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The Arachnid Action Man

Marvel?s ?non-mutant? star, Spider-Man, celebrates his 39th birthday with a sensational year of triumphs and transformations

By Arnold T. Blumberg     December 31, 2001


Ultimate versions of Jean Grey and Spidey share the cover of ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM-UP #11
© 2001 Marvel Comics

Just one year shy of his 40th birthday, Peter Parker ? a.k.a. the Amazing Spider-Man ? is still one of the most popular and recognizable comic book superheroes ever created. He?s also very human, weighed down by the knowledge that with great power comes great responsibility. He is the Everyman turned Superman. He?s our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and there?s never been a better time to get in on the web-slingin?, wall-crawlin? action.



Spider-Man recently faced the toughest challenge of his career as the fallout from the now infamous ?Clone Saga? and John Byrne?s abysmal CHAPTER ONE misfire buried fans in a morass of convoluted continuity and lousy storytelling. Even down-on-his-luck Peter deserved better than this! The Powers That Be agreed, and a slow but steady rehabilitation of Marvel?s arachnid adventurer began...

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