Face it, Tiger…

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man #42, Novem­ber 1966

What hap­pened? One of the duller is­sues of early Spi­der-Man re­deems it­self on its last page with the full in­tro­duc­tion of the cocky, gor­geous Mary Jane Wat­son, long hinted at but never be­fore seen, who hits Peter Parker’s life like a can­non­ball. The first time we see her face it’s one of the most fa­mous, quotable pan­els in comics: “Face it, Tiger… You just hit the jack­pot!”

Why was it shock­ing? Be­cause the build-up to this girl had been so drawn out. Be­cause soap opera mat­tered to Spi­der-Man as much as fights ever did. Be­cause Peter had wor­ried she would be aw­ful, and – as drawn by John Romita, mas­ter of the dreamy chick – she was any­thing but.

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