Spider-Man Products You Must Have
So you've taken a bunch of friends to see Spider-Man, and now they
want to know a little more. After watching the movie, your girlfriend
(or boyfriend) finally wants to read a comic. Maybe all you know yourself
is that you came to this site for the wrestling and noticed Randy "Macho
Man" Savage has a small role in the movie.
What kind of
fanboys (and shameless pimps) would we be if we did not offer you a
guide to essential Spider-Man reading? It isn't all gold, and if you
walked into a bookstore without us you could likely pick up crap with
the Spider-Man name on it. We've winnowed our selections down to some
key enjoyable books, and were you to click on over to Amazon and buy
one, we wouldn't stop you. In fact, we'd write you a glowing note of
Essential Spider-Man (Volume 1): It's always best to start
at the beginning, and this thick paperback offers the first 22 appearances
of Spider-Man, from his origin in Amazing Fantasy #15 (recounted
and updated nicely in the film) to his early battles with The Green
Goblin. Some of it may seem a little quaint, as it was written in 1962
and 1963, but original artist Steve Ditko's work still has a cool power
to it that most Spider-artists try to recapture today. And though he
didn't know it at the time, Stan Lee was making myth. You can follow
the series up through further Essential Spider-Man volumes; The
Essential Spider-Man, Vol.2 includes the change over to
the artwork of John Romita (his son now draws The Amazing Spider-Man)
and the unmasking of The Green Goblin.
The only drawback
to The Essential Spider-Man is though it packs a lot, it's all
in black and white. If you want to read the stories in the best presentation
possible, we recommend the
first volume of Marvel Masterworks, which reprints
the first 11 Spidey stories hardbound on fine glossy paper. It's pricier,
but it's beautiful.
You casually mention
to friends that the climax of the movie looks familiar, but the girl
doesn't. Finish the saga of The Green Goblin with Spider-Man
: The Death of Gwen Stacy. Death in comics may seem passť
today, but back in 1972, this storyline rocked the industry. Yes, Peter
Parker had a great love before Mary Jane Watson, no matter what the
movie says, and it's notable for both its tragedy and the fact that
30 years later, she's still dead. Most of the third act of the Sam Raimi
film "borrows" liberally from this.
Okay, so that's
all in the past, what about Spider-Man today? After a period of intense
stupidity, Marvel Comics has given the wallcrawler a revitalization,
and these trade paperbacks will help explain why you still read comics,
and why your friends should.
Spider-Man: Coming Home: Last year Marvel brought in Babylon
5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to breathe new life into a tired
book. The results were fantastic. In six issues, JMS turned what we
thought we knew about the character upside down, and strove to bring
back what makes Peter Parker the schnook we love to root for. In this
collection, Spider-Man encounters an older man with powers apparently
identical to his who warns him of an ancient enemy coming his way. Refusing
to take the older man's advice, Peter faces off against Morlun, a vampire-like
being who feeds on superpowers.
Tangled Web: Reprinting the first few issues of Marvel's
latest Spider-series, and they're pretty thought-provoking. This title
isn't about Spider-Man directly, but the effect he has on the people
around him. It opens with the tale of a high school bully who tried
to duplicate the accident that gave Peter his power (the creepiest Spider-Man
story ever), and includes the tale of what crime boss The Kingpin does
to those who fail him. Every story is a winner.
Spider Man: For those who think that a 40-year-old character
holds no appeal, Marvel revamped and rebooted Spider-Man for the 21st
Century. Peter Parker is once again 16, unsure of himself, and still
learning the implications of his power and responsibility. But before
he can do that, he has to save Harry Osborn from the murderous creature
his father has become. The Spider-Man here more closely resembles the
movie version, and the series itself provides a great jumping on point
for new readers. Once you finish with the first volume, there's always
Spider-man: Power and Responsibility.
- The Ultimate Villain Showdown:
Buena Vista has just released this collection of episodes from the animated
series of the late '90's. Get a taste of the rest of Spider-Man's rogues'
gallery, including rumored Spider-Man 2 villains Doctor Octopus
and The Lizard.
What makes this
DVD more fun is the inclusion of the origin episode from the original
1960's cartoon, including that funky theme song.
this is the age when a DVD might not be enough...
the adventure to end? That's what Activision, Sony, and us are counting
on. You can get Spider-Man: The Movie The Game for every platform
but Macintosh. (Screwed again.)Spider-Man:
The Movie for PS2
The Movie for Nintendo Game Cube
The Movie for Xbox
The Movie for Windows 95/98/ME
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