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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked (Death is Not the End) – So Is Europe Just a Codeword for “Limbo” for Osborns?

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Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This is the third of a series of special Abadoned an’ Forsaked editions specifically spotlighting notable overturned comic book deaths. I call it “Death is Not the End.” This week we look at Harry Osborn’s death and return and explore the strange connection Europe has to Osborns and death.

In 1993, Harry Osborn died in Spectacular Spider-Man #200 by J.M. DeMatteis and Sal Buscema…






Harry was pretty darn dead. There were even post-death traps sprung in the event of his death, stuff like that. And when his father, Norman Osborn, returned alive Norman sure talked like his son was dead.

In 2007’s Amazing Spider-Man #545 (by Joe Quesada and Danny Miki), though, Peter Parker attends a surprise party for…Harry Osborn!?!?



As you might recall from the recent Abandoned an’ Forsaked on Norman Osborn, Norman explained HIS absence by stating that he was in Europe the whole time. Now we see that Harry was ALSO in Europe…


It would be roughly a year until they revealed what happened to Harry (and how Norman Osborn could be shown acting like Harry was dead) in Amazing Spider-Man #581 (by Dan Slott, Mike McKone and Andy Lanning)…






And that, as they say, is that.

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