Spider-Man

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EXCL. PREVIEW: Cross the Line in "Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows" #3

Yesterday
By CBR News Team

Spider-Man can't stop himself from crossing the line as the controversial "Secret Wars" story continues in Slott & Kubert's "Renew Your Vows" #3.

Sydney May Have Broken Record for Largest Spider-Man Gathering

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Although we're still awaiting word from Guinness, it appears as if 404 people in Sydney, Australia, have set a new world record.

Articles

FIRST LOOK: Marvel Debuts "Spidey" Interior Art

3 days ago
By Stephen Gerding

Kelly & McGuiness Unsheathe Razor Sharp Wits in "Spider-Man/Deadpool"

3 days ago
By Dave Richards

"Vacation" Co-Directors Confirmed as "Spider-Man" Screenwriters

Mon, July 27th
By Stephen Gerding

Thompson, Bradshaw's "Spidey" Series Sends Peter Parker Back to School

Fri, July 24th
By Meagan Damore

Sam Raimi Shares His Thoughts on New Spider-Man Reboot

Sun, July 19th
By Ben Kaye

Stan Lee Celebrates James Cameron’s "Spider-Man" Movie in Bullpen Bulletin from 1991

Sat, July 18th
By Ben Kaye

Alex Ross’ "Secret Wars" #8 Cover Features Super, Subtle Cameo

Sat, July 18th
By Ben Kaye

REPORT: "Spider-Man" Reboot Webs Up Screenwriting Duo

Thu, July 16th
By Albert Ching

When Did Uncle Ben First Say "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility?"

Thu, July 16th
By Brian Cronin

The Sad Death of the Hobgoblin

Tue, July 14th
By Brian Cronin

SDCC: Marvel Announces All-Ages, In-Continuity "Spidey"

Sun, July 12th
By Albert Ching

SDCC: Spider-Man Panel with Alonso, Zdarsky and More

Sun, July 12th
By Albert Ching

SDCC: Joe Kelly & Ed McGuinness Reunite for "Spider-Man/Deadpool"

Sun, July 12th
By Albert Ching

The Top Five Most Awkward Aunt May Moments, Ever

Fri, July 10th
By Brian Cronin

Remember That Time Aunt May Was a Herald of Galactus?

Thu, July 9th
By Brian Cronin

The Top Five Times Peter Parker Decided He was "Spider-Man... No More!"

Wed, July 8th
By Brian Cronin

Axel-In-Charge - 7/3

Fri, July 3rd
By Axel Alonso

POLL: Which "All-New, All-Different Marvel" Spider-title are You Most Excited For?

Fri, July 3rd
By CBR News Team

Biography

Spider-Man

Originally created in 1962 by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko to fill out the final issue of a canceled comic series, Spider-Man quickly became one of the most popular characters at Marvel Comics and the industry as a whole. The mixture of off-beat powers and relatable teenage angst proved to be a winning combination in the resurgence of comics reading during the 1960s and the character's popularity has remained intact on to today. With the potent mix of a memorable rogues gallery including the likes of the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus with equally memorable non-superpowered counterparts like Mary Jane Watson and J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man shows superheroes not as those who live on the fringes of society but as a person who experiences the same melodrama that "normal people" and readers know.

Since his initial introduction over forty-five years ago, Spider-Man has been at odds with both super-villains and the struggles of being a young man living in New York City. Orphaned at an early age and raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Peter Parker grew up in the boroughs of New York City as an outsider amongst the cliques and clans of school life. Receiving his powers from an accidental spider bite, his first impulse for the use of these newly bestowed powers is for self-indulgence. Those urges fade quickly with the untimely death of his Uncle Ben, setting the nascent hero on a more benevolent path of fighting for the wronged. This path is summed up in the line penned by writer Stan Lee, as spoken by Uncle Ben to Peter; "With great power comes great responsibility."

In subsequent stories, the dual nature of Spider-Man's superhero career and his attempts at a normal life have carved out a unique niche for the character in the world. Besides the superheroic struggles against animalized villains like the Vulture, the Rhino and others, Spidey struggles as Peter Parker against a domineering boss in J. Jonah Jameson, the girl troubles with Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, while also his relationship with the doting foster mother Aunt May have given this superhero one of those most un-super and super-normal lives out there. Throughout numerous appearances in cartoons, television series and the big screen, Spider-Man's character both in costume and as high school student Peter Parker have given readers an approachable icon they can relate to. Prior to Spider-Man, the idea of a teenage superhero was relegated to that as sidekick and comic relief to more adult character.

Possessing the ability to stick to walls and an innate sixth sense to be forewarned of danger, Spider-Man supplements his powers with web-shooters designed to simulate the web-spinning nature of his eight-legged inspiration. It's that same ingenuity that plays into Spider-Man's own unique adventures, foiling the capers of more powerful and wealthy opponents like the Green Goblin and Rhino, and making a living as a newspaper photographer and later as a teacher in the NYC school system.

After years of being the Marvel Universe's prototypical loner, Spider-Man joined the relaunched Avengers team in the wake of "Avengers: Dissassembled" several years ago and has been one of the key ingredients to the title's resurgence. Over the course of forty-plus years and almost six-hundred issues of his series "Amazing Spider-Man," the wallcrawler has become the flagship for Marvel Comics and in recent years the torch-bearer for modern comics superheroes as a whole thanks to a string of blockbuster movies.

It was with 2002's "Spider-Man" movie that director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire made the character a global phenomenon, securing the film as that year's highest grossing movie – and turning the idea of comic book movies from a fad to a fact of life. Over the course of two sequels, movie audiences saw the Spider-Man's web only expand, with the last film, "Spider-Man 3," earning the second biggest opening weekend for a movie ever. - Chris Arrant

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