Essential Spider-Man #5
— in the Box!

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Originally published circa 1970–1972 as The Amazing Spider-Man #90-113
528 pages
Published 2002-03-01

It happens. If your collection is big enough, you sometimes buy a duplicate of something you already own. So what do you do?

If you’re me, it goes in the box.

Essential Spider-Man #5 collects 24 issues of the series. The book is in good condition. It’s only obvious flaw is some scuffing along the spine.

Many (most?) of these issues have Gil Kane artwork. I love Gil Kane. Maybe my favourite artist.

One of the highlights for me is the issue with the Iceman. He was a favourite Marvel character and it’s a rare treat seeing him drawn by Gil Kane, which is the case here.

Had Marvel ever decided to give Iceman an on-going with Gil Kane on duty, I can’t help but think it would’ve been an easy sell. BID.
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Issue #93, we get The Prowler! Hero? Villain? YOU DECIDE! As a hero, that’s a pretty crappy name but I digress. As a kid, I liked the Prowler but I did think he was weird.

And soon, we get the issues that set one of comics’ milestones… The Death Of Captain Stacy, Gwen’s father! HEY! It’s not just me who thinks that. They even worked it into a movie!

As a side note, my older sister had nightmares after reading #97. I remember right after that, my parents having a serious discussion with me about comics but they didn’t tell me to stop reading them, bless ’em.

The issues that really stuck in my memory was the two-parter introducing Morbius. Not only was he a cool character (and probably in my top 5 for Marvel characters) but in a moment of despair, Spider-Man tries to get rid of his powers but ends up with 6 ARMS!!! Crazy!

I’m not a big Ka-Zar or Dr. Strange fan but both characters show up here as well.

All-in-all, this was one of Spider-Man’s best periods.

I don’t know if this helps, but here’s the Table of Contents so you can easily see what the different issues are. Let me know in the comments if you think this is useful or not.

90

And Death Shall Come
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: John Romita
Letterer: Sam Rosen

91

To Smash A Spider
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: John Romita
Letterer: Sam Rosen

92

When Iceman Attacks
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: John Romita
Letterer: Art Simek

93

The Lady And The Prowler
Writer: Stan Lee
Illustrator: John Romita
Letterer: Art Simek

94

On Wings Of Death
Writer: Stan Lee
Illustrator: John Romita
Letterer: Art Simek

95

Trap For A Terrorist
Writer: Stan Lee
Illustrator: John Romita
Letterer: Art Simek

96

And Now, The Goblin
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: John Romita
Letterer: Art Simek

97

In The Grip Of The Goblin
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Sam Rosen

98

The Goblin’s Last Gasp
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

99

A Day In The Life Of…..
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

100

The Spider Or The Man
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

101

A Monster Called Morbius
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

102

Vampire At Large
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

103

Walk the Savage Land
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

104

The Beauty and The Brute
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

105

The Spider Slayer
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

106

Squash! Goes The Spider
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

107

Spidey Smashes Thru
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: John Romita
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Art Simek

108

Vengeance From Vietnam
Writer: Stan Lee
Illustrator: John Romita
Letterer: Art Simek

109

Enter: Dr. Strange
Writer: Stan Lee
Illustrator: John Romita
Letterer: Art Simek

110

The Birth Of The Gibbon
Writer: Stan Lee
Illustrator: John Romita
Letterer: John Costanza

111

To Stalk A Spider
Writer: Gerry Conway
Illustrator: John Romita
Letterer: John Costanza

112

Spidey Cops Out
Writer: Gerry Conway
Illustrator: John Romita
Letterer: Art Simek

113

They Call The Doctor… Octopus
Writer: Gerry Conway
Penciler: John Romita
Inker: Tony Mortellaro & Jim Starlin
Letterer: Art Simek

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