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Spider-Man Reading Order

With issue #15 (May 1962), the anthology comic book Amazing Adult Fantasy was renamed Amazing Fantasy, because teenagers were not comfortable buying a book with “Adult” in the title. It was a good choice as this issue was introducing “The Spiderman,” a teenage superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko who was destined to become the headliner of the book, but Amazing Fantasy was canceled. As you know, Spider-Man (the hyphen was added soon after) became an instant hit and, a few months later, got his own book.

The story starts with Peter Parker, a geeky high school student from Queens, New York, and an orphan who was living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. After being bitten by a radioactive spider at a science exhibit, Peter acquires the agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid! At first, he decided to use his heightened athletic abilities to make money as a wrestler on television. But when the thief he chose not to stop ended up being responsible for the death of his Uncle Ben, Peter learned a hurtful lesson: “With great power there must also come—great responsibility!”

From that point on, Peter Parker fought criminals, with or without superpowers. But he also struggles to help his widowed aunt pay the rent and to study at the same time. He started working as a photographer for the Daily Bugle, selling pictures of Spider-Man to its loudest opposition, newspaper publisher J. Jonah Jameson. It was difficult, but he kept on going, joining Empire State University where he met his new roommate and best friend Harry Osborn, and girlfriend Gwen Stacy—also, his aunt soon introduced him to the beautiful Mary Jane Watson.

Peter’s life is punctuated by tragedies as he fights his enemies like the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, the Sinister Six, and a lot more. He lost friends and lovers (but gained new ones along the way). Aunt May had a lot of health issues, as well as money problems. The Marvel Universe expanded and Spider-Man had to fight cosmic entities, insect and animal-themed villains. He sometimes worked with the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers, and he teamed up with almost everybody.

With J. Jonah Jameson telling his readers that Spider-Man was a menace, Peter Parker is as much loved and hated by the public, but Marvel Comics certainly loves him as he became the most popular superhero at the company.

Spider-Man doesn’t really need an introduction. He is the most recognizable comic book hero next to Batman and one of the most popular characters in all fiction. He is the star of movies, TV shows, video games, and even a Broadway show… His face is on lunch boxes, pens, and every other thing you can put it on.

Today, we are only talking about comic books though, and there are a lot of them. We already covered the biggest part of the last thirty years in previous articles, but we are going back to the beginning.

Spider-Man Reading Order:

Notes on collections: Marvel Masterworks is a collection of hardcover reprints of classic stories in chronological order. A premium edition with restored artwork. Starting in 2021, Marvel launched the Mighty Marvel Masterworks, a new (smaller in size) trade paperback line. The Epic Collection line is a numbered collection of sequential issues of one title (large, full-color trade paperback), sometimes including crossovers from related titles, starting from the beginning of a character – not released sequentially.

Where to start with Spider-Man?

The first Spider-Man story was published in 1962. Of course, you don’t have to read everything from the start. In fact, there are multiple perfect entry points in the saga. You just have to follow the menu:

Now-classic “modern” relaunches, good entry points for new readers:

You can also simply read our selection of the Best Spider-Man Comics there is!


We already have multiple dedicated reading orders for some specific eras of Spider-Man’s history:

The Spider-Verse Beyond Peter Parker: we also wrote reading orders and other articles for other characters connected to the Amazing Spider-Man!

The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibuses

Before exploring the history of Spider-Man one TPB after the other, let’s take a look at the list of omnibuses available, in case you want to take a shortcut:

  • Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1
    Collects Amazing Fantasy #15; Amazing Spider-Man #1-38, Annual #1-2; Strange Tales Annual #2; “The Fabulous Fantastic Four Meet Spider-Man!” from Fantastic Four Annual #1
  • Untold Tales of Spider-Man Omnibus
    Collects Amazing Fantasy #16-18, Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1-22, -1 and 23-25, Annual ’96 and Annual ’97, Untold Tales of Spider-Man: Strange Encounter, and The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #37.
  • Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 2
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #39-67, Annual #3-5; Spectacular Spider-Man magazine #1-2 (black-and-white); Not Brand Echh #2, 6, and 11
  • Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 3
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #68-104
  • Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 4
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #105-142, Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1, Marvel Super Heroes #14
  • Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 5
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #143-180, Annual #10-11, Nova #12, material from “Marvel Treasury Edition” (1974) #14, “Marvel Special Edition” (1975) #1.

Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 4

  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1
    Collects The Spectacular Spider-Man #1-42 and Annual #1, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #13, and Fantastic Four #218.
  • Spider-Man by Roger Stern Omnibus
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #206, 224-252; Annual #16-17;Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #43-61 and 85
  • Amazing Spider-Man by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane Omnibus
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #296-329; Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10
  • Spider-Man by Todd McFarlane Omnibus
    Collects Spider-Man (1990) #1-14, 16, X-Force (1991) #4.
  • Spider-Man by David Michelinie And Erik Larsen Omnibus
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #287, 324, 327, 329-350; Spider-Man #15, 18, 19-20 (A-stories), 21-23; material from Marvel Comics Presents #48-50.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man by Michelinie & Bagley Omnibus Vol. 1 NEW
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #351-375 And Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #25-26 — Plus Material From Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #11-12, Web Of Spider-Man Annual #7-8 And New Warriors Annual #2.
  • Spider-Man: Clone Saga Omnibus Vol. 1
    Collects Web of Spider-Man (1985) #117-125, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #394-401, Spider-Man (1990) #51-58, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #217-224, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993) #7-9, Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus (1995) #1-3, Spider-Man: The Clone Journal (1995) #1, material from Spider-Man Collectors’ Preview.
  • Spider-Man: Clone Saga Omnibus Vol. 2
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #402-406, Super Special; Spider-Man (1990) #59-63, Super Special; Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #225-229, Super Special; Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #126-129, Super Special; Venom Super Special; New Warriors (1990) #61-66; Spider-Man: The Jackal Files; Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha, Omega; Spider-Man Unlimited (1993) #10; Spider-Man Team-Up 1; Spider-Man: The Lost Years 1-3; Spider-Man: The Parker Years
  • Spider-Man: Ben Reilly Vol. 1
    Collects Web of Scarlet Spider (1995) #1-4; Amazing Scarlet Spider (1995) #1-2; Scarlet Spider (1995) #1-2; Spectacular Scarlet Spider (1995) #1-2; Scarlet Spider Unlimited (1995) #1; Green Goblin (1995) #3; Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #0-3, Wizard Mini-Comic; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #407-410; Amazing Spider-Man Annual ’96; Spider-Man (1990) #64-67; New Warriors (1990) #67; Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #230-233; Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot (1996) #1-2; Spider-Man Holiday Special (1995) #1; Spider-Man: The Final Adventure (1995) #1-4; Spider-Man Unlimited (1993) #11; Spider-Man Team-Up (1995) #2-3; material from Venom: Along Came a Spider (1996) #1-4.
  • Spider-Man: Ben Reilly Omnibus Vol. 2
    Collects Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #4-11, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #411-418, Spider-Man (1990) #68-75, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #234-241, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993) #12-14, Spider-Man: Redemption #1-4, Daredevil (1964) #354, Spider-Man Team-Up #4-5, Spider-Man: Revelations Tpb, Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal, Spider-Man: 101 Ways To End The Clone Saga And Spider-Man: Dead Man’s Hand.
  • Spider-Man by John Byrne Omnibus
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #189-190, 206, Annual #13; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #58; Spider-Man: Chapter One #1-6, 0, 7-12; Marvel Team-Up (1972) #53-55, 59-70, 75; Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #1 (A- and C-stories) #2-11, 12 (A-story) #13-18; Marvel Authentix: Amazing Spider-Man #1
  • Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Omnibus
    Collects Spider-Man’s Tangled Web #1-22.
  • Amazing Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski Omnibus Vol. 1
     Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #30-58, 500-514, 509 Director’s Cut.
  • Amazing Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski Omnibus Vol. 2
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #515-545; Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2005) #1-4, 24; Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004) #19-22; Sensational Spider-Man (2006) #41; Spider-Man: The Other Sketchbook (2005) #1; Spider-Man: One More Day Sketchbook (2007) #1.
  • Spider-Man by Joe Kelly Omnibus COMING SOON
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #575-576, #595-599, #606-607, #611, #617 And #625; Non-Stop Spider-Man #1-5; Savage Spider-Man #1-5; Marvel Fanfare (1996) #2-3; And Webspinners: Tales Of Spider-Man #7-9 – Plus Material From Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #1 And #3; Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #577, #600, #612, #634-637 And #647; And Spider-Man: Grim Hunt – The Kraven Saga.
  • Spider-Man: Brand New Day Omnibus Vol. 1
    Collects Free Comic Book Day 2007 (Spider-Man), Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #546-583, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (2008) #1, Secret Invasion: Amazing Spider-Man #1-3, Presidents’ Day Celebration Digital Comic, Spider-Man: Fear Itself One-Shot (2009), Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #2, Spider-Man: Swing Shift Director’s Cut One-Shot And Material From Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #1.
  • Superior Spider-Man Omnibus Vol. 1
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #698-700, and Superior Spider-Man #1-31, Annual #1-2.
  • Spider-Verse/Spider-Geddon Omnibus
    Collects Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #1-5; Spider-Verse (2014) #1-2; Superior Spider-Man (2013) #32-33; Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #7-15; Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #5-8; Scarlet Spiders (2014) #1-3; Spider-Woman (2014) #1-4; Spider-Verse Team-Up (2014) #1-3; Free Comic Book Day 2014 (Guardians of the Galaxy) #1 (Spider-Verse story); Edge of Spider-Geddon (2018) #1-4; Spider-Geddon (2018) #0-5; Superior Octopus (2018) #1; Spider-Force (2018) #1-3; Spider-Girls (2018) #1-3; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #311-313; Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider (2018) #1-4; Vault of Spiders (2018) #1-2; Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man Noir Video Comic (2018); Spider-Geddon: Spider-Gwen – Ghost Spider Video Comic (2018); Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man Video Comic (2018); Spider-Geddon Handbook (2018) #1
  • Spider-Man by Chip Zdarsky Omnibus
    Collects Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #1-6, 297-310; Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual (2018) #1; Free Comic Book Day 2017 (Secret Empire) #1 (Spider-Man story); Spider-Man: Life Story (2019) #1-6; Spider-Man: Life Story Annual (2021) #1; Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow (2021) #1-5.
  • Amazing Spider-Man By Nick Spencer Omnibus Vol. 1
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #1-43, 16.HU, 18.HU, 19.HU, 20.HU; Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle (2019) #1; material from Free Comic Book Day 2018 (Amazing Spider-Man/Guardians of the Galaxy) #1.
  • Amazing Spider-Man By Nick Spencer Omnibus Vol. 2 NEW
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #44-73, #74 (A-B Stories) And #50.Lr-54.Lr; Amazing Spider-Man: Sins Rising Prelude; Amazing Spider-Man: The Sins Of Norman Osborn; Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man: King’s Ransom; Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man: The Chameleon Conspiracy; and Sinister War #1-4.
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Beyond Omnibus
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #75-93, 78.BEY, 80. BEY, 88. BEY, 92. BEY, 74 (Ben Reilly Story); Free Comic Book Day 2021: Spider-Man/Venom #1 (Spider-Man Story); Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond (2022) #1.

