Every Tom, Dick and Uncle Ben knows that Peter Parker is your friendly neighbourhood Spider-man; but in the 1990s he wasn’t the only arachnid superhero in the Marvel Universe that got The Comics Code all excited. In the year 2099 geneticist Miguel O’Hara accidentally became the next Spidey after some DNA reworking gave him super spider-like abilities; instantly turning him into a wall-crawling hero. With powers not too dissimilar from those of the original Spider-man (as well as a few extras… including talons and fangs), the 2099 incarnation of Spidey fought criminals and crazed hoodlums in a dystopian future, including futuristic variations of the original wall-crawler’s rogues gallery.
Created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi and decked out in red and blue threads, Spider-man 2099 looked cooler than an ice sculpture of Danny Zuko and slicker than a Texas oil baron, which made him ideal for Marvel’s 2099 line of comics. Along with the X-Men, Hulk, Punisher and a few others, Spider-man existed within the Marvel Universe long after the original Spidey and friends had hung up their tights and gave readers a glimpse of the next stage of super heroics. He may not have had the staying power of the original Spider-man (what with the 2009 books getting cancelled and all), but he will always be the Spider-man that we secretly hope to become, which is why he’s our Pulp Icon… no matter what time period he exists in!