My article on where to start reading Spider-Man comics is for people trying to jump into over fifty years of continuous Spider-Man issues. Which is awesome, but also kinda crazy. Some people just want simple, self-contained Spider-Man stories. These are great for gifts and libraries because they’re not just the start of something, but a complete story.
These are my favorite self-contained Spider-Man stories:
This series is shorter than a normal trade, but is really great if you want to read a hilarious non-stop-jokes Spidey, and get introductions to the Inhumans, who are playing a big role in the Marel TV shows and soon the movies, and Sam Wilson, who is Falcon in the movies, as the new Captain America.
This story has Spidey as a guest-teacher at the X-Men School, teaching a class while secretly trying to find out if the school has a mole. It’s a great mix of funny situations and Spidey doing his best in way over his head.
Very different from the last two, this is Peter’s love letter to Gwen Stacy. Great if you want a modern take on a more classic era of Spidey. This book is the best I’ve ever read at capturing the spirit of early Spider-Man comics in the modern age.