Marvel Reveals Spider-Man's ALPHA is a Teenage Sidekick
#693** Click here for a six-page preview of Amazing Spider-Man #692, the debut of Spidey's teenage sidekick Alpha.
Just a few years removed from ending Spider-Man’s marriage in an effort to make him seem younger, Marvel is taking the unprecedented step of giving their 50-year old wall-crawler a teenage sidekick.
That’s right, Spider-Man will now have his Robin.
Wednesday morning on Fox Nation, Marvel Comics revealed that Alpha, the mysterious new character debuting in August’s Amazing Spider-Man #692, is a 15-year-old teenager named Andy Maguire who becomes the Spidey’s protégé in an anniversary issue that pays homage to Spidey’s 1962 origin.
"If you put Spider-Man and Batman in the same situation, you're going to have way more fun with Spider-Man," said Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott. "With Batman, he never really screws up the way Spider-Man does; he always seems to make the right decision. But with Spider-Man, he always screws up. He's us as a superhero. Batman is a paragon of what we'd like to be, but in reality, we're more like Spider-Man. He makes all the mistakes we make."
"What we try to do with the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man is we try to play with the original clay of the book," said Amazing Spider-Man. editor Steve Wacker. "When Spider-Man was first created in the 1960s, there was no other superhero like him. Pop culture had never really taken teenagers into account. What Stan and Steve did was sing to their angst, and we're trying to sort of modernize that."** Click here for a six-page preview of Amazing Spider-Man #692, the debut of Spidey's teenage sidekick Alpha.
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