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Image from Spider-Man and Power Pack # 1 (1984).

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In 1984, the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, with Marvel Comics, created a one-shot Spider-Man/Power Pack comic in which it is revealed that Peter Parker was molested by Steven "Skip" Westcott, a teenage boy from a broken home. Young Peter Parker gets up the courage to tell Uncle Ben and Aunt May, his guardians, what happened, but nothing occurs in the story's narrative to indicate Skip was ever punished or sent away to receive counseling or anything. The focus of the story is smartly on how children should react to this situation, rather than on what will happen to the perpetrator. Three years later, the NCPCA releases another comic with Marvel in which Spider-Man recollects the events during a fight with the Hobgoblin.

I am certainly not bringing this up to make light of the sexual abuse of children. I'm just curious if Steven Westcott has any significance in mainstream continuity. The NCPCA stories are not well written, and the coloring makes Skip look like a handsy Magneto or Quicksilver, but the comic's attempt to engage younger readers and encourage them to speak out is admirable. I am just curious if Westcott had a mainstream counterpart or if he was created solely for these stories (most likely).

This story was reprinted in the 2012 Marvel tradeSpider-Man Fights Substance Abuse. An aside, one blogger suggested that Uncle Ben beat Skip to death with a tire iron. What if...?

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#1 Posted by KingAres109 (1624 posts) - - Show Bio

That guy in the pick is a teenager from a broken home!?He has white hair and looks old...

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#2 Posted by Nothing2Lose (37 posts) - - Show Bio

@kingares109: And now you know why Jim Mooney wasn't picked to do art chores for New Mutants. The emphasis that the story puts on Skip coming from a single-parent household seems kind of inappropriate. The narrative says he had more opportunities for bad touch because he was frequently home alone. So, in 1984, one was more likely to have inappropriate contact with children if his or her parents were divorced. Nice, Marvel.

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#3 Posted by KingAres109 (1624 posts) - - Show Bio

@nothing2lose: Yeah that is weird.Smh..But I guess we all make mistakes..

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#4 Posted by Guardiandevil83 (9350 posts) - - Show Bio

Lmao

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#5 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio

OH GOD.

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#6 Edited by Owie (7185 posts) - - Show Bio

I've read this comic, and honestly I was very impressed with their willingness to be very direct and straightforward about sexual abuse--both in the Power Pack and Spider-Man sections. Especially considering the times it made made it, it's kind of stunningly honest and real. I got it for my kids to read some day, but once I did, I wasn't sure what ages it would be best for them to read it, considering its explicitness and emotional scariness.

I didn't know it was done a second time with Hobgoblin.

To answer your question, I don't think this story exists in continuity.

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#7 Edited by Nothing2Lose (37 posts) - - Show Bio

@owie: Unlike the anti-smoking thing, the 1987 comic was not a retelling of the original story, but a completely new one which recollects the 1984 piece. There is no implication that Roderick Kingsley was a child molester (though his twin brother did seem awfully submissive).

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#9 Posted by Owie (7185 posts) - - Show Bio

@owie: Unlike the anti-smoking thing, the 1987 comic was not a retelling of the original story, but a completely new one which recollects the 1984 piece. There is no implication that Roderick Kingsley was a child molester (though his twin brother did seem awfully submissive).

So same story, but retold in new pics/words? Interesting that they would do that.

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#10 Posted by Nothing2Lose (37 posts) - - Show Bio

@owie: They did that with smoking PSA, as Luke Cage's look had evolved and to make it more engaging to kids. I'm saying they did NOT do that with the sexual abuse pieces. Spider-Man recalls Skip in the middle of a fight with Hobgoblin and there is a footnote to the previous piece.

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#11 Posted by Owie (7185 posts) - - Show Bio

@owie: They did that with smoking PSA, as Luke Cage's look had evolved and to make it more engaging to kids. I'm saying they did NOT do that with the sexual abuse pieces. Spider-Man recalls Skip in the middle of a fight with Hobgoblin and there is a footnote to the previous piece.

