S is for Spider-Man. This is the second comic book post in the list of things that inspire my writing and it happens to be my favorite comic character ever.
I grew up on the cartoon and read a few of the comics here and there as a kid. I had more Spidey toys than I can to admit (The only toys I had equal amounts of were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers. I was young and impressionable and two outta three ain’t bad so don’t judge me.).
The reason good ol’ Peter Parker is my favorite comic book hero is that he is a real person with real problems. He’s a kid that’s got to juggle school, a job (complete with an asshole boss), a girlfriend, a concerned aunt, AND fighting crime. He’s not some rich playboy out fighting bad guys cause there’s nothing cooler to do. (Stark, Wayne, I’m looking at you). He just happens to have super powers and a great sense of responsibility. Spider-Man fights bad guys because he feels he owes it to humanity to protect them.
It’s also fun and tragic watching him try to juggle all of the aspects of his life. I don’t think there was ever an extended period of time when he found a balance. Just when things start going his way, something pops up and complicates life all over again.
Spidey also has the coolest enemies of any comic character. Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Morbius, Lizard, Carnage, and the greatest comic villain of all time Venom. That’s right, I said greatest of all time. You could try to argue, but you’d be wrong. Venom is the shit. Period.