Spidey joins Secret Wars, gets his original black costume and much more in a very busy year!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this year, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

After a strange situation with Aunt May as Galactus’ new herald in MARVEL TEAM-UP #137, Spider-Man took on a powered-up Thunderball and had a poignant meeting with “The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man” in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #248, and following an annoying encounter with the Fly in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #86, decided to reveal his identity as Peter Parker to the Black Cat in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #87. Did that go well? No, it did not. Not even when the duo tried to insinuate themselves into the middle of a feud between Mr. Hyde and Cobra in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #88.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #248

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #248

  • Published: January 10, 1984
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2007
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Reeling from the Black Cat’s rejection of Peter, our hero teamed with the former-criminal Sandman to battle the Enforcers in MARVEL TEAM-UP #138, Nick Fury to defend against a Dreadnought in MARVEL TEAM-UP #139, and Black Widow to free a framed ex-gang member in MARVEL TEAM-UP #140. Later, Black Cat searched for someone to give her super powers in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #89.

In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #249, the wallcrawler tried to break up Hobgoblin’s blackmail scheme, but lost his spider-sense to the villain’s new chemical gas. The Kingpin, of all people, rescued Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #250, but when he entered into final battle with his foe, Hobgoblin apparently drowned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #251. Soon after, Spidey discovered a weird, alien device in Central Park and disappeared into it.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #252

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #252

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In SECRET WARS #1, the webslinger found himself among his fellow super heroes as they zipped across the galaxy to act as gladiators on the Beyonder’s Battleworld – a battle which continued through the entire SECRET WARS 12-part limited series. He reappeared back on Earth in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252 after many trials and tribulations, but supporting an all-new black costume, a variation on his original suit (how he got it was shown in SECRET WARS #8). Black Cat caught up with him again in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #90, and he caught up with Black Widow and Daredevil to help them finish a case in MARVEL TEAM-UP #141.

A new mob boss called the Rose made his scent known in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #253, demanding our hero’s attention. Jack O’ Lantern attempted to purloin Hobgoblin’s battle van in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #254, and the thief called the Black Fox made the mistake of trying to steal from the Red Ghost and his Super Apes in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #255. The webslinger aided Captain Marvel in investigating disappearing cities in MARVEL TEAM-UP #142, but when she became stuck in her energy form he worked with Starfox in MARVEL TEAM-UP #143 to return her to her solid self.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #95

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #95

  • Published: October 10, 1984
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 26, 2015
  • Writer: Al Milgrom
  • Cover Artist: Al Milgrom
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Spidey and Black Cat bounced up against the Blob in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #91, and the mysterious Answer tested both of them in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #92. Later, the villain kidnapped the Cat to distract the wallcrawler from his theft of Silverman’s corpse in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #93, and the Kingpin revived the cyborg mob boss in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #94. After a tussle with all involved, the Answer sacrificed his corporeal body to save Dagger’s life when Silvermane sucked a missing shard of his soul out of her in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #95 and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #96.

Following a clash between Moon Knight and the White Dragon in MARVEL TEAM-UP #144, and a visit to Cleveland with Iron Man to confront Blacklash in MARVEL TEAM-UP #145, Spidey suffered his arm pulled out of its socket by the assassin Puma in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #256, as well as his new costume seemingly gaining a life of its own. To add insult to injury, Mary Jane Watson revealed to him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #257 that she’d known his secret identity as Peter Parker all along. Trying to push his troubles with MJ and Black Cat aside, our hero sought out Mr. Fantastic in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #258 to subdue his black costume, which turned out to be an alien symbiote leeching off of him.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #258

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #258

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Back in his old costume, the webslinger met the Hermit in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #97, and learned the still-alive Hobgoblin wanted Harry Osborn for his father’s Green Goblin journals in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #259. He also delved into the mystery of the Black Abbott with Nomad in MARVEL TEAM-UP #146, the Human Torch in MARVEL TEAM-UP #147, and Thor in MARVEL TEAM-UP #148.

