Spider-Man has got to be one of the most recognizable stars to ever come out of Stan Lee’s mind. And with the release of the much-awaited movie, The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Spidey had never been hotter. However, casual fans may not know that there are different versions of the webslinger – some even dating back to the 70s.
Artists had always been fascinated with Spidey. This interest had led to different interpretations over the years. I know there are other versions of the guy (I’m sure hardcore comic book fans will be kind enough to point that out) but these examples, in my mind, stand out the most. That said, below are some of the more interesting versions of Spider-Man I’ve seen.
Spider-Man knows no borders. The craze even reached Japan back in the 70s. From 1970-1971 Ryoichi Ikegami retold the story for the Japanese audience – changing the names and setting so the local Japanese market can better relate. The manga business had always been a lucrative business venture so it would be a shame if Spider-Man didn’t swing by.
While the artwork still looks the same as compared to the U.S. version, you can’t deny that Ryoichi Ikegami made certain tweaks that make Japanese Spider-Man distinctly their own. The eyes, for example, had been made slightly bigger in typical manga fashion.
Then, of course, there’s this guy. You give Japan the ball and they’ll really run with it.
Another Asian version of the story brings us to India. At first glance you’ll notice the difference in costume. The series was created by Sharad Devarajan, Suresh Seetharaman, and Jeevan J. Kang together with Marvel comics. It ran for four issues.
The Marvel 2099 series introduced us to Spider-Man 2099. It would be too much to explain (story-wise) how this differs from the Spider-Man we all know and love but all you need to know is:
- This is set in the future
- This is not Peter Parker
As far as artwork goes, well, see for yourself.
At the end of the day, it’s the fans that make every superhero amazing. Here are some fan-made artworks revolving around Spider-Man.