Spider-Man is 60, Swinging, and Succeeding

Spider-Man is 60, Swinging, and Succeeding

On August 1, 1962, Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy #15 by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee debuted, and with it, Spider-Man. The Marvel hero was a notable introduction back then, just on the simple basis of him being a teenager who wasn’t the sidekick of an already established hero. While that sounds like a small change in the grand scheme of things, it meant that unlike fellow contemporaries Dick Grayson or Bucky Barnes, Peter Parker had to learn the ropes of heroism without an older man to look towards to. Learning the hard way that great power must also come great responsibility, and the feelings of loneliness and inadequacy that come with being a teenage superhero, has made him one of the publisher’s most relatable characters for young readers. And that …
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