Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
He was loved.

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Dave Phelps

In Reply To
jwd

Subj: Re: Proper Send-Off VS. "Biting Their Thumb" At Fans...
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 10:15:45 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Proper Send-Off VS. "Biting Their Thumb" At Fans...
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 09:52:54 pm EST

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> I never had a problem with the Crisis concept. Continuity does become barnacles eventually, and one must either switch to a "legend" model (Conan or Legends of the Dark Knight) or reboot the continuity. Personally, I favor the reboot.

I think really there's room to have both versions. One version of the "legend" type to appeal to those who aren't interested in investing in a long term committment. Also good for creators who might want to write a story about a comic character without having to know a long history of the character.

The reboot version - I agree. Honestly I wouldn't have a problem if they did it every few decades.

I was thinking about a way to properly send off Spider-Man.

I really can only think of two. Ones a happy ending and ones a sad ending.

He is gravely injured in a final battle but he recovers. MJ tells him she's pregnant and they live happily ever after.

The other - He dies a hero. He goes through a gauntlet of his greatest villains and saves a lot of his major supporting cast in the end realizing his greatest responsiblity is to save the ones he loves and he gives his life to save MJ. A tragic ending but he'd go out a hero. I of course am not a writer so details would have to be up to someone else.

jwd

> I really can only think of two. Ones a happy ending and ones a sad ending.
>

I always liked the ending Fabian Nicieza gave him back in Final Adventure: He retires from being Spider-Man because there is "no greater responsibility" than raising a child, but still has the occasional impulse to put on the costume. Then he has one last fight where he loses his powers and lives a normal life, while doing what he can to help others in little ways.

But I think he actually needs the happy ending, with maybe a trace a bad luck. Just to be nostalgic, I kinda liked the ending I came up way back when (of course, then Garth Ennis "stole" it for a character in Punisher ;\) ). After a big adventure with all the obligatory bells and whistles, Peter (powerless natch) and Mary Jane are reunited with Baby May. The future looks bright and he's probably the happiest he's ever been. And then a bird craps on his head. (Ah memories...)



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