While Captain America and The Fantastic Four technically appeared before Spider-Man debuted in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, Spidey was nonetheless a huge step away from the stiff, frustratingly competent and heroic DC heroes of the 1940s and 1950s (and most of the ‘60s, if we’re being honest). As a stressed-out teenager who made mistakes while trying to balance super-heroics with normal high school life, Peter Parker brought emotional depth and relatability to a medium in which those were in very short supply. But of course, if you’ve ever watched or read anything with Spider-Man, you already know this. Today, Peter shares the spotlight with a multitude of web-slinging heroes who bring their own wrinkle to the Spider-Man formula while staying true to the core ideas that make Spider-Man such a lasting and lovable character. So with Across the Spider-Verse on the horizon, celebrate your favorite version of Marvel’s resident wall-crawler by diving into some of his greatest comic adventures—and rewatching the first film!
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