Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-313710) (presumably) human mutate
Occupation: TV super hero
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Other Spider-Totems (Arachnido, Jr. of an unidentified reality,
Spider-Jameson of Earth-78327/John Jameson, Spider-Man of
Earth-616/Peter Parker, Spider-Man of Earth-928/Miguel O'Hara, Spider-Man of Earth-1610/Miles Morales, Spider-Man of Earth-11714, Spider-Man of Earth-57780, Spider-Man of Earth-70019, Spider-Man of Earth-80219, Spider-Man of Earth-96211, Spider-Man of Earth-96283, Spider-Man of Earth-120703, Spider-Man of Earth-730911, Spider-Prime of Earth-93060/Kevin
Green, Spider-Woman of Earth-616/Mattie Franklin, Spider-Woman of
Earth-1610/Jessica Drew, Spiders Man of Earth-9997, numerous others
from various unidentified realities);
possibly 6 Million Dollar Man, American Hero, Annie, Aquaman, Archie, Astro, Banana Splits, Batgirl, Batman, Big Bird, Blue Fairy, Betty Bonnet, Bozo the Clown, Bullwinkle, Bunny, C-3PO, Captain America, Capt. Kirk, Carrie, Charlie Chaplin, Chewbacca, Chips, Cinderella, Clown, Cookie Monster, the Count, Cowardly Lion, Disco Dazzler, Doctor Strange, Donald Duck, Dorothy, Drum Majorette, Ernie, Fairy, Fairy (Good Witch), Flintstone, Fly Man, Flying Nun, Funky Phantom, Funny Man, Great Grape Ape, the Groovie Ghoulies (Bella la Ghosty, Bones-a-Part, Drac, Frankie, Hagatha, Wolfie), the Grouch, Grover, Gypsy, Hardy, Hollie Hobby, Hong Kong Phooey, Robin Hood, Hulk, Invisible Girl, Iron Man, Isis, It's "Bingo!" Banana Split, Jeannie, Josie & the Pussycats, Evel Knievel, Little Fairy, the Lone Ranger, Mickey Mouse, Micronaut, Minnie Mouse, Miss America, Mister Fantastic, Mr. Magoo, Mr. Spock, Mork, Panda, Plastic Man, Policeman, Princess Leia, Pussy Cat, R2-D2, Raggedy Andy, Raggedy Ann, Rat Patrol, Rescue Team (Air Patrol, Fireman, Nurse, S.W.A.T.), Ride 'em Cowboy, Buck Rogers, Sad Sam, Scooby Doo, Secret Squirrel, Shazam, Snow White, Spider Woman, Straw Man, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Boy, Super-President, Superman, Tarzen, Teddy Bear, Thing, Thor, Tin Man, Tinker Bell, Tom & Jerry, Dick Tracy, Vincent from the Black Hole, Walt Disney's Mouseketeer, Web Woman, Wonder Woman, Woody Woodpecker, Yado, Yogi Bear, numerous others (see comments)
Enemies: The Inheritors of Earth-001 (Bora, Brix, Jennix, Morlun, Verna);
possibly Big Foot, Capt. Hook, the Creature, Darth Vadar, Devil, Dinosaur, Doctor Doom, Dracula, Baba Fett, Frankenstein, Galen, Ghost, Giant Man, Giant Woman, Godzilla, Great Bird, King Kong, Klingon, Land of the Lost, Monster, Mummy, Red Skull, Shark, Skeleton, Storm Trooper, Vampire, Werewolf, Warrior, Witch, Wolfman, numerous others (see comments)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Spider-Man (name printed on front of costume)
Base of Operations: Presumably mobile
First Appearance: (actual real life Halloween costume, Earth-1218): store shelves (1963);
(original version of Ben Cooper's character in print): Woolworth's Halloween costume advertisement, seen in select newspapers such as the St. Louis Dispatch (Sunday, October 22, 1967);
(updated version of Ben Cooper's character in print): Ben Cooper, Inc. 1976 catalog (1976);
(Ben Cooper's character in a Marvel comic): Spider-Verse I#2 (March, 2015)
Powers/Abilities: Despite not displaying any
superhuman powers, Spiderman presumably possessed the typical abilities
of a Spider-totem including superhuman physical attributes, the ability to cling to solid surfaces and a danger
Height: 5'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Presumably blonde (the only image that shows hair is in black & white)
History: (Woolworth's 1967 Halloween costume newspaper advertisement) - Spiderman debuted, wearing a red, yellow and blue costume.
