Real Name: April Maye
Identity/Class: Normal human
Group Membership: Daily Globe staff
Affiliations: Arnie, Barney Bushkin, Punisher (Frank Castle), Lu Sing, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Enemies: Rupert Dockery, Lorenzo Jacobi
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Daily Globe offices
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#194 (July, 1979)
Powers/Abilities: April Maye is a skilled reporter.
History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#194) - Daily Globe reporter April Maye spotted new Globe photographer Peter Parker stepping out of his office. Complimenting him on his photographs of Spider-Man and the Human Torch fighting the Monocle, she invited him to discuss his work over lunch, but he brushed her off. As he left, she vowed that he wouldn't ignore her the next time they met...
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#38) - From her desk, April tried to say hello to Peter, but he was totally preoccupied by the size of the check he'd just received and completely ignored her.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#39 (fb) ) - April and a number of other Globe staffers checked out the Globe's new "Write Your Favorite Super Hero" page - April noted that there was a letter to Spider-Man from "the one-armed doctor", alerting Peter that Curt Connors wanted to see him.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#201) - Globe editor Barney Bushkin assigned Maye and Parker (who didn't remember meeting April at all, much to her dismay) to cover a court appearance by accused mobster Lorenzo Jacobi. They set off for the courthouse by cab, but April was perturbed when Parker had the cabbie pull over so he could talk to his friend Mary Jane Watson - and was further perturbed when Mary Jane referred to her an an "older woman". As she got out of the cab to argue with her, Peter got back in and asked the cabbie to take off, leaving April behind. She eventually made it to the courthouse, just in time for Jacobi's men to liberate him from the cops. Peter pulled April out of their field of fire and took off. Later, back at the Globe offices, she argued with Parker some more, and demanded that Bushkin never assign her to work with him again. Bushkin insisted that Parker was a good photographer, and moreover, Globe publisher KJ Clayton needed him.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#202) - Back at the Globe, Bushkin tried to persuade April to work with Parker on the Jacobi story, but she refused and walked out on Parker and Bushkin, preferring to chase her own leads. In Central Park, she met with drug courier Lu Sing, who told her about Jacobi's operations. She convinced Lu Sing to send herself in her place, and was immediately accepted as her replacement. She delivered drugs to Jacobi's pusher Arnie, and was horrified to see him dealing drugs to schoolchildren. Soon, she was taken to meet Jacobi, who initially thought she could be of some use to him, but soon recognized her from the courthouse. He set his goons on her - but Spider-Man arrived just in time. She tried to run away, but ran right into Jacobi and one of his henchmen, who took her hostage at gunpoint. The Punisher shot the henchman with a mercy bullet, and when Jacobi tried to flee, another of his henchman accidentally crashed into him with his car, killing him. Shocked, April fainted, and Spider-Man took her to the hospital.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#208) - April attended a Globe staff meeting where the staff were introduced to the new circulation manager, Rupert Dockery.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#209) - April was present at the Globe offices when Dockery tried to interest Parker in covering (or fabricating) some salacious stories at Empire State University, and later when Kraven the Hunter issued a challenge to Spider-Man.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#210) - April attended another Globe meeting, this time chaired by "KJ Clayton" (actually actress Belinda Bell, standing in for the real Clayton). Before long, the meeting was crashed by masked gunmen (hired by Dockery as part of a scheme to gain control of the Globe); Spider-Man protected the Globe staff from the thugs, but not before they abducted Bell. Later, as a result of Dockery's machinations, the Globe suspended publication, throwing April and the other Globe staffers out of work.
Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, and Frank Giacoia.
"April Maye". Get it?
The Globe eventually resumed publication, and presumably April remained on staff.
It kinda seemed like Wolfman was setting up April as a potential love interest for Peter, but she faded into the background once he left the book, and then disappeared entirely once Peter left the Daily Globe staff. Maybe the whole "they hate each other - no, they actually love each other" thing was deemed too similar to what Bill Mantlo was doing with Marcy Kane over in Spectacular (not that that went anywhere, either). At least April didn't turn out to be an alien...
Big thanks to Jeff Christiansen for providing images!
Profile by Minor Irritant.
April Maye has no known connections to
(Amazing Spider-Man I#202 (fb) ) - Despite being raised in a loving home with her parents and siblings, Lu Sing turned to drugs, and eventually became a drug courier for Lorenzo Jacobi.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#202) - Feeling pangs of conscience over her role in the drug trade, Lu Sing contacted Daily Globe reporter April Maye, who was investigating Jacobi. Lu Sing allowed Maye to take her place as a courier so she could gather information.
--Amazing Spider-Man I#202 (#202 (fb), 202
Amazing Spider-Man I#202, p3, pan6 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#201, p9, pan8 (headshot)
Amazing Spider-Man I#202, p4, pan3 (Lu Sing)
Amazing Spider-Man I#194 (July, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#38 (January, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#39 (February, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#201-202 (February-March, 1980) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#208 (September, 1980) - Denny O'Neil (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Al Milgrom & Brett Breeding (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#209 (October, 1980) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Alan Weiss (pencils), Klaus Janson, Bob McLeod, Joe Rubinstein, Bob Wiacek, & Al Milgrom (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#210 (November, 1980) - Denny O'Neil (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
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