It was on the pages of Amazing Fantasy No. 15 where the Amazing Spider-Man first appeared. And in March 1963, one year after his first appearance, Spider-Man was starring in his own comic book and on his way to becoming Marvel Comics' most popular super hero ever!
Through the years, Spider-Man has also been a superpower in the world of licensing, appearing in paperback books, on posters, as an action figure, and in video games. And in addition to his licensing ventures, Spider-Man is also capturing bad guys in a hit animated TV show.
In 1977, Spider-Man began starring in his own newspaper comic strip written by his creator, Stan Lee. The Amazing Spider-Man can be seen in newspapers worldwide and was a part of the first-ever comic strip/comic book crossover story.
In the summer of 2002, Spider-Man swung onto the silver screen and broke box office records with its massive first weekend receipts. Based upon the freak accident that miraculously granted Peter Parker with his incredible spider-like abilities, the movie starring Tobey Maguire became a smash hit with audiences worldwide. The sequel was released in the summer of 2004.
During a scientific experiment, hard-luck high-school student Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and given superhuman powers. But it wasn't until after he refused to stop a thief, who would later murder his Uncle Ben, that Peter learned his most valuable lesson: "With great power there must also come great responsibility." From that moment on, Peter Parker has used his superstrength (and the ability to stick to walls) in his never-ending battle against evil as the amazing Spider-Man!
Mary Jane Watson-Parker
After several rocky years as Peter's on-again-off-again girlfriend, Peter and MJ decided to tie the knot in 1987. It was shortly before their big day that Peter revealed his superpowered alter ego to her. Now, in addition to her adjustment to marriage and her career, Mary Jane has also had to adjust to the realization that every day they spend together could be their last.
After the death of her husband, Peter's aunt has focused her energies on him. Always concerned for his welfare, Aunt May would really have a heart attack if she knew what Peter was up to in his spare time.
J. Jonah Jameson
Although he has no superpowers, perhaps no one is more of a nemesis to Spider-Man than the cantankerous J. Jonah Jameson. As publisher of the Daily Bugle, this cigar-chomping newspaperman has dedicated his life to destroying the Web-swinger's reputation. In Jameson's mind, the world would be a perfect place without the presence of its superpowered inhabitants especially that of Spider-Man!
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
Fortunately, not everyone in the world shares Jameson's hatred for Spider-Man. Next to his wife Mary Jane, Spider-Man's biggest supporter has to be Robbie Robertson. As editor in chief of the Daily Bugle, Robbie has spent his career trying to convince his publisher of Spider-Man's value to the city, but to no avail. Peter has always had the utmost respect for this honest, hardworking family man. And although Peter can never tell him, it's Robbie's faith in Spider-Man that has kept him from giving up his career as a crime-fighter on more than one occasion.
Victor Von Doom's scarred visage is the result of an experiment gone bad! Shame caused this brilliantbutmad scientist to hide his disfigurement in a metallic, armored exoskeleton which he has endowed with a number of weapons and other surprises for his arch enemy Spider-Man. Crazed by his accident and driven by an insane loathing for the rest of his "inferior" colleagues in the world of science, Doom is bent on world domination through his many monstrous creations.
Dr. Otto Octavius was a brilliant atomic researcher who developed a harness of four mechanical limbs to assist him in handling radioactive substances at safe distances. A freak laboratory accident left Octavius' invention permanently bonded to his body and his mind forever altered. Doc Ock (as he is commonly known) will stop at nothing to acquire power and wealth! And if our friendly neighborhood arachnid gets crushed along the way, then so be it!
Ostensibly the president and owner of many legitimate New York City-based businesses, Wilson Fisk masterminds the criminal activities of the shadowy East Coast underworld. Although he is publicly known as the "Kingpin of crime," his dual identity has never been officially proven. A fanatic about bodybuilding, he has excelled in the Japanese art of sumo and takes great pleasure in physical combat with his enemies.