Spider-Man: the Manga

In December 1997, Marvel Comics decided it was time to cash-in on the ever-increasing anime and manga fad. And it just so happens Marvel had genuine manga versions of both Spider-Man and the X-Men just lying around. Of the two mangas released at the time, I greatly preferred X-Men, but with it being nothing more than an adaptation of the Saban animated series, thereâ??s really little to write about. So instead, Iâ??ll take a crack at the mostâ?Šâ?interestingâ? of the two books, Ryoichi Ikegamiâ??s Spider-Man.

First, a little history on the author. Ryoichi Ikegami is one of the more well-renowned manga artists, with his work spanning numerous decades. He is the man behind such popular manga and anime series as â??Crying Freemanâ?, â??Mai, the Psychic Girlâ?, â??Heatâ?, â??Sanctuaryâ? and many others. Ikegami began writing and illustrating the Spider-Man manga in January of 1970 and continued on through September of 1971, with the manga originally being published in Monthly Shonen Magazine. Spider-Man is one of Ikegamiâ??s earliest works, and as a result, doesnâ??t exactly reflect the peak of his talent.

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