(Ben Cooper 1967 Superheros Halloween costume advertisement) - Spiderman briefly donned a caped costume while teaming with a similarly caped Captain America and Thor.
(Woolworth's 1968 Halloween costume advertisement) - Spiderman appeared alongside numerous other costumed characters, sporting a red mask, yellow shirt & gloves and blue pants & boots.
(Ben Cooper, Inc. 1968 catalog) - Spiderman remained popular amongst costumed characters.
(Alden's 1969 Halloween costume advertisement) - Spiderman worked alongside Policeman and other costumed characters.
(Woolworth's 1969 Halloween costume advertisement) -
Spiderman appeared alongside various other heroic characters such as
Shazzan, the Tin Man, a clownish character called Banana Splits, the
Flying Nun, the Clown, the mask-wearing Superman, Archie, Batman and
Mickey Mouse when characters such as the Witch, Giant Man and Giant
Woman also appeared.
(Ben Cooper, Inc. 1973 catalog) - Spiderman continued to remain popular amongst costumed characters.
(1973 Ben Cooper, Inc. Play Suits box) - Spiderman teamed with Superman, Batman, Drum Majorette and others.
(Ben Cooper, Inc. 1976 catalog) - Spiderman remained
a famous name as a TV super hero alongside allies such as Raggedy Ann,
Bozo the Clown and Mr. Magoo.
(1970s Ben Cooper comic book advertisement) - When Halloween rolled around, Spiderman (sporting a new sleeveless costume) teamed up with the Hulk and Captain America to become the best-dressed character in the neighborhood.
(1970s Ben Cooper comic book advertisement) - As Halloween approached once more, Spiderman teamed up with the Hulk.
(Ben Cooper, Inc. 1980 catalog) - Spiderman appeared alongside Hulk and many other costumed characters, wearing both his normal costume and later a poncho costume.
(Spider-Verse I#2/5) - Spiderman was drawn into the
multiversal conflict involving the extradimensional Inheritors, who
were feeding on the energies of Spider-totems across numerous
realities. He participated in the battle against the Inheritors before
presumably being returned to his own reality.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer and artist. Adapted into Marvel Comics by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton.
This version of Spiderman (yes, that's how his name
is spelled) was based on a Halloween costume made by the now-defunct
Ben Cooper, Inc., as many kids from the 1950s-1980s might recognize.
While the original Halloween costume first appeared on store shelves in
1963 as one of (if not THE) first licensed product based on Marvel's
Spider-Man. Known for their costumes involving a cheap plastic mask and
a vinyl smock with brightly-colored images on it which often did not
reflect the actual character it was representing, Ben Cooper's
Spider-Man costume was no exception in that it did not at all
accurately reflect the look of Marvel's Spider-Man. The character
adapted into Marvel Comics by Dan Slott in Spider-Verse I#2 seemed to
on Ben Cooper's 1980 update of their Spiderman costume. The original
print ads for the 1960s Spiderman costume showed drawings of an adult
wearing the costume while the 1980 Ben Cooper Catalog showed a drawing
of a child wearing the updated costume. In terms of trying to create a
semblance of a story to connect all of the appearances and for the sake
of this profile, I chose to consider the Ben Cooper, Inc. version of
Spiderman as a young adult and that all of the versions are the same
character. Since we don't have much of a backstory to work with, it's
very possible that the original costumed adult character seen in the
Woolworth's ads in the 1960s might be a different character than the
character seen in the 1980 Ben Cooper catalog and the child character
had theoretically grown to adulthood by the time he was pulled to
participate in the Spider-Verse event, as he was drawn as a adult in
I've included an image (on the right) of the real life Spiderman costume for comparison.
enough, Ben Cooper had their own version of a Spiderman character that
predated Marvel's Spider-Man. The original costume based on their
original character created by their own company was first released on
shelves in 1954 and later updated in the late 1950s. I have an included
a drawing (to the left) of the 1954 Ben Cooper Spiderman taken from the
cover of the
1954 Ben Cooper "Spotlite Halloween" catalog to show its similarities
to Marvel's 1962 Spider-Man design. If we're talking story-wise, one
would assume that Ben Cooper's 1954 Spiderman character to be a
different character than their 1963 one based on Marvel's Spider-Man
and the two would be seemingly unrelated.
