Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Rhino, and more spell trouble for the Web-Slinger!

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!

Spider-Man sought the expertise of Dr. Curt Connors in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #32 to help him devise a serum to cure Aunt May’s poisoned blood, but Doctor Octopus stood in his way when he stole the isotope that would insure the formula’s potency. Later, trapped in rubble from a battle in Ock’s base, the Wall-Crawler used all his spectacular strength and resolve to free himself in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33 and save his ailing aunt.

Kraven the Hunter returned for a rematch in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34, as well as Molten Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #35, but the webbed wonder dispatched both with little fuss. Later, Spidey tangled with Daredevil in DAREDEVIL #16, but the two costumed champions buried the hatchet in DAREDEVIL #17 to join forces against the real menace: The Masked Marauder.

Norman Osborn, businessman father to Peter Parker’s friend Harry Osborn, ducked and covered in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37 to avoid the wrath of Professor Stromm’s robot, and a man named Joe Smith attracted the Web-Slinger’s interest when his new acting career turned sour due to an unfortunate electrical accident in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #38. Meanwhile, Norman placed a hefty pricetag on Spidey’s life that brought creeps out of the woodwork to collect.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #32

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #32

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Alas, Parker found bigger things to worry about when none other than The Green Goblin swooped down out of the skies in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39 to capture the youth and inform him that he knew our hero’s secret identity. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #40 the crazed tycoon regaled Peter with a tale of an explosion that created his Goblin persona, but when he suffered exposure to another blast during his subsequent battle with Spider-Man, the Green Goblin persona faded from his memory, seemingly forever.

The rampaging Rhino attempted to abduct astronaut John Jameson in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41, prompting the Wall-Crawler to swing to the rescue. Afterward, Jameson gained super-strength from space-spores and tried to capture Spidey for the public good in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42. To add insult to injury, Rhino busted out of lock-up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43 to claim his revenge on our hero.

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes convened in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #3 to ponder membership for Spidey, and after a recommendation from Daredevil decided to test the Web-Slinger. Ultimately, Spider-Man failed his trial when he refused to capture The Hulk, believing the jade giant’s alter ego Bruce Banner to be too sickly to stand scrutiny by the Avengers.

Not long after, the X-Men approached the young crusader to bolster their own ranks against a new mutant menace in UNCANNY X-MEN #27, but Spider-Man turned them down, claiming he’d been too busy of late to focus on such things.

Read More

Kingpin takes advantage of social tensions to steal a major artifact!

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!

Trouble rumbled through the pages of 1969’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #68 by Stan Lee and John Romita. The issue kicked off with Kingpin learning of an ancient clay tablet on display at Empire State University that he wanted, even if it meant throwing down with Spider-Man once again. Meanwhile, Spidey swung around after his battle with Mysterio, grumbling about not snapping any pictures of the fight. He got home only to find that his roommate, Harry Osborn, had locked the window!

The next day Peter Parker went to school on the E.S.U. campus and met Robbie Robertson’s son Randy. Moments after, a fellow student named Josh asked the young scholar about his thoughts on an on-campus issue; apparently the powers that be at the school intended to close down the exhibition hall and turn the building into rooms for visiting alumni. Josh represented a group that wanted the administration to turn that space into low-rent housing for students with financial difficulties.

Things looked up for our hero after he ran into Gwen Stacy and had a nice visit with Aunt May, but we readers learned that the latter had received some bad news from the doctor that she didn’t relay to her nephew. Back on campus the next morning, a protest had begun in an effort to convince the school to turn the hall into cost effective student housing. Josh wanted to take the building by force if necessary which did not sit well with Mr. Parker who pushed away from the group and went inside the hall to look at the tablet.

With enough of a crowd listening to him, Josh called for everyone to rush the hall. Kingpin saw this on TV and realized it would be the perfect distraction to steal the artifact. For his part, Peter also took advantage by snapping pictures of the demonstration. At dark, the villainous crime lord and his crew showed up and used an explosion to draw focus away from them as they ran into the not-so-secure location. Inside, Wilson Fisk actually came face to face with Peter Parker for a moment. As the Kingpin of Crime made his way to his goal, our hero ducked into a corner and changed into the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #68

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #68

What is Marvel Unlimited?

