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Peter and Mary Jane Start Dating in Earnest…What Could Go Wrong?

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Peter and Mary Jane Start Dating in Earnest…What Could Go Wrong?

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.

As you might recall, when last we left our star-crossed not-yet-lovers, Mary Jane had admitted at a Christmas Eve party that she loved Peter Parker. Peter, though, does not know this yet.

However, we slowly see others pick up on this, like in the one-shot, Giant-Size Super Heroes #1 (by the regular writer of Amazing Spider-Man, Gerry Conway and the art team of Gil Kane and Mike Esposito), where Man-Wolf and Morbius fight each other. Before Spider-Man has to deal with that, he runs into Flash Thompson and Mary Jane Watson, and Flash quizzes Mary Jane about her being so obviously into Peter…

When we pick up with the regular series, though, in Amazing Spider-Man #134 (by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru, Frank Giacoia and Dave Hunt), Peter and Mary Jane are still keeping things casual. They’re out for a boat ride along with Flash Thompson and Liz Allan, as Liz has now officially been worked into Peter’s group of friends (a clever move by Conway to add more cast members to Peter’s circle)…

A fight breaks out and we get to see the Mary Jane we haven’t seen in Amazing in quite some time (but who just popped up recently at the time in Marvel Team-Up #20), as the firebrand who runs right into danger for a quick thrill…

Peter disappears to turn into Spider-Man and then Spidey shows up and Mary Jane is thrilled to see him…

It turns out that the boat HAS been hijacked by a new supervillain, the Tarantula, a character that Gerry Conway really liked a lot during this time, as despite him having no superpowers, he handles Spider-Man easily. Spider-Man is seemingly saved by Punisher, who then shocks Spidey by revealing that he thinks that Spidey is working WITH the Tarantula.

Things work themselves out, and Tarantula and his men head off and Punisher swims after them, leaving Spider-Man an angry boatload of people…

Mary Jane then JUST remembers Peter is missing!

Okay, so they start dating for real in the next issue!

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