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What happened, Stevie and Stan?,
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This review is from: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3 TPB (Paperback)
Arghh! First 20 issues of Spider Man are superb - weird and dark, almost, in a naive Sixties kind of way. But then we get this: Stan and Ditko going through the motions with some rather crappy and forgettable villains. Nothing here to compare with Kraven, Electro, Sandman etc - just c-list villains without anything memorable or particularly powerful about them.
I read all these years ago, but too long ago to remember. I'm quite looking forward to seeing the John Romita stuff in the upcoming volumes.
Gotta give it three stars though. Out of respect.
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Initial post: 17 May 2014 22:11:11 BDT
Good lord....you DONT think ASM #20, the 1st app. of the Scorpion isn't an all time Marvel masterpiece???
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Yes, but all the fosswell enforcers stuff was a bit b movie, relatively speaking
In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2014 09:33:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 May 2014 09:34:51 BDT
Or, you could look at this volume and conclude it's predominantly low level crime fiction, with the likes of the Green Goblin and his gangster flunkies, rather than straight superhero stuff. It works for me because it kept Spidey grounded in a more realistic milieu.
Both the Scorpion and the Molten Man classic villains - older, tougher and much more ruthless - a worthy challenge to the bookish, naive Peter Parker! The Beetle capturing the Human Torch, the psychiatrist issue is sheer genius, you've got an annual with Dr. Strange and a mediocre Scorpion return, sadly, but overall, compared to volume four this is substantial stuff. See my own review here on Amazon of volume four of these early Amazing Spider-Man tales.
Even the story here with the Clown and the Circus of Crime is superb comedy - Spidey's exchanges with Princess Python is masterful and the characterisation shows the respect Parker has for mean old boss when Spider-Man catches up with the man who head butted JJ and lastly, there's a great panel showing the camaraderie between Betty Brant and Peter Parker as they rush off with Jonah to oversee a new edition of the Bugle to capitalise on the Circus of Crime's cunning scam!
Just my tuppence worth, my friend...
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