Was the deal with a devil really better than a divorce?
Why didn't Joe Quesada just kill off Mary Jane?
He addressed this issue, too.
Originally Posted by Joe Quesada
Is Gwen Stacy Dead? Why would anyone think she's not?
There was an early rumor that One More Day would end with Peter Parker attending a party with Harry Osborn, and Gwen Stacy. While Harry Osborn appeared alive and well at the end of the story, Gwen Stacy died. It later came out that Joe Quesada and JMS were in favor or resurrecting Gwen Stacy.
Most of the other editors and the entirety of the Brain Trust were opposed to the idea, which was scrapped.
But it's often asked whether or not Gwen still died in this universe, and whether her death has ever been referenced.
It has been been referenced numerous times.
A primer on the new status quo in Amazing Spider-Man #546 explicitly mentions her death.
When Spider-Man believes he's going to die in Amazing Spider-Man #588, he thinks "Gwen, see you soon."
Peter Parker later visits her grave during the American Son arc.
How many Goblins have there been?
The first Green Goblin was Norman Osborn. When he was believed dead, his son Harry Osborn took up the mantle a few times. There was a third Green Goblin, but his identity spoils a decades old story. Ben Urich's nephew Phil became the heroic fourth Green Goblin, but retired just before Norman Osborn came back from the dead. Around that time, the mystery of the fifth Green Goblin began.
Moderator Sean Whitmore summed it up well.
While Norman was believed dead, businessman Roderick Kingsley gained access to a stash of his weapons and became the Hobgoblin. He framed Flash Thompson, and framed and killed Ned Leeds. He did the same to an unknown hood named Lefty Donovan.
Originally Posted by Sean Whitmore
When Ned was killed, it was believed that he had been the real Hobgoblin, so Jason Macendale (the former Jack O'Lantern) took over the mantle. He was later possessed by a demon, which became the Demogoblin. He killed the Demogoblin. Shortly thereafter, Kingsley killed him.
In addition, Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy's son Gabriel Stacy briefly became the Grey Goblin.
In recent years, Spider-Man encountered Menace, who shared a history with the Goblins, along with some new abilities (the costume wasn't a mask, and Menace was physically, the strongest of the Goblins.)
Norman Osborn currently leads the Dark Avengers as the Iron Patriot.
What ever happened to Jeph Loeb and J Scott Campbell's Spider-Man project?
Around the time Spider-Man 2 came out, Marvel revealed that writer Jeph Loeb and Spider-Man cover artist J Scott Campbell were working on a twelve-issue Spider-Man saga.
According to Stephen Wacker, progress on the project continues and Marvel doesn't want to solicit it until it's done.
A thread on the topic is updated whenever there's any news.
What is Peter Parker's level of education?
Peter graduated college, although the ceremony was delayed somewhat by the revelation he had to take gym classes over the summer.
He was a Biochemistry major.
Then he went to Graduate School. He quit in Amazing Spider-Man #242 to focus on his photography and really pissed off Aunt May when he explained that to her about ten issues later. He returned to Grad School after the clone saga.
It's unknown whether he finished grad school.
Why does no one remember Spider-Man's identity? How does the Secret Identity work?
During Civil War, Spider-Man took off his mask and everyone in the world knew that he was Spider-Man. Peter then asked Doctor Strange to help him put the genie back in the bottle. Strange created a magic spell with Reed Richards and Tony Stark. The only one who wasn't affected was Mary Jane.
As a result, people have forgotten that he was Spider-Man. And when they have the necessary evidence available to them, they come to the wrong conclusion.
One such instance of someone who knew but can’t put it together now is Norman Osborn. Osborn concluded that Spider-Man and Peter must have a business arrangement involving Peter serving as Spider-Mans photographer rather than assuming that the two were the same men.
The 'block' can only be lifted if Peter willingly tells someone his identity. Spider-Man has now unmasked for both the Fantastic Four and the New Avengers.
The block was explained to some degree in Amazing Spider-Man #591, when Peter describes it to the Fantastic Four in the following exchange:
Mr. Fantastic: All right, Spider-Man, now that we finally have some time on our hands, I have to admit to… I’m curious. This “mindwipe” of yours. How does it work?
Spider-Man: Reed, it’s like Fight Club, the first rule of mindwipes is you don’t–
Mr. Fantastic: Humor me.
Spider-Man: All right. It’s kind of a… “psychic blindspot.” Even if there’s a stack of evidence pointing to who I really am… your mind won’t let you connect the dots.
Mr. Fantastic: Or we’d connect them ourselves… but in the wrong order.
Spider-Man: Right. You’d come up with your own solution. Not the right one, but one you could accept.
Mr. Fantastic: So is there any way your identity could be compromised?
Spider-Man: If someone unmasks me. Or if I unmask myself. Then for that person it’d all come rushing back.
Having overheard their conversation, Johnny tells Spider-Man to unmask for them, as they are his friends and they could help him with things. Spider-Man says it’s too dangerous for him to reveal his identity to them, because they could be forced into revealing it and he can’t risk that happening. Reed points out that he might not have to and goes on explaining that he could replicate the psychic blindspot, and then they could share and keep his secret too. Johnny tells Spider-Man that, like Ben said earlier, when he’s with them, he’s not just part of a team, he’s also part of a family, and they won’t let him down. Spider-Man hesitates for a few seconds and proceeds to pull his mask off, revealing himself as Peter Parker as the memories come flooding back for the Fantastic Four they embrace Peter.
