Get Started In SPIDER-MAN (PETER PARKER)

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by snowbi-wan, updated Aug 2019

Spider-Man is Marvel's flagship character (and company mascot) and appears in multiple series each month...as either a headliner or a guest. Bitten by a 'radioactive' spider, Peter Parker gained the proportional abilites of a spider. At first, only out to make a buck with his newfound powers, Peter failed to stop a burgler who later killed Peter's uncle Ben--the harsh life lesson being: with great power, comes great responsibility. Tested time and again to their physical and emotional limits, both Spider-Man and Peter Parker struggle with life's hurdles. Peter Parker is the classic alter-ego of Spider-Man, but in the modern Marvel pantheon, there are a multitude of incarnations from alternate universes and timelines. This guide focuses only on the main Peter Parker that traces back to 1963.

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Current Series

Current Series cover for SPIDER-MAN (PETER PARKER)

This is a curated list of the current series to help you get started with Spider-Man (Peter Parker) comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is the flagship Spider-Man title. A second ongoing flagship title began in January 2019 called FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019]. Historically, Spider-Man's popularity has enabled him to carry multiple monthly ongoing titles, so the list below can be lengthy. Use the descriptions below to learn more about the plethora of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) material available.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
MARVELOngoingAMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018](legacy flagship title)
MARVELOngoingFRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019](a second flagship title)
IDWOngoingMARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN [2018](all-ages ongoing title)
MARVELOngoing - EndingSPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL [2016](team-up series)
MARVELLimited (6)MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR [2019](video game tie-in)
MARVELLimited (6)SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY [2019](mini-series explores six decades of Spider-Man's life against real-world events with no comic book timeslip)
MARVELLimited (5)SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN [2019](Spider-Man tale from the 'black costume' time before 'Venom')
MARVELLimited (5)SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY [2019](video game tie-in)
MARVELLimited (5)SPIDER-MAN [2019](written by J.J. Abrams and his son)
MARVELLimited (4)SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE [2020]
IDWOne-ShotMARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: SPIDER-MAN TWO-IN-ONE [2019](reprints classic Marvel material)
MARVELOne-ShotMARVEL TALES: SPIDER-MAN [2019](reprints select classic Spider-Man stories)
MARVELOne-ShotSPIDER-MAN: REPTILIAN RAGE [2019]
MARVELOne-ShotAMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM 3D [2019](reprints AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #300 in 3D)
MARVELOne-ShotSENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN: SELF-IMPROVEMENT [2019]
MARVELOne-ShotAMAZING SPIDER-MAN: GOING BIG [2019](a retro-tale from Erik Larsen's 90s run)
MARVELOne-ShotAMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FULL CIRCLE [2019]

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Spider-Man. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Spider-Man.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20.HUQuick ViewMay 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #20.HU   (HUNTED tie-in)IN STOCK$3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21Quick ViewMay 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #21   (HUNTED conclusion)IN STOCK$3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22Quick ViewMay 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #22   (HUNTED aftermath)IN STOCK$3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23Quick ViewJun 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #23   (HUNTED aftermath)IN STOCK$3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24Quick ViewJun 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #24   IN STOCK$3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25Quick ViewJul 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #25   IN STOCK$7.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26
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Jul 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #26   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27Quick ViewAug 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #27   IN STOCK$3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28Quick ViewAug 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #28   IN STOCK$3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29
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Sep 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #29   PRE-SALE$3.99
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30
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Sep 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #30   (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE tie-in)PRE-SALE$3.99
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31
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Oct 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #31   (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE tie-in)PRE-SALE$3.99
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #32
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Oct 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #32   PRE-SALE$3.99
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33
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Nov 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #33   (2099 tie-in)PRE-ORDER$3.99
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34
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Nov 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2018] #34   (2099 tie-in)PRE-ORDER$3.99
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FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6
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May 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #6   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #7
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Jun 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #7   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #8
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Jun 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #8   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #9
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Jul 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #9   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #10
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Aug 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #10   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #11
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Aug 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #11   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #12
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Sep 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #12   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #13
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Oct 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #13   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #14
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Nov 2019FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #14   PRE-ORDER$3.99
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MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN #7
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Jun 2019MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN [2018] #7 OSSIO CVR A  UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN #8
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Jul 2019MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN [2018] #8   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN #9
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Aug 2019MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN [2018] #9   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN #10
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Sep 2019MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN [2018] #10   (start of a story arc)UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN #11
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Oct 2019MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN [2018] #11   (start of a story arc)UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN #12
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Nov 2019MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN [2018] #12   PRE-ORDER$3.99
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SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #50
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May 2019SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL [2016] #50   (series end)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
      
SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #3
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May 2019SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY [2019] #3   (Part 3 of 6)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #4
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Jun 2019SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY [2019] #4   (Part 4 of 6)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #5
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Jul 2019SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY [2019] #5   (Part 5 of 6)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #6
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Aug 2019SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY [2019] #6   (Part 6 of 6 (mini-series end))UNAVAILABLE$3.24
      
MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #3
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May 2019MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR [2019] #3   (Part 3 of 6)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #4
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Jun 2019MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR [2019] #4   (Part 4 of 6)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #5
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Jul 2019MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR [2019] #5   (Part 5 of 6)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #6
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Aug 2019MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR [2019] #6   (Part 6 of 6 (mini-series end))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
      
SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #2
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May 2019SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN [2019] #2   (Part 2 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #3
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Jun 2019SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN [2019] #3   (Part 3 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #4
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Jul 2019SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN [2019] #4   (Part 4 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #5
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Aug 2019SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN [2019] #5   (Part 5 of 5 (mini-series end))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
      
SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY #1
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Aug 2019SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY [2019] #1   (Part 1 of 5 (mini-series beginning))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY #2
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Sep 2019SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY [2019] #2   (Part 2 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY #3
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Oct 2019SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY [2019] #3   (Part 3 of 5)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY #4
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Nov 2019SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY [2019] #4   (Part 4 of 5)PRE-ORDER$3.99
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SPIDER-MAN #1
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Sep 2019SPIDER-MAN [2019] #1   (Part 1 of 5 (mini-series beginning))PRE-SALE$4.99
$4.24
SPIDER-MAN #2
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Oct 2019SPIDER-MAN [2019] #2   (Part 2 of 5)PRE-SALE$3.99
$3.39
SPIDER-MAN #3
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Nov 2019SPIDER-MAN [2019] #3   (Part 3 of 5)PRE-ORDER$3.99
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SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE #1
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Nov 2019SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE [2020] #1   (Part 1 of 4 (mini-series beginning))PRE-ORDER$3.99
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MARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: SPIDER-MAN TWO-IN-ONE
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May 2019MARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: SPIDER-MAN TWO-IN-ONE [2019]   (one-shot?)UNAVAILABLE$4.24
      
MARVEL TALES: SPIDER-MAN #1
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Jun 2019MARVEL TALES: SPIDER-MAN [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$5.19
      
SPIDER-MAN: REPTILIAN RAGE #1
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Jun 2019SPIDER-MAN: REPTILIAN RAGE [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
      
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM 3D #1
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Aug 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM 3D [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$5.19
      
SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN: SELF-IMPROVEMENT #1
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Aug 2019SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN: SELF-IMPROVEMENT [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
      
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: GOING BIG #1
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Sep 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: GOING BIG [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
      
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FULL CIRCLE #1
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Oct 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FULL CIRCLE [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$6.49

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Spider-Man (Peter Parker). The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

There is actually a massive amount of Spider-Man material still in print, so here we present only some of the most recent stuff beginning with Marvel's Epic Collection reprints then the latest series of ongoing compilations. (The Epic Collection is not being published in numerical order, so there may well be gaps between volumes that are not yet available.)

