Thanks to an outstanding performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio in the MCU's Spider-Man: Far From Home, fans are running to their local comic book stores hoping to find the best stories featuring the character. He's been kicking around the Marvel Universe since the early 1960s, but seeing as 2019 marked his first appearance in a feature film, there are plenty of people who aren't as familiar with the comics who want to learn as much about him as possible.
To help with this problem, this list has compiled the 20 greatest stories, comic books, single issues, storylines, adventures, story arcs trade paperbacks, graphic novels, and tie-ins featuring Mysterio. If you've read any of them, and see your favorite down below, make sure to vote it up to see which of the best of Mysterio's stories rises to the top of the list!
The Menace Of... Mysterio!
Story Found In: The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (1964)
You can't read books starring Mysterio and skip past his first appearance! Steve Ditko and Stan Lee's early work on The Amazing Spider-Man resulted in some of Marvel Comics' best villains, and Mysterio was certainly one of them.
In this introductory tale, Mysterio is supported by J. Jonah Jameson as a prospective crimefighter, but Spider-Man doesn't think the new "hero" is all he's cracked up to be. Not only is this a classic Spider-Man tale, but it's also a perfect introduction of an amazing villain and a must-read for anyone looking to know all about Mysterio!Is this a great story arc?
Story Found In: Wolverine #66-72 & Wolverine: Giant-Size Old Man Logan #1 (2008-2009)
Old Man Logan is not technically a Mysterio storyline, but the villain does play a major role in the backstory told via a flashback. In the books, Logan has become an old, grizzled man who refuses to pop his claws. There's a reason for this, but that isn't revealed until well into the books. The reason he won't pop his claws any longer has to do with a run-in he had with Mysterio long ago.
In the backstory, Logan finds that all of his enemies have come to Xavier Mansion, and are intent on destroying the X-Men. He did what he does best, and he set about killing each and every supervillain in the mansion. Unfortunately, it turned out to all be an illusion created by Mysterio. Realizing this, he became a broken man who refused to ever pop his claws again, and it was all because of Mysterio's trickery.
Is this a great story arc?
- Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story Found In: The Amazing Spider-Man #618-620 (2010)
By the time The Amazing Spider-Man #618 hit store shelves, Mysterio was long dead. Of course, nobody stays dead for long in the Marvel Universe... or comics in general, and when he shows up, Spider-Man is more than a little confused about what he's seeing. Granted, that's Mysterio's modus operandi, but this story unfolds in a rather curious way.
Spidey teams up with CSI agent Carlie Cooper, and the two dive into an investigation to uncover the secrets of Mysterio's return. It's an interesting story and one that helps bridge the gap between the Mysterio of the Silver Age and the one we have today.Is this a great story arc?
Make Mine Mysterio
Story Found In: Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #10 (2006)
In Marvel Adventures, the publisher created a series of books geared towards a younger audience. Because of this, "Make Mine Mysterio" stands as an excellent book to help bring in a new generation of readers for both Spider-Man and Mysterio.
In the book, Mysterio has retired from being a bad guy and works as a performer doing a magic show. Spider-Man isn't convinced that his longtime enemy is reformed, and as you might expect, it leads to a showdown between the two.Is this a great story arc?