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The Daily Bugle
John Jonah Jameson (Jr.)
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963)
- "Because he's really an egomaniac... a neurotic trouble-maker, flaunting his power before the ordinary citizens whom he despises! For all we know, he himself provokes the criminals whom he later seems to defeat! Do we want our youngsters to make an idol of a mentally disturbed menace?? I say no!!"
J. Jonah Jameson was the chief editor and publisher of the Daily Bugle. He carries out a smear campaign against Spider-Man and employs Peter Parker as one of his photojournalists. After the Daily Bugle was sold to Dexter Bennett, he became the mayor of New York. After his resignation amidst scandal, he start to work as the host of a show on the F.A.C.T. News Channel.
- Abusive Parent: His Abusive Step-Dad.
- Alliterative Name: Taken even further recently: he's J. Jonah Jameson Junior.
- Anti-Villain: Type IV. He is usually portrayed an incredibly moral man who runs an honest news business, but just happens to make our hero Spidey's life tougher with libelious news articles for various reasons.
- Arch-Enemy: It must be said that of all the vicious foes he has faced through his career, J. Jonah Jameson has been Spider-Man's most constant enemy, and probably the one who has damaged him the most. Without raising a fist, JJ has turned half of New York against the wallcrawler, undermined Spidey's good work at every turn, and given the poor kid insecurities for decades.
- Thematically, they are polar opposites. JJ is an old, stodgy, rich guy who sits behind a desk and yells at unfortunate people for their perceived inadequacies, while Spidey/Peter is a young, energetic kid who barely has a dime to his name, but is on the front lines, everyday, defending the weak, no matter who they are or what people think they deserve.
- Jameson technically has his own Arch-Enemy in Mac Gargan, the original Scorpion and at one time a replacement Venom. As covered under My Greatest Failure, Gargan was a private investigator that Jameson coaxed into undergoing an experimental treatment that gave him scorpion-based powers, but Gargan went nuts and became a criminal — he also bitterly resents Jameson for the transformation, although just why varies depending on the version of the character. Ironically, the Scorpion was created by Jameson to be an Arch-Enemy to Spider-Man.
- Armor-Piercing Response: After one anti-Spider Man campaign too many, the webhead bursts into Jameson's office through the picture window, webs the door shut, and then corners him so he can have the satisfaction of laying him out. But before the punch can be thrown, JJJ begins to defend his actions, telling him that his paper only reflects the public's perception of Spidey:Spider-Man: Don't give me that! You're the one who made them believe I'm a menace!
J. Jonah Jameson: Oh, really, Spider-Man? Look at yourself, you're so blasted smug. Either you were always the menace I said you were — or I've managed to convince you that you're a menace, because you're sure acting like one! And frankly, masked man, I didn't think I was that good a writer.
Spider-Man: You stink, Jameson. You really do.
- Badass Mustache: For much of his history, Jameson rocked a toothbrush moustache in the vein of Charlie Chaplain and Adolf Hitler — even Mac Gargan was impressed that Jameson had the balls to rock a Hitler stache. Jameson eventually shaved it off and grew it out after getting a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and Death Glare from Captain America.
- Badass Normal: He may not look like it, and occasionally isn't Depending on the Writer, but the man has fought off demons from hell with a baseball bat to protect his employees. More generally, he's accomplished a lot of good with his crusading journalism, whether it's exposing union corruption or racist political plots, refusing to back down from the inevitable threats.
- Benevolent Boss: Zig-zagged. He regularly verbally abuses those that aren't Joe Robertson, but he's also protective of his staff.
- Berserk Button: Just about everything will set him off, but Spider-Man and anything to do with him will really get him going. Aside from that, Jonah is absolutely NOT racist and will react very explosively towards anyone who is in his presence.
- Break the Haughty: Given what a pain in the ass he is, it goes without saying that over the years, he has received countless stories that have dropped a ton or two of karmic bricks on him.
- Butt-Monkey: Especially in the early days before his character development, the comic loved taking him down a peg.
- Chekhov's Skill: He was the one who commissioned and piloted the original-generation Spider-Slayer robots, and he's busted out a few of them from storage when he needs the help or protection. His familiarity with the old models has even let him commandeer more advanced versions.
- Cigar Chomper: One of his most unpleasant habits.
- Cool Old Guy: During the times when the reader actually gets to see the Jonah that made the Bugle one of the top papers in New York long before Spider-Man came around.
