Friday, June 17, 2011

1984 - The Official Marvel Index to the Amazing Spider-Man

Loved this series as it was a great way to catch up on years of history. The wrap-around covers were always eye catching and done by some of Spidey's most amazing artists!


Cover by John Byrne
Unpublished cover to Amazing Fantasy by Steve Ditko
Beautiful wrap-around by John Romita Sr.


6 comments:

  1. Growing up, after making the switch from DC to Marvel, Spider-Man was hands-down my favorite ... looking back, to be the Big M's flagship title, Spidey had very few really talented artists working on the book. A lot of workaday, pedestrian artists like Ross Andru, Vince Colletta, Keith Pollard, Jim Mooney ... There were a couple of Frank Miller annuals, and John Byrne had a nice little run on Marvel Team-Up, but no real big names worked on the character for years. I'm not a huge fan of JR JR, but he was at least a step above some of the mediocrity.

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  2. I was a staffer at Marvel during those indexes and I remember those covers! It seemed like all the cover artists had a lot of fun drawing them. As for the last comment, Andru and Pollard were very good and they were inked by top guys. I guess it's personal taste.

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  3. Hi Don, welcome to the blog and thanks for sharing!

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  4. Was any reason given why issue #10 of this wasn't released? I'm pretty sure at the end of issue #9 it said that issue 10 would be printed in the future, and it also announced a Spectacular Spider-Man index which I don't think was ever produced either.
    Great blog by the way!

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  5. Hey Craig, thanks for the kind words. Good question, I'll have to dig those issues out and check. The Spectacular Spidey index sounds familiar as well...

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  6. I remember seeing an answer to this some time ago and I managed to track it down on the Spiderfan.org site. Another person named Craig asked:

    At the end of the ninth issue of the Official Marvel Index to the Amazing Spider-Man, there's a blurb that reads "Issue #10 will be published later as the first index update, and will begin with the entry for Amazing Spider-Man #215. In the interim, the Index to Spider-Man's adventures will continue with THE OFFICAL MARVEL INDEX TO MARVEL TEAM-UP FEATURING SPIDER-MAN and THE OFFICIAL MARVEL INDEX TO PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN."
    Well sir, I've never seen them, they aren't on your awesome site either (I see they did indeed release a Marvel Team-Up index). Is it safe to assume that this 10th issue and Peter Parker index series were never released (and if so would you know why?), or should I just wait another 20 years?
    ANSWER:
    I loved the Indexes as well, Craig, but as you surmised, no more were produced. The main man behind the Indexes, George Olshevsky, moved on to indexing Avengers and X-Men. By the time those were done, there just wasn't the interest needed to complete the Spider-Man series.

    Here`s the link: http://www.spiderfan.org/letters/oracle/2005/0601.html

    Great blog by the way Jason!

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