10 Reasons Why Spiderman Is Better Than Superman


On July 3rd 2012, "The Amazing Spiderman" hit movie theatres and the public was again able to see all the great attributes of Spidey. I personally have always been a fan of the web-slinger, since very young. Over the years I have grown attached to Peter Parker and his alternate personality. Spiderman has it all.

Then there's Superman who will be promoted anew in "Man of Steel" slated to open in June 2013. Is he really that super? Is he really the all-American image that they would have us believe? I actually don't think so, and here are my 10 reasons why I believe Spiderman is better than Superman. After reading this you will have to agree that The Amazing Spiderman is simply the greatest superhero of them all...

Dumped on our planet as an infant
Dumped on our planet as an infant

1. He Was Born on Earth . . .

Spiderman was born to earthly parents who were later killed in a plane crash, but Superman was born Kal-El on the planet Krypton. He was jettisoned to earth by his father Jor-El to avoid him being destroyed along with the rest of the inhabitants of Krypton when that planet was destroyed. Hence, he is basically an alien who was adopted by human parents as an infant. How can we seriously let an alien be considered the greatest superhero for humanity?

Surely it should be one of our own? Peter Parker (homosapien) is willing and able to represent his own kind. Kudos to Superman for stepping up and doing his thing but then again what choice did he have – he couldn’t go home now could he? Spiderman is all human and all superhero.

A cape?  Seriously?
A cape? Seriously?

2. He Doesn't Wear a Silly Cape . . .

Capes have been passé for many years now and, let's face it, aren’t all that practical when fighting crime. Picture it, you’re in the middle of some intense hand-to-hand combat with your local villain and you have the upper hand when all of a sudden you step on the hem of your fancy cape causing you to fall flat on your face at the mercy of said villain. Not practical and not necessary for the likes of Spiderman. I figure it’s all about the show.

The fancier your costume the more people will like you. Seems to have worked for the overly flamboyant Superman as he has fooled millions of people into thinking he is better than he really is. Spidey on the other hand keeps it simple and aerodynamic.

"Run Superman, the rock is gonna get ya!"
"Run Superman, the rock is gonna get ya!"

3. He Isn't Afraid of a Lump of Rock . . .

Spiderman will battle all comers with no fear. He doesn’t have to worry about some inherent weakness that might sneak up and bite him unawares. He rushes headlong into battle time and time again no matter what the danger. Superman could be said to do the same until suddenly he comes across, what? A huge ten-headed monster that will tear him limb from limb?

A deadly laser that can penetrate his impenetrable body? No, instead he runs in fear from a piece of rock. Green kryptonite to be exact (although the colour has changed over the years). This innocuous rock renders him weak and nauseous. Here, catch this stone Superman!

4. He Doesn't Need Yellow to Complete his Outfit . . .

Red and blue are totally acceptable superhero colours, but there is really no need to go too far and include yellow. Both Spiderman and Superman have the red/blue combo working nicely and for any great superhero that is enough. But Superman has to try to go one better and include yellow on his costume.

His “S” incorporates it in a “look at me” sort of way. And whilst we are on that subject, the “S” is particularly ambiguous anyway. It’s not like, say… a spider, which is immediately identifiable. The “S” could stand for anything. Snazzy-man? Splendid-man? Second Best-man? Then there's that odd yellow belt. The red and blue that Spiderman wears just works. Period.

Would the real man step forward please?
Would the real man step forward please?

5. He Is Real When He Isn't Spiderman

When Spiderman isn’t Spiderman, he’s Peter Parker, a real guy with real issues and real struggles. He goes to a real school, or a real job. He has real family. He has real relationships.

Superman’s alter ego is really just a cover up for Superman, and even then it’s a pretty pathetic disguise. I mean really, it isn’t that hard to tell that Clark Kent is just Superman in glasses! Clark Kent is just a façade to hide behind as opposed to someone genuine.

Don't forget the sunblock...
Don't forget the sunblock...

6. Spiderman's Powers Work Anywhere

According to the Superman story, his powers only work under a yellow sun, which kinda limits him to earth (or at least within reach of our yellow sun). If he was to go elsewhere in pursuit of justice he would be useless unless that “elsewhere” happened to have a yellow sun.

