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Comic Theme Month – Best Comic Book Wedding

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is “what do you think was the best comic book wedding?”

Reed and Sue Richards? Donna Troy and Terry Long? Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?

What’s your pick?

45 Comments

I always thought X-Men 30 by Nicieza and Kubert was really well done, and of course New Teen Titans 50, which I think was the last Wolfman/Perez issue before they started work on Crisis.

I spent a while trying to think of any non-big-two comic weddings and honestly couldn’t think of a single one. Who am I forgetting about? I’m thinking there might have been a Veitch-drawn flashback wedding in Alan Moore’s Supreme run, but I can’t remember for sure.

Peter and Mary Jane were always one of the corner stone of Marvel continunity, like Franklin Richards’ birth, well it use to be. I still say Peter and Mary Jane

Obviously, it HAS to be Reed and Sue.

Honorable mention to Rick Jones and Marlo over in Hulk. Peter David during his best period.

Oh, and while I’m on, Peter Parker and MJ are COMPLETELY ill-matched (he’s serious and super-smart, she’s a flighty bimbo), so their wedding is the worst just because it made so little sense and spoiled the Spidey world for years. Peter should have married Gwen, as Stan originally intended.

I always like the wedding of Donna Troy and Terry Long. This wedding was not the usual formula (super-villain disturbs the festivities.)

X-Men #30 (March, 1994); the wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey was great, there were so many X-Men “family” moments in that issue, it didn’t seem schmaltzy or cliche or overdone as some comicbook (or even tv or film) weddings can be, Lila Cheney and the band playing U2’s “One” for Scott and Jean’s first dance was inspired. Definitely my choice for best comic-book wedding.

Peter & MJ’s wedding itself was a pretty low-key affair, but the issue surrounding it is still one of my favorites.

(PS, Gwen was dull.)

I would have to say Green Arrow and Black Canary’s wedding was the best in a ridiculously fun way.
The wedding gets crashed by villains and the groom, who isn’t really the groom, gets stabbed in the face by one of his own arrows.
As an added bonus this was one wedding that was so ridiculous that nobody cared whether writers keept the marriage in continuity or not.

Gwen was intelligent, stable, mature and, being the daghter of a police officer, would have understood the whole situation with Peter being Spider-Man and maybe not coming home. And she was beautiful.

Yeh, let’s go with the idiotic, emotionally-underdeveloped nincompoop.

Rick Jones & Marlo had my favorite comic book wedding. It was touching and funny, and Gary Frank’s art was gorgeous. My favorite wedding-related comic, however, was the issue before, Rick Jones ‘ bachelor party. It was probably the funniest comic Peter David ever wrote.

Apollo and the Midnighter’s wedding at the end of the Authority, complete with the Midnighter in a white costume. Awwwwww :)

Any and all Legion weddings. ‘Nuff said.

“Gwen was intelligent, stable, mature and, being the daghter of a police officer, would have understood the whole situation with Peter being Spider-Man and maybe not coming home. And she was beautiful.”

Yeah, but no pulse.

You would be surprised how big a deal that is to some people.

Nonsense.

If you prefer dumb, unstable, immature and whiney, then MJ is the way to go. If you think a calm, thoughtful, dependable and smart person is dull then you are not coming from teh same place I am.

I’d give it to Rick Jones and Marlo.

The Donna Troy/ Terry Long wedding issue is really good but after that who cares about Terry Long ? I was always a fan of the Scarlet Witch/ Vision relationship. Especially the second mini-series.

I’m with the Reed/Sue (Stan and Jack getting locked out!) and Rick/Marlo (such wonderful guest stars, even one from DC!), but I’m gonna toss out one more great one: Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad. Dave Cockrum had two different Martians in attendance — a Martian Manhunter type, and an Edgar Rice Burroughs type.

Plus, a fight over that original drawing led to Dave Cockrum leaving DC and going to Marvel and the New X-Men, so that was a really interesting bonus.

J.

It’d be hard to call it the ‘best’ wedding (Janet Van Dyne marries a mentally unstable Henry Pym just so she can get that all important ring on her finger; of course that marriage was going to work!), but Avengers #60 is the best wedding cover.

Apparently, I’m in the minority, but when I was a kid, I really liked the art in the Clark Kent/Lois Lane wedding album. Numerous Superman artists did small chunks, and it was my first exposure to some of them, like Murphy Anderson.

Donna Troy/Terry Long was the best wedding story. Reed/Sue was another great one.

I never cared for the Peter/MJ actual marriage issue that much. It seemed rushed and MJ had cold feet until the last few minutes…. which is never a good thing. LOL.

