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Monday, 16 March 2015
UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN COVER & IMAGE GALLERY - PART ONE...
It had been done before of course. Telling 'untold' adventures
in a hero's early career wasn't a new idea from MARVEL, whose
first nine issues of The RAMPAGING HULK (in 1977) presented
stories meant to be set between the last ish of his own mag and his first
appearance in TALES To ASTONISH. True, the stories were later
dismissed as fictional imaginings of an alien called BEREET, but it
was a brave try at recapturing the raw fun and energy of Hulkie's
first six outings, 'though for a slightly more mature audience.
UNTOLD TALES Of SPIDER-MAN was pretty much the
same concept, fitting somewhere amongst Spidey's earliest esca-
pades by STAN LEE & STEVE DITKO. The 25 issue series (not
counting, for the moment, a FLASHBACK ish, two Annuals ['96 &
'97], and a card-covered Special ['98/'99]), was mainly by KURT
BUSIEK & PAT OLLIFFE, 'though ROGER STERN, TOM
DeFALCO & RON FRENZ were also contributors.
It's a nice little run, part of Marvel's 99 cents line, created in
an attempt to attract new readers who may have been deterred by
the standard cost of $1.50 or $1.95. The series is available in an
OMNIBUS edition if you'd like to catch up on it, or you could try
tracking down the individual issues on eBay if, like KRAVEN,
you enjoy the thrill of the hunt.
In the meantime 'though, you can enjoy
this first instalment in a four-part post.
Posted by Kid at Monday, March 16, 2015