Spider-Man or Superman? Which superhero appeared first

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The Marvel and DC brands have been around for years and their most paradigmatic superheroes are Spider-Man and Superman. Which of them appeared first?

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Spider-Man and Superman They are two of the most emblematic superheroes of graphic novels that transcended that medium and reached TV, movies and video games. Both have a large fan base and are representative of the brands that own their rights. Peter Parker and Clark Kent have something in common: they both work in a newspaper in addition to, of course, fighting for justice. Which character appeared first?

Superman It was created by artists Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1933 and later sold to Detective Comics for $130. The character debuted in cartoons in June 1938. For his part, spider-man It is the result of the restless minds of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko who presented it in 1962 in the Amazing Fantasy comic.

The Last Son of Krypton also takes the lead on the big screen with Kirk Alyn doing the times of the Man of Steel in two entries: Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950). Spidey’s live-action debut took place within the framework of two television series in the late 1970s, a time when Christopher Reeve dons the blue suit and red cape to immortalize Kal-El with a franchise that spanned 4 popular movies.

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Then Spidey does the same with a saga that would last three movies starting in 2002 with Tobey Maguire starring in all three films directed by Sam Raimi. At that same time Superman has a kind of “spiritual continuation” of the Reeves tape this time with Brandon Routh in the role of the hero under the direction of Bryan Singer who came from the successful X-Men. The title is superman returns.

Everything is recycled, nothing is lost… spider-man has a fresh start in the seventh art with Andrew Garfield acting as the hero in The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2a series that would end in 2014, just one year after another great premiere of Supermanthe Zack Snyder movie with henry cavill as Clark Kent: Man of Steel. Marvel and DC they begin to shape their respective Cinematic Universes with the Avengers and the Justice League.

For the MCU the brand led by Kevin Feig decided to opt for an alternative to Andrew Garfield and hired Tom Holland to act as the world’s most famous arachnid. The actor debuted in Captain America: Civil War and then he had his own trilogy with a no minor fact: the last entry had the SpiderVerse where the three live-action Spideys came together on screen to battle five unstoppable villains.

We can say that Superman is the superhero that opened the doors to this genre that is the mythology of the post-modern world with characters that represent the highest values ​​as well as the strength to fight against evil. spider-man it found its place among all these names and today it is, perhaps, one of the most popular. We must not forget where they come from to better understand where they are going.

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