Infant Spidey

 in a Bizarro from 2010 (posted on Facebook by Dean Galbreath):

To appreciate the cartoon, you need to know about Spider-Man and be able to recognize him on sight; and to know the (children’s) folk song ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider”; and to appreciate the embarrassment of a mother telling cute stories about their children as babies.

Background:

Spider-Man is a fictional character, a comic book superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, he first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). Lee and Ditko conceived the character as an orphan being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and as a teenager, having to deal with the normal struggles of adolescence in addition to those of a costumed crimefighter. Spider-Man’s creators gave him super strength and agility, the ability to cling to most surfaces, shoot spider-webs using wrist-mounted devices of his own invention which he called “web-shooters”, and react to danger quickly with his “spider-sense”, enabling him to combat his foes. (link)

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” (also known as “Incy Wincy Spider”, “Eency Weency Spider”, “Inky Binky Spider”, “Inky Dinky Spider”, “Ipsy Wispy Spider”, “Ipsy Dipsy Spider” or “Itchy Wincy Spider”) is a popular nursery rhyme that describes the adventures of a spider as it ascends, descends and reascends the downspout or “waterspout” of a gutter system (or, alternatively, the spout of a teapot or open-air reservoir). It is usually accompanied by a sequence of gestures that mimic the words of the song.

Origins: The song can be found in publications including an alternate version in the book, Camp and Camino in Lower California (1910), where it was referred to as [the classic] “Spider Song”. It appears to be a more adult version of the song using “blooming, bloody” instead of itsy bitsy. It was later published in one of its several modern versions in Western Folklore, by the California Folklore Society (1948), Mike and Peggy Seeger’s, American Folk Songs for Children (1948), and The Growing Family: A Guide for Parents by Maxwell Slutz Stewart (1955) (link)

3 Responses to “Infant Spidey”

  1. Robert Coren Says:

    To *fully* appreciate it, you have to recognize not only Spidey but his Aunt May.

  2. narrativeblog Says:

    Reblogged this on narrativeblog and commented:
    Changed history of spidey — mutant when he was a baby. Or was that a premonition of things to come?

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