Best Spider-Man Comics

Best Spider-Man Comics

 

There are a lot of great Spider-Man comics out there, but which ones are the best? 

In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of the most popular and well-loved Spider-Man stories of all time. 

From iconic classics to more recent releases, these are the Spider-Man comics that you need to read!


Amazing Fantasy Vol. 1 #15 

Key Comic Facts

Issue #15 of Amazing Fantasy Vol. 1 is called “Spider-Man!”. It has a cover date of August 1962. 

This issue features Spider-Man for the first time in a Marvel comic, and it has the record as the most expensive comic book ever sold.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil and ink by Steve Ditko and colour by Stan Goldberg.

What happens inside the pages?

Spider-Man: "Spider-Man!"

Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and gains the abilites of a spider. When he fails to stop a burglar who runs past him his uncle his killed as a result. He therefore swears never to shirk his responsibility again.

Old Pedros: "The Bell-Ringer!"

On a small Mediterranean island of fisherfolk, Old Pedros is the town bell-ringer. One day the volcano atop the island begins to erupt. The villagers evacuate and put out to sea. Old Pedros, though, stays at the church. "The bells must be rung," he tells himself. "Someone will hear. For centuries someone has always heard!" Molten rock streams toward the church. Before it reaches Old Pedros, a ray of sunlight surrounds him. The superstitious villagers swear they saw him ride that ray into the sky. Did their eyes play tricks on them, or did Someone hear the bells?

Rocco Rank: "Man in the Mummy Case!"

A fugitive accepts a mummy's help to escape the police, only to find himself an ancient Egyptian slave.

"There Are Martians among Us!"

The discovery of a crashed flying saucer frightens a small town, especially when the townspeople realise that the Martians are among them.

What’s it worth?

Amazing Fantasy #15 is the most expensive comic ever sold at auction, with a 9.6 book holding a record price of $3,600,000 from it’s sale in September 2021. A 5.5 copy was valued at $115,000 as of February 2022; and even a 1.0 copy was valued at $29,000 as of December 2021.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #1

Key Comic Facts

Issue #1 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “Spider-Man”. It has a cover date of March 1963. 

This is the first issue for Spider-Man’s own comic series, after the huge success he had after appearing in Amazing Fantasy #15.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil and ink by Steve Ditko and colour by Stan Goldberg.

What happens inside the pages?

"Spider-Man"

Spider-Man rescues John Jameson, J. Jonah Jameson's son, from his malfunctioning space capsule.

“Spider-Man vs. The Chameleon"

Spider-Man tries to join the Fantastic Four and stops the Chameleon.

What’s it worth?

The top quality book of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a 9.4 copy, valued at $241,200 as of September 2021, greatly increasing its $131,000 price from 2017. A 4.5 book held a price of $16,800 as of January 2022, increasing its $14,600 value from 2021. And a 1.5 has a price of $6,500 since February 2022, a healthy increase from its 2021 price of $5,500.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #90

Key Comic Facts

Issue #90 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “And Death Shall Come!”. It has a cover date of November 1970. 

In this issue, George Stacey (Gwen Stacey’s dad) claims to know who Spider-Man is, but dies shortly after.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil by Gil Kane, and ink by John Romita Sr.

What happens inside the pages?

"And Death Shall Come!"

After a fight with Dr. Octopus, a bystander George Stacey gets fatally injured and dies in Spider-Man’s arms while telling him that he knows who he is, and asks him to take care of his daughter, Peter’s girlfriend, Gwen.

What’s it worth?

The top quality book of The Amazing Spider-Man #90 is a 9.8 copy, sold in September 2021 for $5,640. In 2018, it was valued at $4,200. Another book, rated 5.0, had an August 2020 price of $45; and a 2.5 copy was sold in 2006 for $21. These last two books have only been sold once.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

Key Comic Facts

Issue #1 of Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol. 1 is called “The Sinister Six”. It was published in June 1964 with a cover date of September 1964.

This is the first issue of the Amazing Spider-Man Annual comic, featuring 72 big pages. It features The Sinister Six for the first time, as Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus), Max Dillon (Electro), Sergei Kravinoff (Kraven the Hunter), Quentin Beck (Mysterio), Flint Marko (Sandman) and Adrian Toomes (Vulture) join forces to beat Spider-Man once and for all.

