Even if you’re not a comic book fan, you’ll have recognized one of the most iconic superheroes of the 20th Century—Spiderman! The Spiderman comic book series has been around since 1962 and has spawned a couple of Hollywood blockbusters. Since it was first published in 1962, more than 5 million copies of Spiderman comics have been sold.
Spidey is a classic superhero known for his acrobatic abilities, as well as his wit, and his tendency to make quips during battle. He’s the superhero with a whole host of superpowers, including super strength, speed, agility, and the ability to shoot webs from his wrists. He’s also known for his memorable villains, like The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and The Lizard. There have been numerous adaptations of Spiderman into movies, cartoons, and video games, and it has seeped into the public consciousness as a result.
In fact, Spiderman is so popular that his costume has been named one of the “Greatest American Symbols.” Recently, a new Spiderman movie has been released. The movie is being called one of the best movies about Spiderman. It has already made more than $128 million.
People have loved Spiderman for decades. And, unlike many of the other superheroes that started in the 40s and 50s, Spiderman is still going strong. (If you’ve read Amazing Spiderman 2, you’ve seen the new love that director Marc Webb has for the character). But how much do you really know about this masked crusader?
Look, we don’t care what your mom told you: your friendly neighborhood. Spiderman is one of the coolest Marvel Comics characters of all time. In fact, he might be the coolest one we’ve ever seen, which is why he made our list of the greatest superheroes of all time. With Spiderman being one of the most popular superheroes ever, it’s no wonder that people want to know more about him! So, to help you catch up on your history, here are five facts you might not know about everyone’s favorite web-slinger.
- There is a common misconception that The Green Goblin is the first appearance of a supervillain in the Spider-Man comics or the first supervillain in the comic book world. This is completely false.
In fact, the Green Goblin was not even the first villain in the Spiderman books. It was originally Doc Ock, the mad scientist. The Green Goblin was a guy named Flint Marko, who was a burglar who used a gun to commit his crimes. He was captured and sent to prison, but he escaped. During his escape, he slipped into a secret chemical plant where they were doing experimental work with a new type of nuclear reactor. The combination of the radiation, chemicals and gamma radiation from the experiments transformed Marko into the Green Goblin. The original Green Goblin was the second villain and was only in the comics for a few issues.
- Tobey Maguire was not the studio’s first choice for the role of Peter Parker. They were looking at other actors for the role like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jake Gyllenhaal. DiCaprio and Damon would have been a little older than Maguire when the movie was made and would have been 25 and 24 years old, respectively. A big reason why Tobey Maguire was cast was that he could play a teenager, and DiCaprio and Damon were too old to play the high school student superhero.
- In the 1990s, Spiderman nearly put Marvel out of business, but Marvel’s management kept up with the comic’s demand by leapfrogging the competition. Spiderman’s popularity put Marvel in an awkward position since it had to expand production to keep up with the comic’s demand. This process cost Marvel $10 million by the time the comic collapsed.
- The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, loved Spider-Man. You can find all kinds of references to the web-slinger all over his music, his videos, and his movies. Of all his connections with Spider-Man, one of the most surprising is his performance of the Spidey theme song “Spider-Man, Spider-Man” at the 1993 MTV Music Video Awards.
- The Alternative SpiderMan is a Japanese SpiderMan Fan who makes alternative SpiderMan comics that are set in the real world. He currently has over 400,000 page views on Deviant Art and has made the most viewed SpiderMan fan comic on the internet in less than a year.