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Spider-Man's Best Battles

The wallcrawler's been in a whole lot of fights over the decades. Here's a look at some of our favorite ones!

Spider-Man's our first 'Character of the Month' and we want to celebrate by revisiting some of his coolest brawls. Since making his debut in 1962, the spectacular Spider-Man has been in dozens upon dozens of terrific battles. From his countless fights with the foes in his diverse rogues gallery to squaring off with other good guys, the friendly neighborhood hero has found himself in so many epic melees over the years. There's a ridiculous amount to choose from, but we're going to highlight what we think are some of his most iconic and memorable victories. Seeing as there's so many great fights with him, we obviously won't have all of your favorites on display, so don't forget to chime in with your selection of "Spider-Man's Best Battles."

Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #122)

Let's kick things off with a classic: the fight between Peter Parker and Norman Osborn. Incredibly old spoiler: Gwen Stacy died and it's all because of a scenario that was created by the first Green Goblin, Norman Osborn. Losing someone you love is a terrible, terrible tragedy and Gwen's death obviously hit Spider-Man harder than the Hulk ever could with his big, green fists. After Gwen died, Parker had one thing on his mind: revenge. He sought out the Goblin and wanted to make him suffer. What follows is a savage display of the wallcrawler's might as he lays into Osborn. One punch after another, Spider-Man obliterates the villain with his impressive strength as he screams at him about losing the girl he loved. But we all know Spidey's a good man -- some may say the "ultimate" hero -- and he's thankfully able to stop himself before he crosses the line and does something he'd never forgive himself for. However, Osborn seals his own fate as he tries to impale the hero in the back with his glider. Spider sense allows Peter to dodge the glider and it speeds right into the fiend's chest. Spider-Man's first volume is full of action, but this is without question one of the most impactful fights from the series.

Spider-Man vs. Kingpin (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #542)

Back in the day, Wilson Fisk was able to give Spidey a rough time. Those days are over. Despite Fisk's might, there's still a noticeable gap between these two in terms of physicals. Sure, Kingpin's a bigger dude and, when it comes to street level characters, he's a tough customer, but his strength and speed is noticeably lower than the web-slinger's. And, as durable as Fisk may be, Spider-Man has the strength required to put a hurting on him. Back in Black finally brought that front and center, and it did so in a shockingly badass way. You see, Aunt May was shot, and Spider-Man wants to send a message: his family is off limits and anyone who thinks otherwise is going to pay. Not only did Spider-Man pummel Fisk, but he did so brutally and without even an ounce of mercy. This was in front of a crowd, so you can bet it was totally belittling for the Crime Lord. Spider-Man said he didn't view Fisk as a man, but instead as a target. To top it off, it concludes with Spider-Man slapping the villain over and over and then striking some major fear into him. All in all, it was a terribly humiliating experience for the big man and a staggeringly formidable one for Peter. If you ever want to see what Spider-Man is capable of when he takes off the kid gloves and stops the fun banter, you need to read this fight.

Spider-Man vs. Firelord (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #269-270)

Firelord: "You dare?"

Spider-Man: "What have I got to lose?"

And with that said, a very frustrated and determined Peter Parker leaps at the cosmic foe. As the captions say, he "explodes" into action. Look, there's no way getting around it: this is a controversial win. After all, the webhead knocked a Herald of Galactus out cold with just his fists. Really, it's something people still have heated debates about to this day. But we're highlighting it because it is one of Spider-Man's standout victories and another example of how he'll never let overwhelming odds take a toll on his drive. Peter's in it to win it and this is yet another ridiculously difficult challenge that he's able to topple because he doesn't know how to quit. Plus, as a Spidey fan, there's no denying this is an absolutely awesome display of his speed and reflexes. Poor Firelord couldn't even lay a finger on Parker when he began to truly lash out. Herald of Galactus, meet the fists of the Spider-Man.

Spider-Man vs. Venom (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300)

Fighting Venom is no walk in the park for Spider-Man (well, Eddie Brock Venom, that is. Gargan is a completely different story) and the two have had some great and memorable battles. However, the first big encounter between these two immediately jumps to mind. It made one thing clear: Venom is a guy Spider-Man shouldn't be able to defeat with just his fists. Okay, that technically has happened, but if they're both written well, then Parker needs to use his brain and not just his sheer strength to take down the symbiotic threat. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 did a fine job making this crystal clear. Even after utilizing a sonic gun, Brock was able to get the better of the hero and kept him incapacitated. But Brock's arrogance lead to his downfall -- literally. Using his intellect, the sensational Spider-Man was able to discover another weakness of Venom's and he took full advantage of it. It's not a very flattering defeat for Venom, but it was most certainly a powerful way for the fiend to make a big debut in Spider-Man's life.

