A super hero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and published by Marvel comics. He first appeared in the final edition of Amazing Fantasy, originally titled Amazing Adult Fantasy, in 1962.
The origin of Spider-Man has been told many times in comics, cartoons, TV shows and films. Broadly speaking it is the story of Peter Parker a nerdy teenager bitten by a radioactive spider. This encounter leaves Peter with spider like speed, strength and agility. Drunk on his new found power he goes in search of ways to make money and after a wrestling show fails to stop a burgler from stealing the gate takings at a show. This man goes on to kill his uncle. Realising that he could have stopped this Peter learns the hard way that "With great power, there must also come great responsibility". He vows never to allow anyone to be hurt by his inaction again.
Spider-Man has recently been the subject of 2 highly successful Hollywood movie and appears in a number of regular publications by Marvel comics.