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Feb 1st 2011 at 11:19:37 PM

Since everyone likes talking about him. I know little about him(Ironically,I got nearly all I know about him from a Batman thread),but he's apparently important so I made this thread. Enjoy.

DrFurball Two-bit blockhead from The House of the Rising Sun Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Two-bit blockhead
Feb 2nd 2011 at 8:53:42 AM

Actually, it's Spider-Man. There's a hyphen.

Anyway, how is Amazing these days? Are they Writing for the Trade or are the issues pretty self-contained? "The Gauntlet" sounded pretty good (too bad I missed it).

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Feb 2nd 2011 at 11:32:07 AM

Gauntlet was okay some good issue some bad, the rhino story was exceptional. And spidys really picked up since big time started. I wouldn't say it's writen for the trade most storys are about 3/4 issues long

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DrFurball Two-bit blockhead from The House of the Rising Sun Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Two-bit blockhead
Feb 2nd 2011 at 6:47:53 PM

Well, I did read a bit of the Juggernaut part of the Gauntlet, since it was a sequel to Roger Stern's original 1982 Juggernaut story, which is one of my favorite Spidey tales. It was good.

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Jhiday NOT holding a Shoe Phone from France
NOT holding a Shoe Phone
Feb 2nd 2011 at 11:33:00 PM

The latest format change a few months ago (to fortnightly but extra-sized stories) really helped a lot : each issue feels like it packs twice as much story as a normal Marvel comic.

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Feb 2nd 2011 at 11:41:14 PM

What is The Gauntlet supposed to be about, anyway?

Jhiday NOT holding a Shoe Phone from France
NOT holding a Shoe Phone
Feb 3rd 2011 at 1:58:42 AM

Spider-Man fighting (most of) his classic villains in a row, making him more and more tired. It was originally hinted all those villains would be recruited by the Kraven family for the "Grim Hunt" storyline, but it didn't pan out that way (it was more of a prelude for "Origin of the Species", really).

Mostly, it was an excuse to reintroduce all those villains that had been mostly ignored since the start of Brand New Day. And since we got a nice little Sandman story, a very good Rhino story, a fun Mysterio story and a very disturbing Lizard story, it was mostly worth it.

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Scardoll Burn
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Feb 3rd 2011 at 8:27:39 AM

Does anyone know a good point to start in Spider-Man? I was a huge fan of the 90's series when I was a kid and I just watched the recent The Spectacular Spiderman series (Which was surprisingly good). However, my problem with comics has always been finding a good gateway, since I feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of books and issues in the comics section of the local stores.

edited 3rd Feb '11 8:28:54 AM by Scardoll

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Jhiday NOT holding a Shoe Phone from France
NOT holding a Shoe Phone
Feb 3rd 2011 at 11:35:22 AM

Well, they did a "jumping-on point" a few months ago with Amazing Spider-Man #648, so if you start from there you should be reasonably up to speed.

If you're interested in more details about the current status quo (how the supporting cast got to the point they are now), you should read the various "Brand New Day" tales. A warning : it's 101 issues published over 3 years (#546-647), ie about 20 trade-paperbacks.

Note that this tells adventures of Spider-Man as an adult. If you're more interested in following him in a high-school setting, you should look towards Ultimate Spider-Man (25-ish trade-paperbacks so far), which is a fun alternate take.

edited 3rd Feb '11 11:39:52 AM by Jhiday

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Feb 3rd 2011 at 1:19:00 PM

Also, if you want to check out some classic Spidey, pick up the Essential Spider-Man TP Bs (they're in black in white, though) or the Marvel Masterworks: Spider-Man collections (full color). The Lee/Ditko stories are some of my favorites and hold up remarkably well. If you want a general overview of Spidey history and lore, try the Spider-Man Ultimate Guide, it's pretty extensive and informative.

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Scardoll Burn
Burn
Feb 3rd 2011 at 4:53:27 PM

Thanks, I'll check up on #648 and either the Essential Spidey books (I recall seeing those ones at my local library)!

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DrFurball Two-bit blockhead from The House of the Rising Sun Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Two-bit blockhead
Feb 3rd 2011 at 6:56:10 PM

I second the recommendation of Essential Spider-Man. The Lee/Ditko run is my favorite run in all of comics. And Ditko's art looks better in B&W.

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Cider The Final ECW Champion from Not New York Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
The Final ECW Champion
Feb 3rd 2011 at 7:42:24 PM

I'd start with the old ones, they were good for old comics. For someone who looks at most crossovers as unnecessary To Fight An Unbeatable Foe and With Foes Like These are among my favorite super hero comics. The Marvel Knights Run is a place to go when you've had your fill with the Pre 90s.

Most of the 90s were horrible, though Identity Crisis is one of my favorites. Mainly for Dusk. Venom was also pretty interesting before they tried to make them a "hero". I didn't really mind the changes in Spider-man's powers during the 2000s, but I'd recommend skipping over the Ironman and Avengers stuff until the "Civil War" concludes. Some of the post Civil War stuff was okay. They actually wrote a pretty convincing way to restore Spider-man's secret identity. Which made One More Day pointless. I haven't touched any Spider-man title newer than 'One More Day''.

