Comics : Spider-Man Amazing Adventures: Ultimate Sticker Book (DK)

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This review was first published on: Jul 2012.

Background...

This is another sticker book from DK Publishing, in the same style as the earlier Spider-Man: Ultimate Sticker Book (DK) and Spider-Sense Spider-Man Ultimate Sticker Collection (DK). It shares the same format being 8.5" x 11", glossy cardboard square-bound cover.

In Detail...

Spider-Man Amazing Adventures: Ultimate Sticker Book (DK)
May 2012 : SM Title
Find ISBN 9781405394536
Publisher:  DK Publishing, Inc.
Writer/Editor:  Julia March
Cover Design:  Jon Hall
Designer:  Sandra Perry
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 Reprinted In: Spider-Man: Ultimate Sticker Collection (DK)

Inside is 15 pages of character facts, with two pages each for Peter Parker, Green Goblin, Doc Ock,Venom, Carnage, and single pages for Sandman, Rhino, Vulture, Lizard, and various other "Vile Villains".

Each page features a half-dozen "factoid" sentences. Here's a few examples from Peter Parker's pages:

"Spider-Bite": At a science lecture, Peter was bitten by a radioactive spider. Something in the bite gave him new, spider-like powers.

"Super Spider-Man": Peter decided to use his skills only to fight evil. From then on, he was no longer Spider-Man the wrestler. He was Spider-Man the Super Hero!

You get the idea, I'm sure. Next to each factoid is a blank space where one of the stickers from the second half of the book should be placed.

The second half of the book consists of eight sheets of stickers. Many of the stickers are specifically tied to the earlier section of the book. But there's a lot of general purpose stickers as well.

In fact, there's more than 250 stickers altogether according to the front of the book. I didn't count them, but I'm prepared to believe it. However, I feel obliged to point out that there are still only eight pages of stickers, so in order to get to the count up to 250, there's a big block of quite small stickers to help bump up the numbers!

In General...

As with all of the earlier DK Sticker books, production quality is high. These guys are utterly professional in their approach. They produce equivalent sticker books for a hundred other intellectual properties ranging from Star Wars to Bugs Bunny, and they know their stuff pretty well.

The art work is recycled from a number of other sources. I didn't see any obviously original graphics content at all. However it includes uniformly high-quality reproduction and the various compiled content has been well color-matched to produce a consistent and attractive ensemble.

This book sells for £4.99 in the UK, for about US$5 in the U.S.A., and anywhere from $10 to $12 in Australia. If you're buying the in U.S. then that's pretty damn good value. In Australia, it's fairly ordinary value.

Overall Rating...

This is just another rehash of a well-worn formula. But it's a pretty good formula, and if you're a U.S. shopper then you're getting excellent value for money.

I'm happy to give this one an above-average three-and-a-half webs.

Footnote...

The exact same format is used for sister book Spider-Man World of the Web-Slinger: Ultimate Sticker Book (DK) which was produced at the same time, with different but similar content.