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Spider-Man: Clone Saga Reading Order Checklist [90s Week]
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Spider-Man has many divisive stories in the character’s back catalogue. While there have been a few in the 21st century, in the 1990s, there were none more controversial than The Clone Saga. Covering the Spider-Man titles between 1994 and 1996, it was a well-liked storyline driven by a handful of mysteries. Well, that’s until it was not. Its popularity saw the saga extended multiple times without proper plans in place. This led to a major reveal that divided fans, shaking loose even the most rusted-on reader.

While fans of the time may not remember The Clone Saga fondly, it has found a new audience in the years after its publication. Much of this comes through the introduction of Spider-Clones Ben Reilly and Kaine, who have gone on to build a fanbase. While others are curious about the original controversy of its big reveal, knowing now that it’s resolved.

Are you looking to read Spider-Man: The Clone Saga? This guide will tell you how to read this mammoth saga. It has everything you need to get started, including the recommended reading order, background reading, collected editions, and what to read after.

The Clone Saga’s structured

The Clone Saga isn’t your standard comic book event. Instead, it’s better to think of it as an elongated storyline built upon several different crossovers, one-shots, self-contained stories, and team-ups, and shifting status quos for the Spider-Man titles between 1994 and 1996.

Similar to the Triangle Era of Superman comics, which was going on simultaneously with The Clone Saga, Marvel Comics treated Spider-Man titles as a weekly series. Stories crossover with Amazing Spider-ManSpectacular Spider-ManWeb of Spider-ManSpider-Man (1990 series), and Spider-Man Unlimited to build up a much larger story. Mysteries carry across different stories, slowly piecing together every week.

It’s also worth noting that The Clone Saga has several shifts in status quo, which continue to move the larger ongoing story into different directions with new mysteries and focal characters.

How to use this reading order

The Spider-Man: Clone Saga reading order is a simple guide for those who want to engage with huge storyline in different ways.

For instance, those looking to read the entire thing should start from Power and Responsibility/The Double crossover and continue down this page until they reach the end. However, if that’s too many comics for you, you can use this guide to see where specific issues fit into the various crossovers and the saga as a whole.

There are also “Background reading” and “What to read after The Clone Saga” sections to expand your reading further with later stories and give yourself more context.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #149 cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia.
Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #149 cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia.

Background reading

Looking to do some background reading before diving into The Clone Saga? Here are some comics I highly recommend:

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #143-149
Written by Gerry Conway. Art by Ross Andru.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #143-149 forms what is referred to as the “Original Clone Saga“. The 1990s epic is inspired by this Spider-Man story and and connects back to it in various ways.

What If? (1977 series) #30
Written by Bill Flanagan. Art by Rich Buckler.

This 1981 stories asks the question: What if Spider-Man’s clone lived?

The Spider-Man comics of the time had a soap opera element where contemporaneous events from all the core Spidey titles were referenced regularly. This includes the dramas of Spider-Man’s adventures, Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s marriage, and Aunt May’s health. While I could add these in the background reading section, it would significantly bloat it and be details for detail’s sake. Instead, I would rely on the editor’s notes when they arise as you read or just roll with it.

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #117 cover Steven Butler and Randy Emberlin.
Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #117 cover Steven Butler and Randy Emberlin.

Spider-Man: The Clone Saga reading order

Below is the recommended reading order for Spider-Man: The Clone Saga. To make it easier to read, I broken it up into different sections and provided commentary where necessary.

Power and Responsibility/The Double

The comics below are the start of The Clone Saga, as told through two crossovers – Power and Responsibility and The Double. Each issue has two stories that flow through into another comic.

You could read the crossovers simultaneously or read all four parts of one and then the other. I suggest reading Power and Responsibility first if you go down the latter route, as that’s the official start of The Clone Saga.

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #117 (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #394 (Part 2)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #51 (Part 3)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #217 (Part 4)

Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 cover by John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson.
Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 cover by John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson.

The Lost Years

Spider-Man: The Lost Years tells Ben Reilly and Kaine’s backstory. It was published later in The Clone Saga’s publication history but makes sense to read it here now that the characters are established. It’s worth noting that there’s a Spider-Man: The Lost Years #0. However, this is a reprint collection of stories from different points in The Clone Saga.

Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1

Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2

Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #117 cover Steven Butler and Randy Emberlin.
Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #118 cover Steven Butler and Randy Emberlin.

The Exile Returns

Marvel divided the different Spider-Man comics between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly during different times in the Clone Saga. Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) and Spider-Man (1990 series) were both given to Ben Reilly, dubbed “Scarlet Spider”, with these two series crossing over with each other multiple times. The Exile Returns is the first of those crossovers and Ben Reilly’s first solo adventure, seeing him face Venom.

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #118 (Part 1)

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #7 (Part 2)

Note: Spider-Man Unlimited #7’s A-story is the second part of The Exile Returns.

Spider-Man (1990 series) #52 (Part 3)

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #119 (Part 4)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #53 (Part 5)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #395 cover by Mark Bagley.

Back From The Edge

As mentioned in The Exile Returns section above, the comics were split between Peter Parker and Ben Reilly. Peter Parker would get Amazing Spider-Man and The Spectacular Spider-Man, with these comics crossing over from time-to-time for Peter Parker focused stories.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #395 (Part 1)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #218 (Part 2)

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #7 (Part 3)

Note: Spider-Man Unlimited #7’s B-story is the third part of Back From The Edge. There is also a C-story starring Mary-Jane, which is set before Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #388.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #396 (Part 4)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #219 (Part 5)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #54 cover by Tom Lyle.
Spider-Man (1990 series) #54 cover by Tom Lyle.

Web of Life

Web of Life is another Ben Reilly crossover. This one has him taking on Tombstone and Grim Hunter (Vladimir Kravinoff).

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #120 (Part 1)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #54 (Part 2)

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #121 (Part 3)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #55 (Part 4)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #397 cover by Mark Bagley and Larry Mahlstedt
Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #397 cover by Mark Bagley and Larry Mahlstedt

Web of Death

Peter Parker takes on Doctor Octopus and Stunner (first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #397). Web of Death was marketed as the “the last Spidey/Doc Ock saga”, which readers no today as untrue but felt like it could be back in 1994. This sets up the Funeral For An Octopus miniseries.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #397 (Part 1)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #220 (Part 2)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #398 (Part 3)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #221 (Part 4)

Spider-Man: Funeral For an Octopus #1 cover by Ron Lim and Al Milgrom.
Spider-Man: Funeral For an Octopus #1 cover by Ron Lim and Al Milgrom.

Funeral For an Octopus (and more)

Funeral For an Octopus picks up from the events of the Web of Death crossover. Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider take on members of the Sinister Six. I have include Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #8 as a “and more” as it’s story in-between two larger ones.

Spider-Man: Funeral For an Octopus #1

Spider-Man: Funeral For an Octopus #2

Spider-Man: Funeral For an Octopus #3

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #8

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #122 cover by Steven Butler.
Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #122 cover by Steven Butler.

Smoke and Mirrors

Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider discover new details about The Jackal’s clones in the Smoke and Mirrors three-part crossover.

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #122 (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #399 (Part 2)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #56 (Part 3)

The Clone Journal

Spider-Man: The Clone Journal is a one-shot that summarises The Clone Saga up until this point.

Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #222 cover by Sal Buscema and Bill Sienkiewicz.
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #222 cover by Sal Buscema and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Players and Pawns

More potential details about the clones are reveled in the Players and Pawns crossover.

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #222 (Part 1)

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #123 (Part 2)

Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 cover by Steve Lightle.
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 cover by Steve Lightle.

Planet of the Symbiotes

Planet of the Symbiotes is a five-part crossover told of five “Super Specials”. As the title suggests, it features several symbiotes such as Venom and Carnage. For those wanting to do background reading, I recommend checking out the Venom: Separation Anxiety miniseries, which gives you an idea of the current state of Eddie Brock and Venom.

Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 (Part 1)

Spider-Man Super Special #1 (Part 2)

Venom Super Special #1 (Part 3)

Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 (Part 4)

Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1 (Part 5)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #400 cover by Mark Bagley and Larry Mahlstedt.
Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #400 cover by Mark Bagley and Larry Mahlstedt.

The Parker Legacy

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #400 (Part 1)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #57 (Part 2)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #223 (Part 3)

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #124 cover by Steven Butler.
Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #124 cover by Steven Butler.

