Quote1 I can't believe all that's happened in the last twenty-four hours! Mary Jane announced that she's always known that I'm Spider-Man! I have an argument with Black Cat, and a real doozie of a nightmare! Not only do I learn that my costume's alive, but I'm also the butt of one of the Human Torch's sick pranks! Quote2
-- Bombastic Bag-Man (Peter Parker)

Appearing in "The Sinister Secret of Spider-Man's New Costume!"

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Synopsis for "The Sinister Secret of Spider-Man's New Costume!"

Mary Jane Watson has just revealed that she has known that Peter Parker is Spider-Man for years. This comes to a shock to Peter, who has returned home after his battle with the Puma. He tries to get Mary Jane to stay, but she knows that all Peter is going to try and do is lie to her again. She confides that while she cares for him, she can't deal with the fact that he is Spider-Man, and that is the main reason why she left New York to begin with. As Peter scrambles to try and get Mary Jane to stay, the Black Cat comes leaping into his apartment through the window. This blows away any chance Peter had of keeping his secret identity. Seeing the Black Cat in his apartment, Mary Jane flees in tears. Peter tries to get her to come back, but the Cat tells him not to worry about this other woman, as he doesn't need a "bimbo" like her. Peter then snaps at the Black Cat for coming into his window like that. The Black Cat isn't interested in dealing with her loves grief and goes to leave. Peter doesn't want her to go and is surprised when his costume, currently in street-clothing form, shoots webbing to the Cat. While Peter tries to make sense of this, the Black Cat smothers him, realizing that he does care about her. As she hugs him, Peter is more concerned about his costume, and how little he knows about it.

Meanwhile, in Heartsdale, New Mexico, Thomas Fireheart returns to his office at Fireheart Enterprises. There he asks his secretary, Jenna Taylor to assemble a dossier on Spider-Man, as he prepares for his next and final conflict with Spider-Man. While back in New York, Peter boards up the window that was broken during his battle with the Puma. He decides to try and call Mary Jane, but she doesn't answer the phone. Mary Jane is busy packing up her things, but when she comes across a photo of her sister and their kids, she realizes that she is running from Peter just in the same way she ran away from her sister and wonders why she runs away from all the people she cares for. Giving up on reaching Mary Jane, Peter wills his costume off his body and sits down. He thinks about everything that has been going on in his life and wonders how things began spiraling out of control. Peter falls asleep in a chair, and no sooner is he out, his costume leaps across the room and bonds to him and takes him out web-slinging while he sleeps. As his costume has him swing across the city, Peter has a nightmare where he is teenaged self being stalked by his black costume. In this dreamscape, he is rescued by his original red and blue costume. As the two costumes fight over each other, Peter tries to flee but the two garments go after him. As they fight over Peter, he wakes up screaming. Peter finds himself back in bed, unaware that his costume took him out while he was asleep. Disturbed by his dream, Peter decides to finally take his new costume to be examined by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four.

Later that day, Spider-Man pays a visit to the Baxter Building where he is granted access by the security systems. There he finds the Human Torch and Mister Fantastic in the lab. He tells them that he has come to take Reed up to his offer to examine his new costume. Spider-Man then undergoes a battery of tests to determine how the costume can shoot webs, meld itself over his body, and camoflage itself as normal clothing. While this is going on, the Rose is entertaining the Hobgoblin at his penthouse. However, before the Rose is willing to listen to the Hobgoblin's proposal, he is determined to prove if this is really the villain, as he heard that it was killed. The Rose summons his guards to attack the Hobgoblin, who takes them all down within five seconds. Convinced that he is dealing with the genuine article, the Rose listens to the Hobgoblin's proposal. The Hobgoblin proposes that their pool their resources together to rival the Kingpin, and to start this campeign they will destroy Spider-Man once and for all.

