Avenging Spider-Man

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Avenging Spider-Man

Promotional material from Marvel Comics showing all of the variant covers for Avenging Spider-Man #1 and announcing the free digital copies as part of the comic book.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics (#1–22)
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date November 2011 - June 2013
Number of issues 24
Main character(s) Spider-Man
Creative team
Writer(s) Cullen Bunn, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kathryn Immonen, Greg Rucka, Kevin Shinick, Dan Slott, Ty Templeton, Mark Waid, Zeb Wells, Rob Williams, Chris Yost
Penciller(s) Marco Checchetto, Matthew Clark, Gabriele Dell'Otto, Steve Dillon, Terry Dodson, Stuart Immonen, Aaron Kuder, Greg Land, David Lopez, Joe Madureira, Paco Medina, Brad Walker, Leinil Yu
Inker(s) Rachel Dodson, Wade von Grawbadger, John Livesay, Juan Vlasco
Letterer(s) Joe Caramagna
Colorist(s) Dommo Aymara, Dave Curiel, Ferran Daniel, Edgar Delgado, Sunny Gho, Matt Hollingsworth, Frank Martin Jr., Rachelle Rosenberg, Chris Sotomayor

Avenging Spider-Man is an American comic book series published monthly by Marvel Comics, featuring the adventures of the fictional superhero Spider-Man. The events in the story take place in the primary continuity of the mainstream Marvel Universe along with the events of The Amazing Spider-Man and later The Superior Spider-Man. This was the first ongoing series to feature Spider-Man as the main character besides The Amazing Spider-Man since the cancellation of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and the second volume of Sensational Spider-Man in December 2008 following the conclusion of the "One More Day" storyline. Avenging Spider-Man has also been instrumental in Marvel's shift towards including codes to receive free digital copies of the comic with purchased print comic books.

Format[edit]

The format of the series is very similar to the Marvel Team-Up comic book where Spider-Man teams up with another character in every issue. The first and second volumes of Marvel Team-Up primarily (but not exclusively) featured Spider-Man whereas Avenging Spider-Man exclusively features Spider-Man.

Publication history[edit]

Marvel announced the publication in June 2011.[1] The first issue was released 9 November 2011, with Zeb Wells as the writer, Joe Madureira as the penciller, and Ferran Daniel as the colorist.[2] The first issue outsold both issues of The Amazing Spider-Man released in November and was the sixth best selling comic book of the month.[3]

The first three issues of the series contained a code for a free digital copy of the comic book,[4] which is the first time any publisher has provided free digital copies as part of the print copy of the comic book.[5] The free digital copy with purchase was extended to include the fourth issue, but Marvel changed from using a sealed poly-bag to protect the code to using a sticker so potential readers could look at the book before purchasing.[6] The response to the free digital code in the first issue was so positive that Marvel announced they would include free digital codes in comic books in their Ultimate line of comics starting in January 2012.[7] The free digital copy with purchase, still using the sticker to protect the code, was extended to the fifth, sixth, and seventh issues before all Marvel comics priced at $3.99 started receiving free digital codes in June 2012 (issue eight) due to the success of the free digital codes in Avenging Spider-Man and the Ultimate line of comics.[8][9]

It was announced in April 2013 that Avenging Spider-Man was to end in July of the same year, with Superior Spider-Man Team-Up taking its place. It would retain the creative team of writer Christopher Yost and artists Paolo Rivera and Marco Checchetto.[10]

Collected editions[edit]

  • Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends (reprints issues #1-5): 120 pages. Hardcover (ISBN 0-7851-5778-6) released June 2012.[11] Paperback (ISBN 0-7851-5779-4) released October 2012.[12]
  • Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (reprints issue #8, The Amazing Spider-Man #682-687, Ends of the Earth Special): 197 page. Hardcover (ISBN 0-7851-6005-1) released August 2012.[13]
  • The Punisher Vol. 2 (reprints issue #6, The Punisher #6-10, Daredevil #11): 208 pages. Paperback (ISBN 0-7851-5920-7) released September 2012.[14]
  • Daredevil Vol. 3 (reprints issue #6, Daredevil #11-15, The Punisher #10): 160 pages. Hardcover (ISBN 0-7851-6100-7) released October 2012.[15]
  • Spider-Man: Danger Zone (reprints issue #11, The Amazing Spider-Man #692-697): 128 pages. Hardcover (ISBN 0-7851-6009-4) released December 2012.[16]
  • Avenging Spider-Man: The Good, The Green, The Ugly (reprints issues #7, 9-10, 12-13): 112 pages. Paperback (ISBN 0-7851-5780-8) released March 2013.[17]
  • Avenging Spider-Man: Threats & Menaces (reprints #14-15, Annual #1, The Amazing Spider-Man #692 back-ups, Annual #39, Spider-Man vs. Vampires): 184 pages. Paperback (ISBN 0-7851-6573-8) to be released May 2013.[18]
  • Avenging Spider-Man: Superiority Complex (reprints #16-19, 15,1): 112 pages. Paperback (ISBN 0-7851-6536-3) to be released July 2013.[19]


