When we think of the Marvel Comic hero Spider-Man, we usually think about the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Tom Holland Spider-Man Or the Sam Rami Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. Think before all that, before the internet or social media was invented.
Back when Stan Lee was working at Timely Comics later to be called Marvel comics, during that time in 1962 Thor and The Incredible Hulk was created. Marvel Comics became a talk and the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (comic artist) pair were working day in and day out.
At that point Marvel Comics became a popular name in the comic industry. The Fantastic Four was becoming popular during that time. Stan’s publisher came to him and he said; “Stan I want you to come up with a new superhero.” Stan started thinking about what kind of power the hero should have, as soon as he could think of a power then everything started to come together. One day with an interview with Larry King in 2000, Stan said; “I saw a fly crawling on the wall, and I said; “Hey if I can get a superhero that could stick to walls. Man that would be groovy”. Now Stan needed a name. He suggested; “Fly-Man” and “Mosquito-Man '', but those names just didn’t sound right. But, when he cut down to “Spider-Man'', he liked how it sounded dramatic. So Stan got his power and his name, and just for fun he decided to give the character personal problems. Then Stan thought to himself he’ll make the character a teenager, during that time there were no teenage superheroes.
So now equipped with all of that material and all those tremendous ideas, Stan ran to his publishers office and told him about his new creation. His publisher replied; “ Stan that is the worst I have ever heard. First of all people hate spiders so you can’t call a hero Spider-Man''. Also, he didn’t like the idea of the character being a teenager, he said; “Teenagers can only be sidekicks!”. Stan's publisher really didn’t agree about giving the character personal problems. “Stan, don't you know what superhero is?” his publisher exclaimed. Stan was able to put the first story of Spider-Man at the end of the magazine “Amazing Fantasy”. Even though Stan's publisher didn’t like Spider-Man, the reader did. A few months later, Stan put the idea of Spider-Man aside and forgot about it, Stan’s boss saw how much money the magazine had of the Spider-Man story had made. His boss ran to Lee’s office and said “Let make him a regular feature”.
In the words of the great Stan Lee; “If you have an idea that you genuinely think is great, don’t let some idiot talk you out of it”
- J Gutierrez
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