A stunningly produced volume which recognises the sophistication and cultural impact of Marvel comics, this essential anthology gathers together twelve stories from the first two years of Spider-Man's publication history.
It is impossible to imagine American popular culture without Marvel Comics. For decades, Marvel has published groundbreaking visual narratives that sustain attention on multiple levels: as metaphors for the experience of difference and otherness; as meditations on the fluid nature of identity; and as high-water marks in the artistic tradition of American cartooning, to name a few.
This anthology contains twelve key stories from the first two years of Spider-Man's publication history (from 1962 to 1964). These influential adventures not only transformed the super hero fantasy into an allegory for the pain of adolescence but also brought a new ethical complexity to the genre-by insisting that with great power there must also come great responsibility.
A foreword by Jason Reynolds and scholarly introductions and apparatus by Ben Saunders offer further insight into the enduring significance of The Amazing Spider-Man and classic Marvel comics.
The Deluxe Hardcover edition features gold foil stamping, gold top stain edges, special endpapers with artwork spotlighting series villains, and full-colour art throughout.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 1228 g
Dimensions: 271 x 198 x 29 mm
"Penguin provides introductory essays; superb analyses by the series editor, Ben Saunders; and extensive bibliographies."
-Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"Stories become classics when generations of readers sort through them, talk about them, imitate them, and recommend them. In this case, baby boomers read them when they debuted, Gen X-ers grew up with their sequels, and millennials encountered them through Marvel movies. Each generation of fans-initially fanboys, increasingly fangirls, and these days nonbinary fans, too-found new ways not just to read the comics but to use them. That's how canons form. Amateurs and professionals, over decades, come to something like consensus about which books matter and why-or else they love to argue about it, and we get to follow the arguments. Canons rise and fall, gain works and lose others, when one generation of people with the power to publish, teach, and edit diverges from the one before ... A top-flight comic by Kirby-or his successor on "Captain America," Jim Steranko-barely needed words. You could follow the story just by watching the characters act and react. Thankfully, Penguin volumes do justice to these images. They reproduce sixties comics in bright, flat, colorful inks on thick white paper-unlike the dot-based process used on old newsprint, but perhaps truer to their bold, thrill-chasing spirit."
-Stephanie Burt, The New Yorker
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