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“The Amazing Spider-Man Annual No.1 1964” Review

 

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #1. Marvel Comics.

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One of the greatest comics in Marvel history. Gift this comic to your family and friends on occasions of birthdays, anniversaries and Spider-Man day. Available on Amazon.

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Vibrant colors, OW pages, w/ slight upper reduction possibly due to initial printing, or restoration?

We’re not professional graders. Still a GORGEOUS book! CGC and signature ready!

Critically, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #1, is the first appearance of the Sinister Six in Spider-Man comics. Dangerously, the villain team threatens Spider-Man’s personal life.

Together, writer Stan Lee and writer/artist Steve Ditko collaborate on the story. Really, the writing shines on the central protagonist and the seriousness of the threat. Also, the art in the book is characteristic of the Bronze Age: colorful, action-oriented and dramatic.

Indeed, share this graphic novel on Spider-Man Day and at birthday parties. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Spider-Man! And the Sinister Six!

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man Annual No.1 1964.
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Paperback format.
  • Kindle and Comixology formats available.
  • Publication Date: January 1, 1964.

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To begin, this comic is very valuable for being the first appearance of the Sinister Six in Marvel comics. First, it is an upper mid grade copy that is CGC and signature ready. Recently, the villain team was rumored after Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Importantly, the comic presents a personal threat to Peter Parker. When Spider-Man struggles with his powers, the Sinister Six threaten Peter’s loved ones. And it is up to Peter to save Aunt May.

The comic is excellent for your collection. This is the comic to own in order to build your Spider-Man collection. Collectors will love the comic format and the initial printing.

This product has 35 global ratings with an average customer rating of 4.8 out of 5.

POSITIVE REVIEW

One customer review said: “It is in better condition than we were expecting. The pages themselves are almost pristine, the only damage is too the outside cover which looks like some tried to restore it.”

NEGATIVE REVIEW

There are two negative global ratings. One negative customer review commented on false advertising: “The item I received was not the item pictured (which is what I thought I was ordering). Glad I didn’t pay that much for it.”

Overall, this comic was great.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Paperback format.
  • Kindle and Comixology formats available.
  • Great writing.
  • Classic art.
  • CGC and signature ready.
  • Initial printing

NEGATIVE:

  • Not enough customer reviews.
  • False advertising.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


I recommend this comic as a valuable Spider-Man comic from the Bronze Age.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Marvel Day: The Timeline Of The Superior Spider-Man Proves How The Best Marvel Villains Can Be Redeemed

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Dan Slott


Penciler(s)

Ryan Stegman


Colorist(s)

Edgar Delgado


Letterer(s)

Chris Eliopoulos


Cover

Ryan Stegman, Edgar Delgado


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

January 9, 2013

IN REDEMPTION

THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN SHOWED US HOW A MARVEL VILLAIN CAN BECOME A HERO

When we think of Spider-Man’s nemesis, we think of Green Goblin, Venom or Mysterio. Perhaps, we could argue that Doc Ock is actually his nemesis. In fact, he once dated Aunt May, formed the Sinister Six and regularly threated Spider-Man’s personal life.

During the Marvel Now! (2012), the Marvel Universe changed after AvX. Now, Marvel decide to redeem Doc Ock who had been suffering regular defeats from Spider-Man. With The Superior Spider-Man, Doc Ock became a hero. Let’s show why Marvel Now! showed us how to successfully redeem a Marvel villain.

The Superior Spider-Man (2012) #1. Marvel Comics.

PHASE 1: HONOR THE WISH OF THE DEAD AND BE A HERO

Finally, Doc Ock triumphs over his mortal enemy. In Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, Otto Octavius wakes up in Peter’s apartment. Gleefully, he revels over his victory over Spider-Man. When Otto Octavius was near him, Peter Parker visited him. Using brain-switching technology, Doc Ock switched minds with Peter Parker.

Now, Otto in Spider-Man’s body fought Peter Parker in Doc Ock’s body. However, Spider-Man succumbed to the injuries and died. But, now in Spider-Man’s body, Otto realized that he should embrace Spider-Man’s motto: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Thus, he became a hero and became The Superior Spider-Man.

PHASE 2: THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN LIVES TO SPIDER-MAN’S POTENTIAL

Originally, the premise of the series was for Doc Ock to show how Spider-Man’s amazing powers and intellect, can fulfill the hero’s potential. Indeed, Otto realized he could apply his mind to improve Spider-Man’s superheroing and personal life.

