|The Astonishing Spider-Man|
The Astonishing Spider-Man volume 3 #1, published by Panini Comics in 2009
|Publication date||Volume 1: November 1995 - April 2007
Volume 2: April 2007 – December 2009
Volume 3: December 2009 - September 2013
Volume 4: October 2013 - January 2015
Volume 5: January 2015 - Present
The Astonishing Spider-Man is a comic book series being published by Panini Comics in the United Kingdom every fortnight as part of Marvel UK's 'Collectors Edition' line. It reprints selected Spider-Man stories and material from the American comic books.
Astonishing Spider-Man began in November 1995 after Panini Comics obtained Marvel UK's licence to reprint Marvel US's comics internationally. 150 issues were printed before it was re-launched in 2007 to mark its change from a 4-weekly publishing schedule to a 2-weekly one. Volume 2 went on for another two years before it was re-launched again in December 2009 to mark the start of the "Brand New Day" storyline. Volume 4 launched in October 2013 as the Superior Spider-Man run of stories begins in the title. Volume 5 is currently running.
The current format is 76 pages, with three stories being printed every issue. Whilst it usually prints more modern story lines, ‘classic tales’ are also used as back-up strips. The front of the comic contains a message from the editor as well as a ‘Story so far’ section so the reader can catch up with anything they may have missed. At the back of the comic is a letter’s page (titled ‘The Web’) whereby readers can write in and give their views and opinions on the stories. The Web also used to print short comic strips called ‘Mini-Marvels’ (initially reprints of Chris Giarrusso's & Lew Stringer’s work), though it no longer does. A subscription is also available, for a cheaper price.