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    Hi guys!

    I was scouring the internet and found out about custom binding. One YouTuber made a video about how he created an "omnibus" made up of "Captain Marvel" issues by Kelly Sue DeConnick because Marvel didn't make one yet. I thought about that and realized that there was one run that didn't have an Omnibus: Paul Jenkins' run across "Peter Parker: Spider-Man" V2 and "Spectacular Spider-Man" V3. I think that's a crying shame, considering that some of those stories are wonderful, and the art by Humberto Ramos and Mark Buckingham was awesome.

    I'm making my own and buying my own single issues, but I wanted to know: are there any fans of Jenkins' run? He had five years which is very impressive!

    And I'll be sure to show you guys what the finished product looks like of course!
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    I'm not sending you my Jenkins comics, so you'l have to scour back issues sections at comics stores. It shouldn't be too expensive, except for Peter Parker Spider-Man #29, as the cover is in high demand.

    I was a big fan of Jenkins's run on Peter Parker Spider-Man. I didn't care as much for Spec.

    One thing that has been weird to me as a fan is how much it's disappeared from reader discussions. Some of it is among the best Spider-Man comics ever.

    I did recently organize a list of the best Spider-Man stories with other contributors, and one odd thing about Jenkins was that there was no one story that got multiple votes, but several contributors suggested different stories. I really liked "One Small Break" with the introduction of Fusion, while someone else backed Jenkins' last issue, and someone else liked the Morbius single issue story, and someone else liked the one about Uncle Ben and the New York Mets. That shows the guy's range, as different readers have different favorites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebSlingWonder View Post
    Hi guys!

    I was scouring the internet and found out about custom binding. One YouTuber made a video about how he created an "omnibus" made up of "Captain Marvel" issues by Kelly Sue DeConnick because Marvel didn't make one yet. I thought about that and realized that there was one run that didn't have an Omnibus: Paul Jenkins' run across "Peter Parker: Spider-Man" V2 and "Spectacular Spider-Man" V3. I think that's a crying shame, considering that some of those stories are wonderful, and the art by Humberto Ramos and Mark Buckingham was awesome.

    So, I wanted to ask if anyone has any issues of "Peter Parker: Spider-Man" by Paul Jenkins that they have lying around. I want make a custom bound omnibus for Paul Jenkins' run on PPSM. His initial run in PPSM was #20-41, #44-50 and for SPEC, he did #1-22, #27. I'm only focusing on the PPSM issues for now, but I want to try to make an "omnibus" for the SPEC issues too!

    Also, let me know what you guys think! Do you love Jenkins' run? Do you hate it? Were there stories that you'd love to see highlighted more?
    I think Jenkins is a mixed bag. He writes masterpieces at his best, but he had some pretty bad clunkers like Type-Face in between. Also, his humor sometimes seemed forced. But he wrote one of my favorite Chameleon stories ever (Webspinners #10-12) and his first PP:SM issue was very emotional as well. Plus, that story he did with Mackie where Norman comes back and tries to make Peter his heir (ASM#25-PP:SM#25 vol 2.) I'm sure Jenkins did most of the heavy-lifting in that 2 parter. And his Fusion 3-parter was another great story. But the less said about his other stories like Type-Face, and the monk with psychic powers, and some other clunkers I'm forgetting, the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    I'm not sending you my Jenkins comics, so you'l have to scour back issues sections at comics stores. It shouldn't be too expensive, except for Peter Parker Spider-Man #29, as the cover is in high demand.

    I was a big fan of Jenkins's run on Peter Parker Spider-Man. I didn't care as much for Spec.

    One thing that has been weird to me as a fan is how much it's disappeared from reader discussions. Some of it is among the best Spider-Man comics ever.

    I did recently organize a list of the best Spider-Man stories with other contributors, and one odd thing about Jenkins was that there was no one story that got multiple votes, but several contributors suggested different stories. I really liked "One Small Break" with the introduction of Fusion, while someone else backed Jenkins' last issue, and someone else liked the Morbius single issue story, and someone else liked the one about Uncle Ben and the New York Mets. That shows the guy's range, as different readers have different favorites.
    His Spec run was a huge step down from his PP:SM run. I don't know what happened.