Then there’s The Amazing Spiderman who is not limited geographically at all. He can get up on the cloudiest, dull day and fight crime with all his power working at their peak. He doesn't have to rely on where he is to be who he is. I guess it all makes sense now why Superman always looks so tanned!

SImply amazing
SImply amazing

7. Spiderman Is "Amazing" but Superman Is Only "Super" . . .

An adjective is a word used to describe a noun and both Spiderman and Superman have adjectives attributed to them in the form of "amazing" and "super". According to the Urban Dictionary, “amazing” is defined as “Something that is so wonderful, it is hard to find the words to match” and “Something that tops everything else”. In the same dictionary, “super” is defined as “very or really”.

So therefore Superman is actually “Veryman or Reallyman”, neither of which are particularly inspiring at all. Amazing is, well, something that “tops everything else”. Superman comes under the category of "everything else" and so by definition is "topped" by the amazing Spiderman. Enough said.

At least they're not boxers...
At least they're not boxers...

8. He Doesn't Wear His Underwear on the Outside . . .

I’m seeing a scary trend amongst superhero type peeps here. In my other article comparing Spiderman to that other wannabe, Batman, I mentioned how the Caped Crusader wore his Y-fronts on the outside of his costume. Hardly very socially acceptable. Now we see that Superman is doing the same with bright red briefs clearly displayed for all to see. How is that setting a good example to the youth of today? Spiderman, in keeping with common decency, keeps his tighty-whiteys well hidden.

9. He Was the First Teenage Superhero Without an Adult Mentor . . .

Other teenage superheroes like Robin and Bucky needed adult mentors to get them started in the form of the aforementioned Batman (or Underpants-man) and Captain America, respectively. Unlike them, Spiderman, although still a teen, was able to forge his own path as a superhero and deal with all the “teen” issues at the same time.

Who says teenagers are not worth anything? Even at his ripe young age he had the moral fortitude to understand the responsibility that came with the power he possessed. Many teens would have abused that power, but not Spiderman. He harnessed it and took on the reluctant role of superhero, excelling at the same time.

10. Spiderman Gets to Star Alongside His Creator

In The Amazing Spiderman movie, the very man who created the web-slinger, the legend Stan Lee, actually appeared in the movie! During the fight scene in the High School library Stan is in the foreground in a cameo role, oblivious to the tussle occurring behind him.

He's busy listening to music through his headphones, not comprehending that the superhero he created is in the process of kicking The Lizard's butt behind him. Stan Lee appearing in the movie is a class act and shows how timeless Spiderman is. Don’t expect to see Jerry Siegel (creator of Superman) in Man of Steel when it comes out in 2013.

The Conclusion Is Obvious

So there it is, neatly arranged in a 10-point article how Spiderman is once again clearly the front runner in the superhero race. Superman is falsely named and really isn't all that "super" after all. Maybe Superman will have to settle for second place, unless he's really actually worse than Batman. That is a subject for another day.

If you are not yet convinced of Spidey's supremacy, maybe you should check out how he compares to Batman.

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KateWest 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Thanks for the insight! Particularly with " is really no need to go too far and include yellow." So true.

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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@KateWest - indeed, way too "look at me, aren't I fabulous?" for my liking. Thanks for the visit.

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Being a Spiderman fan....I agree with your 10 reasons completely. While reading your hub I kept thinking about the Spidey vs Superman comic from the mid that one comic....the Marvel and DC universes came together....I like the outcome of your hub much better than the outcome of that comic....voted up and interesting.

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Geekdom 3 years ago

I was curious to see how you would compare Spider-Man and Superman as apposed to Batman. I would like to add that Spider-Man is not only amazing he is "Spectacular" and "Sensational" Marvel does love to have adjectives in their titles.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Cogerson - Spidey will always be the winner in my opinion, as you can tell by my hub! I don't actually recall the comic that you refer to though...

