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Appearing in "An Obituary for Octopus"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #3.

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Synopsis for "An Obituary for Octopus"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #3.

Dilbert Trilby is in his office writing the latest set of obituaries. A high school intern named Oscar steps in with his latest assignments. Trilby shows Oscar his office which stores all of the obituaries and the retractions they've had to make over the years with people being dead but coming back. Trilby gets a phone call from Joe Robertson telling him that Doctor Octopus just robbed the Robeaux Research Centre and that his obit had to be updated. Trilby tells Oscar about a blank which is a person who has accomplished nothing important in their life and won't be missed by anybody in the world. Trilby finds the Doctor Octopus folder as he continues to talk to Oscar. He then fills Oscar in on the life of Otto Octavius.

He starts with his school life and how he was popular with schoolyard bullies. His father also disapproved of the way he would never fight back and constantly called him weak and a coward. This led to confrontations with Otto's mother, Mary, about Otto's personality.[Continuity 1] Meanwhile, at the Robeaux Research Centre, Peter finishes taking photos of the hole in the wall Doctor Octopus made his entrance through. Dr. Iberia tells him and Ben Urich that they specialize in viral research and that Ock stole their latest bloodwork.[Continuity 2]

Trilby continues with Otto's obituary, now at the point of his college years. They mention that he survived high school, and due to his extreme intelligence, was left with many college possibilities. However, during Otto's freshman year, Torbert died in a construction accident.[Continuity 3] He then graduated college at the top of his class. Spider-Man finds Eddie Rollins to find out information about Ock's whereabouts and motives. Trilby then moves on Otto's work at the U.S. Atomic Research Centre. It is there that he meets Mary Alice Anders and they begin a relationship. It is at this time that he begins working on his robotic tentacles.[Continuity 4]

A man named Willard Jaxton moves radioactive materials in his truck and has done for the past twelve years. Suddenly, a tentacle smashes through the window and steals a radioactive isotope when Spider-Man shows up. The two battle but Ock seems more interested in escaping that fighting. Despite the fighting, Ock doesn't reveal his intentions for the blood and the isotope. He distracts Spider-Man by smashing a gas pipe. Spider-Man quickly attaches a Spider-Tracer on his shoulder and seals up the gas pipe. Trilby tells Oscar that the relationship between Otto and Mary Alice deepened to the point that he proposed to her, which she accepted. Overjoyed, he rushed to his mother's house to tell her. But she wasn't happy about it because she hoped he would live to take care of her. Saddened by this, he broke his engagement. Rumors say that he had his cousin have her dismissed from the research facility.[Continuity 5]

In Doc Ock's lab, he has set up an experiment compromising of the blood and the radioactive materials. He reveals that he just has to monitor the chemical levels when Spider-Man bursts out of the dark and attacks him. During the fight, Doc Ock continues with his experiment and says that the experiment is not for his own health. In the last part of Trilby's obituary, it shows that Otto's personality changed over anger for his mother so much that people started calling him Doctor Octopus. He returned to his mother's house to talk to her when he finds her all dressed up. She reveals that she has been dating a librarian she met at the supermarket. She says she is entitled to fun and happiness. Otto becomes angry at this because he could have been happy with Mary Alice. Shocked by this attack, Mary has a heart attack and dies.[Continuity 6] He was so consumed with guilt that he was careless over the next few weeks. He was distracted during one of his experiments which exploded, fusing his tentacles to him that he became Doctor Octopus![Continuity 7]

Continuing on with the fight, Doctor Octopus becomes angrier as the web-slinger pursues with finding out what he's up to. Spider-Man guesses that he is making a cure, but refuses to believe that. Ock announces that his experiment is over. Suddenly, Otto's tentacles fall to the ground, limp. Ock sadly says that his experiment has failed. Meanwhile, at the Robeaux Research Centre, Dr. Iberia is called into performing a surgery as one of his patients go into heart failure. Otto is arrested but is still crushed about his experiment. Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Trilby finishes his updated obituary of Doctor Octopus when Oscar enters saying they have caught Ock. Oscar carries another assignment sheet. Trilby looks at it and says that it's another blank who won't be missed. The sheet drops to the floor, which reads that Mary Alice Burke died today at Robeaux of a deadly virus.[Continuity 8]

Appearing in "Typhoid Attack"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #213.

