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Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Comic Collector's Important List Of Spider Man Comics

Before I get into revealing the comic collector's important list of Spider-Man Comics, I just want to say, as a total comic geek and collector myself that there aren't many comic characters who've come along and changed the face of comic books forever.

Everyone's Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is one of these characters? There's a reason why readers took to the webhead. Unlike DC who made their characters one dimensional, the web slinger was just a teen with teenage problems. Sure he had all these amazing abilities, but in the end, he was human with human problems.

That's why his popularity soared and why so many got attached to this character. Even today, his popularity is still widely huge and going strong. That fact is one of the reasons why collector's scramble to find those rare spider man comics from the early silver age and where to find these amazing spider man comics for sale.

Yes, there are so many titles and great spidey stories, but like most things with Total Comic Mayhem, this list is about "Important" issues. Issues that most average collectors drool with jealousy when they see it in the comic collection of a serious collector/ investor.

These aren't just a bunch of key issues. These are the ULTIMATE Spider-Man Key Issues! So here we go! Ready? Here's the most "Important" list of Spider-Man comics. 

  • 1st Ever Appearance of Spider-Man & Origin

In 1962, Amazing Fantasy #15 signaled the end of it's series, but the birth of a new hero. Spider-Man came roaring out with a revolutionary new twist to superheroes that spun it's web onto popular American culture. This comic is the landmark of this character's birth and the Marvel Age of comics. 

Not only is Amazing Fantasy #15 his first appearance, but the issue also has spidey's origin in it. No wonder this comic book is so damn hard to find in high grades and worth a good chunk of change also.

eBay - A few unslabbed and CGC copies. Actually, a lot of CGC copies to choose from. Mostly in the low grade, but there is a low NM 9.2 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee that's going for mad money.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 Cover
  • 1st Spider-Man in own Series 
  •  1st FF Cross Over

Is it any surprise that this one made this important list of Spider-Man comics, the very issue that first kicked off Spider-Man's self-titled series? I sure hope not. I've seen this book twice at the Wondercon Comic Convention. One was at good and the other at very good. 

So there are a bit of copies floating around for this issue. It's a bit more attainable than Amazing Fantasy #15, I think. High grades copies of this book are extremely rare and extremely expensive!

eBay - A bit more of a hunt to find. At the time of this writing, I saw two or three CGC copies. Highest is an 8.5 VF+ of this super key issue at the moment. A few unslabbed copies, but most are in the very low grades.

Amazing Spider-Man #2 Cover. 1st Appearance of the Vulture
  • 1st Appearance of the Vulture

Only a few hours before this writing, a copy was available at NewKadia. I just checked and it's now gone. That's why this comic made this list, and it shows exactly how much in-demand all the comics you'll see on this list are.

One of the most popular of Spider villains, it looks like the Vulture just may end up in a Sinister Six movie, and early Spider-Man from volume one are always great investment comics. If you're on the hunt for this amazing key issue that features the first appearance of The Vulture, just be sure to click the links or the image above to grab this comic investment before someone else does! 

eBay - Pretty scarce on eBay at the time of this writing. Less than a handful of both CGC and raw copies. Highest CGC spotted was a 7.5 low VF. It is Universal, though. There are others in low grades as well.

Amazing Spider-Man #3 Cover. 1st Doctor Octopus
  • 1st Appearance of Doctor Octopus

This villain was already in Spider-Man 2, and it seems he'll also be in a Sinister Six movie and maybe a future Amazing Spider-Man flick also. That's not surprising, though. Doc Oc is one of Spidey's most loved villains after all.

Not an entirely easy comic to always find, but the first appearance of Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #3 is a definite comic investment to snag, even in lower grades. Sony has plans for this popular and well-known Spidey adversary. This comic has always been a proven comic investment throughout the decades.

eBay - Only a few CGC copies and high grade ones. Highest is a VF+ 8.5 and two VF 8.0s spotted as well. A few unslabbed copies but mostly in the lower grade range.



Amazing Spider-Man #4 Cover. 1st appearance of Sandman
  • 1st Appearance of The Sandman

The villain who co-starred in the Spider-Man 3 flick. This issue marks the first appearance of The Sandman and one of Webhead's most recognized, early, and popular of villains.

I shouldn't have to say that this issue is definitely one of the best comics to invest in for any any comic era. It is 100%. 

For good reason also. All the first ten Amazing Spider-Man books from the first series are extremely sought after. The higher the grade the harder to snag for these silver age key issues.

eBay - Quite a few CGC copies. Highest is a 7.5 low VF at the moment. Plenty of mid grade and lower grade CGCs. Quite a few unslabbed copies as well to select from.

Amazing Spider-Man #6 1963 cover. 1st Lizard
  • 1st Appearance of the Lizard

The new spidey reboot franchise featured the Lizard already, but they didn't kill him off. Is there a good chance he'll return in another Amazing Spider-Man movie?