Also, part of the Avengers team, Stephen Strange, The Fantastic Four and the X-Men, all have cameos in this issue.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil and ink by Steve Ditko and lettering by Sam Rosen. 

What happens inside the pages?

Dr. Octopus escapes from prison and gathers Vulture, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio and Electro, to form The Sinister Six and get revenge against Spider-Man. Peter finds out his Spidey powers are fading and tries to get home quickly in case someone should take advantage of his weakened state.

The Sinister Six kidnap Aunt May and Betty Brant (J. Jonah Jameson’s secretary). The Vulture leaves a message with Jameson for Peter, saying that every member of The Sinister Six is in a different location and he must face them all to find Aunt May and Betty.

Spider-Man faces every villain and the last one is Dr. Octopus, who’s holding May and Betty hostage. He beats Octopus and frees the pair, returning to them after becoming Peter Parker again. 

The Daily Bugle has to write an article about Spider-Man’s heroism and The Sinister Six are all locked up together.

What’s it worth?

The mint condition value of The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 is $78,000 for a 9.6 rated copy, sold in September 2021. In 2013, that same issue was sold for $10,501. A 6.5 book had a December 2021 value of $4,126, after being valued at $1,823 in 2020, and a 1.5 had a value of $800 as of November 2021, decreasing from its $1,270 value from just four months earlier.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #39

Key Comic Facts

Issue #39 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “How Green Was My Goblin!”. It has a cover date of August 1966. 

The identity of the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) is revealed in this issue.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil by John Romita Sr., and ink by Mike Esposito.

What happens inside the pages?

"How Green Was My Goblin!"

Peter heads to the doctor with the sniffles and learns that Aunt May's health is very fragile; Spidey is roped into tangling with a bunch of goons who zap him with a mysterious gas; Not realising that the gas has weakened his spider sense, he changes into Peter Parker under the watchful gaze of the Green Goblin; The Goblin confronts Spidey outside of his home and captures him as Peter is worried that Aunt May might be overcome by the commotion; Trussed up in the Goblin's lair, Peter is shocked when the Goblin takes off his mask and reveals himself to be Norman Osborn.

What’s it worth?

A 9.8 rated copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #39 was sold for $36,000 in January 2022, after being valued at $31,200 in 2020. A 5.5 book had a price of $528 as of January 2022, with many previous sales in the last three years; and a 0.5 had a price of just $50 as of September 2018.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #400

Key Comic Facts

Issue #400 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “The Gift”, although the cover art reads “A Death in the Family”. It has a cover date of April 1995. 

The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.

Who created it?

It was written by J.M. DeMatteis and Stan Lee, with pencils by Tom Grummett, John Romita Jr. and Mark Bagley, ink by Larry Mahlstedt, Randy Emberlin, Al Milgrom and John Romita Jr., and colour by Chi Wang, Paul Becto and Bob Sharen. It was edited by Bob Budiansky.

What happens inside the pages?

"The Gift"

Peter dwells through the death of Aunt May

"A Shock to the System"

In a story set five years ago, Peter Parker's clone has a new beginning and a new name, Ben Reilly.

"The Morning After"

A short story set in the morning after Uncle Ben’s death.

What’s it worth?

Only mid to top quality copies of The Amazing Spider-Man #400 have been sold at auction, with the highest rating one being a 9.9 copy, valued at $3,000 as of July 2019. A 7.5 copy had a price of $30 when it was sold in October 2021, and a 6.0 book was sold for only $8 in December 2018.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #300

Key Comic Facts

Issue #300 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “Venom”. It has a cover date of May 1988. 

This issue marks the first full appearance of villain Venom (Eddie Brock). Elements from this story were adapted in the 2007 movie Spider-Man 3, especially the change in Peter’s attitude and suit, and Venom merging into Eddie Brock.

Who created it?

It was written by David Michelinie, with pencil and ink by Todd McFarlane, and colour by Bob Sharen. It was edited by Jim Salicrup.

What happens inside the pages?

"Venom"

Spidey's old alien costume has merged with reporter Eddie Brock who thinks his career was ruined by Spider-Man. The symbiote of the two, Venom, takes on the web slinger; At MJ's request, Spidey returns to the blue and red costume as she now finds his black duds way too creepy.

