Spider-man is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel universe. Since his debut, Spider-Mans comics are among the fan favorites. There have been many great stories told about Spider-Man over the years. But these 10 ranks as some of the best Spider-Man comics ever.
10 Best Spider-Man Comics of All Time
Since his debut in 1962, Spider-Man’s been on everyone’s best list. There have been hundreds of comic book stroy over the years, And these are just what we think is the best of them all. So, let’s get started.
The introduction of Peter Parker back in 1962 with the Amazing Fantasy #15 has to be on this list. This comic book is what introduced us to our favorite web-slinger, which is popular to date.
Created by the legendary Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the story is about a teenage boy who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and has to find his way with the powers he possesses.
Comic book fans went crazy about is a teenager who faces problems that teenagers face in real life, such as school and girls, but also has superpowers which makes his usual battles much more difficult.
So far this comic book has been one of the best Spider-Man comics ever and has run for over 50 years with great success. It even spawned several adaptations, including movies and video games.
9. The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man
Created by writer Roger Stern and illustrated by John Romita Jr in 1984, The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man is a one-shot story. It features what it’s like to be the kid who collects his comic books, and why he loves spiderman so much.
The story is told through the eyes of a young boy who loves to read comics. The kid explains that he likes Spider-Man because Peter Parker’s life was hard but he still succeeded in everything. He also mentions how his grandfather used to tell him stories about when Spider-Man first started at Marvel Comics as well as many other interesting facts.
This one-shot has taken fans by storm and even made it into mainstream media outlets like NPR who reported on the comic book collecting hobby called “Comic Book Fever”. It may be short, but this issue will make you want more!
8. If This Be My Destiny…!
One of the very first single interconnected stories that were published was If This Be My Destiny…! This story arc told the tale of Spider-Man and his friends at their high school graduation, where a villain named Doctor Octopus comes to kill them all.
The story ran in The Amazing Fantasy #31 through #33. The series is one of the most recognized with this specific issue being ranked in many top comic lists as well. This was also Stan Lee’s first full-length appearance as a writer on any Marvel series.
This comic is known for its popularization of the word “Ock” which was used to describe Doctor Octopus throughout this story arc and forever after as his nickname. If This to Be My Destiny is one the original and of the best Spider-Man stories to date.
7. The Death of Jean DeWolf
Peter Parker meets an old friend from his past named Jean DeWolff. Jean was killed on the job by three men who were trying to make a quick buck. In an attempt to catch the men, Peter Parker ends up getting framed and put in jail for murder. The Death of Jean DeWolff is one of the best Spider-Man stories as it shows that there are some things you cannot escape no matter how powerful your alter ego maybe.
Created by Peter David and illustrated by Rich Buckler, This story ran from The Spectacular Spider-Man #107 through #110 in 1985. This was the story that featured Daredevil who teams up with the friendly neighborhood in order to find the killers.
The Death of Jean DeWolf is a beautifully written story. Some of the artwork and fights created by Rick Buckler are the masterpiece and are still among the best flashbacks for web-slinger fans. If you love spidy being a detective, it’s one of the best Spider-Man comics to check out.
6. To Have and To Hold
This story stars the one and only Mary Jane Watson. We follow her as she deals with life, love, heartache, and success in this emotional roller coaster of a ride. In addition to MJs fantastic storyline, we also get glimpses into Spider-Mans world too!
Written by Matt Fraction and sketched by Salvador Larroca, The first issue of To Have and to Hold was published in 2007 under the tagline of Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1.
In this story, Spider-Man and Mary Jane get married! This is also one of the first times we saw Peter Parker deal with everyday life from being retired as Spidey to dealing with his family. We even see him do some detective work which was cool for readers who wanted to see a more lighthearted Spider-Man.
The story didn’t get as popular as some of the best Spider-Man storylines at the time, but it’s one of my personal favorites and a must-have comic book for the ultimate Spidy fans.
