Spidey teams up with the X-Men, faces the alien costume again and gets wrapped up in Secret Wars II.

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!

Total war broke out between Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #260, but in the end both the Rose and the Hobgoblin snatched up the Green Goblin’s old journals in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #261, and to make matters worse, our hero’s former costume—now known to be an alien symbiote—escaped from the Fantastic Four’s holding chamber.

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #150

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #150

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Spidey joined forces with Cannonball in MARVEL TEAM-UP #149, and with a full team of X-Men in MARVEL TEAM-UP #150, as that series came to an end. Later, the chasm between Spidey and the Black Cat grew over her new “bad luck” powers in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #98. The two managed to tag-team the Spot, though, in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #99, and discover that the bad luck affected the wallcrawler as well as the villains in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #100.

The sorcerer Kulan Gath gained his revenge on Spidey in UNCANNY X-MEN #190, but suffered another defeat in UNCANNY X-MEN #191. A photographer snapped a pic of Peter Parker changing into his secret identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #262, the hero-worshipping “Spider-Kid” tried to aid the webslinger in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #263, and a new villain from Texas called Red 9 moseyed into town in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #264.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #262

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #262

  • Published: March 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 26, 2014
  • Writer: Bob Layton
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After breaking up a hostage situation in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #101, and fending off an attack from Killer Shrike in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #102, Spidey faced off against a gang called the Vulturions in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 and had a seemingly final encounter with his alien costume. The Vulturions applied for jobs as assassins for the Kingpin in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #2, but plummeted back to Earth when the Vulture swooped in to take back his stolen flight technology in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #3. Meanwhile, the Black Fox tangled with Silver Sable in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #265, and a “loser” team consisting of Spider-Kid, Frog-Man, and the Toad tried to prove their mettle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #266.

The wallcrawler threw cold water on a group of college kids’ attempt to create a super villain in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #103, and helped a recovering Rocket Racer stay on the straight and narrow path in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #104. Doctor Octopus’ metal arms caused a few problems for Spidey in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #4, but not as much as the Full Octy in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #5, and a middle-age thief who lived in the suburbs in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #267.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #268

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #268

  • Published: September 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 29, 2013
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The near-omnipotent Beyonder took our hero’s advice in SECRET WARS II #2, but turned an entire building into gold when things didn’t pan out for him. The Kingpin got greedy for the gold in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #268, but so, too did the webslinger in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #6. Hoping to put temptation behind him, Spidey dove between the Wasp and Paladin in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #105, and later joined with the winsome heroine to battle a crime boss in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #106.

Galactus’ former herald Firelord visited Earth in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #269, and found that crossing an indigenous arachnid super hero earned him a world of hurt in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #270. Seeking solace in slumber following the battle, Spidey lent a hand to Nightmare to fend off a dream-version of the Hulk in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #7, and then investigated the mystery of the Smithville Thunderbolt in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #8 and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #9.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107

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Telling a little white lie to bolster the “heroism” of well-meaning Crusher Hogan in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #271 failed to score any Karma points for the webslinger when he learned of his friend Captain Jean DeWolff’s murder in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #107. His subsequent investigation led to a suspect known as the Sin-Eater in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #108, and a team-up with Daredevil in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #109 to stop the villain from killing another of Spider-Man’s loved ones…

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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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Spidey takes on Black Cat, Juggernaut, and Foolkiller, while Cloak and Dagger make their 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 high-flying Vulture came out of retirement to terrorize a nursing home in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #224, but our heroic wallcrawler found more to worry about when the Foolkiller stood revealed as a college friend of Peter Parker’s in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #225.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #225

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #225

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Spidey subsequently teamed with Quasar to punch out Lightmaster’s lights in MARVEL TEAM-UP #113, the Falcon to rock Stone-Face’s world in MARVEL TEAM-UP #114, with Thor to turn Mind-Bender upside down in MARVEL TEAM-UP #115, and finally with Valkyrie to put the final nail in Mind-Bender’s career coffin in MARVEL TEAM-UP #116.

Goldbug became a hot commodity in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #62, the Molten Man made a warm welcome for a returning Liz Allen and Harry Osborn in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #63, and the new teen super-stars Cloak and Dagger made their debuts in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #64.

