An ancient myth, told around a fire? A folk-tale passed
down from generation to generation? No…and yes! When writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko created the comic book superhero Spider-Man in 1962, they tapped into ideas that had run through stories and mythology since the dawn of time: human beings granted the powers of animals, the place of the Hero in society, and, most important, the nature of Power and Responsibility. They created a character and a story that have stood strong for more than thirty years in comic books, comic strips, novels, animated cartoons and feature films.