Spider-Man would represent that duality between the man that is and the man whose life one would wish to live.
In the beginning, Stan Lee had an idea. Lee wanted to create a character that was not confident – that did not ’know’ he would be victorious. He wanted a superhero that began as a teenage boy with the characteristics of the classic underdog adolescent. Peter Parker would be a weaker boy, subject to ridicule and rejection. He was a classic science nerd without the ability to be overly successful on a social level. However, not only Spider-Man was rejected when Stan Lee brought the project to Martin Goodman, the publisher of Marvel Comics. His rejection was because “Most of all, Goodman was convinced that no one wanted to read about a wimpy crime-fighter who shed tears and made mistakes.” (DeFalco, pg. 9). Superheroes were larger than life, confident and the picture of perfection. In order to prove Goodman wrong, Lee would put Spider-Man into the last issue of a canceled series, entitled Amazing Fantasies issue number #15. The issue sold successfully and the approval for Spider-Man to be launched into his own series was given.
Up to this time, all superheroes were superior specimens of human or humanoid derivation. “Not Peter Parker! He was always doubting and second-guessing himself.” writes Tom DeFalco, editor at Marvel Comics and a contributing writer to The Amazing Spider-Man series. “He assumed that he would lose every fight and that all his missions would end in failure. But he didn’t let that stop him.” Great strength of character is the strength that lies behind Spider-Man’s allure. “If you want to be a good person, you have to be accountable for your actions.” (DeFalco, pg. .9). . .This great sense of responsibility and accountability is the leading theme behind Spider-Man’s drive to do good. . .