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DPFW16




Hi everyone,
I was thinking about the 5 centennial (by issue number) books for Amazing Spider-man (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500) we have so far and was wondering what everyone's opinion was on them. SPECIFICALLY, I was curious which of the 5 you thought was the best (in total or for a specific reason). I'd love to know your opinion and why you think so!


Just to get things rolling- I think 300 was the best of the 5. I liked the idea of the character of Venom. I don't think #300 was particularly outstanding, but I do think the other 4 were worse... 400 would've been my choice hands-down if it hadn't been retconned.

What does everyone else think? Just curious.

-DPFW16


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Fisk




It's tough but here's my list:

1. Amazing 200

This is one of my all-time favourite Spidey-story. Peter finally gets his revenge on the burglar without his Spidey-powers and saves aunt May whom he believed to have been dead for many issues. Great dialogues, great back-story about the Burglar and the hidden treasure.

2. Amazing 400

I don't think that the retconning discredited this issue. It was at the time the perfect end for aunt May. And Ben finally met with MJ and Pete was arrested for a crime he hadn't committed! It was a wonderful issue.
DeMatteis's second best issue after Spectacular 200.

3. Amazing 300

Ah, the introduction of Venom. Well, if not for McFarlane I would have ranked it lower because the story wasn't that great at all. I liked the follow-up more.

4. Amazing 100

I have read it in my Essential but as far as I remember it was just an O.K. issue where Pete drank a serum to lose his powers and so he relieved some crime-fighting memories. It was okay but the real fun came after 100 with the six-armed Spidey and Morbius.

5. Amazing 500

Well, the story was below-average and made little sense. No cliffhanger like in AMZ 100 or 400. No emotional rollercoaster like in 200 or 400. No interesting new villain like in 300. No nothing...
The only good thing about this book was JR jr. and JR Sr. for me.

-Fisk


> Hi everyone,
> I was thinking about the 5 centennial (by issue number) books for Amazing Spider-man (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500) we have so far and was wondering what everyone's opinion was on them. SPECIFICALLY, I was curious which of the 5 you thought was the best (in total or for a specific reason). I'd love to know your opinion and why you think so!
>
>
> Just to get things rolling- I think 300 was the best of the 5. I liked the idea of the character of Venom. I don't think #300 was particularly outstanding, but I do think the other 4 were worse... 400 would've been my choice hands-down if it hadn't been retconned.
>
> What does everyone else think? Just curious.
>
> -DPFW16


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Comp




> Hi everyone,
> I was thinking about the 5 centennial (by issue number) books for Amazing Spider-man (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500) we have so far and was wondering what everyone's opinion was on them. SPECIFICALLY, I was curious which of the 5 you thought was the best (in total or for a specific reason). I'd love to know your opinion and why you think so!
>
>
> Just to get things rolling- I think 300 was the best of the 5. I liked the idea of the character of Venom. I don't think #300 was particularly outstanding, but I do think the other 4 were worse... 400 would've been my choice hands-down if it hadn't been retconned.
>
> What does everyone else think? Just curious.
>
> -DPFW16

ASM #400, easily. The fact that Aunt May in this issue was revealed to be a genetically-altered actress doesn't change it at all--it's still a brilliant book, one of the most emotionally gripping I've ever read, illustrated by Mark Bagley at his storytelling peak. One of the best issues ever in all of comics.

-Comp


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Ned Leeds Jr.




200 - This issue blew me away as a kid, so I'm going to put it atop my list for sentimental reasons as much as anything else. A solid story with some really touching moments. It kept me captivated with every page.

300 - Micheline stayed on Spidey wayyyy too long, but his first few years on the book were a fun ride. This issue is a landmark story for Spidey and the character of Venom was introduced flawlessly in this book. (It is right up there with Stern's introduction of Hobgoblin in Amazing Spidey #238, in my opinion)

400 - DeMatteis is a wonderful writer. This issue is a prime example of his skills and ability to elicit emotion in his readers. Not the best of his stories by any means, but a beautiful story of love and loss.

100 - Spidey growing 4 extra arms was more frightening to me than the ultra-creepy Morbius. I originally read this story in an over-sized treasury edition. I have always looked back fondly on the story and as I got older, was able to better appreciate the skill in crafting it.

500 - yuck

I had never actively reflected on placing an order of appreciation for these issues. Though I had initially thought that it would be very easy to list them, I found myself changing a few of them up as I went along. I was surprised at how difficult it was to put the the first 4 books into order of appreciation and importance for me. I feel pretty confident about the order that I eventually chose, but the list would look very different if I put them in order of importance to the character of Spidey or his history.

I usually skip over poll, but really dug this one. Thanks for setting up this fun exercise.

