Knowledge Waits is a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.
Today is National Pizza Day and so I was thinking about that awesome scene in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, but luckily the clip is actually available on YouTube, so if you don't know the scene you can watch it here.
If you don't feel like watching it, it shows Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) showing up late for his job as a pizza delivery guy. His boss yells at him and tells him that they have an order for eight extra large pizzas and that they are now just eight minutes away from being late (the store offers a "You'll get the pizza in 29 minutes late or it's free!" guarantee). By the time he is finished yelling at Peter, there is just seven and a half minutes left. If Peter can't get the pizzas up 40 blocks in that time, he will be fired.
Luckily for Peter, he is also Spider-Man, so after he is first stuck in traffic on his motor scooter, he changes into his superhero gear and starts webspinning his way downtown (of course, this being Spider-Man, people think that he just stole the pizzas). However, not so luckily for Peter, when he is almost to his destination, he sees a kid about to be hit by a truck and so he has to stop, put the pizzas on a balcony railing and save the kids (darn Uncle Ben and his whole "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" lesson!). He gets the pizzas back before they are opened by the person whose balcony he left them on, but the delay in saving the kids leaves him a minute late with his delivery.
It's a great scene and it has led folks to wonder, "Did Peter Parker ever deliver pizzas in the comic books?" No one specifically asked me the question (hence it not being a Comic Book Questions Answered), but heck, I will answer it anyways!
In Amazing Spider-Man #2 (by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko), Peter Parker is thinking of ways to make money and he figures out that perhaps he could become a photographer...
After his first fight with the Vulture as Spider-Man, Peter realizes that his experiment worked out pretty well, so he goes to sell the photographs and he figured that it would be kind of fun to sell them to the guy who hated Spider-Man the most, J. Jonah Jameson...
That essentially solidified Peter's job for the next thirty years or so. Peter was a freelance photojournalist, which allowed him to not have to follow office hours when he was off fighting crime whenever it popped up. Over the years, Peter had worked in various science-related gigs (as a teaching assistant when he was trying to finish up his degree, working at one or two labs plus being a high school science teacher) but he always kept up the photography gig as a part-time thing.
That is...until it all was ruined by a bad decision.