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. 4):
After the Secret Wars, Peter Parker has (somehow) turned Parker Industries into a world-class technology company! Wealth and fame are now his reward, and he's using them to do the most good he can, whether as tech mogul, philanthropist, or as the Amazing Spider-Man, whose 'friendly neighbourhood' now encompasses the entire globe.
Spin-Off titles for characters that clearly leveraged Spider-Man in mainstream Marvel continuity - including Venom and Carnage.
Note that none of these titles are considered "core titles" for the purposes of tracking variant covers from July 2010 onwards.
The spin-off series about Cindy Moon who was bitten by the radioactive spider right after Peter Parker.
Spider-Man in the 2099 universe. Miguel O'Hara and friends. This also includes the adventures of Miguel O'Hara in the mainstream universe.
Note that Spider-Man 2099 titles are not considered "core titles" for the purposes of tracking variant covers from July 2010 onwards.
- Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 2):
Miguel O' Hara, Spider-Man 2099, is trapped in 2014 and working at Alchemax for his evil grandfather, Tiberius Stone!
Spider-Man Other Universes
Spider-Man in non-mainstream universes that have no dedicated section.
- Amazing Spider-man: Renew Your Vows: This title is currently active.
- Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Magazine:
MarvelKids magazine featuring reprints from Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man along with puzzles, games, and a pull-out poster. Published by Redan Publishing.
- 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.
- Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors:
Showcasing Spider-Man's Greatest Television Team-Ups!
- 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.