Spider-Man makes his debut (1962)
In 1962, Marvel head writer Stan Lee was dreaming up ideas for a new superhero that could emulate the success of the Fantastic Four. He wanted a character that his young readers could identify with and, with the help of artist Steve Ditko, came up with Peter Parker - an ordinary teenager who gains web-slinging powers from a radioactive spider bite. Marvel publisher gave Lee permission to try out his new 'Spider-Man' character in the final issue of Marvel's supernatural anthology Amazing Fantasy (above) and, after impressive sales figures for the issue, Spidey was given his own solo series - The Amazing Spider-Man - which launched in 1963.
Lee claimed he wanted Peter Parker's character to be a normal teenager with "a lot of personal problems that readers could empathize with".