Peter Parker was an average young American man, an aspiring photojournalist with a college degree. Peter began work for the Daily Bugle (as a photojournalist) and lived in a modest NYC apartment. He didn't realize how much his life was about to change.
Peter was always fascinated with spiders and more specifically with spider-webs (or cobwebs). As a young boy, he would play with spiders crawling across the spider-webs they spun. Peter was fascinated by the intricate efficiency and geometric stability of the elegant spider-webs that creepy-crawly spiders would find the time and focus to make.
Peter's boss at the Daily Bugle was impressed with Peter's work as a photojournalist at the newspaper and assigned him to a special job covering a gala opening at the new City Insect hands-on museum. This new museum represented the city's investments in both zoology and how life on Earth reflected the intricate patterned human movements in the American city. If the ant-farm was the yesteryear toy representing a human fascination with farming, then this new City Insect Museum represented the modern age human fascination with urban mobility (i.e., spider-like urban networking). Peter was thrilled with this new job and grabbed his camera and headed for the museum.
Peter took several photos during the opening and was part of one of the tour groups that visited the museum's special giant cobweb display (constructed by dozens of spiders in a special exhibit). The tour guide explained that the spiders who made this giant cobweb were special, since they were injected with a new experimental adrenaline-chemical (to make their body energy more elevated). Peter was snapping away with his camera at one of these spiders who was continuing to weave more cobweb threads when the spider suddenly jumped onto Peter's hand and bit it. Peter was taken away to the museum care-specialist who treated his hand.
Peter did not think much of the spider-bite at the museum and turned in his photographs which impressed his boss at the Daily Bugle. Everything was going well, until one day, Peter realized his veins began to bulge in his hands, and he began developing very unusually quick senses and sensitivity to sounds and sights. Then, to his amazement, Peter realized his leg muscles were much more spritely and that he could jump high and latch himself onto walls --- Peter realized the spider-bite at the museum altered his biochemistry and that he was becoming something like a spider-man!
Meanwhile, a very eccentric scientist named Otto Octavius began research on a mechanized appendage system to aid people who were paraplegic. He called this system the 'Mecha-Octopus' attachment. He presented this attachment-device at the City Insect museum, claiming he had found a way to turn paraplegics into 'spider-men!' At the presentation, he strapped the attachment onto himself and displayed how buttons on his armband could be pushed very easily to move around the large mechanical tentacles which could be used to grab things (even heavy objects) and also assist in elevation and spring-like mobility. However, during this well-intentioned presentation, Dr. Octavius realized the tentacles could not be removed. They were stuck on his body! He became enraged and started throwing things around with his attached tentacles. "That's it, you useless morons! From now on, I will be known as Doctor Octopus!"
Peter had developed a special spider-man nylon outfit which he decided to wear at night and prowl NYC at night, leaping across buildings and shooting spider-webs (which he could do with a special cobweb-spinning device he invented in his garage). Peter called himself Spider-Man and resolved to become an urban vigilante. He stopped random muggers and thieves and assisted the police in apprehending bandits and stopping urban gang fights. He was touted in the press as the city's new 'super-hero.' He kept his real-world identity a secret, however.
Peter was reading the newspaper one day, thinking he would find a headline about the previous night's arrest of a gang of bank robbers which he assisted in with his leaping spider-like abilities and special power cobweb-shooter which he used to disarm the robbers and tie them up. However, Peter read the main news-story, "NYC's new mad scientist nemesis, Dr. Otto Octavius, disfigured by his own mechanized tentacle device, is calling himself Doctor Octopus and has held a New York Federal Reserve Bank hostage and is demanding that Spider-Man show up to fight him!" Peter put on his Spidey nylons and swung towards the bank. As he soared, he thought to himself, "Wow! I'm still fascinated by cobwebs, which just might save New York today!" What he didn't realize was that Doctor Octopus had arranged a terrible booby-trap. Would New York's favourite insect-man prevail?