No, he hasn't been bitten by a radioactive spider--but nonetheless, the story of retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Sonoma State University alumnus Dan Nevins is part of a new Marvel comic book.
"Venom: Space Knight #3," a spinoff of the Spider-Man series, features Nevins' input to give depth and accuracy to the superhero character Flash Thompson, who, like Nevins, is a double amputee who gets prosthetic legs.
Nevins was wounded in Iraq in 2004 and is now a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project.
He helped with details like feeling disconnected to the ground after an amputation below the knee, and finding grounding through the practice of yoga. "We take the experience of being grounded for granted," he told the Washington Post. After the amputations of both his legs below the knee, "every step becomes a thought."
Nevins is now a yoga instructor after connecting with the practice two years ago.
Read more in the Washington Post.