Spider-Man Chronology ’75-’79: Indispensable Spider-Man Pt 4

Thanks for “swinging” on by again, Spider-Fan!

It’s time for another installment of our amazing, spectacular, sensational, deadly foe-y and, most importantly, essential – no, wait – indispensable (!) Spider-Man Chronology.  This week, we look (mostly) at issues published between ’75-’79.

For those of you who are new, here is the lowdown on this Spider-Man Chronology listing:

  • It is a pared down chronological Spider-Man reading order
  • It is limited to just the essential issues so you can read from the beginning with more efficiency
  • 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 are considered essential if the story contains changes to the status quo, the story is considered as one of the best Spider-Man stories or the stories introduce a new, important character.

Spider-Man Chronology from 1975-1979 : What You Need To Know

What makes the cut of the indispensable 1975-1979 Spider-Man Chronology

This was truly a strange period in the Spider-Man chronology.  Since the death of Gwen Stacy, the original supporting cast began to fall out of favor in the Spider-Man books, such as Harry becoming the next Green Goblin and Flash going off to war.  This period of the Spider-Man chronology sees more departures, as Mary Jane rejects Peter’s first proposal and leaves, Jonah goes crazy and leaves the Bugle and Aunt May is thought dead for a period as well.  These stories make the cut, as do the introduction of Carrion as a clone of Miles Warren and the introduction of yet another Green Goblin.  Sadly, many of these stories tended to be sequels (Carrion via Clone Saga, Green Goblin III).

This period is very unique, as many of the most compelling supporting characters take a back seat, and the books seem to have less direction, though there are still some important elements here that are essential reading.  This list is pared to down to just 47% of potential issues in this era, though that drops down to 21% for the most essential issues, which is rare for a period when there are just three ongoing Spider-Man titles.

Creators of the 1975-1979 Spider-Man Chronology era

Gerry Conway and Ross Andru continue their Amazing Spider-Man run, though Len Wein, then Marv Wolfman, eventually takes over, as does Keith Pollard.  Over in Spectacular Spider-Man, Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, with Jim Mooney replacing Sal later on.  Finally, Chris Claremont, occasionally recreating the Bronze Age X-Men team with John Byrne, pens most Marvel Team Up issues of this era.  As usual, those Marvel Team-Up issues, while very good, are not included in this essential Spider-Man chronology list, as very few repercussions are felt from that series.

Titles of the 1975-1979 Spider-Man Chronology era

Amazing Spider-Man is joined by a new series in this Spider-Man chronology with the launch of the Spectacular Spider-Man, which starts off this list.  Marvel Team-Up is still consistently published in this era with a great creative team, though with very little influence on Peter Parker’s overall story.

Events of the 1975-1979 Spider-Man Chronology era

For Spider-Man, we mostly see fallout from previous storylines, such as the introduction of Green Goblin III and Carrion.  We also see a run of issues that has a villain make Peter think Aunt May died, though only to return at the end of the run.  Also during that run we see Spider-Man confront the burglar that killed uncle Ben.  For Peter Parker, there are some essential life changes, as Betty Brant gets married, Mary Jane rejects his proposal and leaves, all  the while he finally graduates to continue on his graduate studies.

Collections of the 1975-1979 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 ChronologySpider-Man Chronology

Spider-Man Chronology in the Marvel Essentials Collection (Black and White Newsprint but Affordable)

Other Trade Paperbacks

Spider-Man: Marvel Team-Up by Claremont & Byrne

The Indispensable Spider-Man Chronology 1975-1979

OrderYearAgeIssueCreatorsDetails**
162.141976BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #1 BUY ES-S1 Conway, Sal Buscema*
163.011976BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #163 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruKingpin, Richard Fisk, the gang decorate Peter's apartment**
164.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #164 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruKingpin, Richard Fisk, Connors helps Spidey*
164.021977BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #2 BUY ES-S1 Conway, Sal BuscemaKraven*
165.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #165 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruLizard, Connors**
166.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #166 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruLizard, Connors, X-Mas, Liz and Harry engaged**
167.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #167 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruSpider Slayer*
168.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #168 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruSpider Slayer, Jonas Harrow*
169.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #169 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruRevealed! JJJ has Spider-Man and Peter Clone Pictures**
170.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #170 BUY ES8 Wein, Andru*
172.061977BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #9 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, Sal Buscema*
172.071977BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #10 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, Sal Buscema*
173.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #172 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruMolten Man*
174.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #173 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruMolten Man*
175.011977BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #174 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruPunisher*
176.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #175 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruPunisher*
177.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #176 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruThe Green Goblin Returns, Green Goblin II**
178.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #177 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruThe Green Goblin Returns, Green Goblin II**
179.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #178 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruThe Green Goblin Returns, Green Goblin II**
180.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #179 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruThe Green Goblin Returns, Green Goblin II**
181.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #180 BUY ES8 Wein, AndruThe Green Goblin Returns, Green Goblin II, Green Goblin III**
181.021977BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #12 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, Sal Buscema*
181.031977BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #13 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, Sal Buscema*
181.041978BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #14 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, Sal Buscema*
181.051978BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #15 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, Sal Buscema*
182.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #182 BUY ES8 Wolfman, AndruPeter's 1st Proposal to MJ**
183.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #183 BUY ES8 Wolfman, AndruMJ rejects Peter's proposal**
184.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #184 BUY ES8 Wolfman, AndruBetty returns, splits from Ned**
185.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #185 BUY ES8 Wolfman, AndruPeter graduates College**
186.011978BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #186 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardChameleon, Spider-Man freed of charges for death of Cpt. Stacy**
186.181978BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #25 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, MooneyBest! 1st Carrion**
186.191979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #26 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, MooneyBest! Revealed! Carrion visits Peter's apartment*
186.201979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #27 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, Frank MillerBest! Carrion*
186.211979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #28 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, Frank MillerBest! Carrion*
186.221979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #29 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, MooneyBest! Carrion**
186.231979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #30 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, MooneyBest! Carrion revealed to be Jackal's clone, Revealed! by Carrion**
186.241979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #31 BUY ES-S1 Mantlo, MooneyBest! Carrion**
186.251979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #32 BUY ES-S2 Mantlo, MooneyLizard, Connors*
186.261979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #33 BUY ES-S2 Mantlo, MooneyLizard, Connors*
186.271979BronzeSpectacular Spider-Man #34 BUY ES-S2 Mantlo, MooneyLizard, Connors*
188.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #188 BUY ES9 Wolfman, Pollard*
189.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #189 BUY ES9 Wolfman, ByrneMan-Wolf*
190.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #190 BUY ES9 Wolfman, ByrneMan-Wolf "dies"*
191.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #191 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardSpider-Slayer*
192.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #192 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardSpider-Slayer, Revealed! JJJ can unmask Spidey*
193.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #193 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardPeter & MJ break Up, Ned attacks Peter**
194.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #194 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardBest! 1st Black Cat**
195.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #195 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardBest! Black Cat**
196.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #196 BUY ES9 Wolfman, MilgromKingpin returns, May "dies", 1st Whitman**
197.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #197 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardKingpin**
198.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #198 BUY ES9 Wolfman, John BuscemaBest! Mysterio, Jonah has a breakdown**
199.011979BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #199 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardBest! Mysterio**
200.011980BronzeAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #200 BUY ES9 Wolfman, PollardBest! Death of the Burglar, Revealed! to burglar, May is alive**

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 Spider-Man Chronology, which will be reflected in our larger Spider-Man Chronology list here:

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