- Create Your Own Villain: Jameson's vendetta against Spider-Man has resulted in him creating some actual villains of his own:
- Jameson hired Spencer Smythe to create a series of robots called the Spider-Slayers for the purpose of capturing and unmasking Spider-Man. Ultimately, Smythe ended up poisoned by the radioactive materials used in the manufacturing of the robots. Blaming both Jameson and Spider-Man for his impending demise, he tried to kill them using an explosive device. Fortunately, Spider-Man's technical expertise allowed him and Jameson to escape and Smythe died without getting his revenge.
- Jameson convinced a private investigator named Mac Gargan to undergo a science experiment conducted by Dr. Harley Stillwell. Gargan was transformed into the Scorpion and Jameson ordered him to capture and unmask Spider-Man. While the Scorpion proved to be more than a match for Spider-Man, the experiments drove him mad and he turned on Jameson requiring Spider-Man to intervene and save the editor's life.
- An escaped prisoner named Richard Deacon overheard Jameson asking Harlan Stillwell, the younger brother of the aforementioned Harley Stillwell to make a new superhero. Deacon ordered Harlan to transform him into the Human Fly at gunpoint and then killed the doctor after he was done. The Human Fly then kidnapped Jameson requiring Spider-Man to once again save Jameson from a mess he'd made.
- In X-Factor (2006) Issues #216-219, it is revealed that Jameson, along with his friend General Sam Ryan and Dr Young Soo Pock, founded SCA Rs, a secret military program in which three women were transformed into Cyborg Super Soldiers for black ops missions. Unfortunately, the cybernetics drove two of the women mad, requiring them to be mindwiped. After regaining their memories they planned to assassinate Jameson but were foiled by the Black Cat and X-Factor Investigations. Unlike the above examples, this one had nothing to do with Jameson trying to defeat Spider-Man and was actually done before the Wall-Crawler became a superhero.
- Da Editor: Former editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle.
- Depending on the Writer: JJJ's character varies from writer to writer and the reasoning behind his hatred of Spider-Man and the depth of that hatred run the gamut from being a jerkass to secretly being jealous of Spider-Man's truly heroic nature.
- Doting Parent: Praises his son, the astronaut John Jameson, every chance he can get. He may be compensating.
- Driven by Envy: In one very old comic, Jonah made a confession - alone, in his own office - admitting that this was the real reason he opposes Spider-Man. He's jealous of the hero because Spidey is something he dreams of being but despite his wealth, power, and influence, knows he never can be.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Stands up for human rights... because he Hates Everyone Equally! Notably one DA initially had his support because of his anti-Spider-Man campaign.....then he found out that the guy was not only involved in organized crime but was also a massive racist who planned to screw over black people once he was elected. Jameson promptly turns over evidence that exposes the crooked candidate. As part of this, he's also quite commonly portrayed as being in favor of mutant rights, despite his usual antagonism towards powered individuals.
- He is absolutely committed to truth in reporting. Despite his hatred of Spidey, Jameson has always refused to use fake images in his newspaper. And though he is always the first to accuse Spider-Man of crimes, he's also usually the first to retract his statement when he is proven wrong, at one point remarking that he believes that claiming Spidey to be a menace prevents him from actually becoming one.
- Despite his dislike of the superhero community (which can border on outright hatred Depending on the Writer), Jameson grew up reading Captain America comic books, and Cap is frequently portrayed as the one superhero that Jameson will not launch campaigns against.
- Note that this is mostly a modern facet; old-school JJJ pretty much hated all superheroes equally, Cap not excepted◊. The man would pick fights with the Fantastic Four if Spidey wasn't around.
- One Punisher / Spider-Man comic has Peter call the Bugle to ask if they're interested in pictures of a Nazi preacher named Hartmann, since he doesn't want to waste film on pictures they won't buy. JJJ instantly grabs the phone and yells at him to take pictures, claiming he hates him more than Spider-Man.Jonah: We didn't fight WWII to put up with his brand of @%$# now!
- He's also outright disgusted with Graydon Creed's anti-mutant platform during his attempted Presidential campaign.
- When Jameson expresses sorrow over Jean DeWolff's death, Robbie points out that Jameson didn't even like her. Jameson retorts, "I didn't like JFK either. That doesn't mean someone I don't like deserves to get killed.".
- Fan Disillusionment: Along with the rest of his generation. Jameson, like everyone else he knew, grew up loving Bucky, Captain America's sidekick, and pretty much the original sidekick. Everyone wanted to be Bucky. Then he died, and nobody wanted to be Bucky. It not only disillusioned Jameson's fandom in regards to Bucky (who everyone, even Jameson, still holds in high regard), but the entire concept of teenage superheroes.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride.
