Spider-Man brought something completely different to Marvel Comics when he debuted in 1962. He wasn’t an alien, a brilliant industrialist, a super soldier, a god, or a genius scientist. He was a high school student; a bookworm who got his powers when a radioactive spider bit him. As a result, his adventures were very different from those of the adult superheroes who operated around him.

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Readers were able to watch Peter Parker grow up over the years, making many of his most notable stories hold deeper meaning to fans. Whether he was battling his very popular rogues gallery or dealing with personal issues, there were some interesting and engaging Spider-Man stories in Marvel Comics.

10 Incredible Fantasy # 15

The cover of Spider-Man's first comic book appearance.

The story that started it all remains one of the most important in Spider-Man history. On Amazing fantasy # 15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man’s origin story unfolded. Peter’s aunt May and Uncle Ben raised him after his parents died and did their best to give him a happy home as he spent his time at school with bullies tormenting him.

However, the most significant thing about this story was that Peter used his powers for fame and his Uncle Ben died. This was where Spider-Man learned of his great responsibility.

9 The night Gwen Stacy died

Spider-Man holding a dead Gwen Stacy.

When Uncle Ben died and gave Spider-Man his first life lesson in responsibility, it was clear that this young man would face difficulties in his superhero career. That happened in the story “The Night Gwen Stacy Died”. This took place in Amazing spider man # 121-122 by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane, and John Romita Sr.

Peter and Gwen had been dating, and this story saw her greatest enemy, The Green Goblin, throw her off a bridge. Spider-Man tried to stop her with a net, but her neck snapped and she died. It was a loss that haunted him for years.

8 Spider-man no more

Peter Parker throws away the Spider-Man costume.

“Spider-Man: No More” happened in Amazing spider man # 50-52 by Stan Lee and John Romita. This made Peter Parker tired of always trying to do the right thing and being seen by everyone (from the police to the public) as a threat.

With J. Jonah Jameson relentless, Peter finally throws his costume in the trash and leaves. This was the first time Peter had stepped down from his hero role, only for a dangerous villain to rise up and force him back into action. This also marked the first appearance of Wilson Fisk, the pivot of crime.

7 Spider island

Spider-Man, Mary Jane and Venom on Spider-Island.

“Spider-Island” was a major Spider-Man event that took place in 2011. In this series of events, everyone in Manhattan suddenly gains the same powers as Spider-Man. However, while some heroes rise, not all want to use their powers for good, and they do not share the same sense of responsibility as Spider-Man.

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Created by Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos and Stefano Caselli, the story developed from Amazing spider man # 659-665, with Spider-Man and all his allies trying to find a way to strip the residents of Manhattan and find out who did this and why.

6 Poison

Spider-Man fighting Venom.

When Spider-Man returned from Marvel’s Secret Wars crossover event, he had a mysterious new black costume that seemed to work through his mental directives. However, he soon discovered that it was an alien symbiote and that it had a mind of its own.

After Spider-Man rejected the symbiote, he found Eddie Brock and the two merged to create Venom, Spidey’s most powerful villain. This original story began in Amazing spider man # 300 by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane.

5 Spider-verse

Spider-Man flying with the heroes of Spider-Verse.

While the general public learned of the Spider-Verse in the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Animated film, it was big business in comics for a long time, with the best story in the 2014 series of events, “Spider-Verse.”

In this series (by Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel), 45 Spider-Men from across the multiverse fell to the Heirs. It’s up to Spider-themed heroes from across the multiverse to take on Morlun to prevent further massacres from taking place.

4 The death of Spider-Man

Mary Jane has a dead Spider-Man in her arms.

One of the most heartbreaking and shocking stories, “The Death of Spider-Man” took place in the Ultimate Universe. Peter Parker was still a teenager on the show and he struggled hard to live up to his responsibilities, which is what made his eventual death so difficult to accept. He saved Captain America from an assassination attempt by the Punisher, and the bullet that hit Spider-Man was just the beginning.

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Spider-Man then ran home to save his family from a wild green goblin. The two enemies then fought to the death, both dying in the end. Peter died in Mary Jane’s arms and told his Aunt May that he couldn’t save Uncle Ben, but that he saved her, which meant he did.

3 The boy who collects Spider-Man

Spider-Man reveals his identity to a terminally ill child.

A lesser known Spider-Man story that every fan should read is “The Boy Who Collects Spider-Man.” This took place in Amazing spider man # 248 (by Roger Stern and John Romita Jr.) and saw Spider-Man meet a boy who claims to be Spider-Man’s biggest fan.

Spider-Man met young Tim, who has collected all the newspaper articles and other memorabilia from the hero’s career. When Tim asks who Spider-Man really is, he unmasks and tells Tim his origin story. When Spider-Man leaves, readers see the truth. Tim had been dying and his last dream was to meet his hero.

two The death of Jean DeWolff

Jean DeWolff lies dead after Sin-Eater killed her.

“The Death of Jean DeWolff” took place in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man # 107-110 (by Peter David and Rich Buckler). Jean DeWolff was a police detective and one of the few officers who trusted and liked Spider-Man.

The two often worked together to solve crimes, and then one day someone killed DeWolff. This was Sin-Eater, and Spider-Man set out to finish off the killer once and for all. It was another death in Spider-Man’s life, and it was one of the best stories in that ongoing aspect of Peter’s life.

1 Kraven’s Last Hunt

Spider-Man rising from his grave in Kraven's Last Hunt.

One of the most popular and memorable Spider-Man stories of all time is “Kraven’s Last Hunt.” This crossed over into every Spider-Man title at the time, with JM DeMatteis and Mike Zeck credited as the creative team behind the story. In this story, Kraven wants one last chance to achieve his only remaining goal: killing Spider-Man.

You get it here, but with a twist. He didn’t use a bullet, but instead shot him and buried him alive before taking on the role of Spider-Man himself. In the end, Kraven had nothing more to prove, which marked the end of his story.

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