Comics : Amazing Spider-Man: Jumbo 96 Page Coloring & Activity Book (Bendon)
This story is part of a Lookback Series: Book of the Month Club
This review was first published on: 9 Jan 2016.
I nearly missed picking up this Jumbo book at my local discount store. It was one of a pair of similar books, and at first glance, the two covers seemed identical to the Amazing Spider-Man: Jumbo 64 Page Coloring & Activity Book (Bendon) books that I already owned.
Fortunately I took a second glance and noticed that these are 96 page versions from 2013, compared to the original 64 page books from 2012. And while one of the pair shares an identical cover with its smaller 2012 predecessor, the second in the pair features new cover art.
This review is for the book with the recyled "Up-Side-Down" cover.
Amazing Spider-Man: Jumbo 96 Page Coloring & Activity Book (Bendon)
Year 2013 : SM Reprint
Reprints: Amazing Spider-Man: Jumbo 64 Page Coloring & Activity Book (Bendon)
Partially Reprints: Amazing Spider-Man: Jumbo 96 Page Coloring & Story Book (Bendon)
See Original Credits, plus...
Unfortunately, the re-cycled cover is not the only re-used material for this book. In fact, the first 60-odd pages are essentially the same material as the previous year's 64-page edition.
Then the last 30-pages reproduce the last couple of adventures (i.e. just the Venom and Spot stories) out of the full five-stories which appear in Amazing Spider-Man: Jumbo 96 Page Coloring & Story Book (Bendon).
What is it with coloring book marketing executives. I can just imagine the conversation:
Creative Team: "Great News! We've just acquired enough new material for a 96-page Jumbo Spider-Man Coloring Book!"
Marketing Executive: "Fantastic! I'll alert distribution that we'll be shipping TWO new 96-page Jumbo Spider-Man Books next month. Well done, team!"
Seriously, guys. If you only have enough material for one new book. JUST PUBLISH ONE NEW BOOK!
I give you... ONE NEW WEB.
The 64-page versions both feature the same ISBN number. The 96-page versions both feature the same UPC code (but do not have an ISBN code).