- He generally believes that the right side of any argument is the side he's on. This usually shows in regards to his hatred of Spider-Man. He reports time and again that the wall-crawler is a "menace", and is regularly forced to print retractions, damaging the Bugle's credibility and his reputation.
- He has a bad habit of overestimating his own nobility. During a trip to the past, he told his younger self Spider-Man's secret identity, in hopes that it would make him go easier on him. Instead, the younger Jameson quickly started planning a cover story based around that fact, one which the past Green Goblin saw when he confronted Jameson.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as a dime-a-dozen reporter looking for a big score, and worked his way up to being the editor and owner of the Bugle and head of the biggest media outlet in the city.
- Freudian Excuse: His stepfather seemed like a big hero in public. Decorated War Veteran, likable guy....behind closed doors he beat the tar out of Jonah and his mother. This convinced Jonah that there WERE no real heroes and that every hero had something to hide.
- Future Loser: Ends up as one according to Miguel O'Hara, the Spider-Man of the year 2099. While Spider-Man ends up becoming a legendary figure, Jameson ends up a forgotten nobody who gets lost in obscurity.
- George Jetson Job Security: A running gag with Peter getting fired by him every time he gets angry, which is of course pointless since Peter has been, with a few brief exceptions, a freelancer for most of the comics run.
- Grandfather Clause: His position as the man behind Spider-Man's Hero with Bad Publicity status is a pretty solid case of this. In the 60s when the character was created, news and information were controlled by big newspaper and media companies like the Daily Bugle; there was no other place to go to for information, so people would have little choice but to seriously consider Jameson's articles that bashed Spidey; there was nobody else printing contradictory articles. In the modern era, the proliferation of social media would drastically undercut Jameson's articles, with Spidey's daily heroics becoming prime fodder for YouTube and similar media-sharing sites, thus making Spidey-bashing far less believable — and thus less profitable — than it would have been in the days when the comics started. This may be why some adaptations are changing Jameson's relationship with Spider-Man, and/or the root cause behind his ultimate departure from the Bugle in the modern main-canon comics.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: You do not want to get on Jonah's bad side. Unfortunately, it's hard not to.
- Happily Married: To Marla, a scientist who created the new type of Spider-Slayer before she was killed by Alistar Smythe. Was apparently with his first wife too.
- Hates Everyone Equally: And is a staunch supporter of equal rights as a result, since nobody has any privilege over his loathing.
- Heroic BSoD:
- After Spencer Smythe shackled Spidey and Jonah together with a bomb. As time was about to run out, Jonah cracked under the pressure. Spidey naturally saved the day in the nick of time, but Jonah realizes that the man he hates most has seen him at his most vulnerable. Already reeling from the supposed death of his son, Jonah launches a new anti-Spidey campaign and appears to be having a nervous breakdown. It would later be revealed he was being pushed over the edge by Jonas Harrow, though.
- He gets another one when Spencer's son, Alistar, kills his wife Marla. By this point, Jonah knows he utterly messed up and tries to better himself towards Spidey.
- Hidden Depths:
- From his verbal tirades against Spider-Man and his own staff, you'd never know how much Jonah loves his family or how much he values those that work for him. He's also a staunch supporter of human and civil rights for everybody, black, gay, mutant, whatever. Heck, he even paid Peter's legal bills during The Clone Saga (secretly, of course).
- One What-If even tied his support of civil rights and his hatred of Spider-Man together: in his youth, he performed life-risking investigations on the Ku Klux Klan, which sparked a lifelong distrust of all masked vigilantism.
- Immoral Journalist: Zig-zagged. He constantly runs articles that defame Spidey, making him out to be the bad guy working with the supervillains because it drives up sales and because of his personal vendetta against masked individuals. However JJJ is also mentioned to be a crusading journalist when not covering Spider-Man, and has won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work. He's also fiercely protective of his staff despite his treatment of them and has stared down more than one supervillain when they try to shake him down for information.
