Letters to Spider-Man: Queens family reveal serendipitous coincidences with Marvel hero


  • A family living in Queens, New York, first thought it was a prank that they were receiving fan mail addressed to Spider-Man.
  • As it turns out, the Parker family, who share the same last name as the Marvel hero's alter ego, lived in Spider-Man's house.
  • The letters are now displayed at the City Reliquary, a tiny storefront museum in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A family living in Queens, New York, first thought it was a prank that they were receiving fan mail addressed to Spider-Man.

Years later, they realised they were, in fact, living in Peter Parker's house. And to make things even more serendipitous, the family's last name is Parker, too.

The letters, sent to an actual address in Forest Hills, Queens, were mailed decades ago, New York Times reports. Some were sent through the 1990s, but more when the action movie, Spider-Man, was released in 2002. 

They are now on display at the City Reliquary, a tiny storefront museum in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

"Some of them are more like letters to Santa, asking for Spider-Man stuff," Pamela Parker, who grew up in the house at 20 Ingram Street, from 1974 to 2007, told the publication.

One three-year-old correspondent, who likely had help writing the note, reported that she often dressed "as you to kill all the badies" and invited Spider-Man to Europe, while another invited the fictional hero to Kentucky.

"Whould you like to come to our house some time in summer? When you come to our house can you put on your costume? After that, what would you like to do? Do you play basset ball and football? [sic]"

According to Pamela Parker, she and her family decided not to write back.

Clay Langston, a nine-year-old from Corinth, Mississippi, implored Spider-Man to "please right back" [sic] – he didn't.

Langston, now a student at the University of Tennessee, was tracked down, by the website, Hell Gate, which reported on the letters earlier this year. When asked about the letter and shown it, the college student was amused by the "sloppy writing" and said that Spider-Man had "helped me cope through the hard times as a kid", despite not receiving a response.

See letters to Spider-Man HERE

"The collection is an incredible example of serendipity and so-called coincidence," Dave Herman, the City Reliquary museum's founder, told Yahoo Life in a February article.
We are quite glad the Spider-Man writers chose a real-life Parker family address to use in their historic comic books. By doing so, they've allowed the real-life Parkers to create an archive of appreciation for our hometown superhero.

The real-life Parker family decided to hand the letters over to the museum when they sold the house 16 years ago. It is now listed on Zillow for just under $2.1 million.

Gigi Malek, the real estate agent for the owners, told NYT that the Spider-Man connection was a selling point: "During the open house, we always say this was the Spider-Man residence."

See inside Peter Parker's house in the video above. 

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