Spider-Man Story Arcs Popularity Contest

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Continuing the Spider-Man themed popularity contests, @blackspidey2099 and I bring you the newest addition, this time focusing on the most popular, iconic, and best story arcs throughout Spider-Man's long and rich history, we gathered 64 arcs and they will be facing each other in matches to see which ones are the very best.

We hope you enjoy this contest, you'll have the power to choose the best arcs, so remember:

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Stage 1, Round 1:

"If This Be My Destiny" (Amazing Spider-Man #31-33) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

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Synopsis: Spiderman has to stop an organization trying to steal materials for building nuclear weapons. Unfortunately he is distracted by his Aunt May falling Ill. This also keeps him from making friends at college. Even though a beautiful blonde by the name of Gwen Stacey has shown an interest.

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"The Evil That Men Do" (Mini-Series) by Kevin Smith and Terry Dodson

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Synopsis: The mysterious disappearance of an old friend brings Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat, to New York in search of answers – and a certain web-slinging ex-lover of hers is following the same trail. How long will it take before they do some...catching up?

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Probably the worst matchup and biggest mismatch that's gonna be here. One is a acclaimed classic that took the Web-Slinger to his limits, the other is a pretty bad mini-series that hasn't aged well at all.

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#4  Edited By blackspidey2099

I'm voting for Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's masterpiece - not only their best story together but also one of the best Spider-Man stories period.

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If This Be My Destiny gets my vote

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Probably the worst matchup and biggest mismatch that's gonna be here. One is a acclaimed classic that took the Web-Slinger to his limits, the other is a pretty bad mini-series that hasn't aged well at all.

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@thor-parker you need to do better with these matchups and not make them so much of a mismatch

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#7  Edited By Thor-Parker

@professorrespect: @ursaber: You guys will wish it was this easy in the coming rounds. Besides, I didn't choose the match, it's randomized by using seeds to avoid heavy hitters going against each other in the first rounds. It's also kind of the point, get the easy ones out of the way at the start.

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If This Be My Destiny.

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If This Be My Destiny, full stop.

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I'm not sure if I can vote anything that Kevin Smith wrote lmfao

If This Be My Destiny stomps.

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If This May be my Destiny is one of the most iconic stories of all time. It is a character defining arc which really excells at what it was trying to do. When one thinks of ways to describe Spidey as a hero, it's impossible not to give an example with this story. It gets my vote.

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If This Be My Destiny

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I like both but if this be my destiny was better

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@cypis said:

If This Be My Destiny

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If This Be My Destiny

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If This Be My Destiny

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If This Be My Destiny wins 14-0

Stage 1, Round 2

Death of Captain Stacy (Amazing Spider-Man #87-92) by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr

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Synopsis: The tragic death of Captain Stacy brings changes to the life of Peter Parker and has a drastic effect on his relationship with his first love, Gwen Stacy.

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Shed (Amazing Spider-Man #630-633) by Zeb Wells and Chris Bachalo

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Synopsis: Half-Man, Half-Reptile..."the Lizard will take over all of Earth unless Spider-Man alone can stop him!" With these words, Dr. Curt Connors, the man who would be The Lizard, ushered a new kind of villainy into Spider-Man's life. Now a widower with a son in foster care, and working at the bottom of the pharmaceutical industry, Connors is a broken shell of a man...how long will it be before a Lizard breaks that shell?

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Death of Captain Stacy.

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Death of Captain Stacy, we’re getting easy picks unless somebody out here really likes Shed of all stories.

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The one where a kid gets eaten.

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Shed. As ashamed as I am to admit this, I haven't read a bunch of the classic Spidey stories, so the Lizard's best arc gets my vote.

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#27  Edited By Thor-Parker

Death of Captain Stacy, though Shed is great.

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capt stacy

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#29  Edited By DatStupidGuy

Captain Stacy tbh

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Shed is a helluva good story which had the right amount of darkness, character growth and development and consequences in order to be remembered. However, the Death of Captain Stacy has been always one of the most iconic and important Spidey stories. Just because it has made such a big impact on the character to have a code as "No one dies" I think this story deserves my vote.

