Monday, June 18, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: A Loving Look At Marvel Treasury Edition #1 Featuring the Spectacular Spider-Man

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Remember that giddy feeling you'd get when you'd see an ad for a mag that you just had to have? Young Groove got that feeling a lot, especially, it seems, when it came to gi-normous comicbooks. Like those promised in this DC ad:

That one kept me on the prowl for weeks. But nothing. No-THING beat this ad for what would have to be the absolute greatest Spider-Man collection of all time:

Young Groove bought a comic he didn't even want just to get that ad. I'd stare at that ad, as if a genii was going to appear and give me a copy. That didn't happen, natch, but I did  get a copy the day it went on sale...from a musty drug store shelf about three hours from my home (after searching every store in Harlan, KY). And it was worth it! Just check out the goodies and splashes from the enormous 100 page hunk of comicbook heaven that was Marvel Treasury Edition #1 (which went on sale on this very date in 1974)…



An awesome original feature just for MTE#1 by Gerry Conway and Marie Severin











Sigh. Man, Ol' Groove loves this comic!

6 comments:

  1. Groove you really touched a nostalgia nerve! Yowza!

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  2. I've always wondered what was behind that beautiful cover. Thanks for posting!

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  3. I have a lot of the DC & Marvel treasury editions. Loved them! One thing that made me chuckle in my youth: the panel in the Spider-Man story "And Death Shall Come" has Spidey on the rooftop with a dying Capt. Stacy who calls him by name. A moving moment, to be sure, but the colorist made an error in the following panel: Spidey is colored with a Caucasian skin tone from the waist down as he holds the lifeless Captain in his arms. It looks like he stripped off his tights! Unintentionally hilarious. Is your copy like that, too?

    Best regards,
    Chris A.

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  4. I was more of a fan of the Treasury editions featuring original material, such as the Howard the Duck/Defenders and Wizard of Oz. Still the reprints were handsomely packaged and offered alot for $1.50, including great Romita covers.

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  5. Me too!
    Boy oh boy, did I wanna get my sweaty little hands on them treasury editions when I was a kid, but I lacked a bankroll back then.
    After I grew up (sort of grew up, anyway) I hunted many of them down with an eerie Terminator-like relentlessness.
    The cover on this is worthy of framing and holding a position of honor and esteem on the wall, which is what I did!

    M.P.

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  6. I was a DC kid, but I made an exception for this one. That exquisite cover is bound to have separated many, many young readers from their allowance money back in the day. It's still one of the most beautiful covers in comics history, IMHO.

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