Selecting The Cast
The original creation of Marvel Comics
executive Stan Lee and Marvel Character designer Steve Ditko, Spider-Man first
appeared in 1962 in the last issue of the failing "Amazing Fantasy"
comic book. It was such a hit that "Amazing Fantasy" was renamed the
"Amazing Spider-Man," and it reappeared in March 1963. Since then,
Spider-Man has gained worldwide fame, growing into one of the most popular
superheroes of all time.
"There have been hundreds of
millions of Spider-Man books sold over the years worldwide—I cannot think of
one country which has not embraced the character. Even if people aren't
familiar with all aspects of his story, Spider-Man is such an identifiable and
beloved icon says executive producer Avi Arad.
The current value of the early
Spider-Man comic books is a testament to the enduring popularity of the
Spider-Man legacy. Collectors lucky enough to own some of the rarer issues can
expect a big return should they decide to sell portions of their collection. For
example, the August 1962 issue of Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring Spider-Man's
first appearance as well as the death of Uncle Ben, has an estimated value of
$25,000. Amazing Spider-Man #1, published in March 1963, is gauged to be worth
around $18,000. Other memorable Spider-Man installations include Amazing
Spider-Man #25 (June 1965), in which MJ makes her first appearance, and Amazing
Spider-Man #14 (July 1964), in which we are first introduced to the Green
The task of bringing a new breed of
Spider-Man to life 40 years after he was first introduced to the world would
fall on the shoulders of celebrated director Sam Raimi and a talented team of
Raimi couldn't resist the challenge
of bringing the world-renowned Marvel comic character to the big screen. He had
been a fan of the character since childhood; for his twelfth birthday, his
parents had an artist paint a picture of Spider-Man that is still hanging above
his bed in the house he grew up in. Eventually, he met with Columbia Pictures to
discuss the high profile project:
"I went in and I explained to them
my love for the character," recalls Raimi of his meeting with Columbia
Pictures executives, "and about my respect and admiration for what all of
the great Marvel writers and artists had created over the years. The next day I
received word that I was selected for the job."
Although Raimi did not hesitate to jump
into the fray, he did have concerns about bringing the beloved icon to the
"I was concerned about treading on
sacred ground with Spider-Man, because he means so much to so many people, to 40
years of readers and fans," says Raimi. "I feel a terrific
responsibility as a longtime fan myself, and I concentrated on the things that I
felt were true about the character—to capture the spirit and soul of
Spider-Man—and to tell the best story that we possibly could. For me, the
strength of the character has always been that he is a real person—he's one
of us. He's gone through junior high and high school, he's a bit of an
outsider, he can't get the girl, he's brokeā¦ then an extraordinary event
happens to him, and he becomes a superhero—but he still has to do his homework
in the evenings."
Producer Laura Ziskin was thrilled with
the choice of Sam Raimi to direct Spider-Man: "He is a great visual
storyteller, and he has a terrific sense of how to put the pieces together to
build a compelling action sequence, while maintaining the integrity of<
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