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Subj: Re: Sins Past: Would it REALLY have been a good idea for Peter to be the father?
Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 02:20:38 am EDT (Viewed 11 times)
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No. No it would not be a desirable outcome at all. I think I speak for most easily led, easily convinced, easily sold comic book readers out there when I say that the whole consept of 'Sins Past' was a very bitter egg. And I'm saying this as a person who has no real conection to the Gwen Stacy character at all. JMS was a very good character writer in Spider-man, but I do feel he was a bit too ambisious (I must stop writing these things so late), and Sins Past is only the prime example of that. The story, as is, is as many have said, easily ignored and overlooked (thank God). I have no doubt that JMS, writing it as he would have wanted to, it would have been rock solid. And he would have managed to make the story much more memorable. That said, I highly doubt I would have wanted to remember it, as I found it both boring to read, and upsetting to buy.

~Epidot (who thinks he has rambeled enough stupid things for tonight, and are off to bed).

Bill Mantlo wanted to do a story involving Spidey fathering an illegitimate child but Shooter shot the idea down. In a 2000 interview from CBR, he had this to say:

"Then Bill Mantlo walks into my office one time and he's having a major war with whoever was his editor at the time. He's insisting he wants to do this story where Spider-Man fathers an illegitimate child and I said, no. Tell you what, do that same story, call him Arachnid Man, do it for Epic. And everybody will really know that it's Spider-Man. He said, "Why not?" I said, "Look, we have licensed Spider-Man for Underroos. We have things in the contract that say we won't do things like that." I said, "Can you imagine, on a slow news day, the president of Union underwear wakes up and there on CNN, they're talking about Spider-Man fathering an illegitimate child. All over the Bible Belt, Underroos are being pulled off the shelves. ... The people who own this company have put me here in order to keep you from doing that. Do that in the adult line for Epic. These just aren't our characters and we can't just mess around with them like that. We do have obligations. I didn't carve them, but they're there." "

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