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Welcome to the Spider-Girl Message Board, the home of Marvel’s longest running female star!
Created by the team of Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, May "Mayday" Parker is the daughter of Spider-Man and continues his legacy as Spider-Girl!
Debuting in the final issue of "What If?!" in 1998 (mirroring her father's debut in the final issue of "Amazing Fantasy"), May burst upon the comics scene and immediately struck a chord with fans of classic Marvel storytelling. The “Hoo-Ha action and storytelling in the Merry Marvel Manner” reminded older fans of the books they had loved growing up, and introduced the classic style to a younger generation who had never experienced it before.
The success of this introductory appearance launched not only an ongoing “Spider-Girl” series, but an entire new line and universe of comics. This new universe was called “MC2” or “Marvel Comics 2,” and featured heroes and villains both new and old.
While her sister titles faded away in time, the “Spider-Girl” series proper soldiered on. Despite the ongoing threat and occasional reality of cancellation, the caring and creative efforts of fans, largely started on this very board, helped keep the book alive. Against all odds, “Spider-Girl” achieved the milestone number of one hundred issues, and remains the longest running series with a female lead in Marvel Comic’s history.
The end of the original “Spider-Girl” title was in many ways a new beginning for the character, who soon returned in a new series titled “The Amazing Spider-Girl" in 2006. During the book’s “Amazing” resurgence, we also saw several new MC2 mini-series, such as “The Fantastic Five” and “American Dream” (the latter of whom would even return post-MC2 in the “Captain America Corps” mini-series of 2011, proving the enduring popularity of the MC2 characters). In 2009, after thirty issues, the “Amazing Spider-Girl” became “The Spectacular Spider-Girl” in back-up stories, and later a mini-series of the same name. In 2010, this most recent title ended, despite one more rally from her loyal fan base.
Never in the history of comics has there been a more dedicated and driven group of fans, whose love of the Spider-Girl character would help carry her through more stories than even her creators had thought possible. The continued presence of The Spider-Girl Message Board is not only due to the dedication we have to this character and her creators, but to the fans that, at least a little bit, helped out along the way.
In comics, no character’s departure is ever truly final. May Parker is not the type to ever give up, and neither are we. She may be gone for now, but I think that somewhere in the back of our minds, we'll always be keeping a light on for her. ‘Nuff said. (EDIT: See the news of her return below!)
-Matt "VENOM" Kayser Moderator
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May's adventures can be re-lived or discovered for the first time in these fantastic trades and digests:
Vol 1: Whatever Happened to the Daughter of Spider-Man? Collects issues 0-6
Vol 2: Comes the Carnage! Collects issues 7-12
Vol 3: Mind Games Collects issues 13-18
Vol 4: Brand New May Collects issues 19-24
Vol 5: Maybreak Collects issues 25-30
Vol 1: Who Killed Gwen Reilly? Collects stories from Amazing Spider-Man Family 1-8 and Web of Spider-Man 1-4
Vol 2: The Last Stand Collects Spectacular Spider-Girl 1-4, Spider-Girl: The End and material from Web of Spider-Man 5-7
And don't forget: Spider-Girl's earliest adventures have been collected in paperback digests. A mere $7.99 gets you at least six full-color issues. Available at comic shops, major bookselling chains and on-line booksellers, the Spider-Girl digests are handy, inexpensive and chock-full of high school angst and Hoo-Ha action! Buy a set for yourself and another for your favorite child.
Volume 1: Legacy Collects issues 0-5.
Volume 2: Like Father, Like Daughter Collects issues 6-11.
Volume 3: Avenging Allies Collects issues 12-16 and the 1999 Annual.
Volume 4: Turning Point Collects issues 17-21 and 1/2.
Volume 5: Endgame Collects issues 22-27.
Volume 6: Too Many Spiders Collects issues 28-33.
Volume 7: Betrayed Collects issues 34-38 and 51.
Volume 8: Duty Calls Collects issues 39-44.
Volume 9: Secret Lives Collects issues 45-50.
Volume 10: Season of the Serpent Collects issues 52-59
Volume 11: Marked for Death Collects issues 60-66
Volume 12: The Games Villains Play Collects issues 67-72
Support Your Favorite Creative Team
Art by Ron Frenz and Pat Olliffe, including original Spider-Girl pages, is available for purchase at Catskill Comics.
"The grassroots support from the SG message board has been fantastic. Those fans have managed to keep Spider-Girl alive. They never gave up on the title. Not even when Marvel canceled it and told me there was no hope of ever bringing it back. Spider-Girl lives because of her fans!" - Tom DeFalco, Spider-Girl writer
"A lot of people don't feel like their opinions matter, but our fans have saved our book from cancellation on more than one occasion and that should count for something. It's the kind of reader participation that Stan Lee used to foster in the early days of Marvel and that's been lost over the years." - Ron Frenz, Spider-Girl artist
"Spider-Girl fans are that unique combination of passionate, intelligent and friendly. They know what they're talking about and they're not afraid to voice their opinions, but in an Internet age that is all too often acerbic, they offer strong, supportive statements. They really love this book and it shows in the dedication they have to it and to its creators. It's refreshing." - Tom Brennan, Amazing Spider-Girl editor
MAYDAY NEWS: Mayday returns in "Spider-Island #1" in back-ups brought to you by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema!