Wednesday, March 31, 2010
It's been a while since we took a look at the effects of the economic recession in the Marvel Universe. The latest casualty? Peter Parker. It would appear that Pete has finally lost his job, despite previously surviving The DB's financial hardships (and later its literal destruction at the hands of Electro). Though he was quickly able to obtain new employment at City Hall through the ever-so-generous Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, Pete is finally out of work with not so much as a freelance gig to keep him above the federal poverty line.
OK, so this has very little to do with the recession. In actuality, some of Peter's latest (and quite frankly ethically dubious) actions have prompted Jameson to fire him in an very public manner. Now he joins the ranks of the other 9.7% of Americans forced to suffer through long unemployment lines and persistent insecurity.
And those guys don't have to buy web fluid.
Update: Some loyal readers pointed out that fact that Peter Parker shouldn't even be eligible to collect unemployment benefits, since he was clearly fired for gross misconduct (as opposed to being laid off or let go through no fault of his own). So what I meant to say was that he joins the ranks of the rest of the unemployed--not necessarily those waiting in unemployment lines.