Also, one would think that the other costumed
characters produced by Ben Cooper would exist in the same universe as
this Ben Cooper Spiderman. Therefore, I have placed the ones seen or
mentioned in advertisements and catalogs alongside Spiderman in
Spiderman's affiliations. Please note that some of the character's
names in the Ben Cooper catalogs were not spelled the same as the typical counterparts. For
example, Fred Flintstone was simply called "Flintstone" while Yoda,
Darth Vader and Boba Fett from Star Wars were called "Yado," "Darth
Vadar" and "Baba Fett," respectively. Biotron from the Micronauts was
called "Micronaut," "Chips" was the name given to a police officer
character intended to be one of the main characters from the TV show CHiPs and "Tom & Jerry" was the single name given to the character of Tom the Cat from the Tom & Jerry cartoons. Also, Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street was called simply "the Grouch," a Sleestak from Land of the Lost was simply called "Land of the Lost," Tarzan was called "Tarzen," Josie from Josie & the Pussycats was called "Josie & the Pussycats," etc. etc.
A 1973 Ben Cooper catalog showed Spiderman's eyes to
be blue on its cover. According to the 1980 Ben Cooper catalog,
Spiderman was a "tv super hero."
I listed all of the appearances of the Ben Cooper,
Inc. Spiderman character that I was aware of and could find references
to but it's very possible he had appeared in numerous store
advertisements and past Ben Cooper catalogs over the years. If any more
are discovered, I will update this profile accordingly so if you know of any, please send them my way.
The Woolworth's ads, 1954 Spiderman and actual Spiderman costume photos courtesy of John "The Mego Stretch Hulk" Cimino. Much more history and information about the actual Ben Cooper Spiderman costume can be found on Cimino's blog, Hero-Envy, specifically the article titled "The 1963 Ben Cooper Spider-Man Halloween Costume."
One has to wonder why, if Spiderman was drawn into the battle against the Inheritors, Spider-Woman from the same Earth was not also drawn there. She also had a costume made by Ben Cooper, Inc. Then again, perhaps she is behind-the-scenes somewhere in that massive end battle. We may never know...
All characters listed in this profile, unless otherwise specified, are the Earth-313710 versions.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Spiderman has no KNOWN connections to:
images: (without ads)
Spider-Verse I#2, p40, pan4 (Spiderman during battle vs. Inheritors, main image)
Late 1970s comic book advertisement (Spiderman 1970s updated costume)
Woolworth's 1967 newspaper ad (Spiderman original costume, headshot)
Ben Cooper 1967 Superheros Cape & Mask Set advertisement (Spiderman's caped costume)
Woolworth's 1968 newspaper ad (Spiderman original costume, fullbody image, alternate colors)
Ben Cooper 1973 catalog, p2, splash page (Spiderman with chin-revealing mask)
Ben Cooper 1980 catalog, p25, splash page (Spiderman in poncho costume)
actual photo (real life Ben Cooper, Inc. Spiderman costume from the 1960s)
Ben Cooper Spotlite Halloween catalog, front cover (1954 Spiderman costume)
Woolworth's 1967 Halloween costume advertisement (1967) - uncredited writer & artist
Ben Cooper 1967 Superheros Cape & Mask Set advertisement (1967) - uncredited writer & artist
Woolworth's 1968 Halloween costume advertisement (1968) - uncredited writer & artist
Ben Cooper 1968 Catalog (1968) - uncredited writer & artist
Alden's 1969 Halloween costume advertisement (1969) - uncredited writer
Ben Cooper 1973 Catalog (1973) - uncredited writer & artist
1973 Ben Cooper Play Suits box (1973) - uncredited writer & artist
Ben Cooper 1976 Catalog (1976) - uncredited writer & artist
1970s comic book advertisement (late 1970s) - uncredited writer & artist
1970s comic book advertisement (late 1970s) - uncredited writer & artist
Ben Cooper 1980 Catalog (1980) - uncredited writer & artist
Spider-Verse I#2 (March, 2015) - "It's the Little Things" story - Dan Slott (writer), Ty Templeton (pencils, inks), Nick Lowe, Edie Pyle (editors)
Last updated: 08/19/15
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