Amazing Spider-Man: Guide of the Dead

#1 Posted by sora_thekey (8175 posts) - - Show Bio

It is clear that the psychological nightmare that Peter Parker had in Amazing Spider-Man #655 struck a chord in the readers. This issue dwelt into what "Power and Responsibility" really meant, especially since Spider-Man has seen so much death. During this dream sequence we saw a sea of people, I am sure that you didn't recognize all of these people so Marvel.com did an awesome thing of letting us know who they all were:


In the midst of the story, the duo presented their masterpiece: a mind-bending two page spread (right) by Martin in which Spider-Man stumbled through his psychedelic dreamscape searching for Marla to give him absolution and along the way encountering the other friends, family, allies and lovers he’s lost over the years. With the help of Dan Slott, we now present a comprehensive guide to the characters featured in this sequence, including when and how they met their demise.

Top row, left to right 
 
Sally Avril
First Appearance
: Amazing Fantasy #15
Death: Untold Tales of Spider-Man #13
A high school classmate of Peter Parker’s who turned him down for a date then later adopted the costumed identity Bluebird in hopes of becoming Spider-Man’s sidekick; killed in a car accident speeding to the sight of a battle involving Spider-Man to take photographs. 
 
Nick Katzenberg
First Appearance:
Web of Spider-Man #50
Death: Off-Panel
Daily Bugle photographer with low moral character who once attempted to blackmail Peter Parker, but also developed an odd friendship with him; died from lung cancer brought on by years of cigarette smoking. 
 
Nathan Lubensky
First Appearance:
Spectacular Spider-Man #47
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #336
Retirement home resident who met, fell in love with and became engaged to Peter Parker’s Aunt May; killed by The Vulture while helping Spider-Man save May, whom the villain had taken hostage.
 
Unnamed Waitress
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #559
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #560
Waitress who filed a lawsuit against actor Bobby Carr after he lost his temper with her and was killed by his super-power stalker, Paper Doll.
 
Captain George Stacy
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #56
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #90 
Heroic police captain, father to Peter Parker’s girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, and a paternal mentor to Peter himself; killed saving a child from falling debris during a fight between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, revealing to Peter he knew his secret identity and asking him to take care of Gwen with his last words.
 
Right-hand middle section, top to bottom
 
Billy Connors
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #6
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #631 
Son of Doctor Curtis Connors, aka The Lizard; killed by The Lizard, who was attempting to subvert the Connors persona. 
 
Martha Connors
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #6
Death:
Spider-Man Quality of Life #4  
Wife of Doctor Curtis Connors, aka The Lizard; died from complications during an operation after contracting terminal cancer. 
 
Jackpot I
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man Free Comic Book Day #1
Death:
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #35
Alana Jobson, powerless vigilante who acquired a super hero registration identity and fought crime alongside Spider-Man; died from an overdose of Mutant Growth Hormone, which she was taking in order to simulate powers.
 
Lisa Parfrey
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #550
Death:
Amazing Spider-Man #551 
New York City mayoral candidate; killed by Menace, who was seeking to secure the position for her father, Bill Holister, without his knowledge.
 
Sean Rockwell
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #560
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #560
Corrupt manager of actor Bobby Carr who was secretly supplying DB publisher Dexter Bennett with his whereabouts in order to provide invasive coverage; killed by Paper Doll.
 
Bottom row, left to right
 
The Scarlet Spider
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #149
Death: Spider-Man #75
Ben Reilly, a clone of Peter Parker who had both his own costumed identity and also briefly became Spider-Man while Peter was retired; killed in battle by Norman Osborn, aka The Green Goblin, and combusted afterwards due to his unstable genetic makeup.
 
Kaine
First Appearance:
Web of Spider-Man #118
"Death": Amazing Spider-Man #635
Imperfect clone of Peter Parker who served as both an enemy and ally to him and Ben Reilly over the years; took Peter’s place and sacrificed his life to the Kraven Family to buy Spider-Man time, but unbeknownst to anybody, apparently survived.
 
Ned Leeds
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #18
Death: Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1
Reporter for the Daily Bugle, husband of Betty Brant, and sometime rival to Peter Parker; framed as the original Hobgoblin and killed by agents of The Foreigner, hired by Jack O’Lantern to secure the villainous identity for himself.
 
Tim Hammond
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #248
Death: Off-Panel
Young boy suffering from leukemia that claimed to be Spider-Man’s biggest fan and got to meet his hero—who told him his origin and even unmasked—shortly before his death. 
 
Spider-Woman III
First Appearance:
Spectacular Spider-Man #262
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #634
Mattie Franklin, young woman with similar powers to Spider-Man who donned her own costume and took over the Spider-Woman identity; sacrificed by Sasha Kravinoff to bring her son, Vladimir, back from the dead. 
 
Frederick Foswell
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #10
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #52
Daily Bugle reporter who became the criminal Big Man, but later reformed; stepped in front of a bullet intended for Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson out of gratitude for having received a second chance. 
 
Lance Bannon
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #208
Death: Web of Spider-Man #11
Daily Bugle photographer and Peter Parker’s chief professional rival; killed by the villain F.A.C.A.D.E after learning his or her secret identity.
 
Gwen Stacy 
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #31
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #121
Peter Parker’s longtime girlfriend and perhaps the love of his life; kidnapped by The Green Goblin and thrown off the Brooklyn Bridge, her neck snapped when Spider-Man attempted to save her.
 
The Bookie
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man Free Comic Book Day #1
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #582
John Ladue, fixture at the Bar With No Name who took bets on superhuman conflicts; attempting to repay a debt to Spider-Man, who had saved his life, The Bookie ran afoul of police officers attempting to frame the hero for a murder spree and was killed to keep him quiet.
 
Captain Jean DeWolff
First Appearance:
Marvel Team-Up #48
Death: Spectacular Spider-Man #107
New York Police Captain and public supporter of Spider-Man, the only one he had on the force; shot by her unbalance lover Sergeant Stanley Carter, aka the Sin-Eater, who had become unhinged following the death of his partner and felt Jean represented the system that had allowed the crime.
 
Ezekiel

First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #471
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #508
A wealthy man endowed with mystical spider powers that mentored Peter Parker and attempted to help him develop his connection to his own abilities; nearly sacrificed Peter to supernatural beings in order to keep his powers, but changed his mind and gave his own life instead.
 
Oksana Sytsevich
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #617
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #625
Waitress who fell in love with and married the original Rhino; killed by the new Rhino to lure his reformed predecessor out of retirement.
 
Bennet Brant
First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man #11
Death: Amazing Spider-Man #11
Brother of Betty Brant who owed a gambling debt to criminal Blackie Glaxton; shot during a fight between Glaxton’s gang, Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man.

Facing forward
 
Charlemagne
First Appearance:
Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1
Death: Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1 
Skilled mercenary and assassin who was among Wolverine’s best friends; on the run, “Charlie” sought a quick death by interjecting herself into a fight between Wolverine and Spider-Man, taking a punch meant for the former by the latter, and becoming the only person Peter Parker has ever killed.


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#2 Posted by kadosho_16bit (76 posts) - - Show Bio

I just read the TPB edition of this book. And I still get the chills looking back at that "silent" issue. Including the past of those lost.. its a shame Peter still blames himself after all these years. Even with his "second chance", those feelings never go away.

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