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!

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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!

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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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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

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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.

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

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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

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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!

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Peter Parker gives up his crime-fighting career!

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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
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“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.

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