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Why J Jonah Jameson Hates Spider-Man: A Story No One Is Emotionally Prepared To Hear

It is a well-known fact that J. Jonah Jameson, Chief Editor at daily Bugle, hates Spider-Man’s guts. In fact, Marvel has made a literal fortune out of that hatred. In literally every alternate Spider-Man comic book arc, we see Jameson using his media resources to turn the public against Spider-Man. With Spider-Man’s vigilante lifestyle, it is a task way too easy. more often than not, Jameson manages to make Spider-Man look like the enemy. But have you ever thought why J. Jonah Jameson is hell-bent on maligning Spider-Man’s public image?

What kick does he get from badmouthing a superhero that has saved thousands of New Yorkers? Is he insane or does he have a motif most of us do not know of? It is recently that we saw a thaw in Spider-Man and Jameson’s relationship. The latter agreed to stop spitting venom against the wall-crawler. But the years before that saw a hostility between the two that went beyond all logical explanations.

There’s a reason why.

The Reasons Kept Changing

In The Amazing Spider-Man #1, Jameson attacked Spider-Man for kind of a noble cause. He wanted children to idolize traditional heroes like an astronaut or a doctor rather than a vigilante. Kids trying to emulate Spider-Man might get hurt. Jameson just wanted the kids to be safe.

In the latter comic book issues of Spider-Man, the only motif Jameson had for attacking Spider-Man’s public image was to mint money. The public loved controversies. And Jameson banked on riding on Spider-Man’s negative publicity to sell more newspapers. That was a shallow move, and it made Jameson look like a mother of all jerks. Later, that motif was ret-conned. Marvel Comics tried different ways to shine light on Jameson’s relationship with Spider-Man.

That motif was again changed in the Nineties. Jameson wanted to destroy Spider-Man’s image because he hated vigilantism. It undermined the real authorities like cops and firefighters that were the ‘real heroes’ of humanity.

The Real Reason

It was in Spider-Man’s Tangled Web 320 we realize why Jameson hates Spider-Man. The importance of ‘masks’ in J Jonah Jameson’s life is significantly high. When he was a kid, Jameson had an abusive childhood. His father would regularly mentally and physically torture him for the most minor of infractions. Hailed as a model family man by his neighbors., nobody knew this side of Jameson’s father. Nobody questioned Jameson’s father because he was a war hero. But Jameson knew what was up. Whenever he tried to unveil his father’s abusive jerk persona, nobody would listen to him.

When Jameson grew up, he had a particular hatred for the ‘masks’ people wear to hide their two-facedness. Spider-Man, with his red, black and blue costume, hid behind a mask. Parker became the very personification of the things Jameson hatred. Because of his history with his father, Jameson believed Spider-Man was just another monster hiding under that veil of vigilantism.

And he made it his life mission to show the world what kind of a person Spider-Man truly is, something he couldn’t do to his father when he was a kid. Still think J Jonah Jameson is a jerk? Well think again. He has his reasons.

In the Spectacular Spider-Man #6, Jameson and Spider-Man had a heart to heart. Jameson had some vital information Spider-Man needed. He agreed to give it to the web slinger if he agreed to a one on one interview. It was in this interview that Spider-Man unmasked himself, revealing he is Peter Parker. Spider-Man and Jameson have had a smooth ride since.

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Bibhu Prasad Panda
Bibhu Prasad Panda

Bibhu Prasad Panda is a Senior Content Writer at Animated Times. He has always been fascinated with the world of word balloons and text boxes since he was 5. From aspiring to be an engineer to becoming a market research specialist, life's been quite a journey for him. Bibhu now follows his passion as an entertainment journalist/blogger. He's also an Omen main in Valorant. SCATTER!!!!

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