- Intrepid Reporter: Was a photojournalist in World War II, and worked his way up to editor in the days when the mob pretty much ran New York City. His journalistic efforts have also led him to accomplish a lot of good in ways superheroes generally can't. Exemplified in his speech to Ben Urich (who's just gotten his hand broken for investigating Kingpin) in Daredevil: Born Again;I've seen this happen plenty of times, Ben— it never fails to make me sick. Reporter gets his blood up for a story. Threatens to quit if I don't let him go for it — then suddenly loses all interest. By the way— how's the hand? Listen, Urich. There are things you don't just let happen in this racket. Number one is you never get scared away from a story. Not while you've got the most powerful weapon in the world on your side. (holds up a curled newspaper) This is five million readers worth of power. It can depose mayors. It can destroy presidents. And it's been due to get aimed at the Kingpin for years now. But it needs you to do it.
- Irrational Hatred: Jameson hates Spider-Man with such a passion that no matter how many times the superhero has saved him and his loved one over and over again, Jameson is still stubbornly convinced that he is a menace.
- Jerkass: One of Jameson's most-consistent traits is his irrational hatred of superheroes, especially masked ones.
- Jerkass Ball: Believe it or not, his actions during the New Avengers series. When the team were ready to announce themselves to the public, Captain America personally met with Jameson, asking him to go easy on Spider-Man (who was a member of the new team). Jameson seemingly agreed, yet his report on the new team involved him slandering every other member, and even adding in that Captain America had tried to get him to "cover up the truth" about Spider-Man. For someone who usually considers Captain America an exception from his anti-hero beliefs, this was low.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In Issue #39 of Nick Spencer's Spider-Man, J. Jonah Jameson argues that Spider-Man is at least in part responsible for his own bad publicity. While most other superheroes tend to work in teams and communities and are fairly open with the public, Spider-Man has a secret identity, is usually a lone wolf and frequently gets into fights with other superheroes before teaming up with them (though as Peter points out, this is very common for other Marvel superheroes). Furthermore, whenever Jameson made a false accusation against Spider-Man, the Wall-Crawler's response was never to reach out and set the record straight but rather to insult, antagonize and sometimes even threaten Jameson. Not a good look if you're trying to convince the world you aren't a public menace. Additionally, as Jameson points out, the Kingpin was able to turn half the city against Spider-Man without Jameson saying a single negative word against the Wall-Crawler.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: On his better days. Sure, he's short-tempered, tight-fisted, and an often obnoxious loudmouth, but he's also been shown as a tireless crusader supporting everything from labor union rights to mutant rights, going after organized crime figures and corrupt politicians despite repeated attempts on his life, and discreetly supporting various charities and social projects, and even hiring a good lawyer for Peter Parker when Parker was falsely accused of murder. He's been pretty much consistently portrayed as a social liberal whose ideals are wrapped in civil liberty and constitutional rights. despite the fact that he's a mean-spirited douche to the people around him.
- In the arc where Spider-Man publicly unmasked himself as Peter Parker, Jameson went so far as to refer to Parker as being like a son to him, and that he had always regarded Parker as the "last honest guy in town". What does Jameson do next? Turns around and sues the crap out of Parker for misrepresentation. Of course, he wasn't entirely unjustified in doing this; he was also later confronted by other characters about how much of a jerk he'd been to Spider-Man / Peter over the years.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: On his worse days, especially when written by Stan Lee, who preferred to depict Jonah as a Jerkass Scrooge who feels that appearing to have a heart of gold is the best way to make money. To drive this home, he was once offered a deal: if he stopped bashing Spidey every time he needed an editorial, he'd get an exclusivity deal with the New Avengers. He even got to hear Captain America tell him Spidey was a hero rather than a monster. His response? After shaking hands on the deal, he promptly went back to not only committing libel, but making accusations of bribery and digging up things like "wanted murderer" (Wolverine), "terrorist" (Spider-Woman) and "convicted drug dealer" (Luke Cage, who was framed and exonerated).
- Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: And HOW! Did anybody count the number of smear campaigns he held against the guy who is actually on his payroll?
- Mean Boss: He shouts at Peter Parker every second, complains when he brings no pictures, whines when he brings pictures in which Spider-Man looks good, underpays him and fires him every time he gets angry.
- My Greatest Failure: Jameson paid a private-eye named "Mac" Gargan to take a formula that turned him into the Scorpion in order to capture Spider-Man; Gargan was driven insane as a result, becoming more of a menace than Spidey could ever possibly be. Jameson's admitted part in creating such a monster is something that has gnawed him ever since. When the Hobgoblin blackmailed him about that fact, Jameson decided to write a public confession and resign as Editor-in-Chief, while conveniently neglecting to mentioning that he also repeated that mistake in indirectly creating the Fly, and that he was involved in attacking Spider-Man with various Spider-Slayers.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Jameson gets involved in a time travelling adventure with Spider-Man, the two (along with Peter's long-lost sister) end up in an alternate future where the Osborns rule America and Peter had long retired being Spider-Man (Peter's fault - his younger self overheard his older self talk about the grief being a hero was). Seeing as the last heroes not dead or in Osborn's employ are Steve Rogers, a weakened Dr. Strange and Riri Williams, Jameson realizes that a world without Spider-Man is very bleak and that he was fighting the wrong person all this time.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: An unusual case, as Stan Lee created Jonah as an exaggeratedly cranky version of himself.
