On this day in 1962 a Spider-Star was born! Spider-Man debuted in issue #15 of Amazing Fantasy, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. For those of you not in the know, Spider-Man was introduced as nerdy teen, Peter Parker, who was bitten by a radioactive spider and gained the speed and agility associated with spiders. Donning a red and blue costume, Spider-Man saves the day using his web-slinging and “Spidey-senses”.
Today Spider-Man is known in practically every American home, and continues to be a hero both on the comic pages and off. Here are some different ways to enjoy Spider-Man’s story today.
Here Comes Spider-Man: For younger readers just getting to know the Friendly, Neighborhood Spider-Man, this book introduces the webslinger and some of the most menacing villains he’s faced. From Doctor Octopus to the Sandman, Spider-Man faces them all
Ultimate Spider-Man: For more mature readers, we have the Marvel comics featuring Spider-Man as collected in this series. Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley bring Peter Parker back to print as he figures out his newly developed powers and copes with the death of his Uncle Ben.
Phineas & Ferb – Mission Marvel: In an epic crossover event, Spider-Man, along with other Marvel heroes, team up with Phineas and Ferb to save Danville. Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K. have teamed up with Dr. Doofenshmirtz to defeat the heroes once and for all. This is a new step for Spider-Man and the Marvel world into the wider Disney franchise.
Spider-Man: 2002 saw Spider-Man up on the big screen for the first time. Amidst stellar CGI, Tobey Maguire brings the origin of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man to life. The movie was followed up by two sequels and eventually a reboot with Andrew Garfield. See where the movie franchise began or revisit the movie that started it all!
Spider-Man – Turn Off the Dark: Spider-Man has reached across all sorts of media, including a live stage production. In 2011 Spider-Man swung on to Broadway to the music of U2’s Bono. While the show opened amidst mixed reviews, the music is something to experience.