Spider-Man has been a global icon and one of the most recognizable comic book characters for more than fifty years, but even everybody's friendly neighborhood wall-crawler has participated in some moments that are best left forgotten.
With dozens of creators tackling Spidey over the years, all bringing their own unique take on the character and his supporting cast, some of the medium's very best stories have been produced, as well as many ideas that are too difficult or ridiculous to execute over the long-term. And one of the few guarantees in the world of comic books is that if an idea is too challenging or silly to build upon or work around, future creators will inevitably retcon it out of existence, or just pretend it never happened.
The following list is not a rundown of the worst Spider-Man stories of all-time - nor is this list limited to stories that have been designated stupid or bizarre or controversial (one could even argue some of these entries are worthwhile reads). Rather, the following ten entries reflect those Spider-Man moments or characterizations that Marvel has swept under the rug and ignored.
These entries rarely get referenced or spoken of anymore, and when they do, it is usually in dismissive fashion. Many of these entries reflect unique creative vision, but ultimately didn't catch on for either logistical or political reasons.
Mark is a professional writer living in Brooklyn and is the founder of the Chasing Amazing Blog, which documents his quest to collect every issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and the Superior Spider-Talk podcast. He also pens the "Gimmick or Good?" column at Comics Should Be Good blog.