NEW YORK (WLNY-TV) — There are big changes happening for New York’s favorite superhero, Spider-Man.

The first issue of The Superior Spider-Man hits comic shops Wednesday. Only it’s not Peter Parker behind the famous mask – because Peter Parker is dead.

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Hey, it’s complicated.

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The new comic book has diehard fans either excited our outraged.

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The author behind the controversial publication, Marvel Comics writer Dan Slott, visited us on The Couch.

As he explained, killing off the flagship character of Marvel Comics wasn’t the easiest thing to do.

“We love Peter Parker, but part of the fun is writing comics is putting through your characters through a living heck,” Slott said. “Finally we put so much on [Parker], he just snapped.”

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Slott will signing copies of Superior Spider-Man at Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd Street Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.