Spider-Man Chronology ’84-’87: Indispensable Spider-Man Pt 7

The great Copper Age of Spider-Man continues in our 7th installment of the Indispensable Spider-Man, featuring issues in the Spider-Man chronology published in between roughly 1984 and 1987.

Just like the previous installment that also featured the Copper Age, we continue to see some essential events. The Black Symbiote Costume Saga, The end of the Hobgoblin Saga and the death of Ned Leeds. Gang War. The introduction of a new ongoing title. The list goes on.

Here are the rules to how we pared down this list:

  • What are considered the best issues in the main Spider-Man chronology 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.

Spider-Man Chronology from 1984-1987 : What You Need To Know

What makes the cut of the indispensable 1984-1987 Spider-Man Chronology

The introduction of the Hobgoblin and the arrival of the black symbiote suit definitely make the cut, along with Roger Stern classics such “Nothing Stops the Juggernaut” and “The Boy Who Collected Spider-Man!”.  And that’s just in Amazing Spider-Man.  In Spectacular Spider-Man, we see the introduction of Cloak and Dagger as well as the unravelling of Peter’s relationship with Deb Whitman.

Creators of the 1984-1987 Spider-Man Chronology era

Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz are this Spider-Man chronology era’s most prominent creators with a long run in Amazing Spider-Man.  Kupperberg and Owsley  continue their run, with Peter David’s first issue on Amazing Spider-Man capping it all off (Peter David had some issues in Spectacular Spider-Man in this era prior to  this).  Over in Spectacular we have a good run for Al Milgrom, with Louise Simonson writing for newly launched Web of Spider-Man.

Titles of the 1984-1987 Spider-Man Chronology era

Three titles are now in play in this Spider-Man Chronology: Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man and the new “core” title replacing the unessential “Marvel Team-Up”, Web of Spider-Man.

Events of the 1984-1987 Spider-Man Chronology era

A lot of important events makes this list of essential issues quite long.  Here are a few of the most important events of this Spider-Man chronology era:

  • Spider-Man returns with the Black Costume
  • Norman Osborn Jr is born
  • Spider-Man and the Black Cat break up
  • Black Costume revealed as Symbiote, Peter rejects it
  • Mary Jane reveals she knows Peter is Spider-Man
  • Mary Jane reveals her past to Peter
  • Black Cat loses her powers
  • Spider-Man meets the Beyonder
  • Peter is hired by Now Magazine
  • Peter’s apartment is destroyed
  • The death of Jean DeWolff
  • Spider-Man and Daredevil team-up and butt heads during Gang War and the Sin Eater saga.
  • Ned Leeds is murdered, and revealed as the Hobgoblin

Collections of the 1984-1987 Spider-Man Chronology era

Here are some good collected editions containing some of the best stories of this Spider-man chronology era:

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Spider-Man Chronology in the Marvel Essentials Collection (Black and White Newsprint but Affordable)
Essential Web of Spider-Man – Volume 1
Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man – Volume 5 (Essential Spider-Man)

Other Trade Paperbacks
Spider-Man: The Death of Jean DeWolff (Spider-Man (Marvel))

