Quote1.png You're the creep who's going to pay! I'm going to get you, Goblin! I'm going to destroy you slowly, and when you start begging for me to end it - I'm going to remind you of one thing - You KILLED the woman I love! And for that you're going to DIE! Quote2.png
-- Spider-Man


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Synopsis for "The Night Gwen Stacy Died"

In the previous issue Harry Osborn had taken LSD, which made him fall into a clinical Psychosis. This issue begins with Peter as Spider-Man now watching through their apartment window as Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson are at Harry's bedside. The Osborn's family doctor Ray tells Gwen and Mary Jane that Harry has been taking drugs again. He gives Harry a shot of Thorazine, a tranquilizer to offset the effect of LSD. Spider-Man decides to do a quick change on the rooftop and go inside where he is then confronted by Norman Osborn.

Norman blames Peter for what has happened to Harry and later in this issue cracks under pressure returning to the Green Goblin persona.

Peter on his way to the Daily Bugle building feels a cold coming on from the change of climate between Montreal and New York. While talking to Robbie Robertson at the Bugle dropping off some pictures of the Hulk from his Montreal assignment, J. Jonah Jameson walks in and tells Robertson about Parker to "get this disease ridden menace out of my building. Before Peter leaves he points out that Robbie should have Jameson send him a bonus check for about two hundred dollars for the pictures.

When Norman leaves his son's bedside he begins to think how he has failed him as a father. Then he starts to hallucinate and sees his enemy Spider-Man coming at him, soon he flees from the apartment out into the street until he gets to Manhattan's lower east side.

There in a place he had almost forgotten lies his Green Goblin paraphernalia. Then after returning to the Goblin persona, he decides to kidnap Gwen. She is standing at the window of Peter and Harry's apartment wishing there was some way she could do to help Harry when the Green Goblin comes flying into view.

When Spider-Man finally swings back to the apartment all he finds is a pumpkin lantern and satchel left behind by the Green Goblin. He soon realizes that Gwen has been kidnapped and that he must rely on his Spider-Sense to lead him to where the Goblin is. His Spider-Sense leads him to the George Washington Bridge as it is Norman Osborn's favorite President where he spots the Green Goblin standing next to a motionless Gwen Stacy.

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At the bridge Spider-Man attempts to get to Gwen but must fight the Goblin with everything he has. Both Spider-Man and the Goblin fight until the Goblin swoops down knocking Gwen off the side of the bridge. Spider-Man then goes to save her and as his Webbing catches her, her neck breaks and she dies instantly.

Spider-Man praises himself as he cradles the lifeless body of Gwen until he realizes that she is dead. The Goblin taunts him saying that "she was dead before your webbing reached her! a fall from that height would kill anyone before they struck the ground".

Gwen Stacy's death

Holding the lifeless body of Gwen in one arm Spider-Man raises his fist into the air vowing to destroy and make the Goblin pay for the death of the woman he loved.

Notes

Continuity Notes

  • Norman Osborn learned Spider-Man's secret identity in Amazing Spider-Man #39-40, however, selective amnesia had prevented him from remembering his memories of being the Green Goblin, including Peter's double-identity.

Continuity Errors

  • This story identifies the bridge that Spider-Man and the Green Goblin are fighting on is the George Washington Bridge. However, the bridge depicted is actually the Brooklyn Bridge.

Chronology Notes

Events in this story happen behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters:

Spider-Man:

  • Previous Appearance of Page 1-4, Panel 3 Page 1-4, Panel 3 Next Appearance of Page 1-4, Panel 3 - Peter goes to check on Harry Osborn, leading to an altercation with Norman Osborn.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 4, Panel 4 Page 4, Panel 4 Next Appearance of Page 4, Panel 4 - Peter thinks back to Norman Osborn became the Green Goblin.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 5-14 Page 5-14 Next Appearance of Page 5-14 - Spider-Man discovers that the Green Goblin has kidnapped Gwen Stacy, goes to confront him on the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 15 Page 15 Next Appearance of Page 15 - Spider-Man confronts the Green Goblin.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 16-17, Panel 3 Page 16-17, Panel 3 Next Appearance of Page 16-17, Panel 3 - Spider-Man fights it out with the Green Goblin.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 17, Panel 4-Page 18, Panel 4 Page 17, Panel 4-Page 18, Panel 4 Next Appearance of Page 17, Panel 4-Page 18, Panel 4
  • Previous Appearance of Page 16 Page 16 Next Appearance of Page 16 - Gwen Stacy is killed in the battle and Spider-Man vows revenge.

Gwen Stacy:

  • Previous Appearance of Page 1-6 Page 1-6 Next Appearance of Page 1-6 - Gwen and her friends visit Harry Osborn after his overdose.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 11 Page 11 Next Appearance of Page 11 - Gwen is kidnapped at her apartment by the Green Goblin.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 23 Page 23 Next Appearance of Page 23 - Gwen is held prisoner on the George Washington Bridge
  • Previous Appearance of Page 17, Panels 4-6 Page 17, Panels 4-6 Next Appearance of Page 17, Panels 4-6 - Green Goblin knocks Gwen off the bridge.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 18, Panels 3-4 Page 18, Panels 3-4 Next Appearance of Page 18, Panels 3-4 - Spider-Man accidentally snaps Gwen's neck trying to save her.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 18, Panel 5-Page 20 Page 18, Panel 5-Page 20 Next Appearance of Page 18, Panel 5-Page 20 Spider-Man cradles Gwen Stacy's dead body.

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Footnotes

  1. Spider-Man In The 100 Greatest Marvels Of All Time (2002-11-06). Archived from the original on November 6 2002. Retrieved on August 17 2020.



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