Issues[edit]

Issue Guest character(s) Villain(s)
or Threat
Writer Artist Release date Reception Sales rank Notes
1 Red Hulk Moloids Zeb Wells Joe Madureira 9 November 2011 7.0/10[20] 5.0/5[21] 6th[3]
2 Ra'ktar/Molans 7 December 2011 7.5/10[22] 3.0/5[23] 13th[24]
3 18 January 2012 8.0/10[25] 4.5/5[26] 23rd[27]
4 Hawkeye Sidewinder III and Serpent Society agents Greg Land 15 February 2012 7.0/10[28] 2.0/5[29] 33rd[30]
5 Captain America Serpent Society Leinil Yu 28 March 2012 9.0/10[31] 5.0/5[32] 36th[33]
6 Daredevil and Punisher The Hand Greg Rucka and Mark Waid Marco Checchetto 11 April 2012 8.5/10[34] 4.5/5[35] 27th[36] Story continued in Punisher vol. 8 #10[37][38] and Daredevil vol. 3 #11.[39][40]
7 She-Hulk Bastet Kathryn Immonen Stuart Immonen 9 May 2012 7.5/10[41] 4.5/5[42] 60th[43]
8 Doctor Strange and Silver Sable Doctor Doom Dan Slott and
Ty Templeton
Matthew Clark 20 June 2012 5.5/10[44] 2.5/5[45] 51st[46] Epilogue to "Ends of the Earth" and further description of Web of Spider-Man #72.[44]
9 Captain Marvel Blackbird Security Kelly Sue DeConnick Terry Dodson 11 July 2012 9.0/10[47] 3.5/5[48] 49th[49] First appearance of Robyn Hood. This issue chronologically follows first appearance of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, but is published one week prior.
10 Robyn Hood 1 August 2012 7.5/10[50] 3.0/5[51] 63rd[52]
11 Aunt May Copperhead Zeb Wells Steve Dillon 29 August 2012 6.5/10[53] 4.0/5[54] 66th[52] Fight with Copperhead is only 2 pages. As part of 50th anniversary of Spider-Man's first appearance the story is primarily Peter and May reminiscing about Uncle Ben.
12 Deadpool Peter's dreams/imagination Kevin Shinick Aaron Kuder 12 September 2012 9.0/10[55] 3.5/5[56] 52nd[57]
13 Hypno-Hustler 10 October 2012 8.9/10[58] 4.0/5[59] 76th[60]
14 Devil Dinosaur and Moon-Boy Fire-breathing velociraptors Cullen Bunn Gabriele Dell'Otto 7 November 2012 7.4/10[61] 4.0/5[62] 76th[63] Takes place in the Savage Land.
15 Brainchild 5 December 2012 7.5/10[64] 5.0/5[65] 75th[66]
15.1 Bridge story between The Amazing Spider-Man #700 and The Superior Spider-Man #1. Chris Yost Paco Medina 26 December 2012 3.0/5[67] 4.5/5[68] 53rd[66] First issue of Avenging Spider-Man to star Superior Spider-Man instead of Peter Parker as Spider-Man.
16 Wolverine and the X-Men Giant hybrid garden spider / human / mutant 16 January 2013 7.0/10[69] 3.0/5[70] 73rd[71] The hybrid was created by Jackal, who is seen in a final page cameo.
17 Future Foundation Death's Head and Time Variance Authority 27 February 2013 8.7/10[72] 5.0/5[73] 71st[74] Superior Spider-Man steals the captive Sandman from the Baxter Building and takes him to a hidden underwater lab.
18 Thor Electro Marco Checchetto 13 March 2013 8.4[75] 3.5/5[76] 74th[77] Superior Spider-Man captures Electro and places him in containment next to Sandman in his hidden underwater lab.
19 Sleepwalker Fearworm 10 April 2013 8.5/10[78] 2.5/5[79] 74th[80]
20 Secret Avengers Chameleon and The Saints 8 May 2013 6.4/10[81] 4.0/5[82] 79th[83]
21 29 May 2013 7.3/10[84] 2.5/5[85] 83rd[83] Superior Spider-Man transports the unconscious Chameleon to his hidden underwater lab.
22 Punisher Mysterion and Hobgoblin David Lopez 12 June 2013 6.9/10[86] 3.5/5[87] 80th[88] Superior Spider-Man captures Mysterion and places him in containment with Sandman, Electro, and Chameleon in his hidden underwater lab.
Annual The Thing Energy field enhancing
aggressive tendencies
Rob Williams Brad Walker 31 October 2012 8.2/10[89]
3.5/5[90]
94th[60]

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