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Geekdom - there are not enough adjectives for Spidey though. Thanks for stopping by...

anonymoose 3 years ago

wow these were so retarded it's just...WOW

and is it me? or does the first reason seem a tad racist? it certainly can be taken that way as "hurrr dis alien can't b our protector"

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@anonymoose - the whole article is written very "tongue in cheek", however I have to say that the use of the word "retarded" completely out of context could be construed as offensive to some friends of mine who have a clinically retarded child. The article was written by a human to humans. I was not aware that aliens would be reading it and so I sincerely apologize for any offence I have caused you or your people. That was not my intention.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Julia - thank you for stopping by and reading and commenting. Being a guy, I'm not sure I ever considered Spidey as "cute" but maybe I should add an 11th reason just for the ladies now...

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Andy McGuire 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

YES! Spidey rules! However, it's common knowledge that it's "Spider-Man" not "Spiderman." Us nerds gotta nitpick. Also, the new Spider-Man movie sucked.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Andy McGuire - feel free to nitpick. I'll take that as long as you are a Spider-Man (note the "-") fan!

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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina

This is fun an entertaining even if I am a super man fan. Number eight made me laugh out loud. Fun hub!

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@tammyswallow - it was pleasure to provide you with a chuckle. Thanks for reading.

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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

Many times Spidey has had trouble sticking to walls and climbing them when Superman had no problem leaping tall buildings with a single bound and flying like a plane. Going to other planets was no problem for the Supe, except for Krypton. Spidey was a nice boy who did many great things. He was a hero, actually, but the man Superman was far more superior.

Look at your reasons!

1. He was born on earth. Where a hero was born does not determine his worth.

2. When you were a kid, you know that you ran around the house with a towel hanging from your neck. "It's Superman!" It wasn't silly then.

3. All heroes have their weaknesses.

5. Clark Kent was real enough, and Lois Lane loved him.

6. Why was he falling off the walls and getting clobbered by others in his last movie?

7. "Amazing" is mind-blowing, but"super" is strength when it comes to action.

8. You have a point there! :D

9. OK!

Superman is bigger, taller, and has more muscles!

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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

I really like all of the heroes, and I had fun with this hub! Thanks for sharing.

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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

"The article was written by a human to humans. I was not aware that aliens would be reading it and so I sincerely apologize for any offence I have caused you or your people. That was not my intention."

Andy, you need to be careful about this alien racism. You will never know when "They're back!" This hub and the comments made me laugh when I really needed cheering. Thanks again!

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Levertis Steele - it was fun watching the process of thought as you worked through your comments. It was originally written with tongue firmly embedded in cheek. Glad I could cheer you up...

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pooja2109 3 years ago from Toronto son is very uch fan of spideran...nice collection

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@pooja2109 - I have been a Spidey fan since I was a little kid too. Thanks for reading.

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago

I think you made a lot of valid points, as I too think Spider-Man is a better superhero than Superman. Plus, I'm surprised you didn't mention motive between the two characters to fight crime, as Spider-Man has a better motive than Superman does. Plus his rogues gallery is far more well known than most of superman's enemies, as I'm surprised you didn't mention those.

However, in Superman's defense, you have to understand the concept of wanting to better one's self, in order to understand Superman. Stan Lee even said it best once, when he said that when you create a hero, then there's only two routes you can go. Either a) you make a hero that's identifiable to the reader, or b) you make a hero that the reader looks up to, and wants to emulate. Spider-Man is obviously the former, as he's a hero you and I can relate to.

Superman on the other hand, is the character we're supposed to aspire to be like. He's always doing the right thing regardless of how difficult it is, and he's always unwavering. He tells the truth all the time, and if you stop to think about it, he could've ended up as a villain on Earth. I mean really think about it. When his parents shot him down to Earth, there was no guarantee that he was going to end up in a good home, as he could've ended up with some abusive parents, or ended up with people that would manipulate him to use his powers for evil.

Plus, even in the story line "Kingdom Come", we see a superman that eventually becomes a tyrannical dictator of Earth. Wonder Woman even said during the "Funeral for a Friend" story line that if Superman wanted to, he could have taken over the Earth, and nobody would have been able to stop him. Sure, you can bring up Batman's cunning skills could take out superman, but lets be honest. If superman gave up his boyscout ways, he could easily kill almost any other DC superhero out there, as he's clearly the strongest character in his universe.