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 01: GREAT POWERQuick ViewSep 2014AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 01: GREAT POWER
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DECADES: MARVEL IN THE '60S--SPIDER-MAN MEETS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE Quick ViewMar 2019DECADES: MARVEL IN THE '60S--SPIDER-MAN MEETS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE [2019-TPB]
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 02: GREAT RESPONSIBILITYQuick ViewDec 2016AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 02: GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 03: SPIDER-MAN NO MOREQuick ViewMay 2018AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 03: SPIDER-MAN NO MORE
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 04: THE GOBLIN LIVESQuick ViewJun 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 04: THE GOBLIN LIVES
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 07: THE GOBLIN'S LAST STANDQuick ViewMay 2017AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 07: THE GOBLIN'S LAST STAND
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 15: GHOSTS OF THE PASTQuick ViewMay 2014AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 15: GHOSTS OF THE PAST
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 17: KRAVEN'S LAST HUNTQuick ViewJun 2017AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 17: KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 18: VENOMQuick ViewAug 2018AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 18: VENOM
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 19: ASSASSIN NATIONQuick ViewMay 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 19: ASSASSIN NATION
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 20: COSMIC ADVENTURESQuick ViewNov 2013AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 20: COSMIC ADVENTURES
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 21: RETURN OF THE SINISTER SIXQuick ViewFeb 2016AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 21: RETURN OF THE SINISTER SIX
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION VOL 22: ROUND ROBINQuick ViewMar 2015AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION [2013-TPB] VOL 22: ROUND ROBIN
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SPIDER-MAN: NEW WAYS TO LIVE Quick ViewMar 2019SPIDER-MAN: NEW WAYS TO LIVE [2019-TPB]
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SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET--THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 01Quick ViewJun 2019SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET--THE COMPLETE COLLECTION [2019-TPB] VOL 01
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SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 01Quick ViewApr 2018SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 01
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SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 02Quick ViewAug 2018SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 02
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 01Quick ViewApr 2016AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 01
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 02Quick ViewJul 2016AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 02
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 03Quick ViewNov 2016AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 03
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 04Quick ViewJan 2017AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 04
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE CLONE CONSPIRACY Quick ViewDec 2017AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE CLONE CONSPIRACY [2018-TPB]
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 05Quick ViewMay 2017AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 05
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 06Quick ViewJul 2017AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 06
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 07Quick ViewJan 2018AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 07
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. Quick ViewMay 2018AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. [2018-TPB]
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 08Quick ViewJun 2018AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 08
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RED GOBLIN Quick ViewOct 2019AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RED GOBLIN [2019-TPB]
  
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE VOL 09Quick ViewDec 2018AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE [2016-TPB] VOL 09
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PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL 01: INTO THE TWILIGHTQuick ViewDec 2017PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [2017-TPB] VOL 01: INTO THE TWILIGHT
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PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN VOL 02: MOST WANTEDQuick ViewApr 2018PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [2017-TPB] VOL 02: MOST WANTED
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1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Spider-Man, if it's within your budget.

  • AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15  (1st appearances of Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Flash Thompson)

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. Spider-Man's origin has been retold and expanded many times. As a major cultural icon, it has shifted, evolved and been elaborated over time. The further the present day gets from 1963, the more outdated Spider-Man's classic era origin feels, inviting contemporary modification. The classic origin and earliest issues from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko stand solid in their simplicity, but that hasn't stopped subsequent creators from writing in and among those classic issues with added story, some of which actually changes the context of the classic material. Adding another level of complexity, Spider-Man--and the entire Marvel Universe, in general--employs a floating timeline, meaning characters age little or not at all in real time. Events from a character's past are alluded to but can be changed from having taken place years ago to having happened more recently, disregarding actual dates. (Excluded from the list below is THE CLONE SAGA, which ran from 1994-1996 in over 75 issues of different Spider-Man titles. Although it unnervingly cast multiple basic aspects of Peter's life in question, everything turned out to be a lie and was summarily undone. The recent CLONE CONSPIRACY event storyline attempts to bring some of this material back into accepted continuity.)

  • AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15   (origin)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #1   (origin retold)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL [1964] #1   (origin retold)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL [1964] #5   (new facts about Peter's parents revealed)
  • SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [1976] #1   (origin recap in text)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #181   (origin retold)
  • SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [1976] #60   (origin retold with new facts revealed)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #248   (Spider-Man tells his origin to a terminally ill kid)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: PARALLEL LIVES [1989-GN]    (graphic novel by Gerry Conway plays fast-and-loose with key elements of origin)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL [1976] #23   (MY SCIENCE PROJECT, 11-page origin retold)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL [1976] #25   (3-page origin recap)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #350   (origin retold)
  • UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN [1995] #1-26   (overlays in and among classic era by Kurt Busiek, filling gaps, eliminating inconsistencies)
  • AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #16-18   (in 1995, Kurt Busiek also added stories taking place before AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #1)
  • SPIDER-MAN SAGA [1991] #1   (pictoral history of origin and early years)
  • SPIDER-MAN: CHAPTER ONE [1998] #0-12   (origin retold, updated by John Byrne for modern audiences, but generally disregarded as non-canon)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1998] #30-32   (contemporary storyline from J. Michael Straczynski adds new layer to Spider-Man's origin, lays the foundation for the Spider-Verse)
  • SPIDER-MAN: BLUE [2002] #1-6   (origin reinterpreted by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale with added context and new insights)
  • TROUBLE [2003] #1-5   (origin of the Parker family before Peter from Mark Millar and Terry Dodson but disregarded as it casts doubts on Peter's true parentage)
  • SPIDER-MAN COLLECTIBLE SERIES [2006] #1   (reprint of AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15)
  • SPIDER-MAN: WITH GREAT POWER... [2008] #1-5   (inserted material into classic origin by David Lapham)
  • MYTHOS: SPIDER-MAN [2007] #1   (origin retold to bridge gap between comics and a recent crop of movies)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2014] #1.1-1.5   (overlays in and among classic era by Dan Slott, filling gaps, eliminating inconsistencies)
  • SPIDER-MAN: SEASON ONE [2012-HC]    (hardcover graphic novel reinterprets origin)
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: AMAZING FANTASY STARRING SPIDER-MAN [2017] #1   (reprint of AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2017] #789   (contains 3-page MARVEL PRIMER PAGES summarizing the character's world)
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [2018] #297   (contains 3-page MARVEL PRIMER PAGES summarizing the character's world)

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Spider-Man (Peter Parker) comic books. Spider-Man (Peter Parker) has a long, nearly continuous publication history since 1963 with several numbering restarts, a return to its original series numbering twice now, and a couple stand-in series. The following list summarizes only the main flagship title. See the secondary publication history for additional Spider-Man series.

Secondary Publication History

If you've already enjoyed some of the series listed in the Main Publication History above, series from this secondary publication list are very good places to further your exploration. The popularity of Spider-Man has allowed Marvel to feature him in multiple series simultaneously throughout the years. In addition to the main flagship title, Spider-Man has appeared in many other lengthy series. During the mid-90's, Marvel published four Spider-Man series per month, roughly one every week. For the most part, the ongoing stories in these series were treated as one weekly series. Peter Parker has also been a member of the Avengers, as well as the Fantastic Four at one point. Beyond this (and too exhaustive to include here), Spider-Man has had countless mini-series, cross-overs, graphic novels, and one-shots.

  • MARVEL TEAM-UP [1972] #1-150   (long-running Spider-Man team-up series)
  • GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN [1974] #1-6   (series of specials from 1974-75)
  • SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [1976] #1-263   (long-running (22 years!) secondary monthly ongoing Spider-Man series)
  • WEB OF SPIDER-MAN [1985] #1-129   (long-running (10 years!) secondary monthly ongoing Spider-Man series)
  • SPIDER-MAN [1990] #1-98   (Todd McFarlane's 'adjectiveless' spin-off monthly ongoing series)
  • SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED [1993] #1-22   (double-sized quarterly)
  • UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN [1995] #-1, 1-25   (series set in Spider-Man's classic past, filling in gaps and considered in-continuity)
  • SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP [1995] #1-7   (quarterly; continued in MARVEL TEAM-UP [1997])
  • SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN [1996] #0-33   (ongoing secondary series replaced WEB OF SPIDER-MAN [1985])
  • MARVEL TEAM-UP [1997] #1-11   (short-lived continuation of SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP [1995])
  • PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN [1999] #1-57   
  • WEBSPINNERS: TALES OF SPIDER-MAN [1999] #1-18   
  • SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED [1999] #1-9   
  • SPIDER-MAN'S TANGLED WEB [2001] #1-22   
  • SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [2003] #1-27   
  • SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED [2004] #1-15   
  • MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN [2004] #1-22   
  • MARVEL TEAM-UP [2005] #1-25   
  • NEW AVENGERS [2005] #1-64   
  • FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2005] #1-24   
  • SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN [2006] #23-41   
  • SPIDER-MAN FAMILY [2007] #1-9   
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FAMILY [2008] #1-8   
  • WEB OF SPIDER-MAN [2009] #1-12   
  • PETER PARKER [2010] #1-5   
  • AVENGERS [2010] #1-19   
  • NEW AVENGERS [2010] #1-32   
  • FF [2011] #1-22   
  • FANTASTIC FOUR [2012] #600-611   
  • AVENGING SPIDER-MAN [2011] #1-22   
  • AVENGERS [2013] #1-26   
  • SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP [2013] #1-12   
  • SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN [2013] #1-17   
  • MIGHTY AVENGERS [2013] #1-5   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS [2015] #1-9   
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [2017] #1-6   
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [2018] #297-313   (return to legacy numbering)
  • MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN [2018] #1-   
  • FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN [2019] #1-   

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for Spider-Man, any one of which can be a good place to get started.

