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Remember When Spider-Man Got Molested?

Pleading ignorance here, but I had no idea that this ever happened. I was showing a friend of mine lyrics to the song, “Spidey’s Curse” by the band The Black Lips:

Peter Parker’s life is so much darker than the book I read
‘Cause he was defenseless, so defenseless when he was a kid
It’s your body, no one’s body, but your’s anyways
So Peter Parker don’t let him mark ya, it’s so much darker
Don’t let him touch ya, he don’t have to stay!
Don’t fill a spider up with dread

Spidey’s got powers, he takes all of the cowards
And he kills them dead
But when he was younger, an elder among him messed him in the head
So Peter Parker don’t let him mark ya, it’s so much darker
Don’t let him touch ya, he don’t have to stay!

The teacher looked at everyone with a PSA
She saw that our hearts were gone
She saw that in everyone!

Peter Parker’s life is so much darker
Better tell Aunt May
‘Cause it’s your body, no one’s body, but your’s anyway

So Peter Parker don’t let him mark ya, it’s so much darker
Don’t let him touch ya, he don’t have to stay!
Don’t fill a spider up with dread
Don’t fill a spider up with dread
Don’t fill a spider up with dread

Admittedly, I never thought much about the lyrics. They always seemed to be just vague enough. My friend’s immediate response was: “It’s about Skip! There’s this one PSA where Spidey reveals he got molested” Of course after hearing that my brain just about shattered into a million pieces. He then showed me the actual panel where it happened and my life was changed forever.

Insanely enough, this is legitmate. In 1986, Marvel released a Power Pack comic designed to teach children about the dangers of sexual abuse, culminating in Peter Parker confessing to being molested at age 12 by this man:

An older high school student named Skip Westcott who apparently was turned on by Peter’s nerdiness and possibly his lack of parents. This traumatic event was never mentioned in regular continuity but it might give us some new insight to Spider-Man’s personality and all his wise cracks. He’s even more emotionally damaged than we thought.

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About Biff Tannen

Film Noir, Pulp, Comic Books and Hitchcock.

Posted on September 30, 2012, in COMICS! and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

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