Peter Parker and his arachnid alter ego were born back in 1963. He was distinct from other comic book heroes at the time because he was just a teenager, still in school.  All the other super heroes were adults. The only teenagers in comics were the hero sidekicks.

Peter was also not from a fictional city like Gotham or Metropolis. He was from Forest Hills in New York. This gave him an even greater feeling of reality, even though he was part of an imaginative comic-book universe.

And like all teenagers, the young Peter had a sense of humor. He was never short on wisecracks or sharp retorts. But despite being flippant, Peter was always doubting and second-guessing himself. He assumed that he would lose every fight and that all his missions would end in failure.

The Beginnings

The Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series Spider-Man Muscle Chest Child CostumeThe first day of the rest of Peter’s life started after visiting a science exhibition. During one of the demonstrations, a common house spider was exposed to a massive dose of radiation when it swung into the path of a particle accelerator. The stricken spider landed on Peter’s hand and bit him as it died.

The spider’s irradiated venom altered Peter’s biochemistry. His body mutated, giving him the fantastic powers that would transform him into the amazing Spiderman.

Peter tested his powers in a wrestling challenge. Disguised by a mask, he defeated the wrestler Crusher Hogan. He was then offered and accepted a spot on the show.

For his TV debut, Peter designed his first costume and a pair of web-shooters. The Spiderman Kids Costume is reminiscent of this initial design.

Peter’s First Criminal

The lights on Peter’s stardom soon dimmed. Returning home one night after a personal appearance, he discovered his Uncle Ben had been murdered by a burglar. Peter was stunned as he realized this was the same man who burglarized the studio where he worked a few nights before. At that time, he refused to help the security guard apprehend the criminal.

Now, riddled with guilt, Peter vowed to use his power to protect the innocent and stop the guilty. He would never shirk his duty again because if he had stopped the thief at the TV studio, he could have prevented Uncle Ben’s death.

Driven by a sense of responsibility and accountability, Peter soon realized that he was a superhero people loved to hate. Considered a nuisance by some, he nonetheless endured many battles to protect the innocent.

No matter how hopeless the situation or overwhelming the odds, Spiderman never quit. He refused to accept defeat or surrender to despair. His body could be broken but his spirit was never conquered!

Spiderman’s Message

Spiderman’s message is about responsibility. If you want to be a good person, you have to be accountable for your actions. You can’t blame others for your mistakes or failures. You also have a duty to use your talents to make the world a better place. In other words, if you have the power to stop something bad from happening, you should step forward. As it says in the comic book, “With great power, there must also come great responsibility.”

That’s why Spiderman makes a fun superhero to emulate by kids. Spiderman is a standup character that helps those who can’t help themselves.