SPIDEY: Okay, lady— cut out— while you can!MJ: Don’t you have any brothers?SPIDEY: I said out!

Amazing Spider-Man vol I #59 (April 1968), Stan Lee (writer) and John Romita Sr (artist).
It’s true: Mary Jane Watson was obsessed with Spider-Man before she ever cared about Peter. She was so fixated on him that the very first time they “met” she makes a generic crack about his hot-but-unavailableness and then goes back to her friends, where she seems much more concerned with reporting the fight to Captain Stacy than Spider-Man’s presence in and of itself. Yep, clearly infatuated already.
Seriously, even if you just read the early Lee/Romita-era comics and ignore all later developments, I’m not sure where you could get the idea that Mary Jane cared more about Spider-Man than Peter. To Silver Age MJ, Spidey is a source of exciting happenings and gossipy speculation — nothing more and nothing less. Later it’s established that her seeming indifference covers ambivalence over knowing Peter’s secret identity, but that retcon works precisely because MJ’s Silver Age relationship to Spider-Man is so much less important to her characterization than Betty or Gwen’s, or for that matter Harry and Flash’s.
On another note, MJ sure bounces back pretty quick from being held hostage at gunpoint three panels before. Damn, woman.

SPIDEY: Okay, lady— cut out— while you can!
MJ: Don’t you have any brothers?
SPIDEY: I said out!

Amazing Spider-Man vol I #59 (April 1968), Stan Lee (writer) and John Romita Sr (artist).

It’s true: Mary Jane Watson was obsessed with Spider-Man before she ever cared about Peter. She was so fixated on him that the very first time they “met” she makes a generic crack about his hot-but-unavailableness and then goes back to her friends, where she seems much more concerned with reporting the fight to Captain Stacy than Spider-Man’s presence in and of itself. Yep, clearly infatuated already.

Seriously, even if you just read the early Lee/Romita-era comics and ignore all later developments, I’m not sure where you could get the idea that Mary Jane cared more about Spider-Man than Peter. To Silver Age MJ, Spidey is a source of exciting happenings and gossipy speculation — nothing more and nothing less. Later it’s established that her seeming indifference covers ambivalence over knowing Peter’s secret identity, but that retcon works precisely because MJ’s Silver Age relationship to Spider-Man is so much less important to her characterization than Betty or Gwen’s, or for that matter Harry and Flash’s.

On another note, MJ sure bounces back pretty quick from being held hostage at gunpoint three panels before. Damn, woman.

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