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Appearing in "Opening Statements"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #126.

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Synopsis for "Opening Statements"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #126.

The Clone Saga continues from The Spectacular Spider-Man #225...

As Spider-Man swings across the city searching for Kaine, he thinks about how strange his life has become. Particularly since the return of his clone, Ben Reilly, who was long believed to be dead. When Peter was arrested for murder, Reilly stepped in and took his place so that Peter could search for the real killer.[Continuity 1] However, his search comes to an abrupt end when he is suddenly ambushed by Kaine. The assassin was waiting for the wall-crawler to come after him as he knew that Ben Reilly took his place in prison. The ambush sends them landing into a dance studio. There, Kaine tries to explain that he was intending to frame Ben Reilly for murder and never intended for Peter to take the fall for murder. With a group of young dancers in danger, Spider-Man tries to knock Kaine out. Although this fails, he still manages to usher the young dancers out of the room. Although Kaine is immune to Peter's spider-sense, the wall-crawler is able to evade his next attack thanks to the mirrors that cover the walls of the dance studio. Spider-Man intends on beating Kaine into submission and then forcing him to confess his crimes.

Meanwhile, at the Manhattan City Courthouse, the case of the City of New York vs. Peter Parker has just begun. As the Judge Sandra Franklin makes her opening statements, Ben Reilly thinks about how his return threatened to ruin the life of Peter Parker, hence why he took his place in prison and now sits on trial in his place. After the judge is finished speaking, she turns the floor over to District Attorney Blake Tower. Tower addresses the jury and tells them that he will prove that Peter Parker is a cold-blooded killer without a shadow of a doubt. His damning opening statements strike a chord among those watching the trial, which includes Peter Parker's wife Mary Jane and her Aunt Anna.[Continuity 2] Hearing all this, Ben really hopes that Peter will come through and find the evidence needed to clear his name. While back at the dance studio, Spider-Man continues his battle with Kaine. The killer refuses to do anything that will assist Ben Reilly, hoping that he is found guilty of the crimes that Peter Parker has been accused of.[Continuity 3] Spider-Man refuses to let Ben take the fall for a crime he committed and is willing to do whatever it takes to bring Kaine down and force him to confess. Not wanting to fight the wall-crawler, Kaine is not against doing so if he must.

As Kaine overpowers the wall-crawler, he is reminded that Kaine is much more powerful than him and wonders where Kaine comes from.[Continuity 4] As he smashes Spider-Man's face into a nearby wall, Kaine forces the web-spinner to take a good look at his reflection. Kaine rants and raves about how everything he does, he does for Peter Parker and that Ben Reilly does not deserve any consideration. Still, Spider-Man fights on, but Kain soon grabs him by the throat, Kaine then warns Spider-Man that he is willing to cripple the wall-crawler if it ensures that Ben Reilly will suffer. At that same moment, Jacob Raven has found himself in an unlikely alliance with the villain known as Stunner. The pair are no staking out the courthouse in the hopes that Kaine will attack, as they both want to bring him to justice.[Continuity 5] That's when Jacob picks up a radio report about Spider-Man's battle with Kaine and calls Stunner down from her post to inform of this recent development. She agrees to accompany him and follow his plans, however, she secretly intends to kill Kaine on the spot.

