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Top 10 Spider-Man Comics You Should Read

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Script written by Clayton Martino One of Marvel's most famous characters has had several iconic stories over the years. Join http://watchmojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Spider-Man Comics You Should Read. For this list, we are looking at the most famous issues and story arcs in Spider-Man's comic history. Head over to WatchMojo.comsuggest to submit your ideas.
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Top 10 Spider-Man Comics You Should Read


One of Marvel’s most famous characters has had several iconic stories over the years. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10Spider-Man Comics You Should Read. For this list, we are looking at the most famous issues and story arcs in Spider-Man’s comic history.

#10: Spider-Man!
Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)

While Spider-Man would eventually get his own comic book series starting with the “Amazing Spider-Man #1”, he first appeared in 1962’s “Amazing Fantasy #15”. With the Amazing Fantasy series having been cancelled, Stan Lee rolled the dice on a story about a teenage boy transforming into a superhero, and boy did he roll a hard six. This would result in one of the most famous origin stories of all-time, as Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, gains superpowers, but loses his Uncle Ben, learning that with great power comes great responsibility.

#9: The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man
Amazing Spider-Man #248 (1984)

At first glance, this story may seem like your average Spider-Man plot – Spidy hunts down a villain named Thunderball and battles him in the middle of New York. However during the story, our hero visits a young boy named Timmy Harrison who is said to be Spider-Man’s biggest fan. Spider-Man tells Timmy all about the incident that turned him into a superhero and about his Uncle Ben, and even takes off his mask. At the end of the issue, we learn that Timmy has leukemia and only a few weeks left to live. This is one of the most emotional and moving issues in the “AmazingSpider-Man” series.

#8: The Green Goblin Unmasked
Amazing Spider-Man #40 (1966)

In “Amazing Spider-Man” #39, the Green Goblin discovered that Spider-Man was Peter Parker. In the next issue, Spidy one-upped the Goblin by discovering that he was in fact Norman Osborn. At the time, it was extremely rare for a hero to know a villain’s secret identity, and vice versa. Discovering each other’s secret identities drastically changed the character’s relationship. Their battles became much more personal and often resulted in their loved ones getting caught in the crossfire.

#7: Spider-Man: Blue (2002-03)

“Spider-Man: Blue” is a fresh look at one of the most famous stories in the Spider-Man universe: the death of Gwen Stacey. The story is honest and heartfelt, as Peter speaks into an old tape recorder on Valentine’s Day in an attempt to tell Gwen how he feels, knowing full well she’ll never hear it. Perhaps the most memorable moment comes at the very end, as we discover that Mary Jane had been listening the whole time. Instead of being angry with Peter, she simply asks him to say “hi” to Gwen for her, symbolizing how important she was to both Peter and MJ.

#6: If This Be My Destiny…!
Amazing Spider-Man #31-33 (1965-66)

The first major story arc of Spider-Man’s career was certainly a memorable one. These few issues see Spidy try to stop a villain known as the Master Planner while also beginning his college career and attempting to care for a sick Aunt May. We soon discover that the Master Planner is none other than Doctor Octopus, one of Spidy’s greatest foes. The most memorable sequence has to be when our hero is pinned under a ton of machinery in an underground fortress that is beginning to flood. We see Spider-Man’s true strength and courage as he attempts to defeat Ock and save Aunt May’s life.

#5: Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut
Amazing Spider-Man #229-30 (1982)

This story may not be as emotional as some of the others on the list, but it is a true David and Goliath tale as Spider-Man attempts to stop the Juggernaut. One of the things that makes Spidy so popular is his determination and the fact that he never gives up, no matter how tough things get. This is on full display in this story as the Juggernaut continually beats on Spidy, but our hero never gives up, and eventually is able to defeat the monstrous powerhouse.

#4: Venom
Amazing Spider-Man #300 (1988)

You just knew that Stan Lee would have something special in store for his 300th issue of the “Amazing Spider-Man”, and he did not disappointing. Spidy has taken on a lot of villains over the years, but never one quite like Venom, who is essentially a twisted mirror image of the web-crawler. Spider-Man is able to defeat Venom and ditch his black suit for the classic red and blue costume, but Venom would become one of the most dangerous villains Spidy would face for years to come.

#3: Kraven’s Last Hunt
Amazing Spider-Man #293-294 (1987)

When you think of scary Spider-Man villains, Kraven the Hunter probably isn’t high on the list. That changes in this story arc. The once laughable villain becomes obsessed with hunting Spider-Man, and eventually captures him and buries him alive. While Spider-Man is eventually able to escape, Kraven refuses to fight the web-crawler, believing himself to be the victor. He eventually commits suicide, capping one of the grittier Spider-Manstories ever told.

#2: Spider-Man No More
Amazing Spider-Man #50 (1967)

It is no secret that Peter Parker gets frustrated with his role as Spider-Man and threatens to quit several different times, but in this issue he truly seems serious as he gives up the costume in an effort to live a normal life. In one of the most iconic panels of the “AmazingSpider-Man” series, Peter walks away in the rain as he leaves the costume in a trash can. This story does an excellent job at showing the difficulties of being a superhero, and was one of the major plotlines of “Spider-Man 2”.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honourable mentions:

The Sinister Six
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964)

Death of Jean DeWolff
Spectacular Spider-Man #107 (1985)

Spider-Island
Amazing Spider-Man #666-73 (2011)

Maximum Carnage
Amazing Spider-Man #378-80 (1993)

The Death of Spider-Man
Ultimate: Spider-Man #153-54 (2011)

#1: The Death of Gwen Stacy
Amazing Spider-Man #121 (1973)

Easily the most iconic comics in the “Spider-Man” universe and perhaps comic book history, this story is considered to be the end of the Silver Age of comic books. Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker’s first true love, and most readers just assumed that the two would get married and live happily ever after. However Gwen was killed during a brutal battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin. What made her death even more tragic was the fact that saving Gwen is what killed her as her as the whiplash from Spidy’s webbing is what breaks her neck.

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