Apr 20, 2011

Spider-Man's Mermaid Cousin!

Here's one for you no-prize enthusiasts! Back in STRANGE TALES #97, two months before the Amazing Spider-Man debuted in AMAZING FANTASY #15, his creators, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, did a short story called "Goodbye to Linda Brown." Linda was a young woman who was adopted by a kind couple who lived near the beach. Linda is confined to a wheelchair, and at the end of the story, she leaves her adoptive family, and we see why:

That's right, folks, Linda Brown's a mermaid! What a twist! (I love those old twist endings.)

But the most interesting part of the story is Linda's aunt and uncle:

Her Aunt May and Uncle Ben!

Now obviously, obviously, these are May and Ben Parker, Spider-Man's aunt and uncle. So obviously, obviously, Peter Parker has an adoptive mermaid cousin. But some questions do arise. For example:

  • Why is Linda's last name Brown?
  • Why did Uncle Ben go from a gray-haired, mustached thin guy to a white-haired shaven fat guy?
  • If Ben and May took care of Peter for his entire life, how far back is this story?  Is Peter actually here, and we just don't see him?
  • Why are the Parkers living by the beach?
  • When will Dan Slott and Ty Templeton tell the story of Peter Parker meeting his mermaid cousin?

Have at it, folks! The more creative the answers, the better. Winner gets a cookie. Continuity nuts who can't appreciate humor and want to answer with "This isn't really Aunt May and Uncle Ben, you idiot," don't get anything.

In the meantime, this story and a lot of other Ditko goodies can be found in MARVEL VISIONARIES: STEVE DITKO!


Anonymous said...

I think it's the younger Ben and May. There is this missing link from Aunt May's lines. Amazing Spiderman #238.

Can't figured it out. Hmmm.

Duy Tano said...

Details, friends, I need details!

Ty Templeton said...

Wow, I didn't know about this wonderful back-story of Marvel history. I will TOTALLY bring this to Dan's attention.

Ty the Guy

Duy Tano said...

In the words of Sergeant Fury, WAHOO! Do it, Ty, do it!

TheBigToyAuction.com said...

It's probably just the Clone of Uncle Ben and Aunt May created by the Jackal. That's why Ben has put on that sweatshirt in the second panel. Yeah, that's it.

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