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1963AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15   (1st appearance and origin)
1965AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #31-33   (IF THIS BE MY DESTINY, introduces many iconic elements of the Spider-Man milieu)
1967AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #53-56, 88-90, 130-131   (Doc Octopus establishes himself as an archenemy)
1973AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #121-122   (THE NIGHT GWEN STACY DIED, deaths of Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin)
1987AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL [1964] #21   (marriage of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson)
1987KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT cross-over event   (J. M. DeMatteis' quintessential Kraven story)
1988AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #299-300   (VENOM, introduces Venom (Eddie Brock))
2001AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1998] #30-32   (COMING HOME, lays the foundation for the Spider-Verse)
2005THE OTHER cross-over event   (temporarily metamorphosizes radical new powers)
2007ONE MORE DAY cross-over event   (complete reset on Spider-Man's status quo)
2010AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2003] #623-633   (SHED, revamps the Lizard in a frightening way)
2018AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2017] #794-800   (THREAT LEVEL: RED/GO DOWN SWINGING, Dan Slot's final arcs of a record-long writing stint; introduction of the Red Goblin)

Media Source Material

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Spider-Man, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. Spider-Man is Marvel's flagship character and has appeared in countless forms of media, including animated and live-action television series, syndicated newspaper comic strips, and multiple film series. This section concentrates only on theatrical movie releases. WARNING: This section may contain spoilers!

The Sam Raimi/Toby Maguire Trilogy

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The 2002-2007 film series, SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN 2, and SPIDER-MAN 3, was directed by Sam Raimi and starred Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. Raimi's trilogy leans heavily on visuals from the comic source material, with some scenes recreating panels directly from comic book pages. The origin portrayed in SPIDER-MAN was faithful to the classic origin and pulled from various classic era comics. However, characters such as Harry Osborn and Mary Jane Watson played a much earlier part, and Gwen Stacy was notably absent. Additionally, instead of radioactive, the spider that bit Peter was genetically engineered, a modern term not in general use when Stan Lee penned AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15 in 1963. The main villain was the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) with the climactic end seeing his demise, similar to the storyline from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #121-122. A notable difference in Spider-Man's powers in these films is his organic webbing. The classic origin has always had Peter develop mechanical web shooters with liquid webbing cartridges. THE OTHER storyline (see Selected Key Storylines above) in the comic books sees Spider-Man develop this organic webbing power as well, but they have since been lost without explanation. The main inspiration for SPIDER-MAN 2 was SPIDER-MAN NO MORE from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #50, with the 'quitting' scene pulled right out of that comic book. The main villain was Doctor Octopus, however his origin was modernized for the movie, while keeping much of his attributes. The climactic battle of this second film had a scene pulled from a panel in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #33, where Spider-Man is trapped under heavy machinery and he musters enough strength to free himself by sheer force of will to save a loved one. SPIDER-MAN 3 introduced the Sandman and Venom and concluded the Green Goblin (Harry Osborn) plot thread. A villainous Sandman was introduced in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #4 with an origin mirroring what was seen in the film, and while his moral ambiguity was hinted in MARVEL TEAM-UP [1972] #1, it wouldn't be for another decade in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE [1974] #86 that the Sandman would begin transforming into an eventual ally of Spider-Man. Venom's (Eddie Brock) origin was faithful to the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #299-300 VENOM storyline, with the exception of the source of the symbiote. In the comics, Spider-Man joins with the symbiote during the cosmic crossover series, MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS [1984]. The film has the symbiote arrive via a meteorite and find Spider-Man coincidentally.

