Here’s one of the great secrets or misunderstandings of the comic book medium. Peter Parker is its best character. Ever. Never going to be anybody better, not ever. There’s too much to be done with him. It’s not even because he’s perfectly written—he usually isn’t (I haven’t read a Spider-Man comic starring Peter Parker in over ten years)—but there’s such an embrace of the soap opera, it doesn’t matter. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created an ever-updatable, ever-relatable, ever-marketable property. There’s so much potential inherent to the character (yes, okay, fine, I read Spidey Zine this morning and I can’t stop thinking about it), I don’t just want a Spider-Man movie to be good, I want to want to read the comic. Go read Spidey Zine. It’s too good.

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