Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 Marvel Comics editor-in-cheif Axel Alonso said the choice to replace deceased Peter Parker with a biracial character was partially inspired by President Barack Obama. "The obvious question was, 'When you have an iconic figure of this importance die, who do you replace him with?' We've got a president right now of mixed ethnicity, so why not one of the biggest superheroes in the world?" Alonso told the CBS Early Show Wednesday. "We just thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if Spider-Man was biracial?'" said one of the writers of the comic, Brian Michael Bendis. "Somebody different than the comic book norm -- who represented New York more." Bendis said the Ultimate Universe series was created by Marvel in 2000 with the idea of taking classic comic book scenarios, and seeing what would happen to the plots if they took place in the present, instead of in the 1960s. Peter Parker, a white orphan from Queens, died in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 fighting his arch-enemy, Green Goblin. In Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man series, Spidey's alter ego will continue to be Peter Parker. The artist who created the half black / half Latino Morales, Sara Pichelli, said the new character's multicultural background could lead to more revelations in the future -- including Spidey's sexuality. "Maybe sooner or later a black or gay -- or both -- hero will be considered something absolutely normal." http://www.computerweekly.com/PhotoGalleries/234215/467_30_Barack-Obama-on-the-cover-of-Spider-man.jpg http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2009-01-08-spideyobama1.jpg http://culture.wnyc.org/articles/features/2011/aug/03/brooklyn-spider-man/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/post/sorry-peter-parker-the-response-to-the-black-spiderman-shows-why-we-need-one/2011/08/03/gIQAViObsI_blog.html http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/08/spider-man-miles-morales-marvel-comics-president-barack-obama-video
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