SPIDER-MAN GETS HIS BUTT WHUPPED WEEK II: THE KINGPIN
Oh no! Spidey is caught in the meaty mitts of the corpulent Kingpin of Crime! In the decades since his introduction, Wilson Fiske has become the arch-enemy of Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, but before that, he started out as a Spider-Man villain.
In his early appearances, The Kingpin would often claim that he was not fat, but that he was so extraordinarily muscular that he only appeared to be obese. You could take this to mean that either writer Stan Lee or artist John Romita had no idea how fat or muscle worked, but I prefer to think that this was The Kingpin’s own personal delusion. Since he’s a billionaire gangster, he’s surrounded himself by terrified yes-men who will agree to whatever he says.
SPIDER-MAN: Kingpin of Crime? More like Kingpin of CAKE!
KINGPIN: I am not fat! My muscles are just so large and so dense that I APPEAR to be fat! Right, boys?
CRONIES: Dat’s right, mistah Kingpin! You said it, boss!
DAREDEVIL: Kingpin, you’re so fat your butt has it’s own rap sheet!
SPIDER-MAN: You’re so fat that when you get arrested you won’t go to the big house, you’ll go to the Biggest Loser house!
DAREDEVIL: Oh snap! Kingpin, you’re so fat that I don’t know if I should punch you or just stand around and wait for the heart attack.
SPIDER-MAN: You’re so fat that I haven’t even made a joke about your purple pants yet!
Super dense muscles that shape themselves like a chubby stomach and neck rolls is at least creative thinking, instead of just pulling out the ol’ “big-boned” excuse. The Kingpin really only has one super power: self delusion.