I felt a little underwhelmed with it tbh. It was perfectly functional and still enjoyable, but just kinda felt like a typical supernatural police-drama comic ala Witchblade with a standard dark-vigilante thing going on. Art didnt wow me either. Impressive on a technical level but it was just kinda plain and all in all unremarkable.
Ill probably give it another issue to sway me.
Slightly better than Shadow, I suppose. Interested in seeing where this goes.
This is my first exposure to the Spider, even though I'm a long-time comic reader.
I enjoyed it. I'll be back for issue #2.
Favorite books: X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, Quantum & Woody, Green Lantern, Batman, Aquaman, Invincible, Uncanny Avengers, Indestructible Hulk, and The Sixth Gun.
RadioArchive is selling the original pulps as eBooks. "Prince of the Red Looters" is on sale for a penny. (Mobi, PDF and ePub format included in price.) They have an audio book of that novel and Norvell Page's first Spider novel as well. I listened to the samples on their site last night ans was really impressed by the production quality. I'm definitely going to snap up their audio books when I have more cash. I'm hoping they have the rights to all of the novels as ebooks too. They're damn near impossible to find as ebooks unless you get PDFs, which are rather hard to read on my Kindle.
Vintage Library still has a free PDF Spider Kit, which includes paper models for the Spider's ring, mask, gun and even his hat. The original Spider rings are rare and go for upwards of $10K.
Here's a PDF checklist of the 119 novels. It folds up into a bookmark when printed out.
I'm hoping that this new comic generates enough heat for the character that we see more of this stuff. I'm not expecting a feature film and action figure line. But the audiobooks are ebooks awesome. The Black Empire collection is stunning. I'd love to see a reproduction of the ring as well.
I've been buying the pulp replicas from Girasol (not the double reprints, but the ones that are exact copies of the originals), so I was psyched to see a comic version of the character hitting the shelves.
I just finished reading The Cholera King earlier in the week, so it was hilarious to see that story referenced in this comic. The art was good, but it was almost too good. Would have liked to see what Francesco Francavilla could have done with the interiors.
In own one of the replicas. I like it, but for the cost, I'm almost afraid to read it and get fingerprints on the cover. I got into the Spider with the C&C paperbacks and grabbed the set from Vintage Library when they had them in stock.
I've got the bug, so simply not buying them or getting paperback book reprints isn't an option for me. The reprints, pricey as they are, are definitely the best avenue. Although once I handed a copy of Spicy Western to someone so they could read an advertisement for booklets of photos showing "men and women together" and "spanking of girls and young women." They folded the page over and would have left a nasty crease if I didn't snatch it back just in time. Made me think twice about ever lending a copy to someone without giving them a dire warning about treating them with care.
I try to limit myself to about three issues of assorted titles once every two months or so, but with tax refunds coming back last month I'm feeling a bit weak and may have to order a few more in the next day or two.
I'm okay with the paperbacks and the trades that have come out over the years. I can read more for my money. I'd really prefer them all as ebooks tho. Esp if they have the illustrations. It's easier to rescue a Kindle or tablet from a burning house than my whole bookshelf. :)
A Spider ebook from Radio Archives is $2.99 (plus the one for a penny) or $4.99 for Vintage Library's PDF line. Even with the current $15 reprints trades and the $17 Black Empire Trilogy book, you definitely get more value for your money from the books that you do for a $3.99 comic. I bought the 8 C&C paperbacks for $20. 16 stories for a buck and a quarter each. There are a few early volumes on Munsey's for free. Not sure if they're in public domain so I don't want to pass out links. (Google Munseys and Grant Stockbridge)
CITY OF FLAMING SHADOWS
EMPIRE OF DOOM
WHEEL OF DEATH, THE
WINGS OF THE BLACK DEATH
Thanks for all the info on the pulps. I just ordered the book and I am going to pick up some of the other older material.
This was THE book, I loved Shadow but Spider no1 was the best single book I've read in months, even better than kirby: Genesis and Silver Star! And I love those 3 books. I hate waiting for issue no2, it can't come soon enough and what a cliffhanger too!