Spider-Man Confidential: From Comic Icon to Hollywood Hero

 
9780756793722: Spider-Man Confidential: From Comic Icon to Hollywood Hero

You can learn everything you ll ever want to know about the web-slinger n this comprehensive narrative history of the Spider-Man (SM) phenomenon. The author has interviewed many of the personalities who have brought SM to life over the years -- & he s uncovered the entire SM story, from the conception of the popular comic book to the release major motion picture directed by Sam Raimi. You ll find: the detailed story behind the creation of the SM comic by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko in 1962; a SM comic-book checklist; episode guides for the 5 SM TV series (3 animated & 2 live-action) that have aired over the years; an in-depth look at the 15-year development of the SM movie; & SM s Rogues Gallery -- your guide to SM s foes & villains. Illus.

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Edward Gross has been a correspondent for Starlog, the science fiction world's premier magazine, the senior editor of Cinescape, and the editor in chief of Not of This Earth. Currently he serves as executive editor of Life Story magazine and is a regular contributor to Total Movie magazine. He is the author of Captains' Logs: The Complete Trek Voyages, X-Files Confidential and Planet of the Apes Revisited, among other titles. He lives in New York.

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Spider-Man is coming to the big screen, and his marketers want to make sure you have all the ancillary materials for his emergence. Following Disney's lucrative strategy of pre-selling a movie by launching the tie-ins before rather than after it hits the theaters, Gross' chatty, polished, quasi-instant book limns the angst-ridden, costumed, caped, web-tossing superhero from his comic-book beginnings through his various TV manifestations and up to the forthcoming film. Fittingly, Spidey's original idiom, the comics, receives the most attention. Marvel Comics' Stan Lee envisioned Spidey as a more human superhero, who would interact with the real world and entertain self-doubt. In the upshot, Spider-Man changed how superheroes are portrayed, as the recent makeover of Superman attests. Maniacally upbeat and perhaps a bit manipulative, the book nevertheless informs well. Checklists of the Spidey comics, episode guides for his many TV manifestations (including even the quaint, limited-animation, late-'60s series), a day-by-day rundown of the movie's making, and an alphabetical gallery of Spidey's nemeses make this a must for intensive comics and pop-culture collections. Mike Tribby
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