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ISSUE NO. 694
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CHAPTER FIVE
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In "Origins of Marvel Comics" Stan Lee wrote, "We structured the (Spider-Man) series in the pattern of any daytime radio soap opera. Have you ever heard of a superhero with continuing problems in his love life? Certainly not in those days."

Sory, Stan, but I, Robby Reed, beg to differ! Because there was nce a teenage superhero named SUPERBOY, and he had quite a few romantic problems. Not only THAT, but he was also the adopted son of elderly foster parents...
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Yes, Spidey's foster parents have a striking resemblence to Superboy's adoptive parents, the Kents. Both are elderly because from a teenagers point of view, all parents are old.
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Yes, when you think about it, Jonathan and Martha Kent do have an awful lot in common with Ben and May Parker -- and the Kents came FIRST.

Here's another shocker -- good old Uncle Ben and Aunt May did NOT debut in the premiere Spider-Man story! They first appeared in a science-fiction tale from STRANGE TALES #97, June 1962, called "When A Planet Dies."

The story, un-shockingly enough, was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko, the team that was destined to bring us the Amazing Spider-Man!

Here are a few panels from that story...
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The elderly couple's names were taken from the real relatives of Eric Stanton, Steve's Ditko's longtime studio mate. According to Stanton, “My Aunt May is the Aunt May in Spider-Man.”
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lana = betty brant
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(Bk. 2, page 10) luthor's lab skills given to peter

So you see reader, the Spider-Man character was NOT a totally unique creation. Like most comic book superstars, the character's origins can be traced to a diverse group of fictional forefathers. Though most fans of the characters won't readily admit it, the truth is that Spider-Man is a lot like Superboy -- and SuperMAN!

After all, Peter Parker has essentially the same job as Clark Kent. They're both reporters for large metropolitan newspapers, they both have gruff grey-haired older bosses, and they both wear blue suits and glasses!
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And that's not all! Spidey and company certainly owe a debt to Superman, but they also bear a striking resemblence to a certain red-headed teenager and his pals...
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You will never forget...
the DESTINY of a DITKO!
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