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10 Ways Marvel Shafted Spider-Man; and How He Can Be Restored

Spiderman One More Day

Marvel has some explaining to do. Spider-Man/Peter Parker is one of the most beloved characters in the history of comic books; perhaps second only to DC’s Superman. Since his origin in 1963, Spider-Man’s many adventures – based upon his mantra “With great power comes great responsibility” – have thrilled us and inspired us. Sad to say, Spider-Man isn’t really Spider-Man anymore. I mean that both literally and figuratively. In spite of his global popularity, the Wallcrawler has been treated as a stepchild by Marvel Comics by quite a while now. This mistreatment of the Amazing Spider-Man has angered his new fans; but has fostered true discontentment in his longtime fans (which I firmly consider myself).

It is all well and good that Spider-Man is enjoying great success at the global box office, in his animated television shows, in the world of video games, and in the merchandising world of toys and clothes. But all of those things were made possible through his monthly comic books. And that’s where Spider-Man most needs an infusion of love, strategic planning, and a back-to-basics approach.

In my not-so-humble opinion, here are ten ways Marvel has shafted Spider-Man:

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