THE AMAZ­ING ORI­GINS OF SPI­DER- MAN

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1954: New York cos­tume com­pany Ben Cooper, Inc., sells out­fit called “SpiderMan.”” Marvel Comics cs artist Jack Kirby rby is ru­mored to haveave worked briefly forf the­com­pany, per­haps de­sign­ing cos­tumes.

Late 1950s: Ben Co­op­er­al­ters its “Spi­der Man” cos­tume de­sign, swap­ping the bag- like mask for a yel­low, plas­tic spi­der’s web. The­new de­sign is sold un­til 1962. 1962: Writer- editor Stan LeeLe as­signs Kir­byKirb to pro­duce Marvel’s new du v comic, “SpiderMan.” M TheT artist draws­dra a few pages,p ag but Leedeem­sLee them not right and hires Steve Ditko in­stead. Ditko claims to de­sign cos­tume. Au­gust 1962 ( cover date): Spi­der- Man de­buts in “Amaz­ing Fan­tasy” No. 15. March 1963 ( cover date): The hero’s solo ti­tle, “The Amaz­ing SpiderMan,” hits shelves.

Oc­to­ber 1963: Ben Coop­er­strikes deal with­Marvel— terms un­known— and­be­gins selling a li­censed SpiderMan cos­tume, makin­git the comic com­pany’s first piece of mer­chan­dise.

Stan Lee

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