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Peter Benjamin Parker
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, the Amazing Spider-Man, the Sensational Spider-Man, the Spectacular Spider-Man, “Tiger,” Spidey, Webhead, Webslinger, Wall-crawler, “Little Man”; formerly “the Amazing Octo-Spidey”, Bag-Man, “Bookworm,” Captain Universe, Dusk, Hornet, Mad Dog #336, Man-Spider, Prodigy, “Puny Parker,” Ricochet, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Hulk, Spider-Phoenix
Freelance photographer; former assistant high school coach, science teacher, scientific researcher
Place of Birth
Forest Hills, New York
Richard Parker (father, deceased), Mary Parker (mother, deceased), Benjamin Parker (uncle, deceased), May Parker (aunt), Will Fitzpatrick (grandfather), Benjamin Reilly (Scarlet Spider, clone, deceased), Kaine (clone), other clones (deceased)
College graduate (biophysics major), doctorate studies in biochemistry (incomplete)
Peter can cling to most surfaces, has superhuman strength (able to lift 10 tons optimally) and is roughly 15 times more agile than a regular human. The combination of his acrobatic leaps and web-slinging enables him to travel rapidly from place to place. His spider-sense provides an early warning detection system linked with his superhuman kinesthetics, enabling him the ability to evade most any injury, provided he doesn’t cognitively override the autonomic reflexes.
Note: his power enhancements through his transformation by the Queen and after battling Morlun – including his organic web glands and stingers – have been undone after Spider-Man’s deal with Mephisto.
Peter is an accomplished scientist, inventor and photographer.
Spider-Man designed and constructed several devices that he traditionally carries as part of his full costume. This includes twin artificial web-shooters worn at the wrists, spare web cartridges attached to his belt, spider-tracer devices attuned to his spider-sense, the spider-signal light, and a compact camera. He has reconstructed his web shooters out of a high density plastic to avoid metal detectors, and has added modifications to detect low web-fluid levels, and propel spider-tracers.
For a time while allied with Iron Man, Spider-Man wore a costume that was equipped with filters in the mouth area to keep out toxins and allow him to breathe underwater, audio amplification, visual amplification (including vision in the infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths), a short-range GPS microwave communication system (with a built-in fire, police, and emergency scanner), and retractable webbing under his arms that allow short bursts of gliding. The costume was made of a material that could serve as a bulletproof jacket against small caliber bullets. For the first upgrade to the costume, Stark added three mechanical waldo arms, which can grab and move objects as well housing cameras which transmit images back to the costume’s eyepiece. The waldoes can also be used offensively in combat. The costume is now built out of a liquid metal nanofiber material allowing it to quickly change in appearance upon mental command into anything from Spider-Man’s civilian clothes to his former costumes, as well as providing camouflage by blending with the surrounding colors.
Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)
Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)
First cross-over with the Fantastic Four (Amazing Spider-Man #1, 1963); J. Jonah Jameson explained why he hates Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man #10, 1964); Spider-Man and Green Goblin discovered each other’s identities, Green Goblin becomes amnesiac (Amazing Spider-Man #40, 1966); Green Goblin remembered Spider-Man’s identity (Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #2, 1968); Peter discovered the truth about his parents’ occupation and cause of death (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5, 1968); Green Goblin killed Gwen Stacy (Amazing Spider-Man #121, 1973); Harry Osborn discovered Spider-Man’s identity (Amazing Spider-Man #134, 1974); Peter encountered the first Gwen Stacy clone (Amazing Spider-Man #143, 1975); Spider-Man’s clone Ben Reilly first appeared (Amazing Spider-Man #149, 1975); Peter’s life history told and origin retold (Amazing Spider-Man #181, 1978) Peter proposed to Mary Jane for the first time (Amazing Spider-Man #182, 1978); first appearance of the alien symbiote (Secret Wars #8/Amazing Spider-Man #252, 1984); Peter proposed to Mary Jane for the second time (Amazing Spider-Man #290, 1987); Mary Jane accepted Peter’s proposal for marriage (Amazing Spider-Man #292, 1987); Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson married (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, 1987); Mary Jane announced she is pregnant (Spectacular Spider-Man #220, 1995); Spider-Man (temporarily) quit being Spider-Man (Spectacular Spider-Man #229, 1995); Aunt May discovered Peter is Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man #35, 2001); joined the New Avengers. (New Avengers #3, 2005); died after battle with Morlun (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3, 2006); reborn (Amazing Spider-Man #527, 2006); discovered new powers (Amazing Spider-Man #529, 2006); received new costume from Tony Stark (Amazing Spider-Man #529, 2006), publicly revealed identity (Civil War #2, 2006)
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