I guess what I understood you to mean is that there was a new frame story, with the original retold in briefer form in a flashback. But you're saying that it's only referenced.

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#13 Edited by 14NC3 (2073 posts) - - Show Bio

@mitran said:

I like to think Venom ate him.

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#14 Posted by MasterDetective (1500 posts) - - Show Bio

jesus...

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#15 Posted by BruceRogers (17476 posts) - - Show Bio

It hasn't been mentioned again so I guess they have completely forgotten about it

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#16 Posted by Strider1992 (18501 posts) - - Show Bio

Wasn't it one of those event titles like the "Black Issue" that weren't actually acknowledged as being canon?

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#17 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (18062 posts) - - Show Bio

it was Mephisto. Thats why Peter and MJs marriage bugged him so much. He still has a thing for Peter

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#18 Posted by HighAccuser (9696 posts) - - Show Bio

What the actual hell

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#19 Posted by HighAccuser (9696 posts) - - Show Bio

@Solid_Snake97 bruh poor Spidey :(

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#20 Posted by linsanel_Doctor (8630 posts) - - Show Bio

He's lurking somewhere

Haha, if it's Mephistopheles, spider is screwed

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#21 Posted by Green_Tea (10541 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerevarine_11: he can never catch a break :( why can't this sort of BS happen to someone else instead, like Tony

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#22 Posted by HighAccuser (9696 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerevarine_11: he can never catch a break :( why can't this sort of BS happen to someone else instead, like Tony

I'm starting to think Marvel has it out for him.

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#23 Posted by Green_Tea (10541 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerevarine_11: i kid you not, next year Peter will be a loser and move back in with this aunt, who is A. still alive for no reason and B. Still doesn't know he's Spider-Man.

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#25 Posted by HighAccuser (9696 posts) - - Show Bio

@solid_snake97: He'll go back to high-school because it turns out he missed credits.

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#26 Posted by Green_Tea (10541 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerevarine_11: and gets de-aged by Mephisto into a teenager after he makes a deal to resurrect Jay back to life. Thus making it possible and not creepy to hook up with Kamala or Spider-Gwen. You and I both know Marvel is capable of doing that..

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#27 Posted by HighAccuser (9696 posts) - - Show Bio

@solid_snake97: Dude, with all of the crap they're pulling I'm so glad I dropped them. Have you seen the solicits for the books this month alot of them suck.

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#28 Posted by Green_Tea (10541 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerevarine_11: truly frightening to see how far they've fallen. Yet we know idiots will eat their BS. I have no hope for the new Iron Man series tbh. I mean idk the premise just doesn't work for me, Iron Man was never the hero to have a legacy, he's just a man in a suit, he's not Flash, Batman, GL, Cap America, hell he's not even like Spider-Man who can have someone else to take up their mantle.

Which reminds me of Misty Knight becoming the new Captain America (but only briefly) so its' not that bad.

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#29 Posted by juiceboks (24888 posts) - - Show Bio

Forgotten along with Bruce Banner's rapists.

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#30 Edited by linsanel_Doctor (8630 posts) - - Show Bio

lol

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#31 Posted by Farkam (12045 posts) - - Show Bio

Forgotten along with Bruce Banner's rapists.

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#32 Posted by nickzambuto (29288 posts) - - Show Bio

Here's a question; is it GOOD that this was forgotten? Or would it have been an interesting idea to make this event more relevant in Peter Parker's life? What would you think of a writer bringing it back in a new storyline as something Peter is still scarred over?

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#33 Posted by FearTheLiving (8837 posts) - - Show Bio

Here's a question; is it GOOD that this was forgotten? Or would it have been an interesting idea to make this event more relevant in Peter Parker's life? What would you think of a writer bringing it back in a new storyline as something Peter is still scarred over?

Personally I like the idea that this had happened to Peter. Not the actual act itself mind you but gives hope to kids this does happen to that you can still be great and move on with your life. So I would like to see a writer try and reintroduce this idea in a more serious story line dealing with it.