Real Name:Gwendolyne Stacy
First Appearance:Amazing Spider-Man #31 (1965)
Created By:Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Powers:Gwen Stacy has no known powers.
Team Affiliations:Gwen Stacy is not affiliated with any team, but was the love interest of Peter Parker for some time.
Currently Seen In:Although Gwen Stacy is not seen in any current regular series. She is often referred to in the Spider-Man series of comic books.
Interesting Fact:The death of Gwen Stacy was replayed in the first Spider-Man movie, however, the damsel in distress was not Gwen Stacy, but was romantic rival Mary Jane. Unlike the comic book, Mary Jane did survive the fall.
Origin:Peter Parker first met Gwen Stacy while attending Empire State University. The popular Gwen who was majoring in science as well and took a liking to the shy Peter. At first, Peter spurned any interest in Gwen, first by being an absent minded science type and later due to the fact that his role as Spider-Man would put any loved one in danger.
Spider-Man attempted to save her, shooting out a line of webbing and grabbing her by the ankle and stopping her before she hit the water. When he pulled her up, she was dead.
Gwen’s death rocked the comic book world. Before this, few characters had died, and even less in such a harsh and violent way. What made the situation worse was that it appeared that Spider-Man himself was responsible for her death as she broke her neck when he stopped her fall.
The death of Gwen Stacy has stayed with Peter Parker. Many wonder if Gwen was the girl that should have been with Peter in the long run and not Mary Jane. Because of her death, Mary Jane and Peter were drawn together and eventually married.
Gwen has made many appearances in the Spider-Man comic. Most during flashbacks or retelling sequences. There was a clone that appeared, created by the villain the Jackal, that brought the whole experience back to the surface. There were also a set of twins that were the children of Gwen Stacy and Norman Osborn that were written into the continuity of the Spider-Man comic book. Although Gwen Stacy is dead and remains so, her impact is still felt in the Spider-Man universe.