So here we have two Spidey tales that, while seemingly not comparable, feature some pretty wild out-of-character moments. Both really test our limits for suspension of disbelief but both tales have their fans and are undeniably intriguing reads. Consider:
*ASM #130-131--"My Uncle...My Enemy??" by Gerry Conway/Ross Andru-- Aunt May decides to marry Doctor Octopus (!) and not only doesn't tell Peter, but doesn't invite him. On top of that, the wild gunfight between Ock's gang and Hammerhead's crew (with Spidey in the middle, natch) at Ock's home with Aunt May present is, seemingly, not a big deal to her. WTF?? Even by 1970's cheesy standards, this stretched the lmits of believabilty! A rare low point during Conway's run for me.
*ASM #509-514---"Sins Past" by JMS/Deodato----Let's try to put any heated emotions about this story on the side and just focus, instead, on what we are asked to swallow. Supposedly, Gwen sleeps with Norman Osborn (a man old enough to be her father and whom she never had many prior scenes with before), gets pregnant, has her twins in London, not only doesn't tell Peter but tells MJ who never tells Peter! Are you kidding me??
Still, I loved this story's setup and, as has been discussed to death, with a different resolution for the twins' father, I think this could have been a classic!
Well, let's discuss and vote for which tale we think is superior (in this case, which story was still good enough to overcome the wildly inconsistent characterizations)! As always, please explain your vote----I have to give the nod to ASM #130-131 only because, as crazy as Aunt May was portrayed, it was just one character written wildly out of character and not two as in "Sins Past" (both Gwen and MJ acted in a manner not at all consistent with their characters). Still, it was close for me as I thought "Sins Past" was a much more intriguing tale----but I do think ASM #130-131 holds up as the better tale.
What say you??