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Appearing in "Brother's Keeper"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #230.

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Synopsis for "Brother's Keeper"

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #230.

Two Months Ago

David and Henry Kalen, brothers and environmental consultants, are on the outskirts of Green Lawn, Long Island, are leaving the Sanders Chemical Corporation's main processing plant. Their investigation has discovered that the owner of the company has been operation in violation of new environmental standards and Henry figures he can get them shut down. That's when they pass by a small lake filled with barrels of toxic waste. Horrified by this brazen disregard for the environment, the two brothers stop for a closer look. Pulling one of the barrels out of the water, both David and Henry discover that it has been rigged with a bomb that suddenly goes off as the container is disturbed cutting both men down in the blast.

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In Manhattan, Spider-Man is swinging across the city feeling fully liberated now that he has reclaimed his costume identity once again.[Continuity 1] After testing out his new batch of webbing his spider-sense warns him of danger just as furniture is hurled through the windows of a nearby office building.[Continuity 2] Swinging into the building, Spider-Man is shocked to discover some kind of muck-monster terrorizing the people inside the office. The creature, calling itself D.K. is demanding that the people in the office produce their employer, Mister Saunders.

When the wall-crawler tries to web up this monstrocity, his webbing dissolves harmlessly against its chemically based body. D.K. tells Spider-Man that he has no issue with the masked hero and then grabs the door jamb on the other side of the room. This causes a chemical reactions that makes the ceiling begin to melt. Fearing the harm this goop may cause the innocent people all around, Spider-Man begins webbing it back up to the ceiling, allowing D.K. to make his escape. Spider-Man is not looking forward to spending his day off hunting this monster. At that very moment, at the Daily Grind, Shirley Washington is trying to talk to her son Devon about his chores and homework assignments, but Devon is too focused on a television program that he doesn't hear a word that she is saying.[Continuity 3] By this time, Spider-Man has learned that D.K. was attacking the corporate office of Sanders Chemical Corporation and learns that the owner of the company is at their main plant on Long Island. The wall-crawler races there in the hopes that he can get there before the monstrocity that is after Sanders. Sure enough, Spider-Man gets there first and stakes the place out. He spots Sanders in one of the windows and notes that the business owner is pacing around nerviously. He also can't help but notice how thick the air is will pulltion, although he figures that tight environmental regulations ensure that the company is running within acceptable levels.

Suddenly, Spider-Man's spider-sense kicks in and focuses in a nondescript man walking through the main gate. This is not the creature he has been looking for, but he decides to move in to keep a closer eye on Sanders. From his new vantage point Spider-Man witnesses as D.K. comes crashing into Sanders' office. As the muck monster closes in for revenge, Spider-Man leaps through the window and tries to tackle the abomination. Unfortunately, the wall-crawler passes harmlessly through the goop that comrpises of D.K.'s body. Once again, the monstrosity warns Spider-Man to say out of its affairs. Making itself solid again, D.K. batters the wall-crawler and then returns his attention to Sanders. He tells the corrupt business owner that he will pay for his crimes against humanity and nature. Afraid for his life, Sanders tries to strike the creature with a metal pipe, but it dissolves upon contact with D.K.'s body. Hearing the commotion, the plant's security force prepares to storm Sanders' office, but the steps leading up to it suddenly dissolve. Back upstairs, D.K. finally has Sanders at his mercy so the creature reverts to human form revealing itself to be David Kalen. Kalen reveals that the bomb killed his brother, but turned him into something more. Pulling himself back together, David vowed to tear down the Sanders chemical empire. After confronting the killer Sanders fired, Kalen was able to gather a great deal of damaging evidence that proves Sanders hired the hit on David and his brother as well as his illegal dumping operations.

While David is explaining everything, Spider-Man pulls himself out of the rubble and ambushes David. Pulling the tortured man outside, the wall-crawler webs him up to a flag pole. He tells Kalen that the damning evidence is enough to put Sanders away for a long time and that he doesn't have to resort to murder. David, in tears, tells Spider-Man that it is not enough, telling the web-spinner that Sanders is also responsible for the death of his brother, Henry. Spotting Sanders trying to make an escape, David turns back into D.K. and slips through Spider-Man's webbing. However, when he tries to dissolve the getaway car with Sanders in it, Spider-Man swoops in and rescues D.K.'s would-be victim. This infuriates the muck-monster who vows to kill Sanders even if he has to go through the wall-crawler to do it. thinking that Kalen won't kill an innocent man, Spider-Man calls his bluff and stands between the environmental horror and the crooked businessman. Although D.K. charges at Spider-Man, he quickly begins to lose his nerve and stops his charge, reverting back to human form. David agrees to do things Spider-Man's way and soon Sanders is taken away by the police. After the crisis is over, Spider-Man then puts in a call to Ravencroft Institute. Soon, John Jameson and Edward Wheland arrive on the scene to pick up D.K. for treatment and to help him regain his lost humanity.