5. Spider-Man: No More!
Spider-Man No More! is a shocking and dark story in which Spider-man finally gets frustrated for not getting any respect, no matter how many lives he saves. He starts to think that he should just retire and focus on his family. However, he is convinced by his friends to give it one last shot. He then puts on the Spider-Man suit for a final time and goes out fighting crime in what would be his swan song as Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: No More! was originally published under the title of The Amazing Spider-Man #50 back in 1996. It was a very fitting end to the original Peter Parker Spider-Man era, and it is definitely one of the best spider man comics ever published.
This story has been adapted into both an animated TV series in 2002 as well as a film released in 2004 by Sam Raimi. Both adaptations kept true to the original story and were well-received by fans of the character.
Spider-Man: No More! is a fantastic comic that tells such an emotional, personal tale for Spider-man. It also sees him struggle with reconciling his life as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man after he has been in costume for so long. His friends as well as his family are also all struggling to get the old Spider-Man back.
4. The Original Hobgoblin Saga
In the early 1980s, Spider-man was one of Marvel’s top comic stars. However, he had not yet faced his most deadly foe–the original Hobgoblin! With help from his friends at Horizon Labs (including a visit by Doctor Octopus), Peter Parker is finally able to take down this new criminal.
The original Hobgoblin Saga was published in 1985 by a team of writers and artists that included Stan Lee, John Romita Jr., Gil Kane, Jim Mooney, Mike Esposito. It told the story from both Peter Parker’s perspective (in Amazing Spider-Man) and the Hobgoblin’s perspective (in Amazing Spider-man Annual).
The original story ran from 1985 to 1987. The saga was a major turning point in Peter Parker’s life, as he became more confident with his abilities as Spider-Man and decided not to give up being a superhero.
3. Spider-Man: Blue
Spider-Man: Blue was released in 2002 and It only lasted for six issues. This story features Gwen Stacy, who is also Spider-Man’s original love interest. Created by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale, Spider-Man: Blue is the most popular and critically acclaimed Spider-Man comic of all time.
The story brings back Gwen Stacy, who was originally killed in the comics by the Green Goblin. She is brought back to life and returns as Spider-Man’s girlfriend, which complicates his love interest with Mary Jane Watson. Gwen Stacy and MJ both wanted Peter Parker for their Valentine Day dates, but he’s unsure as to who should be his date.
The story is a modern retelling of the Spider-Mans origin which also features Harry Osborn and Peter Parker’s parents. It has been hailed for its mature themes such as death, love, sex and drugs that were not seen in previous Marvel comics.
2. Kraven’s Last Hunt
Kraven’s Last Hunt is one of the most famous Spider-Man comic storylines. Kraven the Hunter becomes obsessed with Spider-Man and takes it upon himself to be his greatest hunter. He captures him, drugs him, buries him alive in a coffin made of webbing while he goes after Aunt May. Kraven finally defeats him and buries Spider-Man on top of a mountain where he shoots himself with some kind of tranquilizer dart to get away from his uncontrollable rage.
The story is a classic and many have tried to recreate its greatness. But none of them could get it just right until now. The year was 1987, the writer J.M DeMatteis had at last done what no one else has been able to do in nearly 30 years.
For some, Kraven’s last hunt is the best Spider-Man comics ever created. But as you guessed it, I think the other way. But it is still one of the best spider stories ever told to date.
1. The Night Gwen Stacy Died
The Night Gwen Stacy died is one of the major turning points in the history of comic books. This is the story that created the Spider-Man we know today. This is the story that marked even the best of heroes can have the worst thing happen in their life.
This amazing story that was written by Garry Conway in 1973, is still considered the best story in the history of Marvel Comics. So, there was no question that this has to be the best Spider-Man comics of all time.
This was a major turning point in the Spider-Man comics. The death of Gwen Stacy led to an emotional story that is still talked about. It also marked the end of Stan Lee’s involvement with Marvel, as he left shortly after this issue released.
So, there you have it. The top 10 list of Spide-Man comics. As a Spider-Man fanboy, it was really hard to pick only 10 as there are numerous stories that can be considered as the best Spider-Man comics of all time. But what is your favorite Spider-Man story?