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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – That Time J. Jonah Jameson Went Insane

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – That Time J. Jonah Jameson Went Insane

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.

Today we look at the time that J. Jonah Jameson went insane…

Late in his run on Amazing Spider-Man, Marv Wolfman had J. Jonah Jameson act increasingly erratic…

To the point where he suffers a nervous breakdown in Amazing #198…

and then escapes custody in #201…

Wolfman left the book before he could finish whatever he had planned for Jameson, so I certainly can’t speak to how he would have resolved it all.

However, when Roger Stern came aboard for a fill-in issue (#206) prior to Denny O’Neil taking over the book, Stern returned everything to the status quo for O’Neil’s run by explaining away Jameson’s behavior by saying that a bad guy was manipulating Jameson’s mind through a fantastical ray device…

Naturally, at the end of the issue, the device is destroyed and Jameson is back to normal.

By the way, the device’s name (as I mentioned in a Meta-Messages installment on this topic) was the mental attitude-response variator ray….or the MARV ray for short! Cute!

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