Spider-Man vs. The Kravinoff Family (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #637)

Grim Hunt was not only a thoroughly impressive follow-up to Kraven's Last Hunt, but it also unleashed a truly frightening Spider-Man. He was tired of the Kravinoff family's grand plan (a plan which hurt -- and even "killed" -- people he carers about) and he was ready to bring it to a close. Not holding back at all, Spider-Man was able to attack characters with jaw-dropping levels of speed. He battered Vladimir, made Ana scream for her mother, and even pulled off part of Sasha's face. The members of Sergei Kravinoff's family pride themselves on being fearless hunters, but Parker was able to turn them into the prey and they were most certainly afraid. After everyone was dispatched with ease, Spider-Man had a satisfying encounter with the recently-resurrected Sergei. Neither character was downplayed and the conclusion feels fitting for both individuals. Just like over in Back in Black, this is a prime example of what happens when Spider-Man stops messing around and taps into his true potential.

Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1)

Spider-Man's initial clashes with his ongoing villains were a total blast. In the end, though, they all failed to earn a lasting and true victory over the nimble hero. This gave Doctor Octopus an epiphany: why continue to lose by your lonesome when you can join forces and overwhelm your enemy? After creating the Sinister Six, Ock's plan was to make Spider-man endure a gauntlet of villains. This way, each enemy will weaken him and eventually, the wallcrawler will be defeated. To make sure Spidey was motivated to fight each of them and fall for every trap, Doc Ock kidnapped Betty Brant and Aunt May, and then made sure each villain had a note telling Spider-Man where he needs to go next. Each evildoer would face-off with Parker in a location that benefits them the most. For example, Vulture made Spider-Man lose his web shooters and face him up in the air. Ock's scheme isn't the worst plan around, but it still fails miserably. Spider-Man's able to use his superhuman physicals and gifted brain to beat each of them or at least snag the note and move on to the next challenge. Honestly, the only exception is with Sandman -- that victory is basically dumb luck and terrible planning on Ock's part. Anyway, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 delivers a ton of fun as Spider-Man moves from one villain to the next and it most definitely deserves a spot on this list.

Spider-Man vs. The X-Men (SECRET WARS #3)

Hero vs. hero situations are often based on a huge misunderstanding, and SECRET WARS #3 is no exception. Spider-Man hears the X-Men say they're going to join forces with Magneto, and the webhead states he's going to tattle on them! The X-Men don't want to put the agile character down; just stop him and reason with him. But given the location, Spider-Man's able to put his agility, webbing and speed to excellent use. He dances around all of their attacks and, just like Wolverine eventually says, he makes them look like fools. He effortlessly swats away Logan, webs up Nightcrawler, Colossus and Rogue, and avoids Cyclops' optic blast. Now, given a more open location, there's a fair chance this scenario wouldn't end well for Parker, but in a building that benefits his swift nature, he's able to really embarrass Professor X's team for a little bit before he manages to escape.

Spider-Man vs. Juggernaut (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #229-230)

What happens when an unstoppable titan meets someone with indomitable willpower?

The Sensational Spider-Man's encounter with Juggernaut is a fantastic example why Spidey's such a admirable character. The powerhouse has his sights on getting to Madame Web and Spider-Man tries anything and everything to prevent that from happening. He attempts using his own strength, creates a wall of webbing, aims to trap the X-Men villain underground, and even tries electrocuting him. Sadly, nothing works and Cain Marko is able to get his hands on Web. Spider-Man failed and Web is now injured. Even though he realizes Juggernaut is in a weight class well above his own, he refuses to let Marko get away with this and is beyond determined to avenge the telepath. Parker winds up using some heavy items in a construction zone, but even those objects don't faze Juggernaut... not even a little bit. In the end, Spider-Man once again uses his clever mind to conquer a seemingly undefeatable threat. How does he topple this brute, you ask? Well, he's able to lure the big fellow right into a large patch of wet cement. Nothing can stop the Juggernaut, eh? Well, it sure looks like Spider-Man can. It wasn't easy, but this just one of the many terrific examples of Spider-Man refusing to throw in the towel, even when victory seems to be impossible.

