The Surprising Origin & History of SPIDER-MAN’s Web Shooters Explained! 🕸 || NerdSync


– What is going on you wonderful nerds? Scott here, and I was sent
these amazing 3D printed web shooters from my
buddy Andrew on Twitter. He made these and they’re so cool. Got the little trigger right here, each one of these web cartridges
is removable and magnetic, it is super rad. He sent it to us through our new P.O. box, which we just set up, right here, all the info right there. These things are super cool,
they’re perfect for our month of Spider-Man videos for Web-ruary, and it got me thinking about
Spider-Man’s web shooters. And by got me thinking, I
mean I planned this topic months ago and this was just serendipity that I could fit these in. Spider-Man’s web shooters
are no doubt iconic. Two thirds of movie
Spider-Men recommend them. I mean, look at all
the things they can do. Shields and parachutes and skis, I mean, what can’t these things do? And yet, Spider-Man is not
the first comic book superhero to have wrist-mounted web
shooting accessories like these. The first one actually happened 20 years before Spider-Man was ever created. But first, a little background on the origin of
Spider-Man’s web shooters. So as I’m sure we all know, when Stan Lee came up with the character of Spider-Man, he sent it off to Jack Kirby
to do all the heavy lifting, really flesh out the character and design what he would look like. But when Kirby came up with
his idea and sent it back to Stan, Stan was not happy
with what he’d come up with. Not too much is known about
Kirby’s design of Spider-Man, but reportedly in his eyes
the hero would have used a web shooting gun instead
of wrist web shooters. This is very similar to
the character of The Fly which Kirby helped
co-create with Joe Simon, who used a Buzz Gun, which sounds similar to another previous character
called The Tarantula, who could shoot steel silken strands from another web gun type thing. Kirby may have taken inspiration from that and thought of Spider-Man
having a web gun. But again, Stan Lee was not
super happy with Kirby’s design so he sent it off to Steve Ditko, who created a character with
wrist-mounted web shooters that used web fluid cartridges. In the comic book we can
see that Peter Parker himself invented these web shooters. Believing a spider needs
a web, Pete invented them in his room shortly
after gaining his powers. Later, in Amazing Spider-Man
annual number one, it tells us that Pete has
studied spider webs so much that he’s probably the
world’s leading expert, and this was all the way back when he was still a high school student. He creates and compresses the web fluid into small cartridges that
he carries on his belt, and he can control the
spray to be a fine spray, a thick goop, or a strong
line that allows him to swing through the
city, as well as all that other stuff from earlier, like skis. Of course there is that famous sound that these web shooters make, thwip, which we’ve actually talked
about in another video here. But again, Spider-Man was
not the first character to have web shooters like these. To find that character we
have to go all the way back to Fox’s The Eagle number two,
featuring the Spider Queen. Shannon Kane was the assistant
of her scientist husband, Doctor Harry Kane, but Harry
was killed by enemy spies. After his death Shannon
wanted to carry on his work and found a formula for spider web fluid. Yes, web fluid. She discovers that she
can shoot it into the air and make a web line
strong enough to swing on. Yes, web lines used for swinging. Shannon Kane then designs
a set of bracelets that contain and shoot the web fluid. Yes, wrist-mounted web shooters. How incredible was that? I mean, as far as I can tell Steve Ditko was not inspired by the Spider Queen when he was creating his
interpretation of Spider-Man. The Spider Queen was created
by someone named Elsa Lesau, which is probably a pseudonym for Arturo and Louise Casanueve. Louise was a fairly popular
comic book artist at the time, having an incredible run
on Golden Age Aquaman. But again, as far as I know
there is no evidence to say that Steve Ditko even knew
that this character existed, which would make for one
incredible coincidence that only the Parker luck could provide. But what ever happened to Shannon Kane, the Spider Queen, you might be wondering? Well interestingly enough, she
fell into the public domain. But that is not the end of her story. In 1993 Marvel created a
series called Invaders, and with issue number one
we saw the Spider Queen. And I want to point out
that this Marvel character is technically not the
same as the Golden Age character of the Spider Queen, it is a character inspired
by the public domain version. She was a member of the
villainous Battle Axis along with several other Golden Age heroes that also slipped into the public domain. Together, they were all
turned from heroes into Nazis. She also made a brief appearance
later in Avengers 1959, but really not much has
happened with her character. So there you go, just a little bit of fun Spider-Man history for you
about these web shooters. I would love to know your
thoughts about this, though, do you think that
Spider-Man’s web shooters and the Spider Queen’s web
shooters are so similar that it would be
impossible for Steve Ditko not to have taken inspiration from there? And I would especially
love to know if you have any information regarding that. I haven’t been able to find anything yet but maybe there is something out there. This video was a part of our larger month of Spider-Man videos for Web-ruary. So if you want to catch up on that you can go ahead and click right here. I would especially recommend this video about the history of
Spider-Man’s mechanical web shooters versus organic webbing. I will see you guys on
Wednesday for another video. My name is Scott, reminding you to read between the panels and grow
smarter through comics. See you. (light ambient music)

