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Hey Larry - this is 1-10, not 11-20!,
This review is from: Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
Hey - thought I'd better come in here and point out that Laurence Bernabo's review below is for a different volume of this series - one that covers ASM issues 11-20. This book covers issues 1-10 (and Amazing Fantasy 15 of course).
So what is there in here?
Amazing Fantasy 15 is about how Spidey got his powers and why he chose to use them the way he does.
ASM1 has two stories - one involving rescuing a space capsule when things go wrong and one with the Fantastic Four and the Chameleon. But best thing about this issue is how it starts building Spiderman's character and those of his co-stars.
ASM2 is again two stories: The Vulture (not bad) and the Terrible Tinkerer (hmmm......)
ASM3 is a classic, with the first appearance of Doctor Octopus.
ASM4 is the first appearance of the Sandman. Pretty good.
ASM5 has Doctor Doom in it. Not convinced myself - he belongs in a different comic.
ASM6 is the first appearance of the Lizard. Showing its age and looking a bit like a 1950s horror comic.
ASM7 is the Vulture again. Much better than ASM2. Artwork starts looking better around here.
ASM8 has a 2/3 length story with an out-of-control robot (yawn!) and a 1/3 length story with the Human Torch, drawn and (maybe) part plotted by Jack Kirby. Big Jack's a legend but should never have been allowed near Spidey.
ASM9 is the first appearance for Electro. Again pretty good.
And ASM10 is the Big Man and the Enforcers. You may ask who, but pitting spidey against common hoods shows of Ditko's art to perfection. My fave out of the first 10 issues.
Overall five stars - this is history in the making, and sets the scene for the next 500 issues!