History Comicbook / TheNightGwenStacyDied

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.
19th Nov '15 12:11:44 AM Anicomicgeek
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What if?: What if #24 deals with what would happen if Spider-Man successfully managed to save Gwen Stacy during the comic. In it, Spider-Man reveals his identity to and marries Gwen Stacy, only to have the ceremony be interrupted by the police trying to arrest him due to J. Jonah Jameson learning his secret identity thanks to the Green Goblin.

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What if?: * WhatIf: What if #24 deals with what would happen if Spider-Man successfully managed to save Gwen Stacy during the comic. In it, Spider-Man reveals his identity to and marries Gwen Stacy, only to have the ceremony be interrupted by the police trying to arrest him due to J. Jonah Jameson learning his secret identity thanks to the Green Goblin.
14th Nov '15 9:41:56 PM Plasma57
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What if?: What if #24 deals with what would happen if Spider-Man successfully managed to save Gwen Stacy during the comic. In it, Spider-Man reveals his identity to and marries Gwen Stacy, only to have the ceremony be interrupted by the police trying to arrest him due to J. Jonah Jameson learning his secret identity thanks to the Green Goblin.
23rd Oct '15 9:21:00 PM dsneybuf
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The event was adapted into a NoBudget fan film called ''The Green Goblin's Last Stand''. It was also more loosely adapted into official Marvel movies - ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' - [[spoiler:the latter of which actually killed the character off]].

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The event was adapted into a NoBudget fan film called ''The Green Goblin's Last Stand''. It was also more loosely adapted into official Marvel movies - ''Film/SpiderMan1'' and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' - [[spoiler:the the latter of which actually killed the character off]].off.
15th Oct '15 2:24:58 AM Menshevik
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For the most part, superheroics had been a game to Parker. The closest he'd personally gotten to death was nearly being pinned 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 cop) 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. 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 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 to death was nearly being 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 cop) 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. 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]].



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The shown cover image. Notice which picture the tiny Spider Man is standing on? While his bigger self is wondering who's going to die? Although this probably is accidental.
* 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]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Goblin attempts to kill Spider-Man by impaling him with his hovercraft, but Spidey ducks to avoid it and it hits Osborn instead.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The shown cover image. Notice which picture the tiny Spider Man is standing on? While his bigger self is wondering who's going to die?
* 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]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Goblin attempts to kill Spider-Man by impaling him with his hovercraft, but Spidey ducks to avoid it and it hits Osborn instead.



* MyGreatestFailure: Spider-Man's ''second''-greatest failure, after the death of Uncle Ben.

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* MyGreatestFailure: Some might say it is Spider-Man's ''second''-greatest failure, after the death of Uncle Ben.Ben, but in an important way it can be seen as worse. In the words of Gerry Conway: "Uncle Ben died because Peter didn't use his power. Gwen dies as a ''consequence'' of Peter using his power."[[note]]This can be taken to refer to the theory that Peter accidentally snapped Gwen's neck in his attempt to rescue her, but also the the fact his defeats of the Green Goblin led to the latter to target and murder Gwen.[[/note]]
10th Oct '15 4:54:37 PM nombretomado
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For the most part, superheroics had been a game to Parker. The closest he'd personally gotten to death was nearly being pinned 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 cop) 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. It would be his secret identity being exposed again that would set into motion another series of tragic events. The [[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 NormanOsborn, the father of Peter's 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 to death was nearly being pinned 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 cop) 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. It would be his secret identity being exposed again that would set into motion another series of tragic events. The [[NormanOsborn [[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 NormanOsborn, ComicBook/NormanOsborn, the father of Peter's 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]].



* AmnesiacDissonance: The last time it happens to NormanOsborn actually. After this, he never forgets who he was.

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* AmnesiacDissonance: The last time it happens to NormanOsborn ComicBook/NormanOsborn actually. After this, he never forgets who he was.
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