Our web-making hero has been battling arch enemies such as the Green Goblin, Venom, and the Lizard for more than 50 years. His recent pursuits on the silver screen have also been battling one sequel after another for box office records. Most of us Spidey friends know his real name is Peter Parker, who, as a high school student was bitten by a spider exposed to radioactivity, which gave Peter his powers. The turning point in his crime fighting life began when his uncle was murdered.
These are our top 5 unknown Spider-Man facts:
5. His Web Fluid Only Lasts an Hour
A common Spider-Man appearance in New York City has him swinging overhead from building to building, supported by the thin strand of webbing he creates. But the creation is not a result of his transformation after being bitten by the spider. Instead, the web fluid was developed by Peter himself as a means of swinging along tall buildings and to bind the bad guys during his exploits. The web shooter is a creation of his as well. These facts were revealed by creator Stan Lee in 1964 in the Amazing Spider-Man Annual. What was revealed about the web fluid is that it evaporates after one hour. Throughout the Spider-Man series, these issues about the web fluid were expanded for the readers.
4. He was Cloned
This storyline began in the 1970’s and had more than a few readers confused when the story came to a head in 1990’s. Basically, there were said to be two Spider-Mans. The well-known Peter Parker was actually a clone, while the “original” Spider-Man’s name was Bill Reilly. Many see this storyline as more of a debacle than a debate. Devoted readers of the comic for more than 20 years thought they had been lied to by Marvel. Naturally, Marvel retracted its position, revealing that the entire 20 year clone conflict was in fact a trick by Spider-Man’s nemesis the Green Goblin, and laid the issue to rest, stating Peter Parker had always been the one and only Spider-Man.
3. Spidey had Six Arms
The Amazing Spider-Man Comic issues #101 and #102 shows Peter Parker quitting the anti-crime scene and trying to develop a serum that will cancel his powers so he can conduct a normal life. The problem was, the serum backfired and he grew another four more arms. He encounters a villain named Morbius, a vampire he fights, then returns and with the help of Dr. Curt Connors, develops a formula that will transform him back to the original Spider-Man.
2. He Got Married
Yes, in the comic book series, Peter married Mary Jane Watson. The event is recorded in the Spider-man Annual #21 published in 1987. What makes this event wild is that there was an actual marriage between Spider-Man and Mary Jane at the home of the New York Mets – Shea Stadium – to promote the upcoming issue. Attended by more than 45,000 people, other Marvel comic book heroes were on hand, such as the Hulk, Iceman, Firestar, and naturally, Captain America.
1. He Killed His Girlfriend
Blonde haired Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s first love, was tragically killed in issue #121 of the Amazing Spider-man. The Green Goblin throws Gwen over the side of the George Washington Bridge during a fight with our hero. Spider-Man, seeing her fall, acts quickly and catches her leg with a web. Apparently, the quick stop to her momentum snapped her neck, and he discovers that she is dead.