Ned


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Dr. Shallot




> Hi everyone,
> I was thinking about the 5 centennial (by issue number) books for Amazing Spider-man (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500) we have so far and was wondering what everyone's opinion was on them. SPECIFICALLY, I was curious which of the 5 you thought was the best (in total or for a specific reason). I'd love to know your opinion and why you think so!
>
>
> Just to get things rolling- I think 300 was the best of the 5. I liked the idea of the character of Venom. I don't think #300 was particularly outstanding, but I do think the other 4 were worse... 400 would've been my choice hands-down if it hadn't been retconned.
>
> What does everyone else think? Just curious.
>
> -DPFW16

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DPFW16





>
> I usually skip over poll, but really dug this one. Thanks for setting up this fun exercise.
>
> Ned

No problem. I thought it was fun when I was doing it in my head, too.


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DPFW16




> Just to get things rolling- I think 300 was the best of the 5. I liked the idea of the character of Venom. I don't think #300 was particularly outstanding, but I do think the other 4 were worse... 400 would've been my choice hands-down if it hadn't been retconned.
>

I posted the question and realized I said I liked #300 the best, but I never gave a rank of the others. So, here's mine:

1. 300
2. 400
3. 500
4. 200
5. 100

Eventhough I felt the retcon really "devalued" #400, I still think it was better than 100, 200, or 500.

-DPFW16


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reillylives




> Hi everyone,
> I was thinking about the 5 centennial (by issue number) books for Amazing Spider-man (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500) we have so far and was wondering what everyone's opinion was on them. SPECIFICALLY, I was curious which of the 5 you thought was the best (in total or for a specific reason). I'd love to know your opinion and why you think so!
>
>
> Just to get things rolling- I think 300 was the best of the 5. I liked the idea of the character of Venom. I don't think #300 was particularly outstanding, but I do think the other 4 were worse... 400 would've been my choice hands-down if it hadn't been retconned.
>
> What does everyone else think? Just curious.
>
> -DPFW16


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Scott




I despise Venom and don't much like Michelinie's run so 300 goes on the bottom. 100 really didn't tell much of a story--although the cliff-hanger was great. 400 is polluted by the clone saga. I guess my list would look something like this:

200
500
400
100
300


> Hi everyone,
> I was thinking about the 5 centennial (by issue number) books for Amazing Spider-man (100, 200, 300, 400, and 500) we have so far and was wondering what everyone's opinion was on them. SPECIFICALLY, I was curious which of the 5 you thought was the best (in total or for a specific reason). I'd love to know your opinion and why you think so!
>
>
> Just to get things rolling- I think 300 was the best of the 5. I liked the idea of the character of Venom. I don't think #300 was particularly outstanding, but I do think the other 4 were worse... 400 would've been my choice hands-down if it hadn't been retconned.
>
> What does everyone else think? Just curious.
>
> -DPFW16


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Stu The Disgruntled Greek




300, 500, 400, 100

I have never read issue 200 so I can't rank it and it is not really fair for to me rank issue 100 as I read it in an Essential TPB.

The Disgruntled Greek


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Comp




> 300, 500, 400, 100
>
> I have never read issue 200 so I can't rank it and it is not really fair for to me rank issue 100 as I read it in an Essential TPB.
>
> The Disgruntled Greek

Why would where you read it make a difference?

-Comp


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Stu The Disgruntled Greek




> > 300, 500, 400, 100
> >
> > I have never read issue 200 so I can't rank it and it is not really fair for to me rank issue 100 as I read it in an Essential TPB.
> >
> > The Disgruntled Greek
>
> Why would where you read it make a difference?
>
> -Comp

I like to read comics as a single issue, not in black and white and in around the release date.

I did not enjoy the comic and part of that is because it was outside of the way I enjoy reading comics.

Silly huh?

The Disgruntled Greek


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Comp




> I like to read comics as a single issue, not in black and white and in around the release date.
>
> I did not enjoy the comic and part of that is because it was outside of the way I enjoy reading comics.
>
> Silly huh?
>
> The Disgruntled Greek

No, that makes sense. It's kind of like how I can't fully enjoy a comic on the computer.

-Comp


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Fiasco





Amazing 200 - this story was the end of the burgler who killed Uncle Ben, and Pete saved his Aunt without the benefit of powers. I really enjoyed it, and this whole era of Spidey. It is one of my favorite Spidey tales of all time.

it gets a little tricky after that for me.

300 - brought in Venom. Had McFarlane. Not the greatest Spidey story ever told, but decent. Venom has had some moments as a villain, but the whole "I'm gonna eat your brains" thing got a little stale. THIS issue has the distinction of being the first Venom story, and therefore I consider it to be the best.

400 - A fitting end for Aunt May. They retconned the death so I retconned it's ranking behind 300. Plus at the time I was starting to get annoyed by the presence of two Pete's...I was starting to suspect they might invalidate the guy I was following and hand the reins to Ben Reilly - and that's exactly what they did not long after! Fortunately it all worked out (for me) before too long.

500 - A decent enough Spidey story. Not fantastic, not terrible. But better than -

100 - At the time I guess this book had it's appeal, but it doesnt stand the test of time. The traditional hallucinated villains and 'obsessing over personal problems in a sweaty mental fog' fare that was a little TOO common back in the day. The surprise ending was really the only thing about this issue that is worthy of rememberance - a six-armed Pete. Fortunately, following issues really expanded on the ending and delivered a good story.



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