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I made a topic to mark Batman's 80th Anniversary by doing a countdown of the top forty Batman stories. I wanted to do the same for Spider-Man, he's my second favourite superhero of all time behind The Dark Knight. Been working on both projects for years. Be interesting to see what you think about my Spider-Man selections, placements, omissions and what’s yours. I hope you enjoy it:

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40. Venom. The Amazing Spider-Man #300

39. Amazing Fantasy/No More. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #301-305.

38. The Arms of Doctor Octopus! Doc Ock Lives! And Death Shall Come! The Amazing Spider-Man #88-90.

37. The Commuter Cometh! The Amazing Spider-Man #267.

36. Best of Enemies! The Spectacular Spider-Man #200.

35. The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1): Renew Your Vows. The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1): Renew Your Vows #1-5.

34. Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut. The Amazing Spider-Man #229-230.

33. The Morning After. The Amazing Spider-Man #400. 

32. The Gift. The Amazing Spider-Man #400.

31. Sins Rising/The Return of Norman Osborn. The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 5) #45-49.

30. With Great Power Comes Great Coincidence. Deadpool (Vol. 1) #11.

29. Spider-Men. Spider-Men #1-5.

28. Dying Wish. The Amazing Spider-Man #698-700.

27. Spider-Man vs. the Chameleon. The Amazing Spider-Man #1.

26. Spider-Man. The Amazing Spider-Man #1.

25. Unscheduled Stop. The Amazing Spider-Man #578-579.

24. Death of Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man #156-160.

23. No One Dies. The Amazing Spider-Man #655-656.

22. Revenge of the Spider-Slayer. The Amazing Spider-Man #652-654.

21. Superior Spider-Man and the Future Foundation. Avenging Spider-Man #17.

20. A Night Off. Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man (2019) #14.

19. Doomed Affairs. The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #49-50.

18. Back to Basics. The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 5) #1-5.

17. Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman. Edge of Spider-Verse #2.

16. My Dinner with Jonah. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #6.

15. Superior Spider-Man/Wolverine and the X-Men, Avenging Spider-Man #16.

14. Doctor Octopus is Dead. Avenging Spider-Man #15.1.

13. Big Time. The Amazing Spider-Man #648-651.

12. If This Be My Destiny. The Amazing Spider-Man #31-33.

11. Spider-Man: Blue. Spider-Man: Blue #1-6.

10. The Superior Foes of Spider-Man. The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1-17.

9. Kraven’s Last Hunt. Web of Spider-Man #31. The Amazing Spider-Man #293. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131. Web of Spider-Man #32. The Amazing Spider-Man #294 and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132.

8. The Conversation. The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #38.

7. Coming Home. The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #30-35.

6. Confessions. Ultimate Spider-Man #13.

5. Finale. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310.

4. The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man. The Amazing Spider-Man #248.

3. How Green Was My Goblin/The End of the Green Goblin. The Amazing Spider-Man #39-40.

2. The Night Gwen Stacy Died/The Goblin’s Last Stand. The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122.

1. Spider-Man! Amazing Fantasy #15.

 

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By writer:

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Stan Lee: 7.

Dan Slott: 5.

John Mark DeMatteis: 4.

Chip Zdarsky: 3.

Brian Michael Bendis: 3.

Joseph Michael Straczynski: 3.

Nick Spencer: 3.

Christopher Yost: 3.

Roger Stern: 2.

Gerry Conway: 1.

Jeph Loeb: 1.

Jason Latour: 1.

Tom Taylor: 1.

Mark Waid: 1.

Joe Kelly: 1.

Peter A David: 1.

David Micheline: 1.

 

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11 minutes ago, paintedbynumbers said:

Not a bad list and I may actually go back and re-read some of these/hunt down any I don't have.

 

I did notice the big omission of Maximum Carnage.  Were you not a fan of the story? It was one of my first/biggest introductions to Spiderman. 

