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Jeremiah Ecks

Subj: Re: How many "normal" supporting characters are left?
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 at 05:55:24 pm EST (Viewed 112 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How many "normal" supporting characters are left?
Posted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 at 04:36:10 pm EST (Viewed 123 times)

Thanks for the additional list! Some comments:


    I've got a few I think (maybe others have mentioned, sorry):

    * Dr. Swann and Anne Marie Baker: Swann was a professor at ESU who was Peter's mentor. Anne Marie was his lab assistant and colleague to Peter. Neither really did much of note, except Swann had brief involvement with the Cosmic Spidey stuff.

    * Kristy Watson: Someone else may have covered her. I suppose she's on risky ground because she almost dated Colossus!

For the purposes of this thread I don't count people just dating a superpowered person.

    * The other Watsons: Philip, Ma Watson, Sara \(\?\) , the kids etc.

MJ's mother Madeline was already dead before Peter first laid eyes on Mary Jane. Her sister's name is Gayle, Gayle's sons are Kevin and Tommy, their deadbeat father is Timmy Byrnes. No super-connections AFAIK (except, of course, to Spider-Man, but those do not count for the purposes of this thread).

A few other of MJ's relatives also appeared or were mentioned, again AFAIK without super-connections, most notably her Uncle Spencer, who performed the wedding ceremony in ASM Annual #21 (a character originally created for the newspaper strip).

    * Angela Yin: Hmm. Maybe not, her sister was one of the Dragonflys.

    * Cole Cooper: A suspect for being F.A.C.A.D.E. He appeared in the books as a photographer after the event and was clearly being placed not only as a suspect but, ironically, a Lance Bannon style foil.

    * Billy Walters: Major new supporting cast member who joined post-Clone Saga and was written out in favour of 'classic' stories when the relaunch happened. He had nothing to do with villains IIRC and simply moved away.

    * Cissy Ironwood: Dated Peter a few times. She was a generic love interest penned by Claremont who didn't want to use Marcy Kane as it was about that time.

Cissie Ironwood actually made her debut (in MTU #80) two months before Marcy Kane. The way I read it, Cissie was created so that Claremont (and other writers of Marvel Team-Up) could write scenes where Peter has to run out on a date without having to refer to what was going on in the other two Spider-books. In MTU #79, for instance, Mary Jane had been shown kissing Peter under the mistletoe while Marv Wolfman on ASM and Mantlo on PPSSM still were pursuing Peter's affair with Betty Leeds. (To make matters worse, ASM was edited by a different guy (Wolfman) than MTU and PPSSM (Milgrom)).

    * Do the Daily Grind cast count - Desiree, Buzz, etc.?

I don't see why not, but they have been in limbo an awful long time.

    * There was that neighbour that Ben Reilly had, who people mistook IRL for Joystick for years. Who was she again?

Sorry, just plain forgot.

    Any more for any more?

    -Jeremiah Ecks,
    who would like you to think about the future, Eckart.

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