    And yeah, like some other great writers at the time (such as Todd Dezago, who I felt had a similar vibe to Jenkins) he's completely disappeared from the conversation except for us hardcore fans here. Maybe there just weren't a lot of readers on board when he was doing his really great stuff, because that was still during the Mackie relaunch period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HypnoHustler View Post
    His Spec run was a huge step down from his PP:SM run. I don't know what happened.

    And yeah, like some other great writers at the time (such as Todd Dezago, who I felt had a similar vibe to Jenkins) he's completely disappeared from the conversation except for us hardcore fans here. Maybe there just weren't a lot of readers on board when he was doing his really great stuff, because that was still during the Mackie relaunch period.
    Jenkins started during the Mackie period, but most of his work was during the JMS era. I suspect that one problem is that it's been overshadowed by other Spider-Man comics from the time, mainly Amazing Spider-Man and Millar's Marvel Knights Spider-Man.

    The problem with Spec was that Marvel liked the success of Jenkins/ Ramos' Green Goblin story, and wanted to replicate it with other top-tier Spider-Man villains, but these weren't the more personal stories that Jenkins excelled at. It also led to him writing for the trade.

    The first two stories weren't that bad (not great, either). The Lizard follow-up had a fatally flawed twist (Connors was always in control) while the Spider-Queen was sold as a tie-in to Avengers Disassembled, and used as a way to introduce organic webbing to the series.
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    I LOVE "One Small Break". I've read it and re-read it so many times, and I still find something new.

    "A Death in the Family" is also one of my new favorites! I've got the "Best of Spider-Man" oversized hardcovers and have enjoyed reading that story.

    I think the problem with "Spectacular Spider-Man" was that it wasn't nearly as personal. I understand that Jenkins wanted to replicate "A Death in the Family"'s success, but it was never going to work. The Goblin is Spider-Man's personal foe; very few match that.

    On that note, I love "Countdown". It's one of the stories I'm including here.

    Also, Mister Mets, how do I change the thread title?
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    Staying Amazing, Spectacular, Sensational, and Friendly for 56 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    I'm not sending you my Jenkins comics, so you'l have to scour back issues sections at comics stores. It shouldn't be too expensive, except for Peter Parker Spider-Man #29, as the cover is in high demand.

    I was a big fan of Jenkins's run on Peter Parker Spider-Man. I didn't care as much for Spec.

    One thing that has been weird to me as a fan is how much it's disappeared from reader discussions. Some of it is among the best Spider-Man comics ever.

    I did recently organize a list of the best Spider-Man stories with other contributors, and one odd thing about Jenkins was that there was no one story that got multiple votes, but several contributors suggested different stories. I really liked "One Small Break" with the introduction of Fusion, while someone else backed Jenkins' last issue, and someone else liked the Morbius single issue story, and someone else liked the one about Uncle Ben and the New York Mets. That shows the guy's range, as different readers have different favorites.
    It was a great run, but #29 is still a $3-4 bin book. Plenty of cheap copies on FeeBay.

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    I have seen that a upcoming Spider-Man TPB by Paul Jenkins apeared in the hachette page for the upcomings Collected Editions.
    Itīs called Spider-Man: Light in the Darkness TPB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteshark View Post
    I have seen that a upcoming Spider-Man TPB by Paul Jenkins apeared in the hachette page for the upcomings Collected Editions.
    Itīs called Spider-Man: Light in the Darkness TPB.
    You are my hero! I just saw it online!

    Here's the listing guys: https://www.amazon.es/Spider-man-Lig.../dp/130291863X

    It collects PPSM (1999) #20-33, Annual 2000, and ADM (1999) #25.
    When you can do the things I can, but then you don't, and then the bad things happen? They happen because of you. Because I learned an invaluable lesson all those years ago: that with great power, there must also come great responsibility.

    Staying Amazing, Spectacular, Sensational, and Friendly for 56 years!

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