Meanwhile, inside the courthouse, the trial turns to the defense to make their opening statement. "Peter Parker's" lawyer, Mister Locker, addresses the jury telling him that the prosecution's only evidence is circumstantial in nature. He then tosses doubt to their claims and suggests that if they find "Peter Parker" guilty they are going to lock up an innocent man while the real killer remains free. Back at the dance hall, Spider-Man is faltering in battle when a police officer arrives on the scene and orders Kaine to surrender. As Spider-Man struggles to get back to his feet, Kaine is about to harm the officer. The wall-crawler rescues the officer, forcing himself and Kaine out of a nearby window. They land on the street just as Jacob Raven and Stunner arrive. Stunner orders Spider-Man to step aside because she wants to destroy Kaine. Spider-Man refuses to allow her as he needs Kaine to make his confession. As Stunner threatens to go through Spider-Man, the wall-crawler notices someone or something teleporting onto the scene. Back at the courthouse, Mr. Lock finishes his opening statements. When he returns to his table, Ben is astonished when Locke admits that despite his impassioned speech, the evidence doesn't look good. That's when the judge asks the prosecution to call their first witness. Blake Tower shocks the entire courtroom when he calls on Mary Jane, Peter Parker's wife. While at that moment, Judas Traveller appears before Spider-Man and Kaine. Although the wall-crawler has no time for this madman, Traveller insists that he needs them both and teleports both Spider-Man and Kaine away to points unknown.

... The Trial of Peter Parker continues in Amazing Spider-Man #403.

Appearing in "Judgement at Bedlam"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #403.

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Synopsis for "Judgement at Bedlam"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #403.

This story is continued from Web of Spider-Man #126...

Kidnapped by Judas Traveller, Spider-Man finds himself before a mock court within Ravencroft Institute. As the staff watches helplessly in the stands, the jury is filled with the inmates. Comprising this kangaroo court is Judas Traveller as the judge, Carnage as the prosecution, as well as Ashley Kafka and John Jameson in the defense. Among those watching the trial are Edward Whelan, Shriek, the Chameleon, and Kaine. Traveller tells the wall-crawler that he is standing trial for his life, and asks him how he will plead. Spider-Man doesn't know what's going on and demands answers. All Judas will tell him that is if the web-slinger is be sentenced to death if he is found guilty of time. Judas then begins the trial, stating that when he previously came to Ravencroft Institute he learned that many of the inmates held a great deal of hatred toward the wall-crawler.[Continuity 6] Judas wishes to learn if these inmates only exist because there is a Spider-Man and if his death would put an end to their insanity as well. This speech gets cheers from the lunatics in the jury. Traveller explains that while Carnage has been assigned to the prosecution, Kaine has been selected to work in the wall-crawler's defense. Forcing his will upon Spider-Man, he then demands that wall-crawler to enter a plea to the court.

Before Spider-Man can answer, Kaine leaps from the defense table and tries to attack Judas. He demands to know where Judas comes from judging a hero like Spider-Man. However, when he tries to give Traveller the Mark of Kaine, it doesn't work. Grabbing Kaine by the hand, Traveller demonstrates a show of power by growing in size and threatens to kill him.[Continuity 7] When Kaine expresses his desire to do whatever it takes to stop Judas Traveller for Spider-Man, reality snaps back to normal. Kaine is back behind the defense table as though he never tried to attack Judas to begin with. Traveller explains that his desire to fight for Spider-Man is the exact reason why he has chosen Kaine to be Spider-Man's defense attorney. When Judas warns Kaine against future outbursts, the assassin agrees to comply. When Traveller turns the floor over to Carnage, the symbiotic serial killer calls himself as his first witness.

This is not the only trial going on this day, as today is the trial of Peter Parker, who has been accused of murder. However, Peter Parker is not on the stand, but his clone Ben Reilly.[Continuity 8] On the witness stand is Peter Parker's wife, Mary Jane Watson.[Continuity 9] She is being questioned by Blake Tower, the District Attorney of New York. He wants to know where her husband was at the time of the murders. Although she notes that he is a photojournalist, he was not on assignment at the time of the murder. Tower suggests that this killing was actually personal business and demands to know where her husband was at the time. Mary Jane knows what happened as, at the time, Peter was buried alive by Kraven the Hunter, but can't tell the court this.[Continuity 10] When she can't answer Tower's questions, she is dismissed from the witness stand. She returns to the gallery where she tells her Aunt Anna that she feels that she did more bad than good. Anna tells her not to worry, assuring her that the truth will come out.