What's your favorite Spider-Man battle, Comic Viners? Let us know by speaking your mind below. Be sure to keep checking the homepage throughout May for even more Spidey articles!

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Edited by Spider-Man

My favorite, Spider-Man vs. The X-Men (SECRET WARS #3)

@wolverine08 SWAT! LOL!

Edited by scouts1998

The very brief one at the end of #700 was quite good in my opinion but i haven't read much spider-man :(

Edited by MatthewParker

I'm glad to see peter getting the attention he deserves! He's an awesome character!

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Ultimate Spider-Man's first fight with Green Goblin was awesome.

Edited by CaptainMarvel4Ever

Now all we need is Spider-Man vs Sony. See if you can escape that death grip Spidey.

Edited by Strider92

Spider-man Vs Morlun. C'mon every smackdown Peter had with that guy was brutal as hell:

Posted by Transformers1024

My favorite comic book fight of all time is EASILY when Spider-Man beat the living $#!t out of Kingpin during Back-in-Black.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Spider-Man vs Kingpin and Grim Hunt are my favs

Posted by WarBlade539

@parybros:- Do you have a favorite Wall-Crawler throwdown moment?

Posted by PunyParker
  1. Kingpin fight
  2. X-Men fight
  3. Firelord fight.
Posted by jwalser3

You had to ad the Firelord fight? Lol.

Posted by lukehero

I'm sorry, how did you put Spiderman vs FireLord and Spiderman vs Jugggernaut(Too ridiculous fights). Yet you missed out on Spiderman vs Morlun? Spiderman vs Wolverine? Tskk Tssk.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Those are all great examples (especially the first one)

Ultimate Spider-Man's first fight with Green Goblin was awesome.

The second was even better (if disappointingly short) and then there was his first fight with Venom.

Peter: (punches Venom in the jaw so hard he bites his giant tongue off) Sit down, Eddie.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

One of my favorites is Spiderman vs Wolverine. When SM thought he was trying to protect Charlie. Great stuff!

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Spidey is such a Badass. Loving all this Spidey goodness.

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Posted by Wolverine08

Trolls everywhere!

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Posted by mje360

I gotta say, my favorite fight is the first encounter between Spidey and Morlun. So many punches..

Second place would be Spidey's brutal beatdown on the Green Goblin after Gwen's death.

Third would be taking Kingpin down many notches in Back in Black.

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Posted by laflux

My favorite, Spider-Man vs. The X-Men (SECRET WARS #3)

@wolverine08 SWAT! LOL!

Wolverine was swatted away just as quickly as Wolverine's chance at being character of the month when placed against the rest of the field.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Superman vs Spiderman

Posted by Wolverine08

@laflux said:
@spider-man said:

My favorite, Spider-Man vs. The X-Men (SECRET WARS #3)

@wolverine08 SWAT! LOL!

Wolverine was swatted away just as quickly as Wolverine's chance at being character of the month when placed against the rest of the field.

Spider nut huggers rigged the poll.....

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Posted by laflux

@wolverine08: Not really. Supes and Bats were kinda close. Wolverine just ain't that popular :)

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@wolverine08:

Batman was going to win, they knew it. So they created alts and spammed the poll. Spider-fans are sore losers. We'll be prepared next time...

Posted by Wolverine08

@wolverine08:

Batman was going to win, they knew it. So they created alts and spammed the poll. Spider-fans are sore losers. We'll be prepared next time...

#UniteagainstSpidernuthuggers

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Posted by laflux

@dark_vengeance_ said:

@wolverine08:

Batman was going to win, they knew it. So they created alts and spammed the poll. Spider-fans are sore losers. We'll be prepared next time...

#UniteagainstSpidernuthuggers

The Spider-Man fanbase is so strong Batman and Wolverine have to team up lol.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@dark_vengeance_ said:

@wolverine08:

Batman was going to win, they knew it. So they created alts and spammed the poll. Spider-fans are sore losers. We'll be prepared next time...

#UniteagainstSpidernuthuggers

This message was sponsored by S.C. Johnson, A Family Company.

"Raid Kills Bugs Arachnids Dead".

Posted by SkinnyAtlas

If I had to draw from more recent years, I'd go with AvX #9. It's brutal watching him get smacked around by two fractioned Phoenix forces (alliteration FTW), but giving his motive and how he eventually gets the fight resolved, to me, is a more recent classic Spider-man battle. For him, this wasn't a fight about him winning, but making sure others survived. He holds that issue down (he!! he's on the cover) and it became my favorite from that event.

