18 Spider-Man Facts You May Not Know

When teenage nerd Peter Parker is bitten by
a radioactive spider, he gains a weird selection of arachnid powers and spends the rest of
his days balancing vigilante crimefighting against leading a normal life. Except it’s
never really been that simple for our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man, and his history has
so many twists and turns that it’s not easy to keep track of his tangled web. A true original? In 1954, Halloween costume manufacturer Ben
Cooper Inc. began selling a “Spider Man” outfit. The kid-sized duds were little more than a
yellow ensemble covered with drawings of webs, and the words “Spider Man” written across
the forehead, giving the overall impression of, well, a poorly-dressed idiot who’d recently
escaped from a basement or something. Years later, Marvel’s Spider-Man made his
debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, the final issue of a doomed anthology series. While
Cooper’s earlier Spider Man may seem like a huge coincidence, the case is complicated
by rumors that Jack Kirby, the original artist for Spider-Man, before Steve Ditko took over,
was working for Ben Cooper at the time. Comics site Newsarama explored the case and got a
terse reply from Ditko…and silence from Marvel, which definitely sets our spider-senses
tingling. Spider origins redux Artist Jack Kirby had his hands in the creation
of just about every major comic character you’ve ever heard of. While the first appearance
of Spider-Man was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko, Lee originally had Kirby
draw the first five pages of Spidey’s debut. The pages didn’t hit the mark and were scrapped.
For the final version, Lee’s original plot and Kirby’s costume designs were changed,
and Kirby ultimately only drew the cover of Amazing Fantasy #15. Unfortunately, this didn’t stop Kirby’s heirs
from trying to claim payment for Marvel’s use of Spider-Man in 2009. Even Lee, Kirby’s
everlasting partner in mighty Marvel creativity, denied the Kirby family’s claim. According
to Deadline, the suit was settled on undisclosed terms in 2014, which is even more suspicious
than Norman Osborn’s crazy cornrows. 20 Ingram Street Over the course of 1989’s Amazing Spider-Man
#316 and 317, readers were shown two halves of a change-of-address form filled out by
Peter Parker, and only curious readers who assembled them saw that the Parkers were now
living at 20 Ingram Street in Forest Hills, NY. Whether or not this was an Easter egg
planted by writer David Michelinie or artist Todd McFarlane is unknown, but as of 1974,
there really was a family named Parker at that address, who soon began receiving mail
addressed to the fictional Peter. When the New York Times explained the story in 2002,
they also discovered that 19 Ingram Street was home to a family named Osborne—just
one letter off from Spider-Man’s arch-nemesis, Norman Osborn. Back in black When he’s not wearing his red-and-blue duds,
Spider-Man is known for wearing a stealthy and slimming black, which he found in an alien
vending machine during 1984’s Secret Wars mini-series and decided to slap on his body.
What readers might not know is that the black costume wasn’t an original idea from Marvel,
but one sent in by a fan for a contest in 1982. While Randy Schueller’s costume idea apparently
involved underarm webbing, which didn’t make it into this sketch, and a red logo, the similarities
to the official Black suit remain. Schueller was paid for his idea: $220 dollars, which
would be about $550 today. Schueller’s other ideas would later be incorporated into additional
Spidey costume ideas: unstable molecules and thought control were both used by Spidey’s
Future Foundation and Iron Spider costumes respectively, but Schueller was never given
any actual credit, according to his own post on Comic Book Resources. Center of the web Comics fans might not think about it much,
but Spider-Man is the absolute center of the Marvel multiverse. Even though heroes like
Captain America and Iron Man get top billing, there are more versions of Spider-Man across
the multiverse than any other hero, and any time we visit another reality, Spider-Man
is so iconic and consistent that he’s always there, and generally used as a compass to
differentiate the different planes of existence. While the main Marvel continuity, Earth-616,
has its own fair share of Spideys, there are literally hundreds of alternates, including
Spider-Ham of Earth-8311, the flaming skull-headed Ghost Spider of Earth-11638… and a whole
lot of dead Spider-Men, since Peter seems to get caught in the ol’ bug zapper of life
pretty often. The cruelest revenge Spider-Man has probably had the roughest life
of any superhero; he doesn’t have Batman’s wealth, and he doesn’t have Superman’s strength,
