The Amazing Spider-Man | Penguin Classics Marvel Collection (2022)

I found this new collection of classic Stan Lee & Steve Ditko Spider-Man tales by chance when I was browsing on Amazon. I have always liked this design of the Penguin Classics books, and when I checked what was reprinted I had to order a copy. (Content details below.) I bought the paperback edition for $28. There is a gorgeous looking hardcover edition as well, but it was too pricey for me. I actually prefer paperback volumes to hardbacks. I find them easier to handle as well as read .

Content Details

Penguin Classics Marvel Collection: The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Foreword by Jason Reynolds, Introduction by Ben Saunders. It Collects “Spider-Man!” from Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962); The Amazing Spider-Man #1-4, #9, #10, #13, #14, #17-19 (1963-1964); “Goodbye to Linda Brown” from Strange Tales #97 (1962); “How Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Create Spider-Man!” from The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964).

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Poor Peter Parker! Marvel Relaunches Spider-Man Again

I’ve written before about how I got into comic books. One of the first American comics I bought and read regularly was Spider-Man. This was back in the days when there were three monthly Spidey titles: The Amazing Spider-Man; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man; and Web of Spider-Man. I focused on The Amazing Spider-Man, but would buy the other titles when there was a crossover story. One of the best of these was Kraven’s Last Hunt. I used to have the original 6 issues of that story-arc but they have been lost to time unfortunately.

Marvel Comics relaunched Spider-Man last month with a new issue #1 (Legacy issue #895) written by Zeb Wells with art by John Romita Jr. I read it and enjoyed the story. I thought the characters were written well, the plot was intriguing and the art suited the story. Controversial opinions, as it turned out. I reviewed it on my YouTube channel and the video has done pretty well for me. But it generated some strong reactions in the comments section.

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