Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More By Stan Lee

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John Romita Sr. joins Stan Lee, elevating Spidey’s adventures to new heights — beginning with a Green Goblin epic that establishes him as Spider-Man’s most dangerous enemy! And then the Rhino, a bulldozer on two legs, threatens to make Spidey an endangered species. The action keeps pumping with Spidey’s first meeting with the Avengers, the Shocker, the return of the Lizard, Kraven the Hunter, an all-new Vulture and the first appearance of the Kingpin! But the true heart of the story is young Peter Parker finding his way in the world. He gains new independence as he gets his own pad with Harry Osborn, courts Gwen Stacy — and, in comics’ most unforgettable entrance, meets Miss Mary Jane Watson!

Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #39-52 and Annual #3-4, and material from Not Brand Echh #2. Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More

I'm gonna call it quits here. The Ditko run ended with the 'Master Planner' saga, followed by some filler stories to send Peter off to college. The Romita era goes for a loooooooooong time...but Romita's early 'Spider-Man No More' arc finishes out this collection, and is a fitting sequel to Ditko's 'Master Planner'.

I also like that, by finishing here, it seems that the legend of Spider-Man is fully-formed. Ditko gave Romita the pieces but largely had a dark, resentful vision for Peter Parker. Through Romita, Peter Parker has a best friend in Harry Osborn, a love-triangle with Gwen and MJ, a full rogues gallery (Venom and Black Cat are the only big two left out of these comics), an affable side-job, and a solid standing in the superhero community. That this epic collection ends with the 'Spider-Man No More' arc and teases an appearance of Doc Ock next issue is comforting: Spider-Man will battle his nemeses until the end of time.

These three epic collections built Spider-Man, but as a reader in 2019, these feel like just another run on the character. Don't get me wrong; epic collections 1-3 are a blast and a half! But there have been so many interpretations of theses characters that the Ditko/Romita Spider-Man doesn't feel definitive. It's a fantastic run, to be sure, but one can easily argue that Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man and the MCU's Tom Holland Spider-Man rival this interpretation, both in quality and heart.

But then again...this is 60's Spider-Man. The baby boomers' Spidey. Ultimate Spidey is the millennials' hero, of the late 90's-2000's (and the one nearest to my heart), and Tom Holland is the Gen Z Spidey for the 2010-20's.

The strength in all three runs brings a smile to my face. Won't lie.

I'm not done with the 60's Marvelverse (Marvel 60's-verse?) quite yet. It's time for the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange to make their way to my comics shelf! Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More Hi, my name is Sean and I am an addict.

I have developed a very weird addition to late 60s Spider-Man, somewhat because I just love watching young Peter Parker grow and develop as a hero as it takes on life’s trials and tribulations, partially because I love how much non-superhero stuff is in here (living with Harry, trying to figure out whether he’s into Mary Jane or Gwen—and whether Gwen is into him, dealing with Aunt May’s health issues, scrounging up money from Jolly Jonah), but mostly because I dig the crazy slang. I am now calling everyone I know “Dad,” and, taking a page from the Aunt May running gag playbook, also calling people “pussywillow” (which is hilarious, of course, because EVERYONE—except for Aunt May—KNOWS you are supposed to call people “pussycat,” even when you’re a frail septuagenarian).

God bless Stan and John Romita; this stuff is just tasty, Dad. Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Volume 3: Spider-Man No More collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #39-52 and Annual #3-4, and material from Not Brand Echh #2.

I had a hunger for more Spider-Man after reading the first two Spider-Man masterworks and eventually ordered this. John Romita was on much of the Spider-Man merch I had as a kid so his Spider-Man is iconic to me.

In this volume, Stan Lee and John Romita, among others, send Spidey through the wringer. He battles a cold, a sprained arm, and his love life. Oh, and Rhino, Green Goblin, Shocker, Kraven, the Vulture, and the Kingpin.

