Even superhero Spiderman cannot withstand the brutal reality of a tough economy.
Spiderman's alter-ego, Peter Parker, is now one of the millions of unemployed Americans, in the forthcoming edition of the comic strip.
Parker, who works as the official photographer for Mayor J. Jonah Jameseon, is fired for doctoring a photograph.
He does this in an attempt to clear his boss's name. But he's axed, despite his good intentions.
Spiderman stories are often set against a backdrop of current events.
For instance, Spiderman recently to the rescue of US President Barack Obama during his presidential inauguration.