The Mark of Kaine (and more)

The Mark of Kaine picks up on story threads of the The Parker Legacy crossover. I’ve put Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #125 as an “and more” as it’s a stray issue in-between crossovers.

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #124 (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #401 (Part 2)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #58 (Part 3)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #224 (Part 4)

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #9 (Part 5)

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #125

Note: Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #125 also includes a Live Action Scarlet Spider Holodisk.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #402 cover by Mark Bagley and Larry Mahlstedt.
Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #402 cover by Mark Bagley and Larry Mahlstedt.

Crossfire

Crossfire is yet another crossover that picks up on recent events.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #402 (Part 1)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #59 (Part 2)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #225 (Part 3)

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #126 cover by John Romita Jr.
Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #126 cover by John Romita Jr.

The Trial of Peter Parker

The Trial of Peter Parker continues storylines from earlier crossovers, with Peter and Ben taking on Kaine and menagerie of villains. The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #226 contains the controversial reveal.

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #126 (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #403 (Part 2)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #60 (Part 3)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #226 (Part 4)

The Jackal Files

Similar to the Osborn Journals, The Jackal Files is an one-shot that sums up and explains The Clone Saga and the characters involved.

Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1

Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 cover by Ron Lim and Terry Austin.
Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 cover by Ron Lim and Terry Austin.

Maximum Clonage (and more)

Maximum Clonage continues the saga after the big reveal of who is the real and who is the clone. It covers the core Spider-Man titles, Alpha and Omega issues, and issues of New Warriors. The name is a riff on the previous Spider-Man crossover Maximum Carnage. I’ve included New Warriors (1990 series) #62 as an “and more” as it doesn’t fit anywhere else but loosely ties into The Clone Saga.

New Warriors (1990 series) #61 (Prologue)

Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1 (Part 1)

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #127 (Part 2)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #404 (Part 3)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #61 (Part 4)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #227 (Part 5)

Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1 (Part 6)

New Warriors (1990 series) #62

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #128 cover by Steven Butler.
Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #128 cover by Steven Butler.

Exiled

Exiled continues The Clone Saga through most of the Spider-Man titles.

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #128 (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #405 (Part 2)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #62 (Part 3)

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #10 (Part 4)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #228 cover by Sal Buscema.
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #228 cover by Sal Buscema.

Time Bomb (and more)

In the two-part Time Bomb crossover, peter Parker’s role as Spider-Man is called into question. I have listed two issues of New Warriors as “and more” as they fit in his part of The Clone Saga but don’t quite deserve their own section.

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #228 (Part 1)

Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #129 (Part 2)

Note: Web of Spider-Man #129 is the final issue of this incarnation of Web of Spider-Man. It was replaced with Sensational Spider-Man.

New Warriors (1990 series) #63

New Warriors (1990 series) #64

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #406 cover Mark Bagley.
Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #406 cover Mark Bagley.

The Greatest Responsibility

The Greatest Responsibility is a big turning point in The Clone Saga, which sees Peter Parker step down as Spider-Man.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #406 (Part 1)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #63 (Part 2)

Spider-Man Team-Up (1995 series) #1

Note: Spider-Man Team-Up (1995 series) #1 is a weird one. It’s set during the crossover but not specifically tied to it.

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #229 (Part 3)

Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1 cover by John Romita Jr.
Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1 cover by John Romita Jr.

After The Greatest Responsibility

These issues deal with the fallout the events of The Greatest Responsibility.

Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1

New Warriors (1990 series) #65

Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1

Web of Scarlet Spider #1 cover by Steven Butler.
Web of Scarlet Spider #1 cover by Steven Butler.

Virtual Mortality

Virtual Mortality is the first crossover where Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider) is the core Spider-Man. As you’ll notice, the Spider-Man comics changed their titles – just like Marvel did with X-Men: Age of Apocalypse.

Web of Scarlet Spider #1 (Part 1)

Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 (Part 2)

Scarlet Spider #1 (Part 3)

Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1 (Part 4)

Web of Scarlet Spider #2 cover by Tom Morgan.
Web of Scarlet Spider #2 cover by Tom Morgan.

Cyberwar

Cyberwar continues Ben Reilley’s solo adventures where Virtual Mortality left off.

