Level up the home library with this stunning new XXL coffee table book from Taschen, which celebrates the origins of Spider-Man through crisp reprints of the webhead's original 21 stories running from 1962 to 1964. Classic Spidey villains — think Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus — also make their first appearances.
And it's not just recolored example of the original artwork, which is usually commonplace when republishing golden and silver era comic books. "We attempted to create an ideal representation of these books as they were produced at the time of publication," the publisher notes. "The most pristine pedigreed comics have been cracked open and photographed for reproduction in close collaboration with Marvel and CGC. Each page has been photographed as printed more than half a century ago, then digitally remastered using modern retouching techniques to correct problems with the era’s inexpensive, imperfect printing―as if hot off of a world-class 1960s printing press." Beyond that, TASCHEN used three different uncoated and woodfree paper stocks, specially developed to simulate the feel of the original comics in perfect form.
Spanning nearly 700 pages, the book is padded out with an in-depth historical essay from Marvel editor Ralph Macchio, an introduction from collector David Mandel, as well as original art photographs from deep within the Marvel archives. Grab your copy here.