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Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys by Stan Lee

Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys

by Stan Lee (Writer), Gerry Conway (Writer)

Other authors: Gil Kane (Illustrator), John Romita, Sr. (Illustrator)

Series: Marvel Premiere Classics (4)

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Comics books have come a long way from this, and that's a good thing. ( )
  Stmurdock | Jul 17, 2016 |
Inevitable double bill given retellings of these stories have formed the basis of the two most recent Spider-Man movies. The first two-thirds, the death of Captain Stacy, is an example of how culture can build up myths. It’s an ordinary Spidey tale, a standard multi-issue scrap with Doctor Octopus, with Gwen’s dad becoming collateral damage, saving a kid from falling debris. Far more interesting is what Stan Lee, Gil Kane and Romita the elder make of the consequences; a ruthless politician using his death as propaganda. It’s fun enough, with all the verve and energy of what’s my favourite Marvel period, but it’s hardly a tale to echo down the ages.

Much better is the death of Gwen Stacy. It uses the death of Peter Parker’s girlfriend to fashion a tale of two madnesses; Norman Osborn’s insanity and Spider-Man’s drive for revenge at any cost. One man becomes lost in his madness, the other abandons friends, provokes the law and enemies… and still ends up doing the right thing, despite the most extreme provocation he could ever face. It’s Spider-Man’s ultimate trial and he comes through, restating his heroic credentials. It’s simple and elegantly told, with Kane and Romita providing plenty of dash to match the power of the story. It resonated with me when I first read it thirty years ago; it’s still one of the all-time Spider-Man highlights now. Really, all the Spider-Man stories since have merely been fiddling in the margins compared with this ( )
  JonArnold | Nov 24, 2015 |
Classic Spiderman from when he lost two important people in his life, Gwen Stacy and her father Captain Stacy. Two characters that meant a lot to spiderman and changed how his life ran.

Interesting and thought-provoking. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 6, 2012 |

"Here's another poorly put-together collection. It's like, four or five issues surrounding the death of Captain Stacy, and then only two surrounding the death of Gwen. Considering which of the two proved to be more important, I think more build-up to Gwen's death would have given it stronger emotional impact.

Also, in the introduction Jerry Conway goes into how much he hated Gwen and preferred Mary Jane, but this collection doesn't really give you enough to agree or disagree with him. So boo on that. The art is lovely though."
  lampbane | Mar 8, 2009 |
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Lee, StanWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conway, GerryWritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kane, GilIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Romita, John, Sr.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Contains material originally publised in magazine form as "Amazing Spider-Man" #88-92 and #121-122.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785125043, Hardcover)

Spider-Man's career has often been shaped by tragedy, but rarely as much as in the story of the Stacys! Two of Spider-Man's greatest enemies, Doc Ock and the Green Goblin, made comic-book history by killing the wall-crawler's police officer mentor, Captain Stacy, and his first true love, Gwen - events that affect the Marvel Universe to this day! Guest-starring Iceman of the X-Men! Collects Amazing Spider-Man #88-92 and #121-122.

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The deaths that still shape the Spider-verse! During the early 1970s, a pair of plot lines changed comic-book mortality forever. Shock followed shock when Spider-Man lost a friend, a lover and an enemy in a dynamic drama that stunned readers as no comic deaths had before and few have since! - from back cover.… (more)

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