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Durazno Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Feb 7th 2011 at 10:29:58 PM

I kind of enjoyed Venom's anti-hero stint for black comedy's sake. It didn't work so well when they started trying to take him seriously.

Respect the Red Right Hand
Feb 8th 2011 at 5:59:43 AM

Also, if you like Mary Jane... the best thing you can do to get into current Spidey is to not do it. This has been a Public Service Announcement for the Benefit of your Sanity as a Comic Geek.

Aleclom The Fastest Man Alive from Chicago
The Fastest Man Alive
Feb 18th 2011 at 6:18:44 AM

I've been reading the Marvel Masterworks collections recently. I'd read a few of the earlier Ditko stories, but never all of them. So I'm glad these exist! I'm collecting the paperback editions mainly because I love the cover art. The hardcovers feature art from actual covers of issues in the book, but the paperbacks feature (better) redrawn versions, which I think is sweet. It's worth being roughly 5 books behind the hardcovers.

Anyway, Spider-Man's my third favorite super hero ever, so yay!

Rawr!
MousaThe14 Writer, Artist, Ignored from Northern Virginia Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Writer, Artist, Ignored
Feb 18th 2011 at 10:24:03 AM

I just realized that 85% of the reason why I read the New Avengers is because of Spier-man. I mean he just makes those comics. Need someone to play of off Cage's less talkative snark? There's a Spidey for that. Need to make comparisons to Jessica Drew? There's a Spidey for that. Need someone to complain about Tony's absurd richness? There's a Spidey for that. Need someone to ave snark-to-snark combat with Spidey? There's a Hawkeye Ronin Clint for that.

edited 27th Feb '11 9:39:04 AM by MousaThe14

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zam Last Boy on Earth from Orlando, FL . Relationship Status: Heisenberg unreliable
Last Boy on Earth
Feb 27th 2011 at 9:06:38 AM

Well humor makes everything better and no superhero does comedy quite like Spider-man.

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Seamus Another Perfect Day from the Quantum Savanna
Another Perfect Day
Mar 12th 2011 at 2:51:25 PM

It's something that's been difficult for me to admit for a few years now, but I think I've had an epiphany, so I'm just gonna up and say it. I still love Spider-Man.

Now comes the hard part...how do I get back into Spider-Man? I know better than to start reading right now. The less said about recent events, the better. I looked up the Marvel Masterworks paperbacks on Amazon last night, and was surprised at how cheap they are (I remember paying upwards of 20 bucks for a Fantastic Four MM in a store). I only saw five volumes, however. While I love the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko stories as much as anyone else, I think Spidey really hit his stride in the late 70s. Does the MM series extend that far, or will I have to buy volumes of Essentials?

I've got two guns pointed west and a broken compass.
Mar 12th 2011 at 2:58:26 PM

Personally, I'd just jump in with the start of Big Time.

Seamus Another Perfect Day from the Quantum Savanna
Another Perfect Day
Mar 12th 2011 at 3:09:11 PM

Looking it up, it does seem promising...I'll have to think about it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention though.

I've got two guns pointed west and a broken compass.
Mar 12th 2011 at 3:15:03 PM

No worries friend. I personally find it to be an wonderful story, it does have one tiny flaw though.

Despite spoiling too much, Dan Slott seems to be determined to have EVERY SINGLE VILLAIN be an evil version of Spider-Man or Peter Parker.

Mar 12th 2011 at 3:43:12 PM

Anybody ever read Spider-man 2099? I just started reading it and it's pretty good so far.

edited 12th Mar '11 3:43:33 PM by NULLcHiLD27

Seamus Another Perfect Day from the Quantum Savanna
Another Perfect Day
Mar 12th 2011 at 4:06:08 PM

Despite spoiling too much, Dan Slott seems to be determined to have EVERY SINGLE VILLAIN be an evil version of Spider-Man or Peter Parker.
That's why we have Venom—and, consequently, that's why I've never liked him as a good guy.  * And now we have two good Venoms, it seems, though the black ops Venom does look kinda cool.

I've looked into Spider-Man 2099 a little, but I never thought much of it. Didn't connect with the characters in the same way.

edited 12th Mar '11 4:07:02 PM by Seamus

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DrFurball Two-bit blockhead from The House of the Rising Sun Relationship Status: Tongue-tied
Two-bit blockhead
Mar 12th 2011 at 7:44:27 PM

Anybody ever read Spider-man 2099? I just started reading it and it's pretty good so far.
I've read a few issues here and there, and I really enjoy it. I especially enjoy how Peter David made Miguel O'Hara the opposite of Peter Parker in a lot of ways. I'm also a big fan of the humor and the cast. Good stuff. I'm considering picking up the TPB.

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