A comic book superhero created when a radioactive arachnid bit nerdy teenager Peter Parker, Spider-Man first appeared in Marvel Comics' "Amazing Fantas" in 1962. The bite gives Parker super strength and agility, the ability to cling to walls and ceilings and to shoot spider webs that adhere to most surfaces and enable him to rapidly swing vast distances. Spider-Man also developed a sixth sense, or spider's sense for trouble, heightening his ability to react quickly to danger and threats to the public. Novel elements of the Spider-Man story made him a compelling and relatable superhero. Unlike most teenagers in superhero stories, Spiderman was no hero's sidekick. Though still in high school, Parker, unlike Batman's Robin and Captain America's Bucky, was the story's main character. He dealt with his superhero abilities and with the criminals his abilities compelled him to catch, but he also dealt with the universal troubles of adolescence and teen angst. He coped with the death of loved ones, with falling in love, and with betrayal, just like many of his readers. Spider-Man signaled a mid-20th-century change in superhero characters. He was among the first flawed superheroes with everyday problems. It is maybe these qualities of the Spider-Man story that has made him one of the most recognizable fictional characters in the world. Spiderman has appeared in comic books, cartoons, several movies and TV series, electronic games, a Broadway musical, novels, records, and children's books. Also, toy stores sell millions of dollars worth of Spider-Man-related action figures, games, coloring books, toys, and collectibles.


  • Title: Action figure:Spider-Man
  • Creator: Toy Biz, Inc.
  • Date Created: 1994
  • Location: China
  • Subject Keywords: Spider-Man
  • Type: Action Figures and Character Toys
  • Rights: Marvel Comics
  • Medium: molded plastic, paint
  • Object ID: 114.2571


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