Spider-Man, Bob Dylan and Che Guevara. What could they
possibly have in common, except perhaps motorcycle riding
with varying degrees of success? A 1965 survey published in
Esquire found that college students admired the three as the
most influential revolutionary icons of the day.* Given such
notoriety and Spider-Man’s enduring popularity, it’s hard to
believe that the Marvel Comics superhero faced his earliest
battles while still in development. In 1962, Stan Lee and
Steve Ditko introduced Spider-Man but only after enduring
creative differences and a tough sell to get published due
to departures from convention:
- Spider-Man was the alter ego of Peter Parker, an
ordinary—and, therefore, flawed—teenager.
- Spider-Man/Peter Parker faced vulnerabilities,
emotions and worries.
- Spider-Man was based on, of course, a spider;
perceived as nonheroic at best.
- “Spider-Man” sounded a lot like publishing rival DC
Despite Spider-Man’s inauspicious rise to existence,
the character was an immediate success that’s still a
celebrated superhero today. For Spider-Man comics and
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Spider-Man had a rather unique debut in 1962. Going
directly against comic-book character norms of the day,
Spider-Man’s Peter Parker was a teenaged superhero in a
time when other characters his age were relegated to
sidekick duty. Spider-Man faced the same everyday
problems his readers faced, and Spider-Man didn’t always
get—or at least get to keep—the girl. Despite Marvel
Comics’ reluctance to publish, Spider-Man was an instant
success that’s as popular as ever. For Spider-Man
comics and related products, shop online with Westfield