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07-05-2003, 04:38 PM
Hey. Maybe this is past due, but I think there should be a place to chime in about the Wall crawler's monthly exploits. Spidey's now likely my favourite hero - he's the consumate Marvel story: more character than costume. Parker is every geek in history, living the ultimate dream. What makes him great is the fact we can see every issue that he's a person, cursed and blessed with his powers. Maybe the greatest comic story ever told.

That being said, I just finisished Peter Parker 44-47, which was last years Green Goblin story line by Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos (who happen to have been give the third monthly Spider-Man book starting this summer). It was a great arc, and with any luck these two will be able to do with Venom what they did with Gobby. I'm happy at least one creative team seems interested in dealing with the heavy hitter villains in the classic continuity (ie not including Bagley and Bendis who are doing it every month in Ultimate Spidey).

Any thoughts on current or classic Spidey books?

Eternal Padawan
07-16-2003, 07:34 PM
Whew. It's a darn shame when a thread about Marvel's flagship character doesn't get no love.

Let me just say I skipped Spec Spidey #1 because I'm not a big fan of Humberto's art. My other reason was getting sucked into the "too many comics every week" syndrome. I draw the line at one Spidey book a month and Amazing is it. (By the way, wouldn't Spec be the 4th monthly? Amazing, PeterParker, Tangled Web, and Spectacular? Or is Tangled Web a limited series? I've never really looked at the number)

Back to Amazing. A nice quiet issue this month. Peter as a schoolteacher? I need to start buying back issues. I'm ferverently waiting the buildup to ASM 500, Marvel's 2nd 3rd 500th issue. ;) What's the deal with this Ezekiel chap? Another clone? Bitten by a different radioactive spider? I really liked last issue where the janitor looked up and actually saw him on the ceiling. Turning the cliche on its head. That's why I like JSM writing. I really wish he'd use some of Spidey's rogue gallery though.

Ultimate Spidey. Speaking of clever Spidey writing, Bendis is great. It's too bad the early issues are going for $100 ?!?! So I'm going to follow this one as a TPB series only.

07-17-2003, 10:25 PM
Ezekiel was introduced by JMS in the 30's ish issues. He's a pretty interesting character that basically was mysterious, and chaperoned Petey through a tough scrap with a fairly good insect-named-female-villainess-whose-name-I-can't-recall. He told Petey that he's part of a bigger Spider-Mind kind of thing. He has SPider powers of his own. Apparently we'll be getting a little history on him over the next couple of issues. I think actually EP, you may be an issue ahead of me at this point, as I haven't got my new books yet this week.

Kind of Spidey news, I won a John Romita Jr. signed copy of #30 - the first JMS scripted issue - 9.6 CGC for less than 30 bucks. Im happy with that, I already have another copy but I thought this would make a fair investment issue when I saw it offered on ebay. I'd love to have a Jim Lee signed Bats 608 to go with it, maybe someday.

Bel-Cam Jos
07-18-2003, 10:38 AM
Spidey has the best comic book sound effect ('thwp!' barely beats out Wolverine's 'snkt!' for me), one of the most believable (according to comics standards) origins and characterizations, and usually holds to the wise-cracking sarcasm heroes are known for. When a character's costume is changed, and there's a debate over them, you know that it's iconic (BTW, I really liked both the red-blue and black ones, but black wins by a spider's thread).

Darth Shifty
07-18-2003, 10:49 AM
I only read the Ultimate Spider-Man series, but I thoroughly enjoy it. I just finished the 6th trade pb with the Venom storyline and it was fantastic. I was wondering how they would approach the whole aspect of the Venom suit and this actually seemed plausible. (well, comic book plausible at least :happy: ) I wouldn't be surprised if they used this storyline for the Spider-Man movie with Venom. I've heard it will be the third installment in the series. Who else follows the Ultimate series?

07-18-2003, 01:09 PM
I was reading them online at Marvel.com or whatever up to around issue 20. It's fantastic, the only reason I stopped reading was...... I have no idea. You used to be able to download the issues onto your pc and play them on a downloadable player - I did that. Now they're only available via "streaming", which my PC won't handle very well. I'll have to have a look at my player and see which issue I left off at - it's worth catching up on.

