Spiderman is most likely one of the best-known superheroes both in terms of Marvel and DC comic books. Everyone knows about Peter Parker, the photographer for the Daily Bugle who constantly struggles with his editor J Jonah Jameson, but creative director Bill Rosemann went into more detail on the importance of Spiderman.
Spiderman first debuted in 1962 as a radical departure from normal superhero comic fare. Many superheroes around that time were the greats like Superman, Batman, the Fantastic Four, and Captain America, many heroes that had been invented during the Great Depression, who were the ideal person, with no problems of their own and who were guaranteed to always save the day.
Spiderman was a radical departure for a number of reasons. He was bug-themed, he wore a mask, and he didn’t fit the “traditional role” of a teenager in a comic book, who were normally either being saved, or playing sidekicks to actual heroes. But the importance of Spiderman to teenagers quickly started to shine when the sales numbers came in, and most of the buyers were teenagers.
That was because Americans didn’t have many problems in those days; the economy was good and teenagers were getting more disposable income, which they used to buy comics and read about a relatable hero, someone who tried to juggle school, work, and most importantly his super-heroics while also trying to keep his identity secret.
Along with that, Peter Parker’s “civilian” life also affects him, such as having to support his elderly Aunt May, being mocked and ostracized by his school peers, and more, all relatable problems that many kids could deal with.
While Insomniac’s upcoming Spiderman game will deal with Peter after he’s been Spiderman for a while, the importance of Spiderman still shouldn’t be discounted, especially since he might still be dealing with these problems in the game. Spiderman will be coming exclusively to the Playstation 4 on September 7.