What’s it worth?

The highest price paid for The Amazing Spider-Man #300 was for a 9.9 copy, valued at $13,500 in July 2017. A 5.0 book with a cracked case was valued at $130 as of November 2015, while a 1.0 copy had a May 2021 price of $250.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #31

Key Comic Facts

Issue #31 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “If This Be My Destiny...!”. It has a cover date of December 1965. 

This issue marks the first appearance of Peter Parker’s friends Gwen Stacey and Harry Osborn. It also features the antagonist Foxy Briggs for the first time.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil and ink by Steve Ditko.

What happens inside the pages?

"If This Be My Destiny..."

After failing to stop some goons from stealing cargo, Spider-Man changed to Peter Parker and went to register for his first year in college. He goes home and Aunt May suddenly faints.

After another encounter with the same goons, Spider-Man manages to catch them this time but without pictures to show to the Daily Bugle. The doctors tell Peter that Aunt May might not live much longer.

What’s it worth?

The mint condition copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #31 is a 9.8 rated book, which had a price of $96,000 as of September 2021. A 5.0 book was sold for $675 in March 2022, after gradually increasing its price several times over 2017 and 2018; and a 1.5 book had a price of $42 when it was sold in March 2017.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #248

Key Comic Facts

Issue #248 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “And He Strikes Like a Thunderball”. It has a cover date of January 1984. 

By all appearances, The Amazing Spider-Man #248 looked like much of the other standard Super-Hero fare of the time period. But it was the issue's back-up story that would elevate the comic book into something more memorable than the rest of the month's offerings. In fact, “The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man!” would go on to be one of the most memorable and most loved stories of all time. Writer Roger Stern crafted a human-interest Spider-Man story in which neither Peter Parker nor his web-headed ego would be the focus of the tale. Instead, Stern used Spider-Man merely as a supporting character, yet still managed to throw in a shocking climax and a twist ending that fans still discuss to this day. This special story is regarded by many fans as one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told.

Who created it?

It was written by Roger Stern, with pencil by John Romita Sr., ink by Brett Breeding, and colour by Bob Sharen. It was edited by Bob DeNatale.

What happens inside the pages?

"And He Strikes Like a Thunderball"

Spidey battles Thunderball whose powers are being amped up by the Wrecker's mystic crowbar.

"The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man"

Spidey visits a young boy who is one of his biggest fans; He shows him his powers, tells him his origin and even reveals his secret identity; Peter's secrets are safe, however, as Timothy Harrison is dying of leukaemia.

What’s it worth?

The Amazing Spider-Man #248 is a very famous issue, with a lot of copies flying out there. Due to that, the top price for this issue is only $136 for a 9.8 book, sold in October 2021. The lowest quality rating book sold at auction is a 7.0, with a price of $35 as of July 2021.

 

Ultimate Spider-Man #33

Key Comic Facts

Issue #33 of Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “Origins”. It has a cover date of February 2003. 

This issue features the first appearance of Eddie Brock in this comic series.

Who created it?

It was written by Brian Michael Bendis, with pencils by Mark Bagley and ink by Art Thibert and Rodney Ramos. It was edited by Ralph Macchio, Brian Smith and C.B. Cebulski.

What happens inside the pages?

"Origins”

After finding some old pictures of himself and his parents, Peter also finds a tape. He watches it and Aunt May reveals that both little Eddie Brock and Peter's parents died in the same tragic plane crash.

Peter goes to Washington to visit Eddie, who shows him a container with a black goo inside. When Peter asks what it is, Eddie only answers “Our inheritance”.

What’s it worth?

Issue #33 of Ultimate Spider-Man is one of the few books that has a 10.0 copy auctioned. It was sold at $255 in June 2004. The lowest quality copy sold is an 8.0 book, with a price of $16 as of July 2009. Since the issue was released only 19 years ago, there aren’t many recorded auction sales.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21

Key Comic Facts

Issue #21 of Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol. 1 is called “The Wedding!”. It was published in June 1987 with a cover date of September 1987.

Since this issue, MJ is referred to as Mary Jane Watson-Parker.

Who created it?

It was written by David Michelinie and James Shooter, with pencil by Paul Ryan, ink by Vince Colletta and colour by Bob Sharen. It was edited by Jim Salicrup.

