Spider-Man's Tangled Web

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Spider-Man's Tangled Web
Cover to Spider-Man's Tangled Web #1 (June, 2001). Art by Glenn Fabry.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule Monthly
Publication date June 2001 - March 2003
Number of issues 22

Spider-Man's Tangled Web is a comic book series starring Spider-Man and his supporting cast published by Marvel Comics for 22 issues from June 2001 to March 2003.

The title was conceived as an anthology series, where various creative teams not usually associated with Spider-Man (usually creators who had previously worked for alternative or Vertigo comics) could display their take on the character.

Creators who contributed to the title included Peter Milligan, Duncan Fegredo, Kaare Andrews, Darwyn Cooke, Zeb Wells, Sean Phillips, Brian Azzarello, Paul Pope, Jim Mahfood, Ted McKeever and even professional wrestler Scott 'Raven' Levy. The series was edited by Axel Alonso for the first 17 issues and afterwards by John Miesegaes.

Despite having his name in the title, Spider-Man was often an ancillary character in these stories, appearing on only a few pages or just making a cameo appearance.

Issue #4's "Severance Package" by Greg Rucka and Eduardo Risso was nominated for an Eisner Award for "Best Single Issue of a Comic Book" in 2002.

The lengths of the storyline depended on each team. The shortest were just one issue and the longest ran for 3 issues (#1-3's "The Coming of the Thousand" by Garth Ennis and John McCrea and "Gentlemen's Agreement" by Bruce Jones and Lee Weeks in #7-9).

Sales on the series lagged behind the other Spider-Man titles throughout its run and it was finally cancelled in 2003 to make way for the new The Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 2 comic by Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos.

Tangled Web #1 (see picture to the right) was the subject of a recall due to the incorrect paper stock being used for the cover. A second print run was ordered with the correct paper stock thus making a collectors item of the rarer first print.


  1. "The Coming of the Thousand", Part 1 by Garth Ennis, John McCrea, and James Hodgkins
  2. "The Coming of the Thousand", Part 2 by Ennis, McCrea, and Hodgkins
  3. "The Coming of the Thousand", Part 3 by Ennis, McCrea, and Hodgkins
  4. "Severance Package" by Greg Rucka and Eduardo Risso
  5. "Flowers for Rhino", Part 1 by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo
  6. "Flowers for Rhino", Part 2 by Milligan and Fegredo
    • Featuring the Rhino
  7. "Gentleman's Agreement", Part 1 by Bruce Jones, Lee Weeks, and Josef Rubinstein
  8. "Gentleman's Agreement", Part 2 by Jones, Weeks, and Rubinstein
  9. "Gentleman's Agreement", Part 3 by Jones, Weeks, Rubinstein, and Jimmy Palmiotti
  10. "Ray of Light" by Kaare Andrews
  11. "Open All Night" by Darwyn Cooke and Jay Bone
  12. "I was a Teenage Frogman" by Zeb Wells and Duncan Fegredo
  13. "Double Shots" by Ron Zimmerman and Sean Phillips
  14. "The Last Shoot" by Brian Azzarello, Scott Levy, and Giuseppe Camuncoli
  15. "The Collaborators" by Paul Pope
  16. "Heartbreaker" Part 1 by Daniel Way and Leandro Fernandez
  17. "Heartbreaker" Part 2 by Daniel Way and Leandro Fernandez
    • Featuring Tombstone, Kangaroo
  18. "Alphabet City" by Ted McKeever
  19. "Call of the Wild" by Robbie Morrison and Jim Mahfood
  20. "Behind the Mustache" by Zeb Wells and Dean Haspiel
  21. "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas" by Darwyn Cooke and Jay Bone
  22. "The System" by Brian Patrick Walsh and Alberto Dose

Trade Paperbacks[edit]

  • Vol 1: collects Tangled Web # 1-6
  • Vol 2: collects Tangled Web # 7-11
  • Vol 3: collects Tangled Web # 12-17
  • Vol 4: collects Tangled Web # 18-22; and a two-part story from Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) # 42-43


Issues of Tangled Web have been included in the following hardcover collections:

  • Best of Spider-Man Vol 1: Includes Tangled Web 4-6
  • Best of Spider-Man Vol 2: Includes Tangled Web 10-11