The entire Lee/Ditko run? Read the whole thing. The Lee/Romita era? Check. The Death of Gwen Stacy and the first Clone Saga? Every word and the rest of Gerry Conway's run on Amazing Spider-Man. Yes, sir, I've read a lot of Spidey stories throughout the years. So what have I missed out on? Actually a lot. I want to read all the great Spidey stories I can get my hands on. These are chief among the ones I really want to check out.
Spider-Man vs. Juggernaut from Amazing Spider-Man #229-230
I have almost every issue from Roger Stern's run on ASM collected. His origin story on the Vulture, the death of the first Tarantula, his original Hobgoblin story, all terrific stuff. It kills me to not have read the two part story where Spidey goes up against Juggy. One of the things I've always liked about the web-head is that he always finds a way to win or stop his opponents no matter how much stronger than him they may be. Spidey's been up against a lot of tough cookies but none of them were unstoppable. This is the kind of threat Juggy is and wouldn't you know it, the X-Men and all the other super folks aren't around to help up. Despite the odds, Spider-Man manages to stop the unstoppable and avenge the injured Madam Web. I know it may not be as epic as Gwen's Death or the Master Planner Trilogy, but but from what I've heard, this is a pretty gripping story, one I hope to experience first hand one day.
The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man #248
I have myself to blame for not reading this one. A few years ago when I was picking up old issues of ASM from the 1980s, this was one that I had seen and I (foolishly) didn't pick it up. I haven't seen an issue at my comic shop since. This kid thinks the world of Spider-Man and has collected every news article on our hero. Unfortunately the boy is dying from leukemia and only has days to live. The child's one wish is to meet Spider-Man, a wish the web-slinger gladly fulfills. He even tells the boy that he is Peter Parker and how he lost his uncle Ben. Of course Spidey is still a hero in the kid's eyes.
There was an adaption of this story in Spider-Man: The Animated series, with a girl named Tyena taking the boy's place. It was a two part episode which also brought in elements from the Spidey/Doc Ock story from ASM #53-56 when Spidey got amnesia and joined up with Doc Ock as a result. Tyena is told Spidey's origin story and at the end, Peter reveals his identity to her and at the end, the viewer is told that Tyena is terminally ill. Needless to say, these two episodes were quiet touching and are among my favorite.
Spider-Man vs. Firelord from Amazing Spider-Man #269-270
Another story where Spidey fights a foe who is world's stronger than he is. Guess I'm a sucker for these. If you don't know, Firelord is a cosmic being and cosmic beings in the Marvel world are guys you usually don't want to mess with. Anyway, Firelord has a nasty case of PMS and Spider-Man manages to take it to 11. After a lengthy game of cat and mouse, Spidey cuts loose and beats the crap out of Firelord. Some may find the idea of Spidey beating a guy like Firelord absurd. Firelord is strong but not invincible and I doubt Spidey was pulling his punches like he usually does.