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Gwen Stacy

Real Name: Gwendolyne Stacey
Occupation: Student, model
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other Aliases: Gwendy
Place of Birth: Unrevealed, presumably New York City
Place of Death: New York City
Known Relatives: Captain George Stacy (father, deceased), Arthur (uncle), Nancy (aunt)
Group affiliation: None
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31
Final Appearance: (as living woman) AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121

History: Formerly known as the "beauty queen" of Standard High School in New York City. Gwen Stacy went to college at that same city’s Empire State University, where she majored in biochemistry. During her first years in college, Gwen lived with her father, George Stacy, a retired captain in the New York City Police Department who continued to serve as an advisor to the department on a regular basis. George Stacy’s older brother, Author, lived in London, England; possibly George Stacy was British by birth.

As a freshman at E.S.U. Gwen Stacy first met Peter Parker, another freshman who would major in biochemistry. During their college careers both Gwen and Peter took courses from Miles Warren, a professor of biochemistry. Unknown to Gwen, Warren took an obsessive interest in her, which he convinced himself was paternal in nature.

Nor did Gwen ever become aware that Peter Parker was the costumed crime fighter Spider-Man. When Gwen first attempted to get to know Peter, he was preoccupied with the condition of his aunt May, who was then seriously ill. Hence Peter seemed to ignore Gwen, and Gwen assumed that he was intentionally snubbing her.

However, Gwen became intrigued by Peter (whose aunt fully recovered in time), and soon the two of them began feeling attracted to each other. This budding potential romance was briefly sidetracked by Peter’s long delayed initial meeting with Mary Jane Watson, who became his wife years later. Peter began dating Mary Jane, while Gwen, jealous of Mary Jane, dated another fellow student, Harry Osborn.

Gwen first saw Parker in his costumed identity of Spider-Man in person when Kraven the Hunter abducted Harry Osborn in the course of his plot to strike at Harry’s father, Norman. Spider-Man went after Kraven, and both Osborns ended up safe. Norman Osborn had secretly been an adversary of Spider-Man known as the Green Goblin, but had forgotten his past as the Goblin due to amnesia.

Gwen continued to want to be dating Peter rather than Harry. Finally, Peter invited Gwen to accompany him to a science exposition, for which Warren had given him two tickets. Subsequently, Gwen and Mary Jane became rivals for Peter’s affections. This situation soon resolved: Gwen became Peter’s regular girlfriend, and, ironically, Mary Jane became Harry’s.

Peter and Gwen fell deeply in love with each other. Although Peter had earlier been in love with Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant, Gwen Stacy was the first great love of Peter Parker’s life. Captain Stacy approved of Peter as his daughter’s boyfriend, and also came to respect Spider-Man as a crime fighter. However, Captain Stacy was interested in learning more about this mysterious masked vigilante.

Gwen was angry with Spider-Man on first meeting him in his costumed identity, since she erroneously believed he had abducted Peter Parker; she was overjoyed when Parker finally reappeared. Later, both Captain Stacy and his daughter were held prisoner by the Kingpin, but were rescued from death by Spider-Man. Gwen now appreciated Spider-Man, and soon thereafter, Spider-Man rescued Captain Stacy from prison inmates who had taken him captive. Still later, Parker secretly used his superhuman strength to save Gwen from being crushed to death by a toppling truck.

Captain Stacy suspected that there was some connection between Spider-Man and Parker, who continually succeeded in getting photograph of the crime fight in action that he sold to the Bugle. Later, while delirious from illness, Parker confessed in front of both Stacys that he was indeed Spider-Man. By convincing the first costumed adventurer known as the Prowler to impersonate Spider-Man, Parker manage to persuade Gwen that Spider-Man and Peter Parker were two separate people. But Captain Stacy already suspicious was apparently not deceived by Parker’s trick.

Soon afterward, Spider-Man had a tremendous battle with his arch foe Dr. Octopus atop a New York City building. Arriving at the scene, Captain Stacy tried to clear the area in front of the building of bystanders. Octopus accidentally toppled a chimney, and the pieces hurtled down from the roof towards a small boy on the street below. Captain Stacy bravely pushed the boy to safety, only to be fatally injured by the falling debris himself. Spider-Man tried to get Stacy to a doctor. Calling him Peter, Stacy asked Spider-Man to look after Gwen, and then died in his arms.

Even though she realized that Spider-Man might not have intended for her father to die, the distraught Gwen still held the costumed crime fighter responsible for Captain Stacy’s death. Nevertheless, she still deeply loved Peter, whom she still did not know was Spider-Man, and their romance continued.

Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson took both Parker and Stacey with him on an expedition to the Savage Land; Parker acted as Jameson’s photographer, and Gwen served as a model, posing amidst the jungle settings. During this expedition, Kraven the Hunter abducted Gwen, intended Gwen, intending to make her his mate, but she was rescued through the efforts of Ka-Zar and Spider-Man.

Later, however, Norman Osborn once again became the Green Goblin. Knowing that Peter Parker was Spider-Man, the Goblin kidnapped Gwen Stacy to use as a hostage against his longtime foe. Gwen fell into a state of shock and was apparently unaware of all the events following her capture by the Goblin. The Green Goblin brought the unconscious Gwen to the top of the George Washington Bridge, where he fought Spider-Man, who was desperately intent on rescuing the woman he had loved. Finally, riding his flying "goblin glider," the Goblin knocked Gwen off the top of the bridge. Spider-Man caught her with his artificial webbing before she hit the water, only to learn that the shock of the fall itself had already killed her.

Vowing vengeance, Spider-Man defeated the Goblin in battle, during this combat; the Goblin was killed when accidentally impaled upon the sharp point of his own "goblin glider."

Professor Miles Warren, anguished over Gwen’s death, used cell samples he had taken from her to create a clone of Gwen, which he used unknown means to age rapidly to the age Gwen was at when she died. As the costumed criminal called Jackal, Warren later employed the clone of Gwen Stacy in a plot to destroy Spider-Man, whom he blamed for the real Gwen’s death. Warren failed to kill and perished himself. The current whereabouts and activities of the clone of Gwen Stacy are unknown.

Height: 5 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 130 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

Strength Level: Gwen Stacy possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: None

Other Abilities: Gwen Stacy was a gifted scholar in the field of biochemistry.

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