Appearing in "Of Mists and Mirrors"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #1.

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Synopsis for "Of Mists and Mirrors"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #1.

On a cold winter day, Spider-Man stops to pick up the latest edition of the Daily Bugle from a newsstand as he swings across the city.[Continuity 4] As he scans th front page he finds a newspaper advertisement for a new television service called Mystery Vision. Although he finds the advertisement interesting, he doesn't have a television that allows him to check it out. With his break over, Spider-Man swings back to the Daily Grind the coffee shop where he works in his civilian identity of Ben Reilly. As he does so, he thinks about his recent encounter with Armada and how he wishes he could find a line on him and recover the stolen DIT Chip the villain took from Professor Ramirez. Inside, the only customer is photography student Jessica Carradine. As Ben whips her up a latté she notices how dead the shop is, more so than usual even though it is the Christmas holidays. Shirley Washington figures it must be the new Mystery Vision as her son Devon is obsessed with the service since it came on the air.

When Ben serves Jessica her beverage, he notices that she has books on photography and he tells her that he used to dabble in photography himself.[Continuity 5] The two get to talking and when he asks why she hasn't gone home to be with her family for the holidays like the other students at Centennial University, she tells him that both of her parents passed away. She particularly talks about her father, who treated her great but died while she was still a teenager. She then quickly changes the subject back to photography, inviting him to join her on campus as she has photos that need to be developed. When Ben tells her that he still has a few hours left on his shift, Shirley lets him take the rest of the night off since the place is dead. He then joins Jessica back to campus where she shows him her workstation. He is surprised to see that she has photos of Spider-Man all over the walls and suddenly recognizes her as the woman who took the wall-crawler's photo the night before. She tells him that she is fascinated with the web-slinger, hence why she has taken all the photos and expresses an interest in photojournalism. Ben tells her she should try and show her work at to the people at the Daily Bugle, saying that they are a good bunch. On their way out to the university dark room they run into Professor Ramirez, whom Ben recognizes as the creator of the DIT Chip that whose life he saved as Spider-Man. Seeing how frantic Ramirez looks, Ben makes an excuse about having to go back to the Daily Grind so he can slip away and change into his alter-ego.

Paying a visit to Professor Ramirez in his lab, Spider-Man notices that he is in some sort of trance. Looking at the television screen he notices that it is tuned to Mystery Vision. His spider-sense warning him of danger coming from the video broadcast and quickly looks away. Knocking over Ramirez's briefcase he notices it contains a bunch of newspaper clips containing reviews of Mystery Vision. Somehow, the two-day-old television network is managing to beat all the major networks, something that is quite impossible. Realizing that something is up, the wall-crawler webs up the television screen which causes Ramirez to snap out of his trance. With his free will back, Professor Ramirez tells Spider-Man his fear that Mystery Vision has gotten ahold of his DIT Chip and is using it to enthrall viewers. Suspecting that the inventor is on the right track, Spider-Man decides to swing out to Mystery Vision's head office to investigate. He finds that they are located inside an old abandoned movie studio that is run down. However, on the inside, he finds a modern looking office. The secretary tells him that illusions are what Mystery Vision is all about. This makes the web-slinger even more suspicious and he decides to sneak back into the building through an open window in one of the upper floors.

