History ComicBook / TheNightGwenStacyDied

1st Feb '17 11:49:36 AM Xtifr
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An iconic storyline in Creator/MarvelComics' ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'' series, spanning issues #121-122 (June-July, 1973). '''''The Night Gwen Stacy Died''''', as the title implies, is famous for killing off Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen Stacy. It was written by Gerry Conway, and drawn by Gil Kane.

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An iconic storyline in Creator/MarvelComics' ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'' series, spanning issues #121-122 (June-July, 1973). '''''The ''The Night Gwen Stacy Died''''', Died'', as the title implies, is famous for killing off Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen Stacy. It was written by Gerry Conway, and drawn by Gil Kane.
14th Jan '17 8:51:23 PM KingClark
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* BittersweetEnding: While Gwen died, her killer was put down for the count (for a long while, anyway). While this hit Peter really hard, the last scene indicated that his friends and family are still there for him.
* BreakoutVillain: The Green Goblin became a contender for ArchEnemy status after this story (though it did take until ComicBook/TheCloneSaga - the second one, in TheNineties - to actually happen).

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* BittersweetEnding: While Gwen died, her killer was put down for the count (for a long while, anyway). While this hit Peter really hard, [[YouAreNotAlone the last scene indicated that his friends and family are still there for him.
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* BreakoutVillain: The Green Goblin became a contender for ArchEnemy status after this story (though it did take until ComicBook/TheCloneSaga ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'' - the second one, in TheNineties - to actually happen).



* CloseOnTitle: The title doesn't appear [[http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Page4.jpg until the last panel,]] in order to prevent readers from discovering too early which character would get killed off.

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* CloseOnTitle: The title doesn't appear [[http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Page4.jpg until the last panel,]] panel]], in order to prevent readers from discovering too early which character would get killed off.



* DeathIsCheap: Osborn eventually came back as the mastermind of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, but Gwen is a perennial example (and one of the few remaining ones, at that) of a character [[AvertedTrope who stays dead]]. Although she was cloned at one point, said clone later died in the prelude to ComicBook/SpiderIsland.
** In 2014's ComicBook/SpiderVerse storyline, ComicBook/SpiderGwen, an alternate universe Gwen Stacy who was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter, joins the other alternate universe Spider-Mans in trying to escape the Inheritors. This incarnation is planned to get her own spinoff series set in her own universe.

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* DeathIsCheap: Osborn eventually came back as the mastermind of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga, but Gwen is a perennial example (and one of the few remaining ones, at that) of a character [[AvertedTrope who stays dead]]. Although she was cloned at one point, said clone later died in the prelude to ComicBook/SpiderIsland. \n** In 2014's ComicBook/SpiderVerse storyline, ComicBook/SpiderGwen, an alternate universe Gwen Stacy who was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter, joins the other alternate universe Spider-Mans in trying to escape the Inheritors. This incarnation is planned to get her own spinoff series set in her own universe. It wasn't until ''ComicBook/DeadNoMoreTheCloneConspiracy''--which brought back nearly every dead ''Spider-Man'' character--that the mainstream version of Gwen Stacy would return.



* FromBadToWorse: Like you wouldn't believe. As if Spidey's life didn't suck enough now, this story's events were the direct cause of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga (both of them), Harry becoming [[LegacyCharacter the next Green Goblin]], contracts being put out on Spider-Man that ComicBook/LukeCage and ComicBook/ThePunisher tried to fulfill, and indirectly allowing for [[TheOtherDarrin the Hobgoblin]] to exist. A later retcon would go on to have Norman [[spoiler:be revealed to have fathered children with Gwen Stacy while she was in Europe before her death]].

