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

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Comp

Subj: Re: "Youthanizing" Spider-Man
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 08:15:37 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: "Youthanizing" Spider-Man
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 07:48:27 pm EST

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> > So the only thing to quibble over is coming of age, and that just depends on where you want to put the graduation into manhood. Perhaps Marvel just needs to integrate classic and ultimate Spidey into one character... "youthanize" him. (Pun's intentional.)
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> You know, the pun works both ways, though, because to de-age, de-marry, de-grow the character is to essentially kill the character that we've all been reading for the last twenty-five years. Was the marriage a mistake? Yes. Does it ruin Spider-Man? No.
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Here's what I realized recently, and it ties in with what you said. Sometime after my last trip to the comic book store, which ended empty-handed (no new Spider-Man books out last week), it occurred to me that, if I like married Spider-Man, which I do, and if I want to follow his adventures, which I do, I now have no options. None.

Single Peter Parker? Yeah, sure, there's Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Spider-Man Family, and now New Avengers alongside Amazing Spider-Man. Lots of choices.

But the Spider-Man I grew up with, the one I've read about since I was a little kid and followed consistently since I was in sixth grade, is gone. And he may be gone forever.

A number of readers may feel as though they've gotten their childhood back now, but doesn't mine count for something, too?

-Comp

> Here's what I realized recently, and it ties in with what you said. Sometime after my last trip to the comic book store, which ended empty-handed (no new Spider-Man books out last week), it occurred to me that, if I like married Spider-Man, which I do, and if I want to follow his adventures, which I do, I now have no options. None.

Well technically there's always Amazing Spider-Girl but that doesn't really follow married Peter Parker. It follows his daughter.

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> Single Peter Parker? Yeah, sure, there's Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, Spider-Man Family, and now New Avengers alongside Amazing Spider-Man. Lots of choices.

Yep. If I were recommending one though Amazing would probably be last on my list because it would be to complicated to explain how the character got to where he was.

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> But the Spider-Man I grew up with, the one I've read about since I was a little kid and followed consistently since I was in sixth grade, is gone. And he may be gone forever.

It would seem so. \:\(

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> A number of readers may feel as though they've gotten their childhood back now, but doesn't mine count for something, too?

I wondered the same thing. I'm also depressed that the last act of our Spider-Man was to ... well we all know the story. :-/

While I'd still be disappointed his stories as Spider-Man ended I wouldn't of had a problem if they did something like they revealed in Spider-Girl #49. Kaine rescues baby May and Peter and Norman have a final battle. Peter is gravely injured but recovers and retires from being Spider-Man. The spider-adventures continue with his daughter. This would've given Peter a sort of happy ending with a family.

I'm sure Superman fans felt like they're Superman was gone after the Crisis but they gave him a great sendoff in "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" .
Earth-2 Superman got to take out the Anti-Monitor in the end and be the big hero. (yeah I know what's happened since then) .

Of course being tied to such a large universe it would be kind of hard to to that. To be honest though I wouldn't mind seeing all the MU move towards an MC2 type universe with the next generation of heroes and while that's going on create a new version of the classics.

jwd



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