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I believe there’s a hero in all of us.

Aunt May, Spider-Man 2004

Aunt May would certainly be proud of what little Peter Parker has come to accomplish in strange radioactive spider life. Even if he is a bit complicated, he has National Spider-Man Day working in his favor!

History of National Spider-Man Day

Created by Stan Lee and Steve Dikto in 1962 on the pages of Marvel comic books, Spider-Man has come to life in a wide variety of ways since then. This lovable and rather awkward teenage superhero entered into the hearts of loner teenagers (and adults) all over the world.

Even with his poor luck of having been bitten by a radioactive spider, audiences found him easy to identify with and wanted more. Now, for more than six decades, fans continue to love everything related to Spider-Man. From comic books to animated cartoons, from action figures to live action films. And everything in between.

Although the date of Spidey’s first appearance in comic books is disputed (some say June 5, others say August 10) National Spider-Man Day is now celebrated on August 1. But no matter what the official anniversary of release, National Spider-Man is a Day to be celebrated!

How to Celebrate National Spider-Man Day

For fans of Marvel in general or Spider-Man specifically, celebrating National Spider-Man Day is no difficult task. Get started with some of these ideas for paying heed to this stellar superhero:

Read Spider-Man Comic Books

Get back to the original way of enjoying Spider-Man by heading over to the comic book store and grabbing some Spidey stories. Whether some classic collectibles, modern comics or even graphic novels, these are sure to entertain and delight – on National Spider-Man Day or any day!

Watch Some Spider-Man Cartoons

Try grabbing some of the classic 1960s animated cartoons that used to show on Saturday mornings, complete with the catchy little theme song. “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man.” The original series had 52 episodes that ran from 1967 to 1970.

Another Spider-Man cartoon series aired on Fox Kids Network from 1994-1998. Its 65 episodes later ran on Toon Disney and Disney XD, giving those kids of the nineties their own taste of what National Spider-Man Day is all about.

Catch Some Spider-Man Films

Or, for those who are more interested in modern renditions, try out one of the many Spider-Man movies that have been made. With three different actors over the past 20 years, there are a lot to choose from. Here are a few:

  • Spider-Man (2002). Starring Tobey Macguire and Kirsten Dunst, this film tells the beginning of the story when Peter Parker is bitten by the radioactive spider.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). This film (and its sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) features Spidey portrayed by Andrew Garfield alongside big names like Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field and Martin Sheen.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). British Actor, Tom Holland, takes over the role of Spider-Man alongside Zendaya, Michael Keaton (of previous Batman fame), Donald Glover and Marisa Tomei. Holland also makes appearances as Spidey in two Avengers films.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). In an unexpected but delightful turn of events. Toby Macguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland all make appearances when Peter Parker’s identity is revealed to the world, and Dr. Strange is recruited to help.

(Image: “Spider Man on Top of Building” by Josh Hild)

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