I know that JMS's original plan was to have Peter be the father of the Stacy twins, but would that really have been a better idea? I mean, that would have made it look like Peter and/or Gwen essentially abandoned their children, since Gwen would have still had to have the twins without Peter finding out. So now we've got two kids languishing off somewhere, with neither of their parents ever taking a role in their lives.
Would this *really* have been a more desirable outcome for the development of both Peter and Gwen as characters?
Not to mention that I have an extremely hard time seeing Peter and Gwen having sex before they would be married. You'd think that a guy as obsessed with responsibility as Peter would be aware of the dangers of premarital sex and wouldn't have done it at all, or at least without taking every possible precaution he could have. Not to mention that Gwen became increasingly upset and moody after her father died, and I have an even harder time seeing Peter wanting to take advantage of her after that.
As bad as making Norman the father of the Wonder Twins was, at least it had the saving grace of only destroying Gwen's character, while leaving Peter's at least *somewhat* intact.
No. No it would not be a desirable outcome at all. I think I speak for most easily led, easily convinced, easily sold comic book readers out there when I say that the whole consept of 'Sins Past' was a very bitter egg. And I'm saying this as a person who has no real conection to the Gwen Stacy character at all. JMS was a very good character writer in Spider-man, but I do feel he was a bit too ambisious (I must stop writing these things so late), and Sins Past is only the prime example of that. The story, as is, is as many have said, easily ignored and overlooked (thank God). I have no doubt that JMS, writing it as he would have wanted to, it would have been rock solid. And he would have managed to make the story much more memorable. That said, I highly doubt I would have wanted to remember it, as I found it both boring to read, and upsetting to buy.
~Epidot (who thinks he has rambeled enough stupid things for tonight, and are off to bed).