Spider-Man Timeline ’96-’98: Indispensable Spider-Man Pt 13

Well, folks, this will be the last time we blog on the Indispensable Spider-Man timeline for this year.  The period covered in our final spans between the tail end of 1996 to the end of 1998, which includes a tidily wrapped Spider-Man timeline from the return of Peter Parker as Spider-Man until he eventually quits again, which spurs the (temporary) renumbering of Amazing Spider-Man.

But before we get down to the dirty, gritty details, here’s the how we decided which issues make our list:

  • What are considered the best issues in the main Spider-Man Timeline 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 asterisks (*).

Spider-Man Timeline from 1996-1998 : What You Need To Know

What makes the cut? What doesn’t?

As this part of the Spider-Man timeline returns to the status quo, it also represents a more tepid era as it strives almost too much to return to that Bronze and Copper age feel.  This Spider-Man timeline of essential issues also includes a number of one-shots and mini-series, such as Hobgoblin Lives, that were planned to bring closure to many dangling storylines while leaving each title to their own.

This return to the status quo also brings back the notion that each title run their own stories, after years of endless crossovers.  However, this means that certain titles make the cut much more than others.  With J.M. DeMatteis returning to Spectacular Spider-Man, this popular writer places this title among the most essential, not to mention he pens many issues pertaining to the return of Norman Osborn.

Creators of the 1996-1998s Spider-Man Timeline Essential Issues

Mackie and Romita Jr are the veterans of this portion of the Spider-Man timeline as they continue their streak on the adjectiveless Spider-title.  Star Spider-Man writer J.M. DeMatteis returns to take over Spectacular Spider-Man once again, teamed-up with Luke Ross this time.  DeZago and Wieringo (and many fill-in artists)  do their thing again on Sensational Spider-Man.  DeFalco continues to write the flagship Amazing Spider-Man, with Steve Skroce (and also many fill-in artists).  Finally, Ron Frenz and Roger Stern team-up again to bring closure to their Saga in the Hobgoblin Lives.

1996-1998 Spider-Man Timeline Essential Titles

Web of Spider-Man is replaced by Sensational Spider-Man, which joins Amazing Spider-ManSpectacular Spider-Man, , Spider-Man and Spider-Man Unlimited are the core titles of Spider-Man Timeline of this era.

Events within the 1996-1998 Spider-Man Timeline Essential Issues

Here are the most important events in this Spider-Man Timeline period:

  • Peter returns as Spider-Man
  • Peter and Mary-Jane return to Empire State University
  • Jill and Paul Stacy, Gwen’s cousins, make their way into MJ and Peter’s lives
  • Chameleon learns of Spider-Man’s identity, gets beaten by MJ
  • Spider-Man gets bitten by Morbius
  • Norman Osborn returns as Green Goblin, buys the Daily Bugle
  • Doctor Octopus is revived
  • Robbie Robertson Resigns
  • Spider-Man framed by Norman Osborn, adopts four different identities
  • Roderick Kingsley outed as Hobgoblin, sprung from Jail by Norman Osborn
  • MJ quits school to model
  • Norman Osborn goes mad from the Gathering of the Five, Madame Webb dies from it
  • Peter quits as Spider-Man

Collections of the 1996-1998 Spider-Man Timeline era

You just can’t read many of these issues through trade paperbacks.  Still, there is some interesting stuff in the few trades available.  Consider filling-in your reading list with a few floppies, especially for the DeMatteis/Spectacular run and the Final Chapter:
Spider-man timeline

Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives
Spider-Man: Spider-Hunt
Spider-Man: Identity Crisis