What happens inside the pages?

“The Wedding!”

The story follows Peter the days before his wedding with Mary Jane. Although he has his doubts about being enough for Mary Jane, they get married and move in together.

What’s it worth?

The mint condition value of The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 is a 9.8 rated book, sold for $255 in March 2022. It has been sold several times at a similar price. A 7.0 book had a price of $50 as of January 2022; and a 4.0 copy was sold for $20 in March 2021.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #42

Key Comic Facts

Issue #42 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “The Birth of a Super-Hero!”. It has a cover date of November 1966. 

The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil and ink by John Romita Sr.

What happens inside the pages?

"The Birth of a Super-Hero!"

Spider-Man fights John Jameson after some space spores have made him stronger.

Peter Parker meets Mary Jane Watson for the first time.

What’s it worth?

In September 2021, a 9.8 rated copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #42 was sold for $14,400, after being valued at $9,300 in 2020. A 5.0 book had a February 2022 price of $257, increasing its $200 value from 2021; and a 1.8 copy was valued at $41 as of July 2021, also increasing its 2019 price of $25.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #139

Key Comic Facts

Issue #139 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “Day Of The Grizzly!”. It has a cover date of December 1974. 

This issue marks the first appearance of the villain The Grizzly (Maxwell Markham).

Who created it?

It was written by Gerry Conway, with pencil by Ross Andru, ink by Frank Giacoia and Dave Hunt, and colour by Jan Brunner. It was edited by Roy Thomas.

What happens inside the pages?

"Day Of The Grizzly!"

Peter tries to recover his job at the Daily Bugle but when he enters the building, The Grizzly makes his appearance, blaming Jameson's bad press for ruining his career as a wrestler. After a brief battle with Spider-Man, the Grizzly gains the upper-hand, knocking Spider-Man out long enough for him to escape.

Spider-Man retrieves Jameson and hands him over to Joe and Betty before going after the Grizzly. Spider-Man travels to Old Washington Square to see what he can learn as Peter Parker. However, entering the building, Peter is taken by surprise and is knocked out by the Jackal who is responsible for hiring Grizzly. With Peter Parker as their prisoner, the Jackal muses that Spider-Man should not be very far behind.

What’s it worth?

The highest price paid for a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #139 is $775 for a 9.8 book, sold in November 2021. However earlier the same year, it was valued at $1,560. The price for a 7.0 copy was $70 as of March 2022, selling a few times before but at the same price; and a 4.5 book was valued at only $9 as of October 2010.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #50

Key Comic Facts

Issue #50 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “Spider-Man No More!”. It has a cover date of July 1967. 

Elements from this story were adapted in the 2004 movie Spider-Man 2, such as Peter Parker abandoning his role as Spider-Man, a scene which takes a direct cue from the splash page in this issue.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil by John Romita Sr., and ink by Mickey Demeo.

What happens inside the pages?

"Spider-Man No More!"

Fearing for his aunt's health and tired of being hounded by Jameson, Peter gives up being Spider-Man and concentrates on being a simple college student; A kid finds the discarded Spidey suit in the trash can and brings it to the Daily Bugle where Jonah proudly puts it on display; Pete's personal life starts looking up but crime increases as the Kingpin gathers the mob under his leadership; Feeling guilty about the crime wave, Peter remembers the lessons taught to him by his uncle's death and decides to become Spider-Man once again.

What’s it worth?

The top price for The Amazing Spider-Man #50 is $66,000 for a 9.6 copy, sold in November 2021. A few months before, it was valued at $30,000. A 5.5 book had a March 2022 price of $1,795, more than doubling its $840 value from 2021. Another book, rated 1.5, had a value of $482 in March 2022, decreasing its $597 price from the previous year.

 

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 1 #200

Key Comic Facts

Issue #200 of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “1st story”. It has a cover date of June 2014. 

This is a special issue which doesn’t continue with the numbering of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, although the number continuity was already irregular from a few issues back.

Who created it?

It was written by Brian Michael Bendis, with pencils and ink by David Marquez, Mark Bagley, Mark Brooks, Stuart Immonen, David Lafuenteand Sara Pichelli. It was edited by Mark Paniccia.

What happens inside the pages?