From Amazing to Spectacular: Spider-Man in the 1970s

Marvel Comics does a great job with Amazing Spider-Man in its Marvel Masterworks collection, to a certain point. When Marvel started to launch more Spider-Man series, especially The Spectacular Spider-Man, things got a bit harder to read in order that way, but we will talk about that below. At first, it’s pretty straightforward. The Epic Collection books collecting the same issues are listed in a separate section after the Masterworks for clarity.


Following the success of The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker became one of the stars of Marvel Team-Up, but his success also led to a second ongoing series: The Spectacular Spider-Man. The way the series is collected is not optimal if you want to read the issues in order, especially during the 1980s. If you want an issue-by-issue reading order, a Reddit user named Kiekan did a great job writing an extremely detailed chronological reading order.


Black Cat Reading Order IconBlack Cat made her first official appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #194. To learn a little bit more about Felicia Hardy, check out our article about the origins of Marvel’s Black Cat.


Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection

Almost all those issues collected in the Masterworks collection up to that point are also available in the paperback Epic Collection. Here is the listing:

Spider-Man goes cosmic in the 1980s

After that point, there are still a few Marvel Masterworks, but to make it more clear, we are choosing to put other collections forward.

The Secret Wars! Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes and villains are set against one another by the mysterious and all-powerful Beyonder. This is when Peter finds the Alien Costume.

The Web of Spider-Man series was launched as a replacement for Marvel Team-Up.


