The Origin of the Black Spiderman Suit

Black Spiderman Costume

The Symbiote Costume, also known as the Black Spider-man Suit, is one of the most significant alterations to Spider-Man’s costume. It first appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 and Marvel Team-up #141, released concurrently in May 1984. The black costume stemmed from an idea submitted by a then 22-year-old fan named Randy Schueller in 1982, after Marvel had asked its readers for ideas for new Spider-Man stories. “I was thinking, ‘This is a guy who is swinging around at night wearing a bright red-and-blue costume.’ That’s where the black suit came from.” Schueller’s idea was purchased by Jim Shooter for the sum of $220. Shooter also asked Schueller’s help in possibly writing a script for Spider-Man’s new look.

Here’s the copy of the letter Randy received from Shooter almost 25 years ago, in August of 1982.

the letter Randy received from Shooter in 1982
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The Amazing Bag-man Suit

Spidey's Amazing Bag-Man Suit

The Bag man Spiderman suit first appeared on Amazing SPIDER-MAN #258.

Spidey heads around to the Fantastic Four building, so that Reed Richards can have a look at his new black costume, which has been acting a bit strangely. When it turns out to be an alien symbiote, they remove it post-haste, leaving Peter with nothing to protect his secret identity. The Human Torch Johnny Storm kindly lent Spidey an old Fantastic Four costume, with a brown paper bag for a mask and a “Kick Me” sign on the back.

amazing bag-man spiderman

Peter Parker has a lot of Spiderman costumes, and this is one of the funniest and memorable costumes that Spider-man wore.