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Marvel Comics Green Goblin Spider-Man
aka Peter Parker, was created in 1962 by Stan Lee, and was not an
obvious Marvel Comics super hero.
Peter was a bright, but shy and insecure teenager. Both his parents had died, but he was raised by his uncle and aunt, Ben and May Parker. Because Peter was never told the truth about his parents, he believed his parents had abandoned him, and so he became full of self-doubt.
The transformation into Spider-Man came about, when an unfortunate house spider mistakenly got a dose of radiation, during a scientific experiment at an exhibition. Peter was bitten by the dying spider, and later nearly got run over by a car, but leapt out of the way and found that he had not only leapt a long way up the wall of a building, but that his fingertips were enabling him to stick to the wall of the building. Spider-Man was born!
When Peter's uncle was shot dead, Peter used his Spider-Man powers to sort out the bad guys and gals, including the Chameleon, the Sandman, Venom, the Green Goblin, and the Black Cat. The latter, lovely but dubious, individual fell in love with Spider-Man, and changed her ways.
Like Clark Kent, Peter tried to lead a normal life, working for The Daily Bugle as a photographer, then, as his alter ego, Spidey, carrying out what he feels is his duty to make the world a better place, helping fight crime in the New York area and beyond, including with such famous names as Captain America, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, and the lesser-known Dr. Strange, Wolverine, and the Punisher.
Spider-Man, from an uncertain start, has become, along with Superman and Batman, the most famous of all super heroes, being made into live and animated TV series, and, more recently, highly successful films. As Stan Lee (also creator of the Hulk, the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four) said of the reasons for Spider-Man's popularity: "He's possibly the most realistically human of all super heroes."
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