There are bigger and bigger gaps in the different collections at that point. You can find all of them in Digital form:


Secret Wars II Reading OrderSecret Wars II! The omnipotent Beyonder comes to Earth to continue his study of humanity. Amazing Spider-Man #268, #273-274, and Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #111 are part of Secret Wars II (see Reading Order of the event)

Venom by Donny Cates Reading Order IconVenom made his entrance in Spider-Man’s World with The Amazing Spider-Man #300. You can follow him closely with the help of our Venom Reading Order.

Spider-Man got cloned! It’s the 1990s

Spider-Man was extremely popular–as he always was and still is–at the beginning of the 1990s. He was the star of Amazing Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, and Spectacular Spider-Man. A new series was added: Spider-Man, famously written and drawn by Todd McFarlane (he previously worked on ASM).

Spider-Man by Todd McFarlane Omnibus

Carnage Reading Order IconeSixty issues after Venom joined Spider-Man’s World, a new symbiote was introduced to generate chaos. Carnage made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #361. You can follow him closely with the help of our Carnage Reading Order.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Hero Killers
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #361-367, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26, Amazing Spider-Man: Soul of the Hunter #1; material from Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12, Web of Spider-Man Annual #8, New Warriors Annual #2.

    • Carnage’s introduction is also available in Carnage Epic Collection: Born in Blood.
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #186-190 are not collected yet.
    • Web Of Spider-Man #90-94 are not collected yet.
    • Infinity War Omnibus
      Collects Infinity War #1-6, Fantastic Four (1961) #366-370, Spider-Man (1990) #24, Deathlok (1991) #16, Daredevil (1964) #310, Warlock And The Infinity Watch 7-10, Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme 42-47, Silver Surfer (1987) #67-69, Wonder Man (1991) #13-15, Alpha Flight (1983) #110-112, Silver Sable & The Wild Pack 4-5, Guardians Of The Galaxy (1990) #27-29, Quasar 37-40, New Warriors (1990) #27, Marc Spector: Moon Knight 41-44, Nomad (1992) #7, Sleepwalker 18, Material From Captain America (1968) #408, Alpha Flight (1983) #109, Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #108-112. See the Infinity Saga Reading Order for more information.
    • Spider-Man #26-34 are not collected yet.
  • Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Invasion of the Spider-Slayers
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #368-377; Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27; Spider-Man/Dr. Strange: The Way to Dusty Death; Spider-Man Special Edition: The Trial of Venom.

    • Spirits of Venom
      Collects Web of Spider-Man #95-96 and Ghost Rider Blaze Spirits of Vengeance #5-6.
    • Venom – Lethal Protector
      Collects Venom – Lethal Protector #1-6.
    • Web Of Spider-Man #97-100, annual #9 are not collected yet.
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #191-199 are not collected yet. #189 & #200 are collected in Spider-Man: Son of the Goblin.
  • Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Maximum Carnage
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #378-380; Web of Spider-Man #101-103; Spider-Man #35-37; Spectacular Spider-Man #201-203; Spider-Man/Punisher/Sabretooth: Designer Genes and material from Spider-Man Unlimited #1-2.

    • Infinity Crusade Omnibus
      Collects Infinity Crusade (1993) #1-6, Warlock Chronicles (1993) #1-5, Warlock And The Infinity Watch (1992) #18-22, Thor (1966) #463-467, Iron Man (1968) #294-295, Avengers West Coast (1989) #96-97, Darkhawk (1991) #30-31, Cage (1992) #17, Alpha Flight (1983) #124-125, 127, Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989) #57, Silver Surfer (1987) #83-85, Deathlok (1991) #28, Material From Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #54-56, Alpha Flight (1983) #122-123, 126, Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #104-106, Silver Sable & The Wild Pack (1992) #16-17, Deathlok (1991) #29. See the Infinity Saga Reading Order for more information.
    • Web Of Spider-Man #107-111 are not collected yet.
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #204-210 are not collected yet.
    • Spider-Man #38-44 are not collected yet.
  • Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Lifetheft 
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #381-393, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #28, Spider-Man (1990) #45, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #211, Web of Spider-Man (1985) #112, Amazing Spider-Man Ashcan Edition (1994) #1.

    • Web Of Spider-Man #113-116 are not collected yet.
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #212-215 are not collected yet.
    • Spider-Man – The Arachnis Project #1-6 are not collected yet.
    • Spider-Man #46-50 are not collected yet.

