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Friday, 3 December 2010

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He'll have to fight his way out of this one.

He's stepped in it now, for sure.

And all the webs in the world may not be able to get him out of it.

Fans are disgusted that Spider-Man seems to be having so many problems with his new Broadway show. The first preview performance didn't go well. "Not at all worthy of a superhero," said a disappointed member of the audience.

When Spidey exited the stage door at the end of the performance, he expected to see a crowd of autograph seekers. Instead he was met by a chorus of boos and jeers.

And there's more. He had been given the keys to the city, but now the mayor has demanded them back. In crowded subway cars, passengers used to fight with each other to offer him a seat. Now he gets jostled, pushed, and packed in -- just like everybody else. And he's left standing, of course.

A Times Square deli had been featuring a turkey sandwich with lots of extras called the Spidey Special. No more. They've changed its name to the Green Goblin Gobbler. "With the new name, the sandwich has been selling like hotcakes," the delighted owner of the deli reports. "Spider-Man is clearly yesterday's news."

Spidey is taking it all in stride, though, remaining in good humor and reminding his friends of what John Keats said about fame: "Make your best bow to her and bid adieu, Then, if she likes it, she will follow you."

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The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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