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Title:
Amazing Spider-Man. [Vol. 6], Happy birthday
Author:
Straczynski, J. Michael, 1954-
Edition:
Direct edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Marvel Comics, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in magazine form as Amazing Spider-man #500-502 and Amazing Spider-man (Vol. 2) #57-58."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780785113430
Format :
Book

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Summary

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Peter Parker spends his birthday as Spider-Man fighting an interdimensional threat that's descended on Manhattan alongside a Who's Who of the Marvel Universe - including the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the X-Men's Cyclops and Dr. Strange. Ages 13+


Author Notes

Joseph Michael Straczynski was born on July 17, 1954 in N.J. He is a writer and producer who has worked on films, novels, television series and comic books. He was the creator for the science fiction television series Babylon 5, its spin-off Crusade, as well as Jeremiah, a series loosely based on Hermann Huppen's comics. Straczynski wrote 92 out of the 110 Babylon 5 episodes. From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long-running Marvel comic book series The Amazing Spider-Man.

Straczynski began his career writing plays first for colege theater then professionally for Performance Publshing for an adaptation of "Snow White". During the late 1970s, Straczynski also became the on-air entertainment reviewer for KSDO-FM and wrote several radio plays before being hired as a scriptwriter for the radio drama Alien Worlds. Straczynski has also been an on-air personality. He began by doing a weekly entertainment segment on KSDO News Radio in San Diego from 1978-1980. In Los Angeles, he put in five years as on-air host of the science fiction talk show Hour 25.

Straczynski was a fan of the cartoon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He wrote a spec script in 1984 and sent it directly to Filmation. They purchased his script, bought several others, and hired him on staff. He also worked on other T.V. shows such as: The New Twilight Zone, Jake and the Fatman, Murder, She Wrote, and Walker Texas Ranger. In 2015 his title Superman - Earth One made the New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

In the previous five volumes of his excellent run on this, the original Spider-Man series, Straczynski (Babylon 5) has shaken up Peter Parker's life in many ways: with a new job; revelations about the possible origin and nature of his powers; a reconciliation with his wife, Mary Jane; and the discovery by his Aunt May of his secret identity. This volume features an anniversary story, culminating in the series' 500th issue, in which Spider-Man, while attempting to stem an extradimensional invasion alongside other heroes, is thrown into the far past and must relive selected moments of his life while returning to the present. The endless fighting and tragedy weigh him down, but he recommits himself to the struggle. Many other superhero comics would use this occasion simply as a celebration of the hero, but Straczynski inserts a kernel of darkness, as Spider-Man glimpses a possible tragic future for himself. The art by penciller John Romita Jr. (assisted by his father) and inker Scott Hanna is fluid and dynamic, while Straczynski exhibits irreverence and edginess while remaining unshakably true to the character. This outstanding superhero series is recommended for teens and adults at all libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.