Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko and first appeared in the Amazing Fantasy comic book anthology in 1962. He is characterized by his super strength and agility; and his ability to cling to most surfaces, shoot spider-webs using his own wrist-mounted devices, and react to danger quickly.
Spider-Man is one of the most popular and commercially successful superheroes and has become Marvel's flagship character and mascot. He has appeared in various TV series, a newspaper comic strip, and a live-action film series.
Spider-Man was introduced to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1987, to celebrate his 25th anniversary, and appeared until 1998. This balloon was one of only two balloons, the other one being Snoopy, who had a camera attached to it. This feature was called "Spidey-Cam", and was used throughout the 80's to the mid-90's.
After a long absence, a second balloon of the character launched in 2009. At 78-feet long, he was the longest balloon in the Parade that year, besides Kermit. This balloon continued to appear until 2014, when it was retired, and Spidey has yet to make another appearnce.
- In 1991, Spider-Man was stuck on a lamppost, almost getting his left hand popped, but he was freed.
- In 1993, Spider-Man's head was partially deflated by a tree.
- In 1997, his right hand was damaged and half the balloon was deflated due to high winds, but he managed to finish the route.
- In 1998, Spider-Man sprung a leak in his stomach during preparation. Because of this, he couldn't be moved, so he had to be removed altogether.
- In 2013, The second Spider-Man balloon had its right arm ripped by a Central Park tree at 77th Street.