Sure, there's Wonder Woman, but her powers are limited compared to Superman's powers. Just watch the episode, in "Justice League Unlimited, when Batman and Wonder Woman take on Mongul, while superman is in some sort of dream state, for proof. Green Lantern is limited by his ring, so once his ring runs out juice, then Superman would own him.

Aquaman's weakness is if he stays out of water for too long, then he starts to get weaker, so all superman would have to do is hurl is ass into the sun. As for Captain Marvel (in the Shazam comics), he's basically just a kid, so Superman could easily beat him up before he even gets a chance to change into his superhero counterpart. That's if Superman ever went rogue about things.

The point is Superman had all the powers of a freaking god, and he could have enslaved humanity in his world, but the fact that he chooses to use it help others speaks volumes about his character.

Sure you can say Spider-Man does the same thing, and he does, but lets be honest. Spider-Man is not the most powerful person in his universe, nor is he even one of the top five strongest people in Marvel Comics. If Spider-Man went rogue, you and I both know that characters like Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and etc could kick his a**, and this is coming from a die hard spider-man fan too.

Whereas DC, Superman is arguably one of the top five strongest characters; if not then, arguably the strongest. Therefore, I think in that aspect you have to give superman props for that, as he doesn't have to be a nice guy.

Having said all that, I did enjoy reading your hub, and I concur that Spider-Man overall is the better superhero, so cheers.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Stevennix2001 - excellent comment again. I was getting worried as I read it that you were going to cheat on Spidey with Superman, but you came through in the end! Thanks for taking time to read and to write such an amazing comment.

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Nicole S 3 years ago from Minnesota

Very fun hub :) My boys would have to agree with you! They are both Spiderman fans!

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Nicole S - LOL! My boys too! It's in their genes! Thanks for reading.

Jenny Siegel 3 years ago

I must admit as a Superman fan that I found this list hilarious and kinda true

I like Superman more, but this list does make me admit that Spidey has a better real identity, Peter Parker.

Both are cool

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Jenny Siegal - it's not too late to see the light and switch to the Spidey camp! Glad you found the article amusing though.

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ryanjhoe 3 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

I love both Superman and Spider-Man , but I think I love Spiderman more than I love Superman, since I love Spider-Man and Peter Parker characters. Nice hub anyway, thanks for share!

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@ryanjhoe - Peter Parker is a greta character in my opinion - very down to earth and someone we can all relate to. Thanks for the comment.

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To Start Again 3 years ago

Haha Loved it! Great hub :)

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@To Start Again - appreciate that. Glad you loved it!

NYJ 3 years ago


Why Superman is better than Spider-Man:

1. He's not radioactive (no wonder Aunt May is always sick...)

2. He can afford to wear a cape and not worry about tripping...HE FLIES.

3. Spidey is regularly driven to fits by a man with a fishbowl on his head and eye-nipples. Clearly, Supes is made of sterner stuff- he did fight Muhammad Ali without powers (cough*alsowhuppedThor*cough)

4. Superman is not responsible for the deaths of any family members. Or friends. Or loves of his life.

5. Spidey wears 3 colors, with the third being black rather than sunny yellow...when he's not dressed completely in black. Clearly evil tendencies.

6. Clark's real friends and family know the real Clark. Peter's friends (the ones who survive) wish he'd shut up. Enough with the whining self-pity, already. Or wasthat Ben Reilly...

7. Amazing is an add-on. SUPER is who he IS.

8. Spidey wears feetie pajamas. In public.

9. First teen superhero without a mentor? Um, Superboy, anyone? Math was never my best subject, but I'm fairly certain 1945 comes before 1962

10. Stan Lee is in those films because he is a HAM... (man, I do love ol' Smilin' Stan, though). The bottom line, of course is that without Superman there IS no Spidey, or Batman, or DC, or Marvel


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@NYJ - Bravo! Excellent comment. You have totally embraced this concept as well as anyone who has commented here. Thanks for taking time to give your opinions on my 10 reasons. Particularly loved the "feetie pajamas" comment in contrast to Superman's rugged manly footwear! You made my day with you input here...

