Real Name: Peter Parker
Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-1983) human mutate
Occupation: ESU college student
Group Membership: Spider-Friends (Fire-Star/Angelica Jones, Iceman/Bobby Drake)
Affiliations: Ms. Lion, Norma Osborn, May Parker, Spider-Friends
Enemies: Abomination, Daddy Longlegs, Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Morlun of Earth-001
Known Relatives: May (aunt)
Aliases: "The Bug-Man," "Fool," "Ol' Buddy," "Pete," "Spidey," "Web-Head"
Base of Operations: Aunt May's boarding house, Shady Glen, New York, USA
First Appearance: Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends I#1 (December, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Spider-Man, like most other Spider-totems throughout the Multiverse, possessed superhuman strength and agility, as well as a danger-warning Spider-Sense.
He also utilized mechanical web-shooters to fire chemical webbing.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 167 lbs.)
(Spider-Man, Fire-Star & Iceman: Danger in Denver (fb) - BTS) - Science student Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider during a science exhibit, granting him the proportionate power and agility of a spider. He then used these newfound powers to become the superhero Spider-Man.
(Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends I#1) - Preparing for a costume party at his Aunt May's boarding house in Shady Glen, Peter Parker donned a store-bought Spider-Man costume and suggested his nearby friends Angelica Jones, Bobby Drake and Norma Osborn put their masks on for the impending party. He then accompanied his friends to the ESU student center for the party, where Peter noticed several students dressed as Spider-Man. Whispering to Angelica that he didn't know he was so popular, Peter was told not to let the news go to his head before a flying Green Goblin decoration surprised him. At first thinking they were the real Green Goblin, Peter soon realized they were fake but when his Spider-Sense went off, Peter rushed off to change into his real Spider-Man costume. Web-swinging off into the night, Spider-Man's Spider-Sense guided him to ESU's Osborn Building but as soon as he entered the Building, he was knocked unconscious by the real Green Goblin. Later coming to, Spider-Man learned of the Green Goblin's plan to use the formula that had transformed him into the Green Goblin to turn all of New York into ugly, grotesque goblins like himself. As the weakened Spider-Man listened to the Goblin's rantings, Angelica Jones came looking for the missing Peter Parker, prompting the Goblin to create a liquid nitrogen trap for Angelica using a special pumpkin bomb that would also freeze the captive Spider-Man. When Angelica transformed into her heroic Fire-Star identity to further investigate, Spider-Man rolled out of range of the freezing pumpkin bomb and managed to warn Fire-Star of the trap. Revived by the heat projected by Fire-Star in an attempt to hold back the liquid nitrogen from the bomb, Spider-Man quickly plugged the bomb's nitrogen projector with a well-placed web. The two heroes then rushed back to the ESU costume party just in time to witness the Green Goblin kidnap Norma Osborn. Joining up with Bobby Drake, who covered himself in ice to aid in the search for Norma as the Iceman, Spider-Man suggested the trio of heroes split up to cover more ground, with himself searching Norman Osborn's old factory. Arriving at the factory as the Green Goblin was attempting to force Norma to drink his formula, Spider-Man crashed through the factory window and halted the Goblin's actions by snatching the formula from the Goblin's hands via a web line and smashing the beaker of formula against the wall. As the Goblin gloated that he had more than enough formula to transform all of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington and flew off, Spider-Man freed Norma then snagged the Goblin's bat-sled. The Green Goblin responded by spinning in a circle, eventually causing Spider-Man to lose his grip on the web using centrifugal force. Fearing death from the fall, Spider-Man was rescued by Iceman and Fire-Star regrouped with her allies to tell them she saw the Green Goblin headed for Central Park.
The trio then caught up the Goblin, who bragged that he had already poured his formula into New York's water reservoir, and Spider-Man again snagged the Goblin's bat-sled with a web line in an attempt to stop the villain. As Spider-Man dragged him down, the Green Goblin tried to shake Spider-Man off by flying towards power lines. Spider-Man soon snagged a tree limb and jumped from the bat-sled as the Green Goblin flew too low and hit the electrified lines. While Fire-Star and Iceman took care of removing the Goblin's formula from the water supply, Spider-Man located the surviving and confused Norman Osborn, unaware of how he got there or his actions as the Green Goblin. Spider-Man then made sure Osborn was sent to a sanitarium as a helicopter pulled a frozen chunk of water housing the formula from the reservoir. Later returning to Aunt May's boarding house, Peter Parker read a book as Norma related the story of her kidnapping to May. When Angelica Jones asked May's dog, Ms. Lion, what she thought of Spider-Man, Ms. Lion jumped into the lap of Peter Parker.
(Spider-Man, Fire-Star & Iceman at the Dallas Ballet Nutcracker (fb) - BTS) - Peter Parker spent Christmas with his Aunt May.