but he accomplishes pretty much the same heroic stuff. But the very worst thing that ever
happened to Spider-Man was being cheated on by his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, with his arch-nemesis,
Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin. While this was never spoken of during Gwen’s life,
the 1999 storyline “Sins Past” revealed the ultimate betrayal: Gwen had kept her terrible
goblin babies secret, and because of their unique DNA, they aged rapidly and came after
Peter Parker, because that’s what goblins do. Everyone—Peter Parker and comic readers
included—hated the whole thing. Spider-Magic Everyone knows that Spider-Man’s powers are
purely scientific in nature, because being bit by a radioactive animal automatically
transfers its powers to you. That’s just basic biology. Except in 2001, the arrival of a
character named Ezekiel revealed that Spidey’s superhuman abilities were actually kinda magic,
and that fateful radioactive spider bit Peter Parker on purpose, because of cosmic mystical
machinations. It’s a bit like the midichlorians of the Marvel Universe, but it also kinda
explains why most of Spidey’s bad guys are animal-themed. Deal with the Devil The apex of weird Spider-Man storylines is
Peter Parker’s deal with the devil, Mephisto. In exchange for the survival of his dear,
decrepit, nearly-deceased-anyway Aunt May, Spidey would give up his marriage and future
kids with Mary Jane, forcing him straight back into the friend zone. Spidey’s reason
for taking this deal? Peter’s Aunt May was hovering between life and death because she’d
been put in danger after he revealed his secret identity during Civil War, and he’d come to
the sensible conclusion that taking off his mask in front of the world had been a big
mistake. In return for Peter sacrificing his life with Mary Jane, Mephisto made the world
forget he was Spider-Man, thus protecting his loved ones from the line of supervillain
fire. Crossover madness Spidey is a guy who gets around in some pretty
weird places. In 1978, Peter and Mary Jane attend a taping of Saturday Night Live, and
a mix-up between villain Silver Samurai and John Belushi’s samurai character causes an
issue-long ruckus featuring the entire 1978 SNL cast. In 1993, Marvel had the rights to
publish a comic series based on Ren & Stimpy, so Spider-Man ended up battling Powdered Toast
Man in those pages—and getting one-punched through a wall by the bread-headed hero. And
in 2009, Spider-Man rescues none other than Barack Obama from the Chameleon, who decides
to impersonate the president-elect moments before the inauguration. And that’s truly
only the tip of the weird-berg. So many spiders At one point in Marvel’s history, Spider-Man
was so popular that he starred in four books at once, making it nearly impossible to keep
track of his adventures, or even take a nap. All of it came to a head when Norman Osborn
framed Spider-Man for murder, forcing Parker to drop his heroic persona and take on a different
heroic mantle…or four. As Hornet and Prodigy, Peter continued his heroics, and as Dusk and
Ricochet, he was able to infiltrate New York’s criminal underworld to find the real murderer.
Spidey was able to drop his alternate identities, but they were later taken up by a group called
the Slingers, who were quickly beaten by the New Warriors in a game of basketball and pretty
much never seen again. Mary Jane is not my lover At some point during the 1990s, pop star Michael
Jackson made moves to try and purchase Marvel Comics, only because he wanted to play a heroic
character when it came time to make some Marvel movies. It was revealed in 2011 that Jackson
petitioned X-Men’s producers for the role of Professor X, for reasons that are now a
complete mystery to all humanity, but Stan Lee’s recollection was different. In their
personal conversations, Jackson revealed to Lee that he really wanted to play Spider-Man,
though Tobey Maguire eventually got the role, probably saving the Marvel movie universe
as we know it. Trailer trashed Speaking of the original 2002 Spider-Man,
the film’s original theatrical trailer had to be completely pulled and scrapped after
the events of 9/11, due to the fact that the entire thing hinged upon a helicopter being
caught on a web between the Twin Towers. Since the terrorist attacks happened after much
of filming was completed, but before the film’s theatrical release, the Towers were cut from
a handful of scenes. The replacement trailer featured Spider-Man perching on an American
flag instead. Spandex sadness Spider-Man’s many portrayers have all had
very different reactions to the tights. Civil War’s Spider-Man, Tom Holland, had costumes
that were designed for his stunt double, so when he put them on, they were a bit too baggy,
bumming out Holland during his first time in the suit, according to Comic Book Movie.
