Love and Comics: 12 Amazing Spider-man Wedding Covers

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Rounding off our final week before the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming is this week’s Love and Comics article featuring the wedding covers of the amazing Spider-Man! Nearly all of these covers feature his red-headed lady love, Mary Jane Watson, with a few exceptions here and there. Although it isn’t confirmed, Spider-Man has to have one of the highest amount of wedding covers in Marvel comics with some being created within the last few months. The wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson is essential to the evolving storyline of Spider-Man. Shifting his focus from crime-fighting to husband duties, Peter Parker has succeeded and failed in some rights. This week we’ll take a closer look at these wedding themed covers of the amazing, incredible, and friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 Annual #21 (Wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson)

This was the original annual that inspired countless homages within Marvel cover history. The wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson was an issue filled with cold feet and near misses. Throughout the issue Parker worries about whether or not he will be able to provide for Mary Jane as well as the potential dangers he could put her through. Meanwhile, MJ runs into one of her ex-boyfriends who pressures her into breaking off the wedding in exchange for a romantic elopement to Paris. In the end, Parker and Mary Jane come together after reminiscing about their past memories and romance. They are wed by Judge Spencer Watson and they take MJ’s ex-boyfriends plane tickets and use it as their honeymoon. One of the key covers to the Love and Comics collection, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 is an essential to any Spider-Man collection.

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 Annual #21 (Wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson)

Another beautiful thing about this cover is that there was a non-costumed variant cover along with the original. One of the most underrated facts about this cover is that the Mary Jane Watson’s dress was designed by a real life American fashion designer, Willi Smith. In the late 1980’s, Willi Smith was renowned as one of the most successful African-American fashion designers in America. Smith opened his very own company named Williwear Limited. Among his many accolades some of his more notable achievements have been his fashion influence on the movie School Daze, the design of Edwin Schlossberg’s (Caroline Kennedy’s husband) suit, and his role as a costume designer on Secret Pastures. The beauty in Willi Smith’s designs resonate and live on in Marvel comics history with this timeless cover. The issue goes into great detail about how Smith designed the famous wedding dress.

Marvel Zombies Vol 1 #5 (Wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson – Zombie Homage)

One of the most memorable homages to the ASM Annual #21 is this cover from volume one of Marvel Zombies. Written by Robert Kirkman, Marvel Zombies is set on Earth – 2149 where alternate versions of major superheroes have been infected with a virus causing them to eat each other. In the first volume, the Silver Surfer arrives to their earth with news of Galactus’ arrival. Driven mad by hunger the super-hero zombies devour the Silver Surfer, gaining his cosmic force, but are unable to devour Galactus. It isn’t until Bruce Banner develops a device that empowers their cosmic force that they are able to harm Galactus turning him into a giant zombie. The cover artist for a majority of the Marvel Zombies series comes from Arthur Suydam.

What If? Vol 2 #21 (Spider-Man and Black Cat)

In the alternate realities of What If? comes the story line of what would happen if Spider-Man decided to marry the Black Cat instead of Mary Jane Watson. In part one of this story, Mary Jane is almost murdered by one of Spider-Man’s enemies. This leads Parker to believe that Mary Jane Watson will always be in danger and decides not to marry her. Instead he begins to fall in love with another masked vigilante that could possible hold her own, the Black Cat. In this story arc, Spider-Man and Black Cat elope to Niagara Falls to be married under the psuedonym’s of Peter Palmer and Felina Harvey. At first the couple seem excited about their new marriage but Parker comes to realize that the Black Cat loves Spider-Man, and in a sense she just tolerates the alter ego of Peter Parker. In the end, the Black Cat sacrifices herself to save Mary Jane Watson from a gun shot, but dies from her injury. After losing both MJ and Felicia, Parker finds solace and comfort in the vigilante gun for hire, Silver Sable.

 The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows Vol 1 #3 (Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson) 

Featured in this cover is the first family of web-slinging: Peter Parker, MJ, and their daughter Annie. In this series the multiverse undergoes massive destruction combining heroes from Earth 616 and 1610. In the end their worlds are turned into an amalgam of a dimension known as Battleworld. Renew Your Vows takes place in a universe where costumed heroes have been hunted down by a group of super-villains known as the Regent. The remaining heroes of the time had to go into hiding in order to save their families. It wasn’t until Annie Parker got into some trouble with some Regent thugs that Peter Parker had to return as Spider-Man. Currently on it’s second volume, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows follows the lives of Spider-Man and his crime fighting family.