In the chamber holding the artifact, Spider-Man and Kingpin finally battled, with the well-dressed crime boss reminding the hero that his white jacket hid muscles galore. During the fray, Randy ran in and got smashed into a wall by the villain. Spidey grabbed him and escaped as part of the hall came crashing down and Fisk made off with the tablet. In the next issue, the police questioned Randy and Josh, assuming they had helped Kingpin with his plot. Meanwhile, out in the world, the villain allowed Spider-Man to find them, but the Wall-Crawler didn’t fall for the trap. The pair battled fiercely until Fisk’s cane gun backfired on him.

When the cops showed up, Kingpin lied and said that he and Spider-Man were actually allies. So, when the police saw Spidey him later, they opened fire. Peter wound up with the tablet in his possession until AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #71 when he gave it to Captain Stacy right after proving the kids didn’t have anything to do with Kingpin’s crime.

A Tangled Web

Thanks to Peter’s pictures of Kingpin’s attack, Randy Robertson avoided an unjust prison stay. Afterwards the two became friends, but Randy eventually met a woman named Mandy and the two got married. After they split up, the younger Robertson returned to New York City and started rooming with Parker. Years later, Dan Slott brought him back in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. He started a relationship with Front Line reporter Norah Winters which didn’t sit well with Phil Urich, who doubled as The Hobgoblin. The two broke up after the events of Spider-Island when Norah made more of an effort to cover the story than to save Randy’s life!

Next time, tragedy strikes Peter Parker once again when Green Goblin and Gwen Stacy have a date with destiny in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121!

Read More

Peter Parker gives up his crime-fighting career!

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!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 by Stan Lee and John Romita started off like many of the issues that came before, with the title hero making short work of a bunch of wannabe thieves. However, the 1967 comic took more than a few wild turns before the last page. Even though he saved a man and woman from the robbery, the former still worried about the masked man’s presence thanks to all the mud J. Jonah Jameson slung his way. Clearly it bothered the young hero as he thought, “The public! The more I help them…the more they hate me!” after changing back into his civvies.

Just as he arrived at the apartment he shared with Harry Osborn, Peter got terrible news that Aunt May had taken ill. Feeling guilty about not being around when she needed him, Peter let May get some rest and headed back into the world—but of course, he couldn’t focus. The stress led to a worried night that distracted him from studying for a big exam the next day. He also had to turn down an invitation to Gwen Stacy’s party and questioned whether he really knew Mary Jane Watson that well or not!

Wracked with guilt and feeling unappreciated and even hated because of Jameson’s most recent tirade against him, Spidey took to the streets, wandering around and trying to figure out what to do with his life. Ultimately he decided to literally trash his Spider-Man costume and move on! Of course, the suit soon made its way to Jameson’s office at the Daily Bugle and he made a huge deal about playing such an integral part in getting the Webslinger to apparently quit the vigilante business.

Even though he didn’t appreciate Jameson framing his old costume and putting it up in his office, Parker still felt pretty good about leaving the life behind at first. He even got to ostensibly quit his photog gig to focus on school. He spent time with Gwen, Mary Jane ,and Aunt May, which made him feel good about his decision.

However, nature and bad guys abhor a vacuum, so with the hero out of the picture, Kingpin kicked off a crime wave that threatened to wipe the whole city away. Pete thought about running off to help, but remembered he’d quit. Later, though, he couldn’t let a mugging go by without jumping in to help. He then remembered how his lack of effort lead to Uncle Ben’s death and made a pledge to return to his alternate identity.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #50

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #50

  • Published: July 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: John Romita
What is Marvel Unlimited?

“I can never renounce my Spider-Man identity! I can never fail to use the powers which a mysterious destiny has seen fit to give me! No matter how unbearable the burden may be…no matter how great my personal sacrifice…I can never permit one innocent being to come to harm…because Spider-Man failed to act…and I swear that I never will!”

With that, Peter scaled the Daily Bugle building, broke into JJJ’s office, donned the costume, waited around to rub it in the old walrus’ face and swung off to take on the Kingpin in the next issue!

A Tangled Web

After Alistair Smythe accidentally killed Marla Jameson while aiming for her husband, Spider-Man took that pledge from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 up to another level. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #655 by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin, Peter first attended Marla’s funeral and then suffered through a gut-wrenching nightmare. With a new outlook, he climbed up and made a new vow to the world: “I’m done,” he said. “Done accepting things the way they are. I swear to you…from now on…whenever I’m around, wherever I am…no one dies!” That theme became a huge one for the rest of Slott’s run on that volume and on through to the current one.

The Wall Crawler tries to deal with Kingpin’s plans and a crisis on campus in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #68 from 1969.

Read More

Spidey lands in a gang war with The Green Goblin 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!

Cantankerous publisher J. Jonah Jameson hired a scientist to create a menace to destroy the wall-crawler in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20. The result, a new criminal called The Scorpion, proved his mettle against the hero, but ultimately failed in his mission.

Peter Parker’s life intercepted that of the Fantastic Four when he visited the campus of State University and ran into The Thing and The Human Torch in FANTASTIC FOUR #35, and learned of Reed Richards and Sues Storm’s engagement in FANTASTIC FOUR #36. Later, he helped out against a clutch of crooks who tried to wipe out the happy couple’s wedding in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3.

The Beetle arrived seeking revenge on the Torch in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21, prompting another helping hand from Spidey. Afterward, the Circus of Crime tried to go solo without The Ringmaster in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22, and The Green Goblin returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 to take over Lucky Lobo’s criminal gang.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #20

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #20

  • Published: January 10, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Steve Ditko
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Mysterio concocted a scheme to drive Spidey insane and reveal his identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24, and a professor named Smythe approached Jameson with a mechanical Spider-Slayer to squash our hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25. Things really heated up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26 when the web-slinger found himself in the middle of a war between The Green Goblin and a new menace known as The Crime Master. When the dust cleared from that one, The Crime Master lay dead and the Goblin escaped with his own secret identity still intact in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27.

Even the dire danger brought on by Molten Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28 couldn’t quite suck all the joy out of Peter’s graduation from high school. Still feeling a sense of freedom, Spidey stood by Doctor Strange’s side to battle the evil Xandu in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2, and later blocked a plan of revenge by an escaped Scorpion on J. Jonah Jameson and himself in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29.

When Jameson offered a $1000 reward for the capture of a burglar known as The Cat in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30, Peter swung into action to snag the bounty, still reeling from learning of Betty Brant and Ned Leeds’ engagement. Now an official college student in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31, Peter saw his life grow even more complicated by the arrival of The Master Planner to throw a spanner into the works to gum them up.

Read More

Will the Wall-Crawler allow mounting pressures to crush him?

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!

Starting college can be crazy-stressful. You’ve got to get a handle on the campus layout, figure out where to take your classes, get all your books and meet the new people you’ll spend most of your life with. As you can imagine, the first day of school for Peter Parker comes filled with trials and tribulations galore!

Starting with 1965’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko started putting the Wall-Crawler through some intense paces. First, he battled some masked and uniformed crooks stealing radioactive devices for The Master Planner. They distracted him long enough to get the stolen goods away, survived a helicopter crash and escaped with SCUBA gear.

The next day, Peter headed to Empire State University for class registration. That night he returned home and Aunt May fainted. He called a doctor who in turn requested an ambulance to take the frail woman to the hospital. Once she got settled and dozed off in her hospital bed, Peter left May and returned home—but didn’t sleep a wink because of worry and guilt.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #31

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #31

  • Published: December 10, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Steve Ditko
What is Marvel Unlimited?

That put Peter in a less-than-great mood on his first day of school where he blew off brand new characters Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn repeatedly. By the next issue, Parker’s fuse has run shorter than we’d ever seen. Why? Because he learned that Aunt May’s got radiation poisoning from living with him all these years! All this, and Doctor Octopus revealed himself as The Master Planner!

Spidey then enlisted Dr. Curt Connors to help figure out how to heal Aunt May. They ordered a serum that got stolen by Master Planner at the airport which sent Spider-Man on a searching rampage. This led him to Doc Ock’s underwater headquarters where he unleashed his anger. This actually brought a ton of machinery down on top of him, not to mention water from the river overhead.

In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33, broken, beaten, and close to drowning, Spider-Man dug deep, thought about Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and eventually lifted the rubble off of himself and got out before the water rose too high. On the way out, he grabbed the serum, deliriously fought off Master Planner goons, returned to Dr. Connors, and successfully saved his aunt!

A Tangled Web

Noted Spidey scribe Dan Slott referenced the battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in the underwater lair in the pages of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #19. At that time, Otto inhabited Peter’s body, but could also access his memories. In doing so, Octavius allowed the Parker personality to dig itself out of the rubble it had been buried under since the ninth issue of that series, eventually paving the way for Peter to regain control of his body, move back over to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and take on the epic challenge of Spider-Verse.

Read More

Peter Parker’s high school career comes to a molten end!

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!

