Spider-Man The Magazine?
When we last left Spider-Man he was being molested and we dug deep into his dark childhood trauma. Today, I plan on keeping things a little lighter and discussing the short lived magazine version of our favorite web slinger.
In 1968, Marvel decided to experiment with the magazine format and who better to do it with than one their shining stars. What resulted was the first volume of The Spectacular Spider-Man, lasting for only two issues. The creative team of Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. were moved over from Amazing Spider-Man to work on these title.
Now it’s no secret that I’m into nerd art and both covers of the two issues were hand painted. Issue #1 is pretty standard stuff, but issue #2 has to be one of my all-time favorites. I’m a sucker for painted covers too, something about it elevates comic art to something that looks much more realistic (Alex Ross, I’m looking in your direction).
My question to anyone out there is how is the story? I plan on throwing down a chunk of change to get this bad boy and most likely frame it. Of course, I plan to read it first. A lot of 1960’s comics (especially the ones written by Stan Lee) are dumbed down and a little too “hokey” for me. Has anyone out there read it and if so how does it fair? It’s been reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man #7.