In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.
Today we look at the time Spider-Man actually struck Mary Jane!
Okay, so in Spectacular Spider-Man #226 (by Tom DeFalco, Sal Buscema and Bill Sienkiewicz), Peter Parker and Ben Reilly do a series of tests to, once and for all, determine which of the two is the “original” Peter Parker and which one is the clone. Finally, they come to the answer – Ben is the “original” and Peter is the clone.
Peter does not take this well, and it especially doesn’t go well for a pregnant Mary Jane…
Now, as written by DeFalco, the intent was for Peter to basically “shrug” Mary Jane off of him (perhaps not even realizing it was her, but more likely he did), but because he was so caught up in rage, he did not realize that his “shrugging” her off would send her flying. That was the intent, but I think it is fairly evident, though, that Buscema and Sienkiewicz did not necessarily convey the subtleties of DeFalco’s intent.
Still, for better or worse, there is the scene and the context it came in.
By the next issue, Mary Jane had already forgiven him…
I understand what DeFalco and the writers were going for, but it probably should have just been skipped over, as they really didn’t have the time to properly address what happened in the midst of the Clone Saga.
Okay, that’s it for this installmnent!
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