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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

“Ummm....'To be or not to be'...ummmm...'Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo'...ummm....Look, I don't know a whole lot of Shakespeare!”

-- Spider-Man, doing his best to obey the command of the Purple Man, from Marvel Team-Up Annual #4


Spider-Man surveys the foreboding doom of the Bend Sinister.

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Featured Characters:

  • Spider-Man/Peter Parker
  • Daredevil
  • Masked Marauder
  • Tri-Man
  • Doctor Strange
  • Doctor Doom
  • Dormammu
  • Debbie Whitman
  • Lucius Dilby
  • The Fantastic Four
  • Karma
  • Luke Cage, Power Man
  • Iron Fist
  • Moon Knight
  • The Purple Man
  • Kingpin
  • The Punisher
  • Doctor Octopus

From the Inside Dustflap:

One of the world's most acclaimed comic-book creators takes on one of the world's most popular icons!

He brough Batman back to his grim-and-gritty roots.

He delivered Daredevil from the brink of cancellation.

But before Frank Miller found fame writing and drawing the Dark Knight and the Man Without Fear- before he was named "It Cartoonist" by Entertainment Weekly- he got his start on Spider-Man!

Best known for the hard-edged crime saga Sin City, his history-making reinterpretation of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns and two classic runs on Daredevil, Miller collaborated with a legion of legendary Marvel writers and artists to craft some of the most memorable Spider-Man stories of all time:

  • A temporarily sightless Spidey teams with Daredevil, blind himself, in Miller's first work on both characters!
  • Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, Earth's Sorceror Supreme, double-team the Dread Dormammu!
  • The web-slinger joins forces with the fabled Fantastic Four, the greatest team of adventurers ever assembled!
  • Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Daredevil and Luke Cage clash with the impossibly persuasive Purple Man!
  • Finally, our friendly neighborhood hero has his hands full with Doctor Octopus, tentacled terror, and the Punisher, scourge of the underworld!


  The Complete Frank Miller

  • Spectacular Spider-Man #27-28
  • Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14-15
  • Marvel Team-Up #100, Annual #4
  • Complete Spider-Man/Frank Miller cover gallery
List price: $29.95 (US) • $47.95 (Canada)
ISBN: 0-7851-0899-8 • Original Release Date: 4/10/02
208 pages

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Spectacular Spider-Man #27: "The Blind Leading the Blind"
17 pages • February 1979

written by Bill Mantlo, pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Frank Springer

guest-starring Daredevil

Having been stricken blind by the Masked Marauder, Spider-Man must learn to cope with his newfound handicap- and he must do it on the fly! For the Marauder and his android the Tri-Man are holding the city hostage with an atomic bomb. Only Daredevil is in a position to help the web-slinger make it through, and meanwhile...the threat of Carrion lurks!

Spectacular Spider-Man #28: "Ashes to Ashes"
18 pages • March 1979

written by Bill Mantlo, pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Frank Springer

guest-starring Daredevil

Daredevil must dispatch the threat of the Marauder and his goons, while Spider-Man is taken on a wild ride on the back of the Marauder's Bombdroid, an atomic weapon that will annihilate New York City unless he can destroy it! After wrapping up that adventure, Peter Parker heads back home and finds himself a target of Carrion.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14: "untitled"
40 pages • 1980

written by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Tom Palmer

guest-starring Doctor Strange

Doctor Doom and the dread Dormammu conspire to bring back the Bend Sinister, a dire phenomenon that can only be propagated every sixty-thousand years. Dr. Doom's employ, an arrogant little man named Lucius Dilby, is tasked with bringing all the parts into play, and that includes kidnaping Dr. Strange to use as the focal point for the power of the Bend Sinister! Only Spider-Man heeds Dr. Strange's call for help, and he must defeat the weird phantasms associated with the world of mysticism that only Stephen Strange is used to!

Marvel Team-Up #100: "Karma! She Possesses People!"
30 pages • December 1980

written by Chris Claremont, pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Bob Wiacek

guest-starring the Fantastic Four, featuring the first appearance of Karma

The young mutant, Xi'an Coy, possesses the body of Spider-Man to try and regain the custody of her young siblings from her wicked uncle, the General Nguyen Ngoc Coy, and her twin brother, the equally powerful mutant Tran. She is able to take over Spider-Man's form and send him into battle, but the Fantastic Four are there to stop him and his seemingly erratic behavior. Later, they find out he was taken over by mind-control, and when they source that power to Xi'an, she explains what led to her unfortunate choice. Together, they try to free her little brother and sister from the grip of the General, and in so doing, have a showdown with Tran. Xi'an is forced to subsume the identity of Tran into her own soul, absorbing him into her and rededicating herself to the world as Karma.

Marvel Team-Up Annual #4: "Power Play!"
38 pages • 1981

written by Frank Miller, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Mike Esposito

guest-starring Daredevil, Moon Knight, Power Man and Iron Fist

Killgrave, the Purple Man is back on the scene, and the Kingpin employs him as a diabolical weapon against his most hated enemies. Can Daredevil and Moon Knight take on the will-sapping power of the Purple Man, and can Spider-Man and the heroes for hire help a mob crowd calm down from a hysteria brought on by Killgrave's evil powers?

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15:"Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?"
30 pages • 1981

written by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Klaus Janson

guest-starring the Punisher

The Punisher tracks down a lethal poison being trafficked around a cult group, which winds up in the hands of Doctor Octopus. Doc Ock intends to use the lethal poison as an addiditive to the Daily Bugle ink supply, killing all five million readers who touch the paper. The Punisher tries to stop Octopus, but is poisoned in the process, and saved by Spider-Man. The web-slinger then has to track Doctor Octopus down to the printing press and stop him before he can do his awful deed. Later, the Punisher is arrested by the police and hauled off to jail.


  • Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14 • 1980
  • Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 • 1981
  • Amazing Spider-Man #203 • April 1980
  • Amazing Spider-Man #218 • July 1981
  • Amazing Spider-Man #219 • August 1981
  • Marvel Team-Up Annual #4 • 1981
  • Marvel Team-Up #95 • July 1980
  • Marvel Team-Up #99 • November 1980
  • Marvel Team-Up #100 • December 1980
  • Marvel Team-Up #102 • February 1981
  • Marvel Team-Up #106 • June 1981
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #46 • September 1980
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #48 • November 1980
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #50 • January 1981
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #51 • February 1981
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #52 • March 1981
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #54 • May 1981
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #55 • June 1981
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #56 • July 1981
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #57 • August 1981
  • Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #60 • November 1981
  • Spider-Man and Daredevil Special Edition #1 • March 1984
-- synopsis by Gormuu


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