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The Ridiculous History Of The Spider-Mobile

Updated 6 Mar 2020 6.2k views12 items

There is a long history of badass superhero vehicles, including the Batmobile, the Fantasticar, and, of course, Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet. However, not included on that list - nor any list related to badassery - is Spider-Man’s Spider-Mobile. Those unfamiliar with the Spider-Mobile can be forgiven for asking questions like, “Why would Spider-Man even need a car?” and “Wouldn’t that just make it harder for him to get around?” After several decades of publishing history, the Spider-Mobile has yet to really justify its existence.

Most people who live in New York City don’t own a car, and they don’t have the benefit of web-slinging abilities. Still, Gerry Conway and Russ Andru created the wall-crawling Spider buggy roadster in 1974’s Amazing Spider-Man #130, amid more serious tales like The Death of Gwen Stacy. Conway and Andru can’t be entirely blamed, however, as there were some interesting real-world reasons behind the creation of the volatile vehicle.

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