‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’: Gerry Conway campaigns for premiere invite
Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)Link
From left, executive producer Michael Kantor and comic book writers Todd McFarlane, Len Wein and Gerry Conway speak onstage during the 'Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle' panel discussion at the PBS portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)Link
In "The Amazing Spider-Man" No. 121, Spider-Man is dealt a tragic blow in the legendary story arc created by Gerry Conway. (Gil Kane/Marvel Entertainment)Link
In "The Amazing Spider-Man" No. 122, Spidey mourns Gwen Stacy and contends with the Green Goblin in the legendary story arc created by Gerry Conway. (Gil Kane/Marvel Entertainment)Link
One of Gerry Conway's most famous co-creations, the Punisher, debuted in 1974. Shown here is Francesco Mattina's rendition of the character on the cover of 2010's "Punisher: In the Blood" No 1. (Marvel Entertainment)Link
While Gerry Conway has spent his storied comic career standing out, he’s now looking to fit in. At least for a night.
Conway took to Twitter today to kick-start a campaign to be invited to the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
As one of the co-creators of the Punisher and a longtime scribe of “Justice League of America,” Conway is still best known among Spidey fans for his memorable work in the summer of 1973 — “The Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 121-122 featured the death of one major character who also happens to have a prominent role in Sony’s May 2 release. (Although there’s no word on whether the events in the film will exactly mirror those in the comics, anyone who would prefer not to know who dies in Conway’s story line might want to stop reading now and probably should avoid the gallery above as well.)
Conway took great pains to keep his campaign to attend the premiere lighthearted and spent much of the day responding to fans online, noting that his “(fake) beef” is with Sony Pictures, not Marvel.
“Marvel has been extremely fair to me lately,” he tweeted.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sees Andrew Garfield revisit his role as the famous web-slinger and features Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy — the character who ranks as Conway’s most famous victim.
“Considering the grief I got for ‘Night Gwen Stacy Died’ an invite to Spider-Man 2 seems only fair,” he tweeted.
Supporters of Conway’s quest are tweeting their support using the hashtag “#inviteGerryConway.
Here’s a sampling of the rally cries:
Update, April 1, 5 p.m.: Looks like Conway has gotten his invite. Marc Webb, the director of “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” tweeted at Conway, “I’m getting on the phone with Sony. Would love to have you there!” The writer followed with this tweet:
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