Into the Spider-Verse: Best Alternate Takes on Spider-Man

Stan Lee gave us much more than a seemingly endless deluge of superhero movie cameos. Sure, those cameos are great, but his contribution to the world of superheroes is more than just a few on-screen one liners.

For starters, Lee (and Steve Ditko) created one of the most celebrated superheroes of all time: Spider-Man. And that was way back in 1962!

It’s safe to say that things have changed since Spidey’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15. For one, the market for anything Spider-Man has dramatically increased. But more than that, the character itself has enjoyed decades of being poked, prodded, stretched, and skewed.

You see, one of the beautiful things about comic books and their most popular characters is their mailability. New writers inject new ideas into old characters to either freshen up their stories or, you know, just for kicks.

Today, we sort through all of them to bring you the best of the bunch. Let’s take a look at a few of the best alternate Spider-Man takes in the wide world of comic books.

Spider-Man 2099

In 1992, Marvel set out to shake things up. The result was the Marvel 2099 book line, featuring futuristic re-imaginings of all of your favorite characters. Marvel charged comic book creators Peter David and Rick Leonardi with crafting the Spider-Man of the future. And boy, did they deliver.

Underneath the webbed costume of Spider-Man 2099 is the brilliant geneticist Miguel O’Hara, whose DNA is re-written in a freak accident. O’Hara turned out to be the first Latino Spider-Man, and the character was featured in over 75 issues spanning three volumes over 25-years.

Spider-Ham

Not to be confused with spiral-ham, Spider-Ham was featured in the 1983’s Marvel Tails #1. The Marvel Tails comic book series was billed as an all-ages, anthropomorphic gag filled with Dad-inspired puns and re-imagined superheroes.

It was a one-off comic book, but was memorable nonetheless. The Spectacular Spider-Ham was the alter-ego of Peter Porker, a photographer not unlike his namesake, Peter Parker. It was goofy, childish, and a whole lot of fun. The comic also featured the likes of Captain Americat and Bruce Bunny, a.k.a. Hulk-Bunny.

Spider-Gwen

Spider-Gwen exists in a universe that remains completely parallel from the one that you’re familiar with. That universe is known as Earth-65, and in it, Gwen Stacy is bitten by a radioactive spider and has her life changed forever.

“What about Peter Parker?” you ask. Well, in this universe, he actually becomes the Lizard. But enough about Parker.

Spider-Gwen may have originated in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, but she took on an entirely new life when she got her own series in 2015. Spider-Gwen, and her underlying character Gwen Stacy, is refreshingly the opposite of Peter Parker. She’s brash, confident, wily, and knows Kung Fu! I mean, what’s not to love about Spider-Gwen?

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