Back at Ravencroft, Kaine has another precognitive flash of Mary Jane being killed.[Continuity 11] However, this is ignored by the mock trial, as Carnage begins his testimony. Carnage accuses Spider-Man of his creation, saying to the court that it was the wall-crawler who brought the first symbiote to Earth.[Continuity 12] After his testimony, Carnage opens himself up for cross-examination from Kaine. Kaine points out that Kasady was a serial killer prior to becoming Carnage. When the lunatic denies this, Kaine lashes out with his Touch of Kaine. This hurts Carnage and the two come to blows until Judas Traveller has had enough with the disruption and uses his powers to stop them from fighting. Traveller warns them against such a disruption again and orders Carnage to call his next witness.

Next, Carnage calls Malcolm McBride to the stands to testify against Spider-Man. Ashley Kafka is concerned about this because Malcolm has been in a fragile mental state since he was cured of the Carrion virus.[Continuity 13] However, despite these concerns, John Jameson points out that there is nothing they can do. Carnage berates Malcom, getting him to admit that it was his own jealousy that led to the creation of Carrion, and that his jealousy toward his classmate Peter Parker. With this, Carnage rips off Spider-Man's mask, revealing that he is Peter Parker. Carnage then goes through a litany of those who died because of Peter Parker.[Continuity 14] Lastly, he suggests that Peter's life as Spider-Man also caused the death of his Aunt May as well.[Continuity 15] At this last accusation, Peter Parker has had enough and loses his temper. Accusing Carnage of twisting his life into something that it isn't, Peter breaks free from his bonds. Spider-Man refuses to surrender, pointing out that this is yet another effort to break him down.[Continuity 16] He refuses to allow this mock trial to continue as he needs to get Kaine to the courthouse and prove Peter Parker's innocence. While Judas finds this a beautiful speech, he orders the jury to make a verdict. The jury finds him guilty and sentences him to death. As they rush at the wall-crawler, both Malcolm McBride and Edward Wheland and forced to transform into Carrion and Vermin and join the frenzied mob.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Manhattan, Detective Jacob Raven and Stunner continues their hunt for Kaine. Unable to find their quarry, Stunner begins to lose her temper, but Raven manages to calm her down because he knows exactly what she has lost.[Continuity 17] Although she calms her down, Stunner has to go and promises Jacob that she will be back and suddenly fades away. While back at Ravencroft, Spider-Man has been restrained again. After hearing the jury, Judas Traveller has no choice but to find the wall-crawler guilty and sentences him to death and invites the jury to carry out the execution. With Carnage leading them, the other inmates rush at Spider-Man intent on killing him. Kaine leaps in to aid Spider-Man, but despite his efforts, the pair is swarmed by the inmates. Suddenly, the attack ends, and Judas Traveller explains that he sent all the inmates back to their cells and that Kaine is still alive. Judas explains that after their experience through space-time, he has detected a sense of nobility in Spider-Man that surprised him.[Continuity 18] Seeing how Kaine was willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of Spider-Man, Judas had decided that Peter deserves further observation and teleports away without further explanation. Spider-Man then finds himself and Kaine back in Manhattan.

There, as Kaine recovers, he is grabbed by Stunner who is determined to avenge the death of Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man pleads with her to spare Kaine's life, but it appears his words are falling on deaf ears. Meanwhile, back at Ravencroft, Carnage sits in his cell gloating over the fact that he knows Spider-Man's secret identity. That's when Judas Traveller appears in his cell and tells Kasady that what he has given he can take away and painfully erases the memory of Spider-Man's secret identity from Carnage's mind.

... This story continues in Spider-Man #60.

Appearing in "Amazing Adventures"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Fantasy #17.

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Synopsis for "Amazing Adventures"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Fantasy #17.

Peter Parker thinks about his past when he was a child he had many friends. However, as he grew older and started to focus more on his studies in junior high, he and his friends started to drift apart. By the time they were all in high school, all his old friends gravitated toward Flash Thompson. Peter ended up being an outcast among his peers and was regularly bullied by Thompson.[Continuity 19] However, a few weeks later things completely changed for Peter Parker forever, he becomes Spider-Man.

