Celebrate 50 years of Spider-Man with 50 amazing comics covers

It's a good year to be a Spider-Man fan. Not only do we get to see the rebirth of the movie franchise in just a few days, but we get to have all the fun of reminiscing about a half century's worth of Web Head's amazing adventures.

It was 50 years ago this month that Peter Parker met a radioactive spider in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15. They didn't know it then, but Stan Lee and Steve Ditko were launching one of the most popular comics characters ever with that simple story.

In the five decades since, Spider-Man's starred in more than 1,000 comic book adventures. The Amazing Spider-Man, his flagship book, has proved so popular that at some points it's been published as many as three times a month. That's a lot of stories for one superhero, and a lot of drawing from a lot of great artists. So to celebrate Spidey's 50th birthday (he's definitely holding up well for his age), we looked through all those comics (yes, all of them) and picked out 50 of the biggest covers from Spidey's storied history.

In this gallery you'll find many of the greatest artists in comic book history, you'll meet now-legendary Spidey characters for the first time, commemorate important events in the life of Peter Parker and simply celebrate some damn fine cover art. So crank up that '60s theme song and dive in, True Believers!

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