In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.
Today, in honor of the new Spider-Man movie, we take a look at five instances of Spider-Man having a dramatic confrontation at the top of a bridge!
NOTE: There are so many images in this piece that I’m splitting it up over two pages.
NOTE #2: Remember, this is only about listing FIVE instances of this. There are certainly more than five instances of this. I am just listing five, though. So I did not “forget” other instances, I just happened to not include them in the five that I chose, that’s all.
First up is the granddaddy of them all, Amazing Spider-Man #121, written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Gil Kane, John Romita and Tony Mortellaro, where the Green Goblin kidnaps Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, and take her to the top of the “George Weashington Bridge” (really the Brooklyn Bridge)…
Next up, in one of the quickest instances of nostalgia, Amazing SpiderMan #147 leading into #148 (written by Conway, drawn by Ross Andru, Mike Esposito and Dave Hunt) find Spider-Man captured by the Jackal, who blames Spider-Man for the death of Gwen Stacy…
Roughly twenty years later, during the NEXT Clone Saga, Terry Kavanagh, Steven Butler and Randy Emberlin brought the aforementioned Gwen Stacy clone back in Web of Spider-Man #125. She appears to be taken captive by a NEW Green Goblin and Peter Parker (currently wearing the Scarlet Spider costume because Peter had been wrongly accused of murder and Ben Reilly, the Scarlet Spider, had switched places with Peter in prison while Peter tried to prove his innocence…
The twist is that the Green Goblin is a GOOD guy and was there just to help save the Gwen clone (just thinking she was a typical damsel in distress). That’s why he seems so confused by Scarlet Spider’s attack.
Go to the next page for trips to the bridge by Paul Jenkins and Mark Millar!
In Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #11, Paul Jenkins and Sean Phillips depict Spider-Man dashing to the bridge because the Chameleon has captured Mary Jane….
However, Spidey soon realizes that that’s not ACTUALLY Mary Jane but a holographic projector by the Chameleon. This whole time he had been holding a gun on just himself. He tries to relate to Spider-Man but in the end, he decides to kill himself by jumping off of the bridge…
Finally, in the cliffhanger of Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #11 and then the entirety of Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #12, Mark Millar and the Dodsons show us an ultimate confrontation between the Green Goblin and Spider-Man over the fate of Mary Jane (the real one and not a hologram)!!!
That’s it for this time around!
If YOU have a suggestion for another famous comic book cliche that you’d like to see me feature here, then drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.