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Subj: Re: Some interesting quotes from 1998 to compare to OMD/BND
Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 07:49:46 pm EST (Viewed 104 times)
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Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 12:18:21 pm EST

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Some very interesting quotes by Howard Mackie in 1998 from

”Re-reading the earliest issues of Spider-Man, the thing that always made Spider-Man unique was that so much of it was about Peter Parker. Three quarters of the book was just Peter Parker soap opera stuff with high school or Aunt May, and then Spider-Man had to get into the costume, pop off and do the superhero thing.”

”I want readers to put down the first couple of issues and say “This is fun again.” That’s pretty much it. I want it to be fun. I want to put back in the sense of wonder.”

”So we’re trying to get back to the essence of who the character is. We’ve had a lot of distractions over the past bunch of years. It’s not really a reboot or a revamp, but a refocus. Refocusing on what made Spider-Man Spider-Man.”

”The Spider-Man books need an influx of new blood in terms of villains that Spidey goes up against, and we’ve got a storyline cooking that will give us just that.”

”Meanwhile, Peter’s life will be going through some changes as well. There will be a re-exploration of some of the old Daily Bugle supporting cast and an introduction of some of the new supporting cast members.”

”I think marriage aged Peter and MJ instantly. They’re suddenly being portrayed as a married couple, as opposed to a young couple. It took away the chances for any sort of romantic tension. That’s part of what defines Peter Parker.”

All I can say is that if fans have enjoyed Spider-Man for 20 years now with everything being "wrong" and "off track", maybe it is time to accept that this track is OK and stop with the Spidey reboots already.

Mackie was right. Ultimately though the stories just weren't very good and the new characters didn't click. Nice art though.

Funny thing is, Mary Jane's presence was still one of the biggest drawbacks of the run. How could they really achieve what they set out to whilst Spidey was still married? So they wrote her out as possibly dead and that just made things worse! A widowed Spider-Man was even more problematic than a married Spider-Man and certainly left little room for "fun" stories any time shortly afterwards. Mary Jane should never be killed off, Peter losing Gwen was already shocking enough, to lose the next big love of his life to such a young death as well should mess him up in too huge of a way.

And to think, Stan Lee knocked down Steve Ditko's idea of Betty Brant being killed off! And rightly so. That much misery just isn't healthy for the title in the long run.

Gwen's actual death was told very well, though the follow-up wasn't particularly strong. As cyclical as Spider-Man is, the "death of the girlfriend" is one of the few plot beats that simply cannot be used twice.

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