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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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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