Often hailed as the greatest stories in Spider-Man history, the deaths of Captain Stacy (in Amazing Spider-Man 88-92) and his daughter, and Peter Parker’s first love, Gwen Stacy (in Amazing Spider-Man 121-122), these two powerful and shocking story arcs marked the some of the most influential and life-changing moments in Spidey’s history (after he was bitten by the fabled radioactive spider, that is). As of 2007, these stories are finally available in one beautifully rendered Marvel Premier Edition hardcover, appropriately titled The Death of the Stacys.
I don’t want to ruin anything for the scant few Spider-Man fans who haven’t yet read these comics, so there’s not much I can say regarding the actual content; but for those of you that have, this edition is the definitive release this side of first editions. Reproduced faithfully in full color on heavy glossy pages, and featuring one of the most memorable and iconic shots of the Wall-Crawler on the cover, The Death of the Stacys is a must have for any Spider-Man fan, or comic lover in general. Also included are various essays by renowned Marvel crew (but I won’t say who; being surprised is part of the fun!), which really shed light on some of the most famous aspects of the stories — including the infamous “snap!” that no one, Marvel team or faithful readers, could ever satisfactorily explain.
There really isn’t much else to say about these comics. If you’ve never read them, you should. If you have, but you don’t own this collection, you should. My advice? Get your hands on this as soon as you can. No one should be without a few good comics, and this one tops my list.