more info into the Spidey universe.

The book is well printed and has good sewn binding and will hold up well. There are not many extras sadly but one part that stands out is a chronology that says which issues are placed where in the timeline which is very useful.

All in all this is a worthy purchase for anyone's collection and you will not be disappointed.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A more than complete collection, and for a fair price 10 Aug. 2012
By Toban_Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kurt Busiek clearly understands Spider-Man. He knows how to write a classic Spider-Man as seen in the 60s and 70s, but with a more modern narrative. He understands how to properly balance Spider-Man with Peter Parker, or drama and comedy, and all around he really knows what he's doing. This book is a great callback to the early days of Spider-Man told throughout random points in his career. For someone new to Spider-Man it could be quite different, but still it's self contained enough that you would not feel too lost. However, if you are a longtime fan of Spider-Man, and you know alot of the basic plots from the old day, you likely will be able to figure out exactly where these stories fit in basic Spidey history.

For the most part, this book gets a glowing recommendation, but I will give a couple points of criticism. For one, the art is a little inconsistent, but considering how much you're getting here, that's usually to be expected. Secondly, while the writing is bang on it's mark, one must remember that the mark here is silver and bronze age comics, so it does get a little clunky and wordy from time to time, and seeing as it's just telling random stories from Spider-Man's past, it doesn't exactly lead anywhere or build up to anything. It's not enough to make this a bad book by any means, but it is enough to drag it down a little bit, so you've been warned.

As for the book itself. It's about as good as any Marvel Omnibus. It's a red pleather-bound, hardcover book with a dust jacket as seen in the product picture. The spine is a little weak, but holds up pretty well, and the reprinting of these comics are about as quality as always. Though there is the occasional black page where I imagine an ad was supposed to be, but not too often, thankfully. Certainly not as often as it was in the Age of Apocalypse Omnibus.

All in all, this book is a good read. It's nice, big, well made, well written, and for story and packaging, I'd give both a four out of five, so given Amazon's $58.00 price tag, I'd say it's worth your money. Take a chance.

Four stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent complete series collection. 23 May 2013
By Frogoat - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best complete collection of a fantastic series I've ever seen. Marvel should do more like this. Thanks for reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Best! 28 Mar. 2014
By Dem - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My opinion about Spider is suspicious! I love this character since I remember I exist! :)
Who doesn't know Untold Tales series really need to know, as soon as possible!
It is a funny, creative and delicious series to be read! Enjoy it!
8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Stories! 25 April 2012
By William Carrillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great stories and great Art!! I had never read these stories before but I found them excellent. Great depiction of Spidey.
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