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Mary Jane Reminds Peter That There Are Other Fish in the Sea

In If Her Hair Was Still Red, I take a look at all of Mary Jane Watson's comic book appearances in chronological order (by date of publication). Mary Jane's progression as a character fascinates me.

When last we left off with our two not-so-lovebirds (which was early in Len Wein's new stint as the writer on Amazing Spider-Man, working with artists Ross Andru and Mike Esposito), Mary Jane Watson was getting irritated on a regular basis by Peter Parker ditching her during their dates to go off and take some photographs (interestingly, with the later reveal that Mary Jane knew that Peter Parker was Spider-Man, this makes the whole thing read still pretty much the same, as she is irritated that he is crimefighting over spending time with her, as well).

MJ actually takes three issues off before we see her again in Amazing Spider-Man #156, which is Ned Leeds and Betty Brant's wedding. The two have a heart-to-heart about their relationship before heading to the wedding together and Mary Jane apologizes for being possessive...

Odd, I wouldn't say "don't keep ditching me to go take photos" is being possessive, really.

Interestingly enough, Mary Jane is Betty Brant's Maid of Honor...

Does Betty Brant seriously have no other friends?

During the wedding, everyone is attacked by the villainous Mirage, and Peter disappears again, but MJ handles it okay this time....

What is Peter going on about Betty and Ned? Doesn't that sound super suspicious? It's like, "They are a solid couple. Trust me, I've tried desperately to break them up."

There is an odd little scene in Amazing Spider-Man #158 where Mary Janes seems to walk in on Peter spending his time with another woman and MJ doesn't seem to care.

If she doesn't care, though, why is the scene in the comic? It doesn't seem to move anything tie-in for the story going forward, really.

After another issue off, MJ is back as she and Peter go to visit Aunt May and Mary Jane makes sure to complain the whole time...

In a quick bit in the Howard the Duck Treasury Edition (in the story by Steve Gerber, Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson), we see Mary Jane be jealous...

While he is traveling through time, Spider-Man is exposed to a hallucinogen in Marvel Team-Up #45 (by Bill Mantlo, Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito) and he thinks about letting Mary Jane down and her leaving him....

Mary Jane calls Peter about a volcano in the middle of New York City in Marvel Two-in-One #17 (by Bill Mantlo, Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito )...

Now we come to a pivotal issue (for this period, at least). In Amazing Spider-Man #161, Spider-Man blows Mary Jane to follow a "story" one time too many...

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