Experience the amazing adventures of Marvel’s iconic Super Hero in Spider-Man, the second volume in Folio’s exclusive ‘Marvel Heroes’ series. Featuring acclaimed comic books by Stan Lee, Steve Dikto, Todd McFarlane and Brian Michael Bendis.
Spider-Senses everywhere have been tingling in anticipation of this second volume in Folio’s acclaimed ‘Marvel Heroes’ series. The amazing Spider-Man collects twelve momentous tales of web-slinging action. Also included is a complete replica of The Amazing Spider-Man #1, created by the legendary team of Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Following Folio’s Captain America, this dazzling edition presents an exclusive portrait of an iconic Super Hero. And who better to curate and introduce this collection than former Marvel editor Roy Thomas? Thomas selects archetypal stories from almost sixty years of crime-fighting adventure. You’ll discover the debuts of Doctor Octopus and Venom, as well as Peter Parker’s first encounter with his young successor, Miles Morales. This hardback edition comes sheathed in a beautiful blue-and-red slipcase stamped with Spidey’s iconic sigil, while the cover features original artwork by Marcos Martín, the multiple-award-winning Marvel artist famed for his work on Spider-Man.
Bound in blocked cloth and paper printed with a design by Marcos Martín
Prelims set in Miller with Benton Sans display
304 pages printed in 4-colour throughout
Endpapers printed with a design by Marcos Martín
Cloth slipcase blocked with a design by Marcos Martín
Spider-Man first appeared in the pages of 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, an anthology title on the brink of cancellation. But the wall-crawler proved so phenomenally popular that he received his own title just seven months later. Launching in March 1963, The Amazing Spider-Man #1 has been reproduced here as a perfect replica, stored within a pocket inside the slipcase. Avoiding all digital remastering, Folio has scanned an original collector’s copy, leaving no authentic detail excluded, from vintage toy ads to grains in the newsprint. Spider-Man creators Lee and Ditko defied convention by making their Super Hero not a muscleman, but a scrawny teenager more concerned about paying the rent than saving the world. The most groundbreaking moments from this six-decade saga are collected in the main book, including art and storytelling by masters old and new, from artists John Romita, Todd McFarlane and Sara Pichelli to writers Brian Michael Bendis and Dan Slott.
Roy Thomas’s expert introduction will guide you through the tangled web of a Super Hero whose powers prove as much a tragic curse as a teenager’s dream come true. You’ll relive those crucial battles with Super Villains the Green Goblin and sinister symbiote Venom. You’ll also discover the moments of heartbreak that have impacted Peter Parker’s life over the years. Experience the shocking fate of Gwen Stacey, which devastated readers in 1973, as well as ’The Conversation‘ from 2002. In this low-key masterpiece, Peter’s frail Aunt May finally learns the horrifying truth that her beloved nephew is Spider-Man. Concluding with another subtle classic – 2018’s ’There For You‘ with award-winning art by this edition’s cover-artist Marcos Martín – Folio’s Spider-Man is a truly startling compendium that will show you the world through the eyes of a Super Hero.
’Spider-Man!’ – Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
’Spider-Man versus Doctor Octopus’ – The Amazing Spider-Man #3 (July 1963)
’Spider-Man Tackles the Torch!’ – The Amazing Spider-Man #8 (January 1964)
’The Birth of a Super-Hero!’ – The Amazing Spider-Man #42 (November 1966)
’And Death Shall Come!’ – The Amazing Spider-Man #90 (November 1970)
’The Night Gwen Stacy Died’ – The Amazing Spider-Man #121 (June 1973)
’The Goblin’s Last Stand!’ – The Amazing Spider-Man #122 (July 1973)
’The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man!’ – The Amazing Spider-Man #248 (January 1984)
’There For You’ – The Amazing Spider-Man #801 (August 2018)
Roy Thomas has been a writer and often editor in the comic book field since 1965, when he gravitated to Marvel to become Stan Lee’s assistant and protégé. He succeeded Stan Lee as Marvel’s editor-in-chief in 1972, and was only the second person to script a Spider-Man story. He has been at the forefront of the comics industry for much of his life and is credited with co-creating, amongst other characters, Wolverine, Vision, Carol Danvers, Ultron, Iron Fist, Red Sonja, Ghost Rider, Nighthawk, Banshee and Valkyrie. Thomas is currently editor of the fanzine Alter Ego, and in 2011 was elected to the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.
Stan Lee (1922–2018) – born Stanley Martin Lieber – was born and raised in Manhattan, the son of Romanian-Jewish immigrants. He became an assistant at Marvel’s precursor Timely Comics and was promoted to editor before he was nineteen. In 1961 he co-created The Fantastic Four #1 with artist Jack Kirby. The comic revitalised the Super Hero genre and helped establish the so-called Silver Age of comics. Lee went on to co-create numerous other characters including the Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and many more. He served as editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics until 1972 and has since made dozens of cameo appearances in Marvel movies. He is widely regarded as one of the key architects of the Marvel Universe.
Steve Ditko (1927–2018) was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of Czech immigrants. He trained under Batman artist Jerry Robinson and first worked with Stan Lee on back-up strips for Marvel’s predecessor Atlas. In 1963 Lee and Ditko’s The Amazing Spider-Man #1 launched what would become Marvel’s bestselling title. Ditko co-plotted early episodes and co-created several Super Villains, including Doctor Octopus and Green Goblin. Ditko also co-created Doctor Strange (who first appeared in 1963’s Strange Tales #110). He continued to work in comics until his retirement and was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994.
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