The History of Spider-Man: 2002
Spidey gives Daredevil advice, teams with Doctor Strange, and more...
For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger will swing onto the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” this May! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…
A snowstorm nearly prevented Spider-Man from clipping the Vulture’s wings in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #37, but a little hot help from the Human Torch cleared a path to victory. Later, the webslinger made an army of mimes holler “Uncle!” in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #38.
After Aunt May discovered Peter Parker’s secret identity as Spidey, she told her nephew they needed to talk in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37. Realizing how unhappy he’d made his aunt, Peter vowed never to lie to her again in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #38, and May cancelled her subscriptions to newspapers running negative articles about the wallcrawler in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39.
Fusion and Doctor Octopus formed an alliance in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #39, but when Spidey stuck his nose into their dealings with the Biotechnix firm in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #40 Ock turned on his partner and battled the webslinger for a valuable device in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #41.
Strange attacks on citizens in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #40 led Spidey to a being called Shade who drained life energies in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41. Our hero, with the help of Dr. Strange, entered the astral plane in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 to confront Shade on his own turf and end his attacks. Later, Spider-Man tried to convince J. Jonah Jameson that the recent reveal of Daredevil’s secret identity qualified as a hoax in DAREDEVIL #34, and offered some advice to the Man Without Fear in DAREDEVIL #35.
Celebrities started disappearing at the beach in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #42, prompting the wallcrawler to pose as guest on a TV show to hide his investigation of the incidents. When the Sandman stood revealed as the culprit in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #43, Spidey fed the captured celebrities’ egos to cause his grainy enemy to explode.
The Green Goblin taunted Spidey with the threat of an upcoming funeral in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #44, and when Peter saw video of Gwen Stacy’s death on TV and Flash Thompson’s crash of a truck into a school in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #45, he knew the Goblin meant business. A violent showdown ensued in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #46, and when the Goblin threatened the life of his own grandson, the webslinger called his bluff in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #47 and refused to allow his foe to goad him into killing him.
Peter flew to California to patch things up with Mary Jane in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43, while a ruthless man named Carlyle stole Doc Ock’s technology to rampage through Los Angeles. Spidey got in the middle of warring octopi in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #44, and beat Carlyle soundly in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #45. Ock himself took off to leave his old enemy to fend for himself.
A mystery woman who left giant question marks in her wake surfaced in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #48, leading to a team-up with Spider-Man to take down a corrupt company that poisoned an Indian village in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #49. Afterward, Dr. Strange warned Peter in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #46 that his recent trip to the astral plane attracted the attention of a weird new menace named Sathra. Following a battle between Spidey and the otherworldly spider-wasp, a woman calling herself “Sharon” appeared in town…