- No Questions Asked: As shown fairly early on when Peter briefly tries to sell off his photos elsewhere and the editor got very nosy, the main reason Peter keeps coming back to the Bugle and facing Johan's abuse and smear campaign is because he'll always buy his photos without pushing for how he got them very much if at all.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: After Aunt May marries JJJ's father, he becomes Peter's brother-in-law... while still publishing damaging articles against Spider-Man. While he remains as rowdy as ever, Jameson realizes just how badly he's messed up over the years after Peter reveals his identity to him. Since then, Jameson has used his radio show to praise Spider-Man instead, renouncing all of his previous defamatory statements about him in the process.
- Only Known by Initials: J.J.J.
- Pet the Dog: Has gotten a ton of these moments over the years to show that once you get past the greedy, shouting, pissed-off exterior he's not that bad a guy. In particular, even though he's a notorious, money-grubbing cheapskate, Jameson still bankrolled Peter and Mary Jane's wedding.
Jameson: The kid just needs some help.
- He's done stuff like this a lot for Peter, among other things he also provided a credit reference in order for Peter to buy his first motorcycle.
- Even Stan Lee threw him the occasional moment now and then, like sticking up for Hobie Brown in front of Hobie's boss.
- In one story, Robbie asks Jameson why he puts up with Peter's pictures, since they're pretty amateurish all things considered, and asks if Jameson ran a background check on Peter. Jameson assures him that he did, and looks at his computer, where there's an article about Ben Parker's death open.
- The Real Heroes: Jameson is not one himself, but he is a tremendous booster of "ordinary" heroes like police officers and soldiers, like his son John.
- Reality Ensues:
- His constant slandering of Spider-Man, often accusing him without evidence, has led to countless retractions over the years. During the 2000s, this led to the Bugle's circulation and credibility suffering greatly. Jameson was forced to create The Pulse, a new section of the Bugle, dedicated to superhero coverage. In Brand New Day, this also resulted in the Bugle being bought by one of his rivals.
- During his time as Mayor of New York, Jameson sunk a lot of tax money into funding his "Anti-Spider Squad". This slowly but surely caused public opinion to turn against him, as the citizens of New York didn't like paying extra taxes to fund the pursuit of a single man.
- Decades of chain smoking and constant, spontaneous bouts of rage do a number on a person's health. He's suffered a heart attack twice, both of which following Peter finally getting fed up and yelling back at him. After the second one, he made the effort to control his anger by repeating "I will not die before Spider-Man" whenever he was about to lose his cool.
- Secret Keeper: Learns Peter's identity during Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man 's "Interview of the Century" storyline. This, coupled with the interview itself (during which Jonah and Spidey called each other out on a ton of their issues) eventually causes JJJ to have a much better opinion of Spider-Man, but ultimately it bites him in the butt when he lets slip to Norman Osborn that he threw "Spidey's girl" off a bridge. One Eureka Moment later Osborn remembers who Peter really is.
- Selective Obliviousness: No matter how many times Spider-Man saves the day, Jonah refuses to see him as anything more than a menace. That is, until Spidey reveals his secret identity to him. Then he becomes a dedicated (if slightly sour) supporter of the webhead.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: Smoking big, smelly cigars is one of the most annoying habits of J. Jonah Jameson. Employees often call him "Chimney Lungs" behind his back, and often wonder if the habit contributes to his Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Some of My Best Friends Are X: From She-Hulk Vol. 1 #4 (in Jonah's defence, his best friend is black)...Augustus: So, Spidey, looking back at of all these personal attacks, I gotta ask... why, in your personal opinion, does Jameson have it out for you?Spider-Man: At first, I didn't really know. But over the years, and after some serious thought and soul-searching, I think I've figured it out. The real reason Jonah hates me... is because I'm black.Jameson: I-I-I didn't know... I mean... I have nothing against... I never would have... some of my best friends are... um... oh...Spider-Man: Kidding. Sorry.
