Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson
[Black and white character design pages for Mary Jane Watson and other characters from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. She looks sassy, cool in a casual way.]
Project Rooftop has posted a showcase of artist John Paul Leon’s designs for the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man series. He’s really got MJ down to a tee, and Peter’s design isn’t bad either. I’m not … as fond of Danny Rand’s design, but I’ll leave the verdict up to the series Iron Fist fans. Follow the link to see more designs, including detailed shots of Peter/Spidey, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus!
I was skeptical about this show at first, especially since it’s the usurper to my beloved Spectacular Spider-Man, but the bits and pieces we’re getting have me really interested.
Hat tip to jesic for the heads up!
[Content notes: colloquial ableisms.]
PETER PARKER has just used NORAH WINTER’S camera (held by MARY JANE WATSON) to broadcast an inspiring speech to spider-infested New York City.
NORAH: I can’t believe you just hijacked my feed! Reporter foul! And now you’re just leaving? Parker, you said you’d be my photographer!
PETER: Sorry, Norah. You called Randy and Phil a bunch of times … one of them’ll be here.
MJ: Or you could call them back and tell them to forget it, like you should. It’s too dangerous.
NORAH: Yes, because a trained reporter can’t handle the same risks as Mary Jane Watson, supermodel. Idiot.
“Out of the Picture,” written by Dan Slott/Christos Gage and pencilled by Giuseppe Camuncoli, from Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1. Follows directly from the Peter/MJ/Norah scene in Amazing Spider-Man #668.
Not cool, Norah!
An aside: as a Norah fan I’m not entirely sure what to make of her subplot in Spider-Island so far. It’s not out of character, precisely, so much as it leaves me feeling vaguely uncomfortable for reasons I can’t quite articulate … which may be exactly the point, in fairness! But it doesn’t help that Norah is currently also appearing in The Punisher, where Rucka’s take on her is, ironically enough, a good bit lighter and less cynical. I can’t help but wonder if we’re going to end up with two completely incompatible versions of the same character in just a few more months.
[MJ, cheerleading with her hair in short, purple pigtails. She’s smashing two pom-poms — one a Spider-Man head, one a cartoony version of her own — together. Text in the background: “Gimme an M/Gimme a J.”]
An adorable commission by Sara Pichelli, current Ultimate Spider-Man artist. Really hoping we’ll see her MJ back in the comic soon!
MARY JANE stands in the midst of chaos as spider-powered New Yorkers wreak havoc downtown.
MJ: I swear, if we’re doing the clone-thing again, I’m going back to L.A.
MJ: (seeing a flying newsstand about to land on a child) That kid!
MJ: (she tackles him out of the way) Don’t worry! I gotcha! You’re gonna be okay.
CREEPY GUY IN SPIDEY’S FF UNIFORM: Quick thinking, Red.
MJ: Tiger? Is that you?
CREEP: (getting in her space, nuzzling at her neck as he lifts his mask) Oh, I’ll be your tiger, pussycat. I’ll be anything you want.
BEN GRIMM: (from off-panel) That ain’t no way to treat a lady, pal! And furthermore —
BEN: (charging in and punching the creep’s lights out) — don’t disrespect the uniform!
MJ: (as she’s snatched to safety by Reed Richard’s elongated arm) Whoa!
BEN: Howdy, MJ!
REED: You all right, Ms. Watson?
MJ: I’m fine, Dr. Richards! But that’s not important. What’s going on here? And where’s Pete?
Amazing Spider-Man #667, Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. MJ gets into the thick of things! And we have more Ben+MJ cuteness. “Where’s Pete?” will be a bit of a refrain this storyline as far as MJ’s concerned.
[Spider-Girl climbs through her bedroom window, spider-sense tingling. It’s night time, and the silhouettes of her parents — Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson — are shadows framing either side of the window.]
Title page to “Spectacular Spider-Girl: Like a Fury Scorned,” Web of Spider-Man vol II #2, pencils by Ron Frenz and inks by Sal Buscema.