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After Superman and Batman, Spider-Man has probably the most recognizable superhero origin story in comics. He gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gains powers. His Uncle Ben dies. His aunt is old as fuck (until she’s not). He is Marvel Comics‘ most well-known character.
Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962). Spider-Man is usually the alias of Peter Parker (until it isn’t), a perpetual teenager who uses his great power for great responsibility. However, the 21st century introduced a second official Spider-Man: Miles Morales, who starred in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Spider-Man has appeared in a number of movies, television shows, and video game adaptations. Each adaptation and new comic run has added to the history of Spider-Man. There are so many different versions of the character, that the question I ask today is: which version of Spider-Man is your favorite?
This one was extremely easy. Tobey Maguire is easily my Spider-Man on film. I enjoy all three of his films (yes, I said all THREE; Spider-Man 3 gets better in my mind knowing its the last we’ll ever see of Maguire’s Spider-Man). However, if I had to pick just one Spider-Man throughout the character’s history, it would have to be the version from Spider-Man: The Animated Series. I absolutely love the 1990s series that saw season long story arcs and cameos from other Marvel characters. Both DC and Marvel had successful shared animated universes in the nineties, and while Batman: The Animated Series is no doubt the best of the bunch, STAS is close behind in my opinion. I would pay good money to see a continuation of that series made.
So what about you, folks? Who is your Spider-Man?
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