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Spider-Man: 50 years on the go!

"Spider-Man, Spider-Man. Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size. Catches thieves just like flies. Look Out! Here Comes the Spider-Man. "
Comic book creator Stan Lee stands beside some of his drawings - Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP
Ariel León
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"Spider-Man, Spider-Man. Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size, Catches thieves just like flies. Look Out! Here Comes the Spider-Man. " This catchy song of the animated series has trapped for five decades millions of children who dream of being the arachnid superhero.

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The story is known: in 1962, Stan Lee wanted to make a comic about a character with the characteristics of a fly. His publicist said it was a terrible idea, so he created a superhero with the characteristics of a spider, and Spider-Man was born.

After 55 years, Spider-Man made Lee a millionaire and his character is one of the most revered, and today, it is half a century since his animated series hit television, beginning the Spidey euphoria.

This year, the remake in cinemas, Spider-Man: Homecoming was a blockbuster by raising USD$ 748 million worldwide, an unprecedented success considering the series premiered on September 8, 1967, but with a very low budget produced until June 14, 1970, despite its popularity in Spanish-speaking countries since 1970.

This was the first animated adaptation of the comic Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. It aired for the first time on ABC in the United States. Grantray-Lawrence Animation produced the first season, while the second and third seasons were produced by Ralph Bakshi.

For Marc Webb, comic book fan and Director of Amazing Spider-Man, and Amazing Spider-Man 2, what sets this hero apart from others is that being masked, anyone can be Spider-Man.

"Over the years we've seen that Spider-Man is not just Peter Parker, he can be an African American, a Latino, an Asian, Spider-Man can be you or even me... Today Spider-Man is Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino teen making Spidey an empathetic and above all timeless character, "Webb said in an interview with EL UNIVERSAL.

Marc, like millions of children in the 70's, wanted to be The Spider-Man, a dream that would come true 30 years later.

"Directing two movies was a dream, I've always been a fan of superheroes, but as an adult and a father I think Spider-Man could be the most important superhero: He's an ordinary guy who risks his life for the public good without any reward or any kind of support, he does it because he feels empathy towards his friends, neighbors, companions."


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