Flash Thompson, Sally, Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Crusher Hogan
TV Producer, Burglar, Police Officer, Mother and Child
First Appearance of:
Peter Parker wears blue and white striped pyjamas in bed.
His favourite food is wheatcakes.
His Uncle and Aunt call him “Petey”.
Spider-Man’s mask is sewn into the shirt of the Spider-Man costume, like a hoodie.
Spider-Man’s shoes have ridged soles, like running shoes or trainers.
Peter Parker’s school is named Midtown High.
Years later, John Byrne would translate the cover into English: “Everyone laughs at that loser, Peter Parker... but they won’t be laughing at Spider-Man.”
It’s laughter that Peter Parker is scared of. He first puts on a mask because he’s trying out his powers in a wrestling competition, and feels he’ll be a “laughing stock” if he fails. The mask is something to hide behind; somewhere safe from other people’s laughter. It releases a nastier, more arrogant side. His speech becomes more informal and slangy when he’s wearing it. Later on, when he puts on the mask, he’ll start obsessively cracking jokes. As if he wants to be laughed at, like he was in the old days, before…
*Spider-Man faces the burglar; Spider-Man has his back to us; the burglar’s face is in shadow.
In the original text, what does Spider-Man do straight after learning that he caused, or at any rate failed to prevent, the death of his beloved Uncle Ben?
According to Amazing Spider-Man #1 he has a temper tantrum, throws his costume on the floor, and considers giving up being Spider-Man.
Perhaps, as a point of origin, that was enough.
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