Appearing in "Spider-Man!"
- Aunt May (First appearance) (See chronology)
- Uncle Ben (Only appearance; dies) (See chronology)
- Flash Thompson (First appearance) (See chronology)
- Liz Allan (First appearance) (Unnamed) (See chronology)
- The Burglar (First appearance)
- Raymond Warren (Peter's teacher) (First appearance)
- Radioactive Spider (First appearance) (Death)
- Midtown High students (First appearance)
- General Techtronics Laboratories East (First appearance)
- Dr. Eric Schwinner (First appearance)
- Crusher Hogan (See chronology)
- Max Shiffman (Television producer) (First appearance) (See chronology)
- Baxter Bigelow (Only appearance) (Unnamed)
- Chet Huntley (Unnamed) (Topical reference)
- Cindy Moon (Behind the scenes)
- Hector Cervantez (Behind the scenes)
- J. Jonah Jameson (Behind the scenes)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Future) (Behind the scenes)
Races and Species:
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Spider-Man!"
A shy, unassuming high-school student, Peter Parker prefers the company of his teachers to that of his classmates, who call him "Midtown High's only professional wallflower." His only living relatives, Uncle Ben and Aunt May, think the world of
One evening, while attending a demonstration of radioactivity at General Techtronics Laboratories East, Parker fails to notice a spider drop through a "radioactive ray" and receive a massive dose of radiation. It bites him and dies. Light-headed, Parker leaves the demonstration, only to be nearly run over by a car. He leaps to safety but is surprised to find he has jumped much further than intended-he lands on the side of a building and clings to the bricks by his fingertips. He quickly climbs to the roof and, once there, accidentally crumples a steel pipe in his hand. He believes that he has inherited the spider's speed, strength, and climbing ability. He begins to ponder the possibilities.
Shortly thereafter, Parker sees a wrestling ring and a sign: "$100 to the man who can stay in the ring three minutes with Crusher Hogan." He goes home, changes, puts on a hood, and returns to the ring. Hogan laughingly calls Parker the "Masked Marvel," but Parker lifts Hogan over his head and carries him up a post. Afterward, a man in the crowd introduces himself to Parker as a television producer, encourages him to go into show business, and gives him his card.
At home, Parker makes himself a spider-themed costume, a supply of sticky web fluid, and two jets for his wrists that can shoot the fluid. "Here comes the Spider-Man!" he says.
The Spider-Man appears on television and becomes a celebrity. One evening, he goes backstage and finds a guard chasing a thief. Spider-Man lets the thief escape and, when the guard complains, tells him, "That's your job! I'm thru being pushed around ... by anyone!"
Some days later, Parker returns home and learns from a policeman that a burglar has killed his Uncle Ben. The police have cornered the man in the deserted Acme warehouse. Parker dons his costume and swings to the scene.
Once inside, he frightens the man by crawling down the wall toward him. Parker then covers his gun hand with web fluid and knocks him unconscious. When he sees the man's face, he recognizes the thief who got away at the studio. He wraps the burglar in webbing and leaves him for the police to find. Shocked, Peter realizes that, if he had caught the burglar, his Uncle Ben would still be alive. He eventually learns that with great power comes great responsibility.
Appearing in "The Sandman Strikes!"
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Main story and flashback)
Races and Species:
- Humans (Main story and flashback)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
Synopsis for "The Sandman Strikes!"
Summoned by Reed Richards to the Baxter Building, the Human Torch is informed that his next mission is to stop the Sandman who has just escaped from prison. Finding the crook, the Torch is told that Sandman will only face Spider-Man, as Spider-Man is the hero who had put him behind bars. The Torch then disguises himself as Spider-Man and issues a challenge to the villain to fight him one on one, however, the Sandman gets the drop on "Spider-Man" and attacks him from behind. The Torch flames on, burning his imitation Spider-Man suit in the process, and tries to fight Sandman again, and even when doused in water and unable to use his flame powers, the Torch manages to gain the upper hand and defeat Sandman, turning him over to the authorities. The real Spider-Man, who had been making his way towards the scene of the battle does not arrive until the fight is over. Spider-Man expresses relief that the Torch is okay, but he is also worried that the Torch may be a more successful teenage superhero than he is.