'y'know...y'know those WOMEN in spider-man comics? y'know what would make
the comics better?...IF THEY WERE DEAD!!"
Nothing to do with them being women...if Spidey was a girl and had a boyfriend who was an underwear model, and an old uncle who dispensed advice liberally while cooking dinner--I'd still say they needed to kick the bucket.
The reason why is because Spidey is the ultimate superhero loser. It sucks to be Peter Parker. The dude is lucky to hold down a job, his boss is a jerk who wants to kill/humiliate/make money off of in the process his alter ego, he's always broke, and because he's kind a nerdy guy outside the costume, women don't pay attention to him (especially not supermodels like Mary Jane Watson). In other words, he's a lot like "normal" guys. We can relate when Spiderman kicks some supervill butt, and is feeling pretty good about that, but when he gets home he finds that ConEd is about to cut off his power because he hasn't been able to pay them. And guess what? There's no money in the kitty because Pete's been too busy saving people to get the pictures that J. Jonah Hitler wants PDQ.
Superman? Never has that problem. Never has any problems, really, other than various supervills in the DCU trying to kill him, which is damn near impossible unless kryptonite is involved. Spiderman is tough, but stick him in front of a gatling gun and he'll still be dead if he doesn't dodge. Superman can stand there and just take the hit; Spiderman has to break off his attack and duck for cover. Sure, his spider-sense will keep him from being hit, but if the spider-sense fails...
As the comic progressed, Aunt May died and was somehow resurrected about 50 times, so whenever she was threatened with being kidnapped or shot or whatever, nobody cared because you know she wasn't going to die. Not permanently. And when Peter married MJ, well, hell...no more probs for Pete. Daily Bugle fires him? No sweat; MJ's a model. They're not hurting for money. She's gorgeous, so it's not like he's going to go out looking for a hot dog (Black Cat) when he's got filet mignon (MJ) waiting at home. Right there, you've removed some of the "realism" (as realistic as superhero comics can get) that made Spidey so appealing. How many people are ever going to bag a supermodel?
So, eliminate Aunt May so we can ditch the "oh, Aunt May is dying and I must get her the serum" storyline that's cropped up 876 times, or at least move her to the Catskills. Maybe not kill MJ Watson, but make her unattainable, so Peter Parker's struggle to find the right girl becomes damn near Sisiphyean. You know, like real life.
I've read some of the Spiderman Ultimate series, and I liked it. It gets Peter back to his roots.
Ben Da Mad Irishman
"Which is being a guy who works for his victories"
This post has been edited by sentinel28a: 27 June 2010 - 12:54 AM