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Spidey's adventures included Punisher, Black Cat and Cloak & Dagger, as Hobgoblin made his debut!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this year, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

The mysteries surrounding Peter Parker’s friend Deb Whitman ultimately came to a head in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #74, Spidey teamed up with Tigra in MARVEL TEAM-UP #125, and avoided the Hulk in MARVEL TEAM-UP #126. The webslinger’s fellow arachnid the Tarantula perished in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #236, and the Stilt-Man leveled up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #237.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #237

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #237

  • Published: February 10, 1983
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 30, 2014
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The Black Cat crept back into Spider-Man’s life in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #75 to drag our hero into a shooting match between Doctor Octopus and the Owl. When Ock’s curiosity almost killed the kitty in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #76, Spidey found himself not only in the multi-armed villain’s sights, but also those of the Gladiator’s in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #77. Boomerang and the Punisher became involved in the ongoing drama in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #78, and the vigilante gunned for Doc Ock in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #79.

The all-seeing Watcher guest-starred in MARVEL TEAM-UP #127, and the wallcrawler and Captain America joined forces to rid the city of Vermin and his rats in MARVEL TEAM-UP #128. The Hobgoblin, a new baddie using the Green Goblin’s motifs, attacked Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238, and ramped things up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #239 before flying off to cackle another day.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #238

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #238

  • Published: March 10, 1983
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 29, 2013
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After J. Jonah Jameson tried to prove his reporter’s instincts still rated in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #80, Spider-Man joined with the Vision to antagonize androids in MARVEL TEAM-UP #129, the Scarlet Witch to vanquish Necrodamas in MARVEL TEAM-UP #130, and Frog-Man to chase off the White Rabbit in MARVEL TEAM-UP #131.

The Vulture returned to build a new nest-egg in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #240 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #241, and the Mad Thinker introduced a new android of his creation in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #242. The wallcrawler got involved with Cloak and Dagger’s hunt for the Punisher in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #81, and tracked him to the Kingpin’s front door in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #82. After his capture by the police, the Punisher faced a judge and jury for his alleged crimes in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #83.

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #132

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #132

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Mr. Fantastic lent his big brain to Spidey in MARVEL TEAM-UP #132, and then the whole blamed Fantastic Four — or so it seemed — hit the scene in MARVEL TEAM-UP #133 to help close down Doctor Faustus illicit practice. Later, the webslinger met up with Jack of Hearts in MARVEL TEAM-UP #134. Mary Jane Watson reentered Peter Parker’s life in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #243 to complicate his already relationship with the Black Cat, the Hobgoblin flew in for a rematch in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #244, our hero though he’d learned the masked villain’s true identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #245, and the Watcher revealed divergent paths for Peter and his friends in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #246.

Following Spidey’s near-brush with joining Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #236 and AVENGERS #237, the Black Cat checked out of the hospital in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #84, and attempted to go straight by helping her Spider catch the Hobgoblin in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #85. The wallcrawler met up with the mutant Kitty Pryde to hunt Morlocks in MARVEL TEAM-UP #135, and with Wonder Man to manhandle the Mauler in MARVEL TEAM-UP #136. And, at the end of the day, Spidey found his only real friend might be Frog-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #247.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #85

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #85

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Stan Lee and Steve Ditko invent The Tinkerer in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

When it comes to super geniuses per capita, no place compares to the Marvel Universe! Some use their powers to help keep the world safe while others try to rule the world. And some just want to make crazy weapons to sell to nutcases! The Tinkerer – newly returned in this week’s PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #4 – fit into that last category for most of his villainous career. 

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #4

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017) #4

First debuting back in 1963’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, The Tinkerer made quite an impression on his first page. The old man with glasses propped up on his forehead wearing a plaid sweater and green slacks might have seemed like no problem at all had he not blasted Spidey with a ray gun right then and there! 

