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Ned Leeds Jr.

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Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 09:13:16 am EDT
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Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 10:42:45 pm EDT

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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.


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.


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