Frank McLaughlin, of the Kansas City Unions, while on a train last Wednesday night, en route from St. Louis to Kansas City, was bitten over the right eye by a spider. The Kansas City Times said that on his arrival home "he looked as if he had taken second money in a catch-as-catch-can scrap."-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 25, 1884
Well, I guess the spider would have had to have been radioactive or genetically altered or something like that. If it had been, Frank McLaughlin would have become Spider-Man eighty years before Peter Parker.
And I'm looking forward to seeing the kind of spam that a reference to Spider-Man will bring to the website.