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  • Thanks for the shout-out, Scott! If any of you lovely nerds want to get your own pair, I'm selling them over on my etsy shop! You can use the coupon code NERDSYNC15 for 15% off! etsy.com/shop/3diycreations

    If you wanna see how I made them, check out my video on 3DIY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az3BZDS7yQQ

  • It sounds like Ditko may have read Spider-Queen comics back in the day, but forgot about them, and then used the web shooter idea from the back of his head but forgot about the Spider-Queen, Either that or he stole the idea thinking no one else remembered it.

  • Can you please tell your friend to make more for us

  • lol. sounds like the web shooters were a stolen idea, like most of Marvel's ideas..

  • I have a question that must be answered, why doesn't spider-man's web shooters go of when he makes a fist?

  • I prefer the organic webs.

  • The fly was my favorite when I was little. The library had all of his adventures

  • your hair looks like the poop emoji

  • Scott referring to Web-Shooters: "What can't these things do?"
    Me: Save Gwen Stacy…

  • If Spider-man's gloves shifted a little, those hole for the web shooters would no longer line up. How does he prevent that?

  • Spider-queen should have ended up as a alternate reality Spiderman like in Web Warriors or Spiderverse….that would be dope

  • I'd love to see you do a video specifically about Golden Age characters that have fallen into the public domain, who picked them up and how they were used.
    Spider Queen you covered, but the Golden Age Daredevil had a great run in Image's Savage Dragon.
    There has to be more.
    🙂

  • In the comics they said that peters parents were spy's and in the spider queen the spider queen and her husband were both spy's so if marvel bought the rights they could make spider queen peters mum but Peter didn't know about his mother's job and didn't know he was the son of spider queen and him having similar abilities is destiny

  • "What can't they do" I can tell u they couldn't save Gwen, snap!

  • It happened with Dennis the Menace, could have happened here.

  • Inspiration yeah no he fucking copied it if i make a super hero called spider boy who is literally spider man except with a different costume i didnt take inspiration, i copied it there's a difference, you see, one can take suoerman's embodiment of hope as inspiration, but not his entire character backstory

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  • I doubt Ditko was, I mean she only lasted three issues.. and that only as a backup feature. Her final Golden Age appearance was in The Eagle #4 (January 1942). Spider-man hit in 1962, August. No reason to be going through comics from a closed publisher, it closed in 1950. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Feature_Syndicate

    Per the Spider Queen entry in The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe: "Created by Elsa Lesau (believed to be a pseudonym for Louis and Arturo Cazeneuve) for Fox Features [sic] Syndicate; adapted for the Marvel Universe by Roy Thomas, Dave Hoover, and Brian Garvey. Roy Thomas had originally intended [the flashback, World War II supervillain team] Battle-Axis to consist of minor wartime heroes of Timely Comics (predecessor of Marvel), but [editor] Mark Gruenwald nixed that idea, and super-heroes from now-defunct wartime publishers were used instead…."

    I highly doubt it, it was one of those things, not like Rob Liefeld's obvious Captain America rip off, Fighting American.
    http://comicsbulletin.com/top-ten-image-comics-superhero-ripoffs/
    (Image was BAD at ripping off marvel back in the day.)

  • I prefer it when he has natural webbing it makes more sense

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  • Didnt he shot his web from his own hands?

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  • I think that the spider queen is aunt may, she changed her name and left that life behind her.

  • They can't save Gwen…….oooooor Uncle Ben.

  • I think raimi's first draft of the film of spidey peter has a webshooter.. but he delete it at the end

  • actually 3/4 of spidey movies counting 70s asm

  • I actually think the wrist-mounted web shooters idea was a coincidence. If you're going to have a spider-themed super-human character that uses webs, and Stan Lee says "No guns," how else would you have your character shoot webs? Aside from their butt…

  • Where would you choose to excrete a large string to swing from then???

  • buy a least 40 of them superhero

  • what do you guys think about organic webs

  • its basically impossible ditto didn't copy spider queen. Here's proof: spider queen is a nerd/scientist , peter is a nerd/kind of scientist
    spider queen has spider related abilities. Peter has spider related abilities
    and it goes on

  • Wait….when did you get hair?

  • I think that it's just a common thinking process like where's the coolest place to shot things? from ur wrist, and what if it runs out? cartridge and what does the cartridge use? , webbing well how does that webbing work is it just one string?, no it's fluid to make it easier.