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Synopsis for "Typhoid Attack"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #213.

After a busy night on patrol, Spider-Man when he hears a police siren alerting him of another crime. The wall-crawler decides to investigate it as Peter Parker. Changing out of his costume, he thinks about he hasn't been out of costume in a while and wonders if his alter-ego still has a job with the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 9] Parker manages to get onto the scene of the crime due to his press credentials. Even though the officers warn him that it is a gruesome scene, which he thinks he can handle until he actually sees it. He learns that the victim had a history of abusing women. All they know about the perpetrator is that this is their third victim and that they are being chosen due to. Learning that they have a witness, Peter decides to ask her his own questions. The witness is a meek young woman named Mary Walker, who claims to have witnessed the whole thing from a hole in the wall between their apartments. She talks about the killer being a confident and strong woman who knew what she was doing. However, the police don't buy her story and think she might have been involved. Peter believes her story and invites her over to his place for dinner so she can talk to his wife Mary Jane, who at listening.[Continuity 10] Mary likes this idea and accepts Peter's phone number.

Later, Peter changes back to Spider-Man and returns home to discover that his wife is not home. With a serial killer on the loose, he wants to go back out to look for them. With no clean costumes, he uses one of Mary Jane's spandex t-shirts to bind the tears in his costume. He checks the voice mail and finds a message from Mary Jane. She is concerned about Peter and wants him to get in touch with her as soon as possible to let her know that he is okay. He feels bad for going back out and leaves her a message telling him his fine and giving her the heads up on their dinner guest before going back out. Elsewhere, in Mary's apartment, she looks over the various pills that she has to take on a regular basis. She feels fine and lashes out, thinking that she feels fine. She begins going through her artwork and becomes disturbed by some of the gruesome and graphic images among her actual work. She also finds a shotgun in her bag as well as police reports about men in the New York area that have a past history of abusing women. As she reads one of the reports, she puts her finger in a shattered bottle of black paint and runs a line down the middle of her face. After reading about the man's numerous offenses, she wishes that someone would do something about it.

By this time, Mary Jane has returned home with dinner and is disappointed when Peter isn't home. She then gets a phone call from Mary Walker who is lost and asking for directions. Mary Jane actually looks forward to talking to another woman and gives her directions. Mary tells her that she is also looking forward to having a girl talk. A short time later, Mary Jane answers a knock at the door and is horrified to see the vigilante known as Typhoid Mary waiting on the other side. Inviting herself in, Typhoid notices the dinner that is growing cold on the table. She quickly understands that her husband Peter has stood her up, and not for her first time. She then begins to mock Mary Jane, painting her as a dutiful housewife. When Mary Jane tries to defend herself and her marriage, Typhoid mocks her further before using her telekinetic powers to trash the room before leaping out a window. In the aftermath of this attack, Mary Jane wonders who that woman was, and how she knows her husband. Soon, Spider-Man returns home and sees the state of his home and asks Mary Jane what happened. After hearing her explanation, the wall-crawler figures that Typhoid is the vigilante killing men across the city. He tells Mary Jane to go someplace safe while he goes after her. Having not made the connection between Mary Walker and Typhoid Mary, Mary Jane decides to wait for Mary to show up before leaving. Before the wall-crawler leaves, Mary Jane tells Peter that in order to catch a killer he has to be able to think like one, but warns him that he can't be like one.

Meanwhile, Typhoid Mary arrives at a dive bar, gaining the attention of the lechers who are drinking there. Her presence attracts the attention of Spider-Man who is swinging by as she tosses one of the drunks out of the bar window. She attacks Spider-Man, who is reluctant to hit a woman, even one that can somehow evade his spider-sense. The wall-crawler is convinced that Typhoid Mary is the serial killer. When he strikes her, she begins to cry and blames him for being abusive like all other men. This accusation causes Spider-Man to take pause long enough for Mary to attack him. As the fight continues, the web-slinger accuses her of killing men. Typhoid Mary denies this and flees from the scene. However, she is confused as to why she is running away. Spider-Man follows after her, wondering what she is up to. Suddenly, Typhoid collapses to the ground. Suddenly, she uses her telekinetic powers to wrap herself in metal. Spider-Man quickly realizes that Typhoid Mary is developing another split personality. This new persona, Bloody Mary, arms herself with a sniper rifle and goes after her next target Jack Morray.

