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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ASM 50 question
    Date: 3/4/2003 9:06:00 PM  

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>Quick question though. I thought JMS had told us last year that he
>could not resolve the Peter/MJ separation, that Kevin Smith insisted
>that he be the one to do that. So what changed?

I quote Kevin Smith in an interview given to


"I could be wrong, and maybe folks are just lying all over the place to Poor,
Misinformed me, but I was told JMS had no real concrete plans for Peter and
Mary Jane. He cleared the decks of all the supporting characters on his Amazing
run to concentrate on that first storyline with the guy who wants to eat
Spider-Man - whose name escapes me at the moment. I realize his intention was
to slowly work the supporting cast back into the book, but I was always led to
believe that Mary Jane wasn't his primary concern. If she is, then Good Lord,
he's welcome to her.

"JMS, if you're out there reading, and you want to handle the Mary Jane/Peter
"We're married, but not really" hot potato, brother: do it with my blessing.
Because the shit-storm that's gonna rise out of that cluster-**** is gonna be
big. Like when the word "Kike" showed up in the pages of Wolverine-uproar big.
Like "The Clone Saga"-uproar big."


I *was* reading, he gave his blessings, so I did it.

And, oddly, I haven't seen more than one or two mildly critical messages
anywere about this. Most everybody seems quite happy to see them together (and
at no time has anyone at Marvel ever told me not to say they were/are married).

So I"m really at a loss to understand why Kevin felt he didn't have the
wherewithal to make this work. It really hasn't been a problem.

I guess most everybody thinks it was done right, that's all.

So thanks, Kevin. Couldn't have worked out better.


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