With the release of the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, fans are excited to see a cinematic take on one of Spider-Man's greatest foes, Mysterio. Previously, the character had only been seen in animation, but with Jake Gyllenhaal finally bringing the villain to the silver screen, it's high time fans revisited some of his greatest stories.
Fortunately, there have been some fantastic tales about Mysterio over the years in Spider-Man books as well as many others. Whether he's a villain you love or one of those characters you love to hate, it's hard to deny these aren't the greatest Mysterio stories ever told!
10 THE MENACE OF... MYSTERIO!
The Amazing Spider-Man #13 is one of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's classic introductions featuring what has to be one of the strangest villains Spider-Man has ever faced. Here was a bad guy who used his skills and trickery to do wondrous things, all without the benefits of superpowers.
The story has everything you would want out of Mysterio. Jameson supports him as a would-be crimefighter, Spider-Man looks bad in the press and best of all, Spidey gets to shove it all in J. J.'s face at the end. It's a classic tale and a must read if you're looking into Mysterio's origins.
9 OLD MAN LOGAN
In the original "Old Man Logan" storyline, Wolverine was an aged former superhero who refused to pop his claws. This let the Hulk gang take advantage of him, but he had a good reason for keeping his signature claws at bay, and it all had to do with Mysterio.
While this wasn't a Mysterio story at its core, the villain played a major role by tricking Wolverine into slaughtering the entire X-Men within the X-Mansion. Through his various means of trickery, he fooled Logan into killing all of his friends, and the old man never fully recovered from what he did that day.
8 DILEMMA! & ALIENS AND ILLUSIONS!
One of Spider-Man's core traits is his love for Aunt May. Spectacular Spider-Man #50-51 features a story of how she keeps ending up in danger thanks to his many foes when a group of aliens attacks while the group is having dinner. They demand to know where a mobster's fortune is and abduct Peter to a spaceship.
It is then revealed that the scheme's mastermind is Mysterio. The plot unfolds to reveal the whole alien abduction story to be a ruse created by the great illusionist. Ultimately, May is safe from evil and Mysterio is taken out by a single punch.
7 THE MAN'S NAME APPEARS TO BE... MYSTERIO!
After running his precious Spider-Mobile into the river, Spider-Man finds himself sleeping in class and having a bit of a hard time in Amazing Spider-Man #141. He later gets knocked off a building by a strange gas and is attacked by Mysterio and all of his old rogues.
While beating on them mercilessly, he realizes it was all an illusion and he had bloodied up his fists punching a brick wall. When Mysterio appears to taunt him, letting Spidey know more was coming, it sends him to the Bugle for answers. What he learns about Mysterio shocks him to his core... Mysterio died in prison a year ago!
Mysterio was long dead in the Marvel Universe by the time Amazing Spider-Man #618 hit the stands, but that didn't stop his inevitable return. Not only has Mysterio returned, he's brought along some familiar faces leaving our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man more than a little confused, but he's not alone.
Alongside crime scene investigator, Carlie Cooper, Spidey dives deep into the investigation to solve the strange mystery of Mysterio's return. This story was a relatively recent return to form for both Spider-Man and his nemesis Mysterio, but as his name implies, nothing is what it seems in this daring Spider-Man tale!
5 THE SINISTER SIX
If there's one thing everyone knows about Spider-Man, it's that he has an impressive rogues gallery. Until The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 hit the stands, he never had to face the biggest and baddest of them all at once. However, this was the issue that gave birth to the infamous Sinister Six!
While this story wasn't centered solely on Mysterio, he played a major role in the formation of the evil team. Alongside Kraven, Vulture, Sandman, Electro and Doc Oc, Mysterio nearly helped bring an end to the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! This is a must-read for fans of Spider-Man as well as Mysterio.
4 THE MADNESS OF MYSTERIO!
The Amazing Spider-Man #66-67 explore the talents of Mysterio as he takes on Spider-Man in an episode battle for vengeance! After he successfully busts himself out of prison, Mysterio takes to television to issue a challenge to his nemesis, which he accepts by meeting him at the site of their first confrontation.
During the battle, Spider-Man is knocked out by a blast and when he awakens, he is shrunken down to mere inches in height! How did Mysterio manage this amazing feat and how will Spider-Man escape from the nightmarish miniature amusement park from hell Mysterio has put him in?
3 MYSTERIO IS DEADLIER BY THE DOZEN!
There's a lot to unpack in the issues leading up to Spidey's bicentennial book, but the main thing to remember here is you can't trust Mysterio. The story revolves around Mysterio tricking Peter Parker into believing he was responsible for Aunt May's death thanks to some elaborate illusions.
It was all a ploy to find a hidden fortune hidden somewhere within the Parker estate, but more importantly, the story featured a final confrontation with the man responsible for killing Uncle Ben. This was an important and transformative storyline for ole' Web-Head and Mysterio was the key to making it all happen.
2 ...AS DREAMS ARE MADE ON...
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man was an anthology series from back in 1999 that featured stories by creators who dove deep into Spider-Man lore. In the first three issues of the series, Mysterio played a large part via J. M. DeMatteis' words and art provided by John Romita Sr. and Michael Zulli.
The story takes a deep dive into Mysterio's background with more info revealed about his origin. It also features some trickery of J. Jonah Jameson, who was fooled into believing he had gone to hell where he was surrounded by demons who bore a strong resemblance to our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
1 DAREDEVIL: GUARDIAN DEVIL
The story most consider to be the best in Mysterio's library didn't come out of Spider-Man, but rather, Daredevil's eight-issue miniseries, Daredevil: Guardian Devil. The story was penned by Kevin Smith and takes a hard look at how much of an impact Mysterio can have on a superhero's life.
Daredevil is charged with caring for a child who may be the messiah or the antichrist. The story unfolds when Mysterio becomes responsible for the death of Karen Page. The impacts of this remain years after the book hit the stands in what is easily Mysterio's most compelling story ever told.