"1st story”

Various members from the comics mourn in Peter Parker’s funeral after his death to save the planet. After everybody goes home, we find out that a mysterious figure who looks a lot like Peter was watching from the bushes.

What’s it worth?

Only a handful of copies of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #200 have been sold at auction, with the highest price being $103 for a 9.8 copy, sold in December 2020. An 8.5 book had a price of $34 as of July 2019.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #267

Key Comic Facts

Issue #267 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “The Commuter Cometh!”. It has a cover date of August 1985. 

Elements of this comic were adapted for the 2017 movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, particularly when Spider-Man is chasing Vulture's crew members through the suburbs of what is presumed to be Westchester County. Peter jumps over a gated home and slides across the top of a car whose New York licence plate we can briefly see is 'ASM 267', referring to Amazing Spider-Man #267.

Who created it?

It was written by Peter David, with pencil and ink by Bob McLeod, and colour by Bob Sharen. It was edited by Jim Owsley and Keith Williams.

What happens inside the pages?

"The Commuter Cometh!"

Spidey commutes all the way out to the suburbs (by train, bus, taxi and garbage truck) to catch a middle-aged thief.

What’s it worth?

A 9.8 rated copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #267 was sold for $187 in April 2020, being the highest price for that issue. A 7.0 was sold for only $13 in July 2020; and a 4.0 copy, the lowest quality sold at auction, had a price of $8 as of January 2014.

 

Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 #200

Key Comic Facts

Issue #200 of Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “Best of Enemies”. It has a cover date of May 1993. 

This issue features the death of the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) in this comic series.

Who created it?

It was written by J.M. DeMatteis, with pencil and ink by Sal Buscema, and colour by Bob Sharen. It was edited by Rob Tokar and Danny Fingeroth.

What happens inside the pages?

"Best of Enemies"

The story features a legendary, final battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, finally being Spidey who wins.

What’s it worth?

Only high quality copies of Spectacular Spider-Man #200 have been sold at auction, with the top price being $155 for a 9.9 book, sold in August 2015. A 7.0 book was valued at $11 as of April 2018, and that’s the lowest quality copy ever sold at auction.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #33

Key Comic Facts

Issue #33 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “The Final Chapter!”. It has a cover date of February 1966. 

The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil and ink by Steve Ditko.

What happens inside the pages?

"The Final Chapter!"

Trapped under a pile of rubble in an underwater base that is filling with water, Spidey has to use all of his strength and determination to break himself free as Aunt May's life hangs in the balance; Spidey escapes and takes down Doc Ock's goons so he can deliver a serum that will remove the radiation from his Aunt's system.

What’s it worth?

The highest rated copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #33 is a 9.8 rated book, valued at $6,000 as of December 2021. It was previously valued at $9,700 back in 2009. Now, however, the top price for an issue belongs to a 7.0 book from Steve Ditko’s Collection, sold in September 2021 for $8,400. The lowest rating copy is a 1.0 book, sold in May 2003 for just $26.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #14

Key Comic Facts

Issue #14 of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 is called “The Grotesque Adventure of the Green Goblin”. It has a cover date of July 1964. 

This issue marks the first appearance of Spider-Man’s enemy, the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), although his identity is not revealed until issue #39. It also features a cameo from the Hulk (Bruce Banner).

Who created it?

It was written and edited by Stan Lee, with pencil and ink by Steve Ditko.

What happens inside the pages?

"The Grotesque Adventure of the Green Goblin!"

The Green Goblin hires the Enforcers to help him defeat Spider-Man. To further his plan he convinces B.J. Cosmos to film a movie of Spider-Man fighting Goblin and the Enforcers in the desert. While filming, Goblin and the Enforcers attack Spider-Man and accidentally awaken the Hulk.

What’s it worth?

The highest price paid for a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #14 is $210,000, for a 9.8 copy sold in September 2021. Its price greatly increased from 2015, when it was sold for $54,970.

A book rated 4.5 had a March 2022 price of $2950, after gradually increasing its price several times since 2017. A 0.5 rated book had a nice round value of $1,000 as of February 2022.

 

While there are many great Spider-Man comics, those listed above stand out as some of the best. 

If you’re looking for a good read and want to explore Spider-Man’s history further, then these comics are a great place to start.