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One of the staples of The Amazing Spider-Man is that Peter Parker sells pictures of Spider-Man to J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle for money. The irritable editor frequently underpays him, and Peter occasionally threatens to sell to other newspapers in order to strike a deal.

For instance, here is a scene from The Amazing Spider-Man #38:

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If the Globe and other papers would pay more, and Peter doesn't have any particular loyalty to JJJ, why does he sell his photos to him, rather than the competing papers?

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Because the truth is while the Globe can pay twice the money for the photos, that's only if they actually do buy the photos.

Publishing photos on a large and prestigious newspaper is not as easy as it may sound and it definitively doesn't happen every day. In order for the Globe to pay for the photos they need to be really good and unique and illustrate an event the Globe is interested in running on front page or on a page with enough importance to justify paying the specified rate (and that they don't have a photo already, be it an archive photo, an in-house photoreporter photo or something else).

The Daily Bugle is a sure to go place to sell pictures of Spiderman because Jonah Jameson is obsessed with Spiderman and the whole editorial line of the Daily Bugle is too. That means that they overflow their readers with stories about Spiderman and thus, there's a much higher chance they want the photos to publish a story about it.

Disrespecting of their poses, both want the same thing. Jonah wants the photos but pretends those are really bad to pay less for them. Peter says he can sell them to the Globe but that is only true if the Globe is actually interested in them... and they may not.

The truth is even in a particular situation the Globe is interested in your photo and you know it will pay more for it, you still have to offer them to Jonah first as to not damage your relationship with the newspaper that buys the most of your photos in a regular basis.

  • Are there examples of the Globe actually refusing pictures? – Taladris May 23 '16 at 12:46
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    The Globe regularly publish stories about Spider - man, just not hatchet jobs. – Valorum May 23 '16 at 13:07
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    To clarify, yes, the Globe does run stories about Spiderman but the volume of stories the Daily Bugle runs is way higher... In fact Jonah has been shown to run stories against Spiderman even against the advice of their senior staff. – Jorge Córdoba May 23 '16 at 14:51
  • The Globe seems more like the New York Times whilst the Bugle more of a tabloid like the New York Post or the National Enquirer that would have a lower bar of journalism. – Hannover Fist Jul 24 at 18:56
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Sorry about that I will try to get do better in this edit but well there seems to be no clear reason other than a really messed up relationship!

It all seems to have started when Jameson bought the Bugle and used it to fight against crime -

For decades Jameson used his newspaper to crusade in support of civil rights for minority groups and against organized crime. His efforts in the latter area led to his nearly being killed on orders of the Kingpin of Crime. However, Jameson's brush with death did not frightened him away from publishing attacks on and exposes of organized crime

This just set him up to hate Spiderman when he moved from >! entertainment to crime fighting

Spider-Man first came to public attention as an entertainer who used his powers to perform on television and stage. But when Spider-Man captured a burglar, Jameson became outraged that this masked entertainer would use his dangerous powers to take the law into his own hands. Jameson began speaking out against Spider-Man in his lectures and newspaper editorials. Jameson raised enough public doubt about the mysterious Spider-Man's motivations that Spider-Man was blacklisted virtually overnight by the entertainment industry.

Later -

Managing to save the younger Jameson, the elder Jameson then publicly accused Spider-Man of sabotaging the capsule in order to save it as a publicity stunt, and denounced his illegal break-in at the military base. As a result, Spider-Man became an outlaw. Shortly after this, he hired a young photographer named Peter Parker who sold him pictures of Spider-Man's fight with the Vulture, never realizing that Parker and Spider-Man were the same person.

Then there is the fact that

At least once, Jameson has come to the realization that he detests Spider-Man for being the self-sacrificing hero Jameson hates himself for not being

This all explains why he hates Spidey and as far as I can see the logic on Spideys half of the relationship does not make half as much sense. After Jamerson has ruined his career

Jameson began speaking out against Spider-Man in his lectures and newspaper editorials. Jameson raised enough public doubt about the mysterious Spider-Man's motivations that Spider-Man was blacklisted virtually overnight by the entertainment industry.

and makes him a wanted fugitive he goes and works for the Bugle.

As a result, Spider-Man became an outlaw. Shortly after this, he hired a young photographer named Peter Parker who sold him pictures of Spider-Man's fight with the Vulture, never realizing that Parker and Spider-Man were the same person.

Saves his life (twice) -

Jonah yelled at Peter, causing Peter to snap and yell back, stating that his photographs kept the Bugle selling while Jonah raked in the profits and paid Peter a pittance. This caused Jonah to yell at Peter again, but he stopped short and had a heart attack. Peter gave Jonah CPR until the paramedics arrived, who rushed Jonah to the hospital.

Then there was later when -

Peter, as Spider-Man, paid a visit, and accidentally let slip that the Daily Bugle has sold to Dexter Bennett, which caused Jonah to have another heart attack, forcing Spidey to once again give him CPR. Jonah did not, surprisingly, blame Spider-Man but instead he just kept on muttering, "Dexter Bennett".

The only reason I can see for Spider-man to wanting to work for Jamerson, Beyond the idea of keeping an eye on him and what new way he is planning to get Spider-man was because in some strange way he found it entertaining?

I mean in everything I have seen Spider-man has had a strange sense of humour and the result was in the end this -

When Spider-Man unmasked to reveal himself to be Peter Parker, Jameson fainted dead away at the realization that the man he'd been calling a menace had been on his payroll for years.

Then there was this moment -

Jameson had always believed that between him and Peter Parker was a bond of trust and he had always regarded him as another son, the "last honest man" in the world; he had always bought his photos, even the ones that were poor, to help him in a discreet manner. After the public confession of Peter, he felt so betrayed and humiliated that it shattered their bond and he became determined to make Peter "pay", despite Parker (as enforcer) and Jameson both actively supporting the Super-human Registration Act.

Spider-man - Surprise! (just me being funny!)

But once again things get complicated >!After Dr Oc make Jamerson like Spider-man -

Jameson later asked Spider-Man to oversee the execution of Alistair Smythe, the person who killed his wife, at the Raft in order to ensure that he does not break free. Smythe, indeed, tried to escape, but Otto killed him at the behest of Jameson. Spider-Man then forced Jameson into giving him the Raft, which caused Jameson to hate him once more.

and yet in strange ways he keeps Spider-man safe -

Jonah aims the camera into Spidey and announces that now has come the time to reveal the face behind the mask of Spider-Man. Of course, his ego wouldn't allow this to actually happen, and he remained in the center of the camera's shot, blocking the view of Peter's face.

So in the end it is one complicated and messed up relationship!

It's complicated (spoilers ahead) - http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/John_Jonah_Jameson_(Earth-616)

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    Please don't post bare links to other sites that might die or change link structures. Also, a link to a 4,000 word page, most of which is irrelevant to the actual question isn't helpful, it's saying "go look for the answer yourself". – Avner Shahar-Kashtan May 22 '16 at 18:43
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    Sorry about the downvotes, Rincewind (not me), but the question could benefit from some quotes or other details. – Adamant May 22 '16 at 19:24
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    I want to see you get more upvotes here. :) Maybe you could add a quote? – Adamant May 22 '16 at 22:45
  • @Jonah Ok I added as little as I could! Last night I was just really not up to trying to boil the info down to a bait size bits that sort of cover everything! – Rincewind May 23 '16 at 5:59
  • I appreciate you revising your answer, but it's quite a lot of stuff, and it's hard to know what spoilers are okay to read and what one's not. I liked the simplicity of the other answer and so I accepted it, but perhaps this one will be valuable to others too. – Thunderforge May 23 '16 at 22:58

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