I read one of the Rhino issues in a Marvel Tales and the Green Goblin two-parter in a trade eons ago but the rest was new to me. The Spider-Man/Green Goblin tale is iconic, as is the Spider-Man No More moment the collection is named after that was later in one of the Tobey McGuire Spider-Man movies.

Stan Lee's dialogue works well when it works but grates when it doesn't. Jazzy John's slick style reminds me of Russ Manning and Steve Rude at times. His portrayal of Spider-Man is forever tattooed on my brain. He also draws great version of Mary Jane and Gwen Stacye. His villains are top notch as well. That Watson girl is a bad influence on Petey-O.

As much as I love Jazzy John, I think this volume suffers a little by not having Steve Ditko contributing to the plots. I also wonder how Ditko would have portrayed Mary Jane. Other than that, this is an A+ volume of early Spider-Man tales.
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More Gotta love reading the original comic that introduced MJ. I never realized there was a love triangle between Gwen Stacy, MJ and Peter Parker. For a guy who is supposed to be a square he really does have some gorgeous women around him.

Anyway I loved Romita's artwork. I think it was a vast improvement over Steve Ditko's art, which I think feels too Archie for me.

I like that they moved away from telling stories that wrap up in a single 20 page comic to cliff hangers at the end. It is fun to read about villains that I love like the Green Goblin and the the Kingpin getting two comics to tell a complete story. I also like the super villains teaming up. Before there was a Sinister Six but it was just one story. Now we're getting stories were the Vulture is teaming up with Kraven the Hunter. Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More I really wanted to love this. Spider-Man is one of my all-time favorite heroes (Top 2 with Batman) and I know how influential and legendary Lee and Romita’s Spider-Man No More storyline was and still is.

I think the 3 issues that actually pertain to that storyline are 4-Star material. However, as much as I enjoy Spidey taking on his rogues gallery with the occasional assistance of some Marvel Comics alumni, this collection is 90% filler vs 10% actual Spider-Man No More material.

It’s a fun look at the era of Spidey. We get to see him juggle his feelings for Gwen, MJ and Betty while fighting the likes of Vulture, Kraven, Goblin and so many more. Who doesn’t love the slang of time like “he’s a real pussycat” or “lookin sharp, dad” in reference to a boy your own age?

I just feel like the nostalgia factor is at a 10, while the writing (by today’s standards, of course) doesn’t quite have the strength it used to.

All that said, issues 50-52 (the actual Spider-Man No More storyline) are great. Always nice to do a Fisk story, iconic art and imagery and it’s just one of the best inner conflict angles of Peter’s entire story. Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More


While there is some absolutely amazing stuff here, very specifically the Lizard storyline as well as Spider-Man: No More/Kingpin story, there's also a few incredibly boring ones here. I very much miss Ditko working on the plotting for the issues, but Lee is still decent enough. Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More Old School, 50 year old Spideys

This compilation is abt 20 issues of Spidey, which of course are quite dated 50 years on, especially Mary Jane's dialogue. Props to Marvel to sending someone off to the Viet Nam war, but the rest isn't a great read. Perhaps it's because the writing is much better these days, and better villains. I was not a big fan of the Rhino,Electro, or the Vulture. It does end with one of the better villains, the King ping, so there's that.

So interesting slice of history, the John Romita years, but difficult to keep going st times. Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More Classic Spiderman. Lots of milestones and first appearances in this collection. Great classic art and story telling.

If your a Spiderman fan looking for a history lesson about the character and his surroundings as they were written near the beginning of the Vietnam war or just out for classic Spiderman fun this is a good jumping on point. Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More A nostalgic collection

This book provided a look back to the golden age. You get to see Peter Parker wrought in problems of friendship,home and finding his place in society. Overall, the moto rings true with great power comes great responsibility. Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More We learn the identity of the Green Goblin at the beginning of this volume, Mary Jane makes her first appearance, plus the third and fourth annuals with one hell of a conflict with The Avengers. There's also the first appearance of The Rhino, The Shocker, The New Vulture and, most importantly, The Kingpin! Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More