The Indispensable Spider-Man Timeline Master List

OrderYearAgeIssueCreatorsDetails**
418.031996ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #241 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossChameleon**
419.021997ModernSpider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #1 BUY Stern, FrenzHobgoblin Lives**
419.031997ModernSpider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #2 BUY Stern, FrenzHobgoblin Lives**
419.041997ModernSpider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #3 BUY Stern, FrenzHobgoblin Lives**
419.051997ModernSpider-Man #76 BUY Mackie, Romita Jr1st Jill Stacy, MJ and Peter enroll at ESU**
420.021997ModernSpider-Man #77 BUY MackiePeter bitten by Morbius*
420.031997ModernSpider-Man #78 BUY Mackie, Romita JrMorbius*
420.041997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #242 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossRevealed! Chameleon discovers Spider-Man's identity**
420.051997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #243 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossChameleon**
420.061997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #244 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossChameleon**
420.071997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #245 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossChameleon**
420.081997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #246 BUY DeMatteis, GreenbergJonah beaten**
421.031997ModernSpider-Man #79 BUY Mackie, Romita JrMorbius*
421.041997ModernSpider-Man #80 BUY Mackie, Romita JrMorbius*
421.061997ModernSensational Spider-Man #16 BUY DeZago, WieringoVulture*
421.071997ModernSensational Spider-Man #17 BUY DeZago, WieringoVulture*
421.081997ModernSensational Spider-Man #18 BUY DeZago, ArmstrongVulture gets old again**
424.021997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #247 BUY DeMatteis, Luke Ross**
424.071997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #248 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossGreen Goblin**
424.101997ModernSpider-Man #82 BUY Mackie, Romita Jr*
424.111997ModernSpider-Man #83 BUY Mackie, Romita Jr*
424.121997ModernSpider-Man #84 BUY Mackie, Romita Jr*
425.021997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #249 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossGreen Goblin buys Bugle**
425.031997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #250 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossGreen Goblin**
426.011997ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #426 BUY DeFalco, SkroceDoc Ock**
427.011997ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #427 BUY DeFalco, SkroceDock Ock revived**
428.011997ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #428 BUY DeFalco, SkroceDoc Ock**
428.061997ModernSpider-Man #85 BUY Mackie**
428.071997ModernSpider-Man #86 BUY Mackie, Romita Jr**
428.081997ModernSpider-Man #87 BUY Mackie, Romita JrJill Stacy shot**
428.091997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #251 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossGreen Goblin, Spider-Man framed**
428.101997ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #252 BUY DeMatteis, Deodato JrGreen Goblin**
428.111998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #253 BUY DeMatteis, Luke Ross**
431.051998ModernSpider-Man #88 BUY Mackie, Romita JrSpider-Man framed for murder**
431.061998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #254 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossGreen Goblin, Robertson resigns officially**
431.071998ModernSensational Spider-Man #25 BUY DeZago, BennettSpider-Hunt, Green Goblin, Normie kidnapped**
432.011998ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #432 BUY DeFalco, Romita JrSpider-Hunt, Revealed! Unmasked, but unseen, Green Goblin**
432.021998ModernSpider-Man #89 BUY Mackie, Romita JrSpider-Hunt, Green Goblin**
432.031998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #255 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossSpider-Hunt, Green Goblin**
433.021998ModernSpider-Man #90 BUY Mackie, Romita JrIdentity Crisis - Prelude, Suit!*
433.031998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #256 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossIdentity Crisis, Green Goblin, Quits!, Suit!*
433.041998ModernSensational Spider-Man #27 BUY DeZago, CaseIdentity Crisis, Vulture, Green Goblin*
434.011998ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #434 BUY DeFalco, BennettIdentity Crisis, Green Goblin**
434.021998ModernSensational Spider-Man #28 BUY DeZago, CaseIdentity Crisis, Vulture, Green Goblin*
434.031998ModernSpider-Man #91 BUY Mackie, Romita JrIdentity Crisis**
434.041998ModernSpider-Man #92 BUY Mackie, Romita JrIdentity Crisis, Green Goblin, Trapster confesses to murder**
434.051998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #257 BUY DeMatteis, Luke RossIdentity Crisis, Green Goblin**
434.061998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #258 BUY Greenberg, Luke RossIdentity Crisis, Green Goblin**
435.011998ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #435 BUY DeFalco, BennettIdentity Crisis**
436.011998ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #436 BUY DeFalco, Bennett**
436.071998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #259 BUY Greenberg, Luke RossGoblins at the Gate, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin**
436.081998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #260 BUY Greenberg, Luke RossGoblins at the Gate, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin**
436.091998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #261 BUY Greenberg, Luke RossGoblins at the Gate, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin**
437.021998ModernSpider-Man #94 BUY Mackie, Romita Jr*
439.021998ModernSpider-Man #95 BUY Mackie, Romita JrGreen Goblin**
439.041998ModernSensational Spider-Man #32 BUY DeZago, BennettGathering of the Five, Green Goblin**
440.011998ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #440 BUY DeFalco, KayananGathering of the Five, Green Goblin**
440.021998ModernSpider-Man #96 BUY MackieGathering of the Five, Green Goblin**
440.031998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #262 BUY Byrne, Luke RossGathering of the Five, Green Goblin**
440.041998ModernSensational Spider-Man #33 BUY DeZago, BennettGathering of the Five, Green Goblin, MJ quits school**
441.011998ModernAmazing Spider-Man 1st series #441 BUY DeFalco, KayananThe Final Chapter, Green Goblin, Madame Web, Mattie**
441.021998ModernSpider-Man #97 BUY Mackie, Romita JrThe Final Chapter, Green Goblin**
441.031998ModernSpectacular Spider-Man #263 BUY Mackie, Luke RossThe Final Chapter, Green Goblin**
441.041998ModernSpider-Man #98 BUY Mackie, Romita JrThe Final Chapter, Green Goblin, Quits!**

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

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