Now singing across Manhattan, he spots a construction worker falling off some scaffolding and swings in and rescues him. When one of the girders from the construction site falls, the wall-crawler manages to snag it with a web line before it can land on anyone. As he is about to swing away, Spider-Man is called back by Maxie Shiffman, his agent. Shiffman tells the wall-crawler that all of his acts of heroism have been testing well with the public and he wants Spider-Man to come back and work for him some more, promising that they can make millions. Unfortunately for Shiffman, Spider-Man declines the offer saying that he has to live up to his responsibilities. As he swings away, the web-slinger knows that Maxie would never understand his quitting show business. It was because he was so absorbed in becoming a star that he let a burglar get away. This same burglar went on to murder his Uncle Ben. As he swings past one building, the wall-crawler's presence doesn't go unnoticed. He is being observed by Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime. He set plans into motion that led to the "accident" at the construction site. Although Spider-Man rescued the worker who fell, Fisk is confident that the message the intended message was received. His assistant assures Wilson that he will keep putting on the pressure but worries about Spider-Man interfering again. The Kingpin tells his assistant not to worry as he has a plan in place for just such a contingency.

That evening, Peter Parker is watching the evening news with his Aunt May.[Continuity 20] They watch a special news report about a mutant sighting. In it, they witness as a young man fires beams of energy from his eyes, destroying falling debris. Despite this, the young mutant is chased off by an angry mob.[Continuity 21] That's when Aunt May tells Peter that he has been too moody recently. He tells her that he is having a hard time dealing with the death of Uncle Ben, school, and their money problems. May tells Peter that he is too young to be so down on himself and that he should be out having fun with his friends. Peter tells her it's a lot more complicated than that, thinking about how he has no friends to speak of. Looking at the young mutant on the television, Peter finds that he can relate to him.

The next day, Spider-Man is out web-slinging when he is struck from behind by something. Recovering from the blow, the wall-crawler is surprised to see a young woman who appears to fly in a nimbus of energy. Hearing him speak, the youth is delighted to discover that Spider-Man is around the same age she is. Introducing herself as Joey Pulaski. The two become fast friends, and while Peter is ostracised and made fun of in school by Flash Thompson and the others, he spends his free moments as Spider-Man hanging out with Joey. He is happy to have met someone his own age with superpowers and after some time, he begins considering telling Joey his real name. He also begins wondering if Aunt May was right about taking life too seriously. Meanwhile, Maxie Shiffman tries to convince his secretary Gracie to stay on the job. However, with Shiffman deep in debt and with bill collectors and leg breaking knocking at his door, the unpaid secretary is tired of it and walks out on him. That's when he gets a call from a representative of the "It's Amazing" television show. He is asking if Shiffman was able to secure Spider-Man for the show, but he hasn't had much luck. That's when someone enters his office in a costume. Shiffman thinks this is another person auditioning to be a replacement Spider-Man. However, when the visit displays his power gauntlets, Shiffman tells the caller that he'll call him back, seeing a potential opportunity to get out of the hole.

Back at the Parker household, Peter catches a news report about a luxury office tower that has been plagued by setbacks and accidents. He realizes that he should do something about it and realizes that he doesn't have to do it alone. The next day, he meets up with Joey to tell her his plan. She suddenly becomes stupid, telling him that his idea is stupid. She suddenly begins using her powers to blast a nearby building. Quick thinking, Spider-Man webs up a net to catch the falling debris. Joey continues to rampage on the streets putting others at risk. When the wall-crawler stops her, earning her anger. Joey tells Spider-Man that she is tired of his constant droning about responsibility and has decided to he is boring. That's when she reveals that she is being paid to cause the construction project trouble. She is also being offered a bigger job and was going to ask the web-slinger to join her on the job but now she is having second thoughts. When Spider-Man tries to convince her of the lives she is negatively impacted doing with shady work. Pulaski becomes tired of hearing it and tells him that she doesn't want to see him anymore and streaks off, leaving the wall-crawler speechless. Hurt by this rejection, Peter Parker goes through the next few days almost in a trance. He once again begins questioning his commitment to his sense of responsibility. While walking across the school yard, Tiny McKeever decides to throw a football at Peter. Much to their surprise, he catches the ball without looking and tosses it back with enough force for it to reach it reach McKeever. Surprised at Parker's skills, Tiny invites him to play with them. That's when Flash Thompson arrives on the scene and begins berating his friends for considering letting Parker play football with them. Feeling the sting of rejection once more, Peter drops the football and walks away.

