“”With great power, comes great responsibility.”
-Various Spider-man Media
Hello interweb, Nate here. Due to the fact that the Amazing Spider-man 2 is out in theaters, I thought it’s about time to get a character bio out for this web-head. Before I get started, I wanted to tell you guys that due to my last day of school being this Monday (yay!) and summer coming up, I have finally came up with a schedule. I’ll post every Friday and every Monday, what I’ll post will all depend on what I want to at the moment or if I have any requests.
I am also going to add another type of post to this blog. I have Character Bios, I have Top 10s, and I have Cartoon/Movie reviews. But now I’ll also have: Character Compares. I’ll do my first Character Compare next Friday. Basically, I’ll choose two characters that belongs to some kind of superhero franchise that have similar qualities, and simply compare them. I’ll explain the rules when I get my first Character Compare up but I was thinking on doing my first Character Compare on Marvel’s Quicksilver and DC’s The Flash.
You can check out my other Character Bios here.
Name: Peter Parker
Occupation: Superhero, Freelance photographer,
Affiliations: Avengers, Fantastic Four, Symbiote (formerly)
Powers/Abilities: Can cling to most surfaces, Super Strength (usually depicted being able to lift approximately 10 tons), Spider-sense
Weapons/Equipment: Web shooters located under each sleeve
Love Interest(s): Gwen Stacy, Felicia Hardy/Black Cat, Mary Jane Watson
Creators: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Published by: Marvel Comics
Debuted in: August 1962
After Stan Lee created superheroes such as the Hulk and the Fantastic Four, Stan Lee wanted to keep the ball rolling and came up with a new idea: Spider-man.
Lee pitched the idea to the publisher at the time:
Martin Goodman. Goodman believed that Stan’s idea was bad as people hate spiders and that they would never by a comic that had something to do with spiders. On top of that, Goodman didn’t like the idea of a superhero being a teenager because at the time, teenagers where only sidekicks and never went alone. Lee also wanted Peter to have money problems and other things normal teenagers would have, adding on to the reason Goodman did not like the idea.
Goodman finally decided to allow Lee to publish Spider-man into the almost cancelled series: Amazing Adult Fantasy #15, which was shortly renamed to: Amazing Fantasy #15. Goodman was absolutely shocked to learn that Spider-man was their best-selling comics. This led to Spider-man getting his own solo series in March 1963 in The Amazing Spider-man, which has been cancelled and has been changed to The Superior Spider-man, but thankfully they have relaunched The Amazing Spider-man last April.
This is when I’d usually tell you the origins of Spider-man but lets be honest here,
you know them. So I’ll tell the origins of the web-head in one sentence and then say little things about his origins that you probably didn’t know. Ready, set, go! Nerdy Peter Parker, who lives with his aunt and uncle due to the death of his parents, gets bitten by a radioactive spiders and gains spider powers, he then uses his powers irresponsibly and his uncle gets shot as a result, Peter than decides to become a Superhero under the name of Spider-man.
Now while most of you knew his parents died, do you know how they died? In the Untold Tales of Spider-man #-1, it was shown in detail that Richard and Mary Parker worked for Nick Fury and died in a plane crash as American Spies.
While Spidey has has his fair share of sad stories, he also has a pretty nice love life. His first live interest was Gwen Stacy which Green Goblin actually caused Spider-man to kill Gwen while he was trying to save her. Green Goblin threw her off a bridge and Spidey caught her with his web but snapped her neck due to the sudden stop. Although seriously, sense when has comics ever follow Newton’s three laws of motion? Did the laws of motion just decided to show up then and there to cause Spidey torment?
Peter’s second love interest was not Mary Jane, but Felicia Hardy aka
Black Cat. He realized he had feelings for Black Cat when she got wounded by Doc Ock and started a relationship with her. He soon after revealed to her his identity as Peter Parker and Felicia was not interested in the nerd behind the mask and didn’t understand his need for a civilian life. Peter was hurt, but he continued the relationship as it was the first time he didn’t have to hide his life from someone.