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #2

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #2

  • Published: May 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Steve Ditko
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In the Mighty Marvel tradition of the day, the next page flashed back to Peter Parker working hard in the chemistry lab at Midtown High where his teacher introduced him to electronics expert Professor Cobbwell who needed some weekend help. Peter’s first duty included stopping to pick up a radio from The Tinkerer Repair Shop on the way over the next day.

After arriving at the business the next day, Peter’s Spidey Sense went off, but he chalked it up to electrical impulses from the nearby machines. However, we learned that he should have listened to it as the Tinkerer and his apparently alien cronies hid something sinister inside Cobbwell’s  radio!

While working in Cobbwell’s lab, Peter realized that his Spider Sense continued to react in the same way. When his new boss left to give a lecture, Peter inspected the radio and found something extra inside. To investigate, he ditched his civvies and swung his way back to the shop!

Having descended into the Tinkerer’s underground lab, our hero learned that the radios all now hide secret spy equipment so that he could learn about Earthly weaknesses and attack with his alien cohorts. After being discovered by one of the potential invaders, Spidey fought hard, but fell to the Tinkerer’s blast seen on that first page.

The Wall-Crawler used his own considerable intelligence and skill to get himself out of the Tinkerer’s death trap. In the ensuing battle, much of the equipment got destroyed and caught fire, engulfing the entire place in flames. Spider-Man tried saving The Tinkerer, but he refused to be touched and they both escaped through the smoke.

Much later on down the line, The Tinkerer returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #159 and 160 where he designed a Spider-Mobile to kill the Wall Crawler himself! From there he went on to update and create weapons for many a masked marauder and even played a huge part in SECRET WARS. Now he’s back to cause more trouble for Spider-Man! 

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #160

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #160

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Flash Forward

One of the most interesting parts of Tinkerer’s history remains the fact that, for the more-than-15-year gap between his first and second appearance, Spidey and the readers believed him an alien! Much of that came from Peter walking away from that first confrontation with a human mask, but also a bio published in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 which clearly labeled the Tinkerer as “the first, and the only alien menace Spider-Man has ever fought!” He explained the mask in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #160: “That mask I left you holding was merely a ruse – a simple ploy to deter pursuit that, I must say, worked exceptionally well!”

The aliens themselves reappeared in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #50 and 51, but the Wall Crawler learned that are and were out of work actors posing as aliens that Tinkerer hired. One of that actually turned out to be the future Mysterio who got the gang back together for the job seen in these issues.

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The face of Peter Parker revealed, Spider-Slayer and more!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of this stories history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

Still stuck in the Savage Land in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #104, the wondrous web-head somehow managed to snatch victory from the jaws of an alien monster and rescue both Gwen Stacy and J. Jonah Jameson. Back home again, Spidey saw action alongside his old sparring partner the Human Torch versus the slippery Sandman in MARVEL TEAM-UP #1

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #1

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #1

  • Published: March 10, 1972
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 29, 2010
  • Writer: Roy Thomas
  • Penciler: Ross Andru
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The unappreciative Jameson once again hired Professor Smythe and his Spider-Slayer in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #105, which forced the webslinger to act fast to protect his secret identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #106 and to hold off the mobsters Smythe’d fallen in with in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #107.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #106

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #106

  • Published: March 10, 1972
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 04, 2012
  • Penciller: John Romita
  • Cover Artist: John Romita
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Spidey put up with Johnny Storm again in MARVEL TEAM-UP #2 to protect the Negative Zone portal at the Baxter Building from the Frightful Four. Later, the mystery of Peter Parker’s high school tormentor Flash Thompson deepened in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #108, and so Spidey stepped in to save the day with a little help from Doctor Strange in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #109.

Morbius the Living Vampire flew in for a bite in MARVEL TEAM-UP #3, but not even still more assistance from the Human Torch provided the wallcrawler with the manpower to take him down. It fell to the uncanny X-Men in MARVEL TEAM-UP #4 to shine some light on the situation and help Spidey put the final nail in Morbius’ coffin.