Web of Scarlet Spider #2 (Part 1)

Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 (Part 2)

Green Goblin (1995 series) #3 (Part 2.5)

Note: Green Goblin (1995 series) is part of Cyberwar but not labeled as part 3 on the cover. As a result, I’ve called it “part 2.5”.

Scarlet Spider #2 (Part 3)

Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2 (Part 4)

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #0 cover by Dan Jurgens.
Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #0 cover by Dan Jurgens.

After Cyberwar

There are a bunch of self-contained stories starring Ben Reilly. Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #407 is a notable issue, with Ben ditching the “Scarlet Spider” identity in favour of “Spider-Man”.

New Warriors (1990 series) #66

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #0

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #407

Spider-Man (1990 series) #64

Web of Scarlet Spider #3 cover by Randy Emberlin.
Web of Scarlet Spider #3 cover by Randy Emberlin.

Nightmare in Scarlet!

Nightmare in Scarlet! is a three-part crossover between Web of Scarlet Spider and New Warriors.

Web of Scarlet Spider #3 (Part 1)

New Warriors (1990 series) #67 (Part 2)

Web of Scarlet Spider #4 (Part 3)

Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #1 cover by Tom Lyle.
Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #1 cover by Tom Lyle.

After Nightmare in Scarlet!

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #230 is a self-contained adventure and Family Plot is a team-up with the Punisher.

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #230

Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #1

Spider-Man/Punisher: Family Plot #2

Venom: Along Came a Spider #1 cover by Greg Luzniak.
Venom: Along Came a Spider #1 cover by Greg Luzniak.

Along Came a Spider

Ben Reilly and Venom cross paths in this four-part miniseries.

Venom: Along Came a Spider #1

Venom: Along Came a Spider #2

Venom: Along Came a Spider #3

Venom: Along Came a Spider #4

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #1 cover by Dan Jurgens.
Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #1 cover by Dan Jurgens.

Media Blizzard

Media Blizzard is a three-part crossover when Ben Reilly faces Mysterio.

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #1 (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #408 (Part 2)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #65 (Part 3)

Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 cover by Darick Robertson.
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 cover by Darick Robertson.

The Final Adventure (and more)

Spider-Man: The Final Adventure is a starting point for The Clone Saga’s final act. Can Peter Parker leave behind the hero’s life now that Ben Reilly has stepped up? I’ve also added a few stray issues that fit around this miniseries chronologically.

Spider-Man Holiday Special 1995

Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1

Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2

Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3

Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #11

Spider-Man Team-Up (1995 series) #2

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #231 cover by Sal Buscema.
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #231 cover by Sal Buscema.

The Return of Kaine

Kaine is back in a four-part crossover, appropriately titled “The Return of Kaine“.

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #231 (Part 1)

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #2 (Part 2)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #409 (Part 3)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #66 (Part 4)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #232

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #410 cover by Mark Bagley.
Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #410 cover by Mark Bagley.

Web of Carnage

Ben Reilly vs Carnage in this four-part crossover.

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #3 (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #410 (Part 2)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #67 (Part 3)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #233 (Part 4)

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #4 cover by Dan Jurgens.
Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #4 cover by Dan Jurgens.

Blood Brothers

Ben Reilly has been snapped with his mask off – exposing his identify! Also, it doesn’t look like things are not going well for Peter and Mary-Jane.

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #4 (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #411 (Part 2)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #68 (Part 3)

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #234 (Part 4)

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #5 (Part 5)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #412 (Part 6)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #69 cover by John Romita Jr.
Spider-Man (1990 series) #69 cover by John Romita Jr.

After Blood Brothers

A handful of standalone issues that fit chronologically here.

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #12

Spider-Man (1990 series) #69

Spider-Man Team-Up (1995 series) #3

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #6

Spider-Man: The Redemption #1 cover by Mike Zeck.
Spider-Man: The Redemption #1 cover by Mike Zeck.

The Redemption

It’s Ben Reilly vs Kane in The Redemption four-part miniseries.

Spider-Man: The Redemption #1

Spider-Man: The Redemption #2

Spider-Man: The Redemption #3

Spider-Man: The Redemption #4

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #413 cover by Mark Bagley.
Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #413 cover by Mark Bagley.

