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DST: Peter David Talks about Toys and the Death of Jean DeWolff

November 2011 - When Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum were looking for an epic Spider-Man storyline to base their next wave of Marvel Minimates on, one story stood out -- a story that showcases the darker side of Spidey, and one that, until now, has not been immortalized in toy form. That story is "The Death of Jean DeWolff." Originally appearing in Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110, it was first published in late 1985, a time when comic books were exploring the gritty side of superheroes. It begins with the discovery of the body of NYPD detective Jean DeWolff, a crime that sends Spider-Man (and guest star Daredevil) down a dark road to catch the killer. The story was among the first published comics work of a Marvel sales department employee named Peter David, who would go on to legendary runs with a number of Marvel characters, including Hulk, She-Hulk and Captain Marvel, and who also co-created Spider-Man 2099. DST sat down with Mr. David to talk about the story's origins, the fan reaction, and the imminent existence of a tiny, 2-inch Sin-Eater Minimate.

The interview

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