A well-meaning young man named Marty Blank told Spider-Man he wanted to become a super hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #110, but our hero unfortunately laughed him off, leaving a gap big enough for Kraven the Hunter to leap into and push Marty into becoming the villainous Gibbon in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #111

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #111

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #111

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After another public smear-campaign against the webslinger by J. Jonah Jameson in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #112, Peter wrestled with a worsening ulcer while Doctor Octopus hit town with his latest crime spree in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #113. When Ock’s war with crime boss Hammerhead heated up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #114, Spidey swung in for a direct confrontation in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #115 with the eight-limbed maniac, only to wind up on the wrong end of a gun wielded by the doctor’s new housekeeper…Pete’s dear old Aunt May.

By the time the dust cleared and Ock ended up back behind bars, a tussle with both the android Vision and the hulking Monstroid in MARVEL TEAM-UP #5 seemed like a walk in the park to our young wallcrawler.

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Harry Osborn in peril, extra arms for our hero, and much more!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of this stories history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

The X-Men’s Iceman clashed with Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #92, but after realizing his mistake, joined forces with our hero to put the kibosh on Sam Bullit, a crooked politician wooing Gwen Stacy following the death of her father. Spidey stood alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at a charity event in AVENGERS #85, but when Gwen announced a permanent move to London in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #93, he tried to drown his sorrows in a rematch with The Prowler.

After a bout with The Beetle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #94, and making up his mind to fly to London to bring Gwen back, Peter Parker changed to his alter-ego in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #95 to put down some British criminals. Back home again in CAPTAIN AMERICA #137, the Web-Slinger held off an attack by The Falcon, then teamed with the high-flying hero and Captain America versus Stone Face in CAPTAIN AMERICA #138.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #92

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #92

  • Published: January 10, 1971
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Gil Kane
  • Cover Artist: John Romita
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Peter took a job with Norman Osborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #96, but the business tycoon allowed the pressures in his head to explode and reawaken his other self, The Green Goblin. He battled Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #97, while unbeknownst to the two combatants, Norman’s son and Peter’s friend Harry fell under the spell of a drug dealer. The Wall Crawler crashed the pusher’s party in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #98, and made Norman see the light of reason by forcing him to face his son’s pill problem.

Spider-Man helped out Daredevil in a fracas with Namor the Sub-Mariner in DAREDEVIL #77, then broke up a prison riot in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #99. Later, weary of his role as a super hero, Peter concocted a potion to be rid of his spider-powers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #100, but instead gave himself an extra four arms. Now sporting as many limbs as an actual spider, the young hero stumbled into the path of Morbius the Living Vampire in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101, and felt immense relief when his friend Dr. Curt Connors cured him of his multiple arms in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #102.

Desiring nothing more than a chance to get away from it all, Peter flew with Gwen and his boss J. Jonah Jameson to the Savage Land in search of a legendary monster in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #103. When they found the creature, it took the timely intervention of Ka-Zar to unstick them from the web they’d fallen into.

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Kingpin, Shocker, and more battle Spidey over an all-powerful artifact!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of this stories history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

Peter Parker tried to stay out of the student demonstrations at Empire State University in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #68, but still entered into the chaos when The Kingpin and his men used the disturbance as a distraction to steal an ancient stone tablet from campus.

After quickly attending the wedding of Janet Van Dyne and Yellowjacket in AVENGERS #60, Spider-Man traded blows with Kingpin over the aforementioned tablet in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #69, and though he retrieved the object, the cops still mistook him for the real thief. On the run in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #70, our hero tracked the crime boss down, but lost him again when a mystery woman showed up to spirit Kingpin away.

