Classic Spider-Man Comics - Intro to Essential Reads
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Classic Spider-Man Comics – Intro to Essential Reads

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BY April 28, 2020

You’ve seen the movies, and there are a lot. Three starring Toby McGuire kicked things off. Following that trilogy, Andrew Garfield put on the mask and costume for two films. Now, a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tom Holland’s take on the character is a fan favorite. Because of these movies, the classic Spider-Man comics are in high demand.

We’re talking, of course, about Spider-Man, the creation of legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Upon release, the movies have been given a huge influence through classic Spider-Man comics and other Marvel characters, building a fan base by the millions. Fans are constantly looking for the best comics. Luckily, the Marvel Masterworks collection is a great start.

Intro to the Spider-Man Comics

It all started in Amazing Fantasy #15, first published in August 1962. Overall, this is one of the most classic Spider-Man comics there is. Peter Parker attends a science exhibit that changes his life forever. Peter “acquires the agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid” from a radioactive spider bite, according to the comic. Suddenly, the teen geek is suddenly superhuman. This leads to a set of adventures against some of New York’s harshest villains. All the classic Spider-Man comics adventures are exciting reads from the early days, and are essential. The Marvel Masterworks collection has them all.

Essential Starters for Spider-Man Comics

Amazing Spider-Man #3

A great introduction to Spider-Man features the classic Doctor Octopus. Dr. Otto Octavius is a science genius, much like Peter. First appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #3 in July 1963, Doc Oc brings a number of exciting challenges to Spider-Man. As an introduction, Doc Oc defeats Spider-Man. Nearly defeated, Peter Parker rethinks his powers and abilities. As far as villain debuts go, it is one of the best.

Amazing Fantasy #15

The first debut for Spider-Man, Amazing Fantasy #15 is historic. Not only does it introduce readers to Spider-Man, but it also has a famous quote. For years, people have recited Uncle Ben in his death scene. The last panel reads “with great power there must also come…great responsibility.” It sets the stage for a number of great Spider-Man adventures. Parker uses this mantra throughout all of his battles.

Amazing Spider-Man #4

Another foe of Spider-Man that poses a huge threat is Sandman. A hard to catch foe, Sandman can change his body to escape. This poses a number of problems for Spider-Man, but teaches him to be creative.



Taylor loves to play video games in his spare time. He has two degrees in Political Communication and wrote his thesis on Marxism and the exploitation of college athletes. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife and two Toy Australian Shepherds. He’s always got headphones in, and he’s a diehard Cubs fan.

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