Back at the Baxter Building, Spider-Man and the Human Torch talk about their experiences on Battleworld while they wait for Reed to finish his examination of the wall-crawler's new costume. Mister Fantastic soon enters and tells Spider-Man the shocking truth about his costume: It's a living symbiotic creature that is attempting to bond to him permenantly. This puts Spider-Man in a panic and he tries to get the costume off but it stays on strong. Mister Fantastic grabs a sonic blaster. Determining that the costume is sensitive to loud noise, Mister Fantastic uses the sonic blaster to force the costume off Spider-Man. While the Torch contains the creature in a circle of flame, Mister Fantastic traps it in a containment device. With his costume removed, Peter covers his face, reminding the two members of the Fantastic Four that he has a secret identity to maintain. The Torch has a solution to the problem and gets Spider-Man one of his old Fantastic Four costumes and a paperbag to wear over his face as a crude mask.

Embarassed by this new ensemble, Spider-Man grudgingly accepts it for the time being. Reed asks Spider-Man if he can keep the alien costume to examine it further. The wall-crawler tells Reed that he can keep it, as he never wants to see it again. After the Human Torch drops Spider-Man outside of the Baxter Building, the wall-crawler makes his trek back home. However, along the way, he happens upon a liquor store robbery that has been interrupted by the police. Spider-Man swings in and easily trounces the crooks. With the battle is over, Spider-Man is swarmed by reporters who want to know who he is. Embarassed and overwhealmed, the wall-crawler quickly escapes. In the aftermath of this experience, Peter laments over how humbled he has been made recently and wonders what to do about Mary Jane and the Black Cat. Suddenly, it begins to snow, the final straw in what is turning out to be a horrible day for Spider-Man. Back home, Peter Parker watches the news coverage of his embarassing outage in the "Unknown Superhero". Trying to figure out what to do without his new costume, Peter pulls out his web-shooters out of storage and contemplates wearing his old red and blue costume again, when suddenly there is a knock at the door.

It's Mary Jane who has come to talk to Peter, having grown tired of running away from her problems. She has decided that since she knows Peter's biggest secret it is only fair to tell him her own. Meanwhile, back at the Baxter Building, Spider-Man's alien costume seething with hatred and a desire for revenge. Although it is being held in Reed's lab, it is trying to escape from the containment unit that it is being held.

Solicit Synopsis

At last, the answer to the question on everybody's minds: Just what makes Spidey's new costume work? Reed Richards is going to find out — and you will too if you read this issue! This Marvel milestone also guest-stars the Human Torch.


Continuity Notes

  • Peter recounts a few events of his time on Battleworld. Namely how he obtained his alien costume and how Galactus almost consumed the planet in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 and 9 respectively.
  • When Peter is lamenting over his recent problems he envisions a number of people involved in his life recently. Some facts:
    • His Aunt May is upset with him because he decided to quit grad school. He told her this in Amazing Spider-Man #253.
    • Joe Robertson has been giving Peter a hard time at work since taking over the editor-in-chief position at the Daily Bugle in Amazing Spider-Man #251, which is also when the Hobgoblin apparently died.
    • His problems with the Black Cat revolve around the fact that she has been keeping the fact that she recently got superpowers from the Kingpin in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #89.
    • He is worried about Jack O'Lantern, who he recently battled in Amazing Spider-Man #254.

Chronology Notes

Events in this story happen behind the scenes that affect the chronology of the following characters:


  • Previous Empty Page 1-10 Next - Peter reels over Mary Janes revelation that she has known he was Spider-Man.
  • Previous Page 11-23 Next Empty - Spider-Man turns over his costume to Mister Fantastic for examination after it is discovered that it is alive.

Venom Symbiote:

  • Previous Empty Page 1-10 Next - Peter reels over Mary Janes revelation that she has known he was Spider-Man.
  • Previous Page 11-23 Next Empty - Spider-Man turns over his costume to Mister Fantastic for examination after it is discovered that it is alive.

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