Scarlet Spider (Vol. 1)

 Continuity: Earth-616 (Mainstream)
 Title Level: SM Core Title

At this time, the X-Men had a major success with their "Age Of Apocalypse" storyline featuring an alternate world in which Professor X died and Magneto founded the X-Men in his memory. This storyline was highlighted by the entire X-Family "restarting" their respective series with a new name (they returned to normal after four months).

The powers-that-were decided that the same thing should be done with Spider- Man. At this point in Spider-Man history the spider-clone was proven to be the original Spider-Man (as of Spectacular Spider-Man #226. Following their marching orders, the creators applied the "strange new world" concept to the Ben Reilly character and thus the "Scarlet Spider" titles were created.

  Scarlet Spider (Vol. 1) #1
Story: “To Thine Own Self...”
Summary: The Pro hired to eliminate Jason Tso
Arc: Part 3 of 'Virtual Mortality' (1-2-3-4)
Editor: Bob Budiansky
Plot: Howard Mackie
Writer: Todd DeZago
Pencils: Gil Kane
Inker: Tom Palmer
  Scarlet Spider (Vol. 1) #2
Story: “Along Came A Virtual Spider”
Summary: Joe Wade transformed into the new Scarlet Spider
Arc: Part 3 of 'Cyber-War' (1-2-3-4)
Editor: Bob Budiansky
Writer: Howard Mackie
Pencils: John Romita, Jr.
Inker: Al Williamson
 Continuity: Earth-616 (Mainstream)
 Title Level: SM Core Title