Thank you, @paintedbynumbers. Maximum Carnage is one of the few big Spider-Man stories I've yet to read. I need to. I only recently crossed Spider-Man: Blue off.

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I haven't read Spider-Man past the early 1990s. The Death of Jean DeWolff seems like the biggest omission. Maybe the iconic Spider Man No More as well. My top three would be If This Be My Destiny, How Green Was My Goblin and The Night Gwen Stacey Died. 

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Uncanny X-Men 191-192 are criminally underrated as a defining Spidey story. I mean the whole basis for the story are Kulan Gath getting revenge on Spider-Man for previous battles in Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Fanfare. Hell Spidey is trying to gind a way to fight back despite being brutally tortured.

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17 hours ago, ohtani's jacket said:

I haven't read Spider-Man past the early 1990s. The Death of Jean DeWolff seems like the biggest omission. Maybe the iconic Spider Man No More as well. My top three would be If This Be My Destiny, How Green Was My Goblin and The Night Gwen Stacey Died. 

I like The Death of Jean DeWolff but I don't hold it in the high regard the majority do. I find Peter A. David overrated. I do need to read Spider-Man No More again and see whether I get more out of it than my initial reading. Cool we've two of the top three in How Green Was My Goblin and The Night Gwen Stacy Died.

14 hours ago, J.H. said:

Uncanny X-Men 191-192 are criminally underrated as a defining Spidey story. I mean the whole basis for the story are Kulan Gath getting revenge on Spider-Man for previous battles in Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Fanfare. Hell Spidey is trying to gind a way to fight back despite being brutally tortured.

James

 

Thanks for bringing it up. Not heard of that one before.

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I think Kraven's Last Hunt isn't just my favorite Spider-Man story, but quite likely my favorite Marvel story, period. Give me that, The Master Planner arc, and Ultimate #13

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9 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

I think Kraven's Last Hunt isn't just my favorite Spider-Man story, but quite likely my favorite Marvel story, period. Give me that, The Master Planner arc, and Ultimate #13

Liking those picks, @Brian Fowler. You and I have waved the flag for Ultimate Spider-Man #13 for years. A terrific issue. Still Brian Michael Bendis' best comic.

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On 11/14/2020 at 12:22 PM, The Natural said:

I like The Death of Jean DeWolff but I don't hold it in the high regard the majority do. I find Peter A. David overrated. I do need to read Spider-Man No More again and see whether I get more out of it than my initial reading. Cool we've two of the top three in How Green Was My Goblin and The Night Gwen Stacy Died.

Thanks for bringing it up. Not heard of that one before.

The only strike against it is that you pretty much read every Claremont Spidey story that happened in Marvel Fanfare and Marvel Team-Up to understand why Kulan Gath is torturing Spidey. Of course there is a totally bonkers Claremont penned Spidey/Red Sonja team-up

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J. M. DeMatteis has been talking about Kraven's Last Hunt on Twitter during the past few days. I actually went back and read his run on Spectacular Spider-Man, and he gets heavily into the psychology of the characters. It's a bit angst ridden, but it makes more sense to me now why Peter was so edgy in the 200th issue. I swear he makes one joke during DeMatteis' run. Loved the art, especially those wordless pages. There's a great Vulture story in the run that's almost as good as the Goblin stuff. 

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Only Spider-Man I have read is a couple of random clone era issues, Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut, Dan Slott's run up to Superior, and up to vol. 7 of Spencer's current run. Really should read more at some point. Kraven's Last Hunt has always interested me.

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On 12/4/2020 at 9:11 AM, Eivion said:

Only Spider-Man I have read is a couple of random clone era issues, Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut, Dan Slott's run up to Superior, and up to vol. 7 of Spencer's current run. Really should read more at some point. Kraven's Last Hunt has always interested me.

Don't read Dan Slott post Superior Spider-Man. That was the time to go but he stayed too long and he's tainted his time on Spider-Man. The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 3) was terrible as was The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 4). Horrible. I should have dropped it from my pull list sooner. Please seek my top five out.

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