Sneaking around upstairs, Spider-Man is caught by a man named Rudolph Hines, the president of the company. She offers to give the wall-crawler a tour of the facility. He also shows off a new experimental virtual reality headset that the company is planning on incorporating with their television studio. Spider-Man puts it on and is impressed with the display, but ultimately finds nothing malicious going on. That's when the room fills with green smoke and "Hines" suddenly turns into Mysterio, who had been jamming Spider-Man's spider-sense since he entered the building. He then tells the wall-crawler that he has serious threats to deal with. Suddenly, a cartoon reindeer leap out of one of the television screens and smashes through the wall and begins terrorizing people in the street. Spider-Man leaps the window to stop it, thinking about his first battle with Mysterio along the way.[Continuity 6] When Spider-Man leaps out the window, he sees that the cartoon reindeer has been joined by giant cartoon versions of Santa Claus and an elf. Mysterio watches from the hole in the wall, completely enthralled by the merging of fantasy and reality, calling it the greatest show on Earth. However, the wall-crawler isn't admiring the entertainment value below as his web-fluid has frozen inside his web-shooters, jamming the mechanisms. He quickly realizes that if he doesn't do something quick he will fall to his death.

This story is continued in Amazing Spider-Man #408...

Appearing in "The Thin Line"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2.

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Synopsis for "The Thin Line"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2.

In the city of Portland, a man exits a bar after a few drinks and heads home thinking about his night. Along the way, he is nabbed by River Verys who has been transformed into the spider-like Tendril thanks to an impure cure for a flesh-eating virus that was a combination of a synthetic skin formula and a sample of Peter Parker's blood. This is the third victim since Verys escaped captivity at GARID labs. When this latest disappearance ends up on the front page of the Portland Gazette, it prompts an emergency meeting at GIARD. Attending are Bill Galannan and his partner Eric Schwinner, Calvin Falconer the head of security, and their recent hiree, Peter Parker.[Continuity 7] Thanks to their insider knowledge and Falconer's past experience as a SHIELD agent, they have been able to confirm that the serial killer loose in the city is indeed River Verys, their former patient. Calvin also has determined a pattern based on the victims that heh as killed so far. He suggests that they capture and contain River on their own since the authorities will just ask for GAIRD's assistance in curing him. This will stop the killer, as well as protect GAIRD from any fallout. Peter has been assigned to find out what the late Monic Staphos did to turn River into Tendril. Hearing all of this, Bill Galannan tells them that they have until 5:00 pm that evening to find Tendril before he goes to the authorities.

When Eric asks Peter what he has been able to learn about Monica's work, he tells his employer that he hasn't found anything yet. This is a lie, because it Monica had discovered his examination into her synthetic skin project which he had seemingly solved with a sample of his own blood. He had done so because he wanted to learn about his own mutation and how this might affect his unborn child, because the SSD and his own DNA had been altered by the same radiation.[Continuity 8] He thinks about how this situation has him thinking about becoming Spider-Man again, even though he decided to retire.[Continuity 9] When he returns home that evening, Peter changes into Spider-Man. This angers his wife, Mary Jane who is upset that Peter has gone back on his promise to retire so he can focus on their family.[Continuity 10] She demands to know why Peter can't just let the authorities handle it, leaving the wall-crawler speechless. Finally, he does come up with something for her. He tells her that examining Tendril will allow him to learn more about his physiology. Which will be a great benefit should, on their thirteenth birthday, their unborn child transform into a mutated spider creature. He asks her if she would be willing to turn her back on a situation like that. This time, Mary Jane is the one who is speechless, prompting Spider-Man to leap out the window to go looking for Tendril.

That's when the phone rings. It's a call from Ken Ellis, a reporter for the Daily Bugle. Ellis wants to talk to Peter about his recent trial, and the possible connection between himself, Spider-Man and the Scarlet Spider.[Continuity 11] Mary Jane hangs up on Ellis, leaving him to wonder if she has nothing to say or something to hide. Recording notes, Ken still wonders what sort of connection there is to the Parkers and the Spiders. He notes that for years, Spider-Man has been swinging around Manhattan protecting the city.[Continuity 12] He then notes the recent appearances of the Scarlet Spider and his similarities in size and body tone as Spider-Man.[Continuity 13] He also notes how Spider-Man, the Scarlet Spider, and the mysterious killer known as Kaine were involved in Parker's trial, and that Kaine was revealed to be the real killer. Ellis decides that the only way he can get answers is to go digging into Peter Parker's past in order to find the connection.

