Friday, August 31, 2012

Spider-Man 50th Anniversary Top 10 Stories

During the early 1960's, Marvel Comics began a new age of modern comic books with the introduction of a new super-hero team The Fantastic Four in 1961 trying to compete with DC Comics' Justice League of America. Created by Writer/Editor Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, The Fantastic Four quickly gained popularity and Marvel began introducing more characters such as The Incredible Hulk, The X-Men, Iron Man, Thor and of course Spider-Man. Co-creator Stan Lee envisioned a teenage super-hero with the powers of a spider, until then teenagers usually took on the role of side-kick (i.e. Robin, Speedy, Kid Flash). Artist Steve Ditko designed the now-famous webbed, red and blue costume and thus "The Amazing Spider-Man" first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 August, 1962. The book was on the verge of being canceled so Marvel took a gamble introducing the character in the last issue of the series. Months later, Spider-Man created such a positive reaction that it was inevitable he get his own title. And so The Amazing Spider-Man #1 was released in March, 1963. 50 years later, Spider-Man is one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time. He has been adapted into movies, cartoons, toys, video games and is known all around the world! To celebrate Spider-Man's 50th Anniversary, CHERNOBOG'S BLOG Proudly Presents The Top 10 Spider-Man Stories:

#10 "The Conversation", Spider-Man (Vol.2) #38, 2001 - Written by J. Michael Straczynski, Art by John Romita Jr. - Aunt May (finally) discovers that Peter is Spider-Man!

#9 "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" - The Amazing Spider-Man #248, January, 1984 - Written by Roger Stern, Art by Ron Frenz - Spider-Man meets his biggest fan, young Tim Hammond who is terminally ill with leukemia and even reveals to him his secret identity!

#8 The Black Costume - Secret Wars #8, December, 1984 & The Amazing Spider-Man #252 -  The cosmic entity The Beyonder teleports many superheroes and supervillains to "Battleworld" for the ultimate battle! After Spider-Man's costume is damaged during a fight, he finds a mysterious black substance that envelops him and becomes his new black costume. Although Spider-Man is unaware that it is in fact an alien symbiote and will later abandon it.

#7 The Origin of Venom - First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #299, April, 1988 - Written by David Michelinie, Art by Todd McFarlane - When Spider-Man abandoned his black costume after discovering it was alive, the alien symbiote found Eddie Brock, who hated Spider-Man as well. The two join and become Venom, one of Spider-Man's deadliest and most popular villain of the 1990's who would later get his own title as an anti-hero.

#6 ""How Green Was My Goblin!" - The Amazing Spider-Man #39-40, August-September, 1966 - Written by Stan Lee, Art by John Romita Sr. - Green Goblin learns that Spider-Man is Peter Parker and captures him, then reveals his true identity as Norman Osborn!

#5 "The Master Planner Saga", The Amazing Spider-Man #30-33, November 1965-February 1966, Written by Stan Lee, Art by Steve Ditko - While Peter Parker/Spider-Man has to deal with the Master Planner Gang,  Aunt May is very sick.  After a gang fight Spider-Man is trapped under tons of wreckage. Through force of will and determination he frees himself. Issue #31 also marks the first appearance of Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn.

#4  "The Death of Gwen Stacy" - The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122, June-July 1973, Written by Gerry Conway, Art by Gil Kane - One of the most tragic storylines in the history of Spider-Man! The Green Goblin kidnaps Gwen Stacy and challenges Spider-Man on top of the George Washington Bridge. When the Green Goblin throws her off the bridge, Spider-Man catches her by her leg with his web which inadvertently snaps her neck and kills her. In his anger Spider-Man nearly kills the Green Goblin but he is impaled by his own glider.

#3 "Kraven's Last Hunt", Web of Spider-Man #31-32, Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132 - Written by J.M. DeMatteis, Art by Mike Zeck - In this multiple-title story-arc, this story features the final battle between Spider-Man (Black Costume) and Kraven the Hunter, one of Spider-Man's most dangerous villains!

#2 "Spider-Man No More!" The Amazing Spider-Man #50 -Written by Stan Lee, Art by John Romita Sr. - Frustrated with his life, Peter Parker tries to give up being Spider-Man, but realizes he is unable to quit.

#1 "The Origin of Spider-Man", Amazing Fantasy #15 August, 1962, Written by Stan Lee, Art by Steve Ditko - When young Peter Parker is bit by a radioactive spider, he gains the proportionate powers of a spider and seeks to use his new powers and a costume to earn money in show business. After a criminal kills his Uncle Ben he seeks out his killer and vows to fight crime because "with great power comes great responsibility."