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In an effort to reduce the INCREDIBLE amount of email I get from visitors of the site (cue laugh-track), I've set up a Frequently Asked Questions page, designed to enlighten, educate and inform the cyber-world of Spider-Man's history, atributes and other things that might have you scratching your head. If you have a question that isn't here, let me know and I'll add it on.

Questions about Spider-Man?

> > Who is Spider-Man?
> > Where did Spider-Man first appear?
> > How many comic books does Spider-Man appear in?
> > What characters from the movie were in the comics?
> > Isn't Norman Osborn dead?
> > What are Peter's parents names?

Who is Spider-Man?

Peter Parker is your basic average guy. He struggles to make ends meet, has trouble getting dates, and spents a lot of time looking after his family when they need help. He's also a webslinging superhero named Spider-Man, who gained Spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive Spider. After using his new gifts for fame and fortune, the newfound adulation went to Pete's head, and he let a Burglar rob the studio he was working at. That Burglar would later try to rob Peter's Aunt May and Uncle Ben, resulting in a struggle that ended with the Burglar shooting Uncle Ben. Realising that he was responsible his Uncle's demise, Peter decided to become a hero, fully understanding what his Uncle Ben once told him. "With great power, comes great responsibility."

Peter eventually became well known around New York as both a hero and a menace, thanks to the editorials of J. Jonah Jameson, the editor turned publisher of the Daily Bugle, a tabloid that Peter sells photos of Spider-Man to. Peter continued being Spider-Man into college, where he met Gwen Stacy, his first true love, Harry Osborn, his best friend, and Mary Jane Watson, the niece of his Aunt's best friend. Eventually Peter was about to propose to Gwen, until her father was murdered and she left New York. She returned a short while later, but died during a fight between Peter and Harry's father Norman, the Green Goblin. The Goblin also appeared to parish during this fight.

Peter grew closer to Mary Jane, and also formed a friendship with Flash Thompson, who had previously bullied Peter in high school. Flash was the best man at Peter's wedding to Mary Jane. Harry married Liz Allen, Flash's ex, though he took on his father's mantle of the Goblin, and died a while later. A year after Harry's death, Norman returned, revealing that he had survived his "death" years before, thanks to his Goblin serum, and he kidnapped Peter and Mary Jane's newborn baby.

Currently Peter and Mary Jane are repairing their fractured relationship, while Norman continues to haunt Peter. Peter also his hands full since Aunt May discovered that he is Spider-Man.

Although this is far from a complete summary of Spider-Man's history, it should be noted that in Amazing Spider-Man #38, it took Peter nearly four hours to tell his history to Aunt May.

Where did Spider-Man first appear?

Spider-Man first appeared in the pages of a comic title called Amazing Fantasy, in it's 15th and final issue, dated August 1962.

The story, which ran in two parts for a total of eleven pages, also introduced Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson and the Burglar.

Prior to it's final issue, Amazing Fantasy had been known as Amazing Adult Fantasy, though the reasons for the change in it's last issue remain unknown. The story of Spider-Man, which had long been a favorite of writer Stan Lee was turned down by Marvel Comics publisher Martin Goodman at the time since he felt that "the character would not find popularity with readers", and that "people hate spiders, so you can't call a hero 'Spider-Man.'"

The issue proved a resounding success, and nine months later the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man hit the shelves.

How many comic books does Spider-Man appear in?

Spider-Man appears monthly in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker: Spider-Man, Spider-Man's Tangled Web and Ultimate Spider-Man. An aging Peter Parker appears in Spider-Girl, a series about Spider-Man's daughter in the future. Spider-Man also makes frequent guest appearances in other Marvel Comics, including Daredevil and Exiles.

Other Spider-Man titles published over the years include: Spectacular Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Man Unlimited (vol. 1&2), Marvel Tales, Spider-Man Adventures, Adventures of Spider-Man, Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man, Marvel Team-Up (vol. 1&2), Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Web of Spider-Man, Spider-Man Team-Up, Spidey Super Stories, Untold Tales of Spider-Man, Marvel Mangaverse: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Man: The Manga.

There have also been many Spider-Man limited series, and Spidey has appeared in series spun-off of his, including Green Goblin, Spider-Woman and Venom. For more information on Spider-Man comics, go to the Reviews Section.

What characters from the movie were in the comics?

Aside from Peter Parker/Spider-Man (obviously), characters that were taken from the comics to appear in the 2002 Blockbuster film "Spider-Man", included Mary Jane Watson (1st app. Amazing Spider-Man #42), Aunt May and Uncle Ben (1st app. Amazing Fantasy #15), Harry Osborn (1st app. Amazing Spider-Man #31), Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin (1st app. Amazing Spider-Man #14), Flash Thompson (1st app. Amazing Fantasy #15), Dr. Mendel Stromm (1st app. Amazing Spider-Man #37), The Burglar (1st app. Amazing Fantasy #15), J. Jonah Jameson (1st app. Amazing Spider-Man #1), Betty Brant (1st app. Amazing Spider-Man #4) and Robbie Robertson (1st app. Amazing Spider-Man #51).

The Green Goblin's Goblin Glider was first used in Amazing Spider-Man #17. A Daily Bugle newspaper was first seen in Fantastic Four #2. Dr. Connors and Eddie Brock, who were mentioned but did not appear on-screen appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #6 and Amazing Spider-Man #299, respectivly.

Characters such as the Oscorp board of directors and Bone Saw did not appear in the comics.

Isn't Norman Osborn dead?

Yes. And no.

Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin was impailed by his Goblin Glider in Amazing Spider-Man #122 (Apr. 1973), in the same way he was in the movie. There was a funeral, and he was buried. Years later, 1996 to be precise, the Spider-Man titles had been following a clone storyline and needed a resolution. Then editor-in-chief suggested that Norman Osborn be behind it all, and so Norman was resurrected in Amazing Spider-Man #418 (Oct. 1996). It was revealed that his goblin serum had rejuvenating powers, and he recovered after his apparent death, albeit with a large scar on his chest. Norman would continue to fight Spider-Man until he lost his mind in Amazing Spider-Man #441 (Sept. 1998).

Recently Norman and the Goblin returned in Peter Parker: Spider-Man #44 (May 2002), as he has regained his sanity. Determined to finally kill Peter once and for all, Norman was defeated and returned to his offices battered and beaten. It was implied he committed suicide, but that remains unconfirmed.

So, to answer your question, yes he did die but he got better.

What are Peter's parents names?

Ah, this one's simple. Peter Parker's parents are Richard and Mary. They first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5. Peter's Uncle Ben is Richard's older brother. Mary's maiden name is Fitzpatrick. Both Richard and Mary died when Peter was about five, as chronicled in ASM Annual #5, and other titles.

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Mary Parker is still Peter's mother, but his father's name is Ray.



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