Things heated up between Spidey and the Black Cat in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #226, but when the female fury wanted her Spider to become a their like her, the young hero laid down the law in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #227. A weird mystery involving actual spiders in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #228 seemed tame in comparison.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #226

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #226

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Wolverine helped the webslinger shut down Professor Power in MARVEL TEAM-UP #117, but it took the intervention of Professor X in MARVEL TEAM-UP #118 to really turn Power’s juice off. After a bungle in the jungle with Kraven and Calypso in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #65, Spidey got a shock from Electro in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #66, and brought the curtain down on Boomerang’s audition for the Kingpin in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #67.

The mysterious Madame Web requested help from our hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #229, but he discovered in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #230 it involved stopping the usually unstoppable Juggernaut. Following a garish g-round with Gargoyle in MARVEL TEAM-UP #119, the wallcrawler turned the page on Turner D. Century with Dominic Fortune in MARVEL TEAM-UP #120, and took the spring out of the Speed Demon’s step with some help from the Human Torch and the Leap Frog in MARVEL TEAM-UP #121.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #229

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #229

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After mucking up the Robot-Master’s machinations in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #68, Spidey reunited with Cloak and Dagger in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #69 to try and hold off the advance of a newly cybernetic Silvermane in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #70. Cobra crawled into the webslinger’s life in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #231, and accepted aid from the hero when Mr. Hyde wanted his revenge upon the slippery snake in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #232.

The Tarantula spun a new web to trap Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #233, but the Will O’ the Wisp complicated matters in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #234, which led to both their defeats in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #235. Later, the Man-Thing muddied the waters in MARVEL TEAM-UP #122, Solarr blazed as a hot as the sun in MARVEL TEAM-UP #123, and Professor Power practiced his power of repetitiveness in MARVEL TEAM-UP #124.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #235

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #235

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Some weapon-smugglers came gunning for Spidey in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #71, but the webslinger really threw up his arms at a new Doctor Octopus in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #72, and made eyes at the Owl in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #73.

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Spidey crosses paths with the Frightful Four, Jack O’Lantern and... the Mud-Thing!?

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 wading through watery warfare from Hydro-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #212, and helping Nighthawk fend off an old flame who tried to kill him in MARVEL TEAM-UP #101, everyone’s favorite neighborhood Spider-Man confronted a clutch of would-be aliens and his old foe Mysterio in PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #50 and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #51.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #50

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #50

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Spidey devoted all his attention to an attack by the wingless Wizard in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #213, but even with the help of Namor the Sub-Mariner against the villain’s full-fledged Frightful Four in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #214, it still took the Fantastic Four themselves to turn the tide against the baddies in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #215. Later, our young hero fought alongside Doc Samson versus the Rhino and A.I.M. in MARVEL TEAM-UP #102, and with Ant-Man against Taskmaster and his school for super villains in MARVEL TEAM-UP #103.

The wallcrawler appeared alongside mutant singer Alison Blaire in DAZZLER #1, mastered Gideon Mace in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #52, tussled with the Tinkerer and his raucous robot Toy in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #53, and held his own against a swarm of samurai meted out by the Maggia in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #54.

Dazzler (1981) #1

Dazzler (1981) #1

  • Published: March 10, 1981
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
  • Writer: Tom DeFalco
  • Penciler: John Romita
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The mysterious Madame Web reappeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #216 to vex Spidey, but his name really became mud when Hydro-Man teamed with the Sandman in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #217 to merge into the weird wonder known as Mud-Thing, as seen in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #218. How the webslinger found the time to take on both Captain America and the Scorpion in MARVEL TEAM-UP #106, and She-Hulk and the Man-Killer in MARVEL TEAM-UP #107, the world-at-large may never know.

The nutty Nitro blew into town in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #55, as did Jack O’Lantern in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #56, but when Killer Shrike kidnapped Dr. Marla Madison, the love of J. Jonah Jameson’s life, in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #57, Spidey felt the deck stacked against him. This became quite evident the Grey Gargoyle showed his stony face in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #219, and Moon Knight seemingly wanted to kill him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #220.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #220

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #220

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A new criminal called Thermo frosted Spidey and Paladin’s cookies in MARVEL TEAM-UP #108, so Dazzler shed some light on the situation in MARVEL TEAM-UP #109. The dastardly debuts continued in MARVEL TEAM-UP #110 when first-time super villain Magma decided to go all molten on the wallcrawler and his pal Iron Man.