The fact this this Spider-Man key issue is within the first 10 issues of the Amazing Spider-Man volume 1 series is enough to get the first appearance of the Lizard, also known as Dr. Curt Conners. Serious collectors are still hunting down this one, though not as much as before. Still, this issue continually goes up in value.

eBay - Quite a few CGC copies. Highest is a gorgeous 9.4 NM, and it's expensive. There are other CGC options and a few but not many unslabbed raw copies as well.


ASM #9 cover image. First appearance of Electro
  • 1st Appearance of Electro

1st appearance of Electro! Is there anything more to say about that? Well, except for the fact that Electro was the villain for the 2014 Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie and the first appearance of Electro is still going up in value.

If you've been paying attention about comic investing and investment comics, you'll know that a comic book movie and it's cast can greatly push up the demand for a certain key issue comic book.

This is one of those comics which got a demand bump because of the movie, but it's consistently sought after because it's a super early Spider-Man silver age key issue! Still one of the best Silver Age key issues to get! 

eBay - Quite a few copies of the first appearance of Electro on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing. Some unslabbed but most are CGC copies as expected. Highest is a 9.4 NM CGC copy.

Amazing Spider-Man #13 - First Appearance of MysterioAMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13 
  • 1st Appearance of Mysterio

Still an early Amazing Spider-Man comic and key issue, the first appearance of Mysterio should be hot by now since Sony announced the Sinister Six movie and it looks like this character will be a part of that. Makes sense since Mysterio is an original member of the super villain team that formed to rid of the webslinger.

A well-known villain but not one of the more popular Spidey villains, Mysterio's real name is Quentin Beck and he was created by none other than Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

eBay - A few unslabbed copies but not much at the moment. Quite a few CGC copies, however. Highest so far is 9.4 NM CGC. Mid-grade and low grade copies available also.

Amazing Spider-Man #14 Cover - 1st appearance of the green goblin
  • 1st Appearance of The Green Goblin

This comic is one of the grand daddies of all the Spidey comics, and it's pretty simple  because it's the introduction of Spider-Man's most popular and arch nemesis - The Green Goblin!

Yes, this key issue won't be cheap to get, and it keeps going up and up as time goes by. The first appearance of Green Goblin, whom everyone knows is Norman Osbourne, is an extremely solid investment comic and has been one for years. Definitely one of the most sought out Spider-Man keys and Silver Age comics in fact. 

eBay - A few raw copies available for now, but mainly CGC copies on the mighty eBay as expected. Plenty of CGC options to choose from. Highest grade located at the time of this writing is a gorgeous 9.6 NM+, which will cost you a great deal of ducats.


Amazing Spider-Man #15 - 1st apperaance of Kraven The Hunter
  • 1st Appearance of Kraven The Hunter

The first appearance of Kraven The Hunter is an important Spider-Man key issue comic book. After all, Kraven is an original member of The Sinister Six, along with baddies Doctor Octopus, the Lizard, Mysterio, and Sandman.

Early Amazing Spider-Man keys have proven to be good investments in high grades. No doubt that Spidey is one of the most iconic villains with a stable of memorable villains.

Kraven is just one of them, and the character's 1st appearance is in this issue here. 

Cover to Amazing Spider-Man #18 Vol 1. First appearance of Ned Leeds (future Hobgoblin)
  • 1st Appearance of Ned Leeds

This issue may boast the third appearance of the villainous Sandman, but it also boasts the very first appearance of the character of Ned Leeds. As we comic geeks all know Ned Leeds ends up becoming the future Hobgoblin

Not the first Hobby, however, and he was apparently kidnapped and brainwashed to believe he was the Hobgoblin. Actually, it's quite a story about how Ned Leeds was revealed to be the Hobgoblin.

Roger Stern created Roderick Kingsley and initially was to have the character be revealed as the Hobgoblin. However, he left the series and those who took it up felt that Kingsley was a weak choice.

Therefore, Ned Leed's was unmasked as the Hobgoblin in The Amazing Spider-Man #289. However, Roger Stern was not happy with the choice of Ned Leed and retconned this in the comic series Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives, which revealed that Roderick Kingsley was the original Hobgoblin and Leeds was a brainwashed fall guy.

Still, Ned Leeds character has been important to the Amazing Spider-Man series as well as the character of Hobgoblin.
12.  Amazing Spider-Man #19 
(2nd Appearance of Ned Leeds)

2nd appearance of Ned Leeds - ASM #19 cover

13.  Amazing Spider-Man #20  
(1st Appearance of Scorpion)

ASM cover to issue #20. First Appearance of the Scorpion

Another one of Spidey's more popular villains is the Scorpion, and ASM #20 is his glorious first appearance.

14Amazing Spider-Man #25 
(1st Cameo Appearance of Mary Jane Watson)

Amazing Spider-Man #26 cover
Although this is not technically her first full appearance, Amazing Spider-Man #25 introduces Mary Jane Watson in a cameo, in which her face is not shown. In previous issues, her name is only mentioned.

