Real Name: Peter Parker
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)
Powers: Super Strength, Speed, Agility, and a “Spider Sense”.
Love Interests: Gwen Stacey, Mary Jane Watson
Did You Know: Peter Parker’s parents were field operatives in the C.I.A.
A Little History
One of the most well-known origin stories in the history of comics, Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider during a classroom field trip. More specifically, during a science demonstration that Peter and his classmates were visiting, he was bitten by a radioactive spider. The bite left him confused and unsure what was to happen to him. Fortunately, he quickly realized that along with the bite came a large amount of spider-like abilities. These included his spider-sense, heightened strength, speed, and agility.
Before he began to fight the worst of the Marvel Universe villains, he actually used his newfound power to win money fighting in wrestling matches. At the conclusion of one match, he witnessed a thief burglarizing the establishment and rather than stopping him, he let him escape.
What he didn’t realize was that later that night, this same thief would be responsible for killing his Uncle. Although it didn’t happen quite like this in the comics, the Spider-Man movies have done a great job convincing us that this pivotal point ushered in the words “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
At this point that he vowed to use his powers only for good.