The Ringer made the webslinger jump through hoops in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #58. The Beetle crawled out of the woodwork again in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #59, but got squashed by the combined efforts of our hero and the Gibbon in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #60. Not to be outdone, Ramrod, another first-time foe, butted heads with Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #221, the Squadron Sinister’s Whizzer adopted a new and improved codename and costume as the Speed Demon in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #222, and the Red Ghost’s so-called Super-Apes monkeyed around to drive the wallcrawler bananas in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #223.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #222

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #222

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The day grew longer and weirder in MARVEL TEAM-UP #111 when Devil-Slayer enlisted Spider-Man’s aid in slashing away at Serpent-Men and Spider-People, and the new Moonstone enacted a scheme to steal Dr. Curt Connors’ “enervator” in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #61 to re-energize her criminal pursuits.

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See how Marvel's number one deathtrap builder got his start!

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.

Arcade resurfaced this week in the pages of SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #21 by Elliott Kalan and Todd Nauk looking to test his brand new Murderworld on the title characters! This, of course, fits right in with his history of putting the Wall-Crawler through a series of deathtraps going back to his first appearance in 1978’s MARVEL TEAM-UP #65 and 66.

Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Arcade made his first appearance right after the Dean introduced Peter Parker to his new roommate, Brian Braddock, otherwise known as Captain Britain! 

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #65

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #65

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Back in England, representatives of the Commission inquired about hiring Arcade, a master assassin, to kill Braddock because they think he might be Captain Britain.

Meanwhile, in NYC, thanks to a misunderstanding, Braddock assumed that Spider-Man had done something shady to Peter Parker’s apartment, turned into Captain Britain and gave chase. After the requisite fight and origin swap, the heroes made friends just in time for a tricked-out trash truck to trap them both!

In the following issue, Spidey and Cap found out why Arcade charged so much for his hits. Instead of simply killing his targets, the murderer put them inside incredibly complex death traps. In this case, they awoke inside large clear balls that turned out to be part of an enormous, murderous pinball machine. 

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #66

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #66

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The implements of death proved more outlandish and dangerous from there. The heroes figured out how to work together in order to eventually escape Murder World, and also save Braddock’s girlfriend Courtney Ross, destroying what Arcade built in the process. Surprisingly, undeterred by the fact that his quarry escaped and that the people who hired him died, Arcade jauntily moved on to his next project.

Over the years, Arcade’s plied his wicked wares on everyone from various X-Men and The Thing to Hellcat. Luckily, he always leaves a small chance of escape to keep things fair, so our heroes tend to walk away relatively unscathed.

Flash Forward

One group of heroes who did not walk unharmed starred in the book AVENGERS ARENA. In that 18 issue series by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker, the bow tie-loving villain had 16 young heroes captured and brought to an elaborate island version of Murderworld. The captured young men and women – including X-23, Chase and Nico from RUNAWAYS and AVENGERS ACADEMY alums Hazmat and Mettle – found themselves dealing with a very serious version of Arcade, not averse to killing kids or releasing the footage he recorded of the event to the public in an effort to expose their actions to the world. Some of the survivors decided to go after their enemy once and for all in the follow-up series AVENGERS UNDERCOVER.

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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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Spider-Man and Human Torch join forces against the Sandman!

MARVEL TEAM-UP launched in 1972 and ran for 150 issues, but did you know the very first issue featured two of Marvel’s most popular heroes joining forces on Christmas Eve? Written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Ross Andru, “Have Yourself a Sandman Little Christmas!” brings together Spider-Man and Human Torch in an attempt to stop the title villain who resurfaces on the beach the day before Christmas.

Peter Parker happened to be covering the polar bear plunge when Sandman appears. Considering the villain more of a Fantastic Four foe thanks to his membership in the Frightful Four, Spidey goes looking for help. Johnny Storm’s down in the dumps because of some lady trouble and the Webhead wants to go see his girl Gwen Stacy, but they decide to do the right thing and stop the escaped madman.

The two head over to New Jersey in a version of the Fantasticar, stop to save a woman from muggers and a runaway truck, and eventually find the criminal. They all throw down and Sandy gets the drop on them before making a break for it.

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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Eventually, the two heroes track the baddie down breaking into an old lady’s house. Instead of robbing her blind, Sandman just wants to say hello on the holidays because it’s his mom. Spider-Man even gives him the present intended for Gwen so she can have something to open.

The heroes decide to leave Sandman alone for the night and go their separate ways, but not before learning about the true spirit of the holidays.

On the eleventh day of X-Mas my true believer gave to me eleven Torches torching, ten hammers a hammering, nine Spideys swinging, eight Hulks a smashing, seven skull ornaments, six claws a-popping, five skiing Rhodeys, four fallen Daredevils, three killer trees, two Doom Bots and a demon in the X-Mansion.

Come back soon for another Holiday Grab Bag featuring MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2005.

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