Chronological Spider-Man ’89-’91: Indispensable Spider-Man Pt 9

Enter: the Modern Age of Spider-Man!

(Personally, I think we should start calling it the Chromium Age.)

Hello Marvelites, Spider-Fans and/or M.M.M.S. members (see original Stan Lee era letter pages if you don’t get the reference!).

We continue our series of chronological Spider-Man essential issues list (released every Friday!) which ushers in the modern age of Spider-Man, marked with Todd McFarlane’s move from Amazing Spider-Man to his newly created Spider-Man title created just for him to write and draw.

Before we get down to the details:

  • What are considered the best issues in the main Chronological Spider-Man are central
  • Storylines that include an important change in status quo are also central
  • Very important issues are marked with two asterisks (**), while issues that are part of those storylines, without the major event, are also included and marked with a diminutive one asterisk (*). Search for “**” in this below to further pare down the list.

Chronological Spider-Man from 1989-1991 : What You Need To Know

What makes the cut? What doesn’t?

Suprisingly, despite much of the hype that surrounded Todd McFarlane, very few of his stories had a lasting impact, with the exception of the introduction of Venom (which was part of last week’s list).  This list is mostly made up of mindlessly fun issues, including an overdue return of the Sinister Six and Cosmic Power Spider-Man.

Creators of the 1989-1991 Chronological Spider-Man Essential Issues

David Michelinie continues his run on Amazing Spider-Man, who is matched with another soon-to-be-Image-Comics-founder Erik Larsen, who replaces Todd McFarlane who ceremoniously moves on to “his own” self-titled Spider-Man title.  Gerry Conway continues his Web of Spider-Man run and Spectacular Spider-Man Run, with both Sal Buscema and Alex Saviuk, respectively.  Basically, this chronological Spider-Man issues list features many of the same creative teams over the past list with the sole exception of the Todd McFarlane/Erik Larsen tag out.

1989-1991 Chronological Spider-Man Essential Titles

We can add an additional title to this chronological Spider-Man list alongside Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man and Web of Spider-Man; Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man.

Events within the 1989-1991 Chronological Spider-Man Essential Issues

Here are the most important events in this era of the Chronological Spider-Man:

  • Acts of Vengeance provides Spider-Man with Cosmic Powers
  • Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) begins dating Flash to make Peter jealous
  • Venom returns, gets stranded on an island
  • The Sinister Six returns
  • The Lizard goes savage under the control of Calypso
  • Harry Osborn dons the Green Goblin costume (as a good guy)
  • Spider-Man loses his powers
  • Puma sells back the Bugle to Jonah
  • The Hobgoblin (Macendale) deals with his demonic transformation

Collections of the 1989-1991 Chronological Spider-Man era

Here are some good collected editions containing some of the best stories of this Chronological Spider-Man list of issues:

Chronological Spider-Man

Various Trade Paperbacks
The Amazing Spider-Man Parallel Lives #1
Acts of Vengeance Omnibus
Spider-Man: Sinister Six (Marvel Premiere Classic)
Spider-Man: The Vengeance of Venom
Spider-Man: Torment (Spider-Man (Graphic Novels))
Spider-Man: Perceptions

