In 1999 or thereabouts, Marvel went a bit retail-mad and started to re-start some major titles and characters from a new issue #1 in an effort to generate sales. It has caused a whole bunch of confusion ever since! It was felt partly that these long-running titles had just too many issues, putting collectors off gathering long runs or whole sets. And #1's look great on the comic book shop shelf.
The irony today is that long running titles with high issue numbers is a mark of gravitas and respect. They realised that #59 would in fact be 'old' Amazing Spider-Man #500 so in Dec 2003 the old numbering was back!
With issue #700 (Feb 2013), the title was cancelled to be re-launched as The Superior Spider-Man #1.
And then that was cancelled after 32 issues and so another Spider-Man #1 was launched. Drives you mad, really...
To try and help understand the labyrinthian numbering of this very lengthy title:
The Amazing Spider-Man (1st Series) #1-441
The Amazing Spider-Man (2nd Series) #1-58 (#442-499)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2nd Series) #500-700
Superior Spider-Man #1-33 (#701-733)
The Amazing Spider-Man (3rd Series) #1-18 (#734-751)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2015) #1-5 (#752-756)
The Amazing Spider-Man (4th Series) #1-32 (#757-788)
The Amazing Spider-Man (4th Series) #789-up
|Total £||165.00||347.00||538.67||1,050||1,990||3,620||5,370||6,520||7,720||Total title value in pounds in UK markets|
|Total $||220.00||455.00||713.05||1,370||2,620||4,730||7,040||8,540||10,120||Total title value in dollars in US markets|
Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.