Jump back over 50 years for the first appearance of Spider-Man’s lost love!
Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.
Reunions with old flames usually feel strange and awkward. That goes double when you’re a super hero whose college sweetheart died in a fight with your arch enemy and has been cloned repeatedly in the ensuing years.
This week’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, and Giuseppe Camuncoli features a conversation between Peter Parker and the recently returned Gwen Stacy taking place in and around THE CLONE CONSPIRACY #4. In order to truly feel the impact of this chat, it’s important to look back at the very first appearance of Gwen in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31 from 1965 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
After a night of battling some goons, Peter Parker heads to Empire State University for registration and returns home to see Aunt May faint. Heading in for his first day at school with a lot on his mind, Peter first met Gwen as she chatted with Harry Osborn and Flash Thompson. To set the stage, this also marks Harry’s first appearance and Flash still dislikes Parker from their high school days, but Gwen’s already heard of Peter’s intelligence and seems impressed. However, Peter’s so wrapped up in his own thoughts that he doesn’t see Flash trying to introduce him to his future best friend and girlfriend.
Even without meeting him, Gwen can’t stop thinking about Parker during their first class. “He’s not as husky as Flash…but brighter…and very attractive!” she muses to herself.
Later, in chem lab, Harry and Flash want to play a trick on Peter because they think he’s a square who’s too full of himself so they send Gwen to distract him while they switch out his chemicals, causing a minor explosion. In their first meeting, Gwen Stacy tries several times to get the erstwhile Spider-Man’s attention, but he doesn’t even turn around when he finally gives her the pen she asks to borrow!
Even after several attempts at getting his attention and failing, Gwen can’t resist the challenge and keeps after Peter, but it doesn’t work—at least in this issue. The eventual relationship between the two became strained after Gwen’s dad, Captain George Stacy, died as the result of a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus. Gwen’s growing hatred of the masked vigilante and Peter’s guilt combined to form a wedge in the romance that stopped him from proposing to her when she decided to move to England for a while.
Eventually, Gwen returned to the Big Apple and rekindled a relationship with Peter that ended when The Green Goblin captured her and threw her from atop the George Washington Bridge in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121. The Wallcrawler tried to save her with his webbing, but failed. Gwen’s death not only added a permanent monument in Peter Parker’s garden of guilt, but also established a more serious tone in the Marvel Universe.
In 1975, Gwen mysteriously reappeared in the original Clone Saga, but she turned out to be a copy created by The Jackal. Since then, a variety of different clones have popped up to play with Spider-Man’s head, but the realization that Gwen had twins with Norman Osborn before her death in the “Sins Past” storyline might take the cake as far as surprises go. In The Clone Conspiracy, Jackal explained that he grabbed Gwen’s body and brought her back to life complete with her full memories. The story also involves everyone’s favorite alternate reality version of the character, Spider-Gwen, otherwise known as Earth-65’s Spider-Woman!
See the 'Real' Gwen in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23, out January 4!
Peter Parker’s life stands as one marked by tragedy and triumph, but perhaps more so by tragedy. Chief among those moments touched by the fickle finger of fates revolves around the brief but bright light of Gwen Stacy, whom some call Peter’s one true love. Gwen returns to the land of the living in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23, out January 4, to challenge the wall-crawler like nothing before.
Peter first met the bright young woman at Empire State University, a fellow student who impressed the hero in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31. Romance between the two grew slowly at first while they dated others and the young man dealt with personal problems, but they ultimately began seeing only each other.
Gwen’s father, Captain Stacy of the police, saw something in Peter and also in Spider-Man, a happy situation for the web-slinger until Stacy’s untimely death in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #90, during one of Doctor Octopus’ rampages through the city. As he lay dying, the captain revealed to Peter his knowledge of his dual identity, and blessed his relationship with his daughter.
Unfortunately, Gwen blamed Spider-Man for her father’s death and in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #93 flew to England to live with relatives, unsure of Peter’s motives behind his apparent distancing of himself from her. In reality, the young hero allowed his costumed alter-ego to come between him and Gwen, as well as the growing threat of the Green Goblin, his supreme arch-enemy. Gwen returned to America in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #98 at a turning point in Spider-Man’s war with the Goblin, an unfortunate turn of events despite the young lovers’ reunion.
The wall-crawler’s adventures continued, including bouts with super villains, the growth of four extra arms, and his friend Harry Osborn’s growing dependence on drugs. Gwen and Peter preserved the storms together until the unspeakable occurred: the kidnapping of Gwen by the Green Goblin.
Spider-Man rushed to save Gwen in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121, but a standoff with his foe on top of the George Washington Bridge resulted in the young woman falling to her death. In a rage, Peter searched for the Goblin and brought him down in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #122, but too late for Gwen Stacy.
Life continued for Peter Parker, though forever changed. Gwen’s death altered the fabric of his existence, as well as that of her friends, including Mary Jane Watson. Peter ultimately moved on, but his heart would be eternally entwined with the sweet memory of his lost love.
Spider-Man met several clones of Gwen over the years, beginning in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #144 and causing him both exhilaration and anguish, but in the end none of them could ever truly replace the original.
See Gwen Stacy as you've never seen her before in this preview of the brand new Gwen Variants!
She’s smart, charming and she can lift a car! She’s Gwen Stacy, the Spectacular Spider-Woman and she comes to you each month in the pages of the critically acclaimed SPIDER-GWEN series! But what if Gwen Stacy had lifted Mjolnir to become Thor: Gwen of Thunder? What if she had been awarded the Eye of Agamotto, and battled the forces of the supernatural as Dr. Gwenge? Find out as she powers up for June’s can’t miss GWEN VARIANTS, as the industry’s top artist show you a side of Gwen Stacy you’ve never seen before!
