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Spider-Man Title Summary

A Synopsis of the Spider-Man Comic Books


Spider-Man Title Summary

Spider-Man Back In Black

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Being one of the flagship characters of the Marvel Universe there are many Spider-Man comic books. They are as follows:

Amazing Spider-Man
Sensational Spider-Man
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man
Ultimate Spider-Man
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane
New Avengers

Content Rating:

Rated All Ages:
Amazing Spider-Man
Sensational Spider-Man
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man
Ultimate Spider-Man
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane

Rated Teen Plus:
New Avengers


Amazing Spider-Man
Amazing Spider-Man is the original comic and is considered the flagship title for the Spider-Man line of comic books. Even when at times other Spider-Man comics have been canceled, Amazing Spider-Man continued to be the main source of Spider-Man stories for better or worse. It had been restarted after issue #441 back to #1, but went back to its original numbering with issue #500.

This title has many great stories, including the origin of Spider-Man, creation of such villains as Green Goblin, Electro, Dr. Octopus, Venom, and others. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson were married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. Countless major stories that have affected Spider-Man are told in this series. If you are looking for one to collect, this is probably the one to start with.

Sensational Spider-Man
This series is a continuation of the Marvel Knights Spider-Man title. The Marvel Knights line of comics was a darker look at many Marvel characters and explored issues that were more appropriate for an older audience.

The current series is slated with an “all ages” appropriate rating so it is safe to assume that the series has toned down on its darker material. The current run by writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Angel Medina has been doing well and is playing into the “Back in Black” storyline seen in most of the Spider-Man comics.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
This Spider-Man comic has had a bit more of a jovial tone to it, unlike the more dramatic Amazing Spider-Man and darker Sensational Spider-Man. This series really shows the wise cracking side of Spider-Man and is a lighter slice of the Spider-Man universe.

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man
This series retells the original stories as found in Amazing Spider-Man, but retooled for a younger audience. This had already been done similarly with the Marvel Age Spider-Man, but that series was canceled and this one has replaced it. This comic book is targeted at a young audience and would be a great choice for pre-teens interested in reading a Spider-Man comic book.

Ultimate Spider-Man
The Ultimate line of Marvel comics takes place outside of regular Marvel continuity. They have used it as a way to retell and refresh some of their characters for today’s generation. This comic book is widely marketed toward a teen audience.

This series has been written since it’s conception by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley. They have completed over 100 issues of the series and it stands as a hallmark run in the Marvel Universe, especially since most writers and artists are only on a title for about 12 issues at a time. Ultimate Spider-Man has been hailed by critics all over as a great retelling of the Spider-Man story that doesn’t have as much as the baggage as the regular series.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane
Another Spider-Man comic book set outside the normal Marvel Universe continuity, this comic book tells the stories of Peter Parker and Mary Jane as young teenagers in high school. The tone of the book has it targeting younger girls and is very lighthearted and romantic. Its art style is also very much different from the rest of the Spider-Man comic books and artist Takeshi Miyazawa has a very Manga influenced style. It is not as extreme as other Japanese comic books, but the influence is there. A great comic for the young at heart.

New Avengers
When writer Brian Michael restarted the Avengers back in 2004, he took an almost JLA approach to creating the team. He took some of Marvel’s most notable characters, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man, and others and formed them into a superhero team. The team was formed when supervillain Electro was able to breakout many supervillains from the S.H.E.I.L.D. prison known as, “The Raft.” When many heroes responded to the call to help stop the breakout, they took this as a sign that they should form a new team of Avengers. Following the events of Marvel’s Civil War, the New Avengers include Echo, a new Ronin, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man , Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Spider-Man’s role in the squad is often one of comic relief.


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Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Writers and Artists Associated With the Title:

There have been hundreds of artists associated with the Spider-Man comic book. Here are a few.

Peter David
J. Michael Strazynski
John Romita Jr.
Lee Weeks
Clayton Crain
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Brian Michael Bendis
Mark Bagley
Todd Nauck
Sean McKeever
Takeshi Miyazawa
Angel Medina

Past Creators:
Todd McFarlane
J. Scott Campbell
John Romita Sr
Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
Sal Buscema
Jerry Conway
Tom DeFalco
Howard Mackie

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