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Maybe no death has ever affected the title character quite like Gwen Stacy's. Gwen Stacy made her first appearance way back in 1965 in Amazing Spider-Man #31, as a fellow undergrad student at Empire State University. A fellow science major, she becomes smitten with Pete due to his sense of humor and scientific mind. He ignores her advances at first, and she retaliates by dating both Harry Osborn and Flash Thompson, then eventually they date. It gets off to a rocky start but it's clearly true love. Marriage is discussed often, and only delayed when her father, Captain George Stacy, is killed by Doc Ock during a fight with Spider-Man.
They eventually get through this rough patch and for a time all is well. Until the Green Goblin kidnaps her, knowing that she's Peter/Spider-Man's girlfriend, and holds her hostage on the George Washington Bridge. A battle rages, eventually culminating in the Goblin throwing Gwen off the side of the bridge and Spider-Man instinctively shooting a web line catching her by the foot... breaking her neck.
Peter is never truly sure if the Green Goblin had killed her first or if it was his own doing and it haunts him forever. It also ushers in Mary Jane becoming a more mature and compassionate person eventually allowing their own relationship to take place. It's still to this day argued whether or not Peter Parker would even be with Mary Jane if not for Gwen's death.
She died 40 years ago and it still influences the book on a weekly basis. It's like Lois and Clark without Lois. It's like not only did Lois die, but Clark accidentally killed her. It's the biggest death in comics, one so large it ended the Silver Age of comic books.l< << PREV 1 of 11 NEXT >>
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