Thursday, October 21, 2021


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Target stores have been rolling out a series of large-sized collections featuring recent Marvel Age comics geared at the young and pre-teen audience. Joseph Self reviews just a few of these low-priced steals.


Target Spider-Man: The Sinister Six

Printed for distribution exclusively through Target retail stores, this magazine-sized anthology collects issues #1-4 of Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, a series featuring stories targeted (sorry, pun intentional) primarily for younger readers: the characters are a bit more campy, the art is slightly more cartoonish, and the stories are less complex and unhindered by decades of convoluted continuity.

In the title story, a small army of Spidey’s most powerful foes band together to rid themselves of Spider-Man once and for. With his own powers mysteriously on the fritz, the young hero is in for the fight of his life!

The opener, adapted from Amazing Fantasy #15, revisits Spider-Man’s origin, when the future hero learned that great power requires great responsibility. It was a lesson learned at a tragic price.

The final story, starring Marvel’s resident hothead, the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch, is just plain fun.





Target Spider-Man Presents Marvel Super Heroes

Collecting Tales of the Thing #1, Marvel Age Fantastic Four Tales #1, Spider-Man Team-Up Special #1, and Marvel Age Spider-Man Team-Up #5, this magazine-sized anthology, distributed exclusively through Target retail stores, features stories set early in the careers of several popular Marvel characters: When Destiny's harmonica is stolen, the Thing and Dr. Strange join forces against a horde of mystically conjured menaces. But it is Ben Grimm's blind girlfriend who ends up saving the day.

Lured to the technologically advanced kingdom of Wakanda by the mysterious Black Panther, the Fantastic Four unexpectedly find themselves battling Klaw, the deadly master of sound!

When the Mole Man attacks the UN with an army of angry monsters, will Spidey and the FF put an end to his terrorist assault, or join his environmental crusade?

Last up, the X-Men's Storm and Spider-Man confront a young rogue mutant who steals powers with a single touch.


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