The incredible story of Spider-Man, from page to page, is showcased in an impressive new exhibit at the Comic-Con Museum in San Diego. Titled Marvel’s Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing – The Exhibition, the presentation takes visitors on a comprehensive tour of Spider-Man’s journey, starting with the brainchild of the late great Stan Leemultiple films starring Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland (a series that we recently ranked from worst to best). Fans are encouraged to check out the interactive displays in San Diego for Comic-Con 2022, but should also be aware that the exhibit runs until January 3, 2023, in case you can’t make it to Southern California before that. later.
And if you love Spider-Man, this is definitely a curated exhibit worth checking out. Highlights, especially if you grew up with Spider-Man comics, are the varied displays of original comic book artwork by classic Spider-Man artists such as John Romita Sr., Gil Kane , Mark Bagley and even Steve Ditko. They are authentic Bristol board compositions of covers and pages that you would recognize if you purchased matching Spidey books over the years. Sometimes you even get a glimpse of first pass attempts on amazing covers, like when this one for The Amazing Spider-Man #251 – when Spider-Man unmasked the Hobgoblin – was exposed.
Aside from the art that traces Spider-Man’s history on the page, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing also takes visitors through key aspects of the movies that introduced Marvel’s wallcrawler to a global audience. The highlights, for me, were the on-screen costumes of Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, with that of the old amazing spider man prototype suit on display in the pop-up gift shop, and the latter’s tracksuit suit from Spider-Man: Homecoming available to admire.
The detail that is displayed in these costumes is just amazing, especially the Kym Barrett costume for ASM, which is heavy on latex and spandex, but absolutely looks like the costume a teenager would make on their own penny. The same can be said for Holland’s suit, which he had to back out on when Tony Stark stripped him of his bloated suit. Because, as she was told, “If you’re nothing without the costume, then you shouldn’t have it.” There’s a reason this suit fell where it was when we’ve ranked every Spider-Man costume live.
As you peruse the exhibit, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing, it’s easy to see why this character has touched so many lives over the past 60 years. We flock to his movies and back when they return to the cinema with additional footage. As you near the end of the tour and learn more about Spider’s following like Miles Morales, Silk, and Spider-Gwen, you learn the importance of the “Anyone Can Wear The Mask” message. And it amplifies the inclusive nature of the webheaded icon, which is celebrated in style at this fantastic event.
We spoke with the exhibit curators after Beyond Amazing opened, and they told us a lot about the thought process behind the presentation. You can see it all come to life at the San Diego Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. Tickets are available on the event website, comic-con.museum/night.