Spider-Man Vol 2 #14 (Miles Morales and Gwendolyne Stacy) 

The fifth issue to the six-part series titled Sitting In A Tree, Spider-Man #14 shows the potential future of Miles Morales and Earth-65’s Spider-Woman. Miles Morale’s father, Jefferson Davis re-enlisted back into the intelligence agency of S.H.I.E.L.D. in exchange for Mile’s protection. Suddenly, Davis disappears without a trace. Maria Hill sends Spider-Man (Miles Morales) to find his father. She gives him a dimension-hopping device that allows him to search the multiverse for his missing father. Along the way he runs into Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy of earth-65) and enlists her assistance in their rescue mission. In this issue, they accidentally break the dimension-hopping device causing them to rapidly transition between universes such as Spider-Man Noir’s world as well as the Marvel Zombie universe.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows Vol 2 #1 (Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson)

One of the best wedding covers from The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows series is drawn by art legend Stanley “Artgerm” Lau. For the past 25 years, Stanley Lau has made his mark on the digital art front across the pop culture world. Lau has created a name for himself in his portrayal of famous characters from the many mediums of comic books and anime. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he came to become an art director and co-founder of the digital art company known as Imaginary Friends Studios. Over time his studio has put out high quality artwork and have collaborated with iconic pop culture companies such as Marvel, DC Comics, and Capcom. Lau travels the world sharing his artwork and bringing the digital art medium to the forefront. Be sure to check out his work here as well as follow him on twitter and Instagram.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows Vol 1 #1 (Mary Jane Watson)

Another renowned artist showcasing his work on The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows variants is none other than J. Scott Campbell. With almost 25 years of experience, J. Scott Campbell’s is a legend for variant covers in the comic industry. One of the most recognizable styles in the medium, Campbell’s art has become one of the most sought out pieces to add to any Spider-Man fan’s collection. The start of Campbell’s career into comics is any up and coming artists dream. Making his way to 1993’s SDCC, Campbell applied for an open talent search hosted by Jim Lee’s publishing studio Wild Storm Productions. After teaming up with Jim Lee, he eventually co-created the superhero team known as Gen. Over the years Campbell has made his way around the DC, Image, and Marvel circuits. Be sure to check out his artwork here and follow him on twitter.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows Vol 1 #1 (Mary Jane Watson) 

Adi Granov is the cover artist for this Renew Your Vows variant. Compared to the J. Scott Campbell variant, this cover showcases the more traditional dress from designer Willi Smith, but in a more updated version. The beautiful aspects of this cover are both the stoic expression of Mary Jane Watson as well as the beautiful backdrop contrasting to her white dress. A beautiful piece of art to display on the comic shelf, ASM: Renew Your Vows showcased some amazing artists for their variant covers. Adi Granov’s accolades for Marvel include his exclusive work on Iron Man: Extremis as well as one of the main concept artists for the 2008 Iron Man film. Granov has worked on numerous comics and cover for Marvel including She-Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America, and the X-men. Be sure to check out his work over on his Instagram @AdiGranov as well as on his website.

Marvel Age Vol 1 #54 (The Wedding of Mary Jane Watson and Peter Parker)

Marvel Age was a promotional comic magazine published from 1983-1994. Initially Marvel Age was a magazine sized publication featuring articles about the comic industry, exclusive interviews with creators, and preview for upcoming comics. The main attraction of this issue is an article titled “The Wedding of the Year”, a preview of the events leading up to the ASM Annual #21. The articles goes on to talk about how Stan Lee and Jim Shooter interactions leading up to the main event. Another exclusive to this issue was an article describing the dress design from Willi Smith. The issue even comes with an original design sketch from the creator as well as a fun “Mary Jane Watson Paper Doll” page showcasing some other fashionable outfits for MJ.

The Amazing Spiderman Vol 1 #131 (Aunt May and Otto Octavius)

One of the essential characters to the Spider-Man lore is none other May Reilly Parker aka Aunt May. Aunt May made her first appearance, along with Spider-Man, in Amazing Fantasy #15. One of the most supportive characters in Peter Parker’s life, Aunt May is that mother figure that has been with Parker through all of his challenges. Central to the character’s development is the fact that Aunt May has no idea that Parker is indeed Spider-Man. In this issue, Aunt May becomes romantically involved with one of Spider-Man’s worst enemies: Dr. Otto Octavius aka Doc Ock. Doc Ock decides to marry her and elope to a secret ceremony while Spider-Man’s distracted. Doc Ock’s intentions are not to marry his Aunt for love, but for the small Canadian Island with a nuclear reactor that Aunt May had suddenly inherited.

Spider-Gwen Vol 2 #1 (Gwendolyne Stacy and Peter Parker of Earth-65)

Although not an official What If? title, this variant from Hastings shows off what the world would be like if Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy were never bit by the radioactive spider. We could only imagine what life would be like for all the couples in this cover including Aunt May and Uncle Ben. One of the few covers showing a blissful Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, this issue was an homage to the What If? title series. In the actual pages of this comic, Spider-Woman is on a mysterious hunt following the return of Earth-65’s Lizard aka Peter Parker. Stacy was sure that Peter Parker had died in her arms in one of her first battles as Spider-Woman. Suddenly this new Lizard comes on the scene looking to destroy Gwen and all that she holds dear. This was a great series looking at an alternate dimension where Gwen Stacy had been the one to be bitten by the radioactive spider. Be sure to check out the on-going series of Spider-Gwen at your local retailer.

That concludes our month long look at the many loves, heartbreaks, and marriages of the Amazing Spider-Man! Be sure to check out the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters on July 7th, 2017!

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