For instance, Doc Ock enrolled at Empire State University to help Peter complete his doctorate. In addition, he set up a base where Spider-Man could locate danger and invent new tech. Also, Doc Ock created The Superior Spider-Man suit and eventually set up Parker Industries.

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PHASE 3: SHOW THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN IS THE TRUE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN

Though the Superior Spider-Man proved to be more organized and tactical, he struggled with heroism. When Doc Ock gained Spider-Man’s body, Spider-Man’s consciousness survived. In fact, it meant to prevent Otto from committing serious crimes and even murder.

Soon, Spider-Man’s entourage and the public noticed the hero’s more violent methods. At the same time, the Superior Spider-Man garnered the ire of Spider-Man’s enemies. During Spider-Verse, it was certain that Doc Ock could not live up to the name of the Superior Spider-Man.

PHASE 4: DOC OCK REDEEMS HIMSELF BY SACRIFICING HIS LIFE

Previously, Otto used a neurolitic scanner to remove Peter Parker’s consciousness from his brain. Later, Spider-Man’s consciousness comes back. When the Goblin King attacks Superior Spider-Man with the Spider Slayers. However, Doc Ock searched for his love, Anna Maria Marcona, whom Goblin King took hostage.

When Otto was faced with saving a girl in the subway, Peter’s consciousness came back and drove him to save her. Then, he realized Peter was the Superior Spider-Man. Finally, returning to his lab Doc Ock used the neurolitic scanner to erase his consciousness. In the end, Peter Parker’s consciousness took control of Spider-Man’s body to save Maria.

 

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Marvel Day: 10 Worst Things The Sinister Six Have Done In Spider-Man’s Life (Comics, TV and Video Game)

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Stan Lee, Steve Ditko


Penciler(s)

Steve Ditko


Letterer(s)

Steve Ditko


Cover

Steve Ditko, Stan Goldberg, Artie Simek


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

June 11, 1964

IN CRISES

WHO ARE THE SINISTER SIX?

Originally, the Sinister Six were banded together by Doctor Octopus. After suffering three defeats in a row from Spider-Man, Dr. Octavius understood the need to band with other criminals. Thus, he contacted all known Spider-Man rogues. With the knowledge their group would be only for a short duration.

Only five responded. Together, Dr. Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman would become the Sinister Six. Also, the group has been known as the Savage Six, the Sinister Seven and the Sinister Twelve. Let’s list 10 horrible things the villain team has done in comics and television to ruin Spider-Man’s life.

The Sinister Six.
The Sinister Six. Marvel Comics.

 

COMICS: KIDNAP AUNT MAY AND BETTY BRANT

First, when they formed Doctor Octopus planned to use people important to Spider-Man as bait. Though unaware, they kidnapped Aunt May who was a bystander. In addition, they realized Betty Brant was important. So they kidnapped her. Second, the Sinister Six set up a gauntlet.

Indeed, Spider-Man had to fight each member individually in order to save the loved ones. But this was a bad time since Spider-Man had lost his powers at the time. In fact, it turned out to be a psychological block over Uncle Ben’s death. Which he overcame in life or death situations.

TV: THE SIX BEAT UP SPIDER-MAN SO BAD THAT THE BLACK SYMBIOTE SUIT TOOK OVER HIM AT NIGHT

In Spectacular Spider-Man, the Sinister Six form for the first time in Season 1: Episode 11. After Electro breaks them out of prison, the Six attack Spider-Man’s family. No match against Doc Ock, Vulture, Shocker, Electro, Sandman and Rhino, Spider-Man retreats.

At night, Spider-Man actually wishes that his enemies end up behind bars. Previously, Spider-Man has been using the black costume. At night, the black symbiote takes over him and goes to fight the Sinister Six. The next day, Peter finds out Spider-Man captured them but cannot remember.

COMICS: DOC OCK AND THE SIX TRIED TO CONQUER THE WORLD THROUGH COCAINE ADDICTION

After the Sinister Six were freed from prison, Doc Ock brought them together. Again, he sought revenge against Spider-Man. Apparently, Kraven committed suicide so Hobgoblin took his place.

However, Doc Ock’s real plan was to conquer the world by dealing cocaine. Fortunately, Sandman had reformed. With his help, Spider-Man defeated the Sinister Six.