However, as she pulls the trigger, Spider-Man kicks the gun, spoiling her shot. As the wall-crawler tries to subdue Mary, he notices that even her fighting style is different. She accuses the wall-crawler of being another abuser of women, but Spider-Man refuses to be judged by a lunatic. He tries to snare her in his webbing, but this new persona has the power of pyrokenesis to burn through the webbing. As she gets away, Spider-Man manages to tag her with a spider-tracer. Trying to make sense of this encounter, Spider-Man quickly realizes that Mary Walker, Typhod Mary, and Bloody Mary are all the same person. He fears that Mary might return to his home to terrorize Mary Jane and leaps after her.

Appearing in "Bloody Justice"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #214.

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Synopsis for "Bloody Justice"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #214.

After escaping Spider-Man, Bloody Mary tracks down Jack Morray, a man with a history of abusing women. She is about to shoot him with her sniper rifle but decides against it, wanting to kill him up close and personal so he knows why he is dying. That's when she finds the spider-tracer that Spider-Man planted on her earlier in the evening. This causes her Typhoid Mary personality to return to the fore. Emerging from the metal outfit that Bloody Mary wears, Typhoid is amused at this find. Her research on the wall-crawler also uncovered a lot of information on the web-head and she intends to make the wall-crawler her next target after Jack Morray. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has been trying to locate Mary all night, especially after she broke into a library earlier that evening. That's when he spots what he sees what appears to be Bloody Mary. However, it is just the outer shell of her armor and his discarded spider-tracer. With the trail now cold, Spider-Man decides to head home and check on his wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 11]

When he returns home, Mary Jane is concerned about Peter because of the lack of time he spends at home.[Continuity 12] Peter tells his wife that he wanted her to go somewhere safe since Mary has their address. However, Mary Jane refuses to leave from her home and points out the strain his own double-identity is causing on their marriage. When she suggests that Peter's double identity is the same as Typhoid Mary, Peter denies it. He tells her that Mary has a personality disorder and her other identities are kill.[Continuity 13] Seeing that Peter has a piece of Bloody Mary's armor, she accuses her husband of being obsessed with the villain. The wall-crawler assures his wife that he loves only her, saying that he is concerned about the danger posed by Mary's multiple identities. This gets through to Mary Jane, who comes to agree that Typhoid Mary is disturbed since all women suffer from some kind of identity crisis or another because of the roles that society pushes on them. As Peter patches up his damaged costume, she decides to trust Peter to do the right thing, even though he sometimes does it the wrong way. Hearing this makes Peter realize that his wife can read him so well, and wishes he could bring himself to talk to her about his recent troubles.

Back out on the streets, Spider-Man's first stop is a pay phone to make call to Joe Robertson at the Daily Bugle. Meanwhile, Mary Walker passes by Joe Morray's home just as he is returning home and has a fainting spell. Falling for this, Joe helps the woman up and invites her into his house. Inside he offers to make Mary some food, telling her to make herself at home. As Joe brags about his wealth, Mary turns on the television. She happens upon a news story about Bloody Mary and seeing an artists rendition of her alter-ego, she begins changing into Typhoid Mary. Not far away, Spider-Man is heading to Joe Morray's home, figuring that is the likely place for her to strike next. By this time, Joe has noticed Mary's transformation into Typhoid and is instantly aroused. He then begins trying to seduce her, telling her that if what he does to her kills her, she'll love the way she ends up going. Spider-Man arrives on the roof just then and spots Typhoid Mary with Joe. Inside, Morray begins telling her about the pain he intends to inflict upon her. This triggers a transformation into Bloody Mary. Using her telekinetic powers to summon knives from the kitchen. The blades graze Joe as they turn into Bloody Mary's new suit of armor. Furious over Morray's treatment of women, she intends to inflict a great deal of pain upon him until he is dead.