“Gwenom? The InGwenible Hulk? The Mighty AGwengers? What about G.W.E.N.D.O.K.?,” asks Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “The possibilities are endless. As soon as the idea came together to portray Gwen as a variety of Marvel heroes, our artists couldn’t sign up fast enough. They’re having a ton of fun putting these together and it shows.”
“Just wait till you see Chip Zdarsky’s ‘Brian Michael Gwendis’ cover,” continued Gabriel.
Gwen Stacy Variants will be available throughout the month of June, coming to these 20 exciting titles:
· 1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #1 by John Tyler Christopher
· ARMOR WARS #1 by David Lafuente
· BLACK WIDOW #19 by Dan Hipp
· CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #9 by Jake Wyatt
· DEADPOOL’s SECRET SECRET WARS #2 by Chris Bachalo
· FUTURE IMPERFECT #1 by Nick Bradshaw
· GROOT #1 by Giuseppe Camuncoli
· GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #1 by Rob Guillory
· HOWARD THE DUCK #4 by Jason Latour
· INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #2 by James Stokoe
· MAGNETO #19 by Declan Shalvey
· OLD MAN LOGAN #3 by Chris Samnee
· S.H.I.E.L.D. #7 by Robbi Rodriguez
· SECRET WARS #3 by Nick Bradshaw
· SECRET WARS #4 by Chris Samnee
· SECRET WARS 2099 #2 by Jason Latour
· SQUADRON SINISTER #1 by Greg Smallwood
· THORS #1 by Kris Anka
· ULTIMATE END #2 by Chip Zdarsky
· X-MEN ’92 #1 by Ryan Stegman
Featuring artwork by some of the top talent in the industry, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on these hotly anticipated variant covers. No fan will want to miss the chance to see the incomparable Gwen Stacy as she transforms into some of Marvel’s biggest characters when the GWEN VARIANTS come to comic shops this June!
It’s time to face facts, true believers – the ’90s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!
With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one gnarly fact at a time! This week we’re singling out WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #125 by Terry Kavanagh and Steven Butler. Here’s “Lives Unlived” by the numbers!
See All the Stars on the Red Carpet for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Published May 1, 2014
By Marc Strom
Check out all the stars on the red carpet for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' before it hits theaters Friday!
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” rolled out the red carpet last week in New York for the film’s premiere, and all the stars showed up to celebrate Spidey’s new adventure in style!
Marvel.com was on the red carpet chatting with the stars and filmmakers, and now you can check out two videos we captured right here!
Directly above, our very own Lorraine Cink, host of Marvle’s The Watcher, chats with the cast and filmmakers, and after you watch that scroll down for more video plus a full gallery of images from the event featuring Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, to Emma Stone, Jaime Foxx and more.
Get your tickets now and be the first to see it yourself with early screenings beginning this Thursday, May 1!
Goblins, Doom, and Ninjas: Relive Five Super Hero Dates Gone Wrong
Published Feb 14, 2014
By Brett White
Goblins, Doom, and Ninjas: Five Super Hero Dates Gone Wrong
No matter what, your Valentine's Day plans are bound to be better than these dangerous encounters!
Powers, wealth, fame, mansions, companionship, desirable jobs that let them come and go as they please – super heroes enjoy plenty of perks. But before you start getting super jealous, remember this: no super hero can ever go on a real date without coming face to face with death. Super villains seem to have a radar sense tuned to specifically pick up romantic vibes from their archrivals, thus allowing them to crash every hero’s dinner for two or getaway weekend.
For Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of five super hero dates gone wrong that will make even the worst dates you’ve ever been on seem a little bit better. That is unless giant robots actually did bring a restaurant down around you. In that case… our condolences.
What bigger date is there than a wedding? When Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman tied the knot way back in 1965’s FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3, they had much bigger problems than just rowdy relatives. Pretty much every single bad guy in the Marvel Universe dropped by uninvited, leaving those in attendance to fight off everyone from Doctor Doom to the Skrulls.
Note to all super heroes: never ever go on a date in your archenemy’s home. Spider-Man learned that lesson the hard way when he and Gwen Stacy went on a double date with Harry Osborn and Mary Jane Watson in the Osborn family home! The catch? Norman Osborn had regained all of his Green Goblin-y memories and picked this date night to exact his revenge on the wall-crawler.
Some super hero dates get crashed before they even get started, like the time that Omega Red and a posse of cyber ninjas ruined Rogue and Gambit’s romantic evening before they’d even pulled out of the X-Mansion’s driveway! Any date that begins with getting clotheslined off of a speeding motorcycle classifies as a date gone wrong.
Yeah, Norman Osborn’s H.A.M.M.E.R. goons interrupted this date and did considerable damage to the restaurant, but it classifies as a date gone wrong because of its overall awkwardness. Longtime friends Peter Parker and Carol Danvers decided to ditch their masks for one evening only to find out that the two of them work better as friends than anything more than that.
With two entries on this list, Doctor Doom is now the unofficial King Ruiner of Romance. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have gone on very few real dates during their history together, so when they finally decided to leave Avengers mansion for a night out, they had to know something bad would happen – they just didn’t expect it to be Doom-level bad. With a crashed Doom-rocket and a city street reduced to rubble, Luke and Jessica’s date had to take a turn towards the heroic.
Lorraine Cink celebrates the return of the Amazing Spider-Man by visiting some of the locales key to his life and career!
The Watcher hits the road!
Host Lorraine Cink takes a trip around New York, touring some of the spots that have highlighted–and lowlighted–the career of the soon-to-return Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker! The newest edition of The Watcher is here–watch it now!
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