I loved this volume as it has a great mix of stories, some tragic, some occasionally funny and one nicely eerie one. It brings back many of Spider-Man's oldest foes including Dr. Octopus, Chameleon, Electro, Kingpin, Mysterio, Man-Wolf, The Fly and Kraven The Hunter as well as recent foes like Light-Master and Jigsaw. There's also the return of two mad scientists Spencer Smythe and his new Spider-Slayer and Jonas Harrow and the first appearances of the Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) and the very strange Madame Web.
There's plenty guest appearances by other stars from the Marvel world including Captain America, Punisher, Dazzler, Spider-Woman and Dr. Strange in an odd tale as he and Spider-Man face Dormammu and Dr. Doom.
Peter Parker's troubled life continues as his relationships with Betty Brant, Mary Jane Watson and Debra Whitman start to unfold. He also leaves the Bugle to work for a mysterious boss at the Daily Globe alongside reporter April Maye.
The highlights though are Spider-Man and JJJ chained together, like Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in the Defiant Ones, and having to work together to survive; the tie in with the Mysterio tale that sees the confrontation between Spider-Man and the burglar who killed his Uncle Ben and JJJ's descent into madness that sees Joe Robertson resign and chaos at the Bugle.
A really entertaining read for all Marvel fans.
on 27 August 2009
It's good to see The Amazing Spider-man Essential series making an attempt to catch up with "Peter Parker" Essentials, but they are still around forty or fifty issues behind!
I think this collection sees us through a poor patch in comic writing in general. The format is mostly 'hero-villain-punchup', and originality and wit don't come that high on the agenda. Having said that, during this time Spiderman was probably better than most. #And this is the era that saw Frank Miller first come onto the scene# The stories in the latter half of the book liven up a bit, so for people who like early Spider-man, this is probably worth having.
on 25 May 2009
If you are familiar with 70ies Spider-Man you know what to expect.
Not every story is good, as some have questionable plot. The spotlight however is on the Spider-Man supporting cast (there is an awesome Jameson story), which was alwas the strong point of the series.
To be honest, I prefer this period and it's stories opposed to what Marvel produces now.