Roger Stern recently gave an interview to Comicon's Pulse
, where he said:
I myself had been reading Spider-Man for about twenty years -- and had written Spider-Man for four of those years -- when Marvel decided that Pete and Mary Jane should marry. Right around that time, Jim Salicrup -- who was then the editor of the Spider-Man titles -- offered me work on SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. That was during a period when no one else at Marvel would even return my phone calls, and I needed the work. But I regretfully had to turn Jim down. I saw the marriage as so wrong-headed that I didn't want to be a regular part of it.
It's certainly sad to read that Stern, a writer/editor whom I'd long admired, balked at writing Spectacular Spider-Man just because of the marriage. And then he may have been one of the writers who brought Clark Kent and Lois Lane to the alter years later. Honestly, I can't see where he gets off by belittling the Spider-Marriage, so his logic is very peculiar indeed.
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