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Spider-Woman #1 © 1978 Marvel Comics. COVER ART BY JOE SINNOTT.

Spider-Man Villains

The greatness of any superhero is determined by the quality of the adversaries he or she must overcome, and Marvel Comics' Spider-Man is no exception to this axiom. Over the course of more than four decades, supervillains such as Dr. Octopus, the Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, the Kingpin, and Venom have become enduring icons of roguery, constantly challenging both Spider-Man and his writers to make their heroic best efforts.

Spider-Man in the Media

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can. Spins a web any size, catches thieves just like flies, look out, here's comes the Spider-Man. So start the lyrics of one of the most famous superhero theme songs in history. Peter Parker was first bitten by the radioactive spider that gave him superpowers in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), but Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's creation would surge in popularity in 1967, with the debut of ABC's animated Spiderman series (without the official hyphen).

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Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2, #46 © 2002 Marvel Comics. COVER ART BY FRANK CHO.

The Spectre

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Adventure Comics #432 © 1974 DC Comics. COVER ART BY JIM APARO.


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Spawn #126 © 2003 Todd McFarlane. COVER ART BY GREG CAPULLO AND DANNY MIKI.

Sailor Moon

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Sailor Moon #1 © 1998 Naoko Takeuchi. COVER ART BY NAOKO TAKEUCHI

Ronin Warriors

Five teenagers are granted superhuman powers to battle an evil leader and his minions. The heroes often interact with mythical figures, and while the five are powerful as individuals, they are an unstoppable force when united. This is a typical scenario for popular anime in Japan. In the 1990s, an example of it first appeared on American television in the form of the series Ronin Warriors.


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