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An Amazing Spider-Man 2 Reading List

An Amazing Spider-Man 2 Reading List

By Ryan Britt

This weekend, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are back on the big screen to charm us to tears in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But are you all read up on Spider-Man? There’s a lot of web-crawler lore out there to help make your Spider-Man experience even more bookish. Check out six volumes to get your Spidey-senses tingling.

Spider-Man Omnibus: Volume I by Stan Lee

A lot of Spidey’s rogue gallery appeared in the initial run of the web-crawler’s first few issues for Marvel. Both Electro and The Green Goblin show up as Peter Parker is barely suiting up. Check out what these dudes were up to in the 60’s before seeing them this weekend.

The Amazing Spider-Man “Coming Home” and “Revelations” by J. Michael Straczynski

Longtime comics contributor (Thor!) and highly regarded screenwriter (Bablyon 5, Changeling) JMS wrote some of the most memorable Spidey stories of the previous decade. Focusing on identity and family, these tales remind us of the human side of our favorite superhero teenager.

“The Night Gwen Stacy Died” (Collected as The Death of Gwen Stacy)

It was an event that changed the way readers thought about comic books for years, and a moment when Spider-Man’s life permanently changed. Because certain events in the new film relate to some aspects in this storyline, this is almost essential for even a part-time Spidey fan.

Spider-Man: Sinister Six

Like many Spidey villains, the team-name “Sinister Six” might not be all that cool, but it’s fairly on the nose in terms of what they guys are up too. While it’s not clear if the entirety of the Sinister Six will appear in the new movie, seeing their origins in this retrospective volume is pretty dope.

Peter Parker by Bob Gale

Did you know the writer of Back to the Future wrote for Spider-Man comics in the decade previous to this one? Did you know his whole thing was to make the comics about Peter Parker and not Spider-Man! Spider-Man is hugely popular at least partially because Peter is so great as wisecracks. Who knows wisecracks better than the creator of Marty McFly!

The Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah Bruni

Not a novel actually set in the Spider-Man universe at all, this work of literary fiction draws on the mythos of the classic comics as a kind of reflection for its characters. A strange cab driver calls himself “Peter Parker,” while insisting to refer to another character as “Gwen Stacy.” Packed not with superheroes, but real people influenced by them, The Night Gwen Stacy Died is the literary footprint left behind Spidey’s spandexed foot.

Are you ready for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend?

Tags: movies, books-and-comics, spider-man, marvel, marvel entertainment, the amazing spider-man 2

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About the Author
Ryan Britt

Ryan Britt is the author of Luke Skywalker Can't Read and Other Geeky Truths , forthcoming from Plume Books in Fall of 2015. His writing has appeared with The New York Times, The Awl, VICE, The MindHut, Electric Literature, Tor.com, and elsewhere. He's taught for The Gotham Writers' Workshop and the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop and lives in New York City.

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