Spider-Man: The Clone Saga

The 1990s saw the Death of Superman, Batman getting his back broken, and Spider-Man getting cloned. This Clone Saga was obviously not the first one (see The Amazing Spider-Man: The Original Clone Saga), but it was the biggest. In fact, it was so big that readers just wanted it to end at some point.

Peter Parker must face old enemies, but also the dead, as they came back. Of course, they are just clones. One of them is Ben Reilly (go here for the dedicated Ben Reilly Reading Order), his own clone. Or is he? Maybe Ben is the original Spider-Man! To find out, Marvel developed this story in all the regular Spider-Man series, but also in several limited series and one-shot issues published between 1994 and 1997.

If you want to know more about it (and the issue-by-issue reading order), you can go to our Spider-Man: Clone Saga Reading Order.

  • Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic Book 1
    Collects Spider-Man: The Lost Years #0-3, Web Of Spider-Man #117-119, Amazing Spider-Man #394, Spider-Man #51-53, Spectacular Spider-Man #217, Material From Spider-Man Unlimited #7.

    • Also available now in The Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Clone Saga (NEW COLLECTION)
      Collects Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #117-119, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #394-396, Spider-Man (1990) #51-53, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #217-219, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993) #7 And Clone Subplot Pages.
  • Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic Book 2
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #395-399, Spectacular Spider-Man #218-221, Spider-Man #54-56, Spider-Man Unlimited #8, Web Of Spider-Man #120-122, Spider-Man: Funeral For An Octopus #1-3.
  • Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic Book 3
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man #400-401, Super Special, Spectacular Spider-Man #222-224, Super Special, Spider-Man #57-58, Super Special, Spider-Man Unlimited #9, Wed of Spider-Man #123-124, Super Special, Spider-Man: The Clone Journal and Venom Super Special.
  • Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic Book 4
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #402-404; Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #225-227; Spider-Man (1990) #59-61; Web of Spider-Man #125-127; New Warriors (1990) #61; Spider-Man: The Jackal Files; Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha, Omega.
  • Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic Book 5
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man Super Special, Spider-Man Super Special, Venom Super Special, Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special, Web of Spider-Man Super Special, New Warriors (1990) #62, Web of Spider-Man #128-129, Amazing Spider-Man (1962) #405-406, Spider-Man (1990) #62-63, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993) #10, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #228-229, Spider-Man Team-Up #1, Spider-Man: The Parker Years.

The controversial end of The Clone Saga saw Peter Parker giving up being Spider-Man to retire with his pregnant wife Mary Jane, Ben Reilly/the Scarlet Spider took on his duties and became the star of the show, the main spider hero… The Amazing Spider-Man.

Peter Parker’s Back in Action!

It was inevitable. Ben Reilly had to go at some point to let Peter Parker be Spider-Man again–it’s the comic book law that nothing really changes for long. Things mostly went back to normal, including the holes in the collected editions.

  • The Sensational Spider-Man: The Savage Land Saga
    Collects The Sensational Spider-Man #13-15.
  • Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives
    Collects Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #1-3, (Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #259-261 to be read later).

  • Spider-Man #76-87, Annual 1997 are not collected yet.
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #242-250 are not collected yet.
  • Spider-Man Unlimited #15-18 are not collected yet.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #421-429 are not collected yet.
  • Spider-Man By Todd Dezago and Mike Wieringo
    Collects The Sensational Spider-Man #7-24, -1.
  • Venom: Tooth And Claw
    Collects Venom: Tooth And Claw #1-3, Venom: On Trial #1-3, Venom: License To Kill #1-3, Venom: Seed Of Darkness #-1, Venom: Sign Of The Boss #1-2, Spider-Man: The Venom Agenda And Venom: The Finale #1-3.
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #251-254 are not collected yet.
  • Carnage Classic
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 361-363, 410, 430-431; Venom: Carnage Unleashed 1-4; Carnage: Mind Bomb; Carnage: It’s A Wonderful Life; Sensational Spider-Man (1996) 3; Spider-Man (1990) 67; Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) 233; Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) 13; Webspinners: Tales Of Spider-Man 13-14.
  • Spider-Man Spider Hunt
    Collects Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #25-26, Amazing Spider-Man #432-433, Spider-Man #88-90 and Spectacular Spider-Man #254-256.
  • Spider-Man: Identity Crisis
    Collects Spider-Man #91-92, Spectacular Spider-Man #257-258, Sensational Spider-Man #27-28, and Amazing Spider-Man #434-435.
  • Spider-Man Unlimited #19-21 are not collected yet.
  • Sensational Spider-Man #29-31 are not collected yet.
  • Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives
    Collects (Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #1-3 to be read earlier), Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #259-261.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #436-439 are not collected yet.
  • Spider-Man: The Gathering of Five
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man  #440-441, Spider-Man #96-98, Sensational Spider-Man #32-33, Spectacular Spider-Man #262-263.

