Still, for me, none of the origin really felt unbelievable in the universe it took place in. After all, cosmic rays could turn you into a walking rock. A radioactive spider bite seemed downright plausible in that context.
But, I think you're onto something. Was Pete's behaviour after that key event really consistent with what could be reasonably expected?
Presently I'm a fence sitter on that. Yes, I think its likely that Uncle Ben's death would change Pete permanently, and most likely for the better (given Pete's basic character and upbringing). But... my over whelming impression of Pete in his earliest adventures is somebody having a whole lot of fun, without a shred of any guilt complex. That total absence of any guilt showing through is really not consistent with the origin.
So... I think you may be right to suggest that aspect is not really convincing. If so... its a bigger issue than any I raised. (Mind you I read Spider-Man's earliest stories many years ago, so wouldn't be remotely surprised if my memory of him as having no hang ups was simply wrong.)
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Just think how a modern decompressed origin might have dealt with that point. We'd have had at least two issues on how the suit got sewn together. I was plotting it out in the bath.... having a chuckle at scene where Aunt May questioned Pete on why he'd decided to enrol in a sewing machine class.
Still nice to think that if Pete ever gets tired of super heroics that he could find a job running up dresses for Stella McCartney.
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Back to more trivial aspects. (My advice... by way.... is to never soak in bath pondering the details of Spidey's origin. Every time I do I come up with another niggle.) Even small details... that look so simple when reading start looking less likely after thought.
Like his vision suddenly becoming perfect. Is swapping glass lenses for plain glass really so easy? And does nobody ever notice?
And talking about "not noticing". Pete lives in a small house with Aunt May in early adventures, and keeps disappearing via his bedroom window for long periods. Is it really likely that Aunt May wouldn't notice anything amiss? If not... all I can see Aunt May was a bit less sharp than my dear old mum was.
After giving this thread a bit of thought, I've come up with... nothing. Discounting the usual suspension of disbelief for super hero origins (super powers, costume, ridiculous coincidences, etc.), I'm left thinking that Spidey has probably the best origin of any super hero out there. Superman, Batman, Wolverine, Hulk, Cap - I don't think any of their origins hold a candle to Spidey's.
Just imagine what he could do with lead paint webbing.
is this topic limited to only his spider bite and his webshooters or even other aspects like his living conditions?
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I think the way Brian Bendis did the origin in Ultimate Spider-Man is very good and actually should apply to the 616. He made the web fluid from his fathers formula.
Also, the idea that his powers came from a radiactive spider is very passť. It made sense in the 60's. Not it has to be more like the USM version. Something to do with bio-engineering. JMS tried to work around this with the whole "did the spider bite have the powers because of the radioactivty or because it always had them?".
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This more applies to the later origins, when he's using his powers before he realizes what the deal is. Like how the movies have him backflip around during regular fights.
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