Go ‘Beyond Amazing’ with These Spider-Man Stories
Celebrate Spider-Man Day, and the Wall-Crawler’s 60th anniversary, with these history-making moments!
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Dive into decade-defining comics starring the Amazing Spider-Man! In 1962, readers the world over were introduced to Peter Parker, AKA the masked hero who embraced as much power as he did responsibility. Now, 60 years later, Marvel celebrates the enduring legacy of one of its greatest creations with “Beyond Amazing,” a yearlong celebration of all things Spider-Man! Marvel Unlimited has joined in with a handful of comic picks starring the Wall-Crawler, all pivotal moments, fan-favorite runs, and history-making turns that have contributed to Spider-Man’s 60 years as a hero.
Read ahead for the past, present, and “Beyond Amazing” future of Spider-Man!
THE BEGINNING (AMAZING FANTASY #15)
In August of 1962, the world met Peter Parker, “Midtown High’s only professional wallflower.” Across eleven pages in this groundbreaking issue from co-creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, an introverted kid from Queens grew into the Amazing Spider-Man—a teenaged hero who’s code of conduct was shaped by loss from his first time in costume.
FIRST SOLO SERIES (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1)
The classic adventures of Spider-Man from the early days up until the 90’s! Meet all of Spidey's deadly enemies, from the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus to Venom and Carnage, plus see Peter Parker fall in love, face tragedy and triumph, and learn that with great power comes great responsibility.
“IF THIS BE MY DESTINY…!” (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31)
Read through issue #33! This arc is considered some of Steve Ditko’s finest work on the character—a story that pitted Peter against his own self-doubt. After a multi-armed melee with Doctor Octopus ends in defeat, Spider-Man was pinned beneath tons of industrial rubble. Across a series of simple yet impactful pages, Spider-Man summoned every ounce of his strength to keep trying despite crushing odds.
MEET THE SINISTER SIX (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1)
Ditko and Lee’s imaginative partnership also introduced Spider-Man’s rogues’ gallery, a dozen or so Super Villains that have consistently menaced the Web-Slinger for six decades. Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, and the Vulture aligned to squash Spider-Man!
“THE NIGHT GWEN STACY DIED” (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121)
Marvel legends Gerry Conway and Gil Kane are behind this now-famous storyline, a turning point for Spider-Man that reinforced the real consequences of a Super Hero’s struggle. In a fateful flash, the Green Goblin, AKA Norman Osborn, threw Peter Parker’s first love off the George Washington Bridge…and even Spider-Man’s quick reflexes couldn’t save Gwen Stacy.
BLACK SUIT SAGA (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252)
In 1985, Spider-Man returned from the Beyonder’s Battleworld with a hitchhiker. Unbeknownst to readers, this souped-up black suit was a bonded extraterrestrial symbiote! While Spidey’s black suit had the nifty trick of taking on the appearance of civilian wear, it didn’t take long for the Wall-Crawler to realize that it was hard to remove. Spider-Man was astounded (and horrified) at his new costume’s limitless potential.
MARRIAGE TO MARY JANE WATSON (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #21)
While it’s true that much of Spider-Man’s journey has been laden with hardship, we felt it important to include one of the most joyous moments in Spider-canon: the wedding between Peter Parker and longtime love, Mary Jane Watson! Assembled before family and friends, Peter and MJ exchanged their vows in a Super Hero wedding that, surprisingly, wasn’t upstaged by some superhuman or cosmic disaster.
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RISE OF VENOM (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300)
It wasn’t until THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #258 that Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four discovered the black suit’s alien origins, along with its sensitivity to sound. Sonically blasting it off Spider-Man, Reed Richards contained the specimen…but a symbiote always finds its host. In issue #300, the inheritor of the symbiote was disgraced journalist Eddie Brock, a one-track-minded antihero who blamed Spider-Man for his unemployment. Venom was unleashed, and the rest is history.
KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT (WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #31)
A wild chapter in Spider-history by J. M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck! Original Sinister Six member Kraven the Hunter turned his obsessive hatred of Spider-Man on its head—by becoming that which he loathed the most. In a six-part epic that reads like a Gothic horror, Spider-Man took the brunt of Kraven’s rage when he was buried alive, his identity and suit stolen for two whole weeks.
MAXIMUM CARNAGE (SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #1)
Try the whole event as a Reading Guide! We’ve all heard that misery loves company, right? Well, that also holds true for super-powered killers. After springing from the Ravencroft Institute, symbiote host Cletus Kasady wrangled up a crew of like-minded murderers to unleash their own brand of mayhem on the streets of Manhattan. This event also gave us one of the first Spider-Man/Venom team-ups!
MEET MILES MORALES (ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4)
The debut of Brooklyn-based Web-Slinger, Miles Morales! Following the death of the Ultimate Universe’s Peter Parker, Miles assumed the mantle after gaining spider-powers of his own. In addition to sticking to walls and having the proportional strength of an arachnid, Miles had invisibility skills too. His complete origin can be found in ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1, the first issue in a fan-favorite series.
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN (SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1)
The body of Peter Parker. The mind of Doctor Octopus. This is precisely the scenario in the “Superior Spider-Man” saga, the storyline that swapped Spider-Man’s psyche into Doc Ock’s dying form. The seeds to “Superior” were planted in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #600, but it was in issues #698-700 where the weird science project became complete. From there, Spider-Man: Doc Ock did whatever a spider could, and then some.
ENTER THE SPIDER-VERSE (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9)
Every Spider-man, woman, teen, child, mech armor and pig spun their collective stories in the crossover event that drew in Spider-Heroes from Marvel’s Multiverse. When the unstoppable Morlun and his family of Inheritors began targeting all Spider-beings, Peter Parker joined with an army of Web-Slingers to dissemble their ranks. Notably, SPIDER-VERSE gave us Spider-Gwen, first introduced in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE (2014) #2.
VERSUS THE RED GOBLIN (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797)
Creator Dan Slott signed off with an emotional tale in the conclusion to his record-breaking run. Norman Osborn scoured the globe for a cure to the genetic tampering that once prevented him from becoming the Green Goblin—and at last he finds it! Green Goblin + the Carnage symbiote = the Red Goblin. Spider-Man would bear new scars following this battle, culminating in the loss of one of his closest friends.
SINISTER WAR (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #70)
The return of Doctor Octopus brought an all-new Sinister Six! But what Doc Ock didn’t know was that the Vulture had a sextet of his own: the Savage Six! Brace yourself for all-out war between Spider-Man’s two greatest villains and a deadly dozen out for blood. Writer Nick Spencer and the legendary artist Mark Bagley teamed up for this epic event that is guaranteed to shock.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: BEYOND (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #75)
Amazing creators united for a new Spider-Man era. Ben Reilly—the web-slinging clone of Peter Parker—is back! He's been through hell, but now with the support of the Beyond Corporation, Ben is thwipping once again and being the best Spider-Man he can be. But where is Peter Parker? And what will this upheaval mean for Mary Jane, the Black Cat, Aunt May, and all of New York City?
900 ISSUE MILESTONE (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6)
Just in time for Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary! Current Spider-Man volume, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, reached its 900th issue in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 this past month. Series writer Zeb Wells teamed up with superstar artist Ed McGuiness to celebrate the incredible milestone with a giant-sized spectacular. Bringing his iconic artwork to the series for the first time, McGuinness depicted a battle between Spider-Man and the all-new Sinister Adaptoid, a being equipped with the abilities of Spidey’s greatest foes.
The future of Spider-Man arrives in print and digital comic shops on August 31! AMAZING FANTASY #1000 will be a giant-sized one-shot brought together by some of the industry’s most acclaimed creators from Neil Gaiman to Dan Slott, to Rainbow Rowell, Jonathan Hickman, Michael Cho, and more. This collection of stories will explore the past and future of Amazing Spider-Man storytelling in tales that leave a profound impact on the Spider-Man mythos and showcase why Spidey is one of the most beloved heroes in history. It all culminates in issue #1000!
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