ASK CHRIS #206: SPIDER-MAN AND THE RISE OF THE TEENAGE SUPERHERO
By Chris Sims
Q: Just watched the latest Here’s The Thing. I’d love to hear you expound on some of the attempts at re-creating Spider-Man. — @stophatinisbad
A: In case you missed it, this week’s episode of Here’s The Thing was focused on the idea of legacy and how it shaped the Green Lantern franchise — and how it ultimately failed to really take hold in the way that it did in books like Flash and — but one of the things I mentioned was that Kyle Rayner was one of many attempts to create a character in the mold of Spider-Man. It happens like clockwork, not just at DC and Marvel but across the board, and it’s one of the most important aspects of how superhero comics developed.
So really, I’m glad you asked, because the reason behind this gives me a chance to dive into some of my favorite subjects, like the socioeconomic impact of the rise of the teenager as a social construct, and how that led directly to the creation of Darkhawk.