Marvel Team-Up: #52
Scott is a massage therapist and (self-published) novelist who has been a Spider fan from the very beginnings. Why four year-old Scott saw fit to number his comic books he'll never know, but Spidey comics were among the first he owned. Those first four Spidey comics were Amazing Spider-Man 173, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #'s 14 & 20 and Spidey Super Stories 38.
Still mostly a Marvel Zombie (not the actual Kirkman kind). Nice mix of some DC as well, but the Spider-titles are still at the forefront of my "pull" list.
I could say that comic books represent a unique melding of story and art, making it an under-recognized art form. But really, I just like them. I've finally reached a level of maturity where I don't feel a need to justify my hobbies. I yam what I yam.
Marvel Tales 192 first introduced me to the death of Gwen Stacy from issues 121 & 122 of Amazing Spider-Man. This powerful story has always resonated with me deeply. So much so, that I quit comics for about nine years after it was revealed that Norman Osborn was still alive. I just didn't think it was right that he should live while Gwen should die. I'm glad that I came back anyway.
I come in at the "pro" side of the "Sins Past" storyline. It added humanity to her character. And everyone who is human makes mistakes or, more accurately, makes choices that other people perceive as mistakes.
As for other stories, I loved the Lee/Romita era of Amazing Spider-Man, the Claremont/Byrne Marvel Team-Up issues, the Stern/Romita Jr. or DeFalco/Frenz Amazing Spider-Man issues and JMS' current run. I very much stick to the classic "616" continuity. There's nothing "ultimate" about me.
To be honest, the only bad Spider-Man story is one that I haven't read yet!