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If Her Hair Was Still Red: Amazing Spider-Man #25 and #38

So Liz thinks Peter is at home hiding from the fight and Betty thinks Peter is at home hiding from the Spider-Slayer problem that he got Jameson to pursue, so they both go to visit Peter's house. They're kind of oddly harsh to each other. Take it down a notch, ladies! Anyhow, they're about to meet the niece of Aunt May's friend, Anna. Aunt May told Peter about her back in #18....

That's some poker face you have there, ladies! The sing-song dialogue is interesting. Do you think it's supposed to denote that her voice is sort of sing-song like or is it just to denote that she's saying hello with flair?

I guess Betty isn't really all that concerned about Spider-man, as seeing Mary Jane shut her right up, as she and Liz leave...

I like Flash's first impression of MJ...

Peter gets home, having lost his costume in a successful attempt to escape from the Spider-Slayer, but he's in for a surprise...

Be happy that's the only thing she found behind your bookcase, Peter! Your stack of magazines are safe!

Mary Jane appeared one last time in Ditko's last issue of Amazing Spider-Man, #38. At the very end of the issue, Peter is depressed that it seems like Betty Brant is moving on with Ned Leeds and also, after helping to save some guy who had been given superpowers out of nowhere, Spidey is quickly reminded that while things worked out for that guy (an actor, his studio dropped all charges and suddenly he was a celebrity!) HE is still hated by the public. He takes his frustrations out on a mannequin that looks like Ned and then just wallows in self-pity while missing Mary Jane, who is visiting the Parker residence at that same point in time...

And with that, Steve Ditko's tenure on the book was finished. I guess it is only fitting that his last page on the book was so dark.

I sometimes wonder how different Spider-Man's history would have been had Ditko drew Mary Jane this issue, thus defining her look for the future. Not only that, but had he drawn her, I bet he would have had her interact more, so we might have seen a whole other personality for Mary Jane. However, it's important to note that she was ALWAYS intended to be very attractive. Some people think that John Romita came up with that on his own, but as we see, it was present from the get go.

Mary Jane doesn't wear enough head scarves anymore.

Okay, that's it for Mary Jane's debut! Next time, we'll look at the first time that PETER lays eyes on Mary Jane. Thanks to commenter Cass for reminding me of her brief appearance in #38.

If you have any thoughts on early MJ in particular, you can drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Maybe I'll address you e-mail in an installment.

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