Back in Portland, Spider-Man searches the city, realizing that he truly feels alive for the first time since he reitred as Spdier-Man. As he swings through the city, he thinks about how his life had been turned upside down recently when it was revealed that he is actually a clone of the real Peter Parker.[Continuity 14] Leaping across the city, as he gave his web-shooters to Ben Reilly, Spider-Man's spider-sense tips him off to an armored vehicle carrying security forces employed by GIARD. The wall-crawler decides to hitch a ride. Inside, Calvin Falconer reminds his men that when they find Tendril, they are to take the killer in alive, no matter what. When the van pulls up beneath the Steel Bridge, Spider-Man leaps off the vehicle. Seeking something to swing with, he finds a tool belt and fashions a curde grappling hook with a bent crowbar and steel cable. As everyone searches, Spider-Man follows from the shadows of the Steel Bridge, his spider-sense buzzing away. Eventually, the security force finds those kidnapped by Tendrill wrapped up in webbing, and still alive. However, what they thing is nothing more than cast off webbing turns out to be the very substence of Tendril. When the man-monster triest to ambush the guards, Spider-Man swings in to stop him.

As Spider-Man and Tendril fight, they swing out into the open where the fight is captured by a news crew flying over the scene in a helicopter. As the two plunge into the waters below, the arriving news crews try to get word from Falconer and his men, but they give no comment. When Peter returns home, he tells his wife that Tendril managed to escape once they hit the water by literally slipping through his fingers. Mary Jane is upset that Peter continues to go out as Spider-Man, and that she is tired about him putting his life at risk with a baby on the way. Peter explains that their baby will always have parents, and that he'll be fine. Mary Jane agrees the baby will have at least one parent, before leaving the room. This raises grave concerns with Peter, who wonders if he has pushed his wife too far this time. Back at GAIRD, Calvin Falconer is furious that the press had arrived during his hunt for Tendril. He knew that they were tipped off by Bill Galannan and demands to know how the scientist figured out that Tendril could be found at the Steel Bridge. Bill explains that River Verys' criminal record shows that he Verys was once arrested for armed robbery on that bridge. Bill tells Calvin that, had he done his job right, they could have spun the media presence to the benefit of GARID Labs. With the cat now out of the bag, Eric is arranging to talk to the Portland Police about this situation in the morning. Deciding to work backards to try and find a cure for Verys, Bill suggests that they find and locate the man known as Dryrot.

The following morning, Peter is working away on trying to find a cure for Tendril. When he checks in with Eric about how Monica's serum was synthesized. After swearing Parker to secretcy, Schwinner takes him down to the top secret Isotope Genome Accelerator. Much to Peter's surprise, it is a more complex version of the device that he first saw being demonstrated years earlier on the day he first got his spider-powers. While back in New York City, Ken Ellis looks over the front page of the Daily Bugle. It features a story about the new Spider-Man that has been seen in New York recently. Looking at the photo, Ken wonders if this is the original Spider-Man in a new costume, the Scarlet Spider, or some other individual.[Continuity 15] That's when Ben Urich enters the room and shows Ellis the national section of USA Today, which has a story about Spider-Man being sighted in Portland. Finding this very interetsing, Ken decides it is time to take a trip down to Oregon and get some answers from Peter Parker. Meanwhile, back in Portland, Peter tries to call Mary Jane and tell her about the Genome Accelerator, which he believes will solve all of their worries about their unborn child. However, there is no answer becuase Mary Jane has reached her limit. After writing Peter a note, Mary Jane then leaves their apartment before Peter gets home.

Appearing in "Skin Deep"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3.

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Synopsis for "Skin Deep"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3.

Spider-Man has spent the entire night searching for the killer known as Tendril in order to bring him to justice. As the sun begins to rise, the wall-crawler is exhausted and his mind continues to focus on the fact that his wife Mary Jane has left him.[Continuity 16] Although he thinks he is doing the right thing, he can understand why his wife left.[Continuity 17] He remembers seeing the letter waiting for him when he came home. He didn't even bother reading the whole thing before his anger prompted him to crumple it up and toss it away. After checking his voicemail messages, Peter realizes that he is running late for an appointment Calvin Falconer. The pair were going to go out and visit Paul Contoni, a previous patient of the late Doctor Monica Staphos, a man who may hold the key to curing Tendril of his condition. As Peter rushes to make his appointment, Tendril pays a visit to his mother's grave.[Continuity 18] He thinks about how she died of a drug overdose when he was only two years old, leaving him in the care of his father, an abusive drug addict. He thinks about what this has left him, and decides that what little he has -- anger, hatred, and pain -- is for him to give to the world. With that, the man who has once River Verys walks off to carry on his destiny.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Mary Jane has been staying at Aunt May's old house.[Continuity 19] When she is awoken by the alarm clock, she wonders why Peter hasn't called her and she wonders if he even read her note.[Continuity 20] While in Manhattan, Ken Ellis is getting ready for the day after a late night of watching all of Spider-Man's television appearances.[Continuity 21] He has been investigating the connections between Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Since Joe Robertson refuses to fly Ken out to Portland, he decides to question others who had past encounters with the wall-crawler, starting with his co-worker Betty Brant. Back in Portland, Peter Parker and Calvin Falconer -- GAIRD's head of security and a former SHIELD agent -- arrive at the home of Paul Contoni.

