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Explore over fifty years of Spider-Man with this deluxe art book, featuring exclusive interviews and content from the incredibly talented people who brought this amazing character to life. Since he first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, Marvel’s number one web-slinger has been swinging into the hearts of super hero fans everywhere. Originally portrayed Explore over fifty years of Spider-Man with this deluxe art book, featuring exclusive interviews and content from the incredibly talented people who brought this amazing character to life. Since he first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, Marvel’s number one web-slinger has been swinging into the hearts of super hero fans everywhere. Originally portrayed as the chronic underdog, Spider-Man has grown from amazing to spectacular to ultimate and beyond, dominating the comics sphere and consistently ranking among the most popular super heroes of all time. With the proportionate strength of a spider, a genius mind, and a fully loaded arsenal of quips, it’s no wonder why Spider-Man is the best arachnid around.   Marvel’s Spider-Man: Web-Slinging Since 1962 celebrates the incredibly rich and expansive history of this iconic character in a brand new and unparalleled way—showcasing the jaw-dropping art of the Spider-Man comics and diving deep into the remarkable stories that have shaped Spider-Man into the super hero he is today. Featuring exclusive concept art, layout sketches, and interviews from leading Spider-Man creators, this spectacular compendium truly captures the great power and great responsibility of developing one of the most monumental heroes in comics history.  


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Explore over fifty years of Spider-Man with this deluxe art book, featuring exclusive interviews and content from the incredibly talented people who brought this amazing character to life. Since he first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, Marvel’s number one web-slinger has been swinging into the hearts of super hero fans everywhere. Originally portrayed Explore over fifty years of Spider-Man with this deluxe art book, featuring exclusive interviews and content from the incredibly talented people who brought this amazing character to life. Since he first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, Marvel’s number one web-slinger has been swinging into the hearts of super hero fans everywhere. Originally portrayed as the chronic underdog, Spider-Man has grown from amazing to spectacular to ultimate and beyond, dominating the comics sphere and consistently ranking among the most popular super heroes of all time. With the proportionate strength of a spider, a genius mind, and a fully loaded arsenal of quips, it’s no wonder why Spider-Man is the best arachnid around.   Marvel’s Spider-Man: Web-Slinging Since 1962 celebrates the incredibly rich and expansive history of this iconic character in a brand new and unparalleled way—showcasing the jaw-dropping art of the Spider-Man comics and diving deep into the remarkable stories that have shaped Spider-Man into the super hero he is today. Featuring exclusive concept art, layout sketches, and interviews from leading Spider-Man creators, this spectacular compendium truly captures the great power and great responsibility of developing one of the most monumental heroes in comics history.  

43 review for Marvel's Spider-Man: Web-Slinging Since 1962: The Complete Comics History of Your Friendly Neighborhood Super Hero

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella

    "The Super-Hero who could be... you!" These words in a panel from Amazing Spider-Man #9 - the OG Lee/Ditko era - end this ebullient and (to put it mildly) impressive collection of comic art going over nearly 60 years of Spider-ness along with some wonderful and earnest writing from film and culture critic Matt Singer, and it sums up a major part of the appeal (maybe the crucial one) with Peter Parker, Spider-Man and the dozens of incarnations of the character: he isn't defined by this spider-bite "The Super-Hero who could be... you!" These words in a panel from Amazing Spider-Man #9 - the OG Lee/Ditko era - end this ebullient and (to put it mildly) impressive collection of comic art going over nearly 60 years of Spider-ness along with some wonderful and earnest writing from film and culture critic Matt Singer, and it sums up a major part of the appeal (maybe the crucial one) with Peter Parker, Spider-Man and the dozens of incarnations of the character: he isn't defined by this spider-bite but rather by how ordinary he is (at least usually depending on who's writing him). He's not meant to be a messianic figure or someone who has to pretend to be a normal guy - he is raised by a single parent-nay-aunt and barely has enough money to pay the rent most days. He's been dejected and run down at times and at others he's both lucky in love and unlucky out of love. What this book manages to make so clear and succinctly in equally exhaustive and yet easily digestible detail (that may sound like a contradiction but such is Marvel in a nutshell) is how for all of the myriad of characters with their own messed up backstories and very significant problems and powers and their own quiet (or not) tragedies, Parker is someone who sees good in others and takes the responsibility he has seriously. Of course things do get in the way, whether it's deep dark tragedy (oh no not Gwen again) or Uncle Ben (again! ok they dont actually keep killing him too much in New iterations) or his clones or Venom. But I liked a lot how Singer makes special time and space for those issues the comics creators took damn seriously where Parker connects and helps regular people, like that one guy Kenneth, or how he just messes up like so many of us do. What does he do to pick things up from there? Of course one might argue that Singer could be soft or gloss over some of the more questionable gaffs in Spider-man's storied history, but I think what makes it not be a problem is the other key point that spider-man comics with the character go on like a pendulum: it may go into the parts of the lore we are comfortable and familiar with and then the pendulum swings to stuff that is kind of... out there (ie that Doc Ock/Peter brain-swap for Superior Spiderman... goodness gracious), or trying intentionally to shake things up (again the Clones or 2099). Also, Singer manages to make clear through the interviews with the subjects that art sometimes has to go into the process of things that don't entirely work, and even one interviewee makes the point (I'm paraphrasing here) that comic fans may say they want new and different things, but they don't, they want what they saw as kids. And I think Singer does a superb job of making clear the ideas and concepts that weren't great in the context of this larger story where in a way it's ok if something didn't work out (a brief mention of a Peter Parker comic of Ben to a child Peter to the NY Mets game and losing and it makes the winning "sweeter" seems like the perfect metaphor). And ultimately while the historical writing is brilliant and clear, the art is what counts and it's all gorgeously rendered in a book that is about coffee-table sized and is sure to give many comics fans, even if you're just a casual spiderman reader a real thrill (and im more versed in the Ultimate series than anything else). It manages to pack in so many iconic moments that even the most casual people like those who've picked up like 3 single issues in their lives Will know what it is, but lots of little obscurer finds as well. You see how styles evolve and change and wax and wane, how the 90s were a uh... "radical" Sick time dude, and how in the 21st century we're now in this era where just when it seems like ideas are burned out that by embracing *everything* than everything is possible. It's essential comic context.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Brackett

    An awesome book for any fan of the webslinger. Spidey has always been my favorite Marvel character, and this is a beautiful collection of art from throughout the years. Highly recommended.

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