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Spider-Man: Blue is a re-telling of Spider-Man's "blue period" written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale, who did it as part of a Thematic Series which also included Hulk: Gray, Daredevil: Yellow, and Captain America: White, and are better known for collaborating on the Batman comics The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, and Haunted Knight. The mini-series focuses specifically on Peter Parker's relationship with Gwen Stacy prior to her death.

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Spider-Man: Blue provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Animal Motifs: Kraven summarizes Spidey's rogues this way.
  • Betty and Veronica: Often lauded as the peak of Spider-Man's career, where he has to choose between Gwen (the Betty) and Mary Jane (the Veronica).
  • Card Board Prison: Blackie Drago gets out of prison by smuggling himself in the dirty laundry cart.
  • Character Development: Spidey saving Flash is what motivates him to join the army, and treat Peter a bit more kindly.
  • Continuity Snarl: The mini-series has several continuity errors that can be picked up on by avid readers. These include;
    • Robbie Robertson working at the Daily Bugle, despite not being introduced at that point in the original comics.
    • The circumstances of the Green Goblin losing his memory are different.
    • In this comic, Peter comes from a fight with the Rhino to meet Mary Jane Watson and take her to a fight with the Lizard. In the original comic, it was the Rhino he took MJ to meet.
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    • The fight with Blackie Drago, the second Vulture, is completely different from its original incarnation, taking place in the wrong time and under the wrong circumstances.
    • Furthermore, Drago's fight with the original Vulture was supposed to be over before Spider-Man got there.
    • The original story featured a subplot with Peter spraining his arm, passing out from the pain, and getting captured by the police, which is entirely cut.
    • It was originally Kraven's intention to attack Harry Osborn; he was not confused in his search for Spider-Man by Harry wearing Peter's aftershave.
    • However, these could be theoretically explained by the series' format of Peter narrating the story on audiotape to himself. Perhaps his emotions got his head a little clouded.
  • Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind
  • Da Editor: Good old JJJ.
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  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Both Gwen and Mary-Jane end up in one at one point in the story.
  • Destination Defenestration: Kraven, twice.
  • Dynamic Entry: HERE'S KRAVEN
  • Easy Amnesia: The original Green Goblin.
  • Egomaniac Hunter
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Justified in that Harry's dad, Norman, owns the apartment. (and is conveniently in a coma).
  • Grave-Marking Scene: The top of the bridge, once a year, on Valentines Day, a single red rose.
  • Great White Hunter
  • Hidden Villain: Who is that Great White Hunter in the shadows!?
  • Honor Before Reason: Kraven is hunting Spider-Man because Green Goblin had hired him. Despite everybody thinking he is dead, he didn't care, and had to honor the contract.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Kraven is doing so with Spider-Man.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: Rhino is beating Peter to death to the tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider".
  • Legacy Character: Blackie Drago dons the costume of the Vulture.
  • Little Black Dress: What Gwen wears to Valentine's. And wow.
  • The Lost Lenore: Gwen Stacy.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: In a platonic way, Flash to Spider-Man.
  • Most Common Super Power: Both Mary Jane and Gwen have this in spades.
  • My Greatest Failure: I Let Gwen Stacy Die.
  • Mythology Gag: When the two Vultures are fighting, Spidey has to save Flash Thompson. The way the two end up against the panorama is identical to the first Amazing Fantasy cover.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Peter goes to seek help from Curt Conners, in order to help defeat the Rhino. This exposes the good doctor to certain chemicals that trigger his transformation into the Lizard.
  • Oh, Crap!: Peter's reaction when he discovers MJ has been listening to Peter's message for Gwen the entire time. Beautifully averted when instead of getting pissed with her husband like he suspects, Mary-Jane instead asks he say hi to Gwen for her, understanding that Gwen will always be a part of Peter's life, and a reminder that she loved and lost Gwen too.
  • The Reveal: Peter's entire dialogue is actually a tape recorded message he's leaving for the deceased Gwen while remembering her.
  • Retcon: This mini suggests Kraven has had a hand in earlier Spider-Man foes' clashes with him, probably to stake out his enemy.
  • Rogues Gallery Showcase: All six issues feature a different cast member of Spidey's Rogues Gallery, a theme Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale had in their Batman series The Long Halloween and Dark Victory as well.
  • Science Hero: Aside from Green Goblin, Spidey has to use his smarts to take down his foes, because overall they outclass him.
  • Sinister Subway: Spidey faces off against the Lizard in one.
  • Sssssnake Talk: The Lizard, which isssss par for the courssssse.
  • Something Blues
  • Talking to the Dead: The Framing Device of the book, Peter's recording tapes for Gwen, serving for a Whole Series Flashback.
  • Title Drop: Not of the book itself, but of the book Spidey originated from, Amazing Fantasy.
  • The Tragic Rose: Peter leaves one on the bridge where Gwen Stacy died every year.
  • Whole Series Flashback
  • Worf Had the Flu: Peter's sick for a portion of the book.


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