There are really only three superheroes that have reached iconic status: Batman, Superman & Spider-man (with the hyphen). And while all three have universal appeal, Spider-man elicits sympathy and empathy more than any other superhero. Batman and Superman both have wonderful and rich origins that have shaped their lives, in the heroic sense as well as their moral values and belief system. So you certainly can feel for Bruce Wayne at the loss of his parents and you can sympathize with Clark Kent for being strange visitor abandoned on Earth by his parents, but to understand Peter Parker as Spider-man you have to enter a whole different world.
Peter became Spider-man out of three strong feelings: guilt, a sense of responsibility and #Love. He felt guilty for allowing a criminal to escape, who would kill his Uncle Ben only hours later. How does a teenager deal with that? You must also remember that Peter Parker was a kid in high school with no parents and only his elderly, albeit loving, Aunt May to care for him. This young kid was secluded and isolated from the world except for his Aunt and Uncle. Being Spider-man became his real life and he used his powers because he was given them for a reason…to help his fellow man. And when he feels he can’t go on and his will has faded he uses his love for others to give him renewed strength.
I share this so you can understand why these stories were chosen here as the top ten Spider-man stories. You can see where he came from and what drives him. “With great power comes great responsibility.” That is Spider-man’s mantra; it is what makes him put on that crazy suit everyday and risk his life for strangers. Every story selected grows from that one ideal and that is why he will never give up, he will never quit and even in the face of impossible odds Spider-man will always persevere. He is the ultimate superhero and here are the ten best Spider-man stories. I encourage you to find them and read them all. They may not change your life, but then again…they may.