http://starwolf_oakley.insanejournal.com/ ([identity profile] starwolf_oakley.insanejournal.com) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2009-09-20 07:58 pm

AMAZING #151, #152, #153: A different look at the Peter/MJ relationship

I posted this panel earlier this month. I thought I would add some context from the three issues.



So, how did we get to MJ raging out at Peter. It all starts with a party... hosted by J. Jonah Jameson?



J. Jonah Jameson is throwing a party (?) for the engagement of two of his employees, Ned Leeds and Betty Brant. Peter Parker is attending the party with Mary Jane Watson and Flash Thompson. (Flash would later have an affair with Betty circa 1986.)



Electricity is actually mined by coal. Or moving water to power a turbine. Or something. Also, is this the first time MJ met Jonah?



I'm trying to figure out why either Flash or Jonah like Guy Lombardo. And who is Mantovani?

Wikipedia to the rescue! Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (November 15, 1905 – March 29, 1980), known by the mononym Mantovani, was a popular conductor and light orchestra-style entertainer with a cascading strings musical signature. He is more associated with the light orchestra genre than any other entertainer.

MJ can even make '70s fashion look good. And I'm guessing Harry's therapist is Dr. Barton "Bart" Hamilton.



We've discussed on this board how Peter Parker doesn't usually drink anything with "zing" in it.
The Daily Bugle has a Paris office? Newspapers sure have changed.



It's the Shocker that's doing this, not Electro, surprisingly.
Peter webs his way up to the helicopter. Later on, next issue...



Len Wein must watch a lot of Marx Bros. movies or something.



Suffering succotash!

So, wait... Mary Jane was a student at ESU? I might have to break out the ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN collections, but I don't recall Mary Jane actually being a college student along with Peter, Flash, Harry, etc.



Who knew Peter Parker was a finicky eater?

Another issue passes, and...





Yes, Peter's talking about the Gwen Stacy clone.

You know, a moment like this you have to wonder what Mary Jane was really thinking, especially with the "I know Peter is Spider-Man, but he doesn't know I know" addition. I would like to see a moment like this revisited from Mary Jane's POV, showing specifically what she was thinking. And keep in mind, at this point MJ could easily guess Ben Parker's death was why Spider-Man suddenly went from performer to crime-fighter even if she *didn't* know Peter blamed himself for that.

[identity profile] 2cards_short.insanejournal.com 2009-09-21 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
Mary Jane: Mary Jane learn to talk about herself in the third person from Doom.

[identity profile] jaybee3.insanejournal.com 2009-09-21 12:39 am (UTC)(link)
Posting scans of how awesome Peter/MJ were together and how the present sitatution blows makes me all the more depressed knowing the present regime will last several more years yet (until Queseda is gone or he needs a sales spike). But thanks for posting them. Except for the fashions a lot of bronze age comics really do stand up these days.

[identity profile] ar_feiniel_.insanejournal.com 2009-09-21 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
Peter really should have at least told MJ that he was slipping out to take photos. She has every right to be pissed.

Also, I love Jonah here.

(Anonymous) 2009-09-21 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
"You know, a moment like this you have to wonder what Mary Jane was really thinking, especially with the "I know Peter is Spider-Man, but he doesn't know I know" addition. I would like to see a moment like this revisited from Mary Jane's POV, showing specifically what she was thinking. And keep in mind, at this point MJ could easily guess Ben Parker's death was why Spider-Man suddenly went from performer to crime-fighter even if she *didn't* know Peter blamed himself for that."

To be fair, this was technically the first time she and Peter were ever a serious item, as past dates they ever went on were more of a friendly variety rather than anything real serious. So while she knew the real reason why Peter would make "disappearing acts," this was the first time she ever got to experience this while they were officially a couple. Not to mention he also left her alone without saying so much as a word where he was going. Even if he had to come up with a corny excuse she knew to be a half-truth for why he had to leave, such as "the Bugle might need pictures," at least it would have been something rather than just outright ditching her and saying nothing at all. Course, this is just speculation since the scene, at the time, was written in mind that MJ didn't know about his double identity.

--stillanerd

[identity profile] greenmask.insanejournal.com 2009-09-21 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I love you, seventies fashion.