Retro: Spider-Man Number 1
Spiderman is one of the most famous characters in the Marvel Universe. Spiderman’s popularity can be linked to several aspects. After all, he is one of the few teenagers to become a superhero and a backstory that remains iconic. Here’s the full synopsis for the first issue of Spiderman.
The first issue of Spiderman tells us the now well-known backstory. Peter Parker is a boy who lives with his uncle and his aunt. He is bitten by a radioactive spider and gains superpowers. In his own words, as he brags, his uncle is shot dead in a bizarre incident involving a thief. Spider-Man uses his superpowers to stop the culprit, but the Parker family falls on hard times after the family’s sole breadwinner is shot and killed. Interesting point here, that’s the end of the story in the original plot.
It’s interesting to see Spider-Man’s first look, which appears to have undergone only one cosmetic change over the decades. In this version, Spidey’s suit has a web-like wing under his biceps, which gives Spider-Man a bird-like appearance when he swings from place to place.
Interestingly, Peter Parker also has thoughts about using his superpowers for the wrong reasons, like stealing money from a bank or something, but that’s just a passing thought. And then there’s the little thing about Spider-Man realizing that he can’t actually legally make money off of his character, because how is he going to cash a check that’s written out to Spider-Man?
Peter tries to find a job, but no one wants to hire a young guy. Things get worse when one day he sees that her aunt May is pawning her jewelry. He decides to do some stunts, but Jameson, the newspaper editor, walks in. who has a special type and a special amount of grudge for Spiderman.
In this story, Jameson doesn’t like Spider-Man because he’s not too happy with the kind of adulation Spider-Man is getting from people, and he thinks his son, the astronaut, is the one who should be getting that kind of attention. Things come to a head when Jameson Jr. suffers from a failed space project.
The army has no choice but to accept Spider-Man’s help, even as Jameson tries to convince the army that Spider-Man is the real problem.
Of course, instead of receiving adulation, Jameson starts the propaganda against him, and perhaps this is what starts the fight between the two.