Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Lizard’s attack on Manhattan and the death of Captain George Stacy, of New York City Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit. Stacy was a decorated police veteran who left behind a loving wife and four children. In this Daily Bugle exclusive we spoke with the Stacy family, Helen, who lost a heroic husband that day, and Gwen, Phillip, Howard, and Simon, who lost their father.
Daily Bugle: Helen, is this a hard anniversary to commemorate?
Helen Stacy: It’s hard to believe George died a year ago. That night, that call, it still hurts as if it happened five seconds ago.
DB: Does your family take any solace that Curt Connors will spend the rest of his life in prison?
Helen Stacy: I think that would have mattered much more to George, just to know Connors is paying for his crimes. He cared very deeply about the law and about justice.
DB: Gwen, your graduation from Midtown Science High School is coming up and you are the valedictorian. How proud would your father have been?
Gwen Stacy: Very proud, I’m sure. (fighting back tears) And nervous for me, and concerned because he wouldn’t want me to be scared. And excited for my future.
DB: Do you ever have any regrets that Spider-Man and your father saved the city but only one of them walked away that night?
Gwen Stacy: I think… (long pause) I think both of them did what they thought needed to be done without regard to the risk. I think both of them were heroes that night. I regret that my dad died, but not at the expense of anyone else.
DB: What about the kids? What do your classmates say about that night?
Simon Stacy: All my friends think that Spidey was totally cool, but that my dad was the coolest!
In the wake of her husband Dr. Curt Connors’s horrifying transformation into a lizard creature and subsequent rampage across New York, Martha Connors left the city to begin a new life with her son Billy. As the one year anniversary of the event approaches on Thursday, we caught up with her to talk where she’s been, where she’s going and ultimately what it’s like to have a convicted bioterrorist as an estranged husband.
Daily Bugle: How hard has this been for you?
Martha Connors: Are you kidding? Is this a joke? My heart aches every day for what Curt did.
DB: What do you think his reasons were?
Martha: Like he said at his trial, I do believe his reasons started out for noble purposes. But he took it too far, he was obsessive. Whenever you push boundaries like that… it can get bad.
DB: Do you think Oscorp bears some responsibility for what happened?
Martha: (long pause) I think it’s best if I kept my opinions to myself.
DB: Is that because Oscorp was rumored to have paid you a substantial fee in return for your silence?
Martha: Any money I received from Oscorp was all based on Curt’s contract with the company.
DB: Even though they claim to have fired him before the Lizard’s attack?
Martha: You’d have to ask them.
DB: I’m sorry, I didn’t want to go off on a tangent. Tell me about Billy?
Martha: He’s ten. He’s too young to really comprehend the magnitude of the pain his father has caused, but he is old enough to understand his father has issues and has done some very horrible things.
DB: What did you think when you first heard the news?
Martha: Like everyone else, I watched the attack live on cable news, shocked at what was going on. But the first time the cameras caught it –him – the Lizard – in close-up, I knew… I just knew it was Curt. I knew he had finally perfected the cross-genetic formula to regrow limbs… and all it had cost him was his humanity.
New York hasn’t been the same since Spider-Man crawled into town, but it seems like the citizens of our fair city are divided on whether that’s a good thing or not. We asked you how Spider-Man has affected your life and our (intern’s) phone rang off the hook the entire week! What did New Yorkers have to say?
Bridget K., Clinton
Spider-Man inspires me. I start thinking of those webs and how they’re connections from building to building, person to person, a web of healing energy… and it just cools my aura. As someone born without a chi (my burden), Spider-Man acts as both spirit animal and muse. All I need to do is think of red and blue and my poetry just flows. Anybody who’d like to hear my arachnid-inspired work can catch me at the Union Square Poetry Hall on Tuesdays at 9:30 PM.
Peter: No spider-man= No pictures. No pictures= No job. Mr. Jameson only wanted me to get him spider-man pictures, now I have no use for him. Also I still live with Aunt May and i’m currently looking for a new job elsewhere.