No one has mentioned Wally West and Linda Park? I thought that was a pretty good one.

And of course, Lois Lane and Clark Kent — “The Wedding Album” one shot — that was pretty good.

Peter and MJ.

Donna Troy and Terry Long’s wedding in New Teen Titans #50 takes the (wedding) cake. It is a true wedding, with all that entails, that just happens to be between a regular guy and a superheroic woman. There are cameos aplenty and lots of interactions between supers, but that is made more fun because everyone is in their civilian identities. Plus, you have Michael Jackson in his pre-crazy days working as a wedding singer.

the people that slag off Terry Long really have no idea when it comes to comics… the failing of Terry as a charactyer have more to do with comics [a nd comics fans in general than the character itself.

While certainly not the best wedding, especially since it turned out to be a lie, the wedding of Johnny Storm and Lyja-the-Skrull-pretending-to-be-Alicia-Masters was at least unique in that it wasn’t crashed by a villain. Or, rather, the Wizard and the Mad Thinker were going to crash it, but the Puppet Master stopped them, and none of the wedding party or guests knew anything about it until the next issue. That’s pretty cool.

The wedding of Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl, because it was in a treasury edition book drawn by Mike Grell! That is some 70s goodness right there.

I have to go with Bouncing Boy & Duo Damsel from Superboy 200. Dave Cockrum made that a spectacle.

Followed by Vision & Scarlet Witch from Giant-Size Avengers 4. Immortus presiding? That’s awesome.

Snow White wedding Bigby Wolf in Fables was a big highlight for me. But as for my most favorite, I would have to say Peter and MJ, the couple who are the heart and soul of the Marvel Universe for me.

Crap, I did get it backwards — Cockrum drew the hell out of the Bouncing Boy/Duo Damsel wedding; Grell, as noted, did a fantastic job with the Lightning Lad/Saturn Girl nuptials. But while I prefer Grell as an artist, the fact that the BB/DD wedding led indirectly to the New X-Men, it gets my nod.

J.

Boabie: have you ever read the Gerry Conway/Ross Andru or the DeFalco/Frenz Spidey-issues?
MJ has never been a “idiotic, emotionally-underdeveloped nincompoop” after that.
I recommend you just to read AMZ 259 where she reveals to Peter her past and why she acted the way she acted before.

And Gwen was a cry-baby.

So MJ and Peter.

I have to say that X-Men #30 is the best wedding story I’ve read, but I also like the Johnny Storm-Alicia Masters wedding. Too bad it was undone in such a stupid fashion. (I don’t understand why they couldn’t have just had a normal divorce. It was a whirlwind-romance, and it would’ve fit perfectly into character for them to change their minds soon afterward.)
Another good wedding is one that was good because it wasn’t shown– Hawkeye and Mockingbird. Since they just ran off and got hitched without telling anyone, all on the spur of the moment, it was a perfect idea not to show it, and just cut straight to the honeymoon.

I’ll echo the Superman/Lois Lane from the Wedding Album.

And yes, Rick Jones had the best bachelor party issue of all time :)

It wasn’t a full-issue big deal like some of the other weddings, but I’ve always liked the Atom’s wedding to Jean Loring, which of course just puts a bad taste in my mouth now. (Hey look, there’s Sue Dibny in the crowd!)

I’ve always loved the Rick Jones wedding, though.

As a collector of wedding issues, I’d have to say the following (coming from what ones I have so far):
-Cyclops and Jean Grey (in X-Men #30, March 1994)
-Rick Jones and Marlo Chandler (The Incredible Hulk #418, June 1994)
-Superman and Lois Lane (Superman: The Wedding Album, December 1996)
-Luke Cage and Jessica Jones (The New Avengers Annual #1, June 2006)
-Black Panther and Storm (Black Panther #18, September 2006)

And you have to admit, Peter David did a great easter egg when he snuck in Neil Gaiman’s Death.

Yeah, but no pulse.

You would be surprised how big a deal that is to some people.

This is a myth/urban legend that gets spread so much that people turn it into gospel. Gwen was no less boring or dull than any other Silver Age superhero girlfriend. Carol Ferris, Lois Lane, Iris West, Jane Foster, Sue Storm, Janet Van Dyne, Jean Grey, none of them had a pulse either then if Gwen supposed didn’t.

Silver Age women only got interesting personalities retroactively post-Silver Age. If Gwen lived that long, she would have got one too. Actually, most guys didn’t even have personalities in the Silver Age.

