Today marks the release of one of this year’s most anticipated movies, Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Brit Tom Holland dons the masked crusader’s suit for his third solo adventure, as Peter Parker enlists the help of fellow Avenger Doctor Strange to refresh everyone’s memories after his identity is revealed. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Strange gets his spell wrong however, which leads to major consequences throughout a multitude of universes.

The web-slinger first appeared nearly 60 years ago, when Fantastic Four creator Stan Lee looked to create a new superhero that teenagers could relate to, after Marvel Comics saw a surge in demand from readers in their teens.

Now, the ‘Friendly Neighbourhood’ hero is seen as one of the most popular and commercially successful comic book characters. There have been several animated and live action television series, comic strips, and multiple films since its inception in 1962. A Broadway musical based on the character, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge from U2, took to the stage in 2010.

One search online will give you a wide list of websites attempting to answer why Spider-Man has been so popular for so long. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune before his passing in 2018, Lee said he liked Spider-Man “because he's the one who's most like me - nothing ever turns out 100 percent okay; he's got a lot of problems, and he does things wrong, and I can relate to that.”

In another interview, the creator shared that part of the reason why so many around the world choose to dress up as the New Yorker may be due to the imagining that anyone could be under the costume.

In today’s nostalgia section, we prove Lee’s point by sharing images of Cumbrians young and old who have chosen to dress up as Spider-Man throughout the years. If you see yourself or someone you know in the images, let us know.