The Sensational Spider-Man

For the second series of this name, see The Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 2).
The Sensational Spider-Man

The Sensational Spider-Man #0, featuring Ben Reilly as Spider-Man.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Schedule monthly
Format ongoing
Publication date January 1996 – November 1998
Number of issues 35 (#0–33, & #Minus 1)
Main character(s) Spider-Man
Creative team
Writer(s) Dan Jurgens, issues 0–6
Todd DeZago, issues 7–33
Penciller(s) Klaus Janson
Mike Wieringo

The Sensational Spider-Man is a comic book series starring Spider-Man published by Marvel Comics for 35 issues (#0–33, with # -1 published in July 1997 between #17 and #18), from January 1996 until November 1998.

Publication history

The Sensational Spider-Man was first used as the title for a prestige format one-shot special called The Sensational Spider-Man: Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut (ISBN 0-87135-572-8) in 1989 from Marvel Comics which reprinted The Amazing Spider-Man issues #229 and #230 (originally published in 1982).

The ongoing The Sensational Spider-Man series was initially conceived to be the flagship showcase for the new Ben Reilly Spider-Man. It replaced the Web of Spider-Man series.

The initial seven issues (#0–6, January–July 1996) were written and pencilled by Dan Jurgens, who had helped revive interest in Superman for DC Comics in the mid-1990s. Jurgens pushed strongly for the restoration of Peter Parker as the true Spider-Man and plans were made to enact this soon, but Bob Harras, the new Editor-in-chief, demanded the story be deferred until after the Onslaught crossover. Jurgens had by this stage become disillusioned with the immense amount of group planning and constant changes of ideas and directions and took this as the last straw, resigning from the title.

He was succeeded by writer Todd DeZago and penciller Mike Wieringo, who remained as the title's regular creative team for the remainder of its run. It lasted for 35 issues (33 regularly numbered issues as well as an initial issue "0" and the "-1" Flashback issue, released mid-run).

In February 2006, with issue #23, the series Marvel Knights Spider-Man was moved from the Marvel Knights imprint and renamed The Sensational Spider-Man volume 2.


Issues #13–15 of The Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 1) were reprinted in the Spider-Man: Savage Land prestige format trade paperback (ISBN 0-7851-0563-8) in June 1997 (with the book titled as Spider-Man: The Savage Land Saga! on the cover only).


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