Is Spider-Man Real?
Spinning A Web Of A Tale
About Queens' Hometown Superhero
it art imitating life? Does Spider-Man really live in Forest Hills?
are just some of the questions the Tribune has tried to answer while untangling an amazing
web of mystery that lies on a quiet Queens street.
Marvel Comics character Spider-Man is one of the most recognized in the world, and since
his first appearance, comic books have never been the same.
most Queensites may not realize is that the character of Spider-Man was not born with
superpowers on a planet far, far away.
grew up right here in Forest Hills at the address of 20 Ingram Street.
was initially introduced to the comic book world as nerdy teenager Peter Parker who came
upon his powers by accident while attending a school not unlike Forest Hills High School.
being bit by a radioactive spider, Parker gained super human powers.
then, he has been seen in the pages of comics fighting battles all over the borough
from cat burglars on Queens Boulevard to fights over the Queensboro Bridge with his arch
nemesis, the Green Goblin.
an issue of Spider-Man from 1989, editors revealed that Parker (a.k.a. Spider-Man) lived
at 20 Ingram Street, right in the heart of the Forest Hills Gardens.
in Forest Hills,
where Spider-Man lived in the comics,
is also home to a real-life Parker
Photo By Ira Cohen
checked it out and the address is, indeed, real, as evidenced on our front page.
what we found out afterwards is enough to shock even the Spider-Man villain Electro.
Tribune placed a phone call to the Ingram Street home and asked for Mr. Parker.
woman on the other end said her husband Andrew was not in at the time.
deadline and desperately seeking information on the reality of Spider-Man, this reporter
questioned one Mrs. Parker.
I know this is going to sound a little crazy, we asked, but by any chance do
you know that you share a name and an address with Spider-Man?
were a few seconds of a lingering, uncomfortable silence on the phone before Parker said,
I knew we shared the same name, but I had no idea we shared the same address.
Parker is actually Susanne Parker, an artist who works on surreal digital portraits.
said there have been some bizarre occurrences since her and her husband moved into their
home in 1974.
spins his web
over Shea Stadium.
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a period of time she claims she was receiving Discover Cards in the name of none other
than Peter Parker.
along with catalogs of Star Trek memorabilia and other things that would appeal to a
said she figured that it was just a bunch of kids playing a prank because of her last name
she said she didnt know the extent of the similarities until the Tribune told
thats really bizarre, said Parker. But the only way it would weird me
out is if I received more bulk mail addressed to Peter Parker or phone calls asking for
Spider-Man. Its just a very odd coincidence.
or not, Parker insisted that she has no super powers and Spider-Man doesnt live in
now that this is being made public I just want people to know one thing, said
Parker. We are normal people, and dont climb walls or anything like that. I
am, however, fond of Louise Nevelsons spider sculptures.
fans may argue that his greatest foe is the Green Goblin, whose real name is Norman
researching the Queens home of Spider-Man we made yet another shocking discovery.
19 Ingram St., across the street from Parker, lives the Osborn family.
right a family with the same name of Spider-Mans greatest nemesis lives
across the street from the Parkers same spelling and all.
the coincidences, Parker said she doesnt believe any of the mailing pranks were
played by the Osborns.
much unlike the comics, the Parkers and Osborns get along just fine.
His Way To A Theater Near You
Metropolitan Avenue and Sybilla Street in Forest Hills, crowds have gathered in recent
weeks to watch one of Queens own superheros weave his way onto the silver screen.
Although its taken nearly forty years, Spider-Man, a hometown hero, is expected to
become a big-time movie star by next summer.
The Movie has been years in the works.
the early 90s, following the success of the Batman movies and a popularity boom for
comic books in general, rumors circulated throughout Hollywood that a Spider-Man movie was
slated to be directed by James Cameron of Titanic fame.
a recent issue of Spider-Man, Peter Parker took a ride on the # 7 subway.
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movie adaptation of Spider-Man has gone through a number of changes in the years that
followed and Cameron has since dropped out of the project.
Cameron was later replaced by Young Hercules television series Director Sam
Raimi and filming on the project has been ongoing in Queens and other New York locations.
Maguire, best known for the movie The Cider House Rules will star as
Spider-Man, Kirsten Dunst will star as Spideys flame Mary Jane Watson and William
DeFoe will star as the nefarious Green Goblin.
by Columbia Pictures Entertainment, , Spider-Man: The Movie scenes have beem
filmed on location at 69th Road off Metropolitan Ave. and Sybilla St. in Forest Hills.
movie is set for release on May 3, 2002.
Spider-Man character first appeared in comic books in 1962. Spidey was created
by comic book legend Stan Lee, who had come up with and started writing the Fantastic Four
and The Incredible Hulk comics just months earlier.
first appearance in the comic book world was in the Marvel Comics series Amazing
Fantasy, issue 15.
was the last issue of the series, and Lee wanted to try something different.
creating the Fantastic Four and the Hulk, Lee was ready to flex his creative superpowers,
to create a superhero totally different than what had been seen before. He had striven to
break the mold of traditional, square-jawed superheroes in the mold of Superman, to create
a hero kids can relate to as much as look up to.
Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
the comic, Spider-Man is a clean-cut student, science enthusiast and frequent target of
school bullies. Peter Parker went to a science exhibit one day for a class trip when he
suddenly felt something bite him.
that classic story Parker looked at his hand and found out that this was no regular spider
than a sting and itch, Parker felt a sudden rush go through his teenage body. His hand was
glowing and he felt a rush, one unlike anything he had ever felt before. Frightened and
confused, Parker ran out of the exhibit.
normal, everyday teenager from Queens would never be the same again.
soon found out that along with superhuman strength coursing through his body, enough to
lift 10 tons, he had started to feel a strange tingle a spider sense.
also discovered he could climb up walls.
spider, which had been hit by a radioactive bolt at the science exhibit, changed Parker.
spider bite transformed the teen into more than merely a man. Endowed with the powers of a
human size spider, he was now Spider-Man.
Parker grew up in the Forest Hills home of his
aunt May while saving the world by night, Parker made a living by day as a freelance
photographer for the fictional Daily Bugle. He soon made a name for himself by taking
pictures of who else? Spider-Man.
adventures followed, and Queens would never be the same again.
the Marvel universe Queens was portrayed both as a nice place to grow up - and a very
dangerous place were it not for its resident superhero.
the years, Spidey has prevented octopus men from breaking into his Forest Hills home,
battled on rooftops on Queens Blvd., tried to stop a 100 foot super villain from
destroying the Triboro Bridge and fought at LaGuardia Airport in battles where he saved
the residents of the borough.