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Did Spider-Man Almost Tragically Lose a Girlfriend Earlier than Gwen Stacy?

Did Spider-Man Almost Tragically Lose a Girlfriend Earlier than Gwen Stacy?


Welcome to the 905th installment of Comedian Guide Legends Revealed, a column the place we look at three comedian e book myths, rumors and legends and ensure or debunk them. This time, our first legend is about whether or not Spider-Man almost misplaced his FIRST girlfriend to tragedy years earlier than Gwen Stacy’s loss of life.

Earlier this yr, we “celebrated” the fiftieth anniversary of Gwen Stacy’s loss of life (quotes as a result of, properly, it appears fairly morbid to name it celebrating, proper? Honored, maybe?), and I wrote the next in regards to the affect that her loss of life had on the Spider-Man mythos:

[Gwen Stacy’s tragic death at the hands of the Green Goblin] goes to the concept Conway has stated a couple of occasions that this loss of life was essential as a result of Spider-Man was about private tragedy. That is the attention-grabbing factor to me, although, is that that basically WASN’T the case at this level in Spider-Man’s historical past. Sure, Spider-Man was born out of the tragedy of Uncle Ben’s homicide, however the e book had gone previous that concept for years at this level. In truth, in Superb Spider-Man #100, it was Gwen’s father, George Stacy, that’s the ethical middle in Peter Parker’s unconscious. Uncle Ben’s homicide simply WASN’T that central of a theme to Spider-Man at this level. The drama within the character was extra the overall sense of “I’ve to be a superhero, despite the fact that being a superhero means I am unable to do different issues.” There is a sure sense of drama there, in fact, nevertheless it’s not a tragedy.

The loss of life of Gwen, although, introduced tragedy again to the forefront of Spider-Man’s life and it has by no means left. Now, the thought of Peter Parker “needing” to undergo to be Spider-Man has develop into an nearly central concept (stress nearly, although, as totally different writers have totally different takes on the thought. It is a very talked-about theme, although, and Gwen’s loss of life solidified all of it).

The attention-grabbing factor about that to me is the truth that that very same concern I had was one which Steve Ditko had over fifty years in the past!! You see, Spider-Man almost misplaced his FIRST girlfriend to tragedy, as properly, and it was really Ditko’s IDEA (which he later regretted)!

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Who was Spider-Man’s first girlfriend?

Spider-Man’s old flame curiosity within the comedian was Betty Brant, J. Jonah Jameson’s secretary on the Day by day Bugle. Once they first sort of form of met in Superb Spider-Man #2 (by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee), you may hardly inform that there was ever going to be one thing between them, because of how they, you already know, did not actually work together, and she or he was simply Jameson’s secretary…

Spider-Man meets Betty Brant

Heck, even after they began interacting, it was sort of casual…

Peter calls Betty Brant

Clearly, round this time, Ditko and Lee determined to consider them as a pair, and needed to unexpectedly be aware, “Oh, she’s not really an grownup, she’s a young person, too!” That they had a significant second collectively in Superb Spider-Man #7, which was humorous to see Lee brag in regards to the ending with Peter and Betty, and the way uncommon the ending was for a “typical” superhero comedian e book…

Peter Parker and Betty Brant share a moment together

Their romance continued in full bloom, with the 2 actively courting a couple of points later, with Lee as soon as once more form of bragging about how totally different this comedian e book was than most different superhero comics…

Betty Brant agrees to date Peter

The connection broke up across the identical time that Betty’s brother was killed, and despite the fact that she knew it wasn’t Spider-Man’s fault, Betty nonetheless blamed Spider-Man, and for no matter motive, Peter allowed that to form of drive a wedge between him and Betty, despite the fact that I assume it actually did not should, proper? Ultimately, she bought a brand new love curiosity and so they form of moved on previous her…

Betty Brant blames Spider-Man for her brother's death

Nonetheless, across the identical time that Ditko and Lee killed off Betty’s brother, there was really a quick consideration for killing off BETTY, as an alternative!

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Did Betty Brant nearly die early on?

Whereas Steve DItko would finally take over as the only real plotter of Superb Spider-Man, and even earlier than turning into the SOLE plotter with #25, he was principally plotting it earlier than that time, early on, Ditko and Lee got here up with the plots for the tales collectively, and whereas Ditko in all probability drove the narrative a bit greater than Lee (and Lee, in flip, was very prepared to LET Ditko do this, giving him the liberty to regulate issues principally, with Lee simply telling him concepts he had, with the form of implicit understanding that Lee WAS the boss, so if there was a REAL battle, Lee was going to win), there was an actual collaboration between the 2 (and Lee got here up with some main plot factors of the period)

In Blake Bell’s good Unusual and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, Ditko defined that originally he wished to kill off Betty Brant early on, explaining, “I had this concept we set up an actual romance between Betty Brant and Peter Parker after which have her die in some sort of accident – nothing legal, simply the sort of unlucky tragedy that occurs in actual life. Stan stated no, and he was proper.”

Ditko continued to elucidate that he acknowledged that had they finished that, then they might have added an excessive amount of “heavy unfavorable emotional baggage” on prime of the loss of life of Uncle Ben, and, properly, that is just about the identical factor that sort of DID occur with the loss of life of Gwen Stacy, so it is attention-grabbing to see the parallels with what Ditko feared and what ended up occurring (in fact, once more, it took Lee to inform him no).

Because of the nice Blake Bell for the knowledge!

Comic book legend about Steve Ditko wanting to kill off Betty Brant

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