Chronological Spider-Man ’94-’95: Indispensable Spider-Man Pt 11

The Indispensable Spider-Man continues again with this week’s installment.  Just as last week’s group of  Chronological Spider-man issues was perhaps one of the best runs ever, we delve into one of most notoriously self-indulgent runs.

This set of essential chronological Spider-Man issues spans from a short period between 1994-1995, but don’t be fooled; this is perhaps one of the eras with the most issues published per month.

Before we get down to the details, here’s the criteria to how we decide which issues make our list:

  • 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 1994-1995 : What You Need To Know

What makes the cut? What doesn’t?

Like the Clone Saga or not, there are some important moments falling out of that storyline that can’t be denied.  The introduction of Ben Reilly and Kaine are still important to this day.  And while much of this has been rendered moot by One More Day, Mary Jane’s pregnancy, Aunt May’s “death” and the introduction of Kaine and Ben Reilly still have lasting effects for years, and are unavoidable. The bulk of the “excess” of the Clone saga occurs in our next installment, when the Spider-Man titles focus almost solely on Ben Reilly.

Creators of the 1991-1994 Chronological Spider-Man Essential Issues

Michelinie ends his run on Amazing Spider-Man as Bagley teams up with DeMatteis, who moves over from Spectacular Spider-Man. Sal Buscema remains on the latter title, with DeZago, DeFalco and lackey filling in on plots. Kavanagh remains on Web of Spider-Man, but Saviuk hands over pencilling shortly in this Chronological Spider-Man list to Butler. Mackie and Tom Lyle round out the team, with Romita Jr filling in occasionally on Spider-Man. Ron Lim does a few pencils for “extra” stories, such as Maximum Clonage and Unlimited.

1991-1994 Chronological Spider-Man Essential Titles

Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, Spider-Man and Spider-Man Unlimited are the core titles of Chronological Spider-Man era.

Events within the 1994-1995 Chronological Spider-Man Essential Issues

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

  • Vulture becomes young
  • Spider-Man’s parents revealed as “synthetic beings”, under the mastermind of the Chameleon and the Green Goblin
  • Spider-Man goes grim
  • The Hobgoblin gains Kraven’s powers, kills the Demogoblin
  • Kraven’s son becomes the Grim Hunter
  • Aunt May goes into coma, dies
  • Peter’s original Clone returns, becomes the Scarlet Spider
  • Doctor Octopus cures Spider-Man from a poison
  • Kaine kills Doctor Octopus
  • Peter goes to Jail after being suspected for murder committed by Kaine, his failed Clone
  • Mary Jane becomes pregnant
  • Peter revealed to be the clone, quits being Spider-Man
  • Black and Flash break up

Collections of the 1994-1995 Chronological Spider-Man era

The Back end of this list is available in trade paperback form, though it isn’t as edited down than our list:

Various Trade Paperbacks
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic, Book 1
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic, Book 2
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic, Book 3
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic, Book 4
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic, Book 5