Eternal Padawan
08-07-2003, 10:46 AM
Picture this: Juggernaut rampaging through Manhattan, and Spidey flitting around trying to stop him, all drawn by the Avengers Oliver Coipels. He'd do a sweet Juggernaut, methinks.

Eternal Padawan
08-20-2003, 03:38 PM
I just won a complete JMS Amazing Spidey run (30-54) on eBay for $60 +SH. I am the shizzle. They should get here tomorrow. Between this and the Daredevil books I just won, I am in reading heaven.

So let's just rundown all the Spidey books there have been over the years.

Amazing Spider-Man ( The Flagship. Both Spidey's and Marvel's)
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man ( later the Peter Parker bit got dropped)
Web of Spider-Man ( the perfect title for the third movie, non?)
Spider-Man (McFarlane's extortion of Marvel, later added Peter Parker to the front)
Scarlet Spider (replaced Web of when that whole clone thingie sucked up everything Spider-Man in the early 90's. Clone Saga = marathon of pain)
Spider-Man Unlimited ( sort of the Wow, we need another Spider-Man book clogging up the shelves, type of deal)

Then I quit collecting.

I think there was Sensational Spider-Man for awhile. And WebSpinners. And Spectacular got cancelled and Amazing and Peter Parker, Spider-Man got restarted because Bob Harras is a big boob. Thanks for almost burning down the House of Ideas, Bob

Now we have Amazing Vol. II( reverting to it's rightful numbering with it's 500th issue)
Peter Parker, Spider-Man Vol. II
Spider-Man Tangled Web
and a brand spanking new Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. II

Not to mention umpteen limited series in any given month.

Did I forget anything?

Bel-Cam Jos
08-20-2003, 03:48 PM
So let's just rundown all the Spidey books there have been over the years.

Did I forget anything?
Well, as a technicality, Amazing Fantasy could be a title, since #15 was his first appearance ever (not to mention his only appearance in the series, as it ended then).
Other stretches:
Marvel Team-Up since it was virtually Spidey and... each issue
Marvel Tales used to reprint the Spidey stories
Spiderman 2099 which was the future Spidey
Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spider-Ham from STAR Comics :D

Did I forget anything?

Eternal Padawan
08-20-2003, 04:03 PM
Oh yeah, Marvel Team Up. I forgot about that.

They actually went back in the late 90's and did Amazing Fantasy 16-18. Lord knows why.

I didn't count Marvel Tales or any other reprints or those other books that tried to shoehorn new stories into older continuity. Limited Series ( Like Spider-Man Blue or Man Without Fear) are fine for that kind of story, but monthly books? Doomed to failure.

And Spider-Man 2099 isn't about our favorite wall crawler. What ever happened to Miguel and the other 2099 chaps?

Peter Porker? Shame on you, BCJ. Shame on you....

08-21-2003, 02:08 AM
How about the fantastic "Untold Tales of Spider-Man", drawn by Pat Olliffe in classic Ditko style? That series ran for about 20 issues, and was way at the top of my reading list. They wrote the stories to coincide (and fill in gaps) in the Silver Age spidey continuity, and I loved it. Every issue.

There was also a short lived "Green Goblin" monthly, about a teenager finding the costume and glider, very interesting reading as well. I jumped on about 1/2 way through, but enjoyed it quite a bit. I'll go back and fill it in some day when I find them in the dollar bin.

Spider-Man was also a member of the "New Warriors" for about a year there, and the book bore the "Spider-Man" imprint over that period. Nothing memorable.

Just finishished this month's Amazing, not bad. Nice end to the bridge story. Fiona Avery is off to a good start, and hopefully will be able to continue on with the character focused stories I like to see in Amazing. The other two books can be full of scraps, but Amazing is about Pete.

Spectacular 2 and 3 ("The Hunger" continued). Very good. I loved Jenkins' description of how it feels to BE Spider-Man during a fight, with the Spidey sense going off. Awesome. This should be a very interesting wrap up, if you can get past the art (which I like, but many don't) give it whirl.

El Chuxter
08-21-2003, 02:26 PM
There was a supposed-to-be-ongoing series by John Byrne retelling his early years. Most people hated it, but I thought it was pretty decent.