  • Harry kane

  • so Kirby wanted something like amalgamation's spider boy .
    P.S. I mean how he uses a web gun

  • i build a working web shooter with REAL WEBS. its possible cuz webs are pretty strong .

  • Ha edit fail

  • I'll be honest I prefer organic web shooters

  • It would be cool if Spider-Queen was Aunt May, an Aunt from other family or relative. Again that me.

  • My favorite THWIP sound was in spectacular spiderman

  • 0:44
    save his uncle

  • To be fair Ditko seems to have been a reader of King comics seeing as he did decide to create a new Blue Beetle when with Charleton. Then again that Blue Beetle was based off of the second company to use the character rather that King comic's version of Dan Garret

  • It is NOT a stretch to believe that these two VERY similar things were thought up independently, I've experienced it myself. A friend of mine wrote a story back in 2000 about a blue fox girl named Krystal who was raised on a prehistoric planet a FULL YEAR before anything about Star Fox Adventure was known (predating even the promos or announcement of the game). And yes, she rather hates that the character from the game ended up becoming something of a porn icon among the Furry community.

  • Nice history of the gadget. Thanks for posting. I am trying to mod my web shooter toys to fire better right now

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  • How did you make that

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  • When you click the link to try to buy the web shooters it doesn't work please FIX Me want…

  • can I have one

  • loved it

  • Spiderman is best

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  • In Homecoming, Spidey has 576 Web Shooter combinations.

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  • Did Ditko know about the Spider Queen's web shooters? I don't know. Was she published by Charlton, a publisher Ditko worked for? Did Ditko know the cartoonist who created Spider Queen? Was Ditko influenced by a "Spiderman" Halloween costume when he designed Spidey's outfit? https://youtu.be/ZiDCxKqD5Mo Possibly. Some speculate a VINCENT PRICE movie inspired Ditko to create Dr.Strange!

  • yes yes yes

  • hay i think spiderman doesn't use organic web because like spiders spiderman has to EAT HIS OWN WEBS so he uses shooters

  • webs cant stop peoples necks from being broken

  • Why does he need fluid I don't understand Toby Maguire Spiderman didn't need shooters or at least we didn't see it but tom Holland and Andrew needed them I don't understand it

  • he is from texas? ME TOO

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  • What if Ditko just thought by mounting the shooters to waist it just freed up Spidey's hands to swing and fight it was just a practical solution plus less time drawing extra gear

  • How far do you think spiderman can shoot his web?

  • I think it still makes more sense to have organic web shooters than a teenager with no job inventing a magical device that no other corporation has ever thought of before.

  • What if the spider queen is Madam Webb

  • 1:46 Rest in peace.

  • I like your old haircut

  • i think it would be cool if there was a return of the spider queen

  • Its funny that the amalgam character spider-boy used web guns.

  • Maybe his organic web shooters start to hurt when they're used alot

  • Ok, I am the only one who's going to say this. But, why? Why why why did he design his web shooters so that he has to make a satanic hand sign every time he spins a web. He could have easily designed it so that the webbing comes out of the top of his wrist/hand when he makes a fist. Like when he had the black suit or spiderman 2099 or Venom. If he just spun webs the way he did with the symbiote it would be perfectly fine. Little five year old me that was pretending to be spiderman was actually saluting Satan the whole time. Also, him having web shooters when he has spider powers doesn't make sense. When you have Spider powers you're supposed to have the ability to generate your own webbing, because you know, Spiders can do that.

  • Well, look up Kirby on ZenPencils…
    He was all for stealing ideas and stuff.
    Like Picasso who lived this – "Good artists create, great artists steal!"

  • I never understand why they gave Peter those Web Shooters i mean…he has all the Powers of a Spider so why is making a Web not a part of that. Are there Spiders that cant make Webs?

  • Didn’t realize you live less than an hour away from me

  • skis… in Manhattan

  • You gotta love how the web shooters were OPed in the 60s

  • 2:19 haha

  • when i was a kid I thought the tech behind the web shooters was cool, i still do and it's one aspect of the character that kinda dictates a lot of his poses, that classic 2 fingers pressing the trigger and 2 fingers up kinda giving the metal sign LMAO nobody ever noticed that??? Spidey's the first metalhead LMAO! that makes Spidey one of the coolest superheroes by default lol

  • This ought to shut up the fanboys when young justice season 3 returns with black spider

  • Ohh jack then Steve.

  • The Spider Queen looks just like Spider Woman and arent their backstories similar?

  • So the movie with toby mcguire gets it wrong.

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  • Harry Kane

  • Hi, I was wondering if you’re still selling these?

  • still have these web shooters for sale?

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  • But in the Spider-Man (Toby miguire film) he didn’t have those? He had them in his dna , like once he got bit, it was in his wrist

  • I want thim

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