(Spider-Man, Fire-Star & Iceman at the Dallas Ballet Nutcracker) - Learning that Angelica Jones planned to move to Dallas, Texas, Peter Parker traveled to Dallas. Upon arrival, Peter met both Angelica and Bobby Drake at Fair Park Music Hall, where Angelica had bought tickets to that night's performance of The Nutcracker by the Dallas Ballet to celebrate her impending move. Peter's Spider-Sense soon went off and the trio went outside Fair Park Music Hall to investigate any potential danger, soon finding a group of men stealing from the Hall. Also finding several Dallas Ballet employees tied up, Peter and his friends looked around for a place to change into their superhero costumes, passing by full telephone booths before ultimately deciding to change in the Music Hall's restrooms. Seconds later, the heroic trio known as the Spider-Friends went into action and quickly rounded up all of the thugs, only to be confronted by their leader, the elongated Daddy Longlegs. Daddy Longlegs immediately lashed out at the Spider-Friends and Spider-Man leaped at the villain, who easily dodged Spider-Man's leap. Iceman responded next by hurling snowballs at the criminal but Daddy Longlegs again dodged and the snowballs hit Spider-Man. Spider-Man then suggested the only way they would beat Daddy Longlegs was through the use of teamwork and the Spider-Friends quickly came up with a plan. Moments later, Fire-Star flew up to Daddy Longlegs and goaded him into grabbing her and, while Daddy Longlegs was distracted, Spider-Man webbed together Daddy Longlegs' legs. Fire-Star then used her heat powers to force Daddy Longlegs to release her and Iceman taunted Daddy Longlegs into chasing after him, only for Daddy Longlegs to trip thanks to Spider-Man's webbing.
Later that evening, Peter Parker joined Angelica and Bobby at The Nutcracker and when Angelica mentioned that The Nutcracker was written by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman and adapted by Alexandre Dumas, Peter chimed in that Dumas also wrote The Three Musketeers, a story that reminded him of the Spider-Friends. Once the lights dimmed and the ballet began, Peter, Angelica and Bobby watched the performance of The Nutcracker. As they later left the ballet, Peter admitted that the scene with the land of snow reminded him of Daddy Longlegs. When Iceman sarcastically wondered why, the three friends walked past emergency crews attempting to get the bound Daddy Longlegs down for a large ice block.
(Spider-Man, Fire-Star & Iceman: Danger in Denver) - Peter Parker, Angelica Jones and a complaining Bobby Drake went on a spelunking trip together in the Colorado Mountains and during the drive there, they decided to stop at a local May D & F store to buy some new clothes. They then continued their drive and soon arrived at the cave where they were to go spelunking. Entering the cave, Peter remarked on how chilly it was inside and as the trio looked at various cave formations, Peter noticed a shadowy figure in the distance. While Angelica suggested Peter had merely seen a shadow caused by the flash of her camera, the shadow actually belonged to the awesome Abomination, who sealed the cave to trap the trio and thereby prevent them from interfering in his plans. His Spider-Sense warning him of the cave entrance collapse, Peter warned his friends seconds before a total cave in and Peter emerged from the rubble moments later to see the Abomination gloating about his plans to attack NORAD. Secretly following Abomination as Spider-Man, Peter soon confronted the villain as Abomination sought to attack the visiting President. Spider-Man managed to hold off the vastly much stronger Abomination until Fire-Star and Iceman arrived to help. While the President neared the room where the battle was taking place, the Spider-Friends tricked Abomination into chasing them out of the NORAD building, where Iceman encased Abomination in a giant block of ice. Spider-Man then lugged the frozen Abomination to the side of the road, where the Spider-Friends figured the President's escort would see the criminal and have the Air Force arrest him. With Abomination defeated, the Spider-Friends ventured back into the cave and changed back into their civilian clothing to continue their spelunking trip. Unfortunately, they all ended up lost in the cave and had to have a ranger help them find the exit. They then decided to take a break for sandwiches and noticed a military convoy carting Abomination away, laughing at how Bobby Drake had earlier stated that spelunking would be dull.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#7/2) - After killing Fire-Star and Iceman, the Earth-001 vampiric Inheritor picked Spider-Man up by the neck as Spider-Man struggled to even vocalize the horrors that had occurred to his friends. Unaware the events were being witnessed from the Cross-Time dimensional hub by Earth-833's Spider-UK, Spider-Man remained silent as Morlun devoured his totemic energies, leaving him a withered husk. As Ms. Lion barked at the Earth-001 intruder, Morlun remarked on how sweet Spider-Man's life force was, comparing it to a child's confection. He then hurled Spider-Man's corpse against the wall, where it slumped down next to the corpses of the other Spider-Friends. Ms. Lion then howled in anguish as Morlun departed Earth-1983.
Comments: Created by Dennis Marks, Dan Spiegle and Vincent Colletta.
Marvel published several comics inserted into newspapers from 1980-1983, many of which contained stories set on Earth-616 (such as the comic where Spider-Man meets the Dallas Cowboys, for example). However, the comics featuring Spider-Man, Firestar (or "Fire-Star," as she is spelled in the comics) and Iceman are very likely Earth-1983, the comic reality similar to the Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon (which is Earth-8107, by the way). Since it's generally accepted that Firestar's first Earth-616 appearance in Uncanny X-Men I#193 (May, 1985), the comics featuring her as a member of the Spider-Friends are likely Earth-1983 and are included here in this profile as appearances of that reality's Spider-Man.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Earth-1983's Spider-Man should be distinguished from:
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends I#1 (December, 1981) - Dennis Marks (writer), Dan Spiegle (pencils), Vincent Colletta (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Spider-Man, Fire-Star & Iceman at the Dallas Ballet Nutcracker (1983) - Jim Salicrup (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), John Tartag (inks), uncredited editor
Spider-Man, Fire-Star & Iceman: Danger in Denver (1983) - uncredited creative team
Amazing Spider-Man III#7 (December, 2014) - "Edge of Spider-Verse: Web of Fear" story - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Cam Smith (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
First posted: 08/02/2022
Last updated: 08/02/2022
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