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CGC Lee Talks Death of Spider-Man

Comic Booked Guest Writer 04/13/2011 Features, Reviews

This is my Rant, these are my thoughts. The following are tidbits of fact surrounded by the opinion of this writer, which has nothing to do with Comic Booked.

I love collecting, but I do have problems collecting variant covers. This might be easier for me if they were the cost of the book and not what a dealer or shop owner might like. I have spent $10 on a variant cover, and I have even spent $15. Above that I will just look for a graded copy by CGC and spend about the same on the book that I would have in the store; only now it is protected.

Even though my CGC (200 books) graded collection is worth almost as much as the other raw copies (about 5000 books) I own, I buy these books to read. I have been immersed into the Marvel universe since 1984 on a regular basis. When the Ultimate universe came out I was financially challenged and felt eating was more of a prerequisite then reading a comic book. When I had my finances a little more under my control the Ultimate universe had been stabilized for three years and I became hooked. Although I am still trying to get a copy of Ultimate Spider-man #1, I purchased every story line, limited series, and regular series.

This brings us to the current title “Death of Spider-Man” I guess what I do like about the Ultimate universe is dead means dead; so far. Marvel needs to sell books, it’s their job. I need to read books, it’s my hobby; but I feel this sensational grab at killing off Spider-man is a farce. Spider-man might be no more but I think Peter Parker survives. How could they kill off the most popular Marvel super hero (arguably…many out there are screaming Wolverine)? What kind of story could they have? Maybe Deadpool could take up the mantle? Of course I could be wrong, dead wrong (no pun intended). I will have to wait till June 22nd to find out, but this brings up my issue of Variants. Do we really need two variants on and in bags, one being a red background with a black spider and the other a juxtaposed version with a red spider and black background?

Sure one bag covers the regular edition, and the other bag covers the Bagley edition, but seriously? Are we back to the Death of Superman? Or more recently the Human Torch dying (and let’s face it, we didn’t see him die)? The comic book has a $3.99 price tag; will the variant be the same? And Marvel has decided that there will be no overprint on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160. I just don’t know if this means no second printing or not. They also are having this as a Direct Market only comic, which means no book stores or secondary shops. It is a good thing I still don’t get my comic books at a 7-11.

Will I buy it? Yup. Will I rip into the bag and read the comic book? Nope, I plan on using scissors. Will it end as Marvel states? “No one will forget how it ends.” I can’t even remember how it begins and I own the copies that have “The Death of Spider-man” nonchalantly placed on the covers of various Ultimate books. And if it does end with the Death of Spider-man, wasn’t that the whole point in the first place? Please, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or take it to our Forums!

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 (APR110569) 
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 BAGLEY VARIANT
(APR110571)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by MARK BAGLEY
Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Blank Cover Also Available
Rated T+ … $3.99 
FOC – 5/9/11. On Sale – 6/22/11

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  1. Skott of Fables 04/13/2011 at 10:02 pm

    Yeah, I've been meaning to lay into Marvel about this one. ANOTHER 'key issue' with the 'death' of a major character (though the Ultimate line doesn't mean anything to me I know a lot of people have grown attached to it so it's cool) and here's the kicker:

    It's going to be polybagged so no one can read it in store and spoil the ending. Wow. We haven't seen THIS before, have we?

    So, Marvel will spill the beans a full day before it's released to get some cheap headlines and create interest in a books by basically allowing the foolish media to report "Spider-Man is getting killed!" instead of the fact it's ULTIMATE Spider-Man and not the 'real' on.

    Marvel, I love you but you are seriously screwing up to get attention from people who couldn't care less about the industry.

  2. Nick C 04/14/2011 at 10:25 am

    I barely even care about the polybagging and the character killing at this point. (I am interesting in seeing how it plays out, but I read USM in trades, so it's not something I'm immediately concerned with anyway.) What gets me is the variant polybags. While I'll be the first to admit that I tend to roll my eyes at variant covers (especially the more ridiculous themed ones), I'm mostly indifferent to the whole thing, thought, if it floats your boat, more power to you. But variant polybags? To me, that's just the height of unwitting self-parody.

    • Jordamus Prime 04/15/2011 at 11:25 pm

      I think that the variant Polybags are to let buyers know which version they are buying. If they jsut have variant covers, but every cover is polybagged, who is to say which cover you're getting? WIth different polybags for each cover, it makes them discernable from one another.

  3. CGC Lee 04/14/2011 at 12:14 pm

    Well, I just read Ultimate Spider Man #157 and wonder with an ending like that what are they waiting till #160 for.

  4. Andy Kirby 04/15/2011 at 5:36 am

    I would read this book with a little more interest if it DIDN'T interact as much with the rest of the 1610…(which is weird, because I feel the opposite about any 616 book)

  5. Nick Furious 04/16/2011 at 12:51 am

    Yes! I concur on the applauding the Ultimate Universe on Dead means DEAD! One of the things I have actually really grown to despise about comics. Ultimate Spider Man has been excellent, but if they want to put Spider Man down for good…as long as it pushes some story further I'm all about it. But if they bring back Spider Man I will be severely disappointed.

  6. Michael 06/23/2011 at 8:54 am

    If dead means dead why is Gwen Stacy still around. ;-)

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