Comics: Current Title Summary
One of the questions we often get asked is "I'm thinking about starting (or restarting) reading Spider-Man comics, but I don't understand all these different Spider-Man comics..."
Well, here's a quick summary to the current Spider-Man titles. You can find a complete listing and detailed reviews in the Comics Index.
Spider-Man Core Titles
Ongoing mainstream titles in which Spider-Man is a headline character.
- Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 3):
The Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus) is dead.... The Amazing Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is back... but he has no idea what happened when he was gone!
- Superior Spider-Man:
Peter Parker, is dead. In the final few issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus orchestrated his final plan and swapped minds with Peter Parker/Spider-Man! With Peter trapped inside Ock’s dying body, he desperately tried to defeat Otto, swinging around as Spider-Man and reaping the benefits of Peter Parker’s life, and swap their minds back… but to no avail. Before he died, Peter was successful in beaming his experiences and philosophy into Otto, meaning that Otto understood the lesson of great power and great responsibility. Otto vowed to Peter, as he died, to continue as Spider-Man.
Otto now begins a new life as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a better Peter Parker/Spider-Man… a “superior” one!
Spider-Man Limited Series & One Shots
Limited Series and one-shot stories that feature Spider-Man as a a headline character in the mainstream Marvel continuity.
- Amazing Spider-Man: Learning To Crawl:
Taking place in Peter Parker's earliest days of his life as Spider-Man, Learning To Crawl is an accompanying mini-series that adds Dan Slott's own flavour to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's stories.
Spin-Off titles for characters that clearly leveraged Spider-Man in mainstream Marvel continuity.
- New Warriors (Vol. 3): This title is currently active.
- The Superior Foes of Spider-Man:
The Spider-Man world is full of B-lister villains. You've got Leapfrog, you've got Big Wheel, you've even got Stegron, the Dinosaur Man. (Don't ask.) But what happens when five B-listers, Boomerang, Shocker, Speed Demon, the new Beetle, and Overdrive, team up together to become the new Sinister Six? Will they stand a chance against Spider-Man? Can they become an actual threat for once? Only time can tell...
Spider-Man Ultimate Universe
Spider-Man and others from the Ultimate Marvel Universe.
- Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man:
Miles Morales is the Ultimate Spider-Man. Following in Peter Parker's footsteps, Miles has had his fill of tragedy. His Uncle was killed fighting him and his mother was killed in an altercation with Venom. When his father found out about his life as Spider-Man he left. Miles is a member of the All-New Ultimates whilst balancing his difficult life as Spider-Man!
Spider-Man Other Universes
Spider-Man in non-mainstream universes that have no dedicated section.
- Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man:
This is a very silly title indeed. It features Spidey stories that are wacky, not not very amusing. I've no idea what the market is for this kind of book... I don't think people who frequent comic stores are likely to grab more than one issue. Perhaps it is sold at Wal*Mart or something? Maybe there's a market there?
Anyhow, we feel an obligation to completeness. But some days we really wish we didn't.
- Spectacular Spider-Man (UK Magazine):
While sharing the same name as the long-running main continuity title, this Spectacular Spider-Man is in fact a Kids Magazine produced in the UK once every three weeks. Aimed at the pre-teen market, each issue features an 11-page Spidey story, plus a centrefold wall poster, puzzles, games, villain profiles and all sorts of other goodies. As an extra incentive, each issue also ships with a plastic Spider-Man toy or giveaway cellotaped to the front cover. The "Spider-Man" of these stories is a generic cartoon version, essentially based on the popular 90's TV cartoon. You probably won't find this in the U.S., but for UK collectors it's a nice little bonus.