The Spider-Man Project

About The Spider-Man Project

Posted by dave, August 17, 2007 at 10:15 pm · 7 Comments ·

I have been a fan of Spider-Man for a long time. I was born in 1981 and my childhood was filled with Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, the Electric Company, the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon, and (of course) reruns of the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon.

When I was a kid I also read some of the Spider-Man comics but, to be honest, they haven’t really stuck with me. At the time, comics weren’t my medium of choice and it hasn’t been until very recently that this has changed. About a year ago I started getting more interested in reading comics again, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I began to do so in earnest.

Naturally I was curious about my favourite childhood super-hero, but I found that things had changed a lot since I was a kid. I had vague ideas about some of the major events that had happened both in the Spider-Man comics and in the Marvel universe as a whole, but I still felt somewhat lost. How could I catch up on 20 years worth of comics? How would I decide which issues were important and which were dispensable?

It seemed to me that there was only one logical answer. If I was serious about catching up on Spider-Man, I would have to just read them all. In order. Issue by issue.

Of course, coming up with such a logical answer is only the first step. There are a number of parameters to consider: would I only read core titles, or other Spider-Man appearances too? would I stick to comics that are generally considered canon? could I possibly read them in story order? I figured that if you’re going to start an insane project such as this, you shouldn’t do it half-assed: I decided to read every canon Spider-Man appearance in any comic title or graphic novel, in chronological story order. And, just to round things out, I would fill in some story arcs and limited series even if Spider-Man didn’t appear in every issue, and throw in a few interesting-looking non-canon appearances as well.

The hardest part (so far) has been figuring out a good reading order. Sites like and The Marvel Chronology Project were fantastic resources; between those two sites, some googling and wikipediaing, I came up with a list of approximately 3350 comics to read and what I hope is a decent reading order. At one comic per day, that’s just over nine years; I’m hoping to do it in one.

So that’s it, The Spider-Man Project. Stick with me, true believers, as I finish my quest or go mad trying.

→ 7 CommentsCategories: Project Info, Spider-Man

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mike Haseloff // Oct 15, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Always love to see this kind of motivation in a “blog!” I hope you manage to cover even a tiny percentage of your goal!


  • 2 jonkon // May 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    do you have a reading order posted somewhere? i’m trying to start. i’d like to read all of amazing and spectacular as well as everything else, but i don’t know where they overlap and crossover.

  • 3 dave // Jul 26, 2009 at 8:34 am

    my work in progress reading order is at:

  • 4 Travis Starnes // May 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Not sure if this will help in your reading order, but I am also putting together a reading order although its for the main marvel universe as a whole, including a section for spiderman.

    You can find it here if you think it would help:

    Great site, its a really good resource. Please contact me if there is anything I can do to help you out.

  • 5 dave // May 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    @travis cool site you got there, i’ll definitely take a look through it and see how it helps. at some point soon i’m going to have to do some revisions to my list, and this should come in handy.

  • 6 Matt // Jun 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Dude, please tell me your still attempting this? Your original goal was one year, how has that gone? I have a similar goal just less ambitious. My goal is to read all the full series of Spider-Man and I use your list as my guide. Thanks for doing all the research. True Believer, Matt

  • 7 dave // Jun 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    nope, definitely haven’t quit. due to stupid real life, though, i was forced to accept that the one-year timeframe was waaaaay too short. i’m still slogging through, but i just don’t have anywhere near as much free time as i’d like to work on this. glad to see the list is useful for you though! feel free to post comments on any new orderings or things you come across.

Leave a Comment