After the Redemption

There are a bunch of self-contained stories and team-ups set after Spider-Man: The Redemption.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #413

Daredevil #354

Spider-Man (1990 series) #70

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #235

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #236

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #7

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #414

Spider-Man (1990 series) #71

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #237

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #13

Spider-Man Team-Up (1995 series) #4

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #8

Spider-Man (1990 series) #72 cover by John Romita Jr.
Spider-Man (1990 series) #72 cover by John Romita Jr.

Onslaught tie-ins

The Clone Saga intersected with another Marvel Comics event at the same time – another big messy X-Men/Avengers event called Onslaught. The below two issues tie into the happenings from Peter Parker and Ben Reilly’s perspective.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #415

Spider-Man (1990 series) #72

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #238 cover by Sal Buscema.
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #238 cover by Sal Buscema.

After Onslaught

There are number of self-contained and team-up stories set after the Onslaught tie-ins that help build up to the conclusion of The Clone Saga.

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #9

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #10

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #416

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #238

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #239

Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1996

Spider-Man (1990 series) #73

Spider-Man (1990 series) #74

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #417

Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #14

Spider-Man Team-Up (1995 series) #5

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #240 cover by Luke Ross.
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #240 cover by Luke Ross.

Revelations

Revelations is the final crossover and bring The Clone Saga to a close – finally!

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #240 (Part 1)

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #11 (Part 2)

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #418 (Part 3)

Spider-Man (1990 series) #75 (Part 4)

101 Ways to End the Clone Saga #1 cover by Ben Herrera.
101 Ways to End the Clone Saga #1 cover by Ben Herrera.

Tying up loose ends

Marvel published a few more one-shots to help tie-up a few loose ends of the Clone Saga.

Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1

Spider-Man: Dead Man’s Hand #1

101 Ways to End the Clone Saga #1

Note: 101 Ways to End the Clone Saga #1 is a humour-based one-shot that makes fun of The Clone Saga.

Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy #1 cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.
Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy #1 cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto.

What to read after The Clone Saga

What should you read after the conclusion of The Clone Saga? Here are a few suggestions:

All the core Spider-Man titles continued on. The next issue of each are:

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #241
Written by J.M DeMatteis. Art by Luke Ross.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #419
Written by Tom Defalco. Art by Steve Skroce.

Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #12
Written by Todd Dezago. Art by Joshua Hood.

Spider-Man (1990 series) #76
Written by Hoard Mackie. Art by John Romita Jr.

The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #241 picks up on story threads from the conclusion of The Clone Saga. The over comics listed above are more business as usual, with Spidey taking on various villains.

There are a pair of “What If” issues that revolve around The Clone Saga. These are:

What if… #86
Written by Terry Kavanagh. Art by Douglas Braithwaite.

The premise of What if… #86 is: What if Scarlet Spider had killed Spider-Man?

What If… #105
Written by Tom DeFalco. Art by Ron Frenz.

This What If… issue explore what would’ve happened if Mary-Jane hadn’t had a miscarriage. It introduces Spider-Girl (May Parker), who would go on to have her own title between 1998-2006.

Spider-Man: The Clone Saga #1-6
Written by Tom DeFalco and Howard Mackie. Art by Todd Nauck.

This miniseries is a more concise retelling of The Clone Saga. However, it doesn’t just cover the same beats as before, with Marvel marketing it as “the Clone Saga as it was originally intended to be told.”

Amazing Spider-Man #608-610
Written by Marc Guggenheim. Art by Marco Checchetto and Luke Ross.

Kaine appeared in the shadows of 1998’s Amazing Spider-Man #434–435. Afterwards, he reappeared in 2009’s Amazing Spider-Man #608.

Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy
Written by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and others. Art by Jim Cheung, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and others.

Do you want read more another story about Spider-Man clones? Or perhaps you want to see how Be Reilly returns? This Spider-Man event from 2016 is the one you’ll want to read. Check out the Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy reading order to find out how to read it.

Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic - Book One cover.
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic – Book One cover.

Collected editions

Are you looking to read The Clone Saga in a collected format? It has been published in a variety of formats, which you can see learn more about below.

The entire Clone Saga has been published in eleven trade paperbacks:

Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic – Book One
Collects: Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #117-119, Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #394, Spider-Man (1990 series) #51-53, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #217, Spider-Man: The Lost Years #0-3, and Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #7.

Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic – Book Two
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #395-399, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #218-221, Spider-Man (1990 series) #54-56, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #8, Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #120-122, and Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1-3

Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic – Book Three
Collects: Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1; Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #222, #223 (A Story) and #224; Web Of Spider-Man (1985 series) #123-124; Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #400 (A & C Stories) and #401; Spider-Man (1990 series) #57 (A Story) and #58; Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #9; and material from Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1, Spider-Man Super Special #1, Venom Super Special #1, Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1, and Web Of Spider-Man Super Special

Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic – Book Four
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #402-404, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #225-227; Spider-Man (1990 series) #59-61; Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #125-127; New Warriors (1990 series) #61; Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1; and Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1, and Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1

Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic – Book Five
Collects:
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1, Spider-Man Super Special #1, Venom Super Special #1, Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1, Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1, New Warriors (1990 series) #62, Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #128-129, Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #405-406, Spider-Man (1990 series) #62-63, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #10, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #228-229, Spider-Man Team-Up #1, and Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1

Spider-Man: The Complete Ben Reilly Epic – Book One
Collects:
Spider-Man: The Parker Years, New Warriors (1990 series) #65-66, Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1, Web Of Scarlet Spider #1-2, Amazing Scarlet Spider #1-2, Scarlet Spider #1-2, Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1-2, Green Goblin (1995 series) #3, and Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #0

Spider-Man: The Complete Ben Reilly Epic – Book Two
Collects:
Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #407-408, New Warriors (1990 series) #67, Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #1, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #230, Spider-Man (1990 series) #64-65, Spider Man/Punisher: Family Plot #1-2, Web Of Scarlet Spider #3-4, and material from Spider-Man Holiday Special 1995 and Venom: Along Came A Spider #1-4

Spider-Man: The Complete Ben Reilly Epic – Book Three
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #409-410, Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #2-3, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #231-233, Spider-Man (1990 series) #66-67, Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-4, Spider-Man Team-Up #2, and Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #11

Spider-Man: The Complete Ben Reilly Epic – Book Four
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #411-413, Daredevil (1964 series) #354, Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #4-6, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #234, Spider-Man (1990 series) #68-70, Spider-Man: Redemption #1-4, Spider-Man Team-Up #3, and Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #12

Spider-Man: The Complete Ben Reilly Epic – Book Five
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #414-416, Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #7-10, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #235-239, Spider-Man (1990 series) #71-72, Spider-Man Team-Up #4, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #13, and material from Amazing Spider-Man Annual ’96

Spider-Man: The Complete Ben Reilly Epic – Book Six
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #417-418, Sensational Spider-Man (1996 series) #11, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #240-241, Spider-Man (1990 series) #73-75, Spider-Man Team-Up #5, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #14, Spider-Man: 101 Ways To End The Clone Saga, and material from Spider-Man: Revelations and Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal

The Clone Saga has also been published in omnibus format, collecting the material that is in the Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic collections. See the details below:

Spider-Man: Clone Saga Omnibus Volume 1
Collects: Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #117-125, Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #394-401, Spider-Man (1990 series) #51-58, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #217-224, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #7-9, Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1-3, Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1, material from Spider-Man Collectors’ Preview (1994)

Spider-Man: Clone Saga Omnibus Volume 2
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #402-406, Spider-Man (1990 series) #59-63, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #225-229, Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #126-129, Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1, Spider-Man Super Special #1, Venom Super Special #1, Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special#1, Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1, New Warriors (1990 series) #61-66, Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1, Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Alpha #1, Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage Omega #1, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #10, Spider-Man Team-Up#1, Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3, Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1

Marvel has also begun to publish The Clone Saga in the Marvel Epic Collection format:

Spider-Man Epic Collection: Spider-Man or Spider-Clone?
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #143-164 and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10

Spider-Man Epic Collection: Spider-Man or Spider-Clone? collects the material identified in the background reading section.

Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Clone Saga
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #394-396, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #217-219, Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #117-119, Spider-Man (1990 series) #51-53, and Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #7

Spider-Man Epic Collection: Web of Life, Web of Death
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #397-399, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #220-222, Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #120-123m Spider-Man #54-56, Spider-Man Unlimited (1993 series) #8; Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1-3, and Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1

Spider-Man Epic Collection: Web of Life, Web of Death will be available in November 2024. Marvel is likely to publish further Epic Collections that cover The Clone Saga in 2025 and 2026. These will be added to this section when Marvel announces them.

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