I saw a funny panel Slytherincess posted in chat. It has a six legged emblem on Spideys costume. Is this a Stan Lee sanctioned version of the webslinger? Spider-man

Is there a back story?

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    He was originally known as cricketman, and couldn't afford a new costume after the brand change. You have any idea what a tailor costs in 1960s NYC? He's already living in a studio apartment in the crack district as it is.
    – John O
    Oct 3, 2012 at 19:21

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That's from the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon series, which included Stan Lee as a "Creative Consultant". The 1967 cartoon series has given rise to an internet meme involving taking screenshots from the series and adding "witty" text to it.

So while it is a product approved by Stan Lee, like most cartoons, complex designs must be simplified. It's the same reason that most cartoon people have 3 or 4 fingers and not 5 like a real person would have. Thus, an 8 legged spider now has 6 legs, making it look like a tick instead.

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    The shape does look like a tick, but ticks are arachnids, and have 8 legs. ;)
    – S. Albano
    Oct 4, 2012 at 5:11
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    Curse you and your knowledge!!! :) They, uh, pulled two legs off the tick... And beat it up... And threw it into the garbage... Yeah... that's it.
    – BBlake
    Oct 4, 2012 at 11:58
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    @AndresF. “How on Earth is a 6-legged spider a "simpler" design than an 8-legged one?” When you’re drawing the damn thing 24 times per second, it’s simpler. Jan 25, 2013 at 12:49
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    @PaulD.Waite I understand that, but 2 additional legs are insignificant compared to the webbing on his mask, for example. When drawing 24 fps, it's simpler to remove the webbing thant a couple of legs!
    – Andres F.
    Jan 25, 2013 at 13:32
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    @AndresF. sure, but take away the webbing on his mask and he's not Spider-Man any more. Take away two legs from the spider on his back, and no-one notices until it's 30 years later and we all have nothing better to do than look at this stuff on the internet all day. Jan 25, 2013 at 13:43

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