As the mascot of Marvel Comics, Spider-Man stands out as one of the most popular and recognizable superheroes of all time. Equipped with a sense of responsibility coupled with a sense of humor, the beloved teenage comic book character has established itself quite a reputation due to its commercial and critical success. Let’s take a look beyond the mask of Peter Parker by getting familiar with some of the most interesting facts about Spiderman comics:
15. Iron Man Built Spiderman His Very Own Armor
Spiderman and Iron Man are two of the coolest superheroes in Marvel Comics and the very thought of an amalgam of both characters is intriguing. The idea was put to test when Tony Stark built Peter Parker his very own Iron armor.
Opposed to the traditional red and blue colors of the Spider-Man costume, it was red and gold similar to Stark’s armor because according to Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada, “Stark’s design, Stark’s color!” Parker became endowed with many mechanical powers and wore it on many occasions.
14. Spiderman has a Doppelganger Villain
Possibly a result of running out of creative ideas for a strong villain for Spiderman, comic book writers came up with a doppelganger for the beloved superhero with the addition of a fangs, animalistic nature and four extra arms.
Oddly enough, the new villain was given the name Doppelganger too. Sometimes referred as Spider-Doppelganger, the villain was created as an evil duplicate by Magnus during the Infinity War storyline and proved to be a nefarious match for Spider-Man.
13. Spiderman is the First Ever Teenage Superhero
Long before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made the status of teenage superheroes cool, the young Peter Parker had already established his reputation as a strong one by becoming the first ever teenage superhero. While several of the teenage crime fighters such as Dick Grayson aka Robin were featured as sidekicks, it was Spider-Man who made the difference.
Unlike the traditional superheroes, Spider-Man might be the most unique one since he never had a secret layer nor any mentor. In fact, he was still a college student and working as a photographer when his days as a superhero began.
12. Spiderman is Related to J. Jonah Jameson
Visibly vocal against Spider-Man through his newspaper Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson has been bent over destroying the image of the superhero since day one. It would be astonishing to know that both of them are related.
After years of living as a widow, Aunt May started a relationship with J. Jonah Jameson, Sr. and eventually married him. Thus, Peter Parker and his longtime critic Jameson is none other than his step-cousin.
11. Spiderman had a Dozen Relationships
Apart from being Batman, Bruce Wayne is best known as a billionaire playboy but Peter Parker is not too far behind. While he has been frequently shown romantically involved with Mary Jane Watson, it is no secret that Parker had many relationships before finally marrying her.
The long list of Spidey’s significant others include his first love Gwen Stacy, Black Cat aka Felicia Hardy, Ms. Marvel aka Carol Sanders, Shadowcat aka Kitty Pryde, Sophia Sanduval aka Chat, Carlie Cooper, Betty Brant, Anna Maria Marconi, Debra Whitman, Silver Sable etc.
10. Spiderman Had Several Decent Jobs
Most of the times shown as a photographer for Daily Bugle and even as a wrestler in almost all of his media presentations, it is surprising to see Peter Parker coming out of his shell and eventually getting decent jobs as he grew mature.
He has worked as a high school science teacher, as a scientist for Horizon Labs and most remarkably, founder and CEO of multi-billion dollar corporation Parker Industries.
9. Spiderman Joined Avengers and Fantastic Four
Due to his unique superpowers, Spider-Man will always be a valuable addition to any team he would join. With superheroes interacting and even teaming up being an everyday thing in Marvel Comics, it is interesting to note that Spidey has served as a member of the Avengers and Fantastic Four during one of their incarnations.
8. Venom was Created by a Fan and Bought for $220
Behind Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, Venom is the most iconic and dangerous villain from Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. As surprising as it may sound, Venom was not created by a comic book artist but by an average joe.
Randy Schueller, a Spider-Man fan from Norridge, Illinois, drew a villain based on the superhero himself costumed with a black Spiderman suit. Seeing potential in the character, Marvel’s editor-in-chief Jim Shooter bought the character for $220 and introduced him as one of the main villains.