The Marc Webb/Andrew Garfield Series

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The 2012-2014 film series, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, was directed by Marc Webb and starred Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. The origin portrayed in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN also portrayed the classic era spider bite, but, in contrast to Raimi's trilogy, delayed the introduction of Mary Jane Watson in favor of Gwen Stacy as Peter's love interest. However, Peter's parents, Richard and Mary Parker, have a huge role in Spider-Man's origin, more akin to Ultimate Spider-Man's (Peter Parker) origin. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL [1964] #5 added details about Peter's parents in the classic era, but them being biologists/geneticists and the key to Spider-Man's powers was a new twist. The main villain was the Lizard, channeling the SHED storyline from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2004] #623-633. Mention of Norman Osborn stayed in the background. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, the main villain was Electro, although we were introduced on the side to a scheming Harry Osborn on the verge of taking the Goblin serum his father had developed. While the details of Electro's origin were altered slightly in almost every way, the overall gist was that of his comic book origin from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #9.

The Sony/MCU Era

In 2016, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR introduced Spider-Man, portrayed by Tom Holland, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). There was minimal origin material portrayed in the film, but a heavy influence from early classic material was hinted through Peter's young age and inexperience. Upon his introduction, Peter's spider-suit was still a homemade prototype that Tony Stark replaced with a more technologically advanced one for the remainder of the film. Aunt May seemed a bit young in this film compared to what we've been accustomed to, so there could be some tinkering with the Parkers' origins or potentially just a more realistic age for an aunt, given Peter's young age. A follow-up feature movie, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, was released in Jun 2017.

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING was released in 2017, directed by Jon Watts and again staring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This movie eschews Spider-Man's actual origin event (the spider bite) and instead focuses on Spider-Man's previously skipped-over (in film) teenage years as a budding crime fighter. This period predates the Daily Bugle and any serious romantic struggles, both of which have been well tread in earlier movie interpretations. And even without any hint of the Osborn family, there is still a massive amount of untapped comic book source material in this film. The film opens with Adrian Toomes and his salvage crew being kicked off the Chitauri incident clean-up by Damage Control. Damage Control is an actual comic book organization with their first appearance in MARVEL AGE ANNUAL [1985] #4. Initially pitched by its creators as a 'sitcom within the Marvel Universe,' Damage Control has had several stories here-and-there, as well as a few self-titled mini-series. Nearly all their appearances are cameos or casual mentions. In the movie, Damage Control is a joint venture between Tony Stark and the U.S. Government, and they come off as official and serious. In the comics, the company was a joint venture between Tony Stark and Wilson Fisk (The Kingpin), and their situations are more tongue-in-cheek. Adrian Toomes himself is the Vulture, one of Spider-Man's earliest rogues. His first comic book appearance was AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #2, and he would go on to have several other villainous identities beside the Vulture. Toomes' crew is a concentrated goldmine of disparate Spider-Man villains. In the movie, Jackson Bice was the first character with the 'Shocker' gauntlets. In the comics, Bice was known as 'Montana,' and his first appearance was AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #10. In the movie, another of Toomes' crew, Herman Schultz, inherits the gauntlets and becomes the villain, the 'Shocker.' Schultz was the original comic book Shocker, and his first appearance was AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #46. In the movie, Toomes' gadget inventor is Phineas Mason (the Tinkerer), and his first comic book appearance was AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #2. In the comics, the Tinkerer has been the source of many villains' super-powered costumes/weapons. In the movie, the gang's first buyer was a man named Aaron Davis with some interesting related source material. In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Davis is the 'Prowler' and the uncle of the teenage Miles Morales. Miles Morales--you may know--becomes the second incarnation of Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe after that universe's version of Peter Parker dies. Davis himself is instrumental in Miles Morales' origin, having stolen the spider from Oscorp that ultimately bites Miles. When, in the movie, Davis actually mentions his unnamed nephew, audiences inched one step closer to getting a second cinematic Spider-Man. Comic book Miles is currently inhabiting the Marvel Universe proper along with Peter Parker. Davis' first comic book appearance is ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN [2011] #1. Another of the gang's buyers is Max Gargan. Gargan's first comic book appearance was AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #19. He appeared as another of Spider-Man's early rogues, the Scorpion, in the very next issue, #20. Another interesting twist of source material is Toomes' movie wife, Doris, and his movie daughter, Liz. In the comics, Liz Allan's first appearance was AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15--the same issue that introduced Peter Parker--but she was just another high school student and disappeared from Spider-Man stories as soon as Peter graduated from high school. She was brought back years later, as having been the stepsister of the villain, Molten Man. Combining the two comic book characters, Doris Raxton and Cheryl Toomes (Adrian's wife), Liz's movie mother can now add even more future story complications for Peter Parker. In the movie, Peter's best friend, Ned, discovers his secret identity. Although the character has no last name in the movie, the writers possibly used the comic book character, Ned Leeds, as a basis. Ned Leeds' first comic book appearance was AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #18, and he would become the third character to assume the Hobgoblin identity. There's no reason to believe this will be the movie Ned's ultimate fate, but it could be interesting story groundwork. Eugene 'Flash' Thompson is another of Peter's classmates. A more modern-day emotional bully in the movie, Flash's first appearance in comics as a more traditional 'physical' bully was also AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15. Another of Peter's classmates, Michelle 'MJ' Jones, is a new character not seen in the comic books, but, for sure, is an echo of Mary Jane 'MJ' Watson. Watson was around in the early comic stories, but not a romantic interest until much later in Peter's timeline. Jones' character displays that same kind of early interaction with Peter. The faculty at Parker's high school is also a goldmine of classic Spider-Man tale namedropping, but--at this point--likely only of interest to fans of every single Easter egg. Finally, an homage to a classic Spider-Man scene is worth mentioning. The movie scene where Spider-Man is trapped under the building that the Vulture collapses on him is an iconic Spider-Man situation. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #33, Spider-Man is similarly trapped under rubble with water running down over him and must muster every ounce of strength and fortitude to keep going. This trapped-under-rubble scene has been revisited several times throughout Spider-Man's publishing history because this is one of the most essential aspects of the modern Spider-Man mythos...finding the strength from within.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Spider-Man, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags.

