Updated on 16 October, 2021
Two Marvel Premiere featured in "Torpedo Comic" Volumes: #40 & 41, Marvel Comics, January 1977 and March 1978, The Deluxe Collector's Editions, 4-ounce. These two issues were written by Greg Bulsher and Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. This is the first appearance of Spider-Man in this universe.
For those unfamiliar with "Torpedo", let me set the stage for a little history. In Amazing Spider-Man #1, written by Sam Raimi, Spidey made his comic debut in an interesting story called "The Trial of Peter Parker". It featured an elaborate science fiction story that delved into the potential destruction of Manhattan if a nuclear bomb went off. The plot focused on how a fictionaltor (nicknamed "Tinkerbell") created a device to counter the destructive power of a nuclear bomb.
The Raimi altered the basics of the character in the subsequent comics. Initially, in Amazing Spider-Man #2, Spidey was revealed to be Peter Parker, while in the next few comics he was simply identified as "Spider-Man". In the third installment, "New York Sights" (together with Spectacular Spider-Man and New Avengers), Peter Parker returned to his own time and identity, while in the fourth, "Uncanny X-Men" revealed that Spider-Man had taken up the persona of "Peter Quill". In the latter two issues, Raimi has introduced a new young female villain, Gwen Stacy, who appears to have a more realistic reason for joining Spider-Man's club than simply being a fan. As it turns out, her father, a scientist, has a experimental serum that would turn him into a super human using spiders.
While there have been several comic books featuring the web-swinging hero, it is believed that the most valuable resource for learning about his history is a set of four comic books based on the novels of the same name: Spectacular Spider-Man, Web-Wings, Cable and X-Men: New York Avengers. The books set in New York feature a number of classic scenes, including the first meeting between Spider-Man and the Vulture, the first appearance of Electro, and the first appearance of Dr. Curt Connor, also known as Cricket, whom Spidey later learns is a surgeon specializing in cellular reconstruction. The series, which has been entertaining fans for decades, continues today in the animated film Tobago.
One book in particular that is highly regarded in the Spider-Man world is the comic book written and illustrated by Tom Palmer. After leaving Marvel, Palmer wrote and illustrated several popular storylines, including the short-lived Warbound arc. The Warbound arc followed an event wherein Spider-Man was pitted against a member of the Sinestro's terrorist organization, the Question. The story illustrated how Spidey's battle with the villain resulted in the death of an innocent girl, Aunt May. Though the death of the woman may prove to be the final demise of Spider-Man, she would still continue to live under the watchful eye of the Green Lantern, John Stewart, throughout the remainder of his time off the Marvel books.
The next comic to feature a younger Peter Parker was written and illustrated by Warren Ellis and was released in 2021. It was called Spectacular Spider-Man and featured a version of Spider-Man who had changed into a teenaged boy in order to fit in with his friend, classmate, and crush, Harry Osborn. The book has remained popular to this day and is considered to be an important milestone in the history of Marvel Comics.
The last Spider-Man comic book to feature the superhero was written and illustrated by Steve Englehart and was released in 2021. In the comic, he dealt with the notion of Peter Parker as a father figure who takes on the unique roles of being both a superhero and an adult while raising his son, Harry. Though it may not seem like a big deal now, in retrospect it was one of the first times that Spider-Man acknowledged that he was a parent, which enabled him to deal with more issues involving raising his son and fighting crime. The comic book may not have been as successful as the previous ones, but it did help to establish the notion that Spider-Man could actually be dealing with adult responsibilities while still going toe-to-toe with criminals.
If you are a Spider-Man fan then you likely have a few of your favorite Spider-Man comic strips on hand. The most popular of these is undoubtedly the one that showed up in the closing pages of the first Amazing Spider-Man comic. This strip focused on a battle between Peter Parker and Electro, an archer and a criminal, and it was here that Spider-Man made his debut. The comic series chronicled Spider-Man's dealings with villains and other assorted characters over the years, from his short stint against the Leader in particular. Though the series ended considerably prematurely, it did establish a vital relationship between Peter Parker and Spider-Man that has lasted through multiple subsequent comic series and movies.