Characters : Spider-Man Himself
Since that time, Spider-Man has appeared in, or directly inspired
over 2000 comics or books, nearly all of which are detailed over in the
Comics section. He has also inspired
Shows, and a couple of
truckloads of Trading Cards and
Peter Parker was orphaned at an early age, and went to live in Forest Hills,
Queens, New York with his elderly
Aunt May and Uncle Ben.
He grew up as a shy,
be-spectacled studious boy, with a real talent for the Sciences. It was at
a scientific demonstration of a new radiation technology, that the incident
happened which was to change his life forever.
Unperceived by the crowd, a spider had crept into the beam of radiation being
generated by the experiment. It dropped down onto the hand of our erstwhile
genius, Peter Parker, and (glowing strangly all the while) bit him upon the
Feeling unnerved, Peter left the building, and wandered home in a daze. When
a car almost clipped him, he lept without thinking, up high, and onto the side
of a building, where he stuck, like a Spider. Indeed, this young boy had gained
the Powers of a Spider - speed, strength, wall-sticking,
and an unerring sixth-sense which warned him of danger just before it occured.
This basic tale of Spidey's origin from
#15 has been reprinted many times. Check out Al Sjoerdsma's
Origins Retold Rave.
For a more modern rework, try the comics archive for
John Byrne's Chapter One,
or the far more convincing
This entire site is concerned with Spidey,
but here's a few sections which delve into a little more detail about
the character himself...
There's so much more to tell, that it's hard to know where to start. Spidey's
physical description is given in the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe:
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
His parents, family, friends and foes can all be found on the
Characters Page. But if you
really want to know about the all the things that Peter Parker has been
through in the last 30+ years, then you'll just need to sit down
and read some
Comics. Of course, you'll find some
reviews on this site, to give you general idea, and help you sort the
wheat from the chaff.
If you think you know Spidey already, then why not try these quick quizzes:
Spider-Man: Easy Questions,
Spider-Man: The Basics,
Spider-Man: Great Escapes, or
Amazing Spider-Man #1-6.