That night, Peter goes out on patrol as Spider-Man and overhears some crooks talking about what could only be Joey's new job. The wall-crawler then goes to the construction site and finds the Joey suspending the businessman behind the construction project over the air. The Kingpin's men are demanding that he enters a partnership with the Kingpin. Spider-Man interrupts the shakedown, saving the businessman and earning the ire of everyone gathered. The Kingpin's right-hand-man orders Joey to kill the wall-crawler. She tries encasing him in a telekinetic shield in an attempt to crush him to death, but Spider-Man breaks free. He is forced to strike the young woman he once called a friend, knocking her out. When the authorities arrive to arrest Joey and her employers, Spider-Man tries to explain him, but Joey isn't willing to listen, telling the wall-crawler that she hates him. When the Kingpin learns the news of Spider-Man's interference. He realizes that he underestimated the wall-crawler, something he won't do when goes up against the hero again. While in another location, Spider-Man clings to a wall trying to convince himself that he did the right thing, but still feels bad about it.

Appearing in "The Amazing Spider-Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Fantasy #18.

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Synopsis for "The Amazing Spider-Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Fantasy #18.

Peter Parker sits in class trying to convince himself that he is not a hero. However, his classmates believe otherwise, as they discuss how Spider-Man stopped a Joey Pulaski from committing acts of sabotage. Peter thinks about how fate led to a radioactive spider biting his hand and giving him his powers. How he tried to use his powers for personal gain until a burglar he failed to stop later murdered his Uncle Ben, teaching him to use his powers responsibly.[Continuity 22] He doesn't think he's a hero, only because he feels that he needs to use his powers to help people in need. Later that evening, Spider-Man assists in the efforts to rescue people trapped in a burning building. After getting a child to safety, Spider-Man doubles back to save a firefighter who almost falls through the roof of the burning building. When members of the media attempt to interview the wall-crawler, Spider-Man tells them to interview the firefighters, pointing out that they are the real heroes. The wall-crawler hangs back on the nearby rooftops until he is certain that he is not needed anymore and leaves. As he goes, he wonders why he puts his life on the line like this. When Peter Parker returns home, he finds his Aunt May struggling over their bills. When he expresses his concerns over their finances, May assures her nephew that they will find a way to manage.

Peter then begins his homework in front of the television, thinking about how his Aunt has been struggling since her husband was murdered. He watches an episode of the television series "It's Amazing" which highlights some of the activities of the various superheroes who have appeared on the scene recently.[Continuity 23] One report is on how Thor assisted the government in testing new defensive missiles.[Continuity 24] He thinks Thor is a real hero, while his own problems are closer to home. With Aunt May struggling with money, Peter realizes that he is going to have to bite the bullet and do something to resolve the problem. The following day, Spider-Man pays a visit to Maxie Shiffman, his agent, looking for work. Shiffman was looking forward to this as he has been working to get the wall-crawler on the television show "It's Amazing". When news that the wall-crawler is going to appear on the show hits the media, Flash Thompson and his friends are excited and have purchased tickets to be part of the live studio audience.

