Amazing Spiderman Collecting Thread!
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2 hours ago, Straw-Man said:

8-year old me bought this very copy on a rainy day at ft. walton beach summer '64.

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Looks like a well read and cared for copy. 

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7 hours ago, Straw-Man said:

i have an L!

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Now that's a nice "L" :grin:

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6 hours ago, Philreal said:

The Ditko Kraven Trilogy!

That's a sweet trilogy :banana:

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9 hours ago, Martin Sinescu said:

Funny, I think the drug issues emphatically establish the BA beginning for Spidey. Very Bronze/70's type of vibe dealing with social issues of several sorts (one of the main hallmarks of the new age). I think Morbius coming shortly after just reinforces it with another of the era's main themes: the shift toward horror. 121 and 122 are exceptional issues, perhaps my two favorite spidey books, but I wouldn't say they started the age, probably the pinnacle of it. I think too many people want to say it started the age for sentimental reasons, as if the story isn't important enough on its own.

It had felt when Stan turned over the writing duties to Roy Thomas with #101, that marked the transition of a new age in Spidey.  But you make a convincing argument that the drug issues could have represented that change, similar to Adams with the GL run

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9 hours ago, mosconi said:

It had felt when Stan turned over the writing duties to Roy Thomas with #101, that marked the transition of a new age in Spidey.  But you make a convincing argument that the drug issues could have represented that change, similar to Adams with the GL run

If I remember correctly, there's also a fairly overt bit of editorial writing in that issue where Stan talks about a new age of Marvel. Can't remember if it was in the letters column or just in his soapbox, but it seems like the directional shift had already taken root and Stan was straight-up telling everyone that blatant change was happening in the books. I'll see if I can scan that content when I get home (the cover's falling off my copy so it won't hurt anything).

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Sorry, Photoshop wants nothing to do with me tonight, so I'm just going to put the raw scans here. These are all from issue 96. Hope they're not too big but still readable. Click on them if you're curious. Stan's Soapbox deals a good bit with the change in focus from not just writing simplistic super hero stories to more socially relevant issues to stimulate change and the letters column deals with reader responses to issue 92 and also has some pertinent commentary along the same lines. And then there's the famous page where Norman gets some back-talk from the younger generation. Man, I really love this arc. I need to skip ahead a few issues and read the letters column to see what readers thought of 96.

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Very interesting, you can definitely feel the change at Marvel going on with this issue...

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7 hours ago, mosconi said:

Very interesting, you can definitely feel the change at Marvel going on with this issue...

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In the history of history, there has never been anyone who enjoyed looking up people's nostrils like Gil Kane.  Usually you only get one pair per panel -- three might be his all-time record.

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I love Gil Kane, but my comic mentor Jeff hates him. He can’t get past the nostrils.

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1 hour ago, KirbyJack said:

I love Gil Kane, but my comic mentor Jeff hates him. He can’t get past the nostrils.

sounds like jeff has a nose for smelling-out  bad artists.

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jeff probably would breathe out a sigh of relief when his favorite title hit the stands with a non-gil cover back in the day.

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Who knows? 

Marvel was a machine in those days, and they cranked ‘em out like an Ol’ factory.

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8 hours ago, Sweet Lou 14 said:

In the history of history, there has never been anyone who enjoyed looking up people's nostrils like Gil Kane.  Usually you only get one pair per panel -- three might be his all-time record.

Kane certainly had a flare for drawing them.

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1 hour ago, KirbyJack said:

Who knows? 

Marvel was a machine in those days, and they cranked ‘em out like an Ol’ factory.

classic. 

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“We” always have clowned GK for the “nostril shot”, but he’s a definitive Spidey artist.  

He’s not “first Tier” (Ditko & Romita) or even 1a (McFarlane).  But, he’s at the top of Tier 2.

Solid artist that produced.  I’d put him ahead of Frenz, Sal, Mooney, Bagley.

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1 minute ago, chrisco37 said:

“We” always have clowned GK for the “nostril shot”, but he’s a definitive Spidey artist.  

He’s not “first Tier” (Ditko & Romita) or even 1a (McFarlane).  But, he’s at the top of Tier 2.

Solid artist that produced.  I’d put him ahead of Frenz, Sal, Mooney, Bagley.

Don’t forget Andru. I’m not a big fan of his run but it was a long one.

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I’d put Kane above McFarlane, but again; Old.

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40 minutes ago, JohnH19 said:

Don’t forget Andru. I’m not a big fan of his run but it was a long one.

Good call.  A glaring omission on my part.  Surely in the "second tier".  

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8 hours ago, KirbyJack said:

I love Gil Kane, but my comic mentor Jeff hates him. He can’t get past the nostrils.

Blazing Bob Storms is not a fan of Gil Kane either.

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Read “What If?” #3 if you want to give Mr. Kane another look. Beautiful.

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