With J. Jonah Jameson in the hospital following a heart attack, Robbie Robertson cleared the web-slinger’s name in the Daily Bugle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #71. The mutant speedster called Quicksilver sought Spidey to make himself look good to the authorities, but swiftly realized the police’s mistake. Peter smarted from Gwen Stacy’s anger at him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #72, but worked out his frustrations on The Shocker when the super criminal attempted to steal the tablet.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #68

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #68

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The wallcrawler looked everywhere for the missing tablet in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #73, and when he discovered Maggia leader Silvermane’s interest in it, found himself dealing with enforcer Man-Mountain Marko. Silvermane got his hands on the coveted artifact in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #74, and forced Peter’s friend Dr. Curt Connors to make a serum from the alchemical instructions on it. Believing the concoction to be the fabled Fountain of Youth, the mob boss drank it and began to turn younger.

Spidey tracked down Silvermane in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #75, but Connors transformed into his alter ego The Lizard to complicate any kind of a rescue. Loose on the city in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #76, Lizard presented the web-slinger with another challenge, one that seemed like a cakewalk to the young hero when later Gwen’s father Captain Stacy began to pry into the secret of Spider-Man’s identity.

The Human Torch involved himself in the Lizard’s capture in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #77, and sometime later Peter found Gwen on a date with returned war hero Flash Thompson in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #78. Elsewhere, window washer Hobie Brown turned his safety inventions into workable gear to become The Prowler. When the wallcrawler came across him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #79, he discovered the Prowler’s identity and convinced the young man to give up his newly acquired life of crime.

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Peter Parker protects his loved ones from The Kingpin, plus much more!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of this stories history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

Suffering from amnesia and tricked into thinking himself part of Doctor Octopus’ gang, Spider-Man avoided further indignity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #56 and escaped Ock’s fury in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #57. A knock-out blow from Ka-Zar returned our hero’s memory in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #58, but a revised Spider-Slayer threatened everything he’d fought and suffered for.

Peter Parker offered an explanation for his long disappearance to the police in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #59 in just enough time to catch Mary Jane’s new go-go dancer act. Behind the curtain lurked The Kingpin, though, and the crime boss’ scheme to brainwash Captain Stacy exploded in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #60 when Peter sold photos of the duped detective’s criminal activity to the Daily Bugle.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #56

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #56

  • Published: January 10, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: John Romita
  • Cover Artist: John Romita
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The captain revived in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #61, but when he and his daughter Gwen found themselves kidnapped by the Kingpin’s goons it fell to the wallcrawler and his unexpected ally Norman Osborn to rescue them. After duking it out with the Fantastic Four during a plot by Doctor Doom in FANTASTIC FOUR #73, the webslinger tussled with Medusa’s living tresses in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #62.

The original Vulture flew in to gain revenge on his successor in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #63, which placed Spidey smack dab in the middle of their war and brought injury to Peter’s friend Joe Robertson. Gwen Stacy sought reconciliation with Peter in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #64, but when the webbed wonder passed out in the middle of the street and wound up in prison in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #65, it took more than the love of his friends to extricate him from the predicament.

In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #5, Spidey learned that his parents operated as spies for The Red Skull before their untimely deaths and zipped off to Europe to uncover evidence of their real status as loyal CIA agents and clear their names. When he returned to the States in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #66, Mysterio awaited the wallcrawler with a new attempt at revenge. Our hero awoke from a battle with the illusionist to find himself shrunk down into a miniature amusement park in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #67, but soon discovered the reality of it and beat Mysterio at his own game.

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The Parker Luck wreaks havoc on Spidey’s graduation day!

Celebrate the Wall Crawler’s return to the big screen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” by heading back to school with these adventures available on Marvel Unlimited!

Though it may have taken him over 150 issues, Peter Parker finally graduated from college in the pages of 1978’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #185 by Marv Wolfman and Ross Andru. One major question seemed to hang over the event and it even made its way onto the cover: “Will the specter of Spider-Man ruin this joyous day?” Let’s find out!

Most of the issue wrapped up Spidey’s ongoing battle with White Dragon, the Dragon Lord who intended to bring all of the gangs in New York City together under his control. After the Wall Crawler survived a vat of burning acid, our hero faced the villain in the streets and took him out with a mix of brains and brawn.

