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COMIC URBAN LEGEND: Uncle Ben tells Peter “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” in Spider-Man’s origin.
It has been memorialized in the first Spider-Man film, and it has been bandied about many times over the years (and in fact, if someone could ever prove to me who came up with the phrase, I’d give them seven cool points and I’d run it as an Urban Legends pieces of its own!), and yet, “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” was NOT said by Uncle Ben to Peter in Amazing Fantasy #15.
In fact, the phrase is not said to Peter by ANYone in the famous debut issue of Spider-Man!
Here is the only appearance of the phrase, at the very end of the issue…in a CAPTION box!!!
Note that the phrase is not even the same as we now remember it – “With great power, there must also come great responsibility”!!
Thanks to reader John McDonagh for recommending this one.
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