So I went through about seven issues of Amazing Spider-Man and came up with nothin', but then I get to the first story arc of the Black Cat from Amazing Spider-Man #194 and 195 and it has everything we love!
It has ODD NAMES! (tm!)
Well, that is an unfortunate handle. Seriously, don't give your kids a name that is a pun. Life is hard enough.
It has RANDOM SLAPS! (tm!)
Slap her back, Pete. No jury would ever convict you.
It has the ORIGIN MONTAGE! (tm!):
Apparently she "trained for years" wearing the same blue leotard.
I presume the cat is there for symbolism only, because most cats aren't interested in you enough to watch you do stuff unless you're using a can opener.
Not that I have anything against cats. I love cats, but they tend to do their own thing.
Anyway, it even has FUN WITH OUT OF CONTEXT DIALOGUE! (tm!)
And finally, the OFF-CAMERA DEATH! (tm!):
I admit I fell for that last one. I was pretty young when I read this the first time, and I naively thought they were being awesome by just having May pass away off-camera. Of course, now I realize that there was no way they were going to end the never-ending "Poor Aunt May's Weak Heart!" storyline, but it would have been awesome had they really gone that way.
See you tomorrow!