#3 – Who Ordered the Single Spider-Man?
The average comic book reader is 20-25 years old. The average age a which child learns to read is five years old. Do the math and that means that the majority of people who’re reading new issues of Spider-Man now (not back issues, trades, or reprints) and have been for any extended period have been reading married Spider-Man the entire time. (That’s exactly where I fit in, by the way.) Mary Jane is a huge part of the Spider-Man mythos to these readers. So who were the readers calling for her to get the boot? I’m not saying they don’t exist, but I don’t recall reading or hearing about it. Except, of course, in interviews with Joe Quesada. He’s always been clear that he wanted Mary Jane out of the picture. Now, I understand that Quesada runs the Marvel Comics and that he can do what ever he wants, but surely there must be some impetus for drastically changing a character’s history other than Joe Quesada wanted it to happen. With fan backlash and even one of the most well respected writers in the business telling him it was a bad idea, he must’ve had a damn good reason to go through with it.
There’s two main reasons, that I can think of, for doing something in comics:
1-It’s what the fans want. Give people what they ask for, they’ll pay money for it.
2-There’s a good story in it. Even if people criticize at first, if the resulting story turns out to be good they’ll enjoy it.
Well, “One More Day” certainly wasn’t what the majority of Spider-Man fans wanted. That said, there had better be some damn good stories coming out of the newly established “Brand New Day” status quo.