TV: THE SIX ATTACK AT CHRISTMAS AND KRAVEN BETRAYS MYSTERIO

To prove that the Sinister Six really were out to get their foe, they attacked when he least expected them. At Christmas, Mysterio, Kraven, Sandman, Vulture, Doc Ock and Electro attack Spider-Man. When the battle turns into Spider-Man’s favor, Kraven betrays Mysterio.

In fact, he tells Spider-Man it is a robot duplicate. Soon, Spider-Man defeats the rogues. In the end, Spider-Man saves the nearby Santa Claus and Elf. Though the identity of “Master Planner”, who is Doc Ock, remains a mystery to him.

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #1. Marvel Comics.

COMICS: IN A BID TO CONQUER THE WORLD, THE SIX GAVE SPIDER-MAN ARM AND LEG FRACTURES

In their newest scheme, Doc Ock and his criminals planned to steal alien weaponry. When his family was threatened, the reformed Sandman recruited Spider-Man’s help.

However, the Sinister Six went on a killing spree, murdering wantonly. And Spider-Man was injured with fractures of arm and leg. In addition, it took members of the superhero community in order to finally take them down.

TV: THE INSIDIOUS SIX ATTACKED WHEN SPIDER-MAN WAS SUFFERING FROM A MUTATION DISEASE THAT CAUSED POWER LOSS

Similarly to Earth-616, Spider-Man: The Animated Series created the Insidious Six. Here, they were assembled by the Kingpin in order to destroy Spider-Man. Similarly, Spider-Man was suffering from a mutation disease that caused his power loss.

When they battled Spider-Man, they quickly overpowered him. In addition, they unmasked him. Not impressed by his performance, they concluded Peter Parker could not be Spider-Man. Later, Spider-Man would defeat them after regaining his powers.

 

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VIDEO GAME: SPIDER-MAN BATTLED THE SINISTER SIX TO SAVE THE CITY

In Marvel’s Spider-Man, Doc Ock brought the Sinister Six together in order to defeat Norman Osborn. Dr. Octavius released Mister Negative, Electro, Rhino, the Vulture and Scorpion to attack Manhattan.

In the gameplay, Spider-Man went around the city defeating his rogues. In the final battle, Spider-Man defeated Doc Ock atop Oscorp Tower.

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COMICS: NORMAN OSBORN FORMED THE SINISTER TWELVE

Years later, Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, was defeated by Spider-Man. Before he headed to prison, he activated a contingency plan. Contacting Spider-Man’s rogues, he put together the Sinister Twelve. Together, Scorpion led Vulture, Sandman, Electro, Chameleon, Lizard, Hydroman, Shocker, Hammerhead, Boomerang, Tombstone.

When Scorpion captured and threatened Aunt May, Spider-Man and Black Cat were blackmailed in breaking Green Goblin out of prison. Though the two made a heroic stand, they were no match for the Sinister Twelve. With the help of Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, Hank Pym and the FF they defeated the supervillain team.

TV: DEFEATING SPIDER-MAN, CHAMELEON BETRAYED THE SINISTER SIX AND FREED RED SKULL

In his latest scheme, Kingpin gathered the Sinister Six. Their mission was to retrieve the keys of the Six American Warriors. With the keys, he planned to activate the Doomsday Device. And they were successful in defeating Spider-Man and retrieving the keys.

Though Chameleon betrayed them. Dangerously, he knocked them out with a sleeping gas and freed Kingpin from a vortex, along with Captain America. In the end, the complex collapsed and the Sinister Six disbanded.

VIDEO GAME: IN A CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS, SPIDER-MAN BATTLED THE SINISTER SIX

In Marvel Contest of Champions, the Sinister Six are assembled by Grandmaster. In reality, it is a contest between Grandmaster’s champions and the Collector’s champions.

When Spider-Man and the Summoner are cornered, the Spider-People of the Battlerealm come to their help. As the Spider-People defeat the other members, Spider-Man and Summoner take down Doc Ock.

