MJ:We’re married to two—very special men. They’re sort of like cops, firemen and doctors. Their jobs are always demanding—and sometimes dangerous. But they do those jobs, anyway. They do them because they love us—
PETER: Thanks for being so supportive of my web thing.
MJ: I knew what I was getting into when I married you, Peter.
PETER: Yeah, but my responsibilities were supposed to change when May came along
MJ: Why don’t we just take each day as it comes, Tiger?
PETER: Sounds like a plan!
Amazing Spider-Man Family #1/Mr. and Mrs. Spider-Man #1
Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz
Why yes this is where I got the idea for the name of this blog.
I love this issue and this series in general. DeFalco shows after decades he not only can write Peter with the best of them but every other character to, particularly MJ. He also arguably writes the marriage better here than at any point in his career, which is odd considering that as we all know, the marriage is the hardest thing to right EVAH you guys!!!!!
And yet here DeFalco is writing Peter not just as a married man…but a father too, which NO ONE has ever done before (forget House of M, it was shit anyway). I say no one, he HAS written Peter as a dad in Spider-Girl (of which this a prequel to) but there Peter wasn’t also Spider-Man at the same time. Over the course of these four mere issues DeFalco shows us what he kind of was hoping for all those years ago in the 1990s when he introduced the concept of the baby and progressing Peter’s character development. More than this he shows us how it can really work and how it isn’t in all honesty THAT different to writing Peter before he was a dad.
At the same time he unearths new possibilities with the situation. Here for instance he draws some great family parallels and makes the Lizard’s situation (which was interesting like twice and then got old and repetitive many decades ago) somewhat fresh and more compelling since now there are big parallels between himself and Spider-Man.
More than this DeFalco here exemplifies something which must have been at the forefront of his head when he introduced the concept of Spidey as a father. See, despite what anyone at Marvel says, Spider-Man is now and forever about RESPONSIBILITY. And as we all know raising a kid is THE biggest responsibility anyone can ever have. Yet like many police officers, fire fighters, doctors, politicians and soldiers Peter has another set of responsibilities and another duty he owes himself to; namely those of being Spider-Man.
Hence Peter now like those aforementioned individuals must now struggle and deal with the responsibilities of being Spider-Man with those of being a father, as well as those of being a husband and holding a job. This is actually something at the very HEART of the concept of Spider-Man as the entire point of the series was seeing this man juggle his various responsibilities (initially to his Aunt or to his studies) against his responsibility of being Spider-Man. Here DeFalco simply gives Peter a new responsibility (and his responsibilities HAVE changed over the years if you look back) to deal with and because it is literally the greatest responsibility anyone can have it is in fact a set up TAILOR SUITED for the character of Spider-Man. And again as DeFalco proves, as hard as it can be it’s far from impossible to pull off.
It’s only impossible if you are Hell bent on having Spider-Man be YOUNG YOUNG YOUNG, because here we get a truly adult Peter and Mary Jane who are the sum of their experiences. God how terrible it is.
Some final points:
- I love MJ’s little speech because it sums up her experiences and situation as part of Peter’s life and WHY she totally would stick with him in spite of people’s claims that “oh, she realistically would’ve left him by now”. I mean if we’re living in the same comic book universe where Martha Connors’ husband has been turning into a literal monster and endangering her, her SON and the rest of the world and yet she stuck with him throughout all that since 1963I think we can buy that Mary Jane would stick with peter and agree to have kids with him when he’s Spider-Man.
- Ron Frenz’s art is just so beautiful. I mean that’s a Mary Jane worthy of Romita (indeed he homages MJ’s first appearance under Romita)
- I love the little sentiment at the end of taking it one day at a time
Anonymous asked: Who are your favourite Spider-Girl villains? Which character do you consider Mayday's archnemesis?
Favorite Spider-Girl villains:
Hobgoblin(I consider him to be Mayday’s archnemesis)
The Black Tarantula
jd30 asked: You look stunning as spidergirl :-)
I would say thanks but there isn’t a picture of me here as Spider-Girl. Direct that to all the lovely cosplayers whose pictures have been showcase on the blog.
nineteenninetyonenostalgia asked: I noticed posts much earlier on about who people think Mayday's main love interest should be. I wanted to flip the question and ask who you feel is Mayday's archnemesis, or who the closest thing she has to one is. I'd go for either Hobgoblin or Mayhem
Roderick Kingsley/Hobgoblin is definitely who I would consider to be Mayday’s archnemesis. He just works as a Spider-Girl villain. The twisted family dynamic between him and his twin brother is a nice contrast to May and her family.
Spider-Girl by Scott Dalrymple
Covers to Spectacular Spider-Man #220 and Spider-Girl #38
Both written by Tom DeFalco
Both feature Parker ladies (Mary Jane and Mayday respectivly) taking up the cover with enticing dialogue boxes
And both feature Mary Jane revealing she is pregnant