Death of Captain Stacy

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Death of Captain Stacy

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Man, I’m starting off on the wrong foot with this contest. Missed the first round.

OT:Death of Captain Stacy gets my vote!

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Captain Stacy

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Death of Captain Stacy wins 13-2

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Stage 1, Round 3

Fear Itself: Spider-Man (Fear Itself: Spider-Man#1-3) by Chris Yost and Mike McKone

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Synopsis: Manhattan is gripped in violent panic. Peter Parker hasn't slept in days. Spider-Man cannot - WILL not - stop if there are people to be saved. But as the opening salvos of FEAR ITSELF take their toll, will Spidey be able to fight his own doubts?

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Flowers for Rhino (Spider-Man's Tangled Web #5-6) by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo

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Synopsis: Rhino undergoes a brain operation that turns him into a super-genius. It is a pastiche of the classic Science Fiction story Flowers for Algernon.

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Flowers for Rhino is way too goat to not lose here. Lovely piece of compact character work for Rhino.

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I only read one of those. This is really sad for a self-proclaimed Spidey fan. Fear Itself is amazing, by the way. It is a great example of who Peter really is. It obviously gets my vote.

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Flowers for Rhino was a great little Rhino story but it basically got undone almost immediately. On the other hand, Fear Itself: Spider-Man exemplified some of the quintessential aspects of the character with some brilliant art to go alongside it. It gets my vote quite comfortably.

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Flowers for Rhino

Never understood why Aleski didn't cure himself of the suit while he was smart

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Fear Itself: Spider-Man is actually one of the highlights of the whole abyssmal Marvel event. There was nothing good almost around that event apart from a few minis just like that one. It really showed us once again who is Spider-Man and why is he so important. However, Flowers for Rhino is one of the best Spidey stories of all time imo. It gives you depth for a character which you could've never imagined to care for or to see something meaningful for him.

Flowers for Rhino for me.

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Flowers for Rhino is way too goat to not lose here. Lovely piece of compact character work for Rhino.

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Flowers for Rhino

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Fear Itself for me. Was ne of the best parts of the event. I do love Flowers For Rino however since it was made moot kinda took away away from that Arc by a whole Arc. Kinda even made me upset..

So fear Itself

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I will abstain from voting this round as I am yet to read Flowers for Rhino. From the looks of the votes, it is a story I should read before the next stage.

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Flowers for Rhino wins 9-3

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Stage 1, Round 4

Dying Wish (Amazing Spider-Man #698-700) by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos

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Synopsis: This is it! The must-read story that turns over all the cards and reveals the secrets that have been seeded for the last three years! Dr. Octopus has mere hours left to live. He has no master plan - all his wants is vengeance against his eternal enemy, Spider-Man. And he's just discovered Peter Parker's secret identity. Which members of Spider-Man's rogues' gallery will heed Ock's call to arms? With special appearances by the Lizard, the Spider-Slayer, Morbius the Living Vampire and some surprising Spidey foes, this is the end of an era - and quite possibly the end of Spider-Man's world!

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Hunted (Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #16-23, #16.HU-20.HU.) by Nick Spencer and Humberto Ramos

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Synopsis: When Kraven returns, Spider-Man becomes the hunted! Sergei Kravinoff and his minions have been kidnapping animal-themed superhumans for months, and they need one more to complete the collection: the Spider. But what does Kraven want with all of them?! In Central Park, the prey is let loose, and the hunt begins - but Kraven isn't the one in pursuit. Who has Spidey in their crosshairs? The Lizard has a target on his back, too - but he has a truly terrifying plan of his own! Peter Parker will find himself in a horrible situation, but there are lives - innocent and otherwise - at stake, and...well...he's Spider-Man

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This one is pretty hard for me, I love both, need some time to think about it.