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.
- Spider-Woman (Vol. 6):
This volume might as well be a continuation of Vol. 5, with the same creative team and status quo. Jessica Drew hangs out with Roger 'the Porcupine' Gocking and Ben Urich. They fight crime!
...also Jessica is eight months pregnant.
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 Vol. 2:
This is the alternate-continuity ongoing series, depicting Peter and Mary Jane, had they stayed married and had a child together, Annie May Parker. In this world, superhero-ing is a family affair, and Peter has MJ and Annie as allies.
- 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: 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.