Spider-Man has always held a small place in my heart; the spider-like hero swinging from building to building has always mesmerized me, particularly as a child.
Here we’re going to look at 30 facts about this web-spitting hero.
Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appeared in August 1962 in Amazing Fantasy #15.
Spider-Man wasn’t actually going to be a spider-based superhero. Stan Lee actually wanted to base a comic on a fly or insect but decided on a spider.
Marvel’s first spider was actually Spider-Man. Journey into Mystery, released a month before his first appearance, featured a giant spider.
The high school library, used for one of the “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” battle scenes, used a separate stage and was made of almost 3,000 feet of fake Styrofoam books with real covers.
Spider-Man did wonders for us youngsters; he was actually the first teen hero who wasn’t an adult’s sidekick.
The correct way of writing the spider’s name is actually Spider-Man; Stan Lee specifically placed a hyphen to avoid confusion with “Superman.”
The Amazing Spider-Man finally made his last appearance in volume 1 in the 700th edition, released in December 2012.
Spider-Man’s web dissolves within an hour and yet is strong enough to hold The Hulk.
Spider-Man’s web is faster than a bullet; in one situation, Spider-Man managed to web a gun as the trigger was pulled.
Spider-Man is a very clever businessman; he has a doctorate and runs Parker Industries.
A weakness of the seemingly indestructible Spider-Man seems to be the pesticide ethyl chloride.
Former President Obama’s favorite superhero is actually Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series had only 3 punches in the entire series; this was due to huge censorship from Fox.
Filming of The Amazing Spider-Man was at Sony Studios’ Culver City lot, and the film covered 7 stages with its sets.
During Kraven’s Last Hunt, Spider-Man managed to survive after being buried alive for two weeks.
Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four when the human torch died.
In 2007, Marvel’s four-issue Spider-Man: Reign depicts a possible future where Mary Jane dies of cancer caused by Peter’s radioactive sperm.
In the PS2 game of Spider-Man, A billboard depicts Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, a player will hear “Tony Hawk! Hey, I skated with that guy” when they approach it. This ties in with our next fact.
If a gamer completes 100% of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, the player is gifted Spider-Man as a playable character.
Spider-Man wasn’t the only amazing hero in his family; his parents were spies and died in a plane crash. Hence why Peter lived with May and Uncle Ben.
In the ’90s, Marvel revisited a plot from the 1970s in the ‘90s involving a mad professor of Spider-Man who created a clone who died but later rears his head as The Scarlet Spider.
Spider-Man has had numerous ‘real’ jobs, including a high school science teacher, a scientist, and a business owner.
Spider-Man may indeed be Jewish; even with Marvel’s hope of depicting non-religious characters, Peter and his family are portrayed as a family similar to Stan Lee’s own Jewish family.
At one point, the spidey actually had 6 arms and even became a giant spider.
The Green Goblin actually got Gwen Stacy pregnant, and the twins later came back to battle Spider-Man.
Peter has been with numerous women, including Betty Brant, Liz Allen, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, and the Black Cat.
Spider-Man has died numerous times, including in the storylines “The Other” and “Superior Spider-Man.”
One of the histories of the Spidey actually has him as a wrestling hero who, after beating Crusher Creel, went on to parade around in a snazzy costume on TV.
Spider-Man actually had a sensor sewn into his costume that set his camera off when he passed; this was how Peter captured his shots.
For the film, The Amazing Spider-Man, over 1,000 people were employed.
As I said above, Spider-Man really does make me incredibly happy and always has.
His combination of down-to-earth looks and nerdy persona always appeals to many a comic book fan.
As with all these types of heroes, there are endless numbers of facts, some mind-blowing, some mildly, dare I say, boring.
But whatever the situation, these heroes are an escape, a way to entice children and adults alike, and Spider-Man, especially since his Avengers appearance, is going nowhere, that’s for sure.