Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #18!
This is the eighteenth in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous seventeen.Let’s begin!
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: The recent Norman Osborn/Gwen Stacy relationship in Amazing Spider-Man was never intended to occur!
In the recent “Sins Past” storyline in Amazing Spider-Man #509-514 (the title is currently on #525), writer J. Michael Straczynski surprised many readers (and I am sure disturbed many as well) when he revealed that the two adult stalkers of Peter Parker (and Spider-Man, separately) were children of Gwen Stacy that she had before she was killed.
In the storyline, the children, who were thought to be Peter’s, were revealed to actually be the offspring of Gwen and Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin!
As you could imagine, this storyline was controversial to say the least. Some readers did not like the idea of Gwen getting together with Norman Osborn, and I presume a decent amount of readers just did not like seeing Norman Osborn’s “O” face in a comic book…hehe.
In any event, at a recent Q&A at this year’s Toronto Comic Con, Straczynski revealed that the controversial decision was NOT his original plan for “Sins Past!”
As relayed here, Straczynski wanted Peter Parker to be the father of Gwen’s kids but editorial nixed the idea.
Apparently, editiorial felt that Peter Parker would seem too old if he had two adult kids running around. So Straczynski and the creative and editorial teams all huddled together and came up with the new, alternate story.
I wonder if the other way would have really had any better of a reaction?