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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #5, Spider-Man
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Spider-Man

AKA: PETER PARKER

Spider-Man, Spider-Man� you know the rest. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (not Jack Kirby, as so many assume), the face of Marvel Comics started life as a true original: a teenage boy with money problems, girl problems and family problems, who's imbued with extraordinary powers that make things more rather than less difficult for him. Peter Parker was very different from the Supermen, Batmen and Fantastic Fours running around the comics world at that point. Since then, of course, Spidey has matured, learning that with great wotsit comes great something-or-other, and becoming a husband to Mary-Jane. He�s died and come back with enhanced powers, he�s been cloned (that was a popular arc), he�s been attacked by alien symbiotes and irate newspaper editors, he's even revealed his secret identity in the recent Civil War crossover series, and yet Spidey retains his sense of humour at all times, firing off often genuinely witty wisecracks in the heat of battle (a trait the movies have yet to capture), while striking iconic poses that must be many a top artist�s dream (Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen, to name but two, became superstar artists thanks to their work on Spidey). The character and comics have often ventured to dark places, but soul-searching and brooding introspection doesn�t really suit your friendly neighbourhood webslinger. This is one spider that thrives in the bright light.

FIRST APPEARED IN AMAZING FANTASY #15 (1962)
CREATED BY STAN LEE AND STEVE DITKO

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Red-and-blue costume (usually), daubed with webbing and large white eyepatches. Spider-Man has the proportionate strength and agility of a spider, a fully functional spider-sense which warns him of danger. He also manufactures his own webbing. Smart kid.
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Nicholas Hammond played him in a late 70s TV show. He�s been voiced in cartoons by the likes of The Brady Bunch�s Christopher Daniel Barnes, while Tobey Maguire played him in Sam Raimi�s lopsided, though largely brilliant, big-budget trilogy.
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Spidey�s public unmaksing was one of the great shocks of Marvel�s Civil War. It didn�t last, though: Spidey subsequently made a deal with the demon Mephisto to alter the timeline and restore his secret identity.
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