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Jessica Jones’ Tangled History With Spider-Man

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Jessica Jones’ Tangled History With Spider-Man

This is “Foundationed Deep,” a feature where we look at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II).

Today, we learn the surprising history shared between Spider-Man and Jessica Jones…

It all started in Alias #22 (by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos) where we learned Jessica Jones’ secret origin. She went to high school with Peter Parker and had a huge crush on him…

Before she mustered up the courage to act on her feelings, her family was in a horrible car accident where they all died and Jessica was put into a coma (she was exposed to chemicals in the accident that ended up giving her superpowers). When she came out of the coma and returned to school, she had another run-in with Peter Parker in Alias #23 and it did not go well…

Later on, in New Avengers #51 (by Brian Michael Bendis and Billy Tan and a bunch of inkers) the rest of the New Avengers pretty much forced Spider-Man into revealing his secret identity to them, at which point Jessica Jones revealed that she KNEW him!

A little while later, in Amazing Spider-Man #601 (by Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada), Jessica explained to Peter how important he was to her life…

Here is the page from Amazing Spider-Man #4 (by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko) that they are retroactively saying featured Jessica Jones in it…

It’s interesting how she doesn’t look anything like Jessica now OR the Jessica that Gaydos drew in the flashbacks to Jessica’s high school days.

In any event, this wasn’t a huge deal or anything, so I thought it was a fine idea by Bendis. There were SO many unnamed people in the background of those early Amazing Spider-Man issues that why NOT try to retroactively make some of them established characters.

That’s it for this installment! If YOU have a sugggestion for a future edition of Foundationed Deep, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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