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Steve McGarry

Spider-man on Screen

Created by comic book icons Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-man debuted in a 1962 issue of "Amazing Fantasy."  Within a year, the teenage superhero was the star of his own best0selling comic book series, "The Amazing Spider-man."  He made the leap to the small screen with the 1967 animated series "Spider-man" - the first in a long line of animated versions.

Nicholas Hammond - a former child actor whose credits included the movies "Lord of the Flies" and "The Sound of Music" - starred in a 1977 live-action TV movie that spawned a short-lived television series.

1977 also saw the launch of a daily newspaper comic strip centered around Spider-man.  The following year, a live-action show featuring the character debuted on Japanese TV.

Over the next two decades, the web-slinging hero spawned books, toys, memorabilia and numerous video games.

The first in a trilogy of big-budget movies, starring Tobey Maguire, hit screens in 2002.  "Spider-man" was a major hit, taking in more than $800 million worldwide.  The two sequels added a further $16 billion to the studio's coffers!

Debuting in 2010, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, "Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark" is the most expensive musical in Broadway history.  It is set to transfer to Las Vegas in 2015.

The movie franchise was given a reboot with the 2012 release of "The Amazing Spider-man," with Andrew Garfield, of "The Social Network" fame, in the title role.  The film grossed more than $750 million worldwide, setting up this spring's sequel and two further installments that are scheduled for 2016 and 2018.
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