DEAD NO MORE

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This is a teaser from Marvel, which I'd normally just throw away. But this one raised a question: Does it look to anyone else that the people who might not be dead any more are all Spider-Man characters? I think I see Uncle Ben, Captain Stacy and Frederick Foswell (in the slouch hat). I don't know who the mother and son (?) are, but I bet I could dig through Spidey history and find a likely pair.

What do y'all think? Is my imagination running away from me?

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I think you're right about them all being Spider-characters: that's Jean DeWolff between Uncle Ben and Stacy. If slouch hat is Foswell he's in his Big Man outfit. (Did anyone else ever wear that?) The guy on the extreme right might be Ned Leeds. The woman next to him might be Marla Jameson, but she was a brunette, or Charlie from Spider-Man vs. Wolverine #1,(1) but she was a redhead. The woman and child are likely Martha and Billy Connors. I don't know what that whip thing next to the boy is, or even who's holding it.

(1) She was a one-off character who Spider-Man accidentally killed. She wanted to die and snuck up behind him so he'd hit her.

The thing Spidey's fighting might be some version of Doc Ock's arms.

Um. ..if all the significant Spidey dead characters are there....where's Gwen?

There are shadows between Uncle Ben and DeWolff and DeWolff and Stacy which I think are further people following behind.

Another teaser came in today, which I've added above.

The rope looks like it is held by Slouch Hat. If it is a whip, then could it be Montana of the Enforcers?

  I'm a bit confused about the status of Gwen.  Is she actually alive, dead, cloned, alternate reality person with spider powers?  

Richard Mantle said:

Um. ..if all the significant Spiney dead characters are there....where's Gwen?

I'm referring to 'real/original Gwen' - who I think is still dead..?

Mark S. Ogilvie said:

  I'm a bit confused about the status of Gwen.  Is she actually alive, dead, cloned, alternate reality person with spider powers?  

Richard Mantle said:

Um. ..if all the significant Spidey dead characters are there....where's Gwen?

I've added two more teasers that have arrived in the last two days. I think they may answer all our questions, in that it sure does seem to be all Spidey characters, and yes, Gwen Stacy is there, too.

As to Slouch Hat, I had considered Montana of the Enforcers, but decided that since Fancy Dan and the original Ox were dead and not there, it would be a strange preference. But now I think I was being too persnickety. He was probably picked for the teaser for being visually distinct, and there's no reason the other Enforcers couldn't be in the pack somewhere.

I guess I've always had a soft spot, too, for Foswell. He was a fascinating character back in the day, because Stan kept his options open so he could jump in any direction at any time -- and did. I don't know what more they could do with him now, as his story is essentially told. It's just nostalgia now.

Incidentally, as I've said before, over the years Spider-Man's supporting cast has been almost eliminated by one writer after another looking for cheap drama. As these teasers indicate, Spidey's got a LOT of dead characters!

It's weird for me, thinking of George Stacy as dead. I've only ever seen him in the Spider-Gwen books, where he's alive and well.

When Captain Stacy was killed back in the '60s, I thought it was a mistake, because he was an interesting character. But it was another in a series of artificial obstacles to keep Peter and Gwen from getting married. Finally, they just killed her to end the dilemma, which if they'd planned from the start, I believe they'd have kept Captain Stacy around. In the end, they wiped out the whole family.

It's interesting to me, because I imagine the Stacys have an entirely different meaning for me as characters than they do for you.  I'm enjoying the world they're building up on Earth-65, and I fear they may someday decide that the character has to move to Earth-616 for some reason.

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