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Monday, October 23, 2006

But What About Spidey?

I was reading an article in the newspaper this morning which covered this fun new book called 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived: How Characters of Fiction, Myth, Legends , Television and Movies Have Shaped Our Society, Changed Our Behaviour and Set the Course of History.

And was terribly disappointed to see that Spider-Man didn't make the list?

What the heck is that about? I mean, a "Johnny-Come-Lately" character like Buffy the Vampire Slayer made the list, but Spidey didn't? And after he changed the fact of comic book history? (Before Peter Parker came along, super-heroes didn't have complex or in-depth alter egos in their civilian life. Parker was a shy nerd loser teenager who struggled with typical teenage angst during the day and by night fought crime and super-villains. Later in his career, he succumbed to the flu, colds and ulcers. Peter Parker added a unique element of realism to the world of comic book characters and, in my mind, changed the face of comics forever)

Now I know that Buffy has had a huge influence on popular culture, and of course, her being a television character (yes, I know, first a movie character, then, more popularly a television character) ultimate makes her more accessible to people -- but I'd argue that more people who never read comic books know who Spider-Man is at first glance rather than Buffy. But I am definitely curious to check this book out and see how Buffy ranks in there and Spidey doesn't.

5 comments:

Taki said...

Hey you forgot that the Spidey comics were the very first to have a main character that died.

Franny said...

Spidey didn't make the list? Wow. That just aint right.
I wonder how many Shakespeare characters made the list? Now I have to get that book.

Kimberly said...

well I think we should start a petition. I mean even if not a lot of people read comics...lots of people have seen the last two movies...both of which depict a very human Spidey struggling not only with being a super hero but with being a human as well.

I remember watching the cheesy cartoons back when I was kid (and if that's not dating myself, I don't know what is!). They were badly animated, but I loved them. I must say that I've never seen the Buffy movie and I don't think I've sat through an entire episode of the tv series.

All those in favour of Spidey, say aye!

Aye!

steve said...

The secret to his power lies in his. . .

Damn write Spidey was on TV! Every day at noon. And he had groovie Pajamas too.

AYE! Where do I sign?

lime said...

well, one more thing about spidey vs buffy. i've never seen a bunch of little kids running around acting like buffy but they ALWAYs love spidey. my friend's little girl who is 4 has had a spidey fixation since she was 2 and a half!