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Quote of the day | J.M. DeMatteis on Peter Parker as Everyman

Web of Spider-Man #32

“Peter Parker is perhaps the most emotionally and psychologically authentic protagonist in any super-hero universe. Underneath that mask, he’s as confused, as flawed, as touchingly human, as the people who read — and write — about him:  the quintessential Everyman. And that Everyman’s love for his new wife, for the new life they were building together, was the emotional fuel that ignited the story. It was Mary Jane’s presence, her heart and soul, that reached down into the deeps of Peter’s heart and soul, forcing him up out of that coffin, out of the grave, into the light.”

– writer J.M. DeMatteis, reflecting on the creation of the acclaimed 1987 Spider-Man crossover “Kraven’s Last Hunt”

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Wonderful sentiment, and one of the reasons I enjoyed Kraven’s Last Hunt when I first read it. However…. there’s just one teensy question….

Now that the history of Spider-Man has been completely reworked to purge both the marriage and the love of Peter and MJ…

Shouldn’t Peter still be in the coffin..?

“Now that the history of Spider-Man has been completely reworked to purge both the marriage and the love of Peter and MJ…”

No, just the marriage. Pay attention.

I think we should worry about how shitty the Grim Hunt was rather than the marriage being erased…

Eric, I think this can mean only one thing… Spider-Man is a clone! (AGAIN!)

;-)

I wonder how DeMatteis feels about the whole Marriage-erasement-via-Deal-with-the Devil thing.

I wonder why people still care about retcon in a superhero comic.

No good stories can be told about a married Spider-Man.

That Kraven’s Last Hunt really sucked now, didn’t it.

That blog post you linked to is a reproduction of the introduction to a recent Kraven’s Last Hunt collected edition. I’m a little weirded out because I read it (both the story and the introduction) for the first time on Monday and that was the day JM decided to throw it up on his blog.

Just coincidence I know but it surprised me a little bit.

/end boring story

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