Contoni, who suffers from a horrifying skin disease tells both men to go away, even though he knows why they have come he has no interest in helping them catch Tendril. Falconer is about to go back into his jeep to get his tranquilizer gun but Peter stops him. Parker points out that after everything Contoni has endured, he has every right to privacy and to shut the outside world out of his life. Although Calvin thinks this whole trip was a waste, Peter has already decided to pay Paul a visit later, as Spider-Man. Back in Manhattan, Ken Ellis sits down with Betty Brant to talk about her past history with Spider-Man and Peter Parker. She relates to the time that her brother Bennett got in deep due to his gambling debts. Initially, she blamed Spider-Man for her brother's death but now realizes that it was really Doctor Octopus that was responsible.[Continuity 22] She doesn't recall Peter being there to take photos of Spider-Man that time, but she remembers how Parker always did reckless things in those days, like the time he impersonated Spider-Man to save her from Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 23] Betty then recalls how she and Peter used to date back then, and then talks about how Peter looked after his Aunt May because his uncle was murdered.[Continuity 24] Ellis finds this all interesting, noting to himself how the murder of Ben Parker happened between Spider-Man's last television appearance and the beginning of his career as a superhero. Meanwhile, Mary Jane is at a photo shoot for a new line of maternity clothing, but her mind is still on Peter. After the shoot, she tries to call her husband again but gets the voice mail. Unsure what to say, she hangs up without leaving a message, and worries about Peter even more than before. Later that day, Ken Ellis returns to the Daily Bugle and tries to convince Joe Robertson to let him go to Portland to follow his story. Robertson still refuses to sign off on the flight reminding Ellis that he still has the Havershaw story to investigate, especially if he wants to get the front page for that story. Ellis then storms out of Joe's apartment and bumps into Mary Jane. He's surprised to see her in Manhattan, but his questions are shrugged off.

It's evening in Portland when Peter Parker returns to Paul Contoni's home as Spider-Man. Swinging between the trees he becomes aware of some strange brown flakes and follows them to their source. With his spider-sense tingling, he is horrified to see what Contoni has become -- a creature of dead skin cells. What's even more surprising is the fact that he is brawling with a grizzly bear. Against his better judgment, the wall-crawler keeps between Contoni and the bear, separating the two combatants. Spider-Man tries to convince Paul to help him with Tendril, but the man-monster refuses and lashes out. At first, the web-head calms Paul down by appealing to the fact that they both were changed by accidents. He even suggests that his help can not only help cure Tendril but Paul as well. Spider-Man also explains that it could help him learn more about the baby he has on the way. When Spider-Man implies his concerns about his child turning into a monster, Paul becomes enraged again and attacks. His first blow sends Spider-Man crashing into Contoni's home. There he finds a family photo and realizes that his family left him when the cure for his necrotizing fascitis turned him into the creature he is now. Spider-Man reminds him that a cure would mean that Paul could get his family back. As Contoni begins to listen, Tendril stalks the streets of Portland, finding himself a fresh victim. Back in Queens, Mary Jane invites Ben Reilly over for coffee so the two can talk about Peter. She is surprised to see that Ben bleached his hair blonde. Ben explains that he needed to do something to change his look so people stopped mistaking him for Peter Parker.[Continuity 25] Their get-together is interrupted by a visit by Ken Ellis who shocks Mary Jane with a preview of the front page of tomorrow's Daily Bugle. The cover story reads "Spider-Man Identity Revealed!" showing a cross-sected picture of Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

Back at GAIRD, Paul is convinced to come in for tests which are being run by Peter Parker and Eric Schwinner. They believe that they might be able to cure Paul of his condition but they will need to capture Tendril in order to do so. The stakes are much higher for Peter Parker, who has just discovered that he has contracted necrotizing fasciitis and the potential cure will come at the cost of his spider-powers.

