A Daily Bugle Exclusive Guest Column By Frederick Foswell
Several weeks ago, I was unmasked by Spider-Man and revealed as the Big Man, the underworld boss who had been manipulating the city’s crime families into conflict. My “landlords” at Ryker’s Island have so graciously allowed me to write this confession and my former employer and perpetual schlockmeister, J. Jonah Jameson, has reluctantly agreed to donate all the money his newspaper will earn as a result of this admittedly controversial exposé.
"Why were you the Big Man?" A simple question with a simple answer. But isn’t the real question: Why did becoming the Big Man, a super-criminal who unified the underworld simply because he wore a mask, work so well?
The answer is simple, too: Countless people in this city stand to profit from the increasing levels of enhanced human and mechanical activity. Is it a coincidence that the Daily Bugle’s circulation is the only newspaper in the country that’s going up? No, because J. Jonah Jameson chooses to report everyday about Spider-Man.
I did what I did for all the right reasons, then all the wrong ones.
So here’s to the wall-crawler, who professes to be a hero, yet harbors a secret identity making it impossible to hold him accountable for his actions. Here’s to Oscorp, the company creating so much dangerous technology that its cast-offs and failures are finding their way into the hands of criminals. Here’s to the Crime Master and every other would-be powerbroker looking to make their mark on the city like the Lizard. Finally, here’s to all of you, loyal readers of this paper that I have served for over thirty years. Without you, none of this would be possible.