Another thing: if MJ was so supposedly superior to Gwen in terms of characterization, why was she gradually turned into Gwen the moment Gwen died? The real MJ in her original incarnation has been dead for decades. Her party girl persona was too one-note and annoying in large doses for her to work as the main love interest rather than just a romantic foil.

That’s why MJ’s background was retconned to say she was actually far more intelligent and empathetic and nurturing than she originally let on the first two decades and that her party girl persona was just an act all along. At best modern MJ is an amalgam of classic Gwen with a bit of classic MJ thrown in.

That’s why when BMB created Ultimate Spider-Man, he created MJ as basically a redheaded Gwen, to the point her nickname was “Brainy Janey.” Who does that have more in common with, classic 60s Gwen or classic 60s MJ?

I’m surprised so many people voted for the Terry Long wedding. It’s Terry Long for Pete’s sake.

Also, I think people are taking their love for the Pete-MJ marriage and using that to convince themselves the actual wedding was great. It wasn’t. David Michelinie really stunk up the joint with his writing on that one. It was my first sign he had no business writing Spider-Man. The whole book was MJ having cold feet and mooning over some other guy named Bruce who was rich. The writing is ambiguous enough to make it seem that MJ may have slept with the guy Bruce before the wedding. To add insult to injury, she shows up to the wedding in a sports car Pete’s rich rival bought her along with a honeymoon vacation Pete’s rival (who he knows nothing about) paid for, and she doesn’t tell Pete the source of the car and honeymoon (pretty emasculating to have your wife accept a car and honeymoon package from her ex). Totally unromantic book. No idea what Michelinie was thinking.

The Peter/MJ wedding in the Spiderman cartoon was pretty funny.

But yes, Rick and Marlo for the win.

Gwen was no less boring or dull than any other Silver Age superhero girlfriend. Carol Ferris, Lois Lane, Iris West, Jane Foster, Sue Storm, Janet Van Dyne, Jean Grey, none of them had a pulse either then if Gwen supposed didn’t.

Lois Lane has been many things over the years, but she has never been dull.

That’s why when BMB created Ultimate Spider-Man, he created MJ as basically a redheaded Gwen, to the point her nickname was “Brainy Janey.” Who does that have more in common with, classic 60s Gwen or classic 60s MJ?

Ultimate Gwen is also much more like ’60s MJ than any Gwen we ever saw in mainstream continuity. Bendis basically swapped them.

Lois Lane has been many things over the years, but she has never been dull.

To me she was dull in that she only had one role for the longest time: the insufferable manipulative brat obsessed with snooping into Superman’s secret identitiy and getting him to marry her. Each time she appeared it was like, gee what’s her goal this time? Oh scheme to get Superman to reveal his identity or marry her. Big surprise.

With the hate on by the comic companies against married couples it doesn’t seem like wedding issues even matter any more let alone what was the best one. In the last few years alone we have had Clark/ Lois, Peter/ MJ, Ollie/Dinah, Hawkman/ Hawgirl(after only resurecting Shiera a year ago) and Barry/Iris all erased. Keep waiting for the announcement of Reed and Sue’s Marriage to be wiped out.

For some reason the standard sound bite from current writers is “it opens up so many possibilities having character X being single again. ” There are just as many stories that can be written about a character that is married as there is one that it is single. It’s just an easy excuse for lazy writing to say it is a big hinderance.

There wasn’t a real wedding or even much of a ceremony, but I always liked the issue of Elfquest (I read it first in the color Marvel reprints under Epic) where Cutter and Leetah finally get together, or when she finally stops trying to convince herself that he’s a crude, rude barbaric dude! And their pairing really did span centuries there (she was whisked into the future so he had to live long enough to see her again, kinda taking the long road to the future like we all do) so they are a good match. And the trials of courtship were fun too. It’s all posted online to read at the Pini’s website too..

I agree with the Michelinie hater. Never understood why they left him on Amazing for so long, but I guess when McFarlane was drawing it it would have sold even if it was written by Christopher Priest.

Loved X-Men 30, loved Rick and Marlo (Odd, how Mephisto seems to be a lot more pro-marriage there than later), but Reed and Sue is THE comic book wedding.

My favorite wedding-related comic, however, was the issue before, Rick Jones ‘ bachelor party. It was probably the funniest comic Peter David ever wrote.

I love that issue. Has it ever been featured on this blog? It belongs in a Year of Cool Comics or something like that.

Perhaps, T. you missed the reference: Gwen Stacy has no pulse because the character is dead, not because she was boring. It’s probably not legal in New York to marry a corpse.

But, yeah, the wedding of MJ and Spider-Man wasn’t all that interesting.

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