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* FromBadToWorse: Like you wouldn't believe. As if Spidey's life didn't suck enough now, this story's events were the direct cause of ComicBook/TheCloneSaga (both of them), Harry becoming [[LegacyCharacter the next Green Goblin]], contracts being put out on Spider-Man that ComicBook/LukeCage and ComicBook/ThePunisher tried to fulfill, and indirectly allowing for [[TheOtherDarrin the Hobgoblin]] to exist. A later retcon in ''ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan'' would go on to have Norman [[spoiler:be revealed to have fathered children with Gwen Stacy while she was in Europe before her death]].death]]. And it got worse from there--as revealed by ''ComicBook/DeadNoMoreTheCloneConspiracy'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Gwen was conscious for a few moments before her death, and learned that Peter Parker was Spider-Man. Given that she blamed Spider-Man for the death of her father, she died hating the man she loved]].



* InnocenceLost: For comics as a whole. This was the first instance of a main character's on-screen death since UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, and is often marked as either the definitive end of UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and the start of UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, or the effective KnightOfCerebus that would herald the next 12 years of a much more mature and darker Silver Age that would ultimately culminate with the publications of ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} and ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths.

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* InnocenceLost: For comics as a whole. This was the first instance of a main character's on-screen death since UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, and is often marked as either the definitive end of UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and the start of UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks, or the effective KnightOfCerebus that would herald the next 12 years of a much more mature and darker Silver Age that would ultimately culminate with the publications of ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths.''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.



--> '''Spider-Man:''' Mister, are we living in the same universe? You killed my woman, Goblin, and you're raging about a '''blasted bargain-basement toy?'''

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--> '''Spider-Man:''' Mister, are we living in the same universe? You killed my woman, Goblin, and you're raging about a '''blasted bargain-basement toy?'''toy'''?



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Spidey is known for his [[YouFightLikeACow constant wisecracking]] during fights. In this story, he doesn't make any jokes while fighting with the Goblin.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Spidey is known for his [[YouFightLikeACow constant wisecracking]] during fights. In this story, he doesn't make any jokes while fighting with the Goblin.Goblin ''because he's pissed''.
14th Oct '16 3:53:06 AM Aquila89
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-->I thought seeing the Goblin die would make me feel better about Gwen. Instead, it just makes me feel empty...
4th Oct '16 5:47:04 PM MisterDrBob2
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For the most part, superheroics had been a game to Parker. The closest he'd personally gotten to death was pinned down under a ton of machinery in Doctor Octopus' lair, and he nearly always came out on top in the end. He did have a small problem where Gwen's father (a retired poliec captain) died while he was fighting a battle, but that was written as a HeroicSacrifice after he was revealed to have [[DeathBySecretIdentity found out Peter's secret identity]] in 1970.[[note]]Or so many fans tend to remember it. Apart from the fact that Peter was continually haunted by the death of Uncle Ben (and to a lesser extent that of his biological parents) and the possibility of his aunt dying of one of her many ailments, he had, during Steve Ditko's run, been unable to preven the deaths of Betty Brant's brother Bennett and of his Daily Bugle colleague Frederick Foswell.[[/note]] It would be his secret identity being exposed again that would set into motion another series of tragic events. The [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] managed to stalk Spider-Man (whose spider-sense had been numbed) and discover that his greatest foe [[note]]although this is Gobby in the '60s we're talking about. ''Only'' foe works too[[/note]] was no older than 19 or 20. He successfully captured Parker and in his arrogance revealed his identity as ComicBook/NormanOsborn, the father of Peter's college classmate (and future roommate) Harry. Taking advantage of Osborn's inability to shut up, Spidey eventually broke free of his restraints and battled the Goblin. During the fight, an accident induced LaserGuidedAmnesia in Osborn, making him forget that he'd ever been the Green Goblin. Peter thought that he'd seen the last of the Goblin, until AmnesiacDissonance caught up with Osborn and he started remembering in short spurts that he was the Green Goblin. The second time this happened, it resulted in the also famous storyline ''The Goblin Returns,'' which challenged UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Authority's guidelines on portraying [[DrugsAreBad drug use]].

