Outright Classic Picks! The Amazing Spider-Man Edition Nuff Said!
The Amazing Spider-Man Edition
That’s right True Believers this month’s subject for Classic Picks is the Amazing Spider-Man! How can the Geeks at Outright Geekery give you the best Spider-man stories ever written, you ask? How do you boil down sixty years worth of stories into the Wall Crawler’s essential adventures? Stories that can serve as an introduction for new readers and a trip down memory lane for long timers? We have no idea, so what we give you is some of our favorite stories!
Amazing Fantasy #15
You can’t talk Spider-Man without mentioning Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). Who knew back then that this amazing hero would become one of Marvel Comics all-time greatest characters! Not even Stan Lee could have predicted the sensational run that ole Webhead would have for the next 58 years and counting. This is where it all started! This is where Peter Parker gets bitten by the radioactive spider and receives his Spidey powers. This is where Peter invents his web shooters and creates his costume. This is where Peter, in his Spidey costume, lets a thief run free instead of helping the cops capture him. This is where Peter captures the burglar that killed his Uncle Ben and finds out it was the thief he had previously let run free. This is where we first hear the phrase: “With great power there must also come—great responsibility!” This issue was spectacular! An all-time classic from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko that will always be considered one of the most historic issues ever! This is an issue that every Spider-Man fan, and every fan of the superhero genre, must read! Not the many different origin issues ever written since then. This is the one to read! Excelsior!
Savage Avengers #0 (2020). Original story (1985).
Savage Avengers is on fire right now. In 10 years, these current issues will be the stuff of legend.
The looming threat of Kulan Gath reunites Dr. Strange and Magik on Krakoa. The fate of the world will rest in what they discover. Re-presenting a pair of classics, UNCANNY X-MEN 190 & 191 by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr, in the context of a great new sequence illustrated by the impeccable Greg Smallwood.
The Return of the Sinister Six
The first Spider-Man story I ever collected was the Return of the Sinister Six. I loved the lineup, Mary Jane’s stalker subplot was compelling, and the death of Nathan Lubensky was affecting as another tragedy Aunt May had to deal with.
Marvel Team-Up #1
I’m a sucker for team-up books. I’ve got quite a few complete runs. But I am working on completing this Spidey and Co. series. In the very first issue, the Wallcrawler and his true BFF, the Human Torch team up, to put the fugitive Sandman back behind bars. The fact that this book is also a Christmas comic makes this one of my all-time favorite Spider-Man stories!
John Lee Reynolds
Spirits of Venom
It’s a four issue crossover between Web of Spider-man (95 & 96) & Spirits of Vengeance (5 & 6) the craziness of the 90s covers by Alex Saviuk, Mark Texteira, & Adam Kubert were enough to start me as a teen on this adventure in comics. The story is a fun 90s style crossover with Spidey, Venom, Ghost Rider & Blaze trying to prevent the resurrection of Deathwatch. When I see the cover for Spirits of Vengeance #6 I have an emotional attachment to it, seeing Venom with Ghost Rider’s fiery skull & chain hanging from the ceiling is AMAZING!
Coming out of the ashes of Frank Miller’s final DD run that introduced us to Nuke. Where Kingpin’s obsession with killing DD or worse as Wilson Fisk fails. It opens the gates of hell for the control of New York. This 5 issue arc had all the top talent from Marvel’s Bull Pen of the 80’s and is still one of my favorite Spidey stories of all time. Just an explosive tale all around.
Joshua Daniel Rathbun
The Death Of Jean DeWolff
My favorite Spidey story is the Death Of Jean DeWolff. Jean had been kicking around in some of Spider-Man’s adventures and she met a brutal end at the hands of the deranged Sin Eater. The result is a Spider-Man on edge, not letting anyone get between him and the killer. In my opinion, it’s one of the best things Peter David wrote.
Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
Collecting Amazing Spider-Man #378-380, Spectacular Spider-Man #201-203, Spider-Man #35-37, Spider-Man Unlimited #1 & #2, and Web of Spider-Man #101-103 – Maximum Carnage is the perfect classic to check out with the coming cinematic appearance of a live action Cletus Kasady and Carnage.
This is a well loved story line by many. You get a wide variety of Marvel characters, including Venom, Black Cat, Shriek, Morbius, Cloak and Dagger, Captain America, and many more. On top of that, you have beautiful classic art to accompany an emotional struggle for Spider-Man. Not only is he struggling with guilt over Harry’s death, and tension with Mary Jane worrying about him, but while Carnage is on his spree, he must struggle with his own moral code. This is a great read for any Spider-Man fan, as well as anyone looking to get into Spider-Man comics before the next on-screen appearance of any of the Spider-Man Universe characters.
Amazing Spider-Man #267
When Cometh the Commuter! is the quintessential Spider-Man story from my youth. This is Spider-Man for Every man. The story starts out simply enough with Spidey meeting up with Johnny Storm as he heads home after the shenanigans of the last issue. During the trip home Spidey fills the Torch in on the coming and goings in his life. His break up with the Black Cat, his new suit and the fact that he may be coming down with a cold. While Spidey and the Torch go about their lives as normal the sight of two of the Big Apple’s most famous is anything but routine for those around them. Everyone from office workers to topless sunbathers are taken by surprise by the two heroes until they separate. With Torchy gone Spidey gets ready to head into his apartment as he spots a robbery in progress. Leaping into action our hero gives chase as the robber in question flees with a hostage in tow. This is followed by one of most comedic adventures ever to grace the page as Spider-Man chases his prey into the crime ridden suburbs.