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Marvel Day: 5 Myths About Ben Reilly In The ‘Clone Saga’

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Tom DeFalco, Todd DeZago


Penciler(s)

Sal Buscema


Colorist(s)

Joe Andreani


Cover

Sal Buscema


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

July 26, 1994

IN CRISES

5 MYTHS ABOUT BEN REILLY IN THE ‘CLONE SAGA’

5. SPIDER-MAN KILLED BEN REILLY

In Amazing Spider-Man (1975) #149, Spider-Man learns about the existence of his clone. During the issue, the Jackal reveals his identity as Peter Parker’s biology professor. Namely, Miles Warren was secretly in love with Gwen Stacy. When Gwen died, he blamed Spider-Man and plotted revenge. After an unethical experiment, Warren realized Serba wanted to clone a human Gwen

In madness, he killed Serba and became the Jackal. Later, he clones Gwen as well as Peter Parker. In the issue, Spider-Man and his clone fight for the last one standing. However, Warren seemingly kills the Spider-Man clone when he fails to stop his bomb. Fortunately, Spider-Man escapes. In the end, Spider-Man buries the body in an industrial chimney. In reality, Ben Reilly was alive and survived thanks to a chemical the Jackal previously injected in him.

 

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4. BEN REILLY IS A CRIMINAL

Later, after Ben Reilly assumes a costumed identity, he becomes the Jackal. Previously, Ben Reilly found illegal employment. Thanks to a scientist he met a scientist named Seward Trainer, he obtained fake paperwork. However, his illegal work was inconsistent.

After a month of work, his employers usually found out about his fake work history, and Ben had to move. In addition, Ben even worked in Italy as an English teacher. However, he had to leave after the local Mafia found out about his fake credentials. Though he was illegal, Ben was not a criminal supervillain.

3. BEN REILLY IS THE TRUE PETER PARKER

In Web of Spider-Man (1994) #117, Ben Reilly returned to New York. After an initial mistrust, both Peter Parker and his clone got along. However, Peter was stunned when Seward Trainer revealed Ben Reilly was the true Peter Parker and Peter Parker was the clone. Fortunately, each hero agreed to keep their civilian identities. When Mary Jane became pregnant, Peter moved with her out of New York.

For a while, Ben Reilly would have adventures and lead a normal life. Finally, Trainer was revealed to be an agent of Norman Osborn who survived apparent death after The Night Gwen Stacy Died. In fact, he was the mastermind behind the clone saga. In the end, Ben disintegrated after Green Goblin’s glider pierced him, proving he was the clone.

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2. BEN REILLY NEVER BECAME SPIDER-MAN

When Peter and Mary Jane moved out of New York, Ben initially took on the costume of the Scarlet Spider. Later, feeling guilty over Uncle Ben’s death, he became Spider-Man.

Later, Spider-Man wold have adventures with the Human Torch and the X-Men. In addition, he would fight Mysterio and help defeat Green Goblin in his last battle before his death. However, he would return.

1. SPIDER-MAN IS STRONGER THAN BEN REILLY

In many respects, Ben Reilley proved a capable Spider-Man.

During DC Versus Marvel, he proved capable of defeating the stronger Superboy.

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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: #WeStandWithMilesMorales Against His Uncle Aaron’s Blackmail

 

UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Sara Pichelli


Colorist(s)

Justin Ponsor


Cover

Kaare Andrews


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March 7, 2012

IN SQUADS, TEAMS AND LEGUES

#WESTANDWITHMILESMORALES AGAINST BETRAYAL

In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2012) #8, Uncle Aaron reveals Miles Morales’ secret. To begin, Uncle Aaron infiltrates the Brooklyn Visions Academy. In the courtyard, he apprehends Miles and his friend Ganke. Before Miles can meet his uncle, he tells Ganke to go to his room. Dangerously, Uncle Aaron reveals to Miles that he knows his secret. Moreover, he tells the mutant that the Oz spider that bit him was delivered by him.

Before Aaron can go any further, he is interrupted by the school principal. Soon, he is escorted out. In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2012) #10, Spider-Man and Prowler meet on the rooftops. After a brief scuffle, Uncle Aaron blackmails Miles to work with him. As matter of fact, he wants the boy as his enforcer against the supervillain named The Scorpion. Or else he will tell Miles’ father about his secret, who is “an anti-mutant hypocrite.”1 Together, #WeStandWithMilesMorales against betrayal.

Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) #12.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) #12. Marvel Comics.

