Hey everyone! Originally a watcher of Spider-Man: the Animated Series back in my February 1995 childhood, my first Spider-Man comic I've gotten in earnest, was Spectacular Spider-Man #225; one of the full premiere introductions to the Phil Urich Green Goblin!
My recommendations for the "new": Mostly, from 1962-2007; as my personal opinion / advise would be to avoid BND Spidey at all costs, like a plague! That said;
1. Essential Spider-Man #1-4: YES, aware they are "black&white", but for starters, for story / content / budget; great Lee/ Ditko / Romita / Buscema reads there!
2. Marvel Tales - AS MANY OF THEM AS YOU CAN! Cheap, color reprints of classic Spidey stories, many can found for a dollar each in your local comicbook shop back issue bins. I've gotten my fix of 70s Gibbon / Hammerhead / Jackal / Punisher / Man-Wolf / Tarantula / Grizzly / Spencer Smythe this way!
3. Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin trade. Classic Spidey / Goblin battles there. Out of print, as originally published mid-nineties. But I'm sure, one can find generous prices out of Amazon, eBay, or maybe a used graphic novel section, or even a Half-Price Books!
4. Spider-Man: the Wedding. Yes, in my "continuity"; Peter Parker & Mary Jane's marriage EXISTS. Really; it's a great story, coupled with Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives. Both are out of print also; same deal; Amazon, eBay, used graphic novels, Half-Price Books....
Last edited by ngroove; 05-02-2011 at 07:39 PM.
You know what the perfect jumping off point is if you don't want to buy a lot of backissues and don't want to get lost in ongoing story arcs? Amazing Spider-Man issue 655. This is when Spidey becomes a member of the FF.
Check out my take on the Legion here . . .
I'm new to Spider-Man comics too... I was thinking about starting at 659 with the infested arc and moving on from there...
Is this a good idea?
If ya' wanna read Spidey now - what are you waiting for? Personally myself, I would not buy the latest issues ( for myself, from the last three-and-a-half-years), but it's your decision on that, your taste, prerogative whether you'll like em' or not.
However; my most serious advise; study, absorb! Maybe start your studies with the first volume of Spider-Man Masterworks ( his first appearance, ten issues, color), or first volume of Essential Spider-Man ( his first appearance, twenty issues + 1st annual, B+W) along with find this somewhere, possibly dwelling in the back issues of your comic book store, under various Spider-Man titles / minis: Spider-Man Saga. Quite a picture-filled and informative history of Spider-Man's first twenty-six years told in four issues.
The first Spider-Man Masterworks ( well, atleast the paperback, first appearance, five-issue version) and the first issue of Spider-Man saga, sure helped me when I was a kid, on my path on learning about Spider-Man's history.
I started getting into Spider-Man when Todd McFarlane was just beginning to pencil for Amazing Spider-Man. But...the Kraven storyline "Kraven's Last Hunt" Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Web of Spider-Man #31-32, & Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132 is a great, great read. It was this cover that made me had to find out what the hell was going on...I know it ain't McFarlane, but it's still badass...
I stopped reading after Civil War,allthough I read and hated scans of OMD. I picked up a couple floppies over the last couple months and liked them,but I'm not going to keep buying 4 dollar pamphlets. My question is,What is the most recent TPB and can I read it cold or do I need to start further back to get caught up? Should I go all the way back to BND or what?
Start from the Big Time HC. It starts a new direction that is only 12 issues (and, more importantly to your wallet, two HCs) long so far. The other HC is Matters of Life and Death, which — and I cannot stress this enough — has one of the greatest and most amazing issues ever, art-wise, in the history of comics (ASM #655).
That's only two; they're very new-reader-friendly, and very accessible. Have fun!
I'm looking into getting the back issues. I was wondering whether I should start with One More Day or Brand New Day?
I figure BND would be a better jumping on point since its the start of Spidey's current direction. But I just want some conformation from people who've read both.
Last edited by The Jersey Patriot; 05-14-2011 at 08:25 PM.
BND's a good place to start.
But another new direction started somewhat more recently with Amazing Spider-Man #648, collected in "The Big Time" hardcover. So it could make sense to start there, and slowly work your way backwards.