The 1990s saw the launch of dozens of new Spider-Man comic book titles, including Spider-Man web, sensational spidermanand unlimited spiderman. Venom became one of Spidey’s greatest villains and helped introduce Carnage to the world. Beyond the new series and the villains, the most memorable thing about Spidey comics in the 90s was the Clone Saga, for better or worse.
Peter Parker battled symbiotes from other worlds and struggled with the idea that he might be a clone. No matter how intricate or intricate the plots were, the covers, as they had been almost three decades before, were still fantastic. Artists like Todd McFarlane and John Romita Jr. provided some of the best Spider-Man covers of all time in and around the Clone Saga madness.
ten Sensational Spider-Man #0 by Dan Jurgens
sensational spiderman #0 ushered in a new era for Ben Reilly and the Spider-Man comic book franchise as a whole. Peter retired from Spide-Man and moved to Portland to start a family with Mary Jane. Meanwhile, Ben Reilly, after supposedly learning he was the real Peter and not a clone, stayed behind in New York to become Spider-Man again.
The cover was simple, with Ben’s Spider-Man jumping into action against a mostly blank background, but it didn’t have to be elaborate. This problem marked the beginning of Ben’s new life. More clone drama, and more convoluted storylines. Unfortunately, that’s not how comics work.
9 The Amazing Spider-Man #392 by Mark Bagley
Written by JM DeMatteis and illustrated by Mark Bagley, amazing spider man #392 featured a story that mirrored the events of amazing spider man #50. In issue #50, titled “Spider-Man No More”, Peter gave up his role as Spider-Man to enjoy his social life. In ASM #392, he made a different choice.
Peter was frustrated that he had not been by Aunt May’s side when she suffered a stroke. He locked himself in a web cocoon and came out with a new statement: “Peter Parker No More”. To ease his pain and stress, Peter cut all ties with his loved ones. Mark Bagley’s cover is a direct homage to the cover of issue 50. This time, Spider-Man has walked away from Peter.
8 The Amazing Spider-Man #361 by Mark Bagley
Carnage made its first full appearance on the cover of amazing spider man #361 and the Spider-Man comics would be forever changed by his presence. The Venom symbiote spawned, and this new red symbiote bonded with Cletus Kasady, a serial killer. Cletus’ mad spirit combined with the power of the symbiote created Carnage, an even more violent and out-of-control villain than Venom.
On Mark Bagley’s cover, Carnage’s red and black tendrils branch out like liquid barbed wire, wrapped around Spider-Man’s entire body. This was the first of many memorable and disturbing covers featuring Carnage.
7 The Amazing Spider-Man #337 By Erik J. Larsen
The Sinister Six returned in amazing spider man #337. Original members like Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, Electro, Vulture, and Sandman returned, but this time Kraven the Hunter was replaced by a new fan-favorite villain, Hobgoblin.
Many Spider-Man villains have joined the Sinister Six at some point in their supervillain careers, but the addition of Hobgoblin was a memorable touch. The cover, illustrated by Erik J. Larsen, is magnificent. A shrunken Spider-Man faces enlarged versions of the Sinister Six, showing how much more powerful his villain becomes when they work together. Luckily for Spidey, his villains’ partnerships never last long.
6 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 by Ron Lim and Al Milgrom
unlimited spiderman was one of many new Spidey titles created in the 90s. Many early issues tied into larger crossover events like “Maximum Carnage” and the Clone Saga. unlimited spiderman looked like a variation on yearbooks, focusing on secondary characters and anthology stories.
unlimited spiderman #7 was memorable because of its cover. Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider shared the page in a swinging split-screen pose. Ben Reilly became more popular throughout the clone saga, and the Scarlet Spider was featured more frequently on covers and promotional material.
5 Spider-Man #75 By John Romita Jr.
While the clone saga officially ended several years ago, Spider Man #75 ended the era of cloning shenanigans. Norman Osborn has returned to kill Spider-Man once and for all. Peter and Ben teamed up to stop him, but in the heat of an intense battle, beautifully illustrated by John Romita Jr., Ben sacrificed himself to save Peter’s life.
The cover image appears to have been pulled straight from the brutal fight as Peter carries a crippled Ben Reilly under his arm. Ben’s death was extremely emotional for the characters in the story and the fans who read it. Ben had been the face of the Spider-Man comics for years after the Clone Saga, but his tenure as Spider-Man ended with his death…for now.
4 Spider-Man Web #122 by Steven Butler
Everything about the cover of Spider-Man web #122 sums up the ’90s clone saga. Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider swing at each other, fighting for New York, while a giant, ghostly version of the Jackal watches and manipulates them. from the shadows.
Even the title of the issue, “Smoke and Mirrors”, represented the kind of stories being told at that time. Nothing was as it seemed for Peter Parker and Ben Reilly. Thanks to the Jackal’s schemes and his habit of cloning, Peter’s world was turned upside down and he was often drawn to fight Ben.
3 Spectacular Spider-Man #200 by Sal Buscema
“Best of Enemies”, the story featured in Spectacular Spider-Man #200, concluded Harry Osborn’s long character arc that began in the 1960s. Harry’s life spirals out of control after he turns to drugs and discovers his father is the Green Goblin.
Even though Harry became the new Green Goblin, he expressed genuine sadness and regret to Mary Jane. Although Peter had a much more personal rivalry with Norman, it was heartbreaking to watch him fight his best friend. Sal Buscema’s cover is striking and depicts the confrontation that unfolds in the book. The colors of Spider-Man’s suit and the Green Goblin pop against the gray webs and black background.
2 The Amazing Spider-Man #346 By Erik J. Larsen
Erik J. Larsen took over artistic duties on amazing spider man after Todd McFarlane left the book, but the quality of the art hasn’t diminished at all. Larsen’s art, like McFarlane’s, was detailed and often gory. Although McFarlane created Venom’s design, Larsen perfected it by adding a long snake-like tongue and acidic green saliva that dripped from its mouth.
The basic concept for the cover of amazing spider man #346 had been done before: Spider-Man featured in the reflection of his villain’s eyes, but Larsen’s menacing and monstrous depiction of Venom stood out from similar covers and made it one of Spider-Man’s most memorable covers. all time.
1 Spider-Man #1 by Todd McFarlane
In 1990, Marvel released a short story in progress Spider Man comic book written and illustrated by Todd McFarlane. The first issue kicked off a five-part story titled “Torment” where Spider-Man battled Calypso, a priestess who used dark magic to control Curt Connors as a vicious lizard. The art in this series, like all of McFarlane’s art, was incredibly detailed.
The lizard had never looked better, and McFarlane went out of his way to draw every piece of torn costume or every splintered wood chip in every action sequence. The cover reflects McFarlane’s busy and detailed art style. Spider-Man leans over a bed of webs in a blanket that would be recreated multiple times.
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