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For the most part, superheroics had been a game to Parker. The closest he'd personally gotten come to death dying was pinned down under a ton of machinery in Doctor Octopus' lair, and he nearly always came out on top in the end. He did have a small problem where Tragedy had struck when Gwen's father (a retired poliec police captain) died while he was fighting a battle, but that was written as a HeroicSacrifice after he was revealed to have [[DeathBySecretIdentity found out Peter's secret identity]] in 1970.[[note]]Or so many fans tend to remember it. Apart from the fact that Peter was continually haunted by the death of Uncle Ben (and to a lesser extent that of his biological parents) and the possibility of his aunt dying of one of her many ailments, he had, during Steve Ditko's run, been unable to preven the deaths of Betty Brant's brother Bennett and of his Daily Bugle colleague Frederick Foswell.[[/note]] 1970. It would be his secret identity being exposed again that would set into motion another series of tragic events. The [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] managed to stalk Spider-Man (whose spider-sense had been numbed) and discover that his greatest foe [[note]]although this is Gobby in the '60s we're talking about. ''Only'' foe works too[[/note]] was no older than 19 or 20. He successfully captured Parker and in his arrogance revealed his identity as ComicBook/NormanOsborn, the father of Peter's college classmate (and future roommate) Harry. Taking advantage of Osborn's inability to shut up, Spidey eventually broke free of his restraints and battled the Goblin. During the fight, an accident induced LaserGuidedAmnesia in Osborn, making him forget that he'd ever been the Green Goblin. Peter thought that he'd seen the last of the Goblin, until AmnesiacDissonance caught up with Osborn and he started remembering in short spurts that he was the Green Goblin. The second time this happened, it resulted in the also famous storyline ''The Goblin Returns,'' which challenged UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Authority's guidelines on portraying [[DrugsAreBad drug use]].
29th Sep '16 6:57:13 PM Blazer
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* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: After the Goblin's skewered by his own Glider, Spidey admits that his death should have meant more.
2nd Aug '16 12:32:06 PM Aquila89
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* KilledOffForReal: Gwen. Originally the plan with Osborn as well; they eventually brought him back, but it took 23 years - an immense passage of time in comics.

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* KilledOffForReal: Gwen. She remains one of the few significant comic book characters who died and stayed dead. Originally the plan with Osborn as well; they eventually brought him back, but it took 23 years - an immense passage of time in comics.
31st Jul '16 7:32:58 AM thatother1dude
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: '''''[[SubvertedTrope NOPE.]]'''''
5th May '16 11:19:16 PM GoldenSeals
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The Green Goblin states that it was "the fall" that killed Gwen Stacy, which is impossible due to the fact that skydivers fall much farther than her and are just fine. [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou In fact, it was the sudden stop at the end that killed her.]]

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The Green Goblin states that it was "the fall" that killed Gwen Stacy, which is impossible due to the fact that considering skydivers fall much farther than her and are just fine. [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou In fact, it was the sudden stop at the end that killed her.]]
16th Jan '16 6:34:23 PM nombretomado
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More controversy exists around the reason the story was written. StanLee (who had left the book by then) claims he knew nothing about it, although other sources contradict him. WordOfGod seems to be that the editors thought that Gwen made Spider-Man too happy, and having him be married to her (as would have inevitably happened) would age him too much.

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More controversy exists around the reason the story was written. StanLee Creator/StanLee (who had left the book by then) claims he knew nothing about it, although other sources contradict him. WordOfGod seems to be that the editors thought that Gwen made Spider-Man too happy, and having him be married to her (as would have inevitably happened) would age him too much.
26th Dec '15 9:33:16 PM nombretomado
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* EndOfAnAge: This story brought the end of TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks as we know it. See InnocenceLost below.

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* EndOfAnAge: This story brought the end of TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks as we know it. See InnocenceLost below.



* WhamEpisode: A hero never failed so spectacularly before. This storyline is considered one of the signs of the shift from the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]]. The death of a main supporting character (excluding [[DeathByOriginStory those killed off at the beginning]]), let alone the {{love interest|s}}, was unheard of at the time.

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* WhamEpisode: A hero never failed so spectacularly before. This storyline is considered one of the signs of the shift from the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]]. The death of a main supporting character (excluding [[DeathByOriginStory those killed off at the beginning]]), let alone the {{love interest|s}}, was unheard of at the time.
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