Is This Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man?
If you don’t have kids, you may never have seen these incarnations of some popular Marvel superheroes. Despite being a DC man myself, my daughter loves Spider-Man, so that’s what she plays with (along with her Disney Princesses and My Little Pony).
Yes, Marvel has Super Hero Squad, with cutsey versions of its heroes and villains, but this Spider-Man and Friends toddler board book is in a class by itself.
Don’t get me wrong. The messages conveyed (sticking together, helping those in need, etc) are fine, I just find their choice of heroes to accompany Spider-Man a little… odd.
Let’s take a look.
Wolverine: Easily one of Marvel’s most popular heroes. He’s also a badass loner with aggression issues. IN THE BOARD BOOK: He rides a tire swing and gets picked on for being different.
Silver Surfer: A cosmically powered herald for a large planet-eating entity. Good times. IN THE BOARD BOOK: He loves to explore the world with wide-eyed wonder and curiosity (presumably until Galactus consumes it).
Iron Man: A genius narcissistic inventor of military grade weapons with a drinking problem. IN THE BOARD BOOK: He is smart at school and loves to fly.
And then of course there’s Spider-Man, probably the only really appropriate Marvel character to be in a board book for kids. Especially with his over-used saying “With great power comes great responsibility.” IN THE BOARD BOOK: With great power comes great responsibility. (Yes, it really does say that.)
You’d think that a hero like Captain America would be a better fit for something like this, after all, he practically perspires qualities you’d want to teach a toddler (leadership, teamwork, never trust a guy with a skull for a face…).
What other heroes would work well for little kids? Post ’em in the comments.