For my second piece for the Spider-Man Crawlspace, I combined and edited two entries from the reading list for a piece on the most acclaimed Spider-Man stories.
It’s an assortment of the most notable stories. Since Spider-Man’s been around since 1962, appearing in at least three books a month since 1975, there are going to be a lot of choices available. Anyone interested in the comic book adventures of the character is going to have a difficult time sifting through all of that material, especially since much of it is produced by people who assume that a reader is already quite familiar with the character’s most important storylines.
So the aim would be to start with those adventures. What are the Spider-Man stories that everyone interested in the character (or the comics medium or good storytelling) should definitely check out? If there were classes on these comics, this would be the reading list for the Spider-Man 101 introductory course. The selected stories have been curated based on a combination of acclaim, significance and accessibility. This is the material that is most likely to appear on Top 10/25/50 lists and to be alluded to in subsequent storylines. In some cases, it may be that a particular story is not considered important by itself, but it is an appropriate example of something that is referenced often.