Spider-Man's a stand-up guy, and he'll go to bat for almost any good cause. Unfortunately, the fact that he's an arachno-sapien in a bodysuit transforms any serious attempt at advocacy into a perplexing tableau. Here are 10 odd Spider-PSAs.
10.) Spider-Man wants you to vote (1992)
In this television spot, Spider-Man does the typical 1990s thing of mugging the camera while doing gymnastics in the shadows; in fact, it's not unlike the opening credits of Living Single. Perhaps the best part of this spot is when the superhero signs his voter registration form as "SPIDER-MAN." Way to commit voter fraud, Petey.
9.) Spider-Man, Storm, and Power Man Battle Smokescreen (1982)
In this title, Spider-Man joins Luke Cage in spying on a promising student-athlete who's suddenly taken up cancer sticks. Luckily, the student's puffing habit leads the heroes directly to Smokescreen, a crime boss whose superpower is to smell like Virginia Slims. Of course, this is cause enough to call Storm away from the X-Men.
This is the biggest problem with PSA comics — they use an overkill of superheroes for problems that could generally be solved by one or two unaccredited social worker. Who cares about the fact that Magneto is turning the world's entire supply of bauxite into a giant scimitar? Somewhere in Manhattan, a teenager wasn't carded.
8.) Spider-Man loves potassium...(1980)
7.) But at the end of the day, he's more of a Vitamin C guy. (1980)
6.) The Amazing Spider Man: Adventures in Reading (1991)
5.) Ghost Rider tells kids to wear their helmets or he'll kill them (1991)
4.) Ultron teaches children that being a minority engineer is cool (1991)
3.) An Arthurian monster teaches children that diabetics are drug users (1991)
2.) Spider-Man was inappropriately touched by an older boy (1984)
1.) Spider-Man battles an alien who's crazy about teen pregnancy (1976)
Finally, Spider-Man tells us that masturbation will not drive you insane. Batman's silence on this controversy speaks volumes. You can read this in full at Scans Daily.