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In 1973, comic books were only beginning to escape the formulas by which they had been produced for decades. Many of the conventions of the traditional comic book story were being challenged by Start Lee's still young Marvel Comics. Conventions that for years had continued unquestioned: every story will be complete in an issue, no story will refer to events of a previous issue, nothing of any consequence can happen to change a character, and no one ever, ever dies. Gwen Stacy was the love of Peter Parker's life, and after ...