Biographic by Steve McGarry for April 27, 2014
Biographic 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.