Trivia: The Night Gwen Stacy Died

  • Jossed: A meta example: One of the early fan theories about this story was that its main purpose was to kill off the Green Goblin for good because the situation where he knew the secret of Spider-Man's identity was too dangerous to be allowed to continue. This, according to the theory, would have required a crime so heinous that readers would accept Norman Osborn's death as permanent and would not clamour for his return. But some time later Harry Osborn became the new Green Goblin and it turned out he too had found out that Peter Parker was Spider-Man. And he was allowed to survive without being made to forget...
  • Trope Namer: This story arc named the trope I Let Gwen Stacy Die.
  • What Could Have Been: Gwen was not originally the first choice to be the SacrificialLion. Gerry Conway and editor Roy Thomas first considered Aunt May, but later changed their mind because artist John Romita said that would leave Peter without a real motivation to maintain a secret identity (it also would have been too predictable). They later considered killing off Mary Jane, but at the time she was not important enough to make an impact on the readers, or even on Peter, who had proven highly resistant to her advances in previous stories. So they finally settled on Gwen Stacy, the actual love interest.
  • Word of God: On the letter page of ASM #125 it was announced: "It saddens us to have to say that the whiplash effect she underwent when Spidey's webbing stopped her was, in fact, what killed her."