That segued nicely into a second story, which cordially invited us to the graduation of Mr. Peter Parker from Empire State University. In true Parker fashion, he ducked into an alley to change out of his hero togs. Shortly after, he ran into Harry Osborn and Flash Thompson who showed up to cheer their friend on.

The Parker Luck kept playing with our hero as the man passing out caps and gowns couldn’t find Peter’s name on his list. Still, he handed over a too-large extra for him to wear. Worse yet, they didn’t have a seat for Pete and failed to put him in the program! Meanwhile, Robbie Robertson sat with Aunt May as they turned on the television to see the commencement in progress. Peter borrowed the Daily Bugle’s video equipment to set up a live feed for his beloved mother figure to watch the proceedings from her sick bed.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #185

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #185

  • Published: October 10, 1978
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 26, 2014
  • Penciller: Ross Andru
  • Cover Artist: Ross Andru
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A lengthy—and boring—speech from J. Jonah Jameson didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits too much, but Peter felt a downpour when they skipped over his name during diploma deployment. Afterwards, he asked the dean what had happened and he explained that Parker lacked one gym class credit to graduate. His secretary tried contacting Peter, but he had been so busy fighting villains that he missed the calls!

As Parker walked away, steaming, he answered the question posed on the cover: “Once again, the specter of Spider-Man has ruined my life!” Then, he stepped outside and his perspective changed. Peter understood that he’d knock out one more class, officially graduate in a few months and then be fully out in the real world!

A Tangled Web

Spider-Man might be Empire State University’s most amazing graduate, but plenty of other well-known characters have walked those hallowed halls. For example, Johnny Storm—aka The Human Torch—attended the academic institution. In FANTASTIC FOUR #371, Johnny contemplated leaving the team behind while walking to his next class. Not long after, Paibok, Devos and Storm’s ex-wife Lyja all attacked him, leading to an all-out battle that left the campus in ruins, especially after the Torch decided to go nova to stop the Skrulls. In the following issue, Johnny turned himself in to the cops for nearly destroying the university and also learned that he’d been expelled. Storm’s longtime pal Spider-Man showed up to help as the story progressed and things got worse for The Human Torch before they got better.

Next time we fast forward to 1995 wherein Kurt Busiek turned back the clock to tell UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN!

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The Shocker and The Kingpin debut, Lizard and Doc Ock return, plus much more!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of this stories history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

Our friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man took off after his friend Dr. Curt Connors in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #44 when The Lizard, the doctor’s alter-ego, reappeared. With a sprained arm from their first scuffle and smart from being framed by Lizard for a robbery, the web-slinger still managed to save the day in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #45 and cure Connors of his scaly self.

A new costumed criminal calling himself the Shocker challenged Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #46, and Peter Parker moved in with his pal Harry Osborn while avoiding Frederick Foswell of the Daily Bugle skulking around as “Patch.” Meanwhile, the wallcrawler helped the Man Without Fear in DAREDEVIL #27 by battling Stilt-Man, freeing Daredevil up to smash The Masked Marauder.

Kraven the Hunter decided all his recent woes fell on the shoulders of Norman Osborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #47, but when he attempted to kidnap the businessman’s son Harry for revenge he met defeat once again at the hands of the webbed wonder. The web-spinner heard the news of the Supreme Hydra threatening the world with a Death Spore Bomb in STRANGE TALES #156, but left it to Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. to juggle the whole mess.

Blackie Drago became the new Vulture in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #48 and beat an ill Spidey senseless. When Kraven caught wind of it, he went after Drago in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #49 to prove his superiority, but the web-slinger recovered enough to crash their party and put them both down. Even with that win under his belt, the hero saw the fear in ordinary people’s eyes in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 and gave up his super hero career to concentrate on his grades and Aunt May. Fortunately, Peter reclaimed his Spider-Man suit to fight on when The Kingpin came to prominence in the city.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #44

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #44

  • Published: January 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: John Romita
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Frederick Foswell sucked up Kingpin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #51, and when the crime boss kidnapped J. Jonah Jameson to silence the Daily Bugle, the wallcrawler crept in to his headquarters for a personal, one-on-one match. Spidey lost that one, but managed to escape a watery death-trap with Jameson in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #52 and chase Kingpin away. Foswell, on the other hand, lost his life that day.

