In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Spider-Man, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Spider-Man, culminating with the release of the Amazing Spider-Man film in July. Future installments will deal with Spider-Man creators and Spider-Man stories, but this month will be about Spider-Man’s supporting cast and his villains.
You all voted, now here are the results! We continue with Spider-Man’s supporting cast #6-4…
Here is a master list of all the characters revealed so far.
6. Human Torch
The very first issue of Marvel Team-Up was between Spider-Man and Human Torch, which was a sign of how much of a pair the two heroes became over the years. They even had a great mini-series by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton…
When Human Torch seemingly died, Spider-Man took his place on the Fantastic Four. Now that Johnny is back, the two are right back to their old ways.
5. Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker’s first true love. People often tend to think that Gwen was a bit of a boring goody two-shoes, but Stan Lee and John Romita gave her some real pep back in the day. Check this scene out…
But, let’s face it, Gwen is best known for the fact that Norman Osborn killed her to get revenge on Spider-Man. Her death sort of marked the end of Spider-Man’s youth in many ways. It also paved the way for Mary Jane to become the love of Peter Parker’s life.
4. Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
Before Peter settled down with Mary Jane, his other most significant romantic relationship was with the former thief, the Black Cat. Their relationship was unique for its time, as the Black Cat was into SPIDER-MAN, not Peter Parker.
She was sexy, unpredictable and full of life. She was almost too much for Spider-Man to handle. Check out this exchange…
At the end of the day, though, she was just too interested in Spider-Man to ever settle for Peter Parker. She was one of the very first people that Peter actually revealed his identity to, and her reaction was sort of like, “Oh…okay, whatever.” You know how John Byrne’s take on why Lex Luthor couldn’t believe Superman was Clark Kent was that he couldn’t see why Superman would ever want to be a normal guy like Kent? That was Black Cat with Spider-Man. “Okay, you want to live in a dump of an apartment? You’re SPIDER-MAN, for crying out loud!”
So their relationship was ultimately doomed, but they’ve remained good friends ever since (recently, that has been expanded to good friends with benefits).