Editor Stephen Wacker said that while Parker is gone, his permanence remains and his life casts a long shadow.
“His life is still important to the book because it affects everything that Doctor Octopus does as Spider-Man.
Seeing a supervillain go through this life is the point — trying to be better than the hero he opposed,” Wacker said.
“Doc is sort of inspired by Peter's life. That's what I mean when he talks about the shadow he casts,” he said.
The sentiment echoes what Uncle Ben said in the pages of “Amazing Fantasy” No. 15, Slott said.
Editor Stephen Wacker called it a fitting end to the old series, which sets the stage for a new one — “The Superior Spider-Man” early next year — because it brings Peter Parker full circle, from the start of his crime-fighting career to the end.
“In his very first story, his uncle died because of something he did, so the book has always been aimed at making Peter's life as difficult as possible,” Wacker said. “The book has always worked best when it's about Peter Parker's life, not Spider-Man's.”
And with Octavius influenced by Parker's life — from Aunt May to Gwen Stacy to Mary Jane — it will make him a better person, too.
“Because Doctor Octopus knows all of those things and will make decisions on what he saw Peter going through,” Wacker said. “In a way, he gets the ultimate victory as he becomes a better hero.”