First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962)
Created By: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Spider-Man first debuted as a character teenagers could relate to. He was broke, sucked at girls, and was a huge nerd. No wonder geeks love him. When he first appeared in the pages of Amazing Fantasy, the spider on his chest had a circular body, he had normal-sized eyes, and noticeable underarm webbing on his costume. As the years went on, the webbing disappeared and the eyes got bigger, especially under the pencil of influential artist Todd McFarlane, who among other things, helped create Venom. Artist Humberto Ramos further exaggerated Spider-Man's proportions, and gave him a Margot Tenenbaum-like thick shade of black around his eyes, and his Ultimate Spider-Man appearance kept the large bug eyes McFarlane popularized, and made his body smaller and more agile-looking.