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Doing Whatever a Spider Can: 13 Alternate Versions of Spider-Man

Spider-Ham (Earth-8311)


Perhaps the best known Spidey from another dimension after Miles Morales, Peter Porker made his debut in the pages of Marvel Tails Presents: Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #1. The big twist in his origin story, aside from being an anthropomorphic animal with super-powers, is that he started his life as a spider who was then bitten by a radioactive pig.


After his transformation, Peter was taken in by May Porker, the swine that bit him, who in her irradiated and delusional state believed that he was her nephew. Despite making his first appearance in 1983, newer fans and casual readers often mistake Spider-Ham for Spider-Pig, a minor character from the 2007 Simpsons movie.


Spider-Gwen (Earth-65)


Since her first appearance in 2014, Gwedolyne Stacy’s alter ego – actually called Spider-Woman in the comic – became a massive hit on the convention circuit with countless fans cosplaying (and even cross-playing) the character over the years.


Working from the simple premise of “what if Gwen got powers from a spider-bite instead of Peter Parker,” the creative teams that have brought the character to life have expanded Spider-Gwen’s universe to include its own versions of Spider-Man stalwarts such as the Lizard (actually that Earth’s Parker), the Green Goblin (Harry Osborn, now a soldier of fortune-seeking revenge on Spider-Woman for the death of his best friend), and even the symbiote suit (which is referred to colloquially as “Gwenom”).


The Spider (Earth-311)


First appearing in Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, and Richard Isanove, Peter Parquagh was originally a page and errand boy to Sir Nicholas Fury. Fury was Queen Elizabeth I’s spymaster in what’s now an alternate universe referred to as Earth-311. Parquagh spends most of that limited series, which is set in England and the American colonies at the end of Elizabeth’s reign and during the rise of King James I, narrowly avoiding being bitten by unusual spiders until the last pages where he’s bitten by an arachnid bathed in energy from a temporal rift.


Later mini-series set in Earth-311 would see Peter assume the mantle of “The Spider” and battle 17th Century versions of the Green Goblin (Master Norman Osborn), Doctor Octopus (Baron Victor Octavius), the Kingpin (a pirate named King’s Pin), and Bullseye (Bull’s Eye, King’s Pin’s second mate).