After tussling with the young X-Men over another case of mistaken identity in UNCANNY X-MEN #35, our hero finally took Gwen Stacy out on a date in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #53, a fine time interrupted by Doctor Octopus’ scheme to steal a new “nullifier” device. Later, the wall-crawler mixed it up with The Human Torch in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #4, but his mind kept returning to tracking down Octopus.

Spidey found the devilish doctor renting a room from Peter’s Aunt May in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #54, which led to a knock-down, drag-out fight that spilled over into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #55 and the ultimate indignity for Spider-Man: amnesia and the suggestion of a new criminal career from none other than Doctor Octopus…

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Tragedy strikes the Web-Slinger once again as Peter Parker suffers a personal loss!

Celebrate the Wall Crawler’s return to the big screen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” by heading back to school with these adventures available on Marvel Unlimited!

Like many of the greatest heroes, Spider-Man grew out of the tragedies he endured throughout his life. When we first met him in AMAZING FANTASY #15, he lost his beloved Uncle Ben. Over the next several years he’d face more trials and tribulations, but in 1973’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121, the bottom fell out of his world thanks to the Green Goblin.

Gerry Conway, Gil Kane and John Romita worked together on that issue as well as its follow-up which started heavy and just got more intense. Peter had gone to Canada in the previous installment to snap pics of The Hulk, but came home to his roommate and friend Harry Osborn in his sick bed. It turned out that his friend had taken another bad LSD trip that could potentially lead to schizophrenia.

Harry’s dad Norman took all this very hard and blamed Peter as well as his girlfriend Gwen Stacy and their friend Mary Jane Watson. At this point, the elder Osborn’s Goblin persona had been buried along with the knowledge that Peter Parker filled out Spider-Man’s suit. The stress of his son’s sickness built up the breaking point, leaving Norman a mess. He eventually found his way to an old warehouse that held his Goblin gear. Wanting revenge on Peter, the villain grabbed Gwen and left a pumpkin bomb waiting in his apartment.

Off his game thanks to a wicked head cold, the Web-Spinner swung out into the city to find the Goblin who had set up shop on the top of the George Washington Bridge. During the ensuing fight, the emerald-hued baddie skimmed past the unconscious Gwen and sent her toppling off the side of the bridge. Instead of jumping after her, Spidey sent out some webs which did grab her around the legs, but that didn’t stop a sickening “Snap” sound from letting out. As he pulled her back up to him, Spider-Man quickly realized that she had died. Even the Goblin tried easing his enemy’s guilt by saying the fall—not its abrupt conclusions—killed the young woman, but that didn’t seem to help much.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121

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In the following issue, an enraged Peter looked all over town for Norman, eventually getting some information about the warehouse from Robbie Robertson. During the battle, Spider-Man damaged the Goblin Glider, which Osborn attempted to use against the Web-Slinger, but Spidey leaped out of the way and it lodged itself into the villain’s own chest. Even with his girlfriend’s killer dead, Parker felt no relief from the pain. An old friend, namely Mary Jane, helped Peter deal with his grief.

A Tangled Web

Even though he repeatedly referred to Gwen Stacy as “boring” in the 2007 introduction to the DEATH OF THE STACYS trade paperback, writer Gerry Conway recognized that the character became far more interesting after her death. One of the cases he specifically pointed out in that intro came in the form of 1994’s MARVELS #4 by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. While trying to prove Spider-Man’s innocence in the death of Gwen’s dad Captain Stacy—originally published in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8892—the series’ star Phil Sheldon befriended the young woman. Through the course of their meetings, the jaded photographer realized that the heroes surrounding them “were here to save the innocent.” He went to meet her the day she died at the hands of the Goblin; the incident left him crushed and even led him to quit the photography game.

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