London: ‘Spider Man’, who started life as a white science geek, has been given a makeover as a half black half Latino teen by Marvel Comics.
Marvel Comics revealed that Miles Morales has replaced Peter Parker as the face behind the famous webbed mask.
Peter Parker first appeared as the superhero in 1962 - having been bitten by a radioactive spider he found he developed the strength and agility of an arachnid.
The Green Goblin killed him off in June in a controversial move by Marvel, which left fans aghast.
Morales was inspired to do good after learning of the death and in ‘Ultimate Fallout’ issue four he dons the mask and gets into his first fight.
“The theme is the same: With great power comes great responsibility,” a newspaper quoted Spider Man writer Brian Michael Bendis as saying.
“He’s going to learn that. Then he has to figure out what that means. He’s younger than Peter Parker, he’s coming from a completely different background, a completely different world view.
“It’s Peter Parker’s death that inspires this kid to step up,” he explained.
Marvel’s editor in chief Axel Alonso denied that having a black Spider Man was a publicity stunt.
The creators of the superhero have also said that in the future they would not rule out making him gay.