That's when Spider-Man comes crashing in through the skylight to stop her. Joe is thankful for the wall-crawler's intervention, but Spider-Man webs him up, explaining that he is only saving Morray's life so he can face justice for his crimes. Bloody Mary is furious at the wall-crawler's interference and attacks him. She is convinced that Spider-Man is no better than the men she hunts down and kills. To justify this she tosses a newspaper report accusing the web-slinger of murdering Gwen Stacy.[Continuity 14] This startles Spider-Man long enough to make him pause. When he tries to explain to Bloody Mary what really happened, she attacks him again. The web-slinger tries to convince her not to fight, questioning her mission. Bloody Mary decides to change tactics and changes back into Typhoid Mary. Spider-Man is still on the defensive and convinces Typhoid to let Mary Walker to talk. Suddenly, a new personality -- which Spider-Man later dubs Walker -- comes to the fore. This woman is aware of the crimes she committed in her other identities. Horrified by what her other alter-egos had done and begins to cry.

This is when Joe Morray shoots himself, however, he doesn't seriously injure himself because he has been webbed up. With the danger passed, Walker explains how her fractured personalities are the results of abuses she experienced as a child.[Continuity 15] When Spider-Man asks Walker if she has any friends who can help, she explains the only person is a woman named Mary Jane, someone who she never met before. Feeling sympathetic toward Walker's situation, the wall-crawler promises to get her the help she needs. Making a call to the authorities, Walker is turned over to the custody of John Jameson so she can be transported to Ravencroft Institute for psychiatric help.

Notes

This is a UK title that features reprints of American Spider-Man titles.

Continuity Notes

  1. Otto's abusive childhood is explored further in The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 2 #9 and Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #1.
  2. This story specifically states that the scientists are conducting AIDS research. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. At the time this story was published the AIDS virus a much deadlier illness. Since then, advances in medical science has made the virus treatable, less fatal, and a potential cure may be possible in the coming decades.
  3. This contradicts The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 2 #9. In that story, Otto states he was still a young child when he father died and was forced to watch his father die in bed. Given Otto's state of mind, there's telling what facts were are true.
  4. Otto's romance with Mary Anders is explored further in Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #2.
  5. Otto telling his mother about Mary is explored in further detail in Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #2. The supposed rumors of Mary Anders being dismissed by Elias Hargrove were likely rumors after all given that Mary was depicted as still being employed by Atomic Research up until Otto was first defeated by Spider-Man as seen in Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #3-5
  6. This is contrary to Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #3. In this telling, Otto's mother did not suffer a heart attack but was strangled to death by Otto. It's entirely possible that Otto covered up the fact that he murdered his mother.
  7. The accident that turned Otto Octavius into Doctor Octopus occurred in Amazing Spider-Man #3.
  8. This story specifically states that Mary died of AIDS. As stated above, this should be considered a topical reference. Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #11-12 it is revealed that Norman Osborn was responsible for injecting her with a virus. In that story, the type of virus she is injected with is generalized.
  9. Spider-Man had recently abandoned his Peter Parker identity following he the Pursuit story arc.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  10. 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 considered a common-law couple here.
  11. 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 considered a common-law couple here.
  12. Peter had all but abandoned his identity of Peter Parker following the events of the Pursuit story arc.
    Pursuit
    Spider-Man #45 The Spectacular Spider-Man #211 Web of Spider-Man #112 Amazing Spider-Man #389
  13. Peter states that Typhoid Mary suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. This is due to changes in mental health diagnostics. Modern psychiatric diagnostics suggest that she actually suffers from Dissasociative Identity Disorder.
  14. This newspaper article is likely from the Daily Bugle which wrongly accused the wall-crawler for Gwen Stacy's death. She was actually killed by the Green Goblin, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  15. Up until this point it was a long believed that an injury inflicted upon her during a run-in with Matt Murdock early on in his career resulted in Mary Walker's multiple personalities, as seen in Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #2. This would mark the first time Mary suggests that she experienced abuse prior to that. This is explored further in Typhoid #1-4.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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