At that time, the classic "Maximum Carnage" story was unfolding across the SPIDER-MAN books, and Lyle’s range and ability to make his heroes big and bold, but still lithe and agile worked perfectly for the Web-Slinger and his infamous rogues’ gallery. In just SPIDER-MAN #35, he drew a small army of characters including Spider-Man, Venom, Carnage, Black Cat, Cloak, Demogoblin, Shriek, and Doppleganger.
After bringing his skills to VENOM: FUNERAL PYRE, Lyle returned to SPIDER-MAN #44, where he became a major architect of the now classic “Clone Saga" that lasted from issues #44-61.
In "Clone Saga," Lyle helped introduce fans to Ben Reilly, a clone of Peter Parker with his same powers claiming to be the real deal. When Ben eventually became known as the Scarlet Spider, Lyle designed the character with a traditional super suit mixed with an iconic blue hoodie, a design Ben still uses to this day. After its debut, Lyle’s Scarlet Spider designs quickly became a favorite look and major touchstone for Spider-fans around the world.