So I'm not the only person who falls for the "Aunt May is dead" feint... at least in comic book lore.
No, Peter takes it hard, to the point that he's paid a visit by Disembodied Floating Heads (tm!) !
You know, by today's standards, that's really not a bad track record. The Punisher loses that many loved ones on a daily basis before he's had breakfast.
Anyway, Pete is so upset that here in Amazing Spider-Man # 196, that one of them even starts talking to him:
What's it gotten YOU? Geez, Nephew... I'M the one who died! I'm so sorry that my death has been such a downer FOR YOU.
Hey! Here's a Questionable Strategic Decision! (tm!)
I have this power that enables me to sense when I'm in danger... I think I'll IGNORE it!
A few pages late, Pete has one of those "d'oh!" moments:
I realize that Aunt May's death gave rise to quite the bout of self-pity, but if Pete can't recognize his old foes... who even have the courtesy to use an alias they've used BEFORE.... well, that's pretty sad.
Who is Dr. Rinehart, friends and neighbors? What does Dr. Rinehart DO in his true identity as one of Spidey's rogues? How many of us still think Aunt May is dead?
Quite the cliffhanger, eh?
See you tomorrow!