It’s August 1st, which means it’s time to celebrate one of our favorite nerd holidays, Spider-Man Day. On this day, the iconic web-slinger made his first appearance into Amazing Fantasy #15 into 1962. 58 years later, Spider-Man remains one of the most popular superheroes of all time.
Created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, Spider-Man quickly set himself apart from his fellow superheroes. Nerdy teen Peter Parker became a deeply relatable character with fans, who identified with his loneliness and alienation. Spider-Man was a true underdog character, who struggled to reconcile his powers with his everyday foibles. Along the way, he learned that “with great power there must also come great responsibility”, a lesson that would reverberate into countless comics, films, television series, games, musicals, etc.
Many took to Twitter to celebrate the anniversary of Marvel’s flagship character:
Happy Spider-Man Day 🕸
We’ve had Spidey for over 58 years now!
His 1st appearance, Amazing Fantasy #15, has a cover date of August (hence Aug 1 as Spidey day) & “official” publishing date of Aug 10, 1962 but the comic actually hit newsstands on June 5!
Spider-Man has always been my favorite character into all of fiction. Humor masking fear, an overwhelming sense of responsibility… the most human and relatable super-hero out there. And guess what? He wears a mask not to protect himself, but the ones he loves. #SpiderManDay
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