A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 45
Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we conclude “Catch Phrase” week! Each day we’ve examined the first time that various comic book characters used their most famous catch phrase!
Since today is ALSO Valentine’s Day, I figured it would be a great time to kill two birds with one stone and conclude Catch Phrase Week with a romantic catch phrase, courtesy of a certain red-haired lady named Mary Jane.
Mary Jane Watson was first mentioned all the way back in Amazing Spider-Man #15. This was well before Gwen Stacy, and it was Betty Brant, instead, that Peter was dating.
Note Aunt May’s reasoning for why Mary Jane is so neat (she would be quite good at washing costumes, I bet!)
Aunt May was persistent, though, and brought it up the very next issue.
This led to a funny line (in retrospect) by Spidey -
“That Mary Jane chick”
What a lot of fans forget/don’t know is that Mary Jane being attractive was NOT something that was supposed to be a surprise when she first showed up. In issue #25, we got this exchange, when Liz Allen and Betty Brant (this is still pre-Gwen Stacy) head over to Peter’s house…
Issue #38 also featured an obscured Mary Jane, but #42 (with the book now drawn by John Romita) was the big one.
Peter is deep in thought about Gwen Stacy (who he had first met in issue #31), when he goes with Aunt May to visit Mary Jane and her aunt.
This, of course, led to one of the most famous panels in comic history.
Pretty cool, huh?
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!