Three Essential Spider-Man Stories: Power and Responsibility

Spider-Man: Kraven's Last HuntThere’s a very good reason Peter Parker, aka the Amazing Spider-Man, is one of the most popular and enduring comic characters of all time. Despite having superpowers and fighting some of the most bizarre criminals imaginable, Peter’s struggles have always remained relatable to his fans. Granted, most of us have probably never beaten up a guy dressed as a rhino before, but a lot of us know what it’s like to try and juggle several major commitments at once. While Peter’s battles as a superhero are what makes him spectacular, it’s his human side that really draws people in and turns them into lifelong fans of his. With a string of successful blockbuster films already released and a sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, on the way, the wall-crawler is arguably even more popular today than he has been in the past. However, given that Spidey’s been around since the 1960s, it can be quite difficult to know where to begin with his stories, and which ones are particularly worth a reader’s time!

The Amazing Spider-Man #33Before we start looking at my personal favourites, however, it probably wouldn’t hurt to give Spider-Man’s history a quick glance. First appearing in August of 1962, Spidey was originally conceived as a superhero that younger audiences could identify with, in contrast to the more traditional “inspirational” heroes that were the norm back then. Marvel already had something of a tradition of creating unconventional superheroes by this point, as the Fantastic Four had debuted just a year before the wall-crawler himself had. However, Spider-Man was intended for a teenage audience, arguably much more so than Reed Richards and company were. In his initial run between 1962 and 1963, Spidey appeared in the Amazing Fantasy comic series. This allowed Marvel to test the waters with the character, who’s creators – Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, for reference – admitted later that they were taking a gamble in publishing such a story. Thankfully, their metaphorical dice roll paid off; Peter Parker proved so popular with readers that on March of 1963 his first solo series was published, titled The Amazing Spider-Man. Sales were so strong, in fact, that this series ran until November 2012! Nowadays, he’s one of Marvel’s flagship heroes, recognisable the world over, and it’s all thanks to the quality of writing found within those pages. Of course, that still leaves us with the question of which Spidey stories are especially worth a look, and with the background information out of the way, we can get right down to the first entry on this list!


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  • Avatar nightmarezez Want to start reading spider man comic?
    Oct 29, 2010 by nightmarezez | Posted in Comics & Animation

    As i said i want to start reading the spider man comic,and i want to know what should i read.What i mean is that there are several comics about him.I got the Amazing spider-man but i dont get where the plot is there no beggining and the plot jumps.Please tell me what do i read to follow the original(or most close to it)plot.
    ps this is my first comic so go easy on me
    psps if there is a source please share(online or download)

    • Amazing Spider-man is (in my humble opinion) the best ongoing issue of Spider-man. However, it is currently on its bazillionth issue, so its not surprising you were lost on the plot. If you tough it out and keep buying t … backstory. Some people love Ultimate Spider-man, some people hate it. Either way, since it is so cheap, it's worth trying. It will at least give you the origin story and introduce you to the major characters. Good luck.

  • Avatar Kyle Where can i read spider man comics online?
    Nov 06, 2012 by Kyle | Posted in Comics & Animation

    For free please and can actually work from page to page

    • Here you go bro, You can read nearly all the spider-Man an other comics at this site, there all photo copy'd an allow you to even turn the page's, completely free as well, enjoy ^^