Manuel Laranjo Art Blog
by juniororange , September 28, 2009—12:00 AM
Why is Spider-Man your favorite comic book character? is a question I get all the time. It may sound like a weird answer, but if you really want to know how I had become a Spider-Man fanatic, I'd have to say that the reason was my mom.
I must have been 5 or 6 years old when I first started going out to trick or treat for Halloween, but I remember it like it was yesterday.
My mom decided it was time for my brother, sister and I to go out trick or treating, but as young as we were, we really didn't know what kind of costumes we'd wear. So my mom, deciding on her own, went and bought three costumes for us.
When she brought them home, she gave me one of the boxes, which was a pirate costume, and placed the other two boxes on the floor of our family room. She told me that I should be the pirate and I happily agreed, thinking it was a cool costume. My brother, being the little spazz that he was back then, ran into the family room to look at the other costumes.
Now the boxes that held the costumes back then had a square hole on top of the box, lined with cellophane, so that the mask would be seen right on top, making it easy on shoppers to see what the costumes looked like.
Now my brother, Eddie, was probably 4 years old at the time and rushed right to the top box. I remembered that he took one look at the box and quickly turned-tail and ran away from it, crying and screaming of fright.
As my mom went after him to see what was wrong, my curiosity had gotten the best of me and I wanted to see what the heck scared him so much. I set down the box that held my pirate costume and slowly walked over to the other two boxes sitting in the family room.
What I saw didn't frighten me at all. As I saw the mask that stared back up at me, I was suddenly filled with awe. It was a red mask with black streaks of lines that looked like spider webs and the eye holes were surrounded with white along with black. I picked up the box and thought it was the coolest thing ever.
My mom came back into the room with my brother, but he halted at the entrance and didn't want to come any further. My mom saw that I wasn't affected by the look of the costume, so she told me that Eddie would be the pirate and that I'd take his.
At that moment, I looked at the side of the box and read the name...Spider-Man.
From then on, I was a diehard fan. I watched every episode of the cartoon of the 60s that was syndicated as well as the cartoons of the 70s. I was even a big fan of the cheesy live-action TV show starring Nicholas Hammond. When the day came in 2002 and Spider-Man came to the big screen, I took the day off and loved it.
So that, my friends, is why I'm a big fan of Spider-Man.