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The Silver Surfer


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Kraven's Last Hunt is great, the Death of Gwen Stacy will always be a milestone, the origin is timeless, Standing up to the Juggernaut was classic Spidey. However, the way some of the stories are talked about you would think his thousands of comics only gave a handful of readable stories.

What Spider-man stories mean the world to you, but never seem to get any love? More importantly, why?


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Rodimus


Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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    Kraven's Last Hunt is great, the Death of Gwen Stacy will always be a milestone, the origin is timeless, Standing up to the Juggernaut was classic Spidey. However, the way some of the stories are talked about you would think his thousands of comics only gave a handful of readable stories.



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    What Spider-man stories mean the world to you, but never seem to get any love? More importantly, why?


Aside from Spider-Man 2099 (of course), as he's as different from Peter/Spidey as he is the same, the egotistical sense of humor, etc.). I'd have to say:

The 70's Clone Saga (have the TPB)
Maximum Carnage (bought and read all the original issues when they came out)




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Quoyle


Member Since: Sat Oct 08, 2016


Blood Brothers is my personal favourite.
1. A competent Hobgoblin
2. Big overarching mystery.
3. Memorable fights and pay off.
4. Ben and Peter side by side in the fight but neither dyimg.

It's pretty great.


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Jeff m.


Member Since: Mon Jan 13, 2020


I always really liked Maximum Carnage. I think its a great demonstration of why Spidey's classic heroism takes, as compared to Venom and the other anti-heroes, is the right way to go.

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Unstable Molecule


Location: Calgary, AB Canada
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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You've got a good list. I think Peter David's Sin Eater storyline was great. I'm also partial to the Hobgoblin saga, since ASM#238 was the first comic I bought with my own money, so that's the one that started it all for me.




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Grey Gargoyle


Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008



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    More importantly, why?


- McFarlane, Larsen & Bagley

- Revitalization of the rogues' gallery: the Chameleon, Return of the Sinister Six, Invasion of the Spider-Slayers


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Stu The Disgruntled Greek

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Throwing a few out there.

Spider-Verse. Just everything about it was epic. Probably the best instant classic in along time.

Return of the Sinister Six. It was a good 3 month story with quick pacing and good artwork.

Maximum Carnage. The early 90's answer to having a big cross over within the connected titles. Also had lots of action and some good character moments.

Morlun and Totems. The first time we get Morlun with a big fight and Peter using his brains to defeat hin in an interesting way.

Spider-Man : Life Story. I liked that each issue dedicated itself to a decade and rewrote history to fit one issue.

Spider-Man : Renew Your Vows from Secret Wars. Get a good marriage story with a new Spider-Girl in Anna Parker.

And now some classics all because of my age at the time and in almost all within a year or each other...
Firelord vs Spider-Man. Slow start building to a great showdown.
Here Cometh the Commuter. Showing what Spider-Man was all about, he doesn't give up the catch even the smallest of crooks.
The Gold Notebook 2 parter. Spider-Man get his after seeing others be greedy.

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Next week the list may change...





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Menshevik


Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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    Quote:
    Kraven's Last Hunt is great, the Death of Gwen Stacy will always be a milestone, the origin is timeless, Standing up to the Juggernaut was classic Spidey. However, the way some of the stories are talked about you would think his thousands of comics only gave a handful of readable stories.



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    What Spider-man stories mean the world to you, but never seem to get any love? More importantly, why?


I don't think we have to mention stuff from the Lee/Ditko and Lee/Romita runs such as the Master Planner saga or the Drug issues, these are all well known. But I think Gerry Conway's ASM run (which includes the Death of Gwen Stacy and the original Clone Saga) deserves a lot more love. His inter-company crossover with Spider-Man and Superman also was fun, and his later work on Spectacular Spider-Man (which introduced Tombstone) contained some gems.

Chris Claremont's Marvel Team-Up issues (not just those where John Byrne did the art) are probably semi-hidden gems because MTU is one of the less well-known Spider-books and its format with a different guest star every issue did not make prolonged storylines easy. I particularly remember the issue with Red Sonja and the four-parter with the Black Widow and various other spies...

