When Spider-Man debuted in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, the character changed the pop-culture landscape forever. By combining comic book action with realistic character foibles, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s greatest creation paved the way for the type of hero that wasn’t square-jawed and muscle-bound. Beneath the mask, Peter Parker was just like most teenagers struggling to get through high school: shy, awkward, and uncertain about himself.
And since his creation, Spider-Man has gone on to star in some of the most memorable comic books in Marvel’s storied history. From the joys of beautiful jump-offs and marriage to the depths of grief and loss, Peter Parker’s soap-operatic life has unfolded on the comic book page, and it’s impossible for longtime fans not to feel personally invested in the character’s ongoing saga.
And with the release of Amazing Spider-Man #692 today, Marvel is celebrating the character’s 50th anniversary. To mark this occasion, Complex takes a look back at Spider-Man’s most memorable comic book covers, panels, and spreads in a gallery of The 50 Most Iconic Spider-Man Images.
Written by Jason Serafino (@serafinoj1)