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Marvel Comics Library. Spider-Man. Vol. 2. 1965–1966Edition of 1,000Aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine, foil embossing, and housed in a slipcase, 11.0 x 15.6 in., 10.24 lb, 626 pages600Edition: English Availability: In Stock
Spider-Man tangles with Doc Ock and the Green Goblin, while Peter Parker navigates the perils of teen romance in the second half of Lee and Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man magnum opus. Featuring some of Spider-Man’s most epic moments, this sixth volume in the Eisner-Award winning series sources the highest quality comics to reproduce meticulous facsimile editions that would make Aunt May proud.
Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies
Marvel Comics Library. Spider-Man. Vol. 2. 1965–1966600
Web-Spinning, Super Villains, and Heartache Galore
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's Momentous Final Spider-Man Run
Their collaboration on Spider-Man couldn’t last forever—but the five-years of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s remarkable partnership lasted long enough for their character to evolve into a timeless icon and create a fandom that would last generations. TASCHEN’s second volume of Amazing Spider-Man stories collects the latter half of the duo’s magnum opus, featuring brand new arch-villains the Scorpion, Molten Man, and the Crime-Master, return engagements with Kraven the Hunter and the Green Goblin—and the three-part “Master Planner Saga” that reignited a feud with an iconic mystery villain, and left behind what many comics critics declare to be the greatest super hero story of all time.
Beyond the action that faced Spider-Man—all choreographed with aplomb by the master stylist Ditko—there was also the matter of Peter Parker’s maturation during a decade of social upheaval and change. With Stan Lee’s blend of soap opera melodramatics and finger-on-the-pulse social sensitivities, Peter graduated from high school to college and started to deal with a myriad of adult struggles, mirroring the life experiences of the book’s readership. A scrawny teenager no more, Lee and Ditko would widen his network of friends and frenemies, debuting Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and, in a series of hilarious cameos, Mary Jane Watson—all characters that would develop into one of the deepest and most substantive supporting casts in all of comics. Also introduced is Harry’s father, Norman Osborn, the short-tempered industrialist who would later be revealed as Spider-Man’s most dreaded foe. Meanwhile, Peter’s up-and-down romance with Betty Brant would reach its culmination with both changed forever.
Collected in an XXL-size volume that closely simulates the size and proportions of the original comic artboards, all individual issues have been sourced from the collection of Bob Bretall, holder of the Guinness World Record for largest comics collection. Bretall’s pedigreed collection has been photographed using TASCHEN’s sterling reproduction methods, resembling the way these comics first looked when initially published in 1965 and 1966, while also being digitally remastered using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing. A custom paper stock was exclusively developed for this series to simulate the newsprint feel and color holding of the original comics. The Marvel Comics Library has earned well-deserved raves from comic collecting diehards for combining an old school comic book reading experience with a luxurious oversized book format, winning the industry’s coveted Eisner Award for Best Publication Design.
Complementing the comics is an incisive and often side-splitting essay by British TV and radio host Jonathan Ross. Accompanying his essay is a gallery of original art, photographs, rarities, and other ephemera of the era.
This deluxe volume features an aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine, foil embossing, and is housed in a slipcase.
Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies
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Stephen J. “Steve” Ditko was born in 1927 in Pennsylvania. He studied under Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School in New York City and began working at Atlas Comics, the precursor of Marvel Comics, in the mid 1950s. He made his name as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of Spider-Man and as creator of Doctor Strange. From 1958 to 1967 Ditko shared a studio with Eric Stanton and it is believed the two contributed to each others artworks, notably Eric Stanton’s On a Kinky Hook and Sweeter Gwen.
Stan Lee (1922–2018) is known to millions as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and hundreds of others. While the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, he was also the Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, where he created numerous new characters and stories in areas including publishing, film, TV reality, stage, documentary, and multimedia.
Over the last four decades, Jonathan Ross has risen to fame as one of Britain’s most popular television and radio hosts. He debuted on The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross in 1987 and hosted his first of many ceremonies of the British Comedy Awards in 1991. He fronted the BBC One review series Film… for 12 years, and the talk show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, after which he moved to Saturday nights with The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV. His documentary film In Search of Steve Ditko proved his comic connoisseur credentials with an insightful and passionate survey of the Spider-Man cocreator.
Marvel Comics Library. Spider-Man. Vol. 2. 1965–1966Edition of 1,000Aluminum print cover tipped into a leatherette-bound spine, foil embossing, and housed in a slipcase, 28 x 39.5 cm, 4.64 kg, 626 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-9222-2Edition: English
The Marvel Comics Library has earned well-deserved raves from comic collecting diehards for combining an old school comic book reading experience with a luxurious oversized book format, winning the industry’s coveted Eisner Award for Best Publication Design. These XXL collectors’ dreams, close in size to the original artwork, feature comics sourced from collecting greats Shelton Drum and Bob Bretall. Rather than recolor the original artwork (as has been done in previous decades’ reprints of classic comics), TASCHEN has attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication. The most pristine pedigreed comics have been cracked open and photographed for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and the Certified Guaranty Company. Each page has been photographed as printed more than half a century ago, then digitally remastered using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing—as if hot off of a world-class 1960s printing press. A custom paper stock was exclusively developed for this series to simulate the feel of the original comics. The library offers collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lay their hands on the world’s most desirable comics. Each volume includes an essay by a comic book historian alongside archival photographs, ephemera, and original comic book artwork.
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