Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Gwendy Vs. MJ
This is one of the many reasons I want to draw Spider-Man at some point, and I'd try my best to get Marvel to let me do it in the 60's. I think Mary Jane works best as the aggressive bohemian type to counter Gwen Stacey's prissy daughter-of-the-police-chief look. Growing up in the McFarlane era of Spider-Man comics, it wasn't 'till I checked out the Essential volumes (particularly vol 4 and 5) that I got to see Mary Jane in go-go boots, we need to bring that back! (at one point the love generation happened and we get MJ in a fringe leather jacket, but Stan and John were only trying to keep up with the culture they can't be blamed for that.) For that reason, Marvel always tries to keep their stuff super contemporary and hip, unlike the DC universe (in masterful hands like Darwyn Cooke) which is timeless. I remember reading the first issue of Ultimate Fantastic Four, and a kid was wearing a Sum 41 shirt, way to date yourselves jerks, I put the comic down at that point.