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Subj: True, BUT, readers know that semesters of college take X months, etc. - so . . .
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 02:04:46 pm EST
Reply Subj: Comics is not in real time. 20 years worth of comics can barely be 2 years in comic timeNT
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 01:18:09 pm EST
[first off, I'm a 33 yr-old reader of Spidey since the late 70's]
. . . No matter what the writer does - whether 12 monthly issues take place within 2 days of Spidey's world - we the readers still wind up with a certain amount of "pasting together" of time chunks that amount to years and years of real life as we know it.
For example, the mere fact of putting Peter graduate HS and then go to college at ESU, and the mere acknowledgement in stories of having him pass final exams, etc. tells our reader's mind that a certain number of semesters-worth of months/weeks have elapsed. Patch this all together and you get years and years and years worth of time piling up, and at best, you wind up with at LEAST a 28-to-32 year-old Peter Parker.
Marvel doesn't want this to keep happening, so they revise history a bit to allow our reader's mind - which is otherwise just chock-full and overflowing with "continuity" (stories which equate to TIME ELAPSING in Peter's world) - to "reset" a bit. I don't know how ling it will take me to get comfortable reading BND and beyond before my mind "synchs" with the new status quo, but I'm confident it will happen, and it won't, in the long-run, really damage my personal relationship to the stories I read before (and may read again), nor my overall affection for the fictional character of Peter/Spidey.
So, I can't do anything about the change, and am going to do whjat I always have done since I began reading way back when: Buy it and enjoy it when it is "good" IMO, and take breaks from my character's life when reading Spidey books is unappealing (I skipped nearly the entire 90's, mostly because I was in college studying, partying, chasing women and learning to live on my own and figure out a career).
Right now, I have no reason to stop reading about Peter. Maybe I will in the next few months, or maybe I will find out that my continuity-brain will get over it and keep reading - after all, I have read NONE of the clone saga and don't need to do so in order to enjoy Spider-Man - I just need good stories that make me turn the page with anticipation and want the next issue in my hands ASAP.
That is what really matters as far as I'm concerned.
Sorry for the long post.
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