First off, very nicely done. Don't be so hard on yourself on "limping" to the end, it was a good read. However, I hate to burst your bubble, you are not done with this series. With Harry returning from the "dead", there is more story to tell....will they rectify their mistakes (as you asked) the answer is probably not. Marvel should rename themselves the "House of Missed Opportunities...".
I know my next sentence is not in line with your thinking, but to me Norman should have never "returned" from the dead. In my opinion, what made the death of Norman so powerful is he stayed dead. After approx. 10 years, I thought it was truly permanent, especially with the introduction of the Hobgoblin. At that time, no villain stayed dead that long, so it made it more "real". The fact he returned ANOTHER 10 years later to fix a stupid storyline, diminished the power of the original stories in #121-122. To me Gwen's death was tragic is very simple, Spider-Man (the hero) did not save the love of his life. Unbelievable! Truly a watershed moment in comics. Let's make it even better and have the villain killed in attempting to murder the hero. Brilliant! Norman's return weakened all of that for me and watered down one of the truly respectable stories in the history of comics.
The death of Harry to me was not as tragic. I remember reading that story when it came out and thought, I wonder when he will be back? The "Gotcha" line only a few issues later made me think Harry DID make the transition to FULL villain and left his family for good. Cool! But it was not meant to be. To me this was a truly a lost opportunity to elevate Harry to another level of villany. Harry could have been the "mystery man" (conveniently in the shadows...) for various BS stories, only to be revealed later to be truly behind the entire Clone Screwup. This would have kept Norman dead, issues #121-122 meaning intact and then Harry would be no longer "a prince", but the real deal.
Too bad... it could have been more interesting, Norman really dead, (a great villain that STAYS dead in comics? Brilliant!)...and a truly powerful, evil Harry now returns during the clone mess seeking revenge on Peter for his fathers death. Transfer of the Osborn Legacy complete...
Sorry Spider-Man fans. Not to be and thanks to OMD\BND now we get the additional poke in the eye:
- Norman back - but can't remember Peter being Spider-Man.
- Harry back - but without explanation on his return.
- Goblins? Who was the Goblin? Norman? Nope. Thankfully Urich remembers...
So again, don't worry about your article. Marvel will give you plenty of opportunities in the upcoming months for you to revise this version and add a Chapter 3 to another fine "SpideyKicksButt" series. Like CrazyChris said, nice to see you writing again. It is always a pleasure...
Delta House Member - "Snapper"