The new Amazing Spider-Man

With issue #440, The Amazing Spider-Man concluded, but a new volume of Amazing Spider-Man was immediately launched with Howard Mackie as a writer and  John Byrne as a penciler. Peter Parker: Spider-Man (originally titled simply Spider-Man) was also relaunched, with the same creative team as before: Howard Mackie and John Romita Jr.


Following the concept of Untold Tales of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Webspinners told stories of Spider-Man set in the past, but at different times (not just at the beginning). Spider-Man’s Tangled Web was also an anthology revolving around Spider-Man, but it was contemporary and Spidey was not always at the heart of the stories.

Amazing Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski: From Coming Home to One More Day

Starting with Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #30, J. Michael Straczynski became the main writer of the series, and the driving force behind Spider-Man. It’s one of the most celebrated runs in recent history, even if the conclusion–forced by Marvel editorial–is still controversial (and mostly despised). You can focus on Straczynski’s work if you only want the essentials. Go to our Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski Reading Order for more information.

At that time, there were multiple Spidey lead titles like Peter Parker: Spider-Man (later replaced by Spectacular Spider-Man v2), Spider-Man’s Tangled Web, and Venom which was occasionally connected to The Amazing Spider-Man.

Civil War! Peter travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., and the White House – where the enactment of the Super Hero Registration Act appears imminent. As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that will forever change the societal status of superheroes, Peter is forced to make an important personal decision–maybe the most important decision of his life. As Civil War tears apart the superhero community, will Spidey stay true to that decision? It’s time to check the Civil War Reading Order.

Spider-Man: Brand New Day & The Gauntlet

After the infamous One More Day that marked the end of Straczynski’s work on the title, Marvel decided to only keep The Amazing Spider-Man, and it was published three times a month, with a team of rotating artists and writers. The first arc was Brand New Day worked as a “Back to Basics” storyline, leading the way to Dan Slott’s solo run.

 

The Secret Invasion event took place at that time: a brutal battle between the New Avengers and the Hand—one that claims the life of Elektra and reveals that she was a Skrull! What does this mean for Tony Stark and his Mighty Avengers? How about the Illuminati? go to the Reading Order!

Dark ReignAfter Secret Invasion came the Dark Reign, a new “dark” era for the heroes of the Marvel Universe. Dark Reign is not an event, but a thematic era (see this article to learn more about it). A new status quo, a bad one for the heroes but good for the Dark Avengers, Norman Osborn’s team!

Marvel Siege LogoSiege! It’s the end of the Dark Reign Era. Coerced by Loki and on the brink of madness, Osborn, in his final bid to take total control, targets the final obstacle in his mission…Asgard. More with the reading order of the event.

Daredevil Reading OrderNew York Event! In Shadowland, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Punisher, and more join forces to stop a war that is breaking out throughout New York, with Daredevil at the center. See the Shadowland Reading Order for more information.

Spider-Man by Dan Slott

After being one of the writers on the Amazing Spider-Man during the Brand New Day initiative, Dan Slott became the sole writer at issue #648 (Jan. 2011), launching the Big Time storyline. It was the beginning of what became the longest run in Spidey’s history.

During that era, Slott created new characters, updated old ones, developed the Spider-Verse, gave us the Superior Spider-Man, and more. He only left the title in 2018, his final issue being #801.

You can find more about that and the multiple collected editions of that era in The Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott Reading Order.

 

Spider-Man joined The Future Foundation (aka F4) just after #657 in Fantastic Four #588 & FF #1. This is Jonathan Hickman’s era (see reading order for more information). Also, soon after, Spider-Man joined the Avengers, and the New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis! (see reading order here)

Be afraid of Fear Itself! The entire planet has been seized by Fear and only chaos reigns. The Serpent, Asgard’s most ancient evil, has awakened and is feeding off the fear of Earth’s populace. Don’t be afraid, the Reading Order is here.

The Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott Reading Order: Alert Web-Event! Welcome to Spider-Island, where a million New Yorkers suddenly possess Spider-Man’s powers – but none of the responsibility! For more information about the event, go to the reading order.

  • Spider-Island
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man issues #666–673, Venom #6–9, Spider-Island: Deadly Foes, material from Amazing Spider-Man #659–660, #662–665, Spider-Island Spotlight. This is where Avenging Spider-Man is introduced.

    • Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion (not by Dan Slott)
      Collects The Amazing Spider-Girl #1-3, Spiderisland: Cloak & Dagger #1-3, Spider-Island: Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #1-3, Herc #7-8, Spider-Island: Avengers #1, Spider-Island: Spider-Woman #1, Spider-Island: I Love New York City, Black Panther #524, Spider-Island: Heroes For Hire #1.
  • Spider-Man: Flying Blind
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man issues #674–677, and the crossover to Daredevil #8.
  • Carnage U.S.A
    Collects Carnage U.S.A #1-5. 

Writer Zeb Wells and artist Joe Madureira teamed up to launch a new team-up series: Avenging Spider-Man.

The Avengers and the X-Men go to war in Avengers vs. X-Men! This 2012 crossover event involved the return of the Phoenix Force and the subsequent war between the Avengers and the X-Men. For a more comprehensive look at the event, go to the reading order.

Spider-Man Miles Morales Reading Order Icon 1Courtesy of the multiversal machinations of Mysterio, the Marvel Universe’s friendly neighborhood Peter Parker meets Ultimate Comics’ new kid on the block, Miles Morales in the limited series Spider-Men!

The Superior Spider-Man

It’s not really a spoiler at that point. Spider-Man isn’t Amazing anymore, he is Superior. Peter Parker “died”, and his body is now inhabited by the mind of Doctor Octopus. For more information, go to the Superior Spider-Man Reading Order.

The Amazing Spider-Man is back in Action

We are now back to The Amazing Spider-Man. Peter Parker is himself again, in full control and ready to go big. Also, this is when Cindy Moon/Silk was introduced. For more information about her, go to the reading order.

The Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott Reading Order: Alert Web-Event! It’s time to enter the Spider-Verse. When the evil Inheritors begin exterminating spider characters throughout the multiverse, every single Spider-Man ever is needed to save the day! You can find a lot more information in the full Reading Order of the event. A must-read.

Silk Reading Order LogoAfter being introduced for the Spider-Verse event (her first appearance was in The Parker Luck), Cindy Moon (aka Silk) went on living her own adventures in her ongoing series featuring J. Jonah Jameson. You can learn more about her in our Silk Reading Order.

Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide

Secret Wars 2015In 2015, Marvel published the Secret Wars event (you can find the reading order here). Once it concluded, the Marvel Universe was relaunched. Just before that, Dan Slott wrote a new series that didn’t take place in the regular Marvel Universe. In this story, Peter is still married to MJ and they have a kid. :

Once again, Amazing Spider-Man was relaunched, but this time Spider-Man has gone global! Parker Industries is more successful than ever, with offices in New York, Shanghai, London, and San Francisco and Peter Parker is racking up the frequent flyer miles with his “bodyguard” Spider-Man in tow, of course. But success breeds enemies, and a reinvigorated Zodiac has also widened its scope to threaten the whole world. Silk, Spidey 2099, and Spider-Woman were also relaunched, and Miles Morales joined the Earth-616 for good.

Spider-Man Deadpool Reading Order IconA new team-up series was launched: Spider-Man/Deadpool. It wasn’t supposed to last long, but it was a success. In parallel to the main series, Deadpool teamed up with his best friend Spidey to live wonderful and colorful adventures, a title launched by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness. 

Civil War IIAlert Event! Iron Man vs Captain Marvel, it’s Civil War II! When a new Inhuman emerges, with the ability to profile the future, Captain Marvel wanted him to work with the Ultimates, in order to preemptively tackle disasters before they happen, but Iron Man opposed the idea, suggesting it was dangerous to take his visions for granted for several reasons. Not a big Spidey event though. Go to the Civil War II Reading Order.

The first part of the Spider-Man/Deadpool team up is now available in the Modern Era Epic collection:

The Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott Reading Order:Alert Web-Event! Discover the Clone Conspiracy. The Jackal has returned, more driven and determined than ever. He offered Spidey’s greatest rogues a chance to reunite with their loved ones in exchange for loyalty. But to what end? For more, see the full reading order.