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@laflux said:

@wolverine08 said:

@dark_vengeance_ said:

@wolverine08:

Batman was going to win, they knew it. So they created alts and spammed the poll. Spider-fans are sore losers. We'll be prepared next time...

#UniteagainstSpidernuthuggers

The Spider-Man fanbase is so strong Batman and Wolverine have to team up lol.

Go kick rocks.

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Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@laflux:

They cheated, they must have! There is no way in hell that this happened in Batman's 75th birthday.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@wolverine08: lol.

@lukehero said:

I'm sorry, how did you put Spiderman vs FireLord and Spiderman vs Jugggernaut(Too ridiculous fights). Yet you missed out on Spiderman vs Morlun? Spiderman vs Wolverine? Tskk Tssk.

Did you actually read the article or just look at the selections? ;)

Posted by silent_bomber

As a Kingpin fan I'd have to say that Kingpin fight is the worst fight the character has ever had during the history of Spider-Man.

Kingpin's best battles IMO were in Return of the Burglar & The Tablet of Time Saga.

If you ever want to see what Spider-Man is capable of when he takes off the kid gloves and stops the fun banter, you need to read this fight.

Nope, if you want to see Kingpin get retconed into a blundering moron to make Spider-Man look "bad-ass" then you need to read this fight, if you want to see what happens when he takes off the gloves you read any of the masses of times this overused plot has turned up in Spider-Man comics, such as Death of Jean Dewolff, Death of Gwen Stacy, and multiple times during DeMatteis Spectacular run.

JMS' thinking when he came up with this story must've been

"Everyone loves it when Spider-Man loses his temper, but who needs the plot when you can just jump straight to the punchline?"

  1. Aunt May Shot
  2. Spider-Man Angry
  3. Battle

"OK people, lets break for lunch we're finished here"

"Oh before we go lets throw in some macho posturing, teenagers love that, and to show his "inner turmoil" he has to put on his Black Costume, cos we all know that Black is the colour of bad-assery, Spider-Man is so angry, he changes his costume!"

Rant Over

Posted by Owie

Nice feature. I'm glad you put the Firelord fight in, even if it may have been PIS. When I read it as a kid, it was totally enthralling and felt amazing, and really got across Peter's determination.

If I had to draw from more recent years, I'd go with AvX #9. It's brutal watching him get smacked around by two fractioned Phoenix forces (alliteration FTW), but giving his motive and how he eventually gets the fight resolved, to me, is a more recent classic Spider-man battle. For him, this wasn't a fight about him winning, but making sure others survived. He holds that issue down (he!! he's on the cover) and it became my favorite from that event.

That was a great fight, I agree.

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

Secret Wars in general was a good showing for Spidey, but I always liked how he wiped the floor with Titania in Secret Wars 8, beat her so bad, she was scared of him for years.

Posted by HushoftheWind

All you Spider-man naysayers come see me in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, i'll make you respect the web head.

@wolverine08 you can use your name sake bro, it'll be fun lol.

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It was pretty good write-up, my hatred of Back in Black doesn't change the fact that its a popular fight around here.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

@laflux:

They cheated, they must have! There is no way in hell that this happened in Batman's 75th birthday.

Whatever helps you sleep at night.

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Spider-Man vs the Master Planner arc is my favorite 616 Spidey of all time.

Amazing Spider-Man 31-33

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Posted by Wolverine08

Spider-Man vs the Master Planner arc is my favorite 616 Spidey of all time.

Amazing Spider-Man 31-33

Stan Lee era?

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Posted by StMichalofWilson

Spider-man Vs Morlun. C'mon every smackdown Peter had with that guy was brutal as hell:

Can't wait to see what Spider-verse has in store for these two

Posted by RisingBean

@wolverine08: Yeop.

The very same one that inspired the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon.

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Posted by GraniteSoldier

@k4tzm4n: Great fights, all of them. Personal favorites being the one with Green Goblin and Venom. I agree with @strider92 as well, his brawls with Morlun are, dare I say, amazing.

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@thehipkid:

"How'd you get so hard so suddenly? My hand! You have gotten harder!"

Posted by orangelantern93

X-men #35 along came a spider. Spider-man took on all the original x-men without even breakin a sweat. Amazing spider-man #5 vs doctor doom was a good one also.

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