Do you remember your high school graduation? For a lot of us, the event offered something of a sigh of relief as we put one stage of life behind us and prepared for the next. Sure, we may have had trouble sitting through the speeches, but aside from nerves about tripping on your way to get that diploma, no huge challenges presented. Peter Parker had a lot more going on in Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28 from 1965. While other Midtown High students ran around getting their caps and gowns, Peter headed over to Dr. Smythe’s lab to get his Spider-Man costume back.

After Spidey switched his actual costume for a store-bought one, Smythe’s assistant Mark Raxton burst in demanding his share of a liquid metal alloy they developed together so he could sell it off and make some quick cash. Peter tried to stop the escalating altercation, but Smythe’s spider-sensitive traps caught him. He watched helplessly as Raxton knocked Smythe out and then tumbled backwards, cracking the jar against a wall and spilling the alloy all over himself.

Out in the world, Raxton realized his new form offered him super strength, some degree of invulnerability, and a numbness to pain. He quickly christened himself “Molten Man” and went to his apartment to plan his first big super villain crime. Spider-Man popped up soon after he arrived and started to brawl. In true Spidey fashion, Peter worried about showing up to graduation with face bruises. The concern proved appropriate as Molten Man shrugged off Web-Head’s strongest blows and webbing proved nearly useless.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #28

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #28

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Eventually the brawl led down into the building’s basement where Spidey killed the lights and used his webbing to bind Raxton’s arms and legs together. The villain still had some fight in him, but the Wall-Crawler did the major lifting so the arriving cops could haul the heavy in.

Back home, Peter and Aunt May had a nice moment where she shared her pride over her nephew’s accomplishments. At the actual ceremony the principal announced that both Flash Thompson and Peter received scholarships to Empire State University. Afterwards, J. Jonah Jameson worked to get Peter back as a Daily Bugle photographer and Liz revealed that she’d had a crush on him all this time!

And with that, Peter Parker left the life of a high school student behind to move on to bigger and better things!

A Tangled Web

As it turned out, this would be Liz Allan’s last appearance for over 100 issues. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #132, Gerry Conway and John Romita reintroduced the character by having her bump into Peter on the street. While she rested at Mary Jane’s place, Spider-Man ran into another familiar face: Molten Man! They fought and the villain escaped, leaving Peter with some kind of radiation poisoning. The story carried over into the next issue in which Liz revealed Raxton to be her stepbrother. After high school, she got a job as a nurse to help take care of him. Mark got fed up and escaped, but the lack of treatment made his moniker all the more true with each passing day. Liz stuck around the Spidey books for a while and even married Harry Osborn for a time. After that fell apart, she moved over to DAREDEVIL and started seeing Foggy Nelson.

Between college pressures and Aunt May’s illness, Peter Parker nearly gives up in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3133.

Read More

The web-slinger faces a variety of new foes, from Electro to The Green Goblin!

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 new to the costumed crimebuster game in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8, the wall-crawler battled The Living Brain, a robot run amuck, and mixed it up with his teenage nemesis The Human Torch at a swingin’ party.

After telling Iron Man to take a hike in AVENGERS #3, Spidey met a living dynamo called Electro in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9, and suffered both from the latest attack by publisher J. Jonah Jameson and a dire medical emergency for his ailing Aunt May. The masked mobster known as The Big Man caused big trouble for the web-slinger in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 until his exposure as nebbish Frederick Foswell, one of Jameson’s employees.

A deepening secret surrounding Peter Parker’s friend Betty Brant reached a boiling point in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11 when Doctor Octopus returned and her brother Bennett bit a bullet and died on Spider-Man’s watch. Doc Ock tried to use Betty as bait to lure Spidey into a trap in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12, and managed to unmask the hero. Thankfully, nobody believed the bespectacled bookworm could be the powerful wall-crawler and laughed it all off as a simple impersonation.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #8

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #8

  • Published: January 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
What is Marvel Unlimited?

After a muddled mystery concerning a meddling Mysterio in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13, and a clash with Giant-Man in TALES TO ASTONISH #57, Spidey glommed onto the sight of what would become one of his worst enemies, The Green Goblin, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14. Later, he met Kraven the Hunter’s challenge in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15, and under the Ringmaster’s hypnotism spell, dueled with Daredevil in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.

Almost all of the web-slinger’s major villains to that point—Doctor Octopus, The Sandman, Electro, Kraven, Mysterio, and The Vulture—joined forces as the Sinister Six to stick it to Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, but fell like ten-pins under their foe’s fists. The Green Goblin returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17, enabling Jameson to once again label Spider-Man as a coward in his newspaper editorials. Peter decided to quit his wall-crawling career in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18, but surged back into action when Flash Thompson once again posed as him and risked the wrath of The Sandman.

