Spider-Man Poster #118 Mary Jane by Ken Steacy


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Mary Jane “MJ” Watson is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr., and made her first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #25 (June 1965). Since then, she has gone on to become Spider-Man’s main love interest and later his wife. Mary Jane is his most famous and prominent love interest due to their long history, as she is also represented in most Spider-Man media and adaptations.

Although she made a brief first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #25 with a plant obscuring her exterior, as part of a then-long-running recurring gag about Aunt May attempting to set Peter up with her friend’s “nice girl” niece, Mary Jane’s first official face reveal was a cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #42 (November 1966). Designed and drawn by John Romita Sr., her entrance is regarded as one of the most iconic introductions in comic history, owing it to its build-up, her hyper-vibrant red hair and beauty, and her most famous line, “Face it, Tiger… you just hit the jackpot!” Since then, ‘Tiger’ has been her most recognizable nickname for Peter Parker, spanning comics and media adaptations.

In film, Kirsten Dunst portrayed the character in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, while Shailene Woodley had an uncredited silent cameo appearance as the character in the 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2; ZoĆ« Kravitz voiced the character in the 2018 animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

A character based on Mary Jane Watson named Michelle “MJ” Jones-Watson appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, portrayed by Zendaya. Producer Kevin Feige described this as “a fun homage” to Spider-Man’s past adventures and his past love. According to Spider-Man: Homecoming co-screenwriter John Francis Daley, Michelle is intended to be a reinvention of Mary Jane Watson.

Ken Steacy (born January 8, 1955) is a Canadian comics artist and writer best known for his work on the NOW Comics series of Astro Boy and of the Comico series of Jonny Quest, as well as his graphic novel collabs with Harlan Ellison (Night and the Enemy, 1987) and Dean Motter (The Sacred and the Profane, 1987). Steacy was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 386 Comox Squadron.

Near mint condition. Ships folded.