List of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man: Blue Reading Order

With the latest Spidey movie The Amazing Spider-Man coming this summer, it’s a good time to look back at some classic issues featuring its female lead character, Gwen Stacy.  Spider-Man: Blue, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, is perhaps the best introduction to Gwen Stacy for new readers not looking at reading a whole lot of back issues.  It is a modern retelling of a key run of early Amazing Spider-Man issues, featuring the courtship of Gwen Stacy and the introduction of Mary Jane Watson.  Below you will find the list of Spider-Man comics reference by Spider-Man: Blue in order they appear in the miniseries.

list of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man blue
First thing you’ll need to read this list of Spider-Man comics is, naturally, the Spider-Man: Blue mini-series to accompany this list of Spider-Man comics.  The back issues should still be affordable, though the trade paperback is readily available from places such as Amazon.  Also, many of the issues on this list of Spider-Man comics that are reference in Spider-Man: Blue are contained in the newly released The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Volume 2, as well as in Essential Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 and Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 3, though perhaps the most efficient way to get most of these issues to get Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 5 (Marvel Masterworks).

List of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man: Blue

List of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man: Blue #1

The first issue begins with a well-known scene between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man in which both are unmasked.  It follows with Peter purchasing a Motorcycle, and ends with a tease of Mary Jane Watson just missing meeting Peter for the first time.  These events are found within both Amazing Spider-Man #40 (The Green Goblin) and Amazing Spider-Man #41 (Buying a motorcycle).

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Amazing Spider-Man #40 (BUY)
Amazing Spider-Man #41 (BUY)

List of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man: Blue #2

The second issues chronology starts to get tricky, as the order of the original comics are not followed.  The issue features Spider-Man’s battle with the Rhino in which he enlists the aid of Curt Connors to create a webbing that will dissolve his armor.  This battle also happens to occur immediately after meeting Mary Jane for the first time, though in Spider-Man: Blue, the “Tiger, You Just Hit the Jackpot!” scene happens after the battle.  This means that the events of Amazing Spider-Man #43 occur before the end of Spider-Man #42.

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Amazing Spider-Man #42 (BUY)
Amazing Spider-Man #43 (BUY)

List of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man: Blue #3

The chronology continues to fluctuate in the third issue, as we see Mary Jane helping Peter by distracting the police officer.  This is reminiscent of Amazing Spider-Man #42 again, though the crux of the issue is his battle with the Lizard, which happens in Amazing Spider-Man #44 and Amazing Spider-Man #45.  Those issues also contain the scene with the “gang” meeting MJ for the first time as well.  There is just one more element missing from this list of Spider-Man comics, and that is Harry’s offer to Peter to move in with him, which happens in Amazing Spider-Man #46.

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Amazing Spider-Man #44 (BUY)
Amazing Spider-Man #45 (BUY)
Amazing Spider-Man #46 (BUY)

List of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man: Blue #4

The fourth issue sticks to mostly just one issue of Amazing Spider-Man, though we do skip over the Amazing Spider-Man #47 and go directly to Spidey’s battle with the new Vulture, Blackie Drago.  Both issues (Blue and Amazing) end with Spider-Man passed out on a snowy rooftop.  #47 is saved for later, as it features Kraven, the secret mastermind behind Spider-Man: Blue.

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Amazing Spider-Man #48 (BUY)

List of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man: Blue #5

The leapfrogging of issues is not readily apparent as you read the fifth issue, as it focuses on the battle between the two vultures, which happens in Amazing Spider-Man #49 and more than a year later in Amazing Spider-Man #63.

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Amazing Spider-Man #49 (BUY)
Amazing Spider-Man #63 (BUY)

List of Spider-Man comics in Spider-Man: Blue #6

The mini-series ends with a battle against Kraven the Hunter, who is revealed to be the one setting up all the previous villains against Spider-Man.  This aspect is new to the miniseries, and perhaps the most important retcon brought on by this new addition.  It still isn’t a major change in Spider-Man lore, which keeps the series respectable amongst fans, and its refocusing on Spider-Man’s relationships is a welcomed modern look at this too short period of Peter’s life.  This battle with Kraven can be found in Amazing Spider-Man #47.

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Amazing Spider-Man #47 (BUY)

For another essential list of Spider-Man comics see the Essential Spider-Man page

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