Sunday, July 12, 2015

Spider-Man

Friendly neighbourhood...

As Marvel prepares to reset the Universe once again, the Spider-Man comics (amongst many others) will once again start with all-new issue ones.

If you follow me on my frequent nerd rants on Facebook, I talk alot about the longetivity of Western comics versus Japanese Manga and how the Western comics struggle to keep their characters relevant for centuries and centuries to come... Often leading to these retcon events, as we are witnessing now... Something I'm not a very big fan of.

But that's another story for another time... Just like Comic Book movies having too much of an influence on their source material... Another story for another time.

Whatever direction the new Spider-Man books take, I want to tell you more about this character that I love dearly and why I love him even more than other Superheroes of that time.

I never read DC. I never followed the books. I know one or two things, but wasn't fan of their books. Stan Lee once said that the biggest problem he had with Superman is that he was too good he could do no wrong. There was something about that that bothered him. I guess it sort of bothered me as well. Superman is indeed too strong.

Marvel was always my preference. Spider-Man was the first character I knew about and read.

Now bare in my mind I was just a kid... The things I look out for in Comic Books were characters with amazing costumes, action... you know, boy stuff... But even then, as a kid, the first thing that struck me was that Uncle Ben had died due to Peter's arrogance... Where the whole "With great power comes great responsibility." originated from... That was the first thing that struck a chord with me.

Spider-Man is very human, as human as you and me. He is a hero you can relate to, going through things you would go through. For me, what I always love about the Spider-Man story is the triumph of a loser making good with his life, despite adversity, despite everything, becoming a hero to rise above all and marrying the girl of his dreams, yes, M.J is the greatest... This is the part about Spider-Man I love the most. I'm sure it gave many kids, myself included, that belief that you could do it too. That's why Spider-Man is amazing.

I've enjoyed so many Spider-Man story arcs over the years... The Venom arc, when Todd McFarlane was drawing it... Even the newer stuff where they screwed the lore upside-down, I thought they would be bad books... But I actually really love the Superior Spider-Man run as well as the One More Day storyline.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is, however they change the Spider-Man comics, let's hope and pray, the heart of the story always stays the same.

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Fun Fact! The artist(s) that I think draws the best Spider-Man is Mark Bagley and Todd McFarlane.

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