A new Spectacular Spider-Man series written by Chip Zdarsky was launched. In this series, the relationship between Peter Parker and J.J. Jameson changed a lot, and it’s not really explained in Amazing Spider-Man.

Secret Empire Icon 29Alert Event! The Secret Empire took over. The Cosmic Cube has remade Captain America into a secret true believer in the cause of Hydra! Now, using the trust and respect he’s been accorded by the great powers of the Marvel Universe, Steve Rogers makes Hydra’s ideals a reality—and changes the landscape of the world dramatically! The Secret Empire Reading Order will help you navigate the event.

Spider-Man by Nick Spencer

Once Dan Slott left the title, it was Nick Spencer’s turn. The writer of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man (recommended reading as Spencer has incorporated elements from it in his run) is offering a “Fresh Start” to Peter Parker, a clear entry point for new readers as once again Spidey must start anew. And if you only want Nick Spencer’s work from that era, follow this guide.


 

The Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott Reading Order: Alert Web-Event! After the Spider-verse came Spider-Geddon. The Inheritors have escaped their radioactive prison planet and made their way to the Marvel Universe. As the villains draw first blood, a whole Spider-Army must reunite to keep them at bay! It’s more of a Miles Morales event than a Peter Parker. Go to our Spider-Man Spider-Geddon Reading Order for the details.


War of Realms Logo 72War of Realms! The Dark Elf known as Malekith the Accursed has been conquering the Ten Realms one by one until there is only one left: Midgard (Earth!). Not a big event for Spider-Man, but he fought for New York, as usual. For more information, go to our War Of Realms Reading Order.

 

Nick Spencer's Spider-Man Reading Order IconThis is when the Absolute Carnage event (reading order) takes place. It is more of a Venom event than a Spider-Man one, but Spidey did participate. You can find the tie-ins to the events in the next TPBs.

Nick Spencer's Spider-Man Reading Order IconEvent Alert! Not a company-wide event, just a spidey one called Last Remains, and you can go to the dedicated reading order to find out more about it. Kindred—the mystery villain plaguing Peter Parker’s life from the shadows—is stepping out on stage for the first time … and Spider-Man is not ready for the havoc that will result.

Venom Icon - Venom Reading OrderKing in Black! The sequel to Absolute Carnage. Knull, the god of the symbiotes, is finally coming to conquer Earth—with an army of thousands of symbiote dragons at his beck and call. Of course, Earth’s heroes will fight back. It’s not an important event for Spidey, he is barely in it, but it has some consequences for characters related to him. (see the reading order).

Nick Spencer's Spider-Man Reading Order IconEvent Alert! It’s the Sinister War! Doctor Octopus is back with a plan, and old allies are now enemies. Spider-Man has to stop the Sinister War! Go to the reading order for more details.

Spider-Man: Beyond

Once Nick Spencer left the book, Marvel decided to recruit multiple writers and artists—like during the Big Time period—to launch a weekly adventure titled “beyond.” You can learn more about it with our Amazing Spider-Man Beyond Reading Order.

  • Amazing Spider-Man: Beyond Omnibus
    Collects Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #75-93, 78.BEY, 80. BEY, 88. BEY, 92. BEY, 74 (Ben Reilly Story); Free Comic Book Day 2021: Spider-Man/Venom #1 (Spider-Man Story); Mary Jane & Black Cat: Beyond (2022) #1.

Spider-Man by Zeb Wells & John Romita Jr.

One of the Amazing Spider-Man: Beyond was destined to become the new main writer on Amazing Spider-Man. The winner was Zeb Wells. Also, it’s time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Spider-Man!

Nick Spencer's Spider-Man Reading Order IconEvent Alert! The Dark Web!!! Ben Reilly and Madelyne Pryor have had enough — and they’re reigniting the Inferno! And as Chasm and the Goblin Queen spin their dark web over New York City, Spider-Man and the X-Men are not ready for what’s coming! Go to the reading order for more details.

Nick Spencer's Spider-Man Reading Order IconEvent Alert! Gang War!!!  New York City’s super-crime landscape has been a ticking time bomb, and now it finally explodes! As NYC becomes an open battlefield for a ruthless supervillain conflict, the wall-crawler will need an amazing team. Go to the reading order for more details.


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Last Updated on June 13, 2024.