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Subj: Re: Worth noting, it was not alwayts that way.
Posted: Fri Dec 17, 2021 at 03:38:20 pm EST (Viewed 65 times)
Reply Subj: Worth noting, it was not alwayts that way.
Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2021 at 03:54:13 am EST (Viewed 80 times)

    The Spider-Man newspaper strip, '77 TV show, 80s cartoon, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, 90s cartoon, planned 90s movie, the 00s animated series, all had him in college. Even the first Raimi has him in college for most of the film.

Yeah I cover all this in Part 1 of my post.

    1) The success of Ultimate Spider-Man. That Peter Parker was in high school for 160 issues. I think Marvel took the lesson that high school is what people want, instead of just character based writing.

The funny thing about the success of USM was that originally it didn't sell as well as people assumed. Bill Jemas basically broke the Gordian Knot of distribution to get it to retail stores, taking a loss for greater exposure. It worked but given the risk he took, it's an open guess as to how profitable it really was but it certainly did get USM to non-comics readers. Even then Ultimate X-Men and Ultimates sold a bit better.

Likewise, USM made its debut alongside Mackie's ASM run when MJ was "dead" and the titles were demoralizing. It's not a surprise that between a comic with the charismatic characters still alive and active and one where it wasn't, readers went for USM.

    2) Rise of Anime and Mange. I don't care for anime or mange myself, but I know people who do, so I am aware how much they love using teen protagonists, especially in school.

The USM Decompression style was inspired by manga certainly.

I also think the success of Harry Potter. Teen Spider-Man in adaptations certainly borrows a lot from HP, you see this in the MCU, where the three leads are basically Harry, Ron and Hermione though this time Harry and Hermione are the couple. For TASM-1 set in high school, they had Steve Kloves as screenwriter (He wrote the HP movies) and Emma Stone is very Hermione-ish.
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