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About Roger Stern
Roger Stern has written for radio, television, the stage, and the Internet, creating scripts for everything from sketch comedy to flash-animation. For ten years, he was the senior writer of the Superman series for DC Comics. Stern has written hundreds of stories about such diverse characters as Green Lantern, Supergirl, Starman, the Atom, and the Justice League for DC Comics; and Spider-Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and the Avengers for Marvel. His first prose novel, The Death and Life of Superman, was a New York Times bestseller.
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The hard-boiled adventures of the grittiest web-slinger in the Spider-Verse! In the dark days of the Great Depression, young reporter Peter Parker finds himself forever changed by a spider’s bite — and resolves to take on crime and corruption as the urban vigilante called Spider-Man! And there are no shortage of foes — from gangland bosses the Goblin and Crime Master, to pulp-era twists on familiar faces like Kraven, Chameleon, Doctor Octopus and more! But will the seductive Felicia Hardy prove friend or foe? Plus: Spider-Man Noir enters the Spider-Verse via an encounter with Mysterio — and shares a spectacular team-up with a six-armed Spidey! And a brand-new video-comic adventure, adapted for reading!
The Marvel Masterworks are proud to present one of the greatest eras in Spider-Man history: Roger Stern and John Romita Jr.'s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! These two all-time greats raised Spidey to new heights while recapturing the compelling tone and character-driven focus that made the web-slinger world-famous! Stern and JRJR returned classic villains like the Vulture to the fore, explored a disturbing fate for the Tarantula, told the definitive Juggernaut story and made J. Jonah Jameson a bigger pain than ever before. And that was just their warm-up! This incomparable volume also features the first appearance of Monica Rambeau (A.K.A. Captain Marvel), a mountain of character profiles from the OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, an in-depth intro by Roger Stern and more!
New York City has always been a defining element in Spider-Man's world, but it's going to drive him crazy — if it doesn't kill him first. From an NYC Marathon assassination plot to Peter Parker's paper-thin apartment walls, and from a merged Hydro-Man/Sandman menace to running into his ex-girlfriend's new beau, Biff Rifkin, the City That Never Sleeps just won't give Spidey a break! And the hits keep coming when Peter Parker is accused of causing a prison break — and thrown in the slammer himself! Also featuring Moon Knight, a team-up with Sub-Mariner against the Frightful Four and the Aunt May solo "adventure" you demanded! And it's all topped off with an iconic Dennis O'Neil/Frank Miller Annual pitting Spider-Man and the Punisher against Doc Ock!
Norman Osborn is mad, bad and very dangerous to know! And as the addled villain battles to strengthen his fragile grip on reality, he summons the will to again plague the life of Peter Parker - and the Green Goblin takes to the skies once more! The timing couldn't be worse for Spider-Man, as he grieves for a lost loved one, and Osborn has more on his mind than revenge - he wants Parker as his heir! And as if one of the greatest Goblin stories of all time isn't enough, Spidey must face a showdown with the Spider-Slayer, a squabble with the Squid and an encounter with the Enforcers! But whatever happened to Mary Jane?
The Beyonder's Battleworld might seem a strange place to get new threads, but it's Spider-Man who becomes unraveled when his shape-changing costume attempts to darken his life as well as his fashion sense! But ridding himself of his riotous raiment proves an even greater mistake when its alien enmity bonds with mortal madness to form our hero's most dedicated decimator! Plus: the first appearances of Puma and the Rose! Mary Jane Watson's startling secret! And the debut of the battling...Bag-Man!? Guest-starring the Black Cat, the Fantastic Four and more!
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The Hobgoblin lives! Rising from the legacy of the Green Goblin, Spider-Man's most enduring foe, comes the deadly Hobgoblin! His true identity is one of the most complex mysteries Spidey has ever faced. Featuring the Black Cat, the Kingpin, Madame Web, Mary Jane, the Prowler and more! See Spider-Man's earliest battles with one of his deadliest foes!
Who knew the fight of the Avengers' lives would be in the courtroom? Henry Peter Gyrich has his sights set on stripping Earth's Mightiest Heroes of their charter — but when the Grey Gargoyle crashes the hearing, the only motion is to Assemble! Then, the action moves to Pittsburgh before a new nemesis arrives in the form of…the Taskmaster! In his first appearance, the villain who can replicate any hero's actions battles the Avengers, Yellowjacket, the Wasp — and Scott Lang, the all-new Ant-Man! On the way to its milestone 200th issue, the team encounters the towering robot Red Ronin and unites against Ultron in an all-time classic! Also featuring a Wonder Man solo tale, a rare Vision story and an action-packed adventure starring — Jarvis?!
MARVEL TEAM-UP goes all timey-wimey as Spider-Man takes a bicentennial journey through America’s past, present — and futures! When the man behind the Salem witch trials pulls the Vision and Scarlet Witch back in time, Spidey gets dragged along for the ride. But Doctor Doom doesn’t cotton to people messing with his time platform, and he soon enters the fray — as they all must battle the Dark Rider! Then, it’s off to the dystopian futures of Killraven and Deathlok — before landing back in the 20th century for a crossover co-starring the Thing! Finally, Spidey, Iron Man and Doctor Strange face the Wraith in a saga featuring the debut of a Marvel mainstay: tough-as-nails NYPD Captain Jean DeWolff!
Jim Shooter and an unparalleled team of avenging artists -- George Pérez, John Byrne, Jim Starlin and more -- bring you Earth's Mightiest Heroes at their best! This Marvel Masterworks volume is packed with classic encounters staged on a truly massive scale: Jim Starlin's defining Thanos War, Ultron's revenge, the cosmic Korvac Saga -- it's a dizzying array of iconic adventures! Luckily, the Avengers aren't alone as they face these challenges -- they're joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, the amazing Spider-Man and the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing! Also featuring Adam Warlock, Gamora, the Collector, the Lethal Legion, Count Nefaria, a new look for Wonder Man, and the unfolding secret origins of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch!