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Subj: Remote Villainy and Real Violence: From Gwen Stacy's Death to JMS' ASM run
Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 at 03:06:42 pm EST (Viewed 100 times)

This post began talking about the 9/11 issue when Doctor Doom cried, and also Doom's appearance in another issues of JMS' ASM run, -- "Doomed Affair". But it also took in other stuff like Gwen Stacy's Death, Doctor Octopus' backstory and history and other moments of villainy across comics. But mostly it's about stuff in Spider-Man comics. Given it does center on Doom, I've also posted this on the Fantastic Four boards, I hope it's okay I post it here too. If not, I apologize to the mods.

Our attitudes about comic villains and comic book villainy clash starkly with real world violence and real world villains many of the times. When do comic villains stop being fun? When does violence in comics go from being something to get nostalgic over to crossing a line? And what does Watchmen have to do with this? And how did it all start with The Night Gwen Stacy Died?

All this and more in my deep dive exploration/essay on the nature of supervillainy in comics:
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