As for bullying: I know that there are readers who like to believe that loyal Richard Rider fans like myself seem like "cyber bullies" when it comes to the whole debate of should "Sam Alexander exist/can the two totally different Novas co-exist in a shared 616 universe?"
Well, hate to break it to the young generation and even to readers more my age group or older who seem to forget: bullying has been in existence since even before "Leave It To Beaver" or "The Brady Bunch". Do the young kids and millennials of today even know about those tv shows? I grew up watching "The Little Rascals/Our Gang" re-runs. Bullying of today is no different than it was back when I was a kid growing up in the 70s, 80s and 90s.I grew up with strong family values, moral values, Christian values, American and Filipino values. All of that has made me deal with bullies, peer pressure, puberty, etc. We were made of stronger stock, better self-esteem, and more respectful of our parents, our, elders and general people around us. Maybe not as tough as the kids were in the 30s & 40s but we got through it all just fine. I grew up in a pop culture where tv shows, movies, and cartoons shared the same values I had. Not really so with today's families, schools, society and pop culture climate. That is where the root of the problem is. I never cussed in public like many kids today do. They swear like sailors and I was in the Navy for 8 years. I hardly ever swore when I was active duty. Its like the kids don't care at all. Its unbelievable how Bizarro World the world has become. A kid's upbringing starts at home, not at school, and it shows the lack of discipline is today. Parents and teachers too scared to discipline their kids and students because of the PC world we live in today.
Richard Rider was a product of the mid 70s with influences from the Golden and Silver Age. The bullying he went through did not make him think of suicide or become less of a person. He was much tougher mentally. Why do you think we Rider fans love the character so much? Not because he was some hipster with low-self esteem, but just an average guy who was very optimistic about life and good family upbringing. He resonated with me like Peter Parker had with fans back in the day just like he is today with the young fans.
Now, what was Rich's favorite ice cream shake flavor again?
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