Roger Stern's ASM run does seem to get a lot of love, so I guess I don't have to mention it. Tom DeFalco's run, which immediately followed it, seems to be a bit underrated in comparison, but it contained more than a few gems, notably the issues where Mary Jane revealed that she knew Peter's secret and then finally told her own origin. And Tom DeFalco of course also did one of the best Spider-Man spin-offs, Spider-Girl.

Peter David wrote quite a few good Spidey stories, many of which were very funny, so the visceral shock over The Death of Jean DeWolff sticks in the mind (up until then many readers thought PAD only did funny stories).

ASM Annual #20, an at times farcical tale that also told us a lot about Peter and MJ's feelings for each other a year before their wedding - by Louise Simonson and Mary Wilshire, so very appropriate to mention on International Women's Day.

Some parts of Brian Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man, in particular issue #13 (where Peter tells Mary Jane his secret), the Ultimate Clone Saga, and the Death of Spider-Man.

Much of Straczynski's ASM run I really enjoyed, but it does tend to be overshadowed by the controversy over a certain Gwen-centric storyline and JMS' involvement in One More Day.








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zeus


Location: Plano, IL
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008


"The Child Within" - from Spectacular Spider-Man 178-184. It explores the childhood/parental issues in Harry, Peter, and even Vermin. Heavy stuff.


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Zarius


Member Since: Sun Sep 03, 2017


Lee/Ditko: Everything up to and including "If This Be My Destiny" is the essential rite of passage for any aspiring superhero reader or writer.

Green Goblin Revealed: Norman and Peter discover the truth about one another and we see Peter take small steps to understanding Harry more.

The 'Harry Osborn on Drugs' arc: A brave choice by Stan and a strong message to convey to a reader. Takes a look into Harry's psyche

Death of the Stacys: George dies and burdens Peter with a promise he tragically can't keep as his love life pays the price for being who he is. The ending solidifies Mary Jane as the love to be reckoned with and establishes her life-long bond with her good friend.

The Original Clone Saga: Peter is betrayed by his mentor, and learns to let the lost love of his life go and to embrace the love of Mary Jane, the friend that's been there all along

Roger Stern/Tom DeFalco: Combined, this run established the most memorable villains of the 80s in the Hobgoblin and the Symbiote, and established Mary Jane in the role of an enduring confidante trying her best to grow and sort out her feelings for Peter and his secret life.

Michelline: The wedding, the spider slayers, Venom, Carnage, the Sinister Six, the Flash/Felicia 'ship, these early years of the Spider-Marriage are how you spoil a 90s kid

Clone Saga has it's ups (Aunt May's death/lost years/kane) and downs (Judas Traveller/Maximum Clonage/it just didn't end), but it at least lead to...

..Spider-Girl: The true canon to any objective reader, the Mc2 timeline advances Peter and MJ's story like nothing before or since. Peter's legacy sets out to embrace her destiny as heir to the webs, the Parker/Osborn conflict is resolved not through violence but through love and kinship. An optimistic and triumphant tone prevails throughout as the Parkers grow as a family, Peter learns to overcome his handicap, they welcome new additions, and see off Norman Osborn once and for all with the help of Aunt May's spirit!

JMS: The final saga of the mainstream Peter Parker as we knew him for 40 years, an accomplished, grown man, a life not as perfect as the MC2 version but one just as packed with incident, growth, and self-discovery as new layers are added to the Spider-mythos.

Spencer: The cleansing of a decade of misery for the Spider books, fun stories, a long-anticipated OMD tease, a renewed bond between Peter and MJ, redemption of Black Cat, Harry put back in his bottle, the best Kraven story in almost 40 years too. The only nitpick is a lot of the saga teased greater things and didn't amount to much, the Mephisto stuff in particular, but overall the best run since the end of JMS. Your milage may vary, and we may never see another of it's ilk for some time.




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JesusFan


Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008


Enjoyed when Superman and Spidey met and crossed over!


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