When David Larsen was 10 years old, he read his first Spider-man comic and discovered that Spider-man is secretly a freelance newspaper photographer. He recalled that Superman works for a newspaper as well. Young Larsen set out to become a freelance journalist, reasoning that superpowers and a costume would surely follow. Today, he is as impoverished as either Clark Kent or Peter Parker, and has a more nuanced appreciation of the ironic contrast between the heroes’ public and private lives. He earns his living going to films and reading books: a great consolation, being the fulfillment of his other ridiculous childhood dream. His friends have learned not to discuss the Spider-man movies if he’s anywhere in earshot.