>>94529936>ASM sells, but the other Spider-Man titles typically don't
Scarlet Spider, Spider-Man Team Up, Spider-Man and the X-Men, etc. It's a constant thing where other Spider books sell like shit. Still is the case. It's weird that even other books with Spidey sells like shit while ASM is always doing really well.>To be honest? MJ didn't do anything.
She was a supporting character and was utilized very well in the JMS run and even Bendis used her well in New Avengers. She was the tie between Peter and Spider-Man, giving him emotional support to both sides of the character and refusing to leave his side. She doesn't have to be this constant driving force in every story, she was his wife and beacon of hope and she pretty much always gave him a pep talk when he was beating himself up.>As for sales
ASM has been doing much better before OMD for several years. Yes it does go down to the 70-80k range but it also hit the 90s and 100s fairly often without needing status quo changing events or shock value to trick people into buying it. These are bandages on a gaping wound.
And lets not talk about the biggest problem being Peter's stunted growth. I think a better writer could make Peter into a better character without the marriage but Slott isn't capable of it. So he does things like Superior and Spiderverse and squanders what could be a great premise. Yes they did well in sales but then it ends and everything is swept under the rug. Even now the stuff happening on ASM seems so disconnected from the rest of the comics. Nobody uses webware or even talks about Parker Industries. Spiderverse had a spin off ongoing and that died out fast. I could even go back to Alpha and that had promise but immediately turned into nothing.
Spider-Man has been mismanaged for almost a decade. Something significant needs to happen to save it from falling further.