- Strawman News Media: Outside his hatred of superheroes, his integrity as a journalist is unimpeachable. Heck, The Kingpin could bear down on him if the Bugle had the goods on the gangster and Jameson's first response would be to make the front page headline of the expose bigger.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: He's used his position as Mayor of NYC to carry out his crusade against Spider-Man on a whole new level. He temporarily called it off... but then Otto Octavius (during his brief occupancy of Peter's body) blackmailed him and it's back to square one.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Spidey has saved his and his loved one's lives again and again, and yet he goes right back to smearing the superhero as always.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
- Jonah commissioned the creation of the Scorpion and the Fly, both of whom went on to become supervillains who have terrorized the city. Additionally, Reed & Susan Richards' second child was stillborn because when Reed was retrieving Dr. Octopus, the only man who could help Susan give birth, one of Jonah's anti-Spiderman billboards caused the currently-medicated doctor to suffer a psychotic relapse, delaying his arrival and causing the baby to die.
- Telling his younger self Spider-Man's true identity. Though Jonah had hoped it would convince his younger self to go easy on Peter, it instead lead him to prepare a story on it. When the Green Goblin confronted the younger Jameson, he saw the early draft, and used that knowledge to attack Peter's Aunt May (which led to the younger Spider-Man quitting being a hero, resulting in a Bad Future).
- Wrong Insult Offense: When accused of spreading Malicious Slander: "It is NOT! Slander is spoken, in print, it's libel."
Joseph "Robbie" Robertson
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #51 (August 1967)
Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Bugle, and perhaps the best friend to J. Jonah Jameson.
- Arch-Enemy: He has a long conflict with the villain Tombstone, with whom he attended high school where Tombstone was a bully.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Robbie ended up in prison with Tombstone due to a judge who was on Kingpin's pay role. When Tombstone coerced him into a breakout, the two wound up in an Amish farm. After years of being terrified of Tombstone, Robbie finally decided enough was enough and stabbed Tombstone with a pitch fork. Tombstone has since dropped his vendetta against Robbie.
- The Conscience: Frequently the one to rein in Jonah when he threatens to go a bit too far in his crusade.
- George Jetson Job Security: He has been threatened with being fired a few times and in 2005, Jonah fired him and issues later went to his house to apologize and mentioned he would start to beg if he refused to take his job back.
- The Lancer: To Jonah. Robbie serves as publisher when Jameson temporarily steps down.
- Nice Guy: Compared to Jonah.
- Not So Above It All: After firing Peter, and asking him to clear out his desk, Robbie makes it a point to keep the chair Peter bought from his P.I. days. He's later seen lounging on it:Peter Parker: Not my sexy chair.
Robbie Robertson: It's the Bugle's sexy chair now, son.
- Old Shame: In-Universe. In the past, while working as a reporter in Philadelphia, Robbie witnessed Tombstone murder one of Robbie's contacts. Tombstone threatened Robertson, and the journalist fled to New York City and began working for the Bugle. He told no one of the murder he witnessed.
- Parental Substitute: He has often served as one for Peter and Spider-Man, being a more kindly and encouraging father figure at the Bugle than he is used to. Most notably, during The Night Gwen Stacy Died, Peter went to Robbie for help in finding Osborn, and Robbie is the only one Peter, in his revenge-fueled fury is kind to.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Robertson is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle. Unlike Jonah, Robbie tries his best to remain objective towards Spider-Man. Robbie is also the only Bugle employee who does not fear the wrath of his boss and is ready to stand up to him on editorial matters.
- He tries also with Dexter Bennett, who turns the Bugle into a scandalous, muck-raking rag. After learning the DB was indirectly responsible for the deaths of several people whose scandal was exposed by the paper, he quit. Robertson becomes the editor for Ben Urich's newspaper, Front Line, that later becomes the new Daily Bugle.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jonah's very, very, red one.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
Robbie: You spent years stoking public sentiment against them, Jonah! Years! It might as well have been your finger on the trigger! And it's my fault, too, because I wasn't able to stop you! "He hosed us for years". My God, Jonah, what were you, stupid? Blind? How could you not have known? How many "coincidences" were needed for Peter and Spider-Man to have been two different people? It's insane. Occam's Razor, Jonah. Simplest explanation. And you must have known it deep down. Must have. I know I did. But you loved the circulation boost. You loved the money. So you chose not to think about it. Didn't look too closely. Look now! Look, dammit! Look at what's on that screen! That's not a story or circulation booster or dollar signs! That's a man and a co-worker and maybe even, Heaven forbid, a friend, and he's in a world of pain! So how about, just for once, we don't add to it. But you do what you want. You're the boss, after all.
