Spider-Man's Tangled Web

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.

Spider-Man's Tangled Web
Cover to Spider-Man's Tangled Web #1 (June, 2001). Art by Glenn Fabry.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateJune 2001 - March 2003
No. of issues22


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. 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.

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.

Issue #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 collector's 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

Collected editionsEdit

Title Material collected Date published Format ISBN
Spider-Man's Tangled Web Vol. 1 Spider-Man's Tangled Web #1–6 January 2002 Softcover 978-0785108030
Spider-Man's Tangled Web Vol. 2 Spider-Man's Tangled Web #7-11 April 2002 Softcover 978-0785108740
Spider-Man's Tangled Web Vol. 3 Spider-Man's Tangled Web #12–17 October 2002 Softcover 978-0785109518
Spider-Man's Tangled Web Vol. 4 Spider-Man's Tangled Web #18–22; Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol. 2 #42-43 March 2003 Softcover 978-0785110644
Spider-Man's Tangled Web Omnibus Spider-Man's Tangled Web #1-22 June 2017 Hardcover 978-1302906825

Issues #4-6 and #10-11 were also included in Best of Spider-Man Vol. 1 and Best of Spider-Man Vol. 2, respectively.


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.