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  • By the early 70's, The Amazing Spiderman's popularity far exceeded Marvel Comics expectations an was on track to becoming of the most endearing figures in pop culture

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      By the early 70’s, The Amazing Spiderman’s popularity far exceeded Marvel Comics expectations an was on track to becoming of the most endearing figures in pop culture. Yet, during the character’s first decade in print never branched out into having various monthly periodicals dedicated to him.

      The only notable examples were one excursion into a magazine (SPECTACULAR SPIDERMAN that lasted 2 issues in 1968) and a reprint series (MARVEL TALES which lasted decades).

      Other than occassional guest appearances in other heroes’ books, Spiderman only appeared regularly in his own series.

      Launched in 1972, Marvel Team Up finally gave Spiderman a new monthly series to fill fan demand but the catch was he ended sharing the spotlight with other heroes.

      At first, the book was designed to showcase a duet with The Fantastic Four’s Human Torch.

      (Torch even got a few Marvel Team Up’s without Spiderman before ...

      • being unceremoniously dropped and the series.

        ) From a creative standpoint, the stories that comprised the formulative years of the series are solidly crafted, albeit rushed.

        Since MTU didn’t usually feature two or three part stories the first half of the book had the two heroes bumping into one another (sometimes not so amicably) before joining forces to face a villainous foe.

        Occasionally, the heroes feuding took center stage for most of the book

        (such as when Spiderman met Werewolf by Night).

        Despite the minor flaws, this is a fun collection of a more innocent time in comic book history.

        As time wore on, the series’ formula became redundant, but the quality of the stories picked up in the early 80’s (most marvel books did thanks to Frank Miller’s Daredevil and Chris Claremont’s X-Men raising the bar of quality).

        Still, this is a recommended entry in the Marvel Essential Collections.

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