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George R.R. Martin explains why he liked Spider-Man more than Superman




DC and Marvel have been two of the most successful comic book franchises of all time, publishing some of the most iconic superheroes that have become staples to pop culture. Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man are the most popular superheroes all over the world, and a large majority of people have been influenced by them, including Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.

Martin was fascinated by comics, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say comics helped him cultivate his talent for writing. And just like any other kid on the block, Martin had his favorites when he was young, he was a Marvel fanboy, and he was simply enthralled when Spider-Man arrived. The teenage web-slinging superhero instantly became one of his favorites, and he explains to The Independent why:


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“There were cowboy comic books and there were war comic books, and for the girls, there were romance comic books – which I didn’t touch of course! The stories never went anywhere. Superman would be there, and his girlfriend Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen his best friend, Perry White the editor of the Daily Planet, and something would happen. At the end of the story, everything would be exactly the way it was at the beginning of the story, for issue after issue, year after year.”

“Stan Lee’s writing was so much better than what you’d been getting. Things happened. Spider-Man was progressing. It was so refreshing.”

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon.

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