Well, it looks like the inevitable outcome I had assumed regarding The Amazing Spider-Man is finally on the books for this April. Peter Parker is coming back, at last. What this spells out for the Superior Spider-Man, aka, Doc Ock—who has made a shambles of Parker’s personal, private, and professional life—remains to be seen. Perhaps he’ll continue in his own ongoing series, or maybe, as some of those panels in more recent issues of The Superior Spider-Man depicting a silhouetted figure rising from the rubble cast upon him in issue #9 indicate, Parker is taking back what is rightfully his. In either event, there has been a lot of controversy springing from all sides of the argument. There are some who prefer Otto Octavius as Spider-Man, others—myself included—who do not care to see the villain win who want Peter Parker back where he belongs, and still others who see this for what it probably is, and as history has shown us (I’m thinking of the death of Superman back in 1992) a way to boost sales and fill the Marvel coffers with the hard earned dollar bills of ardent Spidey fans across the globe.
The money part of it is what it is, and Marvel is going to get their pound of flesh one way or the other. When I started collecting comics all those years ago, the average title cost me anywhere from $1, to $1.75. Now they’re averaging $3.99, with larger issues tapping out at around $8. And honestly, I don’t really care. I buy what I can, and I follow the stories that move me. That said, whatever the asking price is in April when The Amazing Spider-Man rolls out with issue number 1 in the third volume, I’m going to buy. And issue number 2, and the 3, and so on.
I don’t have much more to say on it that I haven’t already said in previous entries, and to be fair, I didn’t set up this blog just to talk about Spider-Man, but I find that Spidey has formed sort of the creative center for my own work; unassuming human characters with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men who, while dealing with the impossibilities of other super powered bad guys, still run into issues within their own personal lives that I can relate to more directly. I don’t get that same kind of verisimilitude from Wolverine, or The Avengers, or even Adventure Time, so Spidey has become my go to for years and years.
I would like to say though, for the stint that Doc Ock has taken over as Spider-Man, there have been some wonderful expressions caught by the Marvel artists entrusted with visualizing these tales, and I’ve provided a shot of just such a one here, from Superior Spider-Man #24. Additionally, I hit a flashback with a recently acquired copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #131, featuring the unlikely marriage of Doctor Octopus to Peter Parker’s Aunt May.
Already, I’ve said more than I intended to, and have probably said nothing at all, so I’ll cut myself off here before I start waxing poetic on what is, to the more practical aspects of life, just a bunch of nonsense. Nonetheless, it is often the nonsensical things in life that help me to make sense of the real life problems that trouble me, and I’m all the happier that I’m getting my old sounding board back.