However, not everyone is happy about Spider-Man's upcoming television appearance. Newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson is furious to learn that his son, astronaut John Jameson, is being pulled from the show in favor of the wall-crawler. When Spider-Man arrives at the studio with Maxie Shiffman the production crew call him a hero. However, Spider-Man corrects them, telling them that he is not a hero like the Fantastic Four, Thor, or wartime hero Captain America, pointing out that he is just someone who can do some tricks.[Continuity 25] As J. Jonah Jameson walks out in disgust, his criticisms are overheard by the wall-crawler. When Spider-Man asks Shiffman who the man was, Maxie tells Spider-Man not to worry about Jameson because he is a nobody. Still Jonah joins the studio audience with his son John and spends the whole time complaining about how they bumped his son in favor of featuring Spider-Man on their show. John tries to convince his father that he doesn't mind being bumped from the show, but Jonah still sees it as an insult. He becomes more annoyed when Flash Thompson overhears his complaints and expresses his opinion that Spider-Man is much more interesting than an astronaut.

When the show starts, host Mac Sanders begins with a report about the activities of the new hero calling himself Iron Man.[Continuity 26] Mac's opening monologue is interrupted by a costumed being calling himself Supercharger. With his power gauntlets, Supercharger blasts Mac aside and tells the audience that he intends to use his powers to kill them all. As Spider-Man wonders what to do, Supercharger orders the camera crews to continue recording as he wants his activities to be recorded on life television. Supercharger then explains that he was a normal person like them and was fascinated with the superheroes that have begun appearing in their world. His father, a scientist, wanted to learn if there was a way to induce superpowers in normal humans. However, his experiments ended in an accident. In the ensuing explosion, Supercharger's father was killed and he was forever changed, given amazing powers. The experience convinced Supercharger that there were no heroes, that these superpowered beings were nothing more than monsters and freaks.

By this point, Spider-Man has run into one of the offices to try and call the police but discovers that the phones are down. With no other choice, he goes back to the studio to face the villain just as he is grabbing his first would-be victim from the audience. The wall-crawler swings in and pulls the woman away and then swings back to face Supercharger. At first, Spider-Man is overwhelmed by Supercharger's electrical powers and is about to give up. However, hearing Flash Thompson cheer him on convinces Spider-Man to keep on fighting. Realizing that Supercharger is absorbing electricity from the equipment around him to replenish the power he expands he gets one of the technicians to assist him in stopping the villain. With a wire rigged up into the broadcasting system, Spider-Man snares Supercharger. This completes the circuit, draining his energy and harmlessly discharging it out of the broadcasting tower atop the television station. With the villain defeated the studio audience cheers Spider-Man for his victory. In the aftermath of the battle, the damage done to the studio guarantees that "It's Amazing" will have to be canceled. Talking to Maxie Shiffman, Spider-Man learns that he hired Supercharger in the hopes of creating a more spectacular show, unaware that he intended to murder the studio audience. Upon hearing this, Spider-Man orders Maxie to give back the money they were paid for the appearance, telling him that it is the responsible thing to do.

Overhearing this conversation is J. Jonah Jameson who thinks that Spider-Man did all of this for money. He ignores John's attempt to speak sense and vows that he never rest until everyone knows what sort of menace Spider-Man really is. As Spider-Man swings home from the studio, he is proud of he has done that day. He finally realizes that he is a hero, despite all of his personal problems he is doing what superheroes do: they find a way.