The Indispensable Spider-Man Chronology 1984-1987

OrderYearAgeIssueCreatorsDetails**
252.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #252 BUY OB-RS1DeFalco, FrenzBest! Black Symbiote Costume, Saga of the Alien Costume, Black Cat**
253.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #253 BUY DeFalco, LeonardiBest! Black Symbiote Costume, Saga of the Alien Costume, 1st Rose**
253.021984CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #91 BUY ES-S4 MilgromBlack Symbiote Costume, Black Cat*
254.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #254 BUY DeFalco, LeonardiBest! Black Symbiote Costume, Saga of the Alien Costume, Hobgoblin's Battlewagon*
255.031984CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #93 BUY ES-S4 MilgromBlack Symbiote Costume, Black Cat, Kingpin*
255.051984CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #94 BUY ES-S4 MilgromBlack Symbiote Costume, Black Cat, Kingpin*
255.061984CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #95 BUY ES-S4 MilgromBlack Symbiote Costume, Black Cat, Kingpin*
256.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #256 BUY DeFalco, FrenzBest! 1st Puma, Black Symbiote Costume, Saga of the Alien Costume, Black Cat**
257.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #257 BUY DeFalco, FrenzBest! Revealed! MJ knows Peter is Spidey, Black Symbiote Costume, Saga of the Alien Costume, Puma, Rose, Kingpin**
258.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #258 BUY DeFalco, FrenzBest! Saga of the Alien Costume, Black Symbiote Costume Revealed as living, Hobgoblin Saga, Rose, Black Cat**
259.011984CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #259 BUY DeFalco, FrenzBlack Symbiote Costume, Saga of the Alien Costume, Hobgoblin Saga, Rose**
259.021984CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #96 BUY ES-S4 MilgromBlack Cat, Kingpin*
260.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #260 BUY DeFalco, FrenzHobgoblin Saga, Rose**
261.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #261 BUY DeFalco, FrenzHobgoblin Saga, Rose, Black Symbiote Costume escapes**
262.021985CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #99 BUY ES-S5 Milgrom, TrimpeBlack Cat, Kingpin**
263.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #263 BUY DeFalco, FrenzBlack Cat, Norman Osborn Jr born**
263.021985CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #100 BUY ES-S5 MilgromBlack Cat breaks up with Peter, Kingpin**
263.031985CopperWeb of Spider-Man #1 BUY ES-W1 Louise Simonson, LaRocqueSaga of the Alien Costume, Black Symbiote Costume remove by church bells**
263.051985CopperWeb of Spider-Man #2 BUY ES-W1 Louise Simonson, LaRocqueVulture*
264.031985CopperWeb of Spider-Man #3 BUY ES-W1 Louise Simonson, LaRocqueVulture*
265.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #265 BUY DeFalco, Frenz1st Silver Sable, Peter & Aunt May reunite*
266.021985CopperWeb of Spider-Man #4 BUY ES-W1 Fingeroth, LaRocqueDoc Ock develops arachnaphobia*
267.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #267 BUY David, McLeodBest!**
267.021985CopperWeb of Spider-Man #5 BUY ES-W1 Fingeroth, MooneyDoc Ock*
267.051985CopperSecret Wars II #2 BUY Shooter, MilgromSecret Wars II*
267.061985CopperWeb of Spider-Man #6 BUY ES-W1 Fingeroth, HarrisSecret Wars II*
268.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #268 BUY DeFalco, FrenzSecret Wars II, Kingpin*
269.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #269 BUY DeFalco, FrenzBest! Firelord**
270.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #270 BUY DeFalco, FrenzBest! Firelord**
270.031985CopperAmazing Spider-Man Annual #19 BUY Spider-Slayer, Spencer Smythe dies, MJ in Spider-Man costume**
271.011985CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #271 BUY DeFalco, FrenzNathan beaten up**
272.031986CopperWeb of Spider-Man #11 BUY ES-W1 Mantlo, McLeodPeter's Apartment destroyed**
272.041986CopperWeb of Spider-Man #12 BUY ES-W1 David, Sal Buscema**
272.051985CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #107 BUY ES-S5 David, BucklerBest!, Sin-Eater, Death of Jean DeWolff**
272.061985CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #108 BUY ES-S5 David, BucklerBest!, Sin-Eater, Death of Jean DeWolff**
272.071985CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #109 BUY ES-S5 David, BucklerBest!, Sin-Eater, Kingpin, Death of Jean DeWolff**
272.081986CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #110 BUY ES-S5 David, BucklerBest!, Sin-Eater, Death of Jean DeWolff, Revealed! by Daredevil**
272.101985CopperSecret Wars II #7 BUY Shooter, MilgromSecret Wars II, Vulture, Electro*
273.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #273 BUY DeFalco, FrenzRevealed! to Puma*
273.021986CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #111 BUY ES-S5 Owsley, BucklerPuma*
273.031986CopperSecret Wars II #8 BUY Shooter, MilgromSecret Wars II*
274.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #274 BUY DeFalco, FrenzKingpin*
274.021986CopperSecret Wars II #9 BUY Shooter, MilgromSecret Wars II*
275.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #275 BUY DeFalco, FrenzQuits! Hobgoblin Saga, Kingpin, Rose**
276.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #276 BUY DeFalco, FrenzHobgoblin Saga**
277.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #277 BUY DeFalco, FrenzHobgoblin Saga, Kingpin*
277.021986CopperWeb of Spider-Man #14 BUY ES-W1 Michelinie, Harris*
277.031986CopperWeb of Spider-Man #15 BUY ES-W1 Michelinie, Harris1st Chance, Peter sells golden notebook**
278.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #278 BUY David**
278.021986CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #115 BUY David, BeachumBlack Cat loses powers**
278.031986CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #116 BUY David, BucklerBlack Cat, Sabretooth**
278.041986CopperWeb of Spider-Man #16 BUY ES-W1 Michelinie, SilvestriMissing in Action, Peter hired by Now Magazine*
278.051986CopperWeb of Spider-Man #17 BUY ES-W1 Michelinie, SilvestriMissing in Action*
278.061986CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #117 BUY David, BucklerMissing in Action, Black Cat**
279.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #279 BUY DeFalco, LeonardiMissing in Action, Jack O'Lantern busts Flash from Jail**
279.021986CopperWeb of Spider-Man #18 BUY ES-W1 Michelinie, SilvestriMissing in Action*
280.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #280 BUY DeFalco, BreedingKingpin*
281.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #281 BUY DeFalco, Breeding**
282.021986CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #119 BUY David, BucklerBlack Cat, Sabretooth**
283.011986CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #283 BUY ES-W2 DeFalco, Frenz*
284.011987CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #284 BUY ES-W2 Owsley, BreedingGang War, Hobgoblin**
285.011987CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #285 BUY Owsley, KupperbergGang War, Hobgoblin**
286.011987CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #286 BUY Owsley, KupperbergGang War, Hobgoblin**
286.021987CopperSpectacular Spider-Man #123 BUY David, TurnerGang War, Black Cat**
287.011987CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #287 BUY Owsley, LarsenGang War, Hobgoblin, Kingpin**
288.011987CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #288 BUY Owsley, KupperbergGang War, Black Cat, Hobgoblin, Kingpin**
288.051987CopperSpider-Man vs. Wolverine #1 BUY Owsley, BrightBest! The Hobgoblin Revealed, Wolverine**
289.011987CopperAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #289 BUY David, KupperbergThe Hobgoblin Revealed, Black Cat, Kingpin**
289.021987CopperWeb of Spider-Man #29 BUY ES-W2 Owsley, GeigerThe Hobgoblin Revealed, Richard Fisk*
289.031987CopperWeb of Spider-Man #30 BUY ES-W2 Owsley, GeigerThe Hobgoblin Revealed, Hobgoblin II*

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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