In August 1962, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced a new super hero in the anthology comic Amazing Fantasy #15. The duo wanted to create a new kind of hero: a character whose story and personal struggle was something that could resonate with everyone. The result has become one of the Marvel Universe’s most popular characters.
After a fateful incident with a radioactive spider, Peter Parker turns from an awkward teen orphan into a wisecracking super hero. However, it wasn’t wealth, charm or popularity that captivated audiences. Peter Parker’s age separated Spider-Man from other Silver Age heroes. Peter was the first teenage hero who was not regulated to the role of “sidekick.” This story was his story. Instead of simply admiring Spider-Man, teen readers could personally relate to the coming-of-age struggles of this new hero.
The character’s popularity endures. This month marked the release of Spider-Man’s third, live-action film incarnation, this time portrayed by Tom Holland, and the character has been featured in television, film and even a Broadway stage show.
Are you a Spidey fan? Be sure to join us on July 13 at the Bordentown Library as we discuss Spider-Man's transition from page to pixel. Fans of all comics are encouraged to join us at the Burlington County Library on Saturday, July 29 for Fandom Fest, our annual celebration of comics, anime, television, movies, videogames, and more!