- The Amazing, Spectacular, Kidd of Steel
- February 17th, 2009
I'm kind of a nerd. I read comics, alot. I know it's a big surprise. I recently went back to the farm and was looking through old pictures and I realized something. I have always identified with Spider-man. Always. One of the first toy I had was a Spider-man motorcycle. I wore that toy out. My dad would fix it, I'd break it. It happened again. Mom and dad eventually bought me another one. The cycle continued (my life has always been a series of puns). Around the time I was 4, maybe 5 years old, my favorite show was reruns of the '60s Spider-man cartoon, the one with the well known theme song. One day, after the show, I put on my Spider-man t-shirt, tied a towel around me neck, grabbed a Spider-man toy, and then it was time to fly. I jumped off a chair in the living room and landed face first. The four front teeth on my bottom jaw got knocked flat. Not out, flat. I don't remember much until much later, but I know that I went to the dentist. He pushed them back into position. That's why I don't mind pain so much. I jump alot.
So all my life, I've been alot like Spider-man. Now up until about a year ago, Peter Parker was married to a woman named Mary Jane. She's a dynamite red head, former model and actress, beautiful. She loved Peter for who he was in the mask and out. The editor-in-chief of Marvel comics decided that Peter married made him seem old, and unrelatable. If Peter was single again, he'd be closer to their readers. A single Peter is a better Peter for the company. So they retconned (removed from comic continuity) Peter's marriage. Peter, the lovable loser, no longer has his wife. Growing up just isn't good for business.
I have stuck by the comic. I'm alot like Peter, and I still try and relate to him. I've grown older than Peter and have to accept that. But I don't like the message that Peter as an unmarried, lonelier, and far more downtrodden man, is more interesting. I don't like the idea that having someone Peter could share his life with is more uninteresting. And, any of the stories they've told since Peter's retcon could be told with a married Peter just as easily. Nothing that is inherent to a single Peter, no new girlfriends, no dating. They just didn't like a married Peter. A grown up Peter. Peter needs to be a young guy, and young guys are unmarried. The don't say that he shouldn't get married someday, and feel that his character will. The don't say that he wasn't happy in his relationship, he was. And they definately going to have him get divorced. Just not married.
I'm going to keep un growing up and Peter isn't. My life, as I understand it according to their thought process, is that my life is going to become boring. A grown ups life is less interesting. There's alot more to this than what I've written, but this breaks down my biggest concern. I hope their wrong. I know their wrong. My life is getting more interesting everyday. So, who's more amazing and spectacular. A guy who doesn't face his future or a dynamic and dificult relationship, or me, who faces an unknown future and says, let's go.
I'm stealing that theme song too.