According to CBR Comic book legends there was an unpublished Graphic Novel in the 1980s written by Bob Layton, where Spider-man romances a mob wife and that it would have implications in futures issues of Amazing Spider-man.
Should they have published it, is it something you would have read, what might the impact be to the character & could it have been successful.
As a small taster, this is what was said
Sometime in the mid 1980s, Bob Layton began work on a Spider-Man graphic novel with an excellent art team (Paul Smith on pencils and Barry Windsor-Smith on inks) that was to be a major change in Spider-Man’s life.
First of all, Layton was going to have Spider-Man get shot a number of times, making it the first time that Spider-Man had to recover from a major injury. Secondly, Spider-Man was going to be nursed back to health by the wife of a mob boss. The two of them would have an affair.
In the end, Spider-Man realizes he cannot continue their affair (after he saves her husband from a mob hit…a task he actually considers not doing).
However, either way, the graphic novel was to be a major turning point in the life of Spider-Man and would have been reflected in the pages of his monthly comic books.
The only problem was that with an art team like Paul Smith and Barry Windsor-Smith, you’re not likely to get a timely release and the book ended up getting delayed so long that Marvel had a change in Editors-in-Chief from Jim Shooter to Tom DeFalco. DeFalco felt that the story was TOO big of a change in Spider-Man’s status quo so he squelched the project.
To read his full plot for the graphic novel check out Bob Layton’s website here.
Here are a few of Smith’s pencilled pages…