Appearing in "The Conversation"
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Main story and flashback)
- Aunt May (Main story and flashback)
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker (Mentioned)
- Flash Thompson (Mentioned)
- Richard Parker (Only in flashback)
- Mary Parker (Only in flashback)
- Uncle Ben (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "The Conversation"
Following the events of the battle with the villain Morlun, May Parker has found out that Peter really is Spidey! While waiting for May to arrive, Peter contemplates what May has in store for him (going over the different scenarios in his head of who might have six months to live..)
When May arrives Peter asks her if everything is ok. As she answers he catches a glimpse of the costume that was ripped to shreds in the previous two issues in the battle with Morlun. After Pete tries to con his way out of the situation, May proves it to be futile by just coming out and saying "I know your secret. I know you're Spider-Man"! As Peter comes to terms with her knowing May chides him from hiding this fact from her all these years. After accepting this fact, Peter tells May the reason why he's become Spidey (by letting the burglar go in AMAZING FANTASY #15, ultimately causing Uncle Ben's death). As he finishes telling May, yet another shocker happens.
May reveals that it wasn't wholely his fault, that she and Ben had gotten into a fight, causing Ben to storm out and go for a walk - never to be seen alive again. A brief interlude shows that the entire conversation lasted 2 hours and 36 minutes. May also reveals that she knew Pete was hiding something before, but she just thought he was gay ('I always knew you were hiding something in the closet, I thought it was chiffon, not a costume!)
After May tells Peter this she also says that some part of her will always hate that he's Spidey, but some part will always love Peter. With that May leaves. As Peter's Inner Monologue kicks in we see May in a cab on the verge of crying. As Peter puts on his costume, he says that he's lied to May for too long and that his new responsibility is to never lie to her again...ever
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- Stella Pavlov
Synopsis for "Flowers for Rhino Part 2 of 2: Cornocopia"
Appearing in "The Enforcers!"
- Aunt May
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Flash Thompson (See chronology)
- Elizabeth Allan (See chronology)
- Big Man (Frederick Foswell) (First appearance) (See chronology)
- Enforcers (First appearance)
- Mr. and Mrs. Abbott (First appearance) (May Parker's Neighbors)
- Peter Parker's High School Classmates
- Various Crime Bosses and other Criminals
Races and Species:
- United States of America
Synopsis for "The Enforcers!"
The crime boss Big Man has gathered a group called the Enforcers in order to strong arm all the other gangs in New York to work for him. When the other mobsters refuse, they are beaten into submission by Ox, Montana and Fancy Dan. Meanwhile, Peter visits his Aunt May in the hospital and is told that she needs a blood transfusion. He's worried that his radioactive blood would have an adverse effect on his aunt, but he is pressured into participating in the transfusion.
Later as Spider-Man, Peter busts some crooks working for the Big Man. When Jameson is on the scene, he demands that the police also arrest Spider-Man, because he suspects that Big Man and Spider-Man are the same character, and Spider-Man's aiding the law is just to throw the police off. Returning to the Bugle, he demands writer Frederick Foswell say as such in the Bugle's paper. Foswell reminds Jameson that the last time the Bugle reported that Spider-Man was doubling as a costumed villain (Electro), the Bugle ended up looking bad when it turned out to be false.
When Betty Brant gets off work, she is confronted by the Enforcers who are coming to collect a loan from her. Peter tries to get involved and allows the Enforcers to push him around, not wishing to reveal his identity. When Peter tries to find out what was going on, Betty flees.
Deciding to deal with the Enforcers and Big Man, Peter constructs a giant spider's web, complete with a giant spider in order to scare a crook stool pigeon into revealing the location of Big Man's secret hideout.
His battle with the Enforcers ends with the Enforcers retreating. When Spider-Man sees J. Jonah Jameson on the scene, he begins to suspect that Jameson might be the Big Man. Peter finds that Betty is not answering her phone, and later at the Bugle, he learns that she has quit her job.
Peter deals with the Big Man with a new plan: The next day at school, he brags about how he's figured out the Big Man's secret identity, hoping that word would get back to the Big Man. Sure enough, it does and the Big Man sends the Enforcers to capture Peter. Locked in a cell, Peter changes into Spider-Man and breaks out. He then battles Big Man, the Enforcers, and their hoods.
The Big Man escapes during the fight, but Spider-Man is more than convinced that Jameson is really the Big Man. Going to the Bugle to expose Jameson, he finds Jameson yelling at Foswell about the story he wrote when the police burst in and reveal the Big Man is Foswell, who shows that he pulled off the identity with padded clothing that made him look bigger. After the police take Foswell away, Jameson admits to himself that he hates Spider-Man because he represents everything that he is not. While Peter returns home to find that there is still no word from Betty Brant, Betty sits alone in a small town in Pennsylvania, wishing there was some way she could get Spider-Man's help.
This is a UK title that features reprints of American Spider-Man titles.
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