Why I Won't Mourn Peter Parker

Comic book deaths seem to be easily rewritten.


I've written here before about my love of comic books, but I'd have a tough time telling you what most superheroes are up to these days.

Still, it wasn't much of a surprise today to learn that Peter Parker -- AKA Spider-man -- had died. 

According to the Associated Press, Parker met his end in issue 700 of The Amazing Spider-man. In that issue, he and long-time villain Doctor Octopus switch bodies, Freaky Friday-style, leaving Parker trapped in Octopus' dying body. Meanwhile, Octopus takes over as Spider-man, and tries his hand at being a hero. 

It's pretty convoluted, but the kind of thing that happens all the time in comics.

You know what else happens all the time? Big, earth-shaking "events" that coincide with milestone issues of a comic, and are later rewritten, or forgotten.

That's why getting too shaken up about what happens in Amazing Spider-man 700 (or really, in any comic) is pointless.

It's certainly not worth sending death threats to the person who "killed" Peter Parker, although that's apparently what happened to Spider-man writer Dan Slott.

Superman died 20 years ago, and rose from the dead. Batman had his back broken, but healed. (He also died and came back at some point a few years ago.) Daredevil wore a redesigned costume, until he didn't. 

The list of comic book characters who have undergone some sort of sea change only to return to the status quo could fill a phone book. I imagine it's only a matter of time until we see Peter Parker added to the list.

Marc Lombardi December 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM
The change (or body-swap) you mention actually occurred in issue 698. It was in issue 700 that Doc Ock's mind in Peter's body decided that he's going to become a better Spider-Man than Peter ever was. But I agree with you -- something like this will be unwritten. Especially since the "616" Spidey was the only Peter Parker remaining (he's dead in the Ultimate Universe). Hard to imagine this one has any legs -- much less eight of them.


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