The Enforcers attempted another attack on the hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19, but met defeat under the combined battery of Spidey and the Torch. Barely catching his breath from that, the web-slinger rooted out a robot duplicate sent by Kang the Conqueror to break up Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #11.

Read More

Spidey seeks compensation for his heroics from the Fantastic Four!

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!

Spider-Man may have debuted in the pages of AMAZING FANTASY #15, but he proved so popular that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko started dreaming up his solo series a few months later in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 from 1963. Though a great deal the most well known building blocks of the character were laid in the first appearance, this issue adds plenty more from his struggles with money to his new dynamic with Aunt May.

After angrily recounting the events that lead to Peter’s understanding of the relationship between power and responsibility, the young man overheard Aunt May asking for more time to pay her rent. Parker briefly toyed with the idea of quitting school to get a job or even resorting to theft, but ultimately decided to give show business another shot to make some extra scratch.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t be paid in cash, so he received a check, but the bank refused to cash it. Spidey failed to score a second appearance thanks to journalist J. Jonah Jameson railing against the hero both in “The Daily Bugle” and during his lecture circuit. The mustachioed one seemed mainly concerned about kids imitating his amazing feats and the attention being drawn away from real heroes like his own son, astronaut John Jameson.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #1

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #1

  • Published: March 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Steve Ditko
What is Marvel Unlimited?

While still struggling with financial woes, Spider-Man leapt into action when John Jameson’s space capsule malfunctioned. The space technicians had the component, but no way to get it on board until Spidey burst in, grabbed the part, hijacked a military plane, and webbed onto the capsule! Figuring that he’d be lauded as a hero, Peter crumbled when he opened the paper to see JJJ ranting about how the Wall Crawler had set the whole thing up just to make himself look good!

Still wondering how to make this whole hero thing work to his advantage, Peter decided to try a new path: joining the Fantastic Four! Of course, he didn’t just walk up and ask to see them; he broke in to their HQ, which led to one of the most classic of comic occurrences: the hero vs. hero fight! Web Head swung away after discovering that the FF didn’t make any money on their exploits!

The act put Spidey in the spotlight again which drew the attention of The Chameleon, a master of disguise who used his skills for nefarious purposes. So, the villain put on a Spider-Man costume and wielded a web gun to make the amazing arachnid look anything but. Though his plan almost worked and plenty of people continued to worry about Spider-Man’s true intentions, Chameleon still wound up in jail courtesy of our hero!

A Tangled Web

Spider-Man burst into the Baxter Building with far too much bravado and even fought The Human Torch briefly in this first meeting. A few months later, Spidey crashed Torch’s party in an attempt to steal his girlfriend  in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8. In issue #18, Johnny Storm admitted to actually liking the Wall Crawler and even reached out to him about not giving up the crime-fighting life. They teamed up for several stories and soon become very good friends. If you’re a fan of their dynamic, check out SPIDER-MAN & HUMAN TORCH IN…BAHIA DE LOS MUERTOS and SPIDER-MAN/HUMAN TORCH!

Read More

The amazing origin and early days of the webbed wonder!

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!

After being bitten by an irradiated spider at a science experiment in AMAZING FANTASY #15, high school student Peter Parker failed to stop his beloved Uncle Ben from being murdered by a burglar, thus setting him on a new path to using his powers to become a super hero, Spider-Man.

With no source of income to help his Aunt May with rent and to support his heroic inventions devices, Peter mounted a rescue of astronaut John Jameson in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, only to be smeared by newspaperman J. Jonah Jameson in “The Daily Bugle.” Desperate, the youngster approached the Fantastic Four for a job as Spider-Man, but the famous heroes turned him down.

In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2, Peter tumbled onto the idea of taking photos of himself as the hero to sell to Jameson for extra cash. His first sale included pics of Spidey battling the high-flying Vulture. Later, the wallcrawler clashed with the terrible Tinkerer and what appeared to be a clutch of outer space aliens.

Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15

Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15

  • Published: August 10, 1962
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Writer: Stan Lee
  • Penciler: Steve Ditko
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Spider-Man bemoaned the lack of real challenges in the crooks he fought in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3, but soon found himself soundly thrashed by new villain Doctor Octopus. Inspired at school by a talk from the teenage Human Torch, Peter developed a new form of webbing that turned the tide in his war with Doc Ock. For his troubles, though, Jameson labeled the crusader a “menace” in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4, and Spidey discovered public opinion about his alter-ego to be mixed following a tough scrap with Sandman.

