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Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121
The Night Gwen Stacy Died
Comic Book series: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1
Issue Number: 121

Release Date:

June, 1973

Executive Editor:

Roy Thomas

Cover Artist:

John Romita Sr.

Writer(s):

Gerry Conway

Penciler(s):

Gil Kane

Inker(s):

John Romita Sr.
Tony Mortellaro

Colourist(s):

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Letterer(s):

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Editor(s):

Roy Thomas

Previous issue:

Amazing Spider-Man #120

Next issue:

Amazing Spider-Man #122


Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #121 is the 121st issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

Plot

"The Night Gwen Stacy Died"

  • TBA

Continuity Developments

  • The original Earth-616 Gwen Stacy, dies in this issue at the hands of the Green Goblin.

Characters

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Trivia

  • When this story came out, readers were unsure if the Green Goblin already killed Gwen Stacy, or that her neck was broken by the sudden whiplash effect when Spider-Man caught her with his web. This was explained in the letter column of Amazing Spider-Man #125, where Roy Thomas wrote that "It saddens us to have to say that the whiplash effect she underwent when Spidey's webbing stopped her so suddenly was, in fact, what killed her. In short, it was impossible for Peter to save her. He could not have swung down in time; the action he did take resulted in her death; if he had done nothing, she still would certainly have perished. There was no way out."
    • In that same writing, Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas, and Stan Lee had decided that she had to die because Peter Parker was not ready for marriage, and the relationship the two had was too often off and on again.
  • Randy Robertson, Aunt May and Flash Thompson all appear on the cover but only as images in Norman Osborn's vision of madness before he returns to his Green Goblin persona.
  • Spider-Man says Norman Osborn's favorite president is George Washington. This is a joke regarding Norman's infamous love for money.
  • Spider-Man calls the George Washington Bridge because it is Norman Osborn's favorite President but it is drawn like the Brooklyn Bridge (this has been later changed to the Brooklyn Bridge in future retellings but the original story was written to include the George Washington Bridge).
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