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FOR MILES: HE STOOD UP TO THE PROWLER’S BLACKMAIL, ACCIDENTALLY KILLING HIM

Previously, Spider-Man (Miles Morales) knew Uncle Aaron Davis was the Prowler. In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2012) #12, Miles come home to reveal his secret to his family. Outside, Uncle Aaron meets him. And knowing his intentions, the criminal threatens to kill him if he doesn’t work in his schemes.

Later that night, Spider-Man and Prowler meet on the rooftops. Courageously, Miles orders Aaron to leave town and no longer threaten his family. Quickly, a fight to the death follows. During the battle, Prowler’s Vibro-Shock Gauntlets are damaged. Fatally, the Vibro-Shock Gauntlets explode killing him.

In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2012) #12, Uncle Aaron dies in a battle with Miles Morales. Marvel Comics.

 

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Reviews: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #329

 

REVIEWS

'Amazing Spider-Man' (1989) #329.
Amazing Spider-Man (1989) #329. Marvel Comics.

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STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1989) #329


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

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Perhaps, Spider-Man‘s big break as his luck is finally about to reveal. When the wall crawler is exposed to a cosmic accident, he suddenly gains an increase in super powers.

In Amazing Spider-Man #329, is finally the revelation in time for Spider-Man to face a foe with the power of three sentinels. Indeed, witness Captain Universe vs Tri-Sentinel!

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'Amazing Spider-Man' (1989) #329.

DIALOGUE

In many respects, David Michelinie’s dialogue is all about action. Indeed, the words get straight to the point and are mostly about descriptions. In fact, Michelinie’s Spider-Man is all about action and dealing efficiently with his enemy.

In addition, the villain of the story who acts behind the scenes gives serviceable lines. For the most part, this is more or less the weaker element of the comic.

PLOT

Generally, Acts of Vengeance and Spider-Man’s arc focus on Loki’s recent manipulations of Marvel’s top villains. Really, Spider-Man’s arc progresses well as he faces different villains such as Graviton, Magneto and the Tri-Sentinel.

In the latter issues, the purpose of Spider-Man new powers is revealed. In Amazing Spider-Man #329, Spider-Man becomes Captain Universe. Indeed, Michelinie changes the Spider-Man status quo to the fans’ elation.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the best aspect of the comic. Though the villain’s motivations are uninteresting, he plays an important part in moving the story along. And in one blast of energy, Captain Universe is activated!

Furthermore, the writer does a good job at highlighting Spider-Man’s humanity despite his unlimited power. Also, Spider-Man’s cast like Mary Jane appears in the comic.

ART

Equally, the most enjoyable element of the comic. Importantly, Erik Larsen’s panels are kinetic, expressive and focus on action and tension. As matter of fact, the villain has ample space to shine with large close-ups of the face.

Meanwhile, Larsen depicts Spider-Man and his agile body with strength, explosiveness and power. Finally, the battle with Tri-Sentinel is well executed. In fact, the splash page of the final act is memorable.

VERDICT

Finally, the comic shakes up the Spider-Man status quo. Nothing less was expected from the creative team. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told.

RECOMMENDATION:

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Battles Of The Week: Captain Universe (Spider-Man) vs Tri-Sentinel (Hero vs Villain)

 

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

David Michelinie and Erik Larsen.

SYNOPSIS FOR “POWER PREY!”

Finally, the mystery of Spider-Man’s cosmic powers is revealed. In fact, just in time to take on the Loki-powered menace of Tri-Sentinel.

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

'Amazing Spider-Man' (1989) #329.
Amazing Spider-Man (1989) #329. Marvel Comics.

Enter the contestants in New York City. On the left side is Captain Universe (Spider-Man) alias Peter Parker, and on the right side is Tri-Sentinel.

Let’s look at the stats.

CAPTAIN UNIVERSE – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Metahuman 17%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Building 17%
Energy Projection: City 25%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Adaptive Evolution 67%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • None.
WEAKNESSES
  • None.
TRI-SENTINEL – EARTH-616

Super Strength: City Block 25%
Super Speed: Sonic 50%
Durability: City Block 25%
Energy Projection: City Block 25%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Mathematical Computation 58%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • None.
WEAKNESSES
  • Antarctic Vibranium.

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THE FIGHT

Tri-Sentinel has been created by Loki and re-programmed to destroy a nuclear power plant in New York City. Powered into Captain Universe, Cosmic Spider-Man fights to stop the menace.

The battle to decide who is the strongest!

DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Cosmic Spider-Man blasting the enemy and Tri-Sentinel blocking the attack.

On the following pages, the battle rages.

CAPTAIN UNIVERSE MATTER MANIPULATION + BLUNT FORCE + ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACKS: 6 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT + 6 DAMAGE PTS = 13 DAMAGE PTS.
TRI-SENTINEL MATTER MANIPULATION (x2) + ENERGY PROJECTION + BLUNT FORCE (x2) ATTACKS: 6 DAMAGE PTS (x2) + 6 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 19 DAMAGE PTS.

On the final page, Captain Universe destroys Tri-Sentinel.

CAPTAIN UNIVERSE MATTER MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


CAPTAIN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-19 DAMAGE PTS.

Building Power Output = 72,000,000 W * 600 s = 10.2857142857 Tons of TNT.
-(19 DAMAGE PTS * 1640000 kg * 4186 J/kg C° * 37 C° * 1 Ton of TNT)/(600 s * 4.2*10^9 J) = -1.91512822222 ​PTS * Tons of TNT.
Captain’s Durability = (-1.91512822222 ​PTS * Tons of TNT)/(10.2857142857 Tons of TNT) = -0.1861930216 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.1861930216 = 1.82 PTS = BUILDING.


DURABILITY: BUILDING

Durability: Building 15%

SENTNEL’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-19 DAMAGE PTS.

City Block Power Output = 144493200000 W * 600 s = 20641.8857143
Tons of TNT.
-(19 DAMAGE PTS * 3.96*10^13 W * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -179142.857143 PTS * Ton of TNT.
Tri-Sentinel’s Durability = (-179142.857143 ​PTS * Tons of TNT)/(20641.8857143 Tons of TNT) = 8.67860909718 PTS.
Durability = 3 – 11.4192224963 = -5.67860909718 PTS = DEATH.


DURABILITY: DEATH

Durability: Death 1%

WINNER: CAPTAIN UNIVERSE WINS BY DEATH.

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SPIDER-MAN IN COMICS

Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15, titled “Spider-Man!” marks the first appearance of Spider-Man in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the classic origin story of Spider-Man: Socially inept Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider at General Techtronics Laboratories East.

Amazingly, he develops the proportionate strength of a spider and becomes… Spider-Man!

The comic was written by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and penciled by Steve Ditko.

SPIDER-MAN’S FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR
Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15, titled "Spider-Man!" marks the first appearance of Spider-Man in Marvel continuity.
Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15, titled “Spider-Man!” marks the first appearance of Spider-Man in Marvel continuity. Marvel Comics.

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Reviews: Ranking Of Best Spider-Man Comics From The Bronze Age

 

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'The Night Gwen Stacy Died.'
‘The Night Gwen Stacy Died.’ Marvel Comics.

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1970s MOST IMPORTANT SPIDER-MAN COMICS

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: THE NIGHT GWEN STACY DIED (1973)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #121.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, The Night Gwen Stacy Died is near the top of Spider-Man‘s most valuable comics. On the Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980), it holds a Record Sale of $8400 and a Minimum Value of $200.

And really, we know why. Indeed, it is the story that forever broke both Peter Parker’s and fans’ hearts.

Definitely, comic collectors should rave about this comic since it has aged well. Today, Gwen Stacy has been revived in some alternate form as Spider-Girl in Spider-Verse and remains wildly popular.

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BEST: THE GOBLIN’S LAST STAND (1973)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #122.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, The Goblin’s Last Stand is collected under Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Goblin’s Last Stand (Amazing Spider-Man (1963-1998)) on Amazon.

On the Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980), it holds a Record Sale of $5760 and a Minimum Value of $90. Furthermore, it ranks 38th on the Top 200 and 8th on the CGC Ranking.

And really, we know why. Indeed, it is the story that forever led to a temporary end to one of comicdom’s most intense rivalry.

Definitely, comic collectors should collect this comic. Today, Green Goblin’s popularity has resurfaced thanks to the blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home movie.

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BEST: THE PUNISHER STRIKES TWICE (1974)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #129.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 1974, the Punisher appeared in Marvel comics for the first time. Really, collectors have raved about the value of this comic which ranks 17th on the Top 200.

Indeed, Punisher has created a true cultural movement which has affected law enforcement and even politics. On our GCG Count, the story ranks second. On the Top 200, it holds a Record Sale of $43,200 and a Minimum Value of $670.

