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Prior to this arc, Norman Osborn had been the Green Goblin, but came down with amnesia, suspending his identity as the supervillain and most notably forgetting that Spider-Man and Peter Parker are the same person. Also, Harry Osborn, Peter's best friend and Norman's son, became addicted to drugs and was sent to a clinic for detoxification.
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Amazing Spider-Man #121{{Marvel Database:Comic Template Release Date| Image = Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121.jpg | Month = 6 | Year = 1973 | OriginalPrice = $0.20 | StoryArc = The Night Gwen Stacy Died

| Editor-in-Chief = Roy Thomas | CoverArtist1 = John Romita Sr.

| Quotation = 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! | Speaker = Spider-Man

| StoryTitle1 = The Night Gwen Stacy Died | Writer1_1 = Gerry Conway | Penciler1_1 = Gil Kane | Inker1_1 = John Romita Sr. | Inker1_2 = Tony Mortellaro | Colourist1_1 = Dave Hunt | Letterer1_1 = Artie Simek | Editor1_1 = Roy Thomas

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| Synopsis1 = 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.

GeorgeWashington Bridge Amazing Spider-Man 121.jpg
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.

Mary Jane Watson:

Green Goblin:


| Trivia = *A fan poll conducted by Marvel Comics for their series 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time voted this issue to be the 6th greatest issue of all time.[1] | Recommended =

| Links = |Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121=Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121|Amazing Spider-Man #121=Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121|=|=|%ARGS%=§ Image = Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121.jpg § Month = 6 § Year = 1973 § OriginalPrice = $0.20 § StoryArc = The Night Gwen Stacy Died

§ Editor-in-Chief = Roy Thomas § CoverArtist1 = John Romita Sr.

§ Quotation = Norman Osborn (Earth-616)§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 Gwendolyne Stacy (Earth-616)§woman I love! And for that you're going to DIE! § Speaker = Peter Parker (Earth-616)§Spider-Man

§ StoryTitle1 = The Night Gwen Stacy Died § Writer1_1 = Gerry Conway § Penciler1_1 = Gil Kane § Inker1_1 = John Romita Sr. § Inker1_2 = Tony Mortellaro § Colourist1_1 = Dave Hunt § Letterer1_1 = Artie Simek § Editor1_1 = Roy Thomas

§ Appearing1 = Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

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Locations:

Items:

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§ Synopsis1 = 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.File:GeorgeWashington Bridge Amazing Spider-Man 121.jpg§frame§right 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". File:Gwendolyne Stacy (Earth-616) from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121 0001.jpg§right§thumb§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===

  • Harry Osborn suffered from a drug addiction from {c§Amazing Spider-Man #96}-{c§Amazing Spider-Man #98§98}.
  • Norman Osborn learned Spider-Man's secret identity in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #39}-{c§Amazing Spider-Man #40§40}, however, selective amnesia had prevented him from remembering his memories of being the Green Goblin, including Peter's double-identity.
  • Norman Osborn's motivations for kidnapping Gwen Stacy was not just because she was dating Spider-Man. It is also because he has a secret affair with Gwen Stacy circa {c§Amazing Spider-Man #61}, as revealed in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #509}-{c§Amazing Spider-Man #514§514}.
  • Gwen's death is told from her perspective in {c§Clone Conspiracy #1}.

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:

Gwen Stacy:

Mary Jane Watson:

Green Goblin:


§ Trivia = *A fan poll conducted by Marvel Comics for their series 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time voted this issue to be the 6th greatest issue of all time.{r§{cite web§url=http://www.samruby.com/Reprints/100Greatest/100greatest.htm§title=Spider-Man In The 100 Greatest Marvels Of All Time§archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20021106075940/http://www.samruby.com/Reprints/100Greatest/100greatest.htm§date=2002-11-06§accessdate=August 17 2020§archivedate=November 6 2002} § Recommended =

