I gave myself ten minutes to list as many China/Spider-Man parallels as I
could. I came up with 47, but in the interest of brevity, here are the
top ten (not in order of importance):1Local
local governments are experiencing a very
troubling debt crisis.Spider-Man:
Peter Parker is often late
with his rent or in need of supplies to make web fluid; he therefore
owes a lot of money to local creditors.See what I mean?
with cloned iPhones, iPads, Social Media platforms, etc.
had his own infamous clone problem a number of years ago that fans are
still trying to forget.Even speaking as an IP lawyer, I'll take
the counterfeit products over Spidey clones any day, and I haven't even
brought up the "Ultimate Universe" version.
has a huge housing problem, with prices skyrocketing and good deals
hard to come by.
Peter Parker often has trouble affording
a decent apartment in Manhattan on a photographer's salary. Moreover,
when Aunt May's house blew up, he wasn't even able to crash in Queens as
a last resort.Perhaps China's housing policy could take the
lead from current issues of the Spidey books: get a hot (albeit slightly
unstable) roommate. You get to split costs, and due to hilarious
misunderstandings after the Chameleon assumes your identity and sleeps
with your roommate, you get to hook up every now and again. That's
government policy I can support.
Loose Lips Sink ShipsPRC:
To protect its citizens, China must monitor and take reasonable
measures to restrict speech.Spidey:
To protect his loved ones,
Spider-Man must take precautions never to reveal his secret identity.
When the word gets out, bad things happen, like voluptuous young blondes
being hurled from bridges, etc.I defy anyone to come up with a
better analogy for the Great Firewall. Simply can't be done.With
Friends Like ThesePRC:
has to constantly put up with the antics
of its frenemies (North Korea, Myanmar, Iran, Sudan, etc.).
spends at least half his time dealing with folks like Harry
Osborn/Green Goblin #2, Flint Marko/Sandman (strangely enough, no
hyphen), Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard. Need I go on?Let's face
it, frenemies are a drag, particularly when those you kill keep being
resurrected. Just ask Batman (also no hyphen).Coming Out Parties
made a splashy debut at the 2008 Beijing
revealed his secret identity to the public
early on in Marvel's Civil War crossover series. A lot of money was
wasted on both events.PRC:
After product liability scandals,
economic difficulties and civil unrest, some folks in China subsequently
had second thoughts about that splashy debut in 2008.
After Aunt May was shot, Peter Parker had second thoughts about his no
longer secret identity, culminating in the craptastic Brand New Day
offal currently being foisted on loyal readers.Not that I'm
bitter or anything.Who Called for an Exterminator?PRC:
fond of public health campaigns against vermin such as flies,
cockroaches and rats.Spidey:
fond of beating up on
sewer-dwelling villain Vermin, who lets rats crawl all over him in an
extremely unnerving manner.Woe Is MePRC:
incredible economic growth and growing international power, is fond of
playing the role of global victim when it is criticized. Boo hoo.
Peter Parker whines like a woman just because he's poor and stressed
out, even though he's freakin' Spider-Man and is married to a hottie
supermodel (though not at the moment). My heart bleeds for the guy.
Net Nannies hunt down craven anonymous online
One of Spider-Man's arch-nemeses is Kraven the
That one was obvious.Pain In the Ass Government
constantly battling against poor decisions made by
local government officials.Spidey:
In the current Spider-verse,
J. Jonah Jameson is mayor of New York City.'Nuff said.