Tobey Maguire was pretty uncomfortable until the costume designers put in a bathroom portal.
And despite bathroom breaks being a known problem for Spider-actors, the costume department
again forgot to include a vital flap for Andrew Garfield, who only had the addition put in
during his second outing as the character. Still, Garfield admitted during a radio interview
that was so taken by the fact that he got to play the iconic hero that he cried when
he first put on the suit. And we thought Tobey was the Spidey who cried. Turn off the dark Spider-Man’s films aren’t the only times he’s
been made into a live-action hero. In 2010, director Julie Taymor brought Spidey to Broadway
in a play so fraught with problems that it quickly became an unintentional comedy of
errors, even with music by the members of U2. By opening day, the production had already
cost $65 million, and not even Disney, who had recently purchased Marvel, had any interest
in helping out. A disturbing number of actors and extras were injured during production
due to the show’s complex stunts, and at one point, Green Goblin became stuck on a wire
over the audience, hanging there for a few minutes before the show could begin again.
Not even the Clone Saga was this embarrassing. Spider sentai Broadway wasn’t the only place to suffer from
a misguided live-action Spider-Man. In 1978, Japanese production company Toei took note
of Spidey’s tight costume and likened him to their own skin-tight Tokusatsu heroes,
like Kamen Rider. Japan’s Spider-Man was given an origin not unlike DC’s Green Lantern, when
he’s given a fancy device and powers by an alien from the planet Spider, who he finds
in a crashed UFO called “Marveller.” In true Japan form, Spidey also gets a transforming
robot, which he uses to fight against Professor Monster. The show ran for 41 episodes, all
with Marvel’s approval, and with amazing episode titles like “Becoming Splendid: To the Murderous
Machine of Transformation,” and “The Onion Silver Mask and the Boys’ Detective Group.” Spider-Manimation In 1992, Marvel and Saban had a huge hit with
their X-Men animated series, so Marvel decided to build on this success by debuting Spider-Man
in 1994. While Spidey’s series was also an action-figure-spawning phenomenon, it was
subject to completely absurd censorship. While it’s reasonable to request that a kids’ cartoon
omit animated blood, it made less sense to forbid even the mention of blood—even in
an episode where Morbius, the Living Vampire appears, and can no longer be called a vampire.
Other rules included no breaking glass, no punching—except in limited circumstances—and
no use of the word “sinister.” This last one is especially odd, as Spidey’s main villain
collective is known as the Sinister Six, and Mr. Sinister was over on X-Men being evil
on the regular. Sorry, kids, basic English vocabulary is too rough for your little pudding
brains and bloodless bodies. Say no to bugs Because Spidey is pretty much an everyday,
average guy, he’s been used countless times as a tool for educational purposes, from direct-to-VHS
shorts about child abuse to full comic arcs about the dangers of drugs. When the U.S.
Government approached Stan Lee to write an anti-drug story in 1971, he was all for it,
as long as it was a good story. Strangely enough, this was during a time when the Comics
Code Authority also expressly forbade any mention of drugs whatsoever. After the story
was shot down by the Comics Code, Lee made the difficult decision to publish it anyway.
It was so well-received that the CCA changed its own code, opening up comics to a much
wider range of educational stories. Oh baby Spidey’s strangest foray into educational
materials was definitely “The Pull of the Prodigy,” a 1976 story written by Ann Robinson
for Planned Parenthood. In an amazingly surreal plot, the alien villain called Prodigy (no
relation to Spider-Man’s previously mentioned alter-alter-ego) uses the powers of alien
persuasion to try to convince teenagers to make babies…so that he’ll have tons of minions
to do his bidding. Part of the Prodigy’s propaganda was to straight up say that diseases weren’t
possible and getting down in the backseat of a Chevy didn’t really cause pregnancies.
Of course, Spidey laments how tough his life is even without a rugrat, and defeats the
Prodigy before it’s too late. If anyone was poised to lecture kids about celibacy, it
was definitely nerdy Peter Parker. Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube
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