Spider-Man Chronology ’66-’71: Indispensable Spider-Man Pt 2

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It’s Friday, and that means another installment of our Spider-Man chronology series, titled “The Indispensable Spider-Man”, comes your way. In this series, we list the most important issues of a particular era of the Spider-Man chronology. Once we’re done, together these lists will give you a complete Spider-Man reading order, pared down to the essentials. This includes what is considered the best issues, as well as issues containing important changes to the status quo. We’ve also provided two “levels” of importance, with the most important issues are marked with two asterisks (**), while less important issues that included minor changes not occupying a large portion of the book, or a less essential continuing story from a more important issue are marked with a single asterisk.

Follow us, now, as we take you down memory lane (or, for you first-time readers, maybe time-travel).  With the Silver Age winding down, we explore the Spider-Man chronology occupying mostly issues from 1966 to 1971

Spider-Man Chronology from 1966-1971 Features

What makes the cut of the indispensable 1966-1971 Spider-Man Chronology

Naturally Spider-Man big showdown with the Green Goblin makes the cut, as does pretty much every other issue in this era.  We see the introduction of Kingpin and the love triangle between MJ, Peter and Gwen.  We see Peter choose Gwen, bond with her Father only to have him die during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus.  Issues focusing on his relationship with Gwen are all featured, such as her (now important) exile in London to her return, which is followed by Peter growing four extra arms.  This is an exciting time for the Spider-Man chronology. It acts today almost as a very long origin story, as the fates of the Stacys play nearly as important a role as the death of Uncle Ben for modern-day Peter Parker.

Creators of the 1966-1971 Spider-Man Chronology era

This era of the Spider-Man chronology is marked by being the tail-end of Stan Lee’s great run on his creation.  It is well known that the artist did much of the plotting, which clearly makes his time with Ditko and and his time with Romita Sr distinct.  John Buscema also fills in occasionally here, and Gil Kane begins his run.  Ross Andru, with writers Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, also appear in this era, though none of his issues make the cut this time.

Titles of the 1966-1971 Spider-Man Chronology era

The Amazing Spider-Man remains the core of the Spider-Man chronology of this era, though Marvel Team-Up is launched at the tail end of this era, just as Stan Lee makes his exit.  Still, most of the Marvel Team-Up issues are unimportant to the Spider-Man chronology, though with a few later exceptions.

Events of the 1966-1971 Spider-Man Chronology era

The most important events occurring during this period, which have long-ranging consequences, are many.  First among them is the Green Goblin and Spider-Man learning each others identity.  Also, Doctor Octopus creates a friendship with Aunt May.  The iconic “Spider-Man No More!” story takes place here as the Kingpin is introduced.  Peter and Gwen begin to date as Captain Stacy is introduced, and then unfortunately meets his demise.

Collections of the 1966-1971 Spider-Man Chronology era

These early runs that contain so many essential issues get great treatment in terms of reprints, with many formats to choose from.  This is the last good run of easy reprint access before the ever increasing number of Spider-Man titles.  It’s only until the trade boom of the new millenium that we see this kind of coverage in reprints of the Spider-Man chronology. Here are a few of the most popular trades collecting this era of the Spider-Man chronology :Spider-Man Chronology 1966-1971

Spider-Man Chronology in Hardcover
The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus – Volume 2