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Shinkicker 3 years ago from Scotland

Cracking Hub petenali.

Hard to choose between them but I guess the underpants fashion disaster sways it or Spiderman.

Thaks for a fun read. Voted up and shared on Facebook

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Shinkicker (great name btw!) - thanks a bunch. No one could be taken seriously walking around with their tighty-whiteys showing in public, but Superman thinks he can. C'mon man! Appreciate the comment, the vote and the share...

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RachaelLefler 3 years ago from Illinois

I feel like Superman is more of a god (like in the greek sense of the word) than other super-heroes, who are more human and down-to-earth. Marvel does this well. At times, Spiderman's had problems with being angsty and emo, but at least he has human failings. Superman to me is just too damn perfect to be interesting.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@RachaelLefler - agreed "perfect" in this case is boring. Superman is just so snores-worthy! Spidey, on the other hand, is real and tangible and interesting.

Thanks for the comment.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Vishakha Bajaj - thanks for taking time out to read it. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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zeke2100 3 years ago

If you go to see the new Superman movie, you will notice that there is no Kryptonite in the movie.

If they had to fight each other, Spiderman would throw web throw punches, try all sorts of Spidery attacks, all the while Superman would yawn. Then Superman throws his arm out and clotheslines Spiderman. Fight is over. The winner is pretty obvious here.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@zeke2100 - of course that is assuming Superman can connect with Spidey before he moves... just saying.

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Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

Very funny take. I totally agree. Furthermore, Spiderman is better because Spiderman is vulnerable and can get his butt kicked in multiple ways, not just with Kryptonite. The Marvel Universe rules and DC, while it doesn't suck, just does not measure up.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Mel Carriere - glad you saw the humour in it. I'm not saying Superman is all bad, just not as good as Spidey... lol!

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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Awesome hub! I really enjoyed it plus Stevennix2001's comments and later NYJ's comments.

I personally liked Spiderman's movies over Superman's. But I would give benefit of the doubt to the latter. Superman movies were made in the 70s/early 80s when technology wasn't that advanced.

I really liked both Reeves and Maguire playing the respective roles.

My nom de plume is Kent Clark. As explained in my profile, it is because of my two identities. So I also behave more like a Superman rather than Spiderman lol.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Suhail and my dog (cool name btw) - good points, although my 10 aren't all based around the "movies". Overall, Spider-man still wins out as he is just way cooler. Thanks for the comment.

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Toytasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

Petenali, this is such a creatively written hub. You came up with some interesting reasons - such as there is not need for yellow in a superhero dress. Funny and interesting.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Toytasting - thanks. I always try to be creative in my writing, so your comment was pleasing to read. Thanks for stopping by...

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Man of Strength 3 years ago from Orlando, Fl

Wow, this an awesome hub. You've taken something so frivolous and made it funny and interesting. As an '80s kid, I still have a loyalty to Superman, but I agree Spidey is more relatable. I find myself rooting for Peter Parker, because he's common folk like most of us are. Clark Kent is totally a front and Bruce Wayne is so rich, it's hard to feel for a pretty boy billionaire. Voted up and awesome.

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Man of Strength - thanks for the comment and the votes! Totally agree that Peter Parker is someone that is much easier to relate to than other superheroes. You just can't help but root for him to succeed.

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indianreel 2 years ago from London

That's a very interesting hub :)... I think superman is liked by idealist and spider man by non-idealists...

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petenali 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Interesting point indianreel. Peter Parker is far from ideal with all his flaws and insecurities. I think that's what makes him a less egotistical super hero.

Anonymous 11 months ago

I'm just gonna say this sucks because you called BATMAN a wannabe I mean really how are you gonna call BATMAN a wannabe all spiderman ever does is throw around some lizards and fight the dark spiderman, do me a favor next time you want to call someone a wannabe first check how many enemies they have and whether or not they needed to be bitten by a spider to be superhero

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RachaelLefler 11 months ago from Illinois

Yeah well at least Peter Parker works for a living.

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