The Indispensable Chronological Spider-Man Master List

OrderYearAgeIssueCreatorsDetails**
325.091990CopperSpider-Man Parallel Lives #1 BUY Conway, SaviukMJ! Best!**
326.011989CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #326 BUY MichelinieActs of Vengeance**
326.021989CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #158 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaActs of Vengeance, Kingpin, Gains cosmic powers**
326.031989CopperWeb of Spider-Man #59 BUY Conway, SaviukActs of Vengeance**
327.011989CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #327 BUY Michelinie, LarsenActs of Vengeance**
327.021989CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #159 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaActs of Vengeance**
327.031990CopperWeb of Spider-Man #60 BUY Conway, SaviukActs of Vengeance**
328.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #328 BUY Michelinie, McFarlaneActs of Vengeance, Hulk**
328.021989CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #160 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaActs of Vengeance, Kingpin**
328.031990CopperWeb of Spider-Man #61 BUY Conway, SaviukActs of Vengeance, Quits!**
329.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #329 BUY Michelinie, LarsenActs of Vengeance, Black Cat dates Flash**
329.021990CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #161 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaHobgoblin II, Puma, Robertson Pardoned**
330.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #330 BUY Michelinie, LarsenPunisher*
331.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #331 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBlack Cat, Punisher*
332.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #332 BUY Michelinie, LarsenVenom**
333.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #333 BUY Michelinie, LarsenVenom**
333.061990CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #162 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaHobgoblin II, Carrion**
333.071990CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #163 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaHobgoblin II, Carrion**
334.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #334 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBest! Return of the Sinister Six, Doc Ock, Electro, Sandman**
335.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #335 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBest! Return of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus, Shocker, Hobgoblin II, Mysterio**
336.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #336 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBest! Return of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus, Vulture**
337.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #337 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBest! Return of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Hobgoblin II, Mysterio, Vulture**
338.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #338 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBest! Return of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Hobgoblin II, Mysterio, Vulture**
339.011990CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #339 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBest! Return of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Hobgoblin II, Mysterio, Vulture**
339.021990ModernSpider-Man #1 BUY McFarlaneTorment, Lizard*
339.031990ModernSpider-Man #2 BUY McFarlaneTorment, Lizard*
339.041990ModernSpider-Man #3 BUY McFarlaneTorment, Lizard*
339.051990ModernSpider-Man #4 BUY McFarlaneTorment, Lizard*
339.061990ModernSpider-Man #5 BUY McFarlaneTorment, Lizard*
339.071990ModernWeb of Spider-Man #64 BUY Conway, SaviukActs of Vengeance, Green Goblin II, Chameleon*
339.081990ModernWeb of Spider-Man #65 BUY Conway, SaviukActs of Vengeance, Chameleon, MJ discovers Green Goblin II costume*
339.091990ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #165 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaThe Arranger dies*
339.101990ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #166 BUY Conway, Sal Buscema*
339.111990ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #167 BUY Conway, Sal Buscema*
339.121990ModernWeb of Spider-Man #66 BUY Conway, SaviukFriends and Enemies, Green Goblin*
339.131990ModernWeb of Spider-Man #67 BUY Conway, SaviukFriends and Enemies, Green Goblin, Tombstone*
339.141990ModernWeb of Spider-Man #68 BUY Conway, SaviukFriends and Enemies, Tombstone*
340.011990ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #340 BUY Michelinie, LarsenPowerless, Chameleon**
341.011990ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #341 BUY Michelinie, LarsenPowerless, Chameleon, Black Cat, Spider-Man lose his powers**
342.011990ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #342 BUY Michelinie, LarsenPowerless, Chameleon, Black Cat**
343.011991ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #343 BUY Michelinie, LarsenPowerless, Chameleon, Black Cat, Spider-Man regains his powers**
343.051990ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #171 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaPuma sells back Bugle to Jonah**
343.061991ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #172 BUY Conway, Sal BuscemaPuma**
344.011991ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #344 BUY Michelinie, Larsen*
345.011991ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #345 BUY Michelinie, Bagley**
346.011991ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #346 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBlack Cat, Venom**
347.011991ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #347 BUY Michelinie, LarsenBlack Cat, Venom**
347.031991ModernSpider-Man #6 BUY McFarlaneHobgoblin II*
347.041991ModernSpider-Man #7 BUY McFarlaneHobgoblin II*
347.051991ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #174 BUY Michelinie, Sal BuscemaDoc Ock*
347.061991ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #175 BUY Michelinie, Sal BuscemaDoc Ock*
348.081991ModernGhost Rider #16 BUY Mackie, TexeiraHobgoblin II*
348.091991ModernGhost Rider #17 BUY Mackie, TexeiraHobgoblin II*

Please, help us make this list better by contributing your thoughts on what should be included. We would love to pared own this list even further, though we don’t want you to miss out on some great runs. Drop us a line in the comments for changes to this Chronological Spider-Man, which will be reflected in our larger Chronological Spider-Man list here:

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