Clevelander Kills Spider-Man

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Cleveland Magazine has a nifty little comic book story that non-comic book story fans can appreciate: The man in charge of the Spider-Man story arc is a native-Clevelander. (If you knew this already, leave us alone — we just found out this week). And actually, Brian Michael Bendis has been in charge of the Ultimate Spider-Man story since 2000, but now we're at the point where he gets to kill Spider-Man.

Click on over to learn about Bendis and how he went from hawking comic books at a store in the Old Arcade to being in charge of one of the most popular comic book heroes of all time. Here's a snippet on how he dealt with the gravity of killing Spidey:


Bendis, who now lives in Portland, Ore., says he learned a few things from how readers reacted to Superman's death 19 years ago. Like many fans, he was disappointed by the story. It's something Bendis says he thought about a lot while crafting "Death of Spider-Man."

They're going to sell a million copies of these. It should be the best comic ever made, he recalls thinking about Superman's demise. "I have come to this book with that feeling."

Bendis is confident readers will be more satisfied with "Death of Spider-Man." There will, of course, be one similarity. After a temporary dirt nap, the Man of Steel came back to life. A new Ultimate Spider-Man will emerge this fall, too, Bendis says: "One who will look at the legacy differently and have different powers."

Since Bendis is a Clevelander, we're guessing he kills off Spider-Man with crippling depression and a monumental economic collapse, cuz that's the Cleveland way. We also want to suggest that instead of bringing him back from the dead, the series instead focus on Spider-Pig. Just a suggestion.

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