Facts about Spider-man
Spider-man is a superhero beloved by the young and old. Spider-man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy number 15, which was released on August 10, 1962. It was created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. Ironically, the character was first attempted by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, but it was felt that the direction the character was going in just wasn’t right, so they started over with Steve Ditko. Jack Kirby did, however, pencil the cover to Amazing Fantasy 15, which Ditko inked. Lee wanted to make Spider-man a teenager because he was sick of teen sidekicks. Ditko took this start of an idea and ran with it, basing the character largely on himself, both visually and character-wise. Ditko was an introvert, like Peter, who also enjoyed science. Marvel publisher, Martin Goodman, and Stan Lee’s cousin-in-law didn’t want to publish Spider-man because he thought that a teenage superhero wouldn’t work. Nobody likes spiders. The numbers for Amazing Fantasy 15 came back. And turns out Martin Goodman was dead wrong. Spider-man had sold very, very well. So they green-lit a solo book starring the character, Amazing, from Amazing Fantasy, and Spider-man, because it starred, well, Spider-man. Ditko was obviously brought back to the series as the penciler and co-writer. He was Peter Parker, and his idiosyncratic artwork definitely is the reason the character succeeded. The new ongoing book fleshed out Peter’s supporting cast and gave him a rich tapestry of villains to combat. One of the key new additions was our boy J. Jonah Jameson. In fact, Stan Lee always said if there was a live-action film. He should play the part, Ditko, however, was much less of a social butterfly. There are only four or five photographs
of him known to exist. Spider-man’s canonical address is 20 Ingram Street, Forest Hills Gardens, New York. Weirdly enough, at one point in time, this address was occupied by a family with the real last name Parker. To make things even stranger, the next house over, 19 Ingram Street, was occupied by a family with the surname Osbourne, like the longtime rival of Spider-man. The initial run of Amazing Spider-man lasted roughly four years, or 38 issues, if you’re being precise. Midway through the run, Lee and Ditko had a disagreement over the credit of the book. Ditko felt that he should receive co-writer credit because he was plotting and writing the rough first pass of all the dialogue. Lee felt different. And as such, they settled on the credit of co-plotter, which, you know, is better than nothing. However, this wasn’t quite enough, as Ditko and Lee were dramatically opposed to the identity of who should be the Green Goblin. Ditko had been setting the character up to be a random person that Peter was not connected to in any way. Lee wanted a personal connection with the villain, someone in Peter’s inner circle. Ultimately, the two men did not speak during the final handful of issues. Ditko would finally turn in his fully completed pages and collect his payment in exchange for letting Lee to the final dialogue polish. After Ditko quit the book, there was some concern about continuing the character because his art style was so iconic and closely associated with the character. Ultimately, the romance comic artist John Romita, Sr. has been given the unenviable task of continuing Spider-man. However, this might actually have been a blessing in disguise, because Romita’s beautiful characters and clean artwork helped to propel Spider-man to new heights.
In 1970, Spider-man made his live-action debut in the live-action TV show starring. The Sound of Music child actor Nicholas Hammond. The show ran from 1977 to 1979, with a total of 18 episodes and a pilot TV movie being produced. The show does not feature any of Spidey’s stable of iconic villains, primarily due to budget concerns. Instead, the show opts to have him fight low-level criminal masterminds and crooks of the week. After the show’s cancellation, the pilot and two conjoining pairs of episodes were edited into feature lengthier presentations and then released as VHS content. Plans for a revival were happening in 1984 when CBS attempted to bring Spider-man and their beloved Incredible Hulk together. The plot would have seen Spider-man, played by Hammond, going up against a criminal organization and being forced to team up with Bill Bixby’s David Banner. Lou Ferrigno was also going to return to the role of the Hulk. To make things even cooler, Spider-man was going to appear in his symbiotic black costume for the story. In 2002, Nicholas Hammond gave an interview stating that the TV film did not come together because Lou Ferrigno was shooting Hercules 2 at the time. Simultaneously, Marvel struck a licensing deal with the Japanese production company Toei, who produced their own live-action Spider-man TV show. It stared Shinji Todo as Takuya Yamashiro, a motorcyclist by day, and by night, a crusader embedded with the ability of an ancient Alien warrior from a planet named Spider. The series ran for 41 episodes and a movie. Needless to say, this all propelled Spider-man to be one of the most financially successful characters of all time. In 2014, Spider-man generated $1.34 billion alone. In 1987, Marvel decided to have Peter Parker and his iconic girlfriend Mary Jane Watson tie the knot. As a publicity stunt, they hired actors to play them and held a ceremony at Shea Stadium. In the ’90s, Spider-man took to new levels of success, thanks to the artist Todd McFarlane reinventing the character.