The Indispensable Spider-Man Chronology 1963-1966

OrderYearAgeIssueCreatorsDetails**
39.011966SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #39 BUY ES2 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! Spider-Man Unmasked, Revealed! to Green Goblin**
40.011966SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #40 BUY ES2 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! Spider-Man Unmasked, Green Goblin**
41.011966SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #41 BUY ES2 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! 1st Rhino, Peter buys a Motorcycle**
42.011966SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #42 BUY ES2 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! 1st MJ Watson**
43.011966SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #43 BUY ES2 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! 1st Full MJ Watson, Rhino, Connors**
44.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #44 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrLizard, Connors*
45.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #45 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrLizard, Connors*
46.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #46 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita Sr1st Shocker, Peter Moves In with Harry, May with Anna**
47.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #47 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita Sr1st MJ and Peter date, Kraven, Green Goblin, Flash leaves for the Army*
48.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #48 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrKraven, Vulture*
49.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #49 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrKraven, Vulture*
50.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #50 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! Quits! Spider-Man No More, 1st Kingpin**
51.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #51 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrKingpin**
52.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #52 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita Sr1st Robbie Robertson, Kingpin**
53.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #53 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! Doc Ock Wins**
54.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #54 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! Doc Ock Wins, Doc Ock boards with May and Anna, May collapses**
55.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #55 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! Doc Ock Wins**
56.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #56 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! Doc Ock Wins, Spider-Man loses memory, Peter goes missing**
57.011967SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #57 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrMay collapses**
58.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #58 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrSpider Slayer, Spider-Man regains memory**
59.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #59 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrKingpin, Peter meets Cpt. Stacy, MJ!**
60.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #60 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrKingpin, MJ!**
61.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #61 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrKingpin, Norman almost remembers Green Goblin, MJ!**
62.021968SilverAmazing Spider-Man Annual #5 BUY ES4 OB2Stan Lee, Lieber**
63.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #63 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrWings in the Night, Vulture**
64.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #64 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrWings in the Night, Vulture**
65.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #65 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrWings in the Night**
66.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #66 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrMysterio, Peter dates Gwen**
67.011968SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #67 BUY ES3 OB2Stan Lee, Romita SrMysterio**
68.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #68 BUY ES3 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! The Secret of the Petrified Tablet, Kingpin, 1st Randy**
69.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #69 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! The Secret of the Petrified Tablet, Kingpin**
70.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #70 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! The Secret of the Petrified Tablet, Kingpin**
71.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #71 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! The Secret of the Petrified Tablet**
72.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #72 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! The Secret of the Petrified Tablet, Flash returns from the Army**
73.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #73 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! The Secret of the Petrified Tablet, Connors**
74.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #74 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! The Secret of the Petrified Tablet, Connors**
75.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #75 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! The Secret of the Petrified Tablet, Connors, Lizard**
76.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #76 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, John BuscemaLizard*
77.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #77 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, John BuscemaLizard*
78.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #78 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, John Buscema1st Prowler**
79.011969SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #79 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, John Buscema*
83.011970SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #83 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrRichard Fisk, Kingpin**
84.011970SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #84 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrRichard Fisk, Kingpin**
85.011970SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #85 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrRichard Fisk, Kingpin**
87.011970SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #87 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrRevealed! Unmasked to friends, Prowler dresses as Spidey**
88.011970SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #88 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, Romita SrBest! Death of Captain Stacy, Doc Ock**
89.011970SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #89 BUY ES4 Stan Lee, KaneBest! Death of Captain Stacy, Doc Ock**
90.011970SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #90 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, KaneBest! Death of Captain Stacy, Revealed! by Cpt. Stacy, Doc Ock**
91.011970SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #91 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, KaneDeath of Captain Stacy aftermath, Gwen blames Spider-Man**
92.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #92 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, KaneDeath of Captain Stacy aftermath**
93.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #93 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, Romita SrGwen leaves for London**
94.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #94 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, Romita SrMay kidnaped by Beetle*
95.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #95 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, Romita SrPeter goes to London to find Gwen**
96.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #96 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, KaneBest! Return of the Green Goblin, Norman remembers, MJ flirts with Peter**
97.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #97 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, KaneBest! Return of the Green Goblin, MJ dumps Harry, Harry overdoses**
98.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #98 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, KaneBest! Return of the Green Goblin, Gwen returns**
99.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #99 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, Kane*
100.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #100 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, KaneBest! Six Arm Saga, Quits!**
101.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #101 BUY ES5 Thomas, KaneBest! Six Arm Saga, 1st Morbius, Lizard**
102.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #102 BUY ES5 Thomas, KaneBest! Six Arm Saga**
103.011971SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #103 BUY ES5 Thomas, KaneGog, Kraven, Peter, Gwen and JJJ go to Savage Land*
104.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #104 BUY ES5 Thomas, KaneGog, Kraven*
105.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #105 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, KaneSpider-Slayer, Flash returns from Army, Harry returns from hospital**
106.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #106 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, Romita SrSpider-Slayer, Revealed! Spider-Man's Face Exposed**
107.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #107 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, Romita SrSpider-Slayer**
108.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #108 BUY ES5 Stan Lee, Romita SrFlash's Vietnam Story**

As with all of our lists, we invite you to share your thoughts on what should or shouldn’t be included, and to what degree. Drop us a line in the comments for changes to this era, which will be reflected in our larger Spider-Man Chronology list here:

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