- He gives one to Jameson after Aunt May is shot by an assassin who was aiming for Peter.
- He also gives a subdued one to Peter after the fallout over Parker Industries' collapse, when Peter comes to the Bugle to complain about an unflattering article he wrote, with Robbie blaming Peter for the damage done to thousands of working-class households. However, the speech does have some problems of its own since Peter explicitly points out the article omits a lot of the positive things he did with PI and the context of his dismantling of it (Peter did so to prevent HYDRA from usurping the company and all of the technology through their new member the Superior Doctor Octopus. although in the end Peter just agrees with Robbie's assesment that he was in way over his head.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: For decades before Civil War, it had long since been implied that Robbie knew who Spider-Man was, but didn't say anything due to being in the awkward position of paying Peter for taking pictures of himself for years.
- Shipper on Deck: For Peter and MJ, most famously in Issue #142, when Peter and MJ say their goodbyes at the airport and then make out for several panels while Robbie has the biggest "About damn time" grin on his face.
- Token Minority: He was one of the first African-American characters in comics to play a serious supporting role, rather than act as comic relief.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: During the period when he took over as head editor of the Bugle, he almost became as abusive as Jonah. This turned out to be caused by the stress of Tombstone reappearing in his life and blackmailing him.
Elizabeth "Betty" Brant
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #4 (September 1963)
First Appearance: Daredevil #153 (July 1978)
Urich is a chain-smoking, tough-as-nails investigative journalist for the New York newspaper The Daily Bugle. Urich deduced the secret identity of Daredevil and has used him as a source of information and vice versa. To a lesser extent, he has a similar relationship with Spider-Man, whose alter ego Peter Parker was a photographer for the Bugle who occasionally accompanied Urich on assignments. Urich has used these connections to expose supervillains posing as businessmen including Kingpin and Green Goblin.
See Daredevil Allies for more info.
Edward "Ned" Leeds
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #18 (November 1964)
- Roderick Kingsley: Hello, do-gooders! And welcome to phase-three of the Kingsley Program, or as I like to call it, our "Ned Talks", an elite and underground series of lectures named after my good friend, Ned Leeds, the first successful person to ever take part in the Roderick Kingsley Program.
Ned Leeds was a Daily Bugle reporter whom Roderick Kingsley brainwashed into becoming the Hobgoblin until his eventual demise.
- Adaptational Villainy: Appears in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride, in which he's depicted as being pure evil as opposed to being brainwashed.
- Brainwashed and Crazy / Frame-Up: When Spider-Man battles the Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley), Ned follows him to the villain's hideout. Hobgoblin captures and brainwashes him into becoming the third Hobgoblin, deciding it would be better to have a scapegoat in case he is unmasked. Ned's regular brainwashings by Kingsley cause his marriage and professional relationships to fall apart.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Was this for a while shortly after his and Betty's marriage to Peter, falsely believing Betty and Peter were having an affair behind his back, to the point that he began physically threatening Peter if he ever went near her. For extra points, Peter was actually starting to show interest in the Black Cat around that time.
- Killed Off for Real: Ned and Peter Parker go on an assignment in Berlin and Leeds is murdered by the Foreigner at the request of Jason Macendale, who replaces him as the Hobgoblin.
- Legacy Character: Was believed to have been the original Hobgoblin for some time. Years later, Spider-Man and Betty subsequently provoking Hobgoblin into confessing his role in framing Ned and clear his name.
- Retcon: For much of the 80's and 90's it was believed in-universe and out that Leeds was the original Hobgoblin. Then, after Ned's death, Mr. Kingsley was revealed to have been the original all along.
- The Rival: He and Peter Parker compete for the affections of Betty Brant, but Parker drops out of the running when he realizes that Brant won't be able to accept his double identity as Spider-Man. Leeds and Brant are married shortly after.
Gloria "Glory" Grant
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #140 (January 1975)
- "Out-of-site! You're a photographer, and I'm a model. Fate has thrown us together, baby. My name's Gloria Grant. You can call me Glory."
Initially a neighbor of Peter Parker. Peter then helps her secure a position as J. Jonah Jameson's secretary at the Daily Bugle, replacing Betty Brant.
- Alliterative Name: Gloria "Glory" Grant.
