Full Name:
J. Jonah Jameson

First Appearance:
Amazing Spider-Man
#1

Death:
Not Yet

Return/ Revival:
N/A

Married/ Courtship:
1st wife deceased
2nd wife: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #18

Relatives:
Joan Jameson - Wife (deceased)...Marla Madison-Jameson - Wife
...John Jameson - Son...Mattie Franklin - Niece

 

 

J. Jonah Jameson has been a supporting cast member since his introduction in Amazing Spider-Man #1 as publisher of Now Magazine and the Daily Bugle newspaper. The Daily Bugle was actually first seen in the pages of Fantastic Four #2, but back in the Spider-Man titles, that paper is the focus of many storylines. The cranky Jameson can also be seen as a villain in the Spider-Verse, possibly one of his greatest. Jolly Jonah has always portrayed Spider-Man as a threat or menace to the public through his many editorials in his paper and appearances on television. Many readers may ask why, and the answer has always been told from the lips of Jameson himself at the end of Amazing Spider-Man #10: "I can never respect myself while he lives!", "I'd give everything I own to be the man that he is!". "All that remains for me is to try and tear him down, because I'm jealous of him!"

 

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J. Jonah Jameson began his career in the newspaper world at an early age. In fact he was still in High School when he began as a part-time reporter for the Daily Bugle. Some of his earliest days as a reporter can be seen in the pages of the mini-series Marvels, where he is a reporter for the Daily Bugle during World War II. In that great series, Jameson aspired to become the editor of the well known newspaper. He must have worked his way up the ladder pretty fast in his career, as he eventually he became so successful that he was able to purchase the Daily Bugle after his long career as a reporter. Pictured: Amazing Spider-Man #25.


 

As the Editor, Jameson has always used his paper for support of civil rights of minority groups and against organized crime, but not for support of the web-slinger! Ever since Spider-Man became part of the news, Jameson began an all-out campaign against him, believing him to be a menace and a threat. Jameson has even funded several attempts at putting an end to Spider-Man's web-swinging ways, which began when he he paid a Dr. Farley Stillwell to create the villain known as the Scorpion. Later on, the Scorpion blamed his condition on Jameson, and sought him out many a time. Pictured: The Kingpin doesn't like the Daily Bugle in Amazing Spider-Man #52.

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Just a little while later, in comic time of course, Jameson employed Dr. Spencer Smythe. Smythe is the inventor of the Spider-Slayer. A robot created specifically for capturing and/ or destroying Spider-Man. There has been many incarnations of the Spider-Slayer, by Spencer, his son Alistair, and one more individual: Dr. Marla Madison. This would be the same Marla Madison who Jameson later fell in love with and married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #18. Jameson has been married once before, to the late Joan Jameson, and had one child: Astronaut John Jameson. Pictured: Jameson on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #169.


 

Jameson has never given up his hatred of Spider-Man, even after the many times that Spider-Man has saved him or his family. Jameson went on to fund the creation of the Fly, this time with the late Farley Stillwell's brother: Harley Stillwell in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10. Jameson lost control of the Daily Bugle at a time when the Puma's alter ego, Thomas Fireheart purchased 51% of the stock. Fireheart made Joe "Robbie" Robertson the new Editor In Chief, but eventually Thomas sold back the stock to Jameson for a measly dollar. Pictured: A great read involving Jameson from Spectacular Spider-Man #80.

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Jameson actually lost control of the Daily Bugle a second time when Spider-Man's greatest nemesis, the Green Goblin's alter ego: Norman Osborn purchased the Daily Bugle. He chose to keep Jameson on board as Editor In Chief, and eventually things got back to normal after several storylines passed. J. Jonah Jameson has been laying low for the last number of years except for a time when he had a chance to learn Spider-Man's identity with a chance to remove his mask, but was later revealed that he did not do so in Peter Parker: Spider-Man V2 #10. Pictured: Jameson featured in the Daily Bugle mini-series.


 


History through Thumbnails

Young Jonah with son
Amazing Spider-Man #190
Early Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #18 The Scorpion
Amazing Spider-Man #29
Joan's Grave
Amazing Spider-Man #190
2nd wedding
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #18
The "Admission"
Amazing Spider-Man #10

 


 

J. Jonah Jameson will be played by J. K. Simmons in the Spider-Man Motion Picture, out May 2002.

For more on the Movie exploits of J. Jonah Jameson, make a visit to:

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