Spider-Man Chronology ’71-’76: Indispensable Spider-Man Pt 3

Merry Marvelous Salutations, comic fans!

As the week draws to a close, we bring you another installment of the Indispensable Spider-Man, this time featuring the Spider-Man chronology from ’71-’76.

(No, you didn’t miss anything; Marvel hasn’t published yet another adjectived Spider-title.  It’s our series on the most essential issues chronicling the adventures of Peter Parker as Spider-Man in Marvel’s 616 Universe.  This week, we focus on the issues published between 1971 and 1976 in the Spider-Man chronology, which runs from the first non-Stan Lee issue of Amazing Spider-Man up until the launch of Spectacular Spider-Man.  Look at the table at the end of this post for a full list of issues in reading order for this era of the Spider-Man chronology.  Remember, 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. (Issues even less essential are not included, since that is the whole point of this list).

Spider-Man Chronology from 1971-1976 : What You Need To Know

What makes the cut of the indispensable 1971-1976 Spider-Man Chronology

As the 1970’s rear their head, the usefulness of this list becomes more apparent.  See, as Spider-Man grew in popularity, the number of publications featuring the character began to multiply in order to satisfy readers (or cash in, depending on your point of view).  Many of these additional stories weren’t as essential, in particular the Marvel Team-Up issues of the era, which don’t make the cut on this list.  This trend only becomes amplified as the number of core Spider-Man grows until it hits a consistent weekly issue in the 90’s.

Creators of the 1971-1976 Spider-Man Chronology era

What marks this era of the Spider-Man chronology is the departure of Stan Lee.  Gerry Conway replaces him on Amazing Spider-Man, with Gil Kane, Ross Andru and John Romita Sr contributing pencils.  Len Wein and Jim Mooney also contribute to this era, though few issues make the cut.  Sal Buscema sees his debut in a long running career on Spider-Man, though he can also be counted among the latter group.

Titles of the 1971-1976 Spider-Man Chronology era

Once again, the Amazing Spider-Man is the core of the Spider-Man chronology of this era, and once again Marvel Team-Up is the other important Spider-Man publications, though with far fewer issues of importance.

Events of the 1971-1976 Spider-Man Chronology era

This era has perhaps the most important event of the entire Spider-Man chronology; the death of Gwen Stacy.  It also features the original clone saga and Harry Osborn becoming the second Green Goblin.  Peter Parker and Mary Jane begin dating seriously as we see a new side to Mary Jane.  Peter moves into his apartment in Chelsea that begins an era with many  encounters (or avoided encounters) with his landlord Ms. Muggins.  It is perhaps, after his home in Forest Hills, Peter’s most iconic residence.

Collections of the 1971-1976 Spider-Man Chronology era

This is perhaps the run of comics in the Spider-Man chronology most available in trade paperback form. You can find it in hardcover, softcover, newsprint, and even digital. Here are a few of the most popular trades collecting this run:Spider-Man Chronology

Spider-Man Chronology in the Marvel Essentials Collection (Black and White Newsprint but Affordable):
Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 6 (Marvel Essentials)
Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 7 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 7)
Spider-Man Chronology – Other Trade Paperbacks
Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys

The Indispensable Spider-Man Chronology 1971-1976

OrderYearAgeIssueCreatorsDetails**
111.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #111 BUY ES5 Conway, Romita SrKraven, May leaves**
112.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #112 BUY ES5 Conway, Romita SrDoc Ock**
113.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #113 BUY ES5 Conway, Romita SrDoc Ock, Hammerhead**
114.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #114 BUY ES6 Conway, Romita SrDoc Ock, Hammerhead, May lives with Doc Ock**
115.011972SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #115 BUY ES6 Conway, Romita SrDoc Ock, Hammerhead, May battles Spidey**
119.011973SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #119 BUY ES6 Conway, Romita SrSpider-Man in Canada, Hulk*
120.011973SilverAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #120 BUY ES6 Conway, KaneSpider-Man in Canada, Hulk*
121.011973BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #121 BUY ES6 Conway, KaneBest! Green Goblin, Death of Gwen Stacy**
122.011973BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #122 BUY ES6 Conway, KaneBest! Green Goblin, Death of Gwen Stacy**
123.011973BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #123 BUY ES6 Conway, KaneGwen's Funeral**
124.011973BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #124 BUY ES6 Conway, KaneThe Mark of the Man-Wolf**
125.011973BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #125 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruThe Mark of the Man-Wolf**
126.011973BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #126 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruSpider-Mobile, Harry becomes Green Goblin**
127.011973BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #127 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruVulture*
128.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #128 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruVulture*
129.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #129 BUY ES6 Conway, Andru1st Jackal, 1st Punisher**
130.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #130 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruJackal, Doc Ock, Hammerhead, Spider-Mobile**
131.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #131 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruDoc Ock almost marries May, Hammerhead, Doc Ock "dies", Hints at MJ & Peter romance**
132.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #132 BUY ES6 Conway, Romita SrMolten Man*
133.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #133 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruMolten Man*
134.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #134 BUY ES6 Conway, Andru1st Tarantula**
135.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #135 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruGreen Goblin Lives Again, Revealed! by Harry Osborn, Green Goblin II**
136.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #136 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruGreen Goblin Lives Again, Green Goblin II, MJ & Peter date, Peter's Apartment destroyed**
137.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #137 BUY ES6 Conway, AndruGreen Goblin Lives Again, Green Goblin II**
139.011974BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #139 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruJackal, Peter moves into apartment in Chelsea**
140.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #140 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruJackal**
141.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #141 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Jackal, Mysterio*
142.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #142 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Jackal, Mysterio, Peter sees Gwen's clone**
143.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #143 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Jackal, Peter and MJ fall in love**
144.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #144 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Jackal, Gwen's clone appears**
145.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #145 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Jackal, Scorpion**
146.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #146 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Jackal, Scorpion**
147.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #147 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Jackal**
148.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #148 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Jackal**
149.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #149 BUY ES7 Conway, AndruBest! Clone Saga, Revealed! Jackal clones Peter**
150.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #150 BUY ES7 Goodwin, KaneBest! Clone Saga**
151.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #151 BUY ES7 Wein, AndruClone Saga, Shocker, Peter dumps clone in smokestack, Harry returns**
152.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #152 BUY ES7 Wein, AndruShocker, Harry moves in with Flash*
153.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #153 BUY ES7 Wein, Andru*
154.011975BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #154 BUY ES7 Wein, John BuscemaSandman*
156.011976BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #156 BUY ES7 Wein, AndruNed Leeds marries Betty Brant, Doc Ock returns**
157.011976BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #157 BUY ES7 Wein, AndruDoc Ock, Hammerhead**
158.011976BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #158 BUY ES7 Wein, AndruDoc Ock, Hammerhead*
159.011976BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #159 BUY ES7 Wein, AndruDoc Ock and Hammerhead escape*
162.011976BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #162 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruPunisher, Nightcrawler, Jigsaw, 1st Marla Madison*

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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