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Minority Spider-Man debuts

Peter Parker is dead and gone, but Spider-Man's still slinging webs and fighting crime.

And it's not just a new teenager climbing Manhattan buildings; it's an entirely new crime-fighter, from the color of his suit to the complexion of his skin.

Meet Miles Morales, a half-black, half-Hispanic American teenager who, inspired to do good after the death of Parker, takes flight and has his first fight in the pages of Marvel Comics' "Ultimate Fallout" No. 4, in comic shops Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.

The Ultimates imprint is separate from Marvel's bigger universe where Parker is still alive.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis, who has scripted every issue of Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man since it debuted in 2000, maintained a new hero would replace Parker, felled in "Ultimate Spider-Man" No. 160 this summer.

Morales is nothing like his predecessor. "He's younger than Peter Parker. He's coming from a completely different background, a completely different world view," Bendis said.

Making Spider-Man a minority character is reflective of an industry keeping pace with modern society, said Axel Alonso, Marvel's editor-in-chief.

"This was a conscious decision. Here at Marvel, we pride ourselves on reflecting the real world in all its diversity," he said.

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