Would U Buy It #33: "What If? Spider-Man, Vol. 1-3"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's three of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Spider-Man, Vol. 1, ...Vol. 2 & ...Vol. 3.
Alternate Title:Spider-Man: What If?, Vol. 1, ...Vol. 2 & ...Vol. 3.
Vol. 1 Collecting 10 Issues:What If (1977) #1, 7, 19, 24, 30, 46; What If (1989) #4, 17, 20, 21.
Vol. 2 Collecting 10 Issues:What If (1989) #31, 35, 42, 53, 58, 61, 72, 76, 82, 86.
Vol. 3 Collecting 10 Issues:
Volume 1 Covers: (click to enlarge)
Volume 2 Covers: (click to enlarge)
Volume 3Covers: (click to enlarge)
Vol 1 TPB Cover: What If (1977) #30
Vol 2 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #42
Vol 3 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #99

Marvel has devoted just as many What If? stories to your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man as they have to the X-Men. Although Spidey's lagging way behind the merry mutants when you add in the Phoenix & Wolverine issues of What If? (see What If? X-Men, Vol. 1-3, What If? Phoenix and What If? Wolverine, Vol. 1-2, for a better idea of what I'm talking about). These three volumes would be great, because they span all the way from the first issue of the 1977 What If? series, to the fairly recent Spider-Man: House of M storyline.

For the covers, I wanted to go with something that showed the familiar Spidey costume, as much as possible. So for Volume 1, I'd go with What If (1977) #30, although the Showman Spidey on #19 is really tempting (if not for the guy in the purple plaid jacket). For Volume 2, the six-armed Spidey on What If (1989) #42. For Volume 3, I'd go with the red haired Spidey with Black Cat, on What If (1989) #99.

Update:

11/8/12: I added in two 2011 What If? one-shots: What If? Spider-Man (!!!) and Venom/ Deadpool: What If?. This let me move What If? (1989) #86 to Volume 2, and make each volume 10 issues long, instead of 10, 9 & 9. The Venom/ Deadpool issue is a collected one-shot of the four-part back-up from these issues: What If? Iron Man: Demon In An Armor, What If? Wolverine: Father, What If? Spider-Man and What If? Dark Reign.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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#1 Posted by Superguy0009e (2265 posts) - - Show Bio

yes i would

#2 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

I wouldn't only because I tend to stay away from elseworld stories. 
 
But any Spider-Fan would appreciate it :)

#3 Posted by ngroove (321 posts) - - Show Bio

Few of them are OK, otherwise, I've read / read about / others that just seem too fannish.
#4 Posted by turoksonofstone (13199 posts) - - Show Bio

I would buy it the Vol.1 stories are classics

#5 Posted by cbishop (7207 posts) - - Show Bio

ngroove: I agree about some of the later What If's - I think they got to be glorified fanfics, but a majority of modern readers seem to want to read that. I *love* What If's, Elseworlds, "imaginary stories," and any other type of out-of-continuity "had it happened this way" story, so I'll pretty much read them all, but I do think that many of the earlier stories were much more well crafted. Marvel, especially when they got to their What If one-shots, just seemed to go for "what if this story had the opposite ending from what we originally published?" If you can make a great story out of that, awesome (Phoenix: the Untold Story is a good example of that), but if not, then just leave it alone.

#6 Posted by mewmdude77 (993 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes

#7 Posted by cbishop (7207 posts) - - Show Bio

@mewmdude77: @turoksonofstone: @superguy0009e: Hey guys, sorry I never got back to you on these- I try to answer everybody. I just noticed your comments when I was fixing this one. Thanks very much for checking out my blog! :)

#8 Posted by Magnetic_Eye (172 posts) - - Show Bio

I would definitely buy it. They're great alternate stories. In fact, back in the day I purchased all of Vol 1 and most of Vol 2. Someday I may look at getting Vol 3. :-)

#9 Posted by cbishop (7207 posts) - - Show Bio

@magnetic_eye: I was around then, but I didn't buy a lot of the What If's off of the stand. I have a bunch now, but my collection is incomplete. I haven't wanted to buy their What If Classic trades, because I was on a roll buying the single issues when the trades started coming out. They are great stories though. I want to finish my single issue collection, so I can see all of the backup material too. I know there was an Eternals run somewhere in the backups. :)

#10 Posted by Magnetic_Eye (172 posts) - - Show Bio

@cbishop said:

@magnetic_eye: I was around then, but I didn't buy a lot of the What If's off of the stand. I have a bunch now, but my collection is incomplete. I haven't wanted to buy their What If Classic trades, because I was on a roll buying the single issues when the trades started coming out. They are great stories though. I want to finish my single issue collection, so I can see all of the backup material too. I know there was an Eternals run somewhere in the backups. :)

Yeah!.......I remember the Eternals. I think there were only around 20 issues in that first volume. I never got around to buying that series so I don't know how good it was and whether it's worth picking up. I know that Jack Kirby was involved so it can't be all that bad. I would probably buy it just for the art. That's one of the things I'm enjoying more now is checking out titles I missed out on. I'm finding some great back issues on mycomicshop.com and NewKadia.com at really good prices.

#11 Posted by cbishop (7207 posts) - - Show Bio

@magnetic_eye: I still like to dig through the back issue bins at my LCS. But I'm talking about some Eternals backup features in What If. I don't know how many issues they appeared in, but I know there were several- I remember reading them as a kid. I just thought the Uni-Mind was cool. :)

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