Still, this is an important key issue. After all, who else would call Peter Parker, "Tiger" if not Mary Jane?
The fine folks at have a few copies of this issue available for sale. One of which is an unslabbed fine plus 6.5. 

15. Amazing Spider-Man #31  
(1st Appearance of Gwen Stacy & Harry Osbourne)

Amazing Spider-Man #31 Cover - 1st appearance of Gwen Stacy & Harry Osbourne

(1st Appearance of Norman Osbourne)

Amazing Spider-Man #37 cover. first appearance of Norman Osbourne

We all know why this comic book is an important key issue Spider-Man comic book. After all, this issue introduces the first appearance of a character that would become a fan-favorite villain for the Webhead. That's right, issue number 37 introduces Norman Osbourne, Harry Osbourne's father, and whom we would later find out is the Green Goblin.

Newkadia has this issue at a Very Good Plus 4.5 for sale. If you're on the hunt for an affordable silver age comic, this is the one to get. Just visit the link to grab this key issue!

Mycomicshop also has quite a few of this particular issue available, including a CGC 9.2 for $600 bucks and several Very Good copies. Check 'em out at this link here.

(Last Steve Ditko Art on Spider-Man)

You read that correct. ASM #38 marks the last issue Steve Ditko did artwork on for the Amazing Spider-Man series. Of course this would be on the important list of Spider-Man comics to get - the co-creator of Spider-Man last issue! Fuggedaboudid!

Several copies located at mycomicshop and ComicLink.

(1st John Romita Artwork/Norman Osbourne Revealed as The Green Goblin)

Amazing Spider-Man #39 - First John Romita Artwork

Talk about another double whammy key issue comic book. Wow! If legendary artist Steve Ditko hadn't of resigned over a disagreement about the Goblin's identity, we would've never had legendary artist John Romita start his wonderful work on the series.

Also us comic fans are treated to finding out that Norman Osbourne is the Green Goblin. This is one of the most beloved Spider-Man key issues out there for a reason. Huge showdown between the Webhead and Spidey as both find out who the other is.

Once again, newkadia had this issue at a low FINE, but is sold out.

However, mycomicshop has a low Very Fine available as well. Great key issue Spider-Man comic to add to your collection. 

Since there are a huge amount of key issue Spider-Man comics that are important, this will have to be broken up into a series. So to read part 2 of the most important Spider-Man key issue comics, just visit the link below!  


  1. What about #121, #122 (Death of Gwen Stacy / Aftermath), and #129 (1st appearance of Punisher)?

  2. Yes, those are awesome and very important key issues as well. I was waiting for someone to comment about those issues. Thanks for bringing it to the attention of your other comic fans!

  3. Daredevil #16 pre dates ASM #39 and marks Romita's first work on the character. As a spider-man fan, i have always considered this book to be very important in spidey history and strangely under appreciated.

    1. I should've marked it as Romita's first artwork on ASM series to be more clear. Thanks for chiming in!

  4. Hey TCM,

    I stumbled on this ASM list. My personal favorite is ASM 12. It's not a big key issue, but it's the first time, I believe, that Peter Parker's face is shown on the cover. Also, ASM 11 features the second appearance of Doc Ock and the first appearance of the spider tracers.

    Keep up the great posts!

    -- Jeff

    1. Heya Jeff, glad you stumbled upon this list of Amazing Spider-Man key issues and glad you liked it. Thanks for the info on ASM #12 & 11. I'll try to keep up the great posts and thank you for commenting and reading.

  5. Issue #16 should be a major key issue right now. First time Daredevil and Spider-Man are together and featured on the cover. Spidey always later played a role with Daredevil and with the new DD Netflix show being a success right now, this should be in your collection.

  6. Wow really amazing spider man 1 important who knew lol there are plenty of key issues beyond the first forty issues

    1. There's a Part 2 link at the bottom of the post where there are more Spider-Man keys "beyond the first forty issues". There's actually 3 parts to this key issues series so far. You must have missed the link.

  7. One of the biggest block buster movies to ever hit the silver screen was Star Wars, and in 1999 came along another that every guy went absolutely crazy for, which was fight club. Now announced by Television and web sources that Johns comic book fight club 2 is hitting the screens in 2016. To make it even more spectacular, is the original cast is to be the same. The vine also states that actors like Bill Murray and others want part in this film. I seen #1 go from $4.00 to a graded 9.8 signed by David Mack to $400 over night. I believe it's in second print. Destroying Spider-Man 1 gold, silver, etc in sales records. There was variants of coarse that are ultra rare, and if you can get one of those now, consider yourself lucky. There is a 9.9 on eBay right now but graded by CBCS for $100.00 I am buying a signed copy of original and I plan to be one of the first in line when it comes out. It is history, the way I see it. I read up to # 6 and the story just keeps you waiting for next issue. Been since I was a kid waiting on next issue anxiously . Even TV wants to see how it ends before they give John a proposal. More anticipated movie than Marvels works. Good luck guys. Keep one for being part of this history in the making.

  8. umm do any of u know how mutch a 1976 #161 would be worth??