Celebrating 55yrs of our
Favorite Web Crawler
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced the world to Spider-Man, creating one of the most successful comic book franchises of all time. Amazing Fantasy #15 is cover-dated August 1962, meaning that Spider-Man is hitting 55 years this month. Swinging onto spinner racks and news stands within the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-Man ushered a new breed of superhero and style in which comic book stories were told. But at the time, no one saw the pop culture revolution in front of them.
As legend has it, Stan Lee’s editors loathed the idea of Spider-Man when it was first pitched. Marvel dumped Spider-Man and his iconic origin story onto the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15, the last issue of series that they had just cancelled. Fortunately for Peter Parker, he struck a chord with readers, who demanded that Spider-Man return with his own comic book. Sure enough, Amazing Spider-Man was published on March 10, 1963, kicking off one of the most regarded and influential comic books off all time with countless comic books and story arcs, TV-shows and with three movie franchises and one with a connection being into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
Spiderman kicked off in 2002 with Tobey Maguire portraying Peter Parker in high school. There was something about the way he swung around New York City in his Spiderman suit that made a really big impression and really stood out to me says Yuri who explained his passion for replicating the Spiderman suits. Thanks to 30-year-old Yuri Schuurkes, who is a costume designer in the Netherlands and with many years of attempting at replicating the Spiderman suit from 2002 we can safely say that Yuri nailed this cosplay. From his first Spiderman cosplay back in 2007 it was impressive to say the least but lacked the face mask due to budget constraints. But then new 3D printing technology arrived and it opened all the doors. Not only could he keep fine tuning the design until it was exactly the way I wanted it to be but it also made it possible to easily create multiple sizes so everybody could wear one.
So Schuurkes ended up finding help from a professional 3D designer who was very proficient at using Autodesk 3ds Max. With his help, Schuurkes spent months designing his mask exactly the way he wanted. To 3D print the mask, Schuurkes used 3D printing service Shapeways. The shell of the mask itself is printed in “Black, Strong and Flexible plastic” on a selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer. It measured just at 2 millimeters thick, yet is very strong for it's intent and provides the perfect amount of flexibility. As for the mask, it came out of the 3D printer a bit rough and because so it damages the spandex fabric that laid over top. Because of this, Schuurkes was forced to sand it down to make it smoother and ultimately cause less wear on the fabric.
The shell of the mask is one piece with additional eye frames which were designed separately. The eye frames are magnetically locked into the face shell with fabric from the overall costume in between. This technique and design provides for a very comfortable fit for the person who is wearing it and also allows for the eye plates to be taken out whenever necessary. As for the eye frames, they are printed in Shapeways’ “White, Strong and Flexible plastic,” and were a bit of a challenge for Schurrkes.
Originally printed in white, they need to be very smooth and painted metallic black. ‘It actually took me and a professional airbrush artist dozens of trials and errors to find out how to make them this perfect. First it was important to have them polished by Shapeways, to take off some of the rough surface. Then we paint the frames with surface after which the frames are sanded by hand, using 3 different grits to get it real smooth. Once it's smooth enough it's airbrushed in a metallic black color,’ he explains.
3D Printing Web Shooters
Though Schuurkes Spiderman suit does looks absolutely amazing it is still missing the mechanical webshooters to complete the cosplay suit. That's why these two webshooters from The Amazing Spider-Man movies and the MCU version with Spider-Man: Homecoming are perfect webshooters for cosplaying as Spiderman and for completing the ensemble. The first webshooters are from The Amazing Spider-Man series featuring Andrew Garfield and brought the mechanical webshooters to life like never before compared to the previous trilogy with the organic webshooters. Beyond Disgusting Studios 3D printed these webshooters for a couple of Spiderman cosplayers clients and are pretty accurate to the design from The Amazing Spider-Man that Andrew used in the movie. Though these aren't the only mechanical Spiderman webshooters that appear on the internet there are other Spiderman webshooters that can work just as well for that Spiderman cosplay you've been so longing to make.
Do3D 3D printed some highly detailed realistic wearable webshooters that are more than movie prop worthy and are very authentic to the Spiderman webshooters that we saw in Spiderman: Homecoming. With a little bit of fine tuning and a bit of post processing magic to shape the web shooters to fit your wrist these webshooters would be perfect for completing any Spiderman: Homecoming cosplay suit. It is a shame that these webshooters are only props because we would play with both of these webshooters for hours on end even if we didn't have any Spiderman powers to go along with them.