Is There An International Crime Ring Involving Robbers Wearing Spider-Man Masks?

J. Jonah Jameson: Is Spider-Man A Criminal?Charlie Jane Anders asks the tough question on Was J. Jonah Jameson right all along?

Yesterday, a weirdly polite criminal dressed in a Spider-Man mask and armed with a screwdriver robbed a video store near Sydney, Australia. This is just the latest in a long string of Spidey-masked crimes around the world. What gives?

No criminals ever put on Batman’s cowl before going out on a crime spree — maybe because it doesn’t cover their full faces, or maybe because they are cowardly and superstitious. We did news searches for all the major superheroes, plus things like “Klingon” and “Stormtrooper,” and no dice. When evildoers want to seem like a threat or a menace, they don a Spidey mask. Could J. Jonah Jameson have been right all along?

Consider the evidence on Here’s just one example from Chattanooga, Tennessee:

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