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Appearing in "Samson Unleashed!"

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Synopsis for "Samson Unleashed!"

After clearing customs at JFK International Airport on his way home from Scotland, the Hulk runs into Doc Samson, who has come looking for him.[Continuity 1] Samson explains that a demonstration is being given at a nearby research center that could have ramifications for both of them. After hearing that scientists have created a gamma virus that can release repressed emotions. He thinks that this could be the key to solving the Hulk's current mood swings. Hearing that they are using gamma radiation, Banner reminds him that gamma radiation is what created himself, the Abomination and the Leader, telling Samson that if he goes anywhere near that demonstration, he is the crazy one. Feeling his anger well up, the Hulk goes outside and leaps away. Meanwhile, in Lower Manhattan, Spider-Man interrupts a pair of bullies who are trying to steal lunch money from a younger kid. After the bullies flee, Spider-Man gladly gives the boy his autograph, unaware that the kid hopes to sell it for money. As he swings away, Spider-Man considers stopping a schoolyard robbery is a pretty small crime to stop, the wall-crawler is glad for it after stopping Carnage and his involvement in the Infinity Crusade.[Continuity 2] Spider-Man soon returns to the apartment he shares with his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 3] Peter has returned home early, ruining a surprise lunch that she was preparing for him. Peter couldn't help it since he pulled some strings to see the gamma virus demonstration later that day. Since the two have some free time alone together for once, the couple decides to take advantage of it with some romance.

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Aunt May has just finished lunch with the people claiming to be Richard and Mary Parker.[Continuity 4] Richard asks May if she wants him and Mary to go with her to the cemetery next week. When May asks why Richard says that next week is the wedding anniversary of May and his late brother Ben.[Continuity 5] Hearing this causes a such a bad shock in May, she drops her cup of tea on the kitchen counter. When Richard asks her what happened, May says that the cup slipped out of her hands.

Later that day, Peter Parker is at the demonstration being put on by Doctor Pollock. He explains that he intends on using a gamma virus to cure a schizophrenic man of his mental illness. Among those attending the demonstration is Doc Samson, who watches with great interest. When the demonstration begins, Peter's spider-sense begins to go off, warning him of danger. At that moment, the gamma virus begins swirling around the emitter as though it was focusing on someone other than their patient. Suddenly, the gamma virus blasts through the protective glass. With the glass about to shatter, Doc Samson leaps up and grabs onto it in the hopes of protecting the crowd as they flee. While nobody is looking, Peter Parker changes into Spider-Man in order to lend a hand. Unfortunately, he is too late to help as suddenly the glass shatters. The virus then bombards Doc Samson, causing him to undergo another transformation. Increasing in mass, Samson becomes a violent savage that attacks the wall-crawler. Spider-Man finds himself on the defensive because he doesn't want to harm Samson, as he is only a victim of the virus. Unfortunately, Doc Samson doesn't treat Spider-Man so gingerly, giving him a sound beating. Suddenly sensing the gamma energy pattern of Bruce Banner, Doc Samson leaps through the ceiling intent on tracking down the Hulk.

Back in Forest Hills, Aunt May is going through the phone book when she is approached by Richard. He asks May if she wants to join him and Mary for a walk. May declines the offer, and when Richard asks her if anything is wrong, she tells him that he is being silly. After Richard leaves, May continues looking through the phone book for a private detective. At this time, the Hulk is walking through Washington Square Park. He is in a crabby mood because everyone is scared of him. Suddenly, he is attacked by Doc Samson, and the two come to blows. Spider-Man arrives on the scene shortly thereafter trying to stop the fight before someone is hurt. When he tries to stop the Hulk, the web-head is easily knocked aside. This distraction allows Doc Samson to ambush the Hulk. With the Hulk restrained, the gamma virus transfers from Doc Samson to the Hulk. Hearing the Hulk scream in pain, Spider-Man pushes the two titans apart. Noticing that Doc Samson is back to normal, Spider-Man turns around and sees that the situation is as bad as he suspected: The gamma virus has transferred to the Hulk.

Solicit Synopsis

Peter decides, once and for all, to find out what the deal is with these people who claim to be his parents, are they or aren't they? The aftermath of the Maximum Carnage crossover, this book features the work of the formidable Michelinie and Bagley creative team!


Continuity Notes

  1. The Hulk was in Scottland in Incredible Hulk #407. The story is later refuted as a dream in Incredible Hulk #413. This was because Peter David didn't like the idea of Hulk flying in a regular plane and going through customs. As such, he wrote in the line about this story being a dream in Hulk #407, as explained here. Regardless, per Official Index to the Marvel Universe #9, this story is still considered a part of continuity.
  2. Obviously, this story takes place shortly after the Maximum Carnage and Infinity War events.
    Maximum Carnage
    Spider-Man Unlimited # 1 Web of Spider-Man # 101 Amazing Spider-Man # 378 Spider-Man # 35 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 201 Web of Spider-Man # 102 Amazing Spider-Man # 379
    Spider-Man # 36 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 202 Web of Spider-Man # 103 Amazing Spider-Man # 380 Spider-Man # 37 The Spectacular Spider-Man # 203 Spider-Man Unlimited # 2
    Infinity Crusade
    Chapter One
    Iron Man #294 Iron Man #295 Warlock and the Infinity Watch #18 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #54 Alpha Flight #122 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #56 Terror Inc. #13 Thor #463 Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #96 Thor #464 Warlock Chronicles #1
    Chapter Two
    Web of Spider-Man #104 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #55 Thor #465 Alpha Flight #123 Alpha Flight #124 Darkhawk #30 Warlock Chronicles #2 Warlock and the Infinity Watch #19 Cage #17 Web of Spider-Man #105 Marc Spector: Moon Knight #57
    Chapter Three
    Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #56 Avengers West Coast Vol 2 #97 Darkhawk #31 Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #16 Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #17 Warlock Chronicles #3 Warlock and the Infinity Watch #20 Silver Surfer Vol 3 #83
    Chapter Four
    Warlock Chronicles #4 Silver Surfer Vol 3 #84 Silver Surfer Vol 3 #85
    Chapter Five
    Deathlok Vol 2 #28 Web of Spider-Man #106 Warlock Chronicles #5 Thor #466 Warlock and the Infinity Watch #21 Warlock and the Infinity Watch #22
    Chapter Six
    Deathlok Vol 2 #29 Thor #467
  3. Peter and Mary Jane are referred to as husband and wife here. However, years later, their marriage is erased from existence by Mephisto in Amazing Spider-Man #545. As such they should be a common-law couple here.
  4. These people are impostors, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #388. The real Richard and Mary Parker died on a mission for the US government 20 years earlier, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.
  5. Ben Parker was murdered during a burglary in Amazing Fantasy #15.

See Also


  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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