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Appearing in "Above it All"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #70.

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Synopsis for "Above it All"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man #70.

After the Kingpin of Crime fell it create a void in the New York City underworld.[Continuity 1] Intending to fill this void, the elderly mobster known as Don Fortunato has returned to the city to reclaim the role that was rightfully his many years ago.[Continuity 2] He has set up operations in a grocery store that is a front for his empire. He sits in silence pondering his next move with his loyal wolf, Angel, at his feet. Above him, his minions set up sophisticated defenses and weapons around the base, all cloaked from the naked eye using advanced technology.

Elsewhere in the city, Peter Parker is joining Ben Urich on an investigation for the Daily Bugle. Urich has just leaped across a rooftop and is now telling Peter to man up and make the leap himself. Although Peter has done this countless times before as Spider-Man, he is apprehensive about taking the risk now that he no longer has these powers.[Continuity 3] Peter takes the leap with his eyes closed and almost falls over the edge of the opposite building, but is grabbed by Urich. Ben tells Peter to step on it as they are trying to spy on a secret meeting of high-level crime bosses. At that same moment, Ben Reilly has finished his shift at the Daily Grind after saying goodbye to his boss, Shirley Washington. As he walks through the rain, Ben takes in the sights of New York City, loving every moment of it. That's when a heavyset man pushes past Ben, telling Reilly to get out of his way. This man sets off Ben's spider-sense and as he wonders what the danger could be, a drive-by shooting breaks out. Seeing that Ben is in the line of fire, the large man doubles back and pushes Reilly to the ground, saving his life. As the gunmen chase his savior down an alley, Ben decides that he can't just let them kill the man in the street. At that moment, in Hong Kong, at Stacy and Cheung International Investigation, Arthur Stacy catches up on the news stateside. With articles about Spider-Man, Arthur feels his past catching up to him. Picking up a photo of his family and that of his late brother George and his daughter Gwen, Arthur thinks about how he hasn't forgotten how Spider-Man irreparably changed their lives.[Continuity 4]

Back in New York City, Ben Urich and Peter Parker have broken into an old theater so they can spy on the mob meeting. This meeting is between Hammerhead and Don Fortunato's men. Hammerhead has come to tell Fortunato that after the Kingpin fell, he has taken over the underworld and for the Don to operate in Manhattan, he must be paid tribute. That's when Fortunato's men hand one of Hammerhead's men a briefcase that explodes the moment it is in his hands. Both Peter and Ben watch in horror things get bloody down below. Peter cannot let anyone gets killed and decides to distract the mobsters down below by "accidentally" setting off the flash on his camera. As Fortunato's men open fire at the balcony, Peter and Ben flee for their lives and Hammerhead escapes. While at the other side of town, the man who saved Ben Reilly's life -- Jimmy-6 -- is pinned down in a dead-end alley. There he is struck in the kneecap by enemy fire. That's when Spider-Man steps in and knocks out the assassins and lifts Jimmy to safety of the rooftops. Jimmy protests this intervention as more assassins come arrive on the roof to finish Jimmy off. At that same moment, Peter and Ben Urich manage to get away from their pursuers by hopping into a cab.

By this point, Spider-Man has finished wrapping up the assassins that have been after Jimmy-6, Jimmy makes a run for it. When Spider-Man tries to come to Jimmy's aid, the wall-crawler is told to bug off as he doesn't need help. Not willing to abandon this man, the wall-crawler swings away and changes back into Ben Reilly. He catches up with Jimmy-6 just in time to grab him as he falls down. Ben explains that he came back because he wanted to return the favor when Jimmy save his life. This time, Jimmy accepts the offer for help. At that moment, in Forest Hills, Peter Parker returns home as Mary Jane unpacking the kitchen.[Continuity 5] He is excited after his night out with Ben Urich, with this, their move back to New York, the loss of his powers, and a new baby on the way, he has never felt happier in his life.[Continuity 6] As Peter helps to unpack, suddenly his hand seizes up and he collapses to the floor. Seeing her husband go down, Mary Jane rushes to his side as Peter begins to convulse on the floor. Peter insists that he will be fine, but as he gets worse he tells Mary Jane that he loves her before blacking out. Mary Jane calls for an ambulance and then begins giving her husband CPR, pleading with him to pull through and not leave her and their baby alone.

