Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Blargh

In Reply To
entzauberung

Subj: Re: Which villain is the most ridiculously successful against Spidey?
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 12:16:33 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Which villain is the most ridiculously successful against Spidey?
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 08:17:31 am EDT

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> > > Yeah, that’s like describing the Hobgoblin as “some random fashion designer who keeps his weapons in a purse” or Doc Ock as “a tubby middle-aged glass-jawed physicist who uses his lab equipment to commit crimes”. If you word it right you can make any character sound silly. After all, Venom is just some guy wearing Spidey’s dirty laundry.
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> > Well, sort of. I mean, he does have a bit of a point. At least Doc Ock and Venom have superpowers that give Spidey a lot of trouble, but I mean...the Jackal was just a middle age guy with a furry costume. It's a bit weird how he was able to slap Peter around like that.
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> In general, I think Conway wrote Spider-Man as a lot less powerful than he's considered today.
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In general, I think Gerry Conway wrote it like if you just put on a costume or a gimmick you automatically become awesome. There's also the instance where Harry Osborn as Green Goblin can match Spider-Man in a close range fist fight, for example.



It's not just Conway either. The various gangs, like the Enforcers and the group with Princess Python gave Spidey a lot of trouble. And when originally imagined, Green Goblin didn't have super strength, only "enhanced."

But to the topic, I think Shocker. So many of Spidey's enemies suffer from overconfidence or a personal vendeta. Shocker, at one point, knocked out Spider-Man and would be able to kill him, but decided not to because the price on his head alive was more than if he was dead. Shocker's a thug, a merc, not an overtly evil villain, and that knowing his limitations makes him a foe to be reckoned with.


> In general, I think Gerry Conway wrote it like if you just put on a costume or a gimmick you automatically become awesome. There's also the instance where Harry Osborn as Green Goblin can match Spider-Man in a close range fist fight, for example.
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