The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man

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"The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man"
The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man.jpg
Cover of The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1, 248 (Jan 1984).Art by John Romita, Jr.
Publisher Marvel Comics
Publication date January 1984
Genre
Title(s) The Amazing Spider-Man #248
Main character(s) Spider-Man
Creative team
Writer(s) Roger Stern
Penciller(s) Ron Frenz
Inker(s) Terry Austin
Letterer(s) Joe Rosen
Colorist(s) Christie Scheele
The Very Best of Spider-Man ISBN 0-7851-0045-8

"The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" is a Spider-Man story written by Roger Stern, originally published in The Amazing Spider-Man #248 in 1984. In the story, a young fan of Spider-Man meets his hero.

This comic was elected as one of the "Top 10 Spider-Man stories of all time" by Wizard[1] and is regarded as among the most-loved Spider-Man stories.[2][3][4]

Plot[edit]

Young Timothy "Tim" Harrison lies in his bed. Newspaper captions (from a report by Daily Bugle journalist Jacob Conover) say Tim is the greatest Spider-Man fan in the world and has collected every article available on him, including a whole album of The Daily Bugle's retractions. Tim has also collected mementos such as kinescopes of Spider-Man's early television appearances and bullets from a crime foiled by Spider-Man. Suddenly, Spider-Man comes into Tim's room. In the following hours, the two trade anecdotes about Spider-Man's long career. The hero is surprised and touched by how much the boy adores him.

When Spider-Man is about to leave, Tim asks him who he really is. After some hesitation, Spider-Man takes off his mask, identifies himself as Peter Parker, and retells the fateful night when his negligence let Uncle Ben die, causing him to fight crime. The story does not change Tim's admiration of his hero. A tearful Peter Parker embraces Tim (who refers to him as "Pete") and departs. An exterior view reveals Tim is staying in a cancer clinic. The last of the newspaper captions states that the boy's only wish is to meet his hero in person. Conover ends his report by stating his hope that "Spider-Man takes the time to visit a very brave young man named Tim Harrison, and I hope he does it soon. You see, Tim Harrison has leukemia, and the doctors only give him a few more weeks to live."

Background[edit]

Most of Amazing #248 is Spider-Man's fight against Thunderball, but Stern's backup story is remembered much better than the main tale. According to Stern:

Partly, I'm sure that it sprang from a desire on my part to do a short human-interest story in the style of Will Eisner - that's why the story is partially advanced through newspaper clippings... I was trying to be Eisneresque.[2]

Tim Harrison's death is mentioned in Danny Fingeroth and Ron Garney's "A Spider-Man Carol", in which Spider-Man meets Tim's brother Joey. The story was published in the 1991 Marvel Holiday Special.

In other media[edit]

The story loosely inspired a two-part story ("Make a Wish/Attack of the Octobot") in the third season of Spider-Man: The Animated Series. The major difference is that the kid in question is a girl, named Taina. It's mentioned she has a twin brother named Timmy. Another reference to Tim is at the end of the episode where there is a plaque that reads "WISH COME TRUE FOUNDATION FOR TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN".

Collected editions[edit]

The story has been reprinted several times and collected in various trade paperbacks including The Very Best of Spider-Man (December 1994, ISBN 0-7851-0045-8).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wizard Best of Spider-Man Limited Deluxe Hardcover". Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Roger Stern". 1996-10-01. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  3. ^ "The Very Best of Spider-Man". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  4. ^ "The Spider's Web Exclusive: Interview with Roger Stern". Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 

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