Spiderman Reveals Identity to Press

Spiderman pulls off his mask for the press, revealing that he is Peter Parker, in the latest installment of the “Civil War” mini-series.

Spiderman Unmasks Self In this handout from Marvel Comics, Spider-Man has publicly revealed his mask to show his identity as Peter Parker. (Marvel Comics) For a comic book hero, it’s the ultimate taboo.

In the latest edition of the Marvel comic “Civil War” on sale, Spiderman does the unthinkable and removes his Spidey mask to publicly reveal his hidden identity. “I’m proud of who I am, and I’m here right now to prove it,” the legendary webslinger tells a press conference called in New York’s Times Square, before pulling off his mask and standing before the massed ranks of reporters as newspaper photographer Peter Parker. “Any questions?” Parker asks in the final panel of the issue, amid a barrage of camera flashes.

In a statement, Marvel trumpeted the revelation as “arguably the most shocking event in comic book history.”

Interesting. I haven’t followed the “Civil War” series or, indeed, much of anything in comic books since the re-launch (and then re-relaunch) of the Marvel Universe a few years back, so I’m not sure if this will be part of the regular continuity.

The reasons for maintaining secrecy, though, have nothing to do with shame but rather privacy and, especially, the safety of one’s friends and loved ones. And “out” Peter Parker means that Spiderman’s foes can easily target innocents for leverage against him.

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  1. Anderson says:

    Shocking? Ho-hum. Now if Spider-Man were a pedophile, THAT would be shocking. For a while.

    Me, I was annoyed that the train passengers saw Parker’s face in the second Spidey movie. I suspect that particular plot point will have vanished entirely by # 3.

  2. Christopher says:

    Superhero discrimination? Didn’t we see this already in X-men? Or against the machines in AI? No wait or was it religious intolerance on Stargate?

    Wow, don’t we get enough of politics & problems in real life not to get it in Science Fiction?

  3. Alan Kellogg says:

    As I recall, DC Comic’s Elastic Man revealed his true identity decades ago. Maintaining the disguise just got to be too much of a hassle. I guess the crooks, badguys, and evil darklords figured it would be too much trouble to go after his wife (they were a childless couple) since the major heroes would jump on them for doing it.