The dreaded Doctor Doom sought an ally to join him versus the Fantastic Four in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5, and settled on Spider-Man as a prime candidate. Parker refused the offer, and wound up rescuing a disguised Flash Thompson from Doom in the aftermath. The Human Torch also sought Spider-Man in STRANGE TALES ANNUAL #2, but as a fugitive from the law, not a friend. The two heroes teamed up against a thief called The Fox, who’d framed the web-slinger for a painting he’d stolen himself.

“The Daily Bugle” issued a challenge to the hero to capture a strange creature in the Florida swamps in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6. Peter flew to the Sunshine State to mix it up with The Lizard, only to uncover the truth behind it: a scientist who accidentally transformed himself into the scaly beast. Back in New York, Spidey mixed it up again with an escaped Vulture in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7, and Peter began a tentative romance with J. Jonah Jameson’s secretary, Betty Brant.

In STRANGE TALES #115, the Human Torch posed as Spider-Man to capture the rampaging Sandman, prompting feelings of inadequacy in the real wall-crawler.

Read More

Wilson Fisk takes advantage of a Spider-Man-less New York City in his first appearance!

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.

Wilson Fisk might be trying to go straight in the first issue of his new series KINGPIN, which launched this week from Matthew Rosenberg and Ben Torres, but he certainly didn’t start out that way.

Though mostly associated with Daredevil, Kingpin actually debuted in the book of another New York-based vigilante: Spider-Man! And in a strange way, he actually convinced Peter Parker about his important as a hero. 1969’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #50 not only marks the Kingpin’s first appearance as a major Marvel villain, but also the landmark story titled “Spider-Man No More!”

Written by Stan Lee and drawn by John Romita, the issue started off like many others with the Web Head taking on four would-be robbers. With the baddies firmly ensconced in a door, Spidey swung off to ruminate about how J. Jonah Jameson has completely ruined his reputation with Daily Bugle editorials.

Upon Pete returning home, his roommate Harry Osborn told him Aunt May has had another attack, so our hero rushed to her side. Once there, he wondered why he spends so much time helping people who fear him, especially when it takes him away from his loved ones. Fed up, Peter threw his Spider-Man costume in the trash, where it’s found by a kid and taken to JJJ who considered the act a victory. As the news went live, we then cut to a shot of Wilson Fisk overlooking the city telling an underling that he, The Kingpin, planned on taking over all crime in NYC!

With Kingpin taking over the mobs, crime ran wild. The man himself explained his plan: “The underworld will now be run like a business—and the chairman of the board will be – the Kingpin!”

Meanwhile, things moved along pretty nicely for Peter Parker. With Spider-Man out of his life he could focus on school, family and even dating his lady, Mary Jane Watson. Still, he heard about the crime wave and even stumbled upon an assault that he stopped. Remembering that his inaction led to the death of Uncle Ben, Peter pledged to continue fighting to help innocents. He then broke into JJJ’s office, got his old costume back and got back in on the super hero action.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #50

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #50

  • Published: July 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: John Romita
What is Marvel Unlimited?

In the following issue, after waging a one-man war on crime against the Kingpin, Spider-Man finally met his new foe leading into a multi-page fight between the two. Not only did Fisk prove faster and stronger than he looked, but also well-equipped with items like a gas-shooting pendant. Kingpin followed that up in issue #52 by tying the unconscious Spider-Man to Jameson and putting them in an air-tight room filling with water. Spidey made a protective bubble out of webbing, knocked out the goons and made his way towards another altercation with Fisk.

Once again, Kingpin used a trick—this time a secret passageway in his office—to escape from Spider-Man, but the two would cross paths many times. Not one to make friends in the hero community, Kingpin also lists Daredevil and Punisher among of his more regular adversaries.

Flash Forward

Before launching KINGPIN, writer Matthew Rosenberg wrote Fisk in the series CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN. Upon returning from San Francisco, Kingpin learned that a former minion named Janus Jardeesh exhibited an interesting Inhuman ability: he essentially became invisible to the future-seeing Ulysses at the center of Civil War II. As you might expect, Kingpin used this to commit all kinds of crimes. With all that success, though, he attracted ill will from criminals outside his organization and even dissent from within. Fisk fought tooth and nail to save everything he’d built in a four issue series that displayed Rosenberg’s deep understanding of the character!

Read More