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I know a lot of you people on here are big fans of Ben Reilly, so I thought you might like to here about this press release we at the BBB petition cooked up!

Pompton Plains, NJ September 4 - The Bring Back Ben Grp., also known as BBB, today unveiled its revamped website and announced its plans to redouble its efforts to ensure that Ben Reilly is brought back into the Spider-Verse.

Ben Reilly is a clone of Spider-Man who first appeared during the Clone Saga. As the Clone Saga was immensely popular at first, Marvel decided to milk the cash cow for as long as possible. This resulted in what many fans feel is one of the worst decades for the Spider-Books.

“The Clone Saga left a sour taste in the mouths of many people, and as a result many fans wish to ignore that it ever happened,” says Liam Gray, President and Head Program Organizer of the BBB. “However, we think this gives Ben Reilly, aka the Scarlet Spider, a bad reputation as being a large part of the Clone Saga, and therefore ‘as bad’ as the Clone Saga.”

However, Liam Gray is quick to note that the BBB Grp. does not wish to resurrect the Clone Saga.

“Most of us at the Bring Back Ben Grp. agree that the Clone Saga was not one of the best eras in Spider-Man history. Yes, there were some pretty bad stories back then. However, we feel Ben Reilly was a good character. He wasn’t just a clone of Spider-Man. He wasn’t Peter Parker. He was his own person. He was Ben Reilly,” he notes. “The reason we want to bring him back was because he was such a good character, and because he had so much untapped potential. Plus, he had a cool costume,“ he jokes. “So you see, we only want to bring back Ben Reilly. We don’t want Marvel to bring back the Clone Saga or any of the bad memories that go with it. We just want Ben.”

The Bring Back Ben Grp. seeks to accomplish this goal through the use of a massive, world-spanning petition.

“It has been shown in the past that Marvel is willing to listen to its readers if those readers are willing to make themselves be heard. Just look at the Spider-Girl series, that’s a prime example. Here is a series whose sales were seriously lagging. Yet its fans, through use of similar petitions, have proven time and time again to Marvel that there is a strong enough support for this title that they should not cancel it. How many times has that title been on the brink of cancellation, only to be brought back?” notes Sergio Lopez, Vice-President of the Bring Back Ben Grp. and Head of Public Relations. “That is the goal we seek to accomplish with the BBB Grp.”

But wasn’t Ben Reilly killed by the Green Goblin in Peter Parker: Spider-Man #75?

“Yes, he was killed,” says Sergio. “However, let’s just take a minute and look at how he was killed. Now, if you’ll remember back to the Clone Saga, Ben Reilly was the first successful clone of the Jackal. That is, all the clones that came before Ben Reilly were slowly disintegrating due to an imperfection in the cloning process. But, Ben was successful! Now, Kaine, an imperfect clone who was slowly disintegrating, died during the Clone Saga. When he died, he didn’t disintegrate. He just died. Now, when Ben Reilly died, he disintegrated. Why? If Kaine was an imperfect clone, and Ben was a successful clone, why did Ben disintegrate upon death when Kaine did not?” he asks. “See, the thing is, once the writers and editors of the time realized they had milked the Clone Saga all they could, and sales were at an all-time low, they needed to make the Clone Saga disappear. The explanation for Ben’s death had to be done hastily, so he disintegrated. Now, any writer could easily exploit that and say that the “Ben” that died wasn’t really Ben. That would explain why “Ben” disintegrated upon his death. Then they could say Ben Reilly lived, and go on from there. Voila! A perfect loophole that ties up loose ends and brings back Ben in a believable way.” However, Sergio also notes that this is only a possibility. “While this is one of the more popular theories circulating among fans, remember that this is but one possibility. There are an infinite number of possibilities, and a good writer could easily think of another believable way to bring back Ben.”

The petition the BBB Grp. is using can be downloaded on their website (http://www.freewebs.com/bringbackben/). Once you print it out, you can get as many signatures from people who would support Ben Reilly’s return and then simply mail it to an address which can be found on the website and on the petition flier. The signatures will then be mailed to Marvel Comics. Petitioners can also win prizes such as comic books and Scarlet Spider-related collectibles for collecting the most signatures. The deadline for the petition is April 30, 2008.

Bring Back Ben Grp. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing back the character of Ben Reilly through use of a massive world-spanning petition. Ben Reilly, the Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man, Kaine, and any other related characters are ™ and © Marvel Comics, and their names and likenesses are used without permission. The Bring Back Ben is a not-for-profit organization and does not seek to make any money off of any Marvel’s characters. For more information, please visit our official website at: http://www.freewebs.com/bringbackben/.

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