In the current Spider-Man storyline One More Day, it's rumored that Marvel Comics will be pulling the plug on the marriage of Peter (Spider-Man) Parker and Mary Jane Watson.
Whether it'll be done the usual way (death) or an unusual way (hitting the cosmic re-set button), the ending of the marriage will supposedly clear the decks for a major overhaul of the Spider-Man franchise. Nobody could be happier than Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada, who's made it clear he's no fan of the marriage. In fact, Joe was so enthusiastic about the story, he's drawing it himself (despite his E.I.C. duties and rusty drawing skills).
In the midst of all this grim marriage-dismantling, I thought it would be a good thing to go back to happier times...when Peter and Mary Jane's love first blossomed in Spider-Man #143 (1975).
Since her debut in Spider-Man #42 (1966), Mary Jane Watson had been the happy-go-lucky party girl of the Spider-Man cast. Though she definitely enjoyed flirting with Peter, she was simply a good friend through the years Peter dated his beloved Gwen Stacy. That would all change when the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) killed Gwen Stacy and shattered Peter's world. Seeing Peter's pain, Mary Jane dropped the party girl pretense and reached out to him in sympathy.
Over the next couple of months (or years in "real time"), Peter and Mary Jane's friendship continued to deepen. Following an attempt on MJ's life by the equally demented son of the Green Goblin (Harry Osborn), Peter realized just how important she had become to him.
It's against this backdrop that we join our young couple in the quiet late-night corridors of the Kennedy International Airport, as Pete is about to catch a flight to Paris. As good-byes are said, as small talk runs it course...love begins.
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