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Death of Spider-Man leaves loyal fans in spin

SPIDER-MAN, one of the most venerable of all superheroes, is to die in the latest instalment of his adventures.

The wall-crawling lycra wearer, the alter ego of schoolboy Peter Parker, finally succumbs to arch-enemy the Green Goblin in the final issue of 'Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man', due out in the US today.

Fans of Spider-Man need not worry much, though, because the 'Ultimates' imprint is separate from Marvel Comics' bigger universe, and the web-slinger's adventures will continue in other series.

"I won't lie to you -- and it's embarrassing to say this out loud -- but tears were rolling down my face," said artist Brian Michael Bendis of laying Spidey to rest.

"I was very emotional in writing it. This is a character that represents such a great deal of my life."

Irish Independent