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  • AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15   (1st appearances of Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Flash Thompson)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #1   (1st appearances of J. Jonah Jameson, Chameleon)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #2   (1st appearance of Vulture)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #3   (1st appearance of Doc Octopus)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #4   (1st appearance of Sandman)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #6   (1st appearance of Lizard)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #9   (1st appearance of Electro)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #13   (1st appearance of Mysterio)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #14   (1st appearance of Green Goblin (Norman Osborn))
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #15   (1st appearance of Kraven the Hunter, 1st mention of Mary Jane Watson)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL [1964] #1   (1st appearance of Sinister Six)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #20   (1st appearance of Scorpion)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #25   (1st brief appearance of Mary Jane Watson)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #31   (1st appearances of Harry Osborn, Gwen Stacy)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #41   (1st appearance of Rhino)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #47   (1st date between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #50   (1st appearance of Kingpin)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #101   (1st appearance of Morbius the Living Vampire)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #121   (death of Gwen Stacy)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #122   (death of Green Goblin (Norman Osborn))
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #129   (1st appearance of Punisher)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #136   (1st appearance of Green Goblin (Harry Osborn))
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #149   (clone story begins)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #182   (Peter proposes to Mary Jane (1st time); she declines in #183)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #192   (1st appearance of Black Cat)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #238   (1st appearance of Hobgoblin)
  • MARVEL AGE [1983] #12   (preview of Spider-Man's new black costume)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #252   (1st black costume in this series, May 1984 cover date, published 31 Jan 1984)
  • MARVEL TEAM-UP [1972] #141   (1st black costume in this series, May 1984 cover date, published 14 Feb 1984)
  • SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [1976] #90   (1st black costume in this series, May 1984 cover date, published 14 Feb 1984)
  • MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS [1984] #8   (origin of alien symbiote/black costume)
  • SPIDER-MAN VS. WOLVERINE [1987] #1   (Spider-Man/Wolverine team-up; Peter and MJ realize they are more than friends)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #289   (1st appearance of New Hobgoblin)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #290   (Peter proposes to Mary Jane (2nd time); she accepts in #292)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL [1964] #21   (marriage of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #298   (1st Todd McFarlane art and cover)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #299   (cameo appearance of Venom (Eddie Brock))
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #300   (1st full appearance of Venom (Eddie Brock); last black costume; classic cover)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #344   (cameo appearance of Cletus Kasady (pre-Carnage))
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #345   (1st full appearance of Cletus Kasady (pre-Carnage))
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #361   (1st appearance of Carnage)
  • SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN [1976] #200   (death of Green Goblin (Harry Osborn))
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1963] #400   (death of Aunt May)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [1998] #36   (black cover, 9/11 aftermath issue)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2003] #654   (1st appearance of Venom (Flash Thompson))
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN [2014] #4   (1st appearance of Silk)