Keith R. A. DeCandido has been a fan of Spider-Man since seeing his live-action adventures on “The Electric Company” as a kid. His first short story sale and first novel sale were both collaborative Spider-Man tales (“An Evening in the Bronx with Venom” with John Gregory Betancourt in 1994’s The Ultimate Spider-Man and Venom’s Wrath with José R. Nieto in 1998), and solo he’s also written a Spidey short story (“Arms and the Man” in 1997’s Untold Tales of Spider-Man) and a Spidey novel (Down These Mean Streets in 2005). He’s become a regular Smart Pop contributor, having also written essays in Finding Serenity, The Man from Krypton, Star Wars on Trial, The Unauthorized X-Men and King Kong Is Back!, with more to come. Find out less at his official Web site at DeCandido.net.
Superman vs. the Amazing Spiderman
This is one essay from the anthology Webslinger
The tangled web of vengeance, love and loss woven by Spider-Man comics and films is explored in this collection of insightful essays by acclaimed writers of comics and science fiction. A variety of topics—from the superhero’s sarcasm to the science behind radioactive spiders—are discussed in essays on “Turning Rage into Responsibility: A Psychology of Loss,” “Love Is Selfish: Can a Hero Afford Personal Attachments?,” and “Self Identity and Costume Design.” The popular rival Green Goblin, the bumbling-yet-influential media, and the part New York City itself plays in stories are skillfully explored, as well as the overall philosophy of mild-mannered Peter Parker and Spidey’s relationship with the rest of the characters in the Marvel universe.
About the Author
Gerry Conway has worked in comics since the age of 16 and is best known in Spider-Man circles for scripting the death of Gwen Stacy and for his co-creation of the Punisher. In addition, Conway has written several novels and worked in both film and television as a writer and producer. He lives in Los Angeles.