I’m currently reading Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection volume 7: The Goblin’s Last Stand.
As you can probably guess from the cover, it’s got the story where Gwen dies. But that’s near the end, I think, as I’m 2/3 in and haven’t hit it yet.
The volume is the tail end of Stan Lee’s run on Spider-Man and it’s an odd, slow fade from the series rather than a clear departure. He disappears for an issue or two, with Gerry Conway taking over, seemingly for good, only for Stan to reappear, co-writing with Gerry for an issue or so. It makes the (apocryphal?) anecdote that Stan had no idea Gwen was killed off hard to believe, as surely working with Conway repeatedly over the course of months, he’d have had an idea where he was going.
Stan reappearing is good in one regard though, as it looked like his last contribution to Spider-Man was going to be the creation of… The Gibbon!
Which is not a good way to go out. Mind you, Ditko left on Just A Guy Named Joe, so it’d be in keeping with tradition.
Anyway, the volume’s pretty good, overall. I’ve not read this far into classic Spider-Man before. It’s odd seeing Romita’s art with a bit more grit to the inking, as it’s much smoother and cleaner when he joined (which is about where I’m up to). I’ve never read Gwen’s death issue before either, so I’m interested to see if that works and whether they’ve left in the sound effect suggesting Spidey’s web-line broke her neck. She is a bit of a drip of a character though, so her impending death doesn’t seem a terrible decision.