Ankur J's Art Gallery Featuring Mary Jane, Gwen Stacy, Batgirl art & more! Click the links at the top to see the art!
I am always buying published and unpublished art featuring the characters in this gallery. Please feel free to email me if you are offering anything for sale! I am not interested in risqué art which is regularly on ebay.
Updated October 2017! I've added some new art in almost all galleries. Check it out!
Earlier this year which cleaning a book case, I came across a John Romita Sketchbook from the late 1990's I purchased at a show. It was signed by John. In the middle of the pages, I found a piece of paper with a phone number and John Romita's name on it. Where it came from I had no idea, but I figured what the heck. I nervously dialed the numbers, and thought about a few things I always wanted to ask him. A soft voice answered the phone to which I replied, I was looking for Mr. Romita. After explaining I was a fan and would love to ask a few questions relating to Spider-Man, the legend himself came on the phone. Please note this wasn't an official interview, and the answers are based on my memory.
Here is what I asked him: Q: Hello Mr. Romita, how is your health these days? A: I am doing well. Slowing down and enjoy watching baseball games. (I was glad to hear he is doing well considering he is in his 80's!)
Q: Did you ever have an interaction with Steve Ditko as he left Spider-Man and you started? A: Other than a hello and a handshake, there was no conversation or discussion.
Q: Do you know why there was a rift between Ditko and Stan Lee? As after he left Spider-Man he never looked back. A: One reason was that Ditko wanted to make Green Goblin a random character. But Stan wanted the story to have a greater impact and wanted him to be Norman Osborn.
Q: When the time came to introduce Mary Jane, how did you decide what she would look like? A: Initially Stan thought it would be fine to make her look simple. But when Ditko drew a few panels where her face was hidden, Betsy and other characters were shocked at her beauty, so they had to make her look nice.
Q: Why was the decision made to kill Gwen Stacy? A: (I remember parts of this one). Stan Lee was on vacation, and Roy Thomas wanted to shake things up a little bit. Initially we thought about Goblin killing off Mary Jane, but since she was fairly new, it may not have much impact. Aunt May was too important in Peter's life, so she wasn't considered. So the only other option was Gwen Stacy.
That was about it as Mrs. Romita asked him to get off the phone at that point :) Hope you enjoyed reading it!