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Spider-Boy is Dead, and Everything is Worse Now

Sometimes something happens in a comic book that chills me to the bone. That really stabs the dagger and twists it. Something happens that is so outside the pale that I take a break from posting movie trailers to share it with all of you. Apologies if this is a spoiler, but I don’t care. The truth must be heard. You must be made aware.

Spider-Boy, the Amalgam Comics combination of Spider-Man and Superboy, has been killed in the Spider-Verse.

This was a blow, let me tell you. Spider-Boy is awesome. All of Amalgam Comics is awesome. And to lose him like this…

It’s definitely him. Just take a look. That’s definitely his arm.

So let me set the scene as best I can. This is a couple of panels from Spider-Man #2, a current comic book telling the End of the Spider-Verse story. I’m not reading and I don’t know what it’s about. But that is Morlun, and he seems to have killed Spider-Boy off-screen.

I understand. Marvel can’t exactly use Spider-Boy freely. So the fact that they’ve used this Easter Egg is actually really awesome! An Amalgam Comics Easter Egg in 2022? My wildest dreams are coming true! But man…why’s he gotta be dead? Couldn’t someone have made a handshake agreement and let him be a full-on character? Can’t we have nice things?!

Either way, the moment needed to be noted. Let’s get some more Amalgam Easter Eggs into our comics.

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6 of My Fictional Mary Sues

I make no bones about my life as a young fan fiction writer. I am actually quite proud of the work that Young Sean churned out at such a young age – even if I can rarely bring myself to go back and read the stories I wrote. You can check them out at FanFiction.net. Those stories laid the groundwork for the Sean you know today.

And one of the things I loved more than anything else was creating my own Mary Sue characters in popular fiction. Though back then, I had no idea what a ‘Mary Sue’ even was.

Nope, that’s Mary Jane

According to TVtropes.com, Mary Sue is the derogative term for an original fan fiction character inserted by the author into an already popular series, usually to serve as some kind of wish fulfillment. Mary Sues typically have dramatic backstories, awesome names, unique looks, and more often than not, upstage the main characters. For example, say you wrote a Harry Potter fan fic and inserted your own original Hufflepuff wizard, and the story was all about how your wizard fell in love with Draco Malfoy and turned him into a good guy with the power of love. It’s that sort of idealized character inserted into pre-existing stories.

I don’t think I was ever that bad, but I loved creating my own original characters for all my favorite cartoons and movies. Join me after the jump to take a look at just a few of them, and feel free to share some of your own in the comments! No judgement.

Also, as Google has revealed, I was not the only person in the world to come up with these exact same ideas. But I was young, and the Internet wasn’t a thing yet, so forgive me if some of these ideas aren’t 100% unique or original. They were to me at the time.

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