Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Spider-Man Peter Parker dies in final issue
The final issue of Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man was published Wednesday. Peter Parker, the man behind the mask for 50 years, dies in a battle with his nemesis, Doctor Octopus.
Peter Parker, the New York City high school student who was bitten by a radioactive spider and turned to the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man, died Wednesday after his mind was mysteriously transplanted into the body of his terminally ill arch-nemesis Doctor Octopus.
Parker’s death was confirmed in the 700th and final issue of Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man, which will be discontinued after 50 years of publication. His age was unknown.
All parties involved maintain that the changes are quite permanent, and next month, the saga begins anew with the release of “The Superior Spider-Man” #1, with the Doc, Otto Octavius, stepping into the Spidey suit.
Otto believes that with the combination of his intelligence and Parker’s inherited memories and spider powers, he can be an uber-Spider-Man. He can live Parker’s life better than Peter could from fighting crime to getting back together with on-again, off-again girlfriend Mary Jane Watson.
When issue #700 was leaked early, fan reaction both positive and negative went into overdrive, with a few posted death threats directed at the issue’s writer, Dan Slott.