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361/366 It’s Dec. 26, 2012 and today Peter Parker dies, apparently. This is from the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man, No. 700. It was a great honor and humbling opportunity that the editor asked me to write a paragraph on what the character means to me. I’ve bought the comic almost every month for 28 years. You’ll forgive me if I wrote two paragraphs.
This is the full text of what I wrote …


I remember the first Amazing Spider-Man I bought on my own, how much of my allowance it cost, and how the final frames of Tom DeFalco’s story hooked me to the comic from then on. Here was Spider-Man, clad in black, battling Firelord, a character way above his weight class, and yet Spidey was winning through ingenuity, strength, and unrelenting willpower. “You may be bigger, and far more powerful — but that’s not good enough!” he yells. “I won’t give up.” Those final pages resonated with the geeky 10-year-old I was and still do years later. Spider-Man obviously has powers we’ll never have but he has traits we all could have. He wants to do good, real virtuous good, and no matter the odds or obstacles he won’t quit. As an adult I realize the character means so much to me because Peter Parker is every bit the hero that Spider-Man is.


It’s fitting, for me, that Peter Parker was my subject in his final (for now) issue.

361/366 It’s Dec. 26, 2012 and today Peter Parker dies, apparently. This is from the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man, No. 700. It was a great honor and humbling opportunity that the editor asked me to write a paragraph on what the character means to me. I’ve bought the comic almost every month for 28 years. You’ll forgive me if I wrote two paragraphs.

This is the full text of what I wrote …

I remember the first Amazing Spider-Man I bought on my own, how much of my allowance it cost, and how the final frames of Tom DeFalco’s story hooked me to the comic from then on. Here was Spider-Man, clad in black,¬†battling Firelord, a character way above his weight class, and yet Spidey was winning through ingenuity, strength, and unrelenting willpower. “You may be bigger, and far more powerful — but that’s not good enough!” he yells. “I won’t give up.” Those final pages resonated with the geeky 10-year-old I was and still do years later. Spider-Man obviously has powers we’ll never have but he has traits we all could have. He wants to do good, real virtuous good, and no matter the odds or obstacles he won’t quit. As an adult I realize the character means so much to me because Peter Parker is every bit the hero that Spider-Man is.

It’s fitting, for me, that Peter Parker was my subject in his final (for now) issue.

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299/366 The boy wonder, wearing my 1916 Yankees cap, works on his first comic strip. It stars Doctor Who and a handful of bad guys, who are apparently trying to organize a “team” picture. This is the chip coming off the old block, the apple falling fairly close to the tree.

299/366 The boy wonder, wearing my 1916 Yankees cap, works on his first comic strip. It stars Doctor Who and a handful of bad guys, who are apparently trying to organize a “team” picture. This is the chip coming off the old block, the apple falling fairly close to the tree.

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295/366 Guess there won’t be anymore of these collections gathering the stories of Superman and his heroic ink-stained chums, the crusading journalists at The Daily Planet. In the issue that reaches comic book stores today, Clark Kent quits the paper to go on his own as a blogger — but not before going all Truth, Justice and the American Way with his view of where news is headed. Heck, what does it say when even Superman thinks newspapers are beyond saving?

295/366 Guess there won’t be anymore of these collections gathering the stories of Superman and his heroic ink-stained chums, the crusading journalists at The Daily Planet. In the issue that reaches comic book stores today, Clark Kent quits the paper to go on his own as a blogger — but not before going all Truth, Justice and the American Way with his view of where news is headed. Heck, what does it say when even Superman thinks newspapers are beyond saving?

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196/366 July 17. I arose early to catch a morning sneak preview of The Dark Knight Rises, thanks to a friend in the radio biz who knows my fondness for the Batman comic books. It was a tense, stressful, challenging, and completely epic film. I will rise to see it several morning times. (Taken with Instagram)

196/366 July 17. I arose early to catch a morning sneak preview of The Dark Knight Rises, thanks to a friend in the radio biz who knows my fondness for the Batman comic books. It was a tense, stressful, challenging, and completely epic film. I will rise to see it several morning times. (Taken with Instagram)

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