Character Spotlight: The Amazing Spider-Man

Character Spotlight: 7/2/12

A biweekly column by Talisha Harrison aka Tali Adina

Welcome to Talking Comics’ Character Spotlight! Every other week, I’ll be spotlighting a character from comics, cartoons, etc. So this week, the spotlight falls on:

The Amazing Spider-Man



“Spiderman, Spiderman,

Does whatever a spider can

Spins a web, any size,

Catches thieves just like flies

Look Out!

Here comes the Spiderman. “

As your friendly neighborhood web crawler web slings back onto the big screen with a new story , look, and actor after a five-year hiatus,  here’s a few things that fans new and old alike ought to know about the web head:

  • He was co-created by the Stupendous Stan Lee and the Amazing Steve Ditko.
  • His first appearance was in the comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 in August 1962.
  • Spidey has appeared in at least 8 animated TV shows-I was introduced to him from the Spider-Man series that played on Fox Kids during the 90’s.
  • From 1978 to 1979, our hero was featured in a live action series on CBS entitled The Amazing Spider-Man.
  • Spider-Man is written Spider-Man not Spiderman.
  • One of the villains Spidey  faced early on in his comic book career was the Chameleon who was introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #1.
  • In the original Lee-Ditko stories, Spider-Man has the ability to cling to walls, superhuman strength, a sixth sense (“spider-sense”) that alerts him to danger, perfect balance and equilibrium, as well as superhuman speed and agility.
  • Spidey sews his own costume and he constructed mechanical web shooters as well as the web-fluid that he uses.
  • The villain Venom is undetectable to Spider-Man’s spider-sense, due to the symbiote having been mentally linked to him, and it for the most part it contains his DNA.
  • Peter Parker is the alias of Spider-Man .
  • After his parents died, Peter Parker was raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben.
  • The famous phrase “With great power comes great responsibility,” predates Spider-Man as the earliest usage of the phrase is attributed to Voltaire.  Originally, the phrase was printed as “With great power there must also come great responsibility!”  in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  • There are alternate versions of Spider-Man such as Miguel O’Hara who is the Spider-Man of 2099, or the Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe who was originally a teenaged Peter Parker who died and then another Spider-Man took over Miles Morales who has come into his own as the new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

So there you have it folks, that’s the end of this week’s Character Spotlight.  Tune in again every two weeks for a new character.  Have a wonderful  Fourth of July and I hope you enjoy the Spidey Film!

“Spiderman, Spiderman

Friendly neighborhood Spiderman

Wealth and fame

He’s ingnored

Action is his reward.

To him, life is a great big bang up

Whenever there’s a hang up

You’ll find the Spider man.”





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