Saturday, August 27, 2016

Spider-Man the Invincible: A true one-off



Spider-Man the Invincible is a one-shot unnumbered digest-sized Yaffa issue which reprints the previously issued The Amazing Spider-Man #194-195.
Of course, reprinting previous issues – whether as part of a regular series or in new one-shot titles - is part of a well-established pattern by Yaffa in the latter stages of their licence, or even more likely, after the end of their tenure.
What’s curious about this issue is that reprints of The Amazing Spider-Man - or any of the Spider-Man titles, such as Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man or Marvel Team-up – appear to be very thin on the ground, compared to the Yaffa horror titles.
In fact, this is the only one I can recall spotting, and I don’t see any others on James’ site. There is another one-off digest-sized Yaffa issue – What If Spider-Man Joined The Fantastic Four – but I don’t think there is a complementary regular-sized issue. And besides, it’s not a retitled one-off issue.
I imagine there are more. But to this point, this is the only one I know of.
For the record, this issue reprints the main features from the U.S The Amazing Spider-Man #’s 194 and 195, and The Return of the Green Goblin from the U.S The Amazing Spider-Man #17, including a black and white reprinting of the front cover.

Postscript:  I said above re: What If Spider-Man Joined The Fantastic Four "I don’t think there is a complementary regular-sized issue".  I now believe this is indeed a reprint of a previous issue, whether of a digest-size or regular-size issue. TBC.

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