1st Appearance: Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn

Gwen Stacy

Real Name/Alias: Gwendolyn Maxine Stacy, Spider Gwen (Marvel Universe Earth-65)

1st Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #31, December 1965

Profession: College Student

Created by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko



Harry Osborn

Real Name/Alias: Harold “Harry” Theopolis Osborn, Green Goblin, Harry Lyman

1st Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #31, December 1965

Profession: College Student, Owner/CEO of OSCORP

Affiliations:  Spider-Man

Created by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko


  • The Goblin Serum:

o   Superhuman physical abilities

o   Enhanced intelligence

o   Use of Goblin weapons

o   Glider

o   Pumpkin Bombs

o   Goblin Sparks (Electro-Blast Gloves)

o   Goblin Gases

o   Goblin Boomerang (Mechanized Bats)


Synopsis of First Appearance:  “If This Be My Destiny…!”

The tale begins with Spider-Man swinging across the city when he notices several masked individuals boarding a helicopter at an industrial plant that manufactures products of an atomic variety.  Spider-Man makes his way on board the helicopter and dukes it out with the masked thieves on board forcing the crooks to drop their ill-gotten cargo into the river below.  Spider-Man is unaware of the condition of the stolen goods as he is almost sprayed with sleep gas and must withdraw to avoid its effects. Now in the water, Spidey searches for the masked men and the cargo but comes up with nothing.  In an underwater base, a shadowy figure orders the masked men to retrieve the cargo. Spidey leaves the scene and takes off his Spider-Man get up and heads off to register for his year of college as Peter Parker. Peter then goes homes to Aunt May and out of nowhere his sickly aunt abruptly faints.

Peter calls Dr. Bromwell, who suggests that May must go to the hospital due to her condition.  Peter decides to head to Empire State University and begin his college experience. But he is so withdrawn due the condition of Aunt May that he gives the cold shoulder to two of his new classmates, Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn.  They think he is arrogant and self-centered because he received a science scholarship. Meanwhile at the Daily Bugle,  J. Jonah Jameson is low on new stories to sell his paper with and orders one of his top reporters, Frederick Foswell to go out and find a story that will gin up sales.  Foswell, disguised as Patch, hears about nuclear equipment being loaded on the harbor that evening. Wanting to know more, he gets in touch with Spider-Man and asks him to investigate.  Spidey takes the tip and notices that the same masked criminals he tussled with earlier are present at the scene.

The webslinger battles the criminals and stops the theft. The masked criminals make their way back under water. The reader learns that their boss is someone known as the Master Planner (Dr. Octopus) who is out for revenge and looking for materials to construct and atomic ray.  In another part of town two doctors finish up their medical tests on Aunt May and conclude she may not live much longer.







Lee, S., Ditko, S., & Romita, J. (2003): Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 4) (2 ed.) New York: Marvel.

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