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How will you celebrate Spider-Man Day on August 1? It’s important to remember one thing: with great power comes great responsibility. Now, you, a Spider-Man fanatic, have all the power in the world to celebrate one of the most iconic comic-book superheroes of all time whichever way you want to, so don’t take this responsibility lightly. This is your gift and your curse!
When is Spider-Man Day 2021?
“Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!” is celebrated on Spider-Man Day on August 1.
History of Spider-Man Day
Everyone loves Spider-Man. And how can we not? Spider-Man entered the comic-book universe in issue 15 of Marvel Comics’ “Amazing Fantasy” in August 1962 and has been a major player ever since. The groundbreaking story caught the attention of readers when it featured an awkward, antisocial teenager as its superhero — a description typically associated with sidekicks. But this bold move turned out to be a boon for creator Stan Lee, who touched the hearts of a generation of kids who felt lonely, rejected, or had difficulty making friends. Spider-Man proved that anyone can be a superhero and, even after being around for about 60 years, he’s still as popular as ever.
Spider-Man got his own comic series, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” in March 1963. The titular character rose to popularity and quickly became integral in the ever-expanding Marvel Universe, engaging with regularly featured characters like the Human Torch, the Incredible Hulk, and Daredevil. The supporting characters in the Spider-Man world were equally interactive and colorful, enthralling readers who developed soft spots for them. This includes J. Jonah Jameson, the anti-Spider-Man editor-in-chief for the “Daily Bugle” newspaper, Spider-Man’s love interests Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, and costumed villains like Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, and Venom.
Spider-Man became a fast-expanding franchise, his heroics no longer able to be contained in single monthly issues. Spidey’s frequent crossover storylines with other Marvel characters led to the creation of the bimonthly series “Marvel Team-Up” in March 1972, which ran for 150 issues. Spider-Man teamed up with nearly every high-profile superhero in the Marvel Universe in this ongoing series.
“Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man” was the fourth installment comic series of Spider-Man’s continuing adventures. It debuted in December 1976 and ended after 263 issues. One of the most memorable events of this era was Peter’s marriage to Mary Jane Watson.
We all know Spider-Man is fast, but his momentum in the comic world was soon noticed by Hollywood as well. Sony Entertainment purchased the rights to Spider-Man, and brought him to the big screen in May 2002 with the movie “Spider-Man.” With Tobey Maguire playing the friendly neighborhood superhero, the Spider-Man movies paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the superhero movie genre. “Spider-Man 2” was released in 2004 and broke box-office records, followed by “Spider-Man 3” in 2007, which ended Director Sam Raimi’s trilogy. The franchise was rebooted five years later, with “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012, starring Andrew Garfield.
Next, Spider-Man made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the third act of “Captain America: Civil War” (2016). Young actor Tom Holland breathed life into the web-slinger, who had been neglected due to the ongoing legal issues and character rights between Sony Entertainment and Marvel Studios. The latest Marvel movies featuring Spider-Man are worldwide blockbusters “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019).
Spider-Man Day timeline
Stan Lee comes up with the idea for Spider-Man and the character first appears in a comic as a supporting character.
Spider-Man gets his own comic, "The Amazing Spider-Man".
Spider-Man gets his own movie franchise ("Spider-Man") starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco.
"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" debuts on Broadway in NYC.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" starring Andrew Garfield premieres, followed by a sequel ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2") in 2014.
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" premieres, starring the new Spider-Man, Tom Holland.
Spider-Man Day By The Numbers
10 tons – the weight that Spider-Man can bench press.
200 mph – the top speed at which Spider-Man can run.
#15 – the issue number of the “Amazing Fantasy” comic book that Spider-Man first appeared in.
2002 – the year in which the Spider-Man movie franchise was released.
#290 – the comic issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man” in which the superhero married Mary Jane.
1963 – the year when Spider-Man’s first solo title “The Amazing Spider-man (Vol. 1)” appeared on shelves.
700th – the issue number at which Volume 1 of “The Amazing Spider-Man” ended in December 2012.
8 – the total number of Spider-Man cartoon series.
1 hour – the time it takes for Spider-Man’s web to dissolve.
250 – the IQ level of Peter Parker.
Spider-Man Day FAQs
What is Peter Parker's day job?
He is a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle and is tasked with taking photos of Spider-Man — something that is obviously no challenge for him at all.
Who killed Peter Parker?
In “Avengers: Infinity War,” Peter is killed at the mere age of 16 or 17 just like in the comics, although the circumstances are different in both cases. In the comics, he is killed by the Green Goblin and the Sinister Six, whereas, in “Avengers,” he dies after being dusted by Thanos — although he is also eventually resurrected.
Who was the first Spider-Man?
Tobey Maguire was the first to play Spider-Man in a major motion picture.
Spider-Man Day Activities
Have a Spider-Man movie marathon
Depending how far back in time you want to go and which producers/directors you prefer, you could easily spend an entire day watching movie adaptations of Spider-Man comics. Perhaps you and your friends could watch and compare the latest releases, both Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man and discuss which version is better.
Throw a Spider-Man party
Invite your friends over, decorate the house and get the silly string web-slinging devices ready 'cause it’s party time! To really make your party stand out, try some Spidey-themed food like deviled eggs with paprika shaken into the shape of a spider. To keep the adults happy, try making the Spider-Man cocktail mixed with cherry and raspberry liqueurs, tequila and a sprinkling of pop rocks.
Ever wanted to leap and fly like Spider-Man? While swinging through New York City with a series of webs isn’t quite realistic, the growing trend of parkour can be done, right here and now. A mix of gymnastics and dancing, building up your parkour skills means flipping, sliding and jumping through the city just like Spidey.
5 Super Facts About Spider-Man
Spider-Man was originally Fly-Man
Initially, Stan Lee wanted to create a superhero based on a fly or insect.
The only spider people like
Head of Marvel Comics, Martin Goodman disapproved of the concept of Spider-Man due to the fact that most people hate spiders.
It’s in the name
Stan Lee specifically placed a hyphen in Spider-Man’s name to avoid confusion between ‘Spiderman’ and ‘Superman’ as the latter was rather popular at the time.
Venom was born from fanfiction
Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom was created as fan fiction, and purchased by Marvel for $220.
Spider-Man is the first independent teenage superhero who was not a sidekick to an adult superhero.
Why We Love Spider-Man Day
Superman is an alien and Batman is rich beyond measure but Peter Parker is the everyday high school kid we all used to be. By creating a hero with whom we identify, Marvel managed to inspire all of us to do our part for the good of the community. We just have to figure out how to do it without super strength or spidey sense.
He's made for the silver screen
When comic book movies had a resurgence in the early 21st century, Spider-Man led the way. The 2002 release of Spider-Man resulted in a gross income of nearly $822 million worldwide. Its sequel in 2004 raked in almost $784 million while the third installment in 2007 broke all previous records with gross income just shy of $891 million worldwide.
He teaches us great life lessons
From the iconic quote “with great power comes great responsibility” to learning humility, Spider-Man has bestowed some core life lessons on generations of fans. His ability to not take credit for the good he does and his commitment to always be himself serve as models for us all.
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