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Follow the Path - Spider-Man's Organic Webshooters

In this feature I spotlight changes made to comic book characters that are based on outside media. I'm sure you can think of other examples, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you want to suggest some other examples for future installments.

Today we look at Spider-Man's web shooters and the transition from mechanical web shooters to organic ones...

Spider-Man's web shooters debuted before he even first became a superhero! In Amazing Fantasy #15 (by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee), Peter Parker decides to become a costumed TV personality and to go along with his spider powers, he decides to invent webbing and a device that allows him to shoot the webbing...

The very first Amazing Spider-Man Annual in 1964 went into a bit more depth regarding the web shooters...

Anyhow, that was the status quo for Spider-Man for decades, he had mechanical web shooters that would have to be replaced, which would often lead to interesting situations where he would run out of web fluid mid-air, like this bit from Power Pack #21...

Just as an aside, but for a while there, Spider-Man had an alien costume, and the costume produced its own webbing, as shown here in Amazing Spider-Man #253...

But other than that point in time, Spider-Man had mechanical web shooters.

Things began to change, however, after the first Spider-Man film in 2002. The director of the film, Sam Raimi, decided that he didn't like the idea of high school student Peter Parker coming up with such a complicated invention, so instead he had Spider-Man's webs just be an organic part of his spider powers...

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