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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.


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.
  • 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.
  • How Much Did You Hear?: In the final issue, it turns out Mary Jane has overheard Peter making the recording. Instead of being angry, however, she's very understanding, implicitly reminding her husband that he wasn't the only one who felt the pain of Gwen's death.
    MJ: Will you do me a favor Peter? Say "Hello" for me and... tell Gwen I miss her too.
  • 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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