Peter Parker/Spider-Man was created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Steve Ditko. Spider-Man first appeared in 1962, in a comic called Amazing Fantasy, no. 15.
Spider-Man’s origin story
The character was created as a relatable teen, struggling with tragedies in his life, dealing with romance and then there’s Peter Parker living two separate lives, due to gaining superpowers from a radioactive Spider-bite!
The Spider-Man franchise branched out to many characters such as Kid Arachnid, Ghost Spider, Spider-Woman, Ben Reilly, Spider-Man 2099 and more!
Spider-Man’s amazing influence!
Spider-Man’s influence has spread across the globe; spanning decades. Whether you are a fan of the comics, the animated series/movies, the live action movies or maybe all of them. There’s something there for everyone who likes Spider-Man.
In the upcoming movie; Spider-Man No Way Home: ‘[Peter Parker] asks for help from Doctor Strange… forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.’. However, what does it truly mean to be a Spider-Man fan?
I proposed this type of question to people on Twitter, about how has Spider-Man impacted your life? What does Spider-Man mean to you?
Thoughts from Spider-Man fans
This article is dedicated to hearing your stories:
Sean O’Connell from CinemaBlend has been a fan of Spider-Man for a long time.
“Spider-Man has been with me for as long as I can remember. I was born in the 1970s, and Spidey was a fixture on the animated landscape, from his 1967 series to his appearances on The Electric Company and eventual team ups with Iceman and Firestar. I’m not sure why I loved him at first. His villains. His costume. His incredible sense of humor. But the cartoons sent me to the comics, and the comics fed my hunger until the movies showed up. Peter Parker taught me that intelligence was an asset. Spider-Man taught me that humor can mask fear or uncertainty. And both taught me that no matter how hard ANYTHING gets in life, you never give up, and never stop fighting for the cause of good.”Sean O’Connell @WGreatPowerBook
The character has also inspired Sean so much, that he is creating a book called With Great Power, arriving in 2022.
Adam Wade (mainly known as @spiderman3news) created a Twitter page in 2020; his page is dedicated to everything Spider-Man.
Wades page quickly grew to popularity when the official SpiderManMovie Twitter page quoted his meme. Now, at nearly 50K followers, SpiderMan3news jokingly tweets:
TJ Zwarych, from FandomWire mentions how Spider-Man is apart of his childhood and how he became interested in more characters because of Spider-Man.
Spider-Man is a symbol for hope, optimism, strength and courage:
Spider-Man helped people get through difficult times. Fans also had life changing impacts to their health and their way of thinking, for the better.
Fans also explain this using classic lines and references to previous content:
Thank you to the creators!
The creators: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who inspired generations and made it possible to truly be Spider-Man fans.