Must-read comics are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-read is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus

Date: 2007 (reprinting material from 1963 - 1966)

Vitals: You all know the story by now: Boy gets bitten, starts climbing the walls and producing sticky goo "web". But you might not know how weird and wonderfully off-kilter the original stories are - This collection of the entire run by the original creative team is a good way to find out.

Famous names: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. One went on to make "Who Wants To Be A Super-Hero?" for the Sci-Fi Channel, and the other became an Ayn Rand-obsessed recluse who refuses to talk in public. Why didn't this creative partnership work out, you have to ask?

Crunchy goodness: 5

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: These are the stories that not only made it possible for Marvel to launch comics like "Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man", "Spider-Woman," "Spider-Girl" and "Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham", but also countless other publishers to realize that insects might make good superheroes (Hello, Blue Beetle).


Memorable product tie-in: Who could forget the amazing rockomic version of Spidey's exploits?

Design breakthrough: Unlike the coy and handsome version of the character that's become familiar over the last forty years, Ditko's creepy and intentionally ugly artwork will make you understand why Sam Raimi was always the perfect choice for the movie.

Spider-Man in the Ditko Era