Q&A Friday #56: Who Is The Best Comic Book Character Of All Time?

by John Hawkins | January 5, 2007 5:05 am

Question: “Who is the best comic book character of all time?” — D-Vega

Answer: Spider-Man. Definitely. Know why? It’s because most comics spend a lot of time developing the “super” part of the character, but they do a poor job of building a compelling person behind the mask. Sure, Superman has the hots for Lois Lane and Batman’s parents were killed when he was young — yada, yada, yawn!

But, with Peter Parker, it’s so easy to relate to the guy. He knows what it’s like to be uncomfortable in a social setting, to want a girl he can’t have, to have a family member die because of his mistake, to struggle to make ends meet, to have work get in the way of being a super hero, and to bust his butt to help people and get no gratitude in return.

Peter Parker feels “real” and “human” in a way that the Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, etc., etc., etc. really don’t and that, along with Spider-Man’s puckish sense of humor, is what makes him into such a great character.

PS: Yes, when I was a kid, Spider-Man was my favorite comic.

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