Peter recently offered to unmask for Daredevil but Daredevil didn't want to know.
Confirmed people that currently know Spider-Man’s identity:
The Fantastic Four - Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Invisible Woman (Sue Richards), Thing (Ben Grimm), and Human Torch (Johnny Storm) as revealed in ASM #591.
The New Avengers - Current Roster:
Captain America (James ‘Bucky’ Barns), Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), Mockingbird (Bobbi Barton), Ronin (Clint Barton), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Wolverine (Logan) in New Avengers #51.
Allies/Enemies – Dr. Strange (Stephen Strange) in New Avengers #51, Jessica Jones (formerly known as the superheroine Jewel), Kaine AKA the New Tarantula and Julia Carpenter AKA the new Madame Web.
Dan Slott has stated that Avengers: The Initiative #7 will be a big deal in the future. In that issue, set while Spider-Man's identity was known to the world, the Scarlet Spiders (three clones who used variations of the Iron Spider suit Spider-Man wore for much of Civil War) claimed that Peter Parker was working for them when he announced that he was Spider-Man. Whether the public at large accepted that is unknown.
Was Harry Osborn's marriage to Liz Allen retconned away?
This comes up often enough.
The Brain Trust/ Web Heads did not retcon Normie Osborn and Harry's past marriage to Liz. Harry is divorced. Normie and Liz appeared in a two part Molten Man story in Amazing Spider-Man #580-581.
How have the most recent Spider-Man stories been collected?
Unless otherwise noted, the most recent Spider-Man stories are usually available in two formats: a "Premiere edition" hardcover, followed by a trade paperback a few months later with a cover price of about five less dollars.
A thread on the topic has a list of the contents of these collections.
How are the Silver Age stories collected?
If you're interested in the Classic Silver Age/ Bronze Age Spider-Man material, you have several options.
First, you have the Marvel Masterworks collections. These are full size reprints of 10-11 issues of ASM. The catch is they run around $49.99-$54.99 (again Amazon.com is cheaper) Marvel's currently releasing those in trade paperback form for $25, and the first seven are currently available. In addition, the first four were released in trade paperback for $12.95 each by Barnes & Noble, a few years ago, so those should be available for a reasonable price, if you look around a bit.
Then there's the Omnibus. It collects the entire Stan Lee and Steve Ditko era, with a cover price of $99.99, still cheaper than the Marvel Masterworks set of the same issues.
Finally, there is the Essential Marvel line. Each book reprints about 500 pages of content in black and white. These books cost about under 20 dollars each, and can be found cheaper on Amazon.com
There are also Essential collections of Marvel Team Up and Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man.
Earlier versions of the Essential Spider-Man trade paperbacks collect slightly different issues, so make sure you're getting complimentary editions of the book.
Older Amazing Spider-Man issues were also reprinted individually in Marvel Team Up, so you could also look up those issues. This website has a decent list of what was reprinted where.
Again, kudos to ShaggyB for his research. Another thread lists the contents of these collections.
What are some Spider-Man websites worth checking out?
Marvel's website has the Digital Comics program, and it's the place to go for subscriptions.
Arthur's Marvel Reprints page will help you determine what's been reprinted where, although it may be a little out of date.
The Marvel Chronology Project is a noble attempt to determine the order of events in the Marvel Universe.
Spiderfan has an extensive collection of reviews, character profiles and other resources.
samruby.com also has an extensive collection of reviews, character profiles and other resources, including a timeline for the clone saga.
The Spider-Man Crawl Space has an anti-OMD/ BND "fraternity," a monthly podcast with frequent interviews with Spider-Man creators, a fanfiction series, the last year and a half of the Spider-Man newspaper strip and other resources.
JInxworld is the message board of Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis, and also home ot Dan Slott.
The Life of Reilly blog (soon to be a book) has detailed behind the scenes information about a controversial period of the franchise's history.
GCD, the Grand Comic Book Database has an extensive collection of covers and credits.
The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comic Creators is an extensive collection of similar data on Marvel comics.
Former moderator Sean Whitmore had a parody of Mark Millar's Down Amongst the Good Men.
Why are there so many sales discussions?
An independent research piece by our own Stillanerd.
Originally Posted by stillanerd
What's the story behind "We can float the book on subscriptions alone"?
Our own stillanerd was also good enough to research this topic.
The line is sometimes dismissively referenced in sales discussions.
Originally Posted by stillanerd
Was Mephisto responsible for Harry Osborn's resurrection?
When Harry Osborn appeared alive and well at the end of One More Day, it was presumed that his return might have something to do with Mephisto's deal with Mary Jane.
That doesn't seem to be the case.
In Amazing Spider-Man Family #6, JM Dematteis revealed that Harry was believed to have died, and resurfaced shortly prior to the events of Brand New Day. His resurrection could have played out the same way regardless of whether or not Peter was married.
In Amazing Spider-Man #581-582, it was revealed exactly how he returned. His drug interaction in Spectacular Spider-Man #200 only appeared to kill him. Norman Osborn faked a body with Mysterio's help, and sent Harry to Europe. Norman then agreed to play the role of the grieving father, even when it seemed as if he were alone.
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