“Spider-Man? NO! SPIDER-DAN!”

Dan Goodwin
An old friend of mine recently reminded me of a story from my hometown of Chicago’s great history. Back in the early 80’s, Dan Goodwin – a climber – began a series of highly publicized scalings of skyscrapers. To perform this, he used custom made tools based on the building’s architecture. He started with the Sears Tower using suction cups. That was 108 stories. He made it to the top.

On January 11, 1981, he climbed the 100 story John Hancock Center. However this time, he garnered much more attention from the city’s police, fireman and even Mayor Jane Byrne.

Here is a video with two parts. The first part is a more recent piece with interviews from the people involved including then Mayor Byrne, Dan Goodwin and even Stan Lee! However, the retro goodness can be spotted in the second half of this YouTube video (about 3:00 minutes in) – which has the original news broadcast. See how it ends for Spider-Dan. Hint – he’s still alive.

[Via] Skyscraper Defense

(Fun Chicago easter egg – Ribbie and Roobarb, the former Chicago White Sox mascots – make a brief appearance in the news clip. I wonder what prompted them to head downtown.)

Patrick J. Doody

Patrick J. Doody is a horror nerd and Mexican Pepsi enthusiast living in Los Angeles. Along with his writing and producing partner Chris Valenziano, he has been involved in such terrorific projects as Silent Hill: Homecoming for Konami, Scream Awards for Spike TV and Ghostfacers: The Web Series for Warner Brothers. Their film Beneath, starring Jeff Fahey, won Best Picture at Screamfest and is currently available on Netflix.

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3 thoughts on ““Spider-Man? NO! SPIDER-DAN!”

  1. This is funny. I’m still trying to read through all the 80s Amazing Spider-Mans, and yesterday I read one (224, I think) in which Spider-Man himself mentions this guy.

  2. Awesome post, Patrick! I can’t believe they tried to soak him with a fire hose…it is just an incredibly boneheaded decision.

  3. I remember watching this with great excitement when it happened. I was 9 years old at the time. I think I even saw that actual news report as it aired since I remember seeing that footage of Ribbie and Roobarb trying to climb the building.

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