On My Childhood Superhero

I suppose it was inevitable that my life would end up surrounded by superheroes.

My first job was in a comic book shop. I write about superheroes most every day of the week at work.

Some would find this surprising, knowing how little of Marvel Comics’ output I read (right now, just Thor, and I’m planning on dropping that soon), but my favorite childhood superhero was Spider-Man. Not Superman or Batman. Not Iron Man or the Incredible Hulk. But Spider-Man.

My affection wasn’t for the comic books, though I remember that I had a few Spider-Man comics over the years. I remember, in a very vague way, the Nicholas Hammond television show. The thing that really got me interested in Spider-Man was the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon, which aired in repeats on a local television station when I was small. And, a few years later, of course, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.

I’m not sure when Spider-Man fell out of favor with me, but when I really got into comics in high school, Spider-Man wasn’t something that I would even look at. It just didn’t interest me.

Even now, I don’t actively dislike Spider-Man, despite a series of critical tweets yesterday that questioned the logic of the premise of Spider-Man and even suggested what Peter Parker should really have done. When it comes to Spider-Man, I’m just… indifferent. Even the Sam Raimi films are just… okay to me.

Which amuses me to no end. My favorite superhero growing up, and I have no interest in him now. Maybe I outgrew Spider-Man.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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