Definitely, Punisher has a large following beyond comics and a movie adaptation. In many ways, his value expresses an underground culture that values patriotism, guns and violence. Below, is the first printing of the Marvel Milestone Edition.

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BEST: Never Let the Black Cat Cross Your PatH! (1979)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #194


























Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Finally, rounding our review is Amazing Spider-Man #194 (1974). Really, the thrilling introduction of Black Cat marks a transition to the more dramatic stories of the 1980s at Marvel. In the Top 200, the comic ranks 98th while our CGC Count ranks it as tenth.

In terms of value, the Record Sale is $5,200 while the Minimum Value is $30.

Definitely, if you are looking to buy or sell, this comic continues to have good numbers. Generally, the comic is also sold as the German Euro Variant.

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List Of Important Comics From The 1970s in Rare Comics.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121 in Marvel Database.
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Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 122 in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 194 in Marvel Database.
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Reviews: Essential Silver Surfer Vol. 1

Silver Surfer #1.
 

REVIEWS

Silver Surfer #1.
Silver Surfer #1. Marvel Comics.

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ESSENTIAL SILVER SURFER STORY

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: ESSENTIAL SILVER SURFER VOL. 1 (1968-1970)

Collects Silver Surfer #1-18.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In comicdom, there are few legendary names. In 1968, two of Marvel comics’ biggest names collaborated on a timeless and favorite story: Legendary writer and editor Stan Lee worked with artist John Buscema to bring the classic Silver Surfer series of the period.

As matter of fact, I gave 5.0 out of 5.0 to Essential Silver Surfer, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) for being a dreamy space (or earth-bound) soap opera about a god-like alien estranged among the mere mortals. Really, it does not get better than this Marvel Essential. Indeed, this is the comic genre at its best for all Marvel-ites to enjoy.

To recommend, the trade paperback format offers some of the biggest 528 pages that fans can enjoy. From the beginning, what separates Silver Surfer from other Marvel heroes is that he has no flaws, except that of human misunderstanding. Indeed, witness Surfer’s titanic battles against the Overlord, the Stranger, Loki, Spider-Man. And yes… the dreamy cover and the dramatic start of the Silver Surfer vs Thor rivalry..

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DIALOGUE

In many respects, Silver Surfer’s first classic story is Shakespearean melo-drama. First, our protagonist is a melancholic character who is comfortable with monologues and long speeches. At the same time, he has the flair for the dramatic and seems to experience events in a passionate way. Indeed, witness Surfer saving a young Latino woman from war only to be rewarded with a kiss. But, lo and behold, his forsaken lover Shalla-Bal witnesses the scene from a flying spacecraft.

PLOT

Volume 1 focuses on Silver Surfer after the events of the Galactus trilogy and Fantastic Four #55-60. In fact, Silver Surfer rebelled against Galactus his master in order to save the Earth from destruction. After, Galactus punished the Sentinel by removing his space-born powers. Now, the Silver Surfer is stranded on Earth which he cannot leave due to a space barrier placed by the Devourer of Worlds. During his time on Earth, the tragic hero attempts to gain humanity’s trust and understanding but with continued failures. The plot progresses quickly and takes him to Asgard, the Netherworld and into space. Really, it does not get better than a space-faring soap opera!

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CHARACTERIZATION

Where Stan Lee and John Buscema succeed is in the thrill of adventure and passion. However, what is lacking is true character evolution. In some sense, despite humanity’s hatred, it takes 18 issues for the Silver Surfer to finally change his stance towards humanity. At the same time, though a hero, he initially remains a lone hero, without a regular supporting cast.

ART

Perhaps, the art is the series’ strongest point. John Buscema’s pencils are drawn to perfection and he has produced the most imposing and welcoming Silver Surfer to date. Though a bit embellished, Buscema’s pencils draw distinctive characters. Indeed, the women tend to have curvy physiques, long hair and full lips while the men have strong arms, big hands and very proportionate physiques. Really, Buscema’s classical training appears.

VERDICT

Finally, the Marvel Essentials storyline is high spectacle. Really, Stan Lee and John Buscema make a powerful combination. As matter of fact, they work seamlessly with tight plots, unrelenting action and gorgeous panels to create a work of legend.

Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Marvel stories ever told. Indeed, it belongs in every Marvel-ite’s collection.


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