Bitten by a radioactive spider, Spider-Man (alias Peter Parker)
is endowed with super spider abilities.
The 1960's anti-hero, Spider-Man is another of
Lee's superheroes with problems. As Peter Parker is an adolescent,
there is a lot of space devoted to his mooning about his sweetheart,
living with his aunt, getting his exams passed, etc. He is also
sought after by the police as they suspect that he is the malfactor
rather than the hero.
Spider-Man continues to be Marvel's biggest success
story - the hero that broke the old superhero mold. Whilst Superman
and Batman left behind
their original dark origins to become bland, colour-less and rather
sterile, the appearance of Peter Parker and his incessant self-doubt
and feelings of rage against an adult populated world found a spark
in the 1960's readership - and continues to do so.