- Demonic Possession: She was a victim of this, courtesy of Calypso, in her plan to revive her true body. Fortunately, after Calypso succeeded, she left Glory alone.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Her former lover Carlos Lobos was both a mobster and a mutant werewolf, and even after she found about it, she could live with it; until he was killed in a mob war between his gang and The Kingpin's.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: When Glory was looking for a job, Peter took her to apply for the job as Jameson's secretary. When they arrived, Jonah had just fired Betty's latest replacement, and was in an even worse mood than usual. He took Glory into his office to interview her in private...and she somehow not only managed to convince Jameson to hire her on the spot, but put him in a good mood.
- Sexy Secretary: Took Betty Brant's place as the Bugle's secretary.
- When Jameson becomes Mayor of Manhattan, Glory becomes one of his aides. However, she later quit his administration when she saw that Jameson would never end his personal vendetta against Spider-Man.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Finally does this to J. Jonah Jameson during the "Goblin Nation" arc of Superior Spider-Man when Jameson prioritizes using the Spider-Slayers on Spidey over using them to get rid of the Goblins. She quits on the spot in protest.Glory: Jonah! Are you serious? The city's under attack. Peter could be dead... and all you care about is some old vendetta?!Jonah: Glory—Glory: No. Don't even. I'm done, Jonah. With this administration... and with you! Your wife's dying wish was for you to let go of your hate. If you won't do it for her... you never will.
First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man #50 (May 1989)
A sleazy tabloid paparazzi with no morals who specialized in making celebrities, including Spider-Man, look bad.
- Fat Bastard: A fat and jerk photographer.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He was known for his immoral way of doing journalism and had various fights with people, inside and outside the Daily Bugle. Everybody hated him, except for Cynthia Bernhammer, Robbie's attorney, who had an affair with him (and even she wondered why she was with him at one point).
- Immoral Journalist: Unlike Jameson, who still held some journalistic integrity even at his worst, Nick would stoop to any low to get paid, and enjoyed every second of it.
- Jerkass: While not evil, Katzenberg was sleazy, immoral, and generally unpleasant.
- Karmic Death: Due to his constant smoking, Nick was diagnosed with lung cancer, which would ultimately kill him.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Peter. His rivalry with Peter Parker was an excuse for him to discredit him in any way he could. This resulted in Nick attempting to blackmail Peter. He also frequently made harassing phone calls to Mary Jane.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: He later eventually lost a battle to lung cancer, brought about by his many years of smoking. It was the sad, sorry, deteriorating state he was in during his final moments that helped convince Mary Jane to give up her smoking habit.
First Appearance: ''The Amazing Spider-Man" Vol 1 #575. (December 2008)
Norah Winters is a young reporter who just started out at the Daily Bugle. Her first assignment was with Peter Parker.
- The Bus Came Back: After getting fired from the Bugle during the Superior Spiderman series, Nora suffered a long absence from Spidey's world, but eventually returned in Nick Spencer's run.
- Career Versus Man: When, during Spider-Island, Randy fought off the Hobgoblin (with the spider-powers he had acquired), Norah stayed on the sidelines to film the fight. Randy was angry that Norah put her career before their relationship and broke up with her.
- Character Development: Once she fell she was not seen as a real reporter, but more as a pretty face, making her even more determined to become a really good journalist.
- Deadpan Snarker: She seems to like sarcastic humor and Peter is usually the target of her jokes.
- Genki Girl: She has a spontaneous and outgoing personality, often bringing a smile to the people she meets.
- Intrepid Reporter: Norah's nosy and unusual personality sometimes gets her into trouble, but this is also what made her such a good reporter.
- Romantic False Lead: To Peter Parker during the Brand New Day. She was often flirtatious with him while they worked together, but later began dating Randy Robertson, son of Robbie Robertson, editor of the Daily Bugle.
- Transplant: She appeared in The Punisher run by Greg Rucka where, reporting on a crime scene, helped Frank when he was wounded after a fight.
- Trauma Conga Line: In Superior Spiderman, Norah along with the rest of the Daily Bugle staff, learn from a television broadcast from Spider-Man (Otto Octavius) that his boyfriend Phil Urich is the new Hobgoblin. After Spider-Man goes to the Daily Bugle and forces him to expose himself to confirm this is true, Phil takes her hostage. Norah is able to break free, allowing Spider-Man to subdue him. However, as this incident had stained the Bugle's reputation (due to once again unknowingly hiring a criminal into their ranks), Robbie Robertson had no choice but to fire Norah from the Bugle's staff because of her affiliation with Phil.