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Amazing Spider-Man #122{{Marvel Database:Comic Template Release Date| Image = Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 122.jpg | Month = 7 | Year = 1973 | OriginalPrice = $0.20

| Editor-in-Chief = Roy Thomas | CoverArtist1 = John Romita Sr. | CoverArtist2 = Gaspar Saladino

| Quotation = You're talking about my lady, creep! Someone I love--I mean loved--! Do you know what that means? Have you any idea what that means?? I loved her, Goblin! And you--! You--took--her--away! Filthy--worm-eating--scum! | Speaker = Spider-Man shouting at the Green Goblin between punches

| StoryArc = The Night Gwen Stacy Died | StoryTitle1 = The Goblin's Last Stand! | Writer1_1 = Gerry Conway | Penciler1_1 = Gil Kane | Inker1_1 = John Romita Sr. | Inker1_2 = Tony Mortellaro | Colourist1_1 = Dave Hunt | Letterer1_1 = Art Simek | Editor1_1 = Roy Thomas | Synopsis1 = Gwen Stacy is dead, thanks -- in part -- to the Green Goblin, who is racing away vowing to Spider-Man that he will soon be joining his true love. Spider-Man, furious over the tragic loss of Gwen, swears that if anyone is going to die this day, it's going to be the Goblin. Chasing after his mortal foe, he manages to hop on the Goblin's back and pummel him. However, the Goblin manages to get away when he slams Spider-Man into the side of the George Washington Bridge.

Returning to Gwen's body, Spider-Man fights off those who have gathered around her corpse and cradles her in his arms, reflecting on their relationship together. When the police try to get an ambulance to give her medical aid, Spider-Man tells them that she's dead and that he killed her. When they try to take him for questioning, he fights them off and flees. Changing back to his civilian identity of Peter Parker, he ponders just what to tell his best friend Harry Osborn about his father's involvement in Gwen's death. When he arrives back at their apartment, Peter finds that Harry is still fighting off his recent overdose of LSD, and angrily leaves Harry who begs for help.

Deciding to bring Osborn to justice, Spider-Man drops in on Joe Robertson who has just heard the news. He pleads Joe to find out if Norman Osborn has been seen in the last few hours. When Joe gets word that Osborn has been seen near one of the warehouses that he owns, Spider-Man is about to leave when J. Jonah Jameson bursts in calling Spider-Man a murderer. Spider-Man stifles Jameson with webbing before going after Osborn.

Spider-Man battles the Green Goblin in the warehouse, determined to bring him to justice. However, during the fight, the Goblin's glider is reactivated and when the Goblin tries to impale Peter with it, he only succeeds in impaling himself when Spider-Man dodges out of the way. With the Goblin apparently dead, Spider-Man finally getting what he vowed earlier that day, finds Osborn's death a hollow victory. When the authorities can be heard coming, Spider-Man decides to leave, unaware that someone is watching in the shadows.

When Peter finally returns home to his apartment, he finds only Mary Jane there waiting for him. She tries to console Peter, who lashes out at her condolences, mocking her usual carefree nature and tells her to leave. However, Mary Jane decides to stay and comfort Peter regardless.

| Appearing1 = Featured Characters:

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| Notes = ===Continuity Notes===

  • Although Gwen Stacy is killed here, she is brought back to life briefly years later as seen in Clone Conspiracy #1-5.
  • Although the Green Goblin seemingly dies here, he survived thanks to a healing factor that allowed him to heal from his injuries, as revealed in Osborne Journals #1. He goes into hiding after this, reappearing in Amazing Spider-Man #412.
  • The individual who witnesses the apparent demise of the Green Goblin is revealed as Harry Osborn in Amazing Spider-Man #126.

Chronology Notes

Events occur in this story behind the scenes that affect the continuity of the following characters:

Spider-Man:

  • Previous Appearance of Page 1 Page 1 Next Appearance of Page 1 - Spider-Man cradles the dead body of Gwen Stacy.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 2-5 Page 2-5 Next Appearance of Page 2-5 - Spider-Man tries to catch the Goblin, who escapes.
  • Previous Appearance of Page 6-20 Page 6-20 Next Appearance of Page 6-20 - Spider-Man battles the Green Goblin to the death.

| Trivia = *A fan poll conducted by Marvel Comics for their series 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time voted this issue to be the 19th greatest issue of all time.[1] | Recommended =

| Links = *http://www.samruby.com/AmazingSpider-ManB/amazing_spiderman_122.htm |Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 122=Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 122|Amazing Spider-Man #122=Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 122|=|=|%ARGS%=§ Image = Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 122.jpg § Month = 7 § Year = 1973 § OriginalPrice = $0.20

§ Editor-in-Chief = Roy Thomas § CoverArtist1 = John Romita Sr. § CoverArtist2 = Gaspar Saladino