The Indispensable Chronological Spider-Man Master List

OrderYearAgeIssueCreatorsDetails**
386.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #386 BUY Michelinie, BagleyLifetheft, Vulture, Peter revealed! identity to his parents**
387.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #387 BUY Michelinie, BagleyLifetheft, Vulture**
387.021994ModernSpider-Man #44 BUY Mackie, LyleHobgoblin*
388.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #388 BUY Michelinie, BagleyLifetheft, Vulture, Chameleon**
388.021994ModernSpider-Man #45 BUY Mackie, LylePursuit, Chameleon*
388.031994ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #211 BUY Lackey, BuscemaPursuit, Chameleon*
388.041994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #112 BUY Kavanagh, SaviukPursuit, Chameleon*
389.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #389 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyPursuit, Chameleon**
389.041994ModernWeb of Spider-Man Annual #10 BUY Kavanagh, SaviukBlack Cat, Ravencroft*
389.081994ModernSpider-Man #46 BUY Mackie, LyleBeware the Rage of a Desperate Man, Hobgoblin II, Demogoblin*
389.091994ModernSpider-Man #47 BUY Mackie, LyleBeware the Rage of a Desperate Man, Hobgoblin II, Demogoblin, 1st GrIron Man Hunter**
389.101994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #113 BUY Kavanagh, SaviukLive and Let Die, Gambit, Black Cat*
389.111994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #114 BUY Kavanagh, SaviukLive and Let Die, Bannon dies, 1st Reilly Reappearance*
390.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #390 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyShrieking, Carrion**
391.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #391 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyShrieking, Carrion, Aunt May collapses**
392.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #392 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyShrieking, Carrion, Peter discovers May's collapse**
392.021994ModernSpider-Man #48 BUY Mackie, LyleBeware the Rage of a Desperate Man, Hobgoblin II, Demogoblin dies, 2nd Reilly Reappearance**
392.031994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #115 BUY Kavanagh, SaviukLive and Let Die, Reilly leaves for NY*
392.041994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #116 BUY Kavanagh, SaviukLive and Let Die*
392.051994ModernSpider-Man #49 BUY Mackie, LyleBeware the Rage of a Desperate Man, Hobgoblin II, Demogoblin, GrIron Man Hunter**
393.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #393 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyShrieking, Carrion, MJ leaves**
393.031994ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #215 BUY Lackey, Sal BuscemaScorpion*
393.041994ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #216 BUY DeZago, Sal BuscemaScorpion, Peter meets Reilly**
393.051994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #117 BUY Kavanagh, ButlerPower and Responsibility, Clone Saga, Revealed! Traveler knows, Ben Reilly**
394.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #394 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyPower and Responsibility, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly**
394.021994ModernSpider-Man #51 BUY Mackie, LylePower and Responsibility, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Electro**
394.031994ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #217 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaPower and Responsibility, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly**
394.051994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #118 BUY Kavanagh, ButlerThe Exile Returns, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly becomes Scarlet Spider, Venom*
394.061994ModernSpider-Man #52 BUY Mackie, LyleThe Exile Returns, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Venom*
394.071994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #119 BUY Kavanagh, ButlerThe Exile Returns, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Venom*
394.081994ModernSpider-Man #53 BUY Mackie, LyleThe Exile Returns, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Venom*
395.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #395 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyBack from the Edge, Clone Saga, Puma*
395.021994ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #218 BUY DeZago, Sal BuscemaBack from the Edge, Clone Saga, Puma*
396.011994ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #396 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyBack from the Edge, Clone Saga, Vulture, Peter is poisoned**
396.021994ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #219 BUY DeZago, Sal BuscemaBack from the Edge, Clone Saga, Vulture**
396.031994ModernWeb of Spider-Man #120 BUY Kavanagh, ButlerWeb of Life, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine gets vision of MJ**
396.041995ModernSpider-Man #54 BUY Mackie, LyleWeb of Life, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine**
396.051995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #121 BUY DeZagoWeb of Life, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly meets Kaine, GrIron Man Hunter**
396.061995ModernSpider-Man #55 BUY Mackie, ManleyWeb of Life, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine kills GrIron Man Hunter**
397.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #397 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyWeb of Death, Clone Saga, Revealed! Doc Ock cures Peter**
397.021995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #220 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaWeb of Death, Clone Saga, Doc Ock, MJ announces she's pregnant**
398.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #398 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyWeb of Death, Clone Saga, Doc Ock**
398.021995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #221 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaWeb of Death, Clone Saga, Doc Ock dies**
398.111995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #122 BUY DeZago, ButlerSmoke and Mirrors, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal, Kaine**
399.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #399 BUY DeMatteis, BagleySmoke and Mirrors, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal**
399.021995ModernSpider-Man #56 BUY Mackie, LyleSmoke and Mirrors, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal**
399.031995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #222 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaPlayers and Pawns, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal**
399.041995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #123 BUY Kavanagh, ButlerPlayers and Pawns, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal, Kaine**
400.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #400 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyBest! Death of Aunt May, Clone Saga, Revealed! by Aunt May, Ben Reilly, Peter goes to jail**
400.021995ModernSpider-Man #57 BUY Mackie, Romita JrClone Saga, Ben Reilly, Electro**
400.031995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #223 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaClone Saga, Ben Reilly**
400.041995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #124 BUY Kavanagh, ButlerThe Mark of Kaine, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal**
401.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #401 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyThe Mark of Kaine, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly**
401.021995ModernSpider-Man #58 BUY Mackie, LyleThe Mark of Kaine, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly**
401.031995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #224 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaThe Mark of Kaine, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly switches with Peter**
401.041995ModernSpider-Man Unlimited #9 BUY Lyle, LimThe Mark of Kaine, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Black Cat, Electro*
401.051995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #125 BUY Kavanagh, ButlerClone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal, Gwen Stacy Clone*
402.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #402 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyClone Saga, Ben Reilly, Traveler*
402.021995ModernSpider-Man #59 BUY Mackie, LyleClone Saga, Ben Reilly, Traveler*
402.031995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #225 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaClone Saga, Jackal*
402.041995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #126 BUY DeZago, BurdineThe Trial of Peter Parker, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal, Kaine**
403.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #403 BUY DeMatteis, BagleyThe Trial of Peter Parker, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Traveller**
403.021995ModernSpider-Man #60 BUY Mackie, LyleThe Trial of Peter Parker, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine revealed as clone**
403.031995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #226 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaThe Trial of Peter Parker, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine, Jackal, Peter revealed as clone**
403.051995ModernSpider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 BUY DeZago, LimMaximum Clonage, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal, Kaine, Punisher**
403.061995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #127 BUY DeZago, ButlerMaximum Clonage, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Jackal, Kaine, Punisher**
404.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #404 BUY DeZago, BagleyMaximum Clonage, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine, Jackal**
404.021995ModernSpider-Man #61 BUY Mackie, LyleMaximum Clonage, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine, Jackal**
404.031995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #227 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaMaximum Clonage, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine "dies", Jackal**
404.041995ModernSpider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1 BUY LyleMaximum Clonage, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Kaine, Jackal "dies", Gwen Stacy Clone**
404.051995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #128 BUY DeZago, ButlerExiled, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly, Black Cat*
405.091995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #228 BUY DeZago, Sal BuscemaTime Bomb, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly*
405.101995ModernWeb of Spider-Man #129 BUY DeZago, ButlerTime Bomb, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly*
406.011995ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #406 BUY DMatteisThe Greatest Responsibility, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly**
406.021995ModernSpider-Man #63 BUY Mackie, KaneThe Greatest Responsibility, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly**
406.031995ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #229 BUY DeFalco, Sal BuscemaQuits! The Greatest Responsibility, Clone Saga, Ben Reilly**

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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