A comiXology Guide to The Sinister Six
With Amazing Spider-Man 2 now officially in theaters, we’re already anticipating the chatter to pick up around the next Spidey flick and the Sinister Six!
We know the comic world can be a confusing place, so we’re here once again to set you off on the right path! If you want to get to know the greatest collection of rogues the Marvel Universe has ever seen, these are the stories that will bring you up to speed!
The Sinister Six have quite the strange history as their lineup has changed so many times over the course of history. But all great evil teams need to start somewhere, and when Electro, Sandman, Vulture, Kraven, Mysterio, and Doctor Octopus finally got sick of getting whooped by the web slinger on their own, they teamed up under the guidance of Octavius and formed the first iteration of the Sinister Six in the pages of Amazing Spider Man Annual #1.
Since the Sinister Six are so famous, you may be surprised to know that they essentially disappeared from comics after their first defeat in 1963. They didn’t reemerge until 1990, when Kraven was replaced by Hobgoblin after meeting a ghastly fate in Kraven’s Last Hunt.
After being defeated once again, Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, and Hobgoblin get the band back together, and after tricking a reformed Sandman to rejoin their ranks, go out to seek their revenge on their former leader Doctor Octopus in The Revenge of the Sinister Six!
Jump forward in time to a Marvel Universe where Doc Ock has defeated Peter Parker by switching their bodies thus becoming the Superior Spider-Man, willing to do things your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man would never have dreamed of! Using his unmatched skills of bio-engineering, Octavius takes control of his old Sinister Six teammates and has them do his bidding as The Superior Six.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my new favorite iteration of the Sinister Six, found within the pages of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man. This series is the sleeper-hit of the current Marvel catalogue, featuring a Sinister Six that sometimes only includes as few as Four members but is always hilarious and surprising.
(Above art by Andrew Robinson)