§ Quotation = Norman Osborn (Earth-616)§You're talking about my Gwendolyne Stacy (Earth-616)§lady, creep! Someone I love--I mean loved--! Do you know what that means? Have you any idea what that means?? I loved her, Goblin! And you--! You--took--her--away! Filthy--worm-eating--scum! § Speaker = Peter Parker (Earth-616)§Spider-Man shouting at the Norman Osborn (Earth-616)§Green Goblin between punches

§ StoryArc = The Night Gwen Stacy Died § StoryTitle1 = The Goblin's Last Stand! § Writer1_1 = Gerry Conway § Penciler1_1 = Gil Kane § Inker1_1 = John Romita Sr. § Inker1_2 = Tony Mortellaro § Colourist1_1 = Dave Hunt § Letterer1_1 = Art Simek § Editor1_1 = Roy Thomas § Synopsis1 = Gwen Stacy is dead, thanks -- in part -- to the Green Goblin, who is racing away vowing to Spider-Man that he will soon be joining his true love. Spider-Man, furious over the tragic loss of Gwen, swears that if anyone is going to die this day, it's going to be the Goblin. Chasing after his mortal foe, he manages to hop on the Goblin's back and pummel him. However, the Goblin manages to get away when he slams Spider-Man into the side of the George Washington Bridge.

Returning to Gwen's body, Spider-Man fights off those who have gathered around her corpse and cradles her in his arms, reflecting on their relationship together. When the police try to get an ambulance to give her medical aid, Spider-Man tells them that she's dead and that he killed her. When they try to take him for questioning, he fights them off and flees. Changing back to his civilian identity of Peter Parker, he ponders just what to tell his best friend Harry Osborn about his father's involvement in Gwen's death. When he arrives back at their apartment, Peter finds that Harry is still fighting off his recent overdose of LSD, and angrily leaves Harry who begs for help.

Deciding to bring Osborn to justice, Spider-Man drops in on Joe Robertson who has just heard the news. He pleads Joe to find out if Norman Osborn has been seen in the last few hours. When Joe gets word that Osborn has been seen near one of the warehouses that he owns, Spider-Man is about to leave when J. Jonah Jameson bursts in calling Spider-Man a murderer. Spider-Man stifles Jameson with webbing before going after Osborn.

Spider-Man battles the Green Goblin in the warehouse, determined to bring him to justice. However, during the fight, the Goblin's glider is reactivated and when the Goblin tries to impale Peter with it, he only succeeds in impaling himself when Spider-Man dodges out of the way. With the Goblin apparently dead, Spider-Man finally getting what he vowed earlier that day, finds Osborn's death a hollow victory. When the authorities can be heard coming, Spider-Man decides to leave, unaware that someone is watching in the shadows.

When Peter finally returns home to his apartment, he finds only Mary Jane there waiting for him. She tries to console Peter, who lashes out at her condolences, mocking her usual carefree nature and tells her to leave. However, Mary Jane decides to stay and comfort Peter regardless.

§ Appearing1 = Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

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Items:

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§ Notes = ===Continuity Notes===

  • Although Gwen Stacy is killed here, she is brought back to life briefly years later as seen in {c§Clone Conspiracy #1}-{c§Clone Conspiracy #5§5}.
  • The Green Goblin didn't just kill Gwen Stacy because she was dating Peter Parker. He also did so because they had an affair circa {c§Amazing Spider-Man #61}, as revealed in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #509}-{c§Amazing Spider-Man #514§514}.
  • The Green Goblin learned Spider-Man's secret identity in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #39}.
  • Spider-Man recounts some milestones in his relationship with Gwen Stacy:
    • They first met in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #31}.
    • Their first kiss happened in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #59}.
    • Gwen's father died in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #90}, an event that Gwen blamed Spider-Man for, even though Doctor Octopus was responsible.
  • Harry Osborn had been recovering from a relapse into his drug addiction. He got hooked on drugs in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #96}-{c§Amazing Spider-Man #98§98}. This story incorrectly attributes those events to {c§Amazing Spider-Man #97} and {c§Amazing Spider-Man #99§99}.
  • Although the Green Goblin seemingly dies here, he survived thanks to a healing factor that allowed him to heal from his injuries, as revealed in {c§Osborne Journals #1}. He goes into hiding after this, reappearing in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #412}.
  • The individual who witnesses the apparent demise of the Green Goblin is revealed as Harry Osborn in {c§Amazing Spider-Man #126}.

Chronology Notes

Events occur in this story behind the scenes that affect the continuity of the following characters:

Spider-Man:

  • {apn§Peter Parker (Earth-616)§Page 1§§Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #26} - Spider-Man cradles the dead body of Gwen Stacy.
  • {apn§Peter Parker (Earth-616)§Page 2-5§Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #26§Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #26} - Spider-Man tries to catch the Goblin, who escapes.
  • {apn§Peter Parker (Earth-616)§Page 6-20§Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #26§Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #26} - Spider-Man battles the Green Goblin to the death.

§ Trivia = *A fan poll conducted by Marvel Comics for their series 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time voted this issue to be the 19th greatest issue of all time.{r§{cite web§url=http://www.samruby.com/Reprints/100Greatest/100greatest.htm§title=Spider-Man In The 100 Greatest Marvels Of All Time§archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20021106075940/http://www.samruby.com/Reprints/100Greatest/100greatest.htm§date=2002-11-06§accessdate=August 17 2020§archivedate=November 6 2002} § Recommended =

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Description

Peter, his girlfriend Gwen Stacy, and acquaintance Mary Jane Watson visit Harry, who is in a sorry state. His father Norman is livid about Harry's condition, blames Peter, Gwen, and Mary Jane for Harry's drug abuse, and throws them out. When Norman hears that he is facing financial ruin, he suffers a breakdown, and suddenly remembers everything. Norman again becomes the Green Goblin and makes it his goal to kill Peter/Spider-Man for all the misery he imagines Spider-Man has caused him and his family.

The Green Goblin abducts Gwen and lures Spider-Man to the George Washington Bridge. He gloats at Peter, holding an unconscious Gwen. The two fight, and just when Spider-Man seems to get hold of Gwen, Norman hurls her off the bridge. Spider-Man shoots a web strand at her legs, and catches her. As he pulls her up, he thinks he has saved her. However, he soon realizes she is already dead. Peter is unsure whether the whiplash from her sudden stop broke her neck or if Osborn had broken it previously, but he blames himself for her death regardless. The Green Goblin escapes, and Peter cries over Gwen's corpse and swears deadly revenge.

Spider-Man tracks Green Goblin down to a warehouse where an apoplectic Peter beats Norman to a pulp. But he cannot bring himself to kill him and freezes. Norman uses the opportunity to send his glider to impale Spider-Man from behind. Warned by his spider-sense, Peter jumps away just in time, and the glider instead impales the Green Goblin and seemingly kills him.

Peter goes home, feeling washed-out, hurt, and deeply empty. When he meets Mary Jane, her sympathy is lost on him. He only sees MJ as a carefree party girl; unable to feel his pain. But then, Mary Jane also cries, and for the first time, the two characters relate.

Issues


Items

Spider-Man's Web-Shooters

Vehicles

Goblin Glider

Weapons

Pumpkin Bomb

  • This story arc was the marker of the end of the Silver Age of the Comic Book industry, and the beginning of the Bronze-Age, since up until then it was unthinkable to kill the heroes love interest, leaving people in shock.[2]
  • At first it was planned for Aunt May to die, but it was changed, since if Aunt May would have died it would make Spider-Man feel free and grown up. It was then discussed to kill either Mary Jane or Gwen, and it was decided that Gwen would die, since Mary Jane was more of a comical character,[3] and Gwen and Peter were a perfect couple, but taking the relationship to the next level would "betray everything Spider-Man was about", the personal tragedy and anguish of the character to which Conway thought were the root of Spider-Man, in his opinion.[4]
  • This story arc served as the basis for the film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
  • The idea of killing Peter's love interest was derived from Terry and Pirates series where the main character's love interest also died.[3]
  • When the love interests of superheroes died, it was often referred as the "Gwen Stacy Syndrome".[5]

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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.
  2. Arnold T. Blumberg (Fall 2003). The Night Gwen Stacy Died:' The End of Innocence and the Birth of the Bronze Age. Archived from the original on July 26 2011. Retrieved on 2008-11-14.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dueben, Alex (2015-02-25). John Romita Sr. Reflects on His Spider-Man Legacy, Gwen Stacy's Death and Stan Lee. Retrieved on 2019-06-25.
  4. 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time #5
  5. How NOT to end a relationship! (16 February 2001). Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved on 14 November 2008.


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