When the Disney buyout of Marvel happened in 2009, I can imagine that things were a bit up-in-the-air for the various license holders – particularly for those who were creating their own stories overseas.
Panini Magazines were among the most affected. At the time of the acquisition, Panini were publishing three different out-of-continuity Marvel magazines from their UK office.
That last title was terminated with issue #66 in 2011, but we pick it up again here with issue #1 when it was reborn in 2013 as "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends".
The story in this magazine is a greatly simplified retelling of Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #6 in 18 panels (or 8 pages).
This is how the original story also ended – with Jonah tearing up the photos after Peter explains that he "brought [the photo] from an old Indian guide [he] met at the edge of the Everglades".
However, this retelling lacks that "bought it from an old Indian" detail, which makes the conclusion seem far less convincing.
The remainder of the 32 pages includes filler material such as fact-files, coloring pages, and puzzles including mazes. There's a "fan art" page (which becomes a letters page in later issues), and a center-fold poster.
To quote from Prime of Miss Jean Brodie:
"For those who like that sort of thing," said Miss Brodie in her best Edinburgh voice, "That is the sort of thing they like."
This magazine is for independent readers aged perhaps 6-8 years old. It's bright and colorful, and provides a pre-masticated retelling of a classic story.
Can I say "masticated" in a kids-rated review?