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Monday, February 01, 2010 

Marvel's Heartbreakers could do just that

The Colorado Springs Gazette has a fluff-coated article about a Valentine's Day special called Marvel Heartbreakers, whose lead story puts a teen Peter Parker in an Archie-like role:
“I was raised on a healthy diet of Betty and Veronica comics, so you could say I’m a sucker for a good tearjerker,” Horwitz said via e-mail. “When we realized we had these various stories that were all thematically linked, it was too good an opportunity to pass up.”

The book leads off with a Spider-Man story that follows a college-age Peter “Spider-Man” Parker as he’s forced to choose between Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. But first, Horwitz said, “he has to survive a science experiment gone horribly, horribly wrong. It’s the Blob meets Betty and Veronica.”
I've got a feeling something could go wrong with the script itself. It sounds vaguely like the story in 1971 where Peter did an experiment that resulted in his gaining 8 arms, in the 100th issue of Spider-Man; not a very good issue at that. On top of all that, Peter Parker is not Archie (and Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy are not Betty & Veronica), and I don't think this is likely to be what Spider-Fans are really after.

More likely that it will just break fans' hearts.

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Unfortunately, Avi, that's exactly what Marvel thinks of Peter these days. I submit an article I wrote on my blog for evidence:

http://bwmedia.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/peanuts-archie-spider-man/

Geez, I actually like that story (written by Roy Thomas) where Peter Parker grows extra arms. I used to have it when it was reprinted in a tabloid-size comic during the late 1970s.

I heard about this upcoming Spidey crossover where Quesada grows a brain, it sounds awesome.

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