Two things have been on my mind lately: Judd Apatow’s new comedy, “This Is 40,” and the publication of the very last issue of Marvel’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Both of these things have very little to do with each other. But when trying to think of a topic for this week’s column, both ideas kept creeping back to me.

I watched “This Is 40” recently. And like most Apatow films, it’s filled with lewd, over-the-top, aggressive humor, and I loved it. But, there was something else to it, a message that, beneath all of the profanity-laden jokes, anal probing and Megan Fox eye candy, provided a life lesson. And here it is.

Life doesn’t end at 40. In fact, it’s a new beginning.


Around the same time “This Is 40” came out, rumors were circulating on the Internet that issue No. 700 of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which has been running consistently since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created the character in 1962, would involve (spoiler!) (spoiler!)(spoiler!)the death of Peter Parker. As I and many other comic book geeks discovered, those rumors were true. Peter Parker is dead at 50. (We’ll see how long that lasts, as comic book storylines almost always resurrect their characters eventually).

And taking over as Spider-Man? Why, it’s Peter Parker’s arch-nemesis, Doctor Octopus, in Marvel’s new comic book, titled “The Superior Spider-Man,” which is being released this month.

Although “This Is 40” and the 700th issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man” are both ultimately about starting over, they also invoke, at least for me, a sense of reflection. And because it’s a brand new year, it makes this process even more relevant.

For 2013, I’ve gota few tricks up my sleeve as to how to keep ChattaPop fresh, interesting and fun. I’ve covered a variety of topics in the few months since it has started but haven’t yet scratched the surface of what pop culture has to offer. But I’d also like to hear from you. What would you like to see out of this column? What topics would you like me to cover?

And I’d also like to say thank you. Thank you for reading my column every week, and thank you for commenting when you feel so inclined. I love pop culture, and I love writing about it. Pop culture is becoming an increasingly important part of who we are and how we are shaped as a society-the good (“Sherlock”), the bad (the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch) and the ugly (“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”). And I love that it is.

So, I’m serious. Give me some suggestions. What pop culture topics need dissecting? I’m up for anything. Sound off below.

Charlie Moss writes about local history and popular culture, including music, movies and comics. You can contact him on Facebook, Twitter or by email. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.