Kate Willaert’s amazing inforgraphic shows the evolution of Spider-Man’s costume


Hopefully by now you’ve all seen the debut of new contributor Kate Willaert’s column “By Its Cover” which looks at the best of the week’s cover designs—I’ve been wanting to add more craft-focused pieces to the Beat and this really fits the bill.

Kate is a pretty great designer herself, and I have to say, her infographic showing the evolution of Spider-Man’s costume deserves a place in Best American Infographics for sure! (yes there is such a book.) The infographic was created for HalloweenCostumes.com, and whatever they paid, it wasn’t enough.

One thing that i found very interesting was the change in eye holes! If I were editing Spider-man, I would go nuts trying to remember what is “on model” or not. Props to all the artists who’ve made Spider-man a comics icon despite the complicated costume.

ALSO, no change in the costume from 1966 to 1984 — that must be some kind of record!

Finally, as a reminder, here’s my review of Amazing Spider-Man 2.



  1. Kate Willaert says:

    “…deserves a place in Best American Infographics for sure!”

    You’re too kind. :-)

  2. Heidi, that link just leads to the Halloween.com home page. How do we find the infographic?

  3. Okay, I threw on my reading glasses and managed to read the tiny type above. …”Does whatever a spider can…”

  4. Kate Willaert says:
  5. Jack Feerick says:

    Or right-click and select “View Image.”

    However you do it, be sure you do it. It’s gorgeous work, and deserves to be seen full-sized. Thanks, Kate!

  6. I love this, but just saw there’s one on Mashable that’s getting some web attention. Anyone know if they used Kate’s idea & made their own? This one deserves the attention.

  7. Kate Willaert says:

    @kdc: I’m not sure if they saw my Spider-Man one before they did theirs, but their layout is comically similar to the Wolverine infographic I did last year:


  8. Paul Houston says:

    Fantastic work Kate on both the Spider Man and Wolverine images. Great job, very curious if you are doing another one soon? Batman? Superman? Speedball?

  9. Kate Willaert says:

    I’d love to say, but I can’t talk about anything until it’s completed and posted. :-)

  10. Kate Willaert says:

    However, I did previous do a Superman one focused on his chest emblem:


    You can find various other infographics I’ve done here:


  11. These infographics are incredible and very well designed. Thanks for sharing them!

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