Have you ever wanted to see Spider-Man in his early years and how it all began, well you don't have to spend a fortune on all those old issues. Just pick this collection up and you can see Spidey in his very first apperance as well as some of his ealry and first issues. Great collection of the ealry years, highly recommended.
The collection started in 1987 with volumes reprinting the first issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and The Avengers. Approximately 10 issues are reprinted in each volume, which as of 2008 number over 100 volumes. The line has expanded from such reprints of the 1960s period that fans and historians call the Silver Age of Comic Books to include the 1930s-1940s Golden Age; comics of Marvel's 1950s forerunner, Atlas Comics; and even some reprints from the 1970s period called the Bronze Age of Comic Books.
There is also a black-and-white trade paperback line, Essential Marvel, with approximately 25 comics per volume, and the full-color, oversized, hardcover Omnibus line, each volume of which reprints the equivalent of three to four Masterworks.
Rival DC Comics began publishing its similar DC Archive Editions two years later, though because DC has produced new volumes more consistently, Archives were nearly twice the number of Masterworks but with the near-suspension of the DC program, the gap has been closing fast.