The major interest in this book is as an historical curiosity, the first book in the first series of novelizations for a comic book company. The marketing driven idea did not last long and did not deserve to. With a couple of exceptions, most of the books were written by comic veterans, not actual prose writers, and their inexperience shows. This is nowhere truer than in this, the first of the series and the first ever Spider-Man novelization. Wein and Wolfman find an uneasy balance between giving more background than fans need, thus slowing the story with a lot of unnecessary pages, and filling in readers new to the character on his background and the people in his life, which still slows the story. There is no good solution to this problem so the writers, perhaps, should not be blamed for it, but it is a major narrative problem nevertheless. This is not a great work of literature, or even a mediocre one, but it is a curiosity and one that adaptation scholars will wish to note.
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