Spider-Man’s 5 Best Team-ups

Ever since Spiderman swung through the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15, he’s never stopped amazing us. But, we can’t give all the credit to Peter Parker – there were plenty of heroes who helped him along the way. So here are five of the best team-ups Spider-Man got into over his half a century of splurting web in the funny books.

Spider-Man/Superman

Marvel and DC’s rivalry has become one of nerdom’s most enduring cornerstones that the industry would be rendered unrecognizable if it didn’t exist. However, there were times that the stars aligned and these two purveyors of capes and tights decided to profit together. One of the results of these ever so rare unions is 1976’s Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man, written by Gerry Conway and illustrated by the dream team of Ross Andru, Neal Adams, and John Romita, Sr. The story is exactly as it sounds: it’s the Last Son Of Krypton fighting Webhead, because who needs drama when you get to see two men in tights beating the snot out of each other?

Spider-Man/X-Men

Back before Len Wein (god speed, sir) and Dave Cockrum put their spin on the Children of the Atom, the X-Men franchise was at the bottom of the popularity pile, which means readers just aren’t picking them up. So, to boost sales for the property, what better way than to pair Marvel’s mutants with their #1 franchise? Hence, Marvel Team-up #4 was published in 1972. In the issue, penned again by none other than the legendary Gerry Conway with the incomparable Gil Kane on art duties, Spidey and the original X-Men go up against Morbius the Living Vampire (and even Frankenstein’s monster!). The team-up proved to be quite a charm, as X-Men comics’ sales went up after this was published.

Spider-Man/Iron Man

Long before Robert Downey, Jr. decided to conscript child soldiers for his war against Captain America, Spidey and Iron Man have been on adventures together in the funny books. It all started in 1973, when Marvel Team-up #9 was published, which had Tony Stark and Peter Parker going on a romp to the future. Now, what makes this issue interesting aside from its historical significance is the way the two characters’ relationship was established, where Iron Man and Spidey have more of a partnership than an apprenticeship.

Spider-Man/Human Torch

The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man are two Marvel properties that have had close ties to each other ever since they came out of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s minds. Even further, it’s the Spider-Man and Human Torch’s dynamic that shines here, given that the two characters are roughly the same age. This relationship just became more of a classic when Marvel Team-up #1 was released in 1972. It’s a Christmas story where the two heroes duke it out with the Sandman, who was just on his way to deliver some presents to his mom. Yeah, superheroes can be jerks too.

Spider-Man/Deadpool

All the other entries here are iconic, but none are as perfect as when Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man teams up with the Merc with a Mouth. So much so, that a whole series dedicated to this holiest of pairings was published in 2016 on the pages of Spider-Man/Deadpool #1. It’s about them doing what superheroes do, but it’s the banter which makes it so appealing. Come on, we’re talking about two of mainstream comics’ greatest quippers here.

 

Spider Man’s 5 Greatest Enemies

There’s a reason that the cliché, “a hero is only as good as its villain” will never lose its meaning: it’s simply true. Now, when it comes to villains, there’s no denying that Spider-Man has some of the most colorful and richest adversaries in all of the mainstream comics. Here are five that are just a cut above the rest.

Venom

If there’s one villain that truly sits right at the opposite end of Spider-Man, it’s none other than Venom. Apart from being one of those rare characters that were able to outgrow its 90s roots and remain more or less relevant to this day, the Venom character is also a property that’s pretty impressive when you consider that it’s one of the youngest additions to the Spider-Man franchise. Created by Randy Schueller, David Micheline, Mike Zeck and Todd McFarlane in 1988 and first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #299, the black symbiote from space has proven time and again that it’s one Spidey villain that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Kraven the Hunter

Not a lot of comic book characters are lucky enough to become iconic based on one story arc alone, and Kraven just happens to be one of those. A classic Stan Lee and Steve Ditko creation that first appeared in 1964 within the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #15, it wasn’t until the 1987 storyline Kraven’s Last Hunt by J.M DeMatteis and Mike Zeck that the property propelled itself into one of ol’ Webhead’s greatest nemeses. Not bad for a guy wearing leopard print tights and whose only actual superpower is being a great huntsman.

Doctor Octopus

There’s a reason that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man II is considered one of the greatest superhero movies ever created, and its thanks in huge part to Doctor Octopus. A brainchild of the short-lived Lee and Ditko partnership, Doc Ock’s trademark design and tragic origin story makes it one of the most empathetic characters in mainstream superhero comics. Plus, the property has come a long way ever since first appearing in 1964’s Amazing Spider-Man #3, even taking on the Spider-Mantle (zing!) in 2012’s Superior Spider-Man series.

Green Goblin

The Green Goblin is undoubtedly the perpetual thorn on Spider-Man’s side, and is arguably the our hero’s greatest enemy. Ever since menacing Spidey in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (published in 1964), the green-skinned maniac has been featured in some of the wallcrawler’s most important stories. For one, this is the villain responsible for killing Gwen Stacy, one of Peter Parker’s most famous love interests. If you go even deeper, you’ll find out that the Green Goblin even had sex with that same woman. ‘Nuff said.

J. Jonah Jameson

Who says you need superpowers to become a great villain? Whereas all the other characters on this list can destroy Spider-Man, only J. Jonah Jameson has enough juice in the Marvel universe to destroy him for everybody. That’s the power of bad publicity for you, folks. Additionally, this Stan Lee and Steve Ditko creation predates each and every other villain here by having been present ever since 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #1. And there’s no sign whatsoever indicating that he’s about to throw in the towel just yet.