Spider-Man was created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He has since become the most popular comic book character from Marvel, and one of the most recognizable characters of all-time. He has starred in thousands of comics (too many to list), so the following is a list of his most iconic and best.

The Silver Age

Origin - Amazing Fantasy #15: Spider-Man!

One of the most iconic origin stories ever told; a teenage boy gains super powers and learns the hard lesson that, with great power, there must also come great responsibility. Written by Stan Lee, and illustrated by Steve Ditko.

Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Great Power - Amazing Fantasy #15, The Amazing Spider-Man #1-17, The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Great Responsibility - The Amazing Spider-Man #18-38 + The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2

The birth of many of Spider-Man's most iconic villains, including Chameleon, Green Goblin, Scorpion, Electro, Sandman, the Vulture, and Doctor Octopus. This run also features one of the most iconic stories in comics, as the Green Goblin learns Spider-Man's true identity. Written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Steve Ditko.

Spider-Man by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys - The Amazing Spider-Man #88-92

After Steve Ditko left, he was replaced by the more talented John Romita, Sr.. This is where Peter Parker's college years began, and iconic characters like Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, and Mary Jane first appeared. Many new villains were created as well, like the Rhino, the Kingpin, and the Shocker. Spider-Man grows significantly throughout this run.

The Bronze Age

Spider-Man by Gerry Conway

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys - The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122

This is the comic book run that ended the Silver Age of comics, and ushered in the Bronze Age. With the Comics Code reformed, more mature characters, like Morbius and The Punisher were introduced. This run also featured arguably Spider-Man's most iconic biggest story- The Night Gwen Stacy Died.

Spider-Man by Marv Wolfman

Spider-Man by Marv Wolfman

This run took place deeper in the Bronze Age. As Marv Wolfman takes over writing duties, Felicia Hardy became the Black Cat, and Spider-Man had some of his fiercest battles with the Kingpin.

Spider-Man by Roger Stern

Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut

The Origin of the Hobgoblin

The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man

Spider-Man by Tom DeFalco

The Amazing Spider-Man: The Complete Alien Costume Saga

The Amazing Spider-Man #271 - Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan?

The Modern Age

Spider-Man by David Michelinie

Spider-Man by David Michelinie

The Amazing Spider-Man #365 - Fathers and Sins

Spider-Man by Peter David

The Death of Jean DeWolff

Back in black - Amazing Spider-Man #539-543 + Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #17-23, Annual #1

Alternate Timeline: Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man

Death of Spider-Man - Ultimate Spider-Man #156-160

This is a modern day retelling of Spider-Man's classic origin. Spider-Man will be a teenager here, and you will see modern twists to many of his classic villians. This run is a great starting point for people who want to read somthing from the beginning, who don't want to go back and read the old Silver Age stuff.

All New Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection

Further Reading

Kraven's Last Hunt

Kraven's Last Hunt - Web of Spider-Man #31-32 + Amazing Spider-Man #293-294 + Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132

Spider-Man by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

Spider-Man: Blue - Spider-Man: Blue #1-5

The return of Mary Jane

Spider-Man Died in your arms tonight

The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet

Amazing Spider-Man: Grim Hunt

Spider-Man by Dan Slott

Spider-Man: Big Time

Spider-Man: Spider-Island

Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth

Spider-Man: Dying wish

Superior Spider-Man

Spider Verse

Spider-Verse

Secret War

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows - Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1-5, Secret Wars: Secret Love #1

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