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As originally conceived Peter Parker is a tragic character with some key events happening in Amazing Fantasy 15 (death of his uncle), The Amazing Spider Man 121-122 (Gwen Stacy death).

The following quote is from the Wikipedia article on issue 121-122 (my emphasis):

In the comic book collection The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time: #9-6 (Amazing Spider-Man #121 was the #6 comic), Conway explained that Gwen and Peter were a "perfect couple", but taking that relationship to the next level (i.e. marriage or at least Peter revealing his secret identity to her) would "betray everything that Spider-Man was about", i.e. personal tragedy and anguish as root of Peter's life as Spider-Man. Killing Gwen Stacy was a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: breaking up the "unfitting" relationship and reinforcing the element of personal tragedy which was, in his opinion, the essence of Spider-Man.

So I wonder, are there particular literary influences or examples for the development of the character and the tragic makeup of his life?

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    Hello drmanhattan, and welcome to the site. It’s always a nice courtesy (in fact, it’s required) to add a link that shows what it is exactly you’re quoting, so I’ve gone ahead and added one in for you, as well as making your quote stand out more by formatting it as a blockquote. If there’s anything about the site you need help with, the help center is a good place to start. :-) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 12 '16 at 21:25
  • Excellent work @JanusBahsJacquet – AncientSwordRage Feb 12 '16 at 21:26

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