60th Anniversary of Spider-Man: 7 Biggest Moments In Spidey History

Come August 15th this year, it’ll be the 60th Anniversary of Spider-Man, since his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy No. 50. Since then he’s been in countless films, tv shows, games, and of course, even more comics and in this list, we’ll have a look at the biggest events overall media so far, and what’s shaped Spider-Man to be the character we know today.

Dead Relatives/Mentors

Uncle Ben Dying

No list like this would be complete without of course mentioning perhaps the most famous origin story of all comic-book lore, bar perhaps Batman’s. We all know that Peter Parker loses Uncle Ben at the start of his journey, thus shaping his eventual need to help those that can’t help themselves. However, we’ve also seen him lose equally important people to himself at other times, the most famous being Gwen Stacy, originally occurring in The Amazing Spider-Man No. 121 – No. 122.  and Aunt May several times.

Getting The Symbiote Black Suit

60th Anniversary of Spider-Man Black suit

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Way back when in the 1984 crossover event Secret Wars, Peter Parker was transported from Earth alongside many other heroes, to an unknown planet. When exploring, he found a machine, that when operated covered him in a black liquid. Thus, the symbiote suit was born. He eventually managed to get rid of it, but not before causing damage and pain to those around him back in New York. The symbiote then slithered off to find a new host in Eddie Brock, giving birth to the infamous Venom. Coming up to the 60th Anniversary of Spider-Man, and it looks like we’ll be seeing all of this happening on the big screen soon enough.

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The Public Finds Out Who Spider-Man Is

Public Find Out Who Spider-Man Is

Perhaps the two biggest examples of this have come in separate mediums. The most recent being at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home where Mysterio has leaked to J. Jonah Jameson that Spider-Man is Peter Parker, and then back in 2006/07 during Civil War where Tony Stark persuaded Spider-Man to publicly reveal his identity.


The Spidey Verse
The Spidey Verse

With the 60th anniversary of Spider-Man upon us, there’s been a fair few different writers for the Spider-Man comics over the years. Now Dan Slott’s run on Spider-Man was okay to good, but the introduction of the Spider-Verse changed Spider-Man and the related universe in a big way. We were introduced to the Spider-Totem, different versions of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen and others. Without this story, we wouldn’t have the fantastic Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, or the multiverse-hopping antics of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Related: Spider-Man: No Way Home Extended Cut Will Have More Spider-Man Trio Action Scenes

His Greatest Nemesis Being His Best Friend’s Dad

Another obvious inclusion would be the mention of Norman Osborn, who in their own right is a massive character in Marvel lore, for many reasons, not just his Green Goblin persona, however, it’s fair to say Green Goblin is to Spider-Man like Joker is to Batman. You can’t have one without the other. It’s a story that’s looking like we might see again, as it was announced Osborn is going to be in the new Spider-Man: Freshman Year show.

Related: Spider-Man: Freshman Year Finally Introduces Norman Osborn to MCU

The Death of Spider-Man

The Death of Spider-Man

Not done as often as other superheroes in comics, but even Spider-Man has died, and only sometimes been resurrected. Most recently in the Miles Morales-led Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse we see Peter Parker die in the opening, and along with the help of the multiversal Spider-People, this forces a young and inexperienced Miles to step up. He also died back in The Ultimates, and many different incarnations have been killed by Morlun over the years.

Getting Bit By The Spider

Spider-Man Getting Bit By The Spider

Without this, we wouldn’t have had a comic, film, tv shows and certainly not be coming up to the 60th anniversary of Spider-Man. The first and most important part of a journey is the start, so without having him bit to become Spider-Man, he would have stayed your average, wholesome, kid-genius probably saving the world in other ways.

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Written by Luke

Luke Addison is the Lead Video Game Critic and Gaming Editor. As likely to be caught listening to noughties rock as he is watching the latest blockbuster cinema release, Luke is the quintessential millennial wistfully wishing after a forgotten era of entertainment. Also a diehard Chelsea fan, for his sins.

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