Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko and first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962. Spider-Man is the alter ego of Peter Parker, a teenage high school student who gains spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider. He uses these abilities to fight crime and protect the citizens of New York City as Spider-Man. He is known for his spider-sense, which alerts him to danger, his superhuman strength and agility, and his ability to cling to surfaces. Spider-Man is one of the most popular and recognizable characters in the Marvel universe and has appeared in numerous comic books, television shows, and films.