Simon Says: Amazing Spider-Man #37

Amazing Spider-Man - Aunt May - Peter Parker - Identity - John Romita Jr.

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Penciller: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colorist: Dave Kemp

While mostly an exposition  issue, I felt like the story in here was important because it highlighted both the importance Peter Parker puts on family and the dilemma Aunt May is experiencing with the knowledge that her young man fights crime in a costume.

When one of Peter’s students begins to show up tired every day to class, he investigates and finds out that there are dozens of children homeless around the city. He is begged not to turn them in, as most of them are close to graduating and want a shot in the real world. He relents but only after saving the life of his students brother; a drug addict that overdosed and nearly died because of it.

So where does this relate to Spider-Man in the grand scheme of things? The truth is, we don’t know exactly how Aunt May will react to her knowledge of Peter hiding this secret from her for years. Maybe she’ll disown him, or maybe she won’t. Maybe they’ll become even closer, or maybe this will cause a rift that lasts for quite a while. Maybe a villain will catch wind and make Parker pay the ultimate price.

If you are to believe in foreshadowing though, then you’d think that this issue was a nod to the strength of Peters household growing up. All of the children he encountered had parents that abandoned them, yet he was given a second chance by two very loving people to make it in the world.

Would someone that loving abandon him just because he kept this hidden? I don’t think so, but only time will tell.

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