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Continuity Notes

  1. The opening narrative of this story goes through a lot of details. They are:
  2. 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.
  3. Kaine states that Ben could be sentenced to death if found guilty. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as the death penalty was deemed unconstitutional in the state of New York in 2004.
  4. The true identity and origins of Kaine are revealed in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
  5. Raven and Stunner's desire for revenge against Kain are many:
    • For years, Jacob Raven thought Ben Reilly was responsible for the murder of his partner as seen in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3, and his investigation ultimately led to the arrest of Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #400. He realized his error after he witnessed Kaine murder the Grim Hunter in Spider-Man #55. Kaine also left his mark on Raven's face in this encounter.
    • Stunner wants revenge against Kaine for murdering her lover, Doctor Octopus, in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  6. Judas Traveller first came to Ravencroft during the Power and Responsibility event.
    Power and Responsibility
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
  7. During this exchange, Kaine mentions how Judas is a minion of the Scrier. He responds by say that Scrier is his servant, and has been so for thousands of years. This is not true but has been perpetuated for two reasons. First, Traveller is merely a mutant who suffered a nervous breakdown leading to delusions that he has been alive for thousands of years. This was revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #417. Scrier has been manipulating Judas to maintain this delusion as explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  8. Peter was arrested in Amazing Spider-Man #400 for the murder of officer Louise Kennedy in Salt Lake City. The murder was really committed by Kaine as seen in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1-3. However, this is not Peter Parker on the stand, but his clone Ben Reilly. Ben swapped places with Peter in The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 so that Peter can be with Mary Jane during her pregnancy.
  9. 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.
  10. Spider-Man was buried alive during Kraven's Last Hunt.
    Kraven's Last Hunt
    Web of Spider-Man #31 Amazing Spider-Man #293 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 Web of Spider-Man #32 Amazing Spider-Man #294 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132

    This story states that both the murder of Louise Kennedy and Kraven's Last Hunt happened two years prior to this story. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, this should be considered a factual reference.

  11. Kaine has been haunted by visions of Mary Jane being murdered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221.
  12. Spider-Man first came into possession of the Venom symbiote in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 and brought it to Earth. When he discovered that it was alive, he abandoned it in Amazing Spider-Man #258. The symbiote later bonded with Eddie Brock to become Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #300. During a period of incarceration, Eddie Brock was the cellmate of Cletus Kasady. When the symbiote broke him out of prison in Amazing Spider-Man #345, it left an egg which hatched into the Carnage symbiote that bonded with Kasady.
  13. Malcolm was infected with the Carrion virus in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149. He cured in The Spectacular Spider-Man #203 and had been in remission since, except for a brief reversion in Amazing Spider-Man #391-393.
  14. The people that Carnage names are: Ben Parker, murdered by a burglar that Peter could have stopped in Amazing Fantasy #15, Gwen Stacy who was murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121, her father George who was killed during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #90, Ned Leeds who was murdered while on assignment in Germany in Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1, and lastly Norman and Harry Osborn, who both seemed to die battling Spider-Man as the Green Goblin. However, these last two did not truly die. At the time of this story, everyone believes that Norman Osborn is dead following a battle against Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #122. His survival is explained in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #412. Likewise, everyone also thinks that Harry Osborn is dead following the events of The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. However, unknown to everyone at the time, Harry survived as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #581. He will resurface again in Amazing Spider-Man #545.
  15. Aunt May was believed to have died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, this woman was an impostor, as revealed in Spider-Man #97.
  16. Spider-Man mentions the last time Judas Traveller took control of Ravencroft and the time that he forced Spider-Man to see an illusion of millions of people dead. The latter incident happened last issue.
  17. Stunner is after Kaine because he murdered Doctor Octopus, her lover, in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221. Raven knows how she feels because Louise Kennedy was his partner, but also because Kaine scarred his face in The Spectacular Spider-Man #223.
  18. This trip through "space-time" happened in Spider-Man #59. However, this was a product of Judas' telepathic ability and delusions as explained in Amazing Spider-Man #417.
  19. In the flashback, there is a scene where Peter being abandoned by Flash and the others, this is taken directly from Amazing Fantasy #15.
  20. The television is depicted as an old black and white model. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  21. This young mutant is Scott Summers, who would later become the X-Man known as Cyclops. The scenes that the Parkers watch on the news were originally depicted in X-Men #38.
  22. Spider-Man's origins and the murder of his Uncle Ben were depicted in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  23. The television Peter is watching is depicted as a black and white model. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
  24. The news footage of Thor depicts the events of Journey into Mystery #86.
  25. Spider-Man refers to Captain America as being a hero from the "old days", this story takes place prior to Captain America's revival in the modern age in Avengers #4.
  26. This story takes place shortly after the debut of Iron Man who first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39.

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    • Flashback - May celebrates Peter's birthday.
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