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. At the time of this story, Ben Reilly was convinced that he was the real Peter Parker all along in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. After Peter Parker (convinced that he was a clone) retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229, Ben took on the mantle of Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man #0. However, this is all one massive deception created by the Green Goblin as will be revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  2. Ben muses about how disasterous his last batch of webbing, made on a budget out of common household items, clogged his web-shooters. This happened in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  3. Devon's distracted gaze is caused by Mysterio's new Mystery Vision television station as we'll learn in the Media Blizzard story arc.
    Media Blizzard
    Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
  4. Spider-Man wonders if J. Jonah Jameson is going to go after Mother Theresa. This should be considered a topical reference of the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as she died in 1997.
  5. At the time of this story Ben Reilly thinks that he is the real Peter Parker who took photos for the Daily Bugle starting in Amazing Spider-Man #2. Ben was told he was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is a deception orchestrated by the Green Goblin as revealed in Spider-Man: The Goblin Legacy #1. Ben has all of Peter Parker's memories up to Amazing Spider-Man #149.
  6. In actuality it was Peter Parker's first battle with Mysterio which happened in Amazing Spider-Man #13.
  7. Peter mentions how Eric Schwinner was the man who ran the experiment that irradiated the spider that ultimately bit him, giving him his spider-powers. That happened back in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  8. Mary Jane revealed that she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220.
  9. Peter retired from being Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  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 Parker was arrested in Amazing Spider-Man #400 for a murder committed by Kaine in Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3. Peter was cleared of all charges thanks to the help of his alter-ego and the Scarlet Spider as seen in the Trial of Peter Parker story arc.
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
  12. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, Spider-Man has been active in New York for roughly 9 years at the time of this story.
  13. The Scarlet Spider is a clone of Peter Parker, first created by the Jackal in Amazing Spider-Man #149. After seemingly being killed in that story, Reilly resurfaced in Peter's life in Web of Spider-Man #117. Ben developed his own costumed identity in Web of Spider-Man #118. Ellis takes credit for naming him the Scarlet Spider, which he did in Spider-Man #52.
  14. Peter was told that he was a clone and Ben Reilly was the real Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. However, this is all a deception orchistrated by the Green Goblin, as revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  15. After his Scarlet Spider identity was deemed a menace in The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2, Ben Reilly decided to drop it and become Spider-Man himself as seen in Sensational Spider-Man #0.
  16. Peter mentions how he and Mary Jane recently moved to Portland to start their family. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226 and Peter retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229.
  17. 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.
  18. According to the headstone, Janet Verys was born in 1952 and died in 1973. These dates should be considered topical references. Instead of specific dates, readers should interpret this to mean that Janet Verys was born forty-four years prior to this story and that she died twenty-three years prior to this story at the age of twenty-one.
  19. The narrative of the story refers to the home as belonging to the "late May Parker". At the time of this story, everyone believed Aunt May to have died in Amazing Spider-Man #400. However, this was an impostor as explained in Spider-Man #97.
  20. There is a wedding photo of Peter and Mary Jane seen on the nightstand here. The couple were married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21. Since reality was altered in Amazing Spider-Man #545 in such a way that Peter and Mary Jane did not get married, one could assume this picture either changed or no longer exists following the change in the timeline.
  21. The image on Ken's television is of one of Spider-Man's earliest televised appearances from Amazing Fantasy #15.
  22. Bennett Brant seemingly died in Amazing Spider-Man #11. However, he survived and will resurface years later in Venom Vol 2 #1. How he survived is explained in Venom Vol 2 #21.
  23. Peter "impersonated" Spider-Man to save Betty in Amazing Spider-Man #12. The reality of the situation was that Peter's lost his powers at the time because he was fighting off a flu bug, allowing Doctor Octopus to unmask him. Since Peter did not display any spider-powers at the time, everyone thought he was impersonating Spider-Man.
  24. Betty and Peter dated from Amazing Spider-Man #8 to 18. Peter's Uncle Ben was murdered in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  25. Ben bleached his hair in Sensational Spider-Man #0.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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