Finally, you have Mary Jane Watson, Peter’s most famous love interest. Peter and Mary Jane would eventually get married in The Amazing Spider-man Annual #21. This would eventually be undone in The Amazing Spider-man #545 where a villain completely erased the wedding and the rest of Spider-man’s continuity that we had sense The Amazing Spider-man #1.
Spider-man’s Rogue Gallery
I didn’t add this to Captain America’s Character Bio but I thought I should start giving you guys these rogue galleries as a superhero is only as good as his villains. Besides Batman and Superman, Spider-man has one of the best Rogues gallery (in my opinion of course). I’m not going to get into to much detail with his Rogue Gallery as I’ll probably bore you to tears (assuming your not already bored to tears XD) but I’ll briefly go over his most famous enemies as well as some of my personal favorites.
First off there’s the Green Goblin, who is basically the equivalent to what the Joker is to Batman. The Green Goblin is Norman Osborne who is the father to Peter Parker’s best friend: Harry Osborne. Harry Osborne will eventually become the Green Goblin after Norman’s death in The Amazing Spider-man #136, but of course no one stays dead in comics and Norman Osbone would become the Green Goblin once again.
Next is my personal favorite Spider-man villain: Venom. Venom was
originally a Symbiote which, at the time, Peter didn’t know it was a Symbiote and wore it as a new costume in Secret Wars #8. The Symbiote eventually attempted to turn Spider-man evil and Peter got rid of it in Web of Spider-man #1. Eddie Brock would eventually find the Symbiote and become Venom.
Then there’s Doctor Octopus or just Doc Ock who is probably my second favorite Spider-man villain (right behind Venom, obviously). Doc Ock has four mechanical arms that he can control with his mind and on top of that is a super genius. Strangely, in The Superior Spider-man comics, Peter is actually dead and Doc Ock is the new Spider-man. Not quite sure how I feel about that.
Some other of his villains include: Scorpion, Rhino, Electro, Kraven, Sandman, Carnage, Kingpin, Lizard, Shocker, Tarantula, Hydroman, Morbius, Vulture, Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Doppleganger, Tombstone, Jackal, and the list goes on and on.
- Most people believe that it was Uncle Ben who uttered the famous quote: “With great power comes great responsibility”, in the Amazing Fantasy comics #15 when it really wasn’t said by anyone and was just on a narration bubble at the end of the comic.
- Peter is smart enough to hack into Tony Stark’s technology.
- Several times, Spider-man was mistaken for a mutant. While he technically is (he was mutated by the spider bite), he does not contain the X-Gene and thus is not considered a mutant. There was a time when J. Jonah Jameson actually made Peter go to the X-Factor to be proven he does not have the X-Gene.
- Peter became publicly known as an ally and supporter of Spider-man and claimed he made Spider-man’s web-shooters to show a connection between them.
- Spider-man was ranked third on IGN’s top 100 superheroes and is the best known Marvel superhero.
Comics to Check Out
If you want to read some great Spider-man stories, some suggestions are:
- Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut, which takes place in The Amazing Spider-man #229-230
- Kraven’s Last Hunt, aka The Amazing Spider-man #293-294
- Spectacular Spider-man #131-132
- Web of Spider-man #31-32
- The death of Gwen Stacy and Norman Osborne issues: The Amazing Spider-man #121-122
- Spider-man Birth of Venom
- The Amazing Spider-man: Origins of Hobgoblin
Why I Like/Dislike Spider-man
Spider-man is an awesome Superhero. No one can really deny that. Who wouldn’t want to be swinging from webs or climbing up walls? He is also the first teenager that wasn’t a sidekick. That’s pretty cool. Honestly, I would go into more elaboration for why I like him, but I can’t. I like him, I just don’t really know why.
What do you guys think about my character compares? Is their any two characters you’d like me to compare. They don’t have to be from separate universes, they just need to be similar somehow.
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