Well, with Untold Tales, I had missed this entire run,as it fell into that black hole when I had stopped collecting comics. Once I restarted my collection in ‘01 I began to fill in the gaps by going to the back issue bins at collections (as it turns out I’ll probably be able to collect most of these books and pay less for them now than I would have paid for them if I had purchased them new). Anyway, I’ve almost completed my Untold Tales run, and as I was reading them recently, I suddenly realized a couple of things.
First of all, While I had never considered it prior to now, it had recently occurred to me that Betty Brant, JJJ’s original secretary must have been older than Peter (Peter bing 15 when he became Spidey). Well, if Betty was Jonah’s secretary then she had to be older than 15. As soon as I thought about it,I figured that she would have had to have been at least 18 for her to have been the secretary to the editor and publisher of a great metropolitan newspaper. I mean, it only made sense. Well, I just read Untold #12, where writer Kurt Busiek had penned a story explaining that while, yes, Betty was probably older than Peter, she was only a year or two (tops). (Apparently her mom was Jameson’s secretary, until an accident hospitalized her and when JJJ couldn’t keep another secretary, Betty naturally assumed the role,and Jameson, out of loyalty to her mom, kept her in the position.)
Great retcon storytelling, eh? Well, I thought so.
So, the other thing that struck me about Untold Tales (especially in light of the current retcon that Marvel editorial