“It’s about remembering someone so important to me I was going to spend the rest of my life with her. I didn’t know that meant she would only get to spend the rest of HER life with me.” – Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Blue
If you’ve seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by now, you’ll have realized that it doesn’t matter what form of media they’re in, Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy will always be a tragic love story. There are moments in stories that resonate with us readers for a lifetime. That tingle sensation you feel when you relive an emotional scene. It triggers all those raw emotions in your heart that you may have had no desire of relieving.
For silver age Spider-Man fans, the name Gwen Stacy instantly strikes the heart and turns even the mightiest of men into an emotional sap. For 91 issues, Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker embarked on a complicated journey, their love story. The moment Spider-Man inadvertently snaps Gwen’s neck while desperately falling to save her broke the hearts of many fans both in the film and in the comics.
But that wasn’t where their story began or ended. That’s where Spider-Man: Blue comes in.
Spider-Man: Blue recounts that beautiful story that was cut so tragically short. Written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by his longtime partner Tim Sale in 2002, Spider-Man: Blue was a 5-issue series which had a then married Peter Parker re-telling their love story to his deceased first love through a tape recorder on Valentine’s Day. The result of Spider-Man feeling blue was a romanticized reminiscing of classic Amazing Spider-Man issues during the Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and John Romita Sr. era. Make no mistake about it though, Spider-Man: Blue was far from a re-printing of silver age Spider-Man stories.
The story, narrated by Peter in a way you have never read before, differed from his usual witty and sometimes cheesy narration we’re so used to. This blue Peter Parker was one viewers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could relate to. Loeb was able to re-craft iconic moments from early issues of Amazing Spider-Man and mold it into a love story. These were iconic moments readers loved, but yet the tone was different. It became poetic. It was heavy on the heart. Everything somehow had a deeper meaning this time around.
Spider-Man: Blue was a fresh view of a tragic love story all Spider-Man fans will never forget. In 2014, this limited series has become ever more effective now that readers have experienced Gwen’s death in a feature film adaption. I’ve read Spider-Man: Blue every Valentine’s Day for six years now and the story has never ceased to bring back those emotions of love and grief I’ve associated with Peter and Gwen’s relationship. After watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I found myself holding my trade paperback copy of this love story once again. There is no greater recommendation I can approve of for a Spider-Man story. Just make sure you have tissues nearby to wipe away those tears. Do yourselves a favor Spidey-fans, you must endure and read this.