This story continues in The Spectacular Spider-Man #236...

Appearing in "High Drama"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #7.

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Synopsis for "High Drama"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #7.

Spider-Man races to the hospital after hearing the news that Peter Parker has collapsed and might be dying.[Continuity 7] Upon arrival, Ben quickly changes into his civilian identity and rushes to Mary Jane's side. She tells Ben about how Peter has been having weird muscle spasms the past few days and then suddenly, he collapsed on the floor. The doctors are not sure what is wrong with her husband, but they have called in a specialist to examine him.[Continuity 8] Reilly tries to assure her that Peter will pull through, pointing out all the countless dangers that he faced as Spider-Man. However, Mary Jane reminds him that Peter doesn't have his spider-powers to save him this time.[Continuity 9] She then takes Ben in to see Peter who is awake for the time being. As they talk, Ben wonders if Peter is suffering from the cellular degeneration that affects all clones eventually.[Continuity 10] Soon an influx of visitors come in to give their well wishes to Peter. Watching from the sidelines a curtain, Ben watches as Peter is visited by Flash Thompson, Liz Osborn and her son Normie, followed by various staffers at the Daily Bugle.[Error 1] Ben can't help but see how many people care about Peter and Mary Jane and thinks how much the couple deserves so much love. When Peter falls asleep, the pair go back outside. That's where Ben overhears reporter Ken Ellis telling Angela Yin about a man threatening to jump off the top of the Rand Building. As Ben rushes off to stop this jumper as Spider-Man, Joe Robertson approaches Mary Jane. He tells her the Daily Bugle will do anything to help. However, Robertson is surprised that J. Jonah Jameson hasn't come by to visit Peter yet.[Continuity 11]

By this time, Ben has changed into Spider-Man and is swinging to the Rand Building. He spots the jumper hanging onto the communications tower on the roof for dear life. There he asks the man what he is doing. The jumper -- who is named George -- explains to the wall-crawler that he wants to end his life because he sees himself as a loser. As George explains his woes, a news helicopter that is trying to capture the tense situation is caught up in wind shear and crashes into another building. With a greater disaster before him, Spider-Man grabs George and swings him down into one of the offices below, telling the suicidal man that they can talk about his problems if he's still around later. The wall-crawler then gets to the crashed chopper and braces it with his webbing. He then begins leading the passengers off one-by-one. After he gets the first one down to the floor below, he orders George to cal 911. While back at the hospital, Mary Jane watches her husband sleep when he suddenly goes into convulsions, prompting Mary Jane to frantically call for help. As doctors rush into the room to stabilize Peter, Spider-Man continues to save the helicopter crash victims. When one of them stops breathing, George is the only one who knows how to perform CPR. Things get worse when the fire from the crashed chopper begins to compromise the structural integrity of the building. As the building begins to tilt, one of the crash victims tumbles out the window but is quickly saved by Spider-Man. He is not the only person saving these lives, as George successfully revives the injured pilot, and the doctors at the hospital manage to revive Peter Parker. While George is being congratulated for saving a life, Peter Parker remains in a coma, bringing Mary Jane to tears. After the authorities and emergency response crews arrive at the scene of the helicopter crash, George is cleared and allowed to leave. He is stopped by Spider-Man who wants to know if he still needs to talk. However, the entire experience made George realize that his life is worth something, as if he had committed suicide as he planned, the helicopter pilot would have died. He then thanks Spider-Man for teaching him that his life does have value.

Meanwhile, at the Renault Diamond Exchange, officers arrive on the scene of a robbery. After examining the crime scene, the officer in charge suspects that it might be the work of the Shocker and asks his men to investigate and see if he is still in custody.[Continuity 12] Back at the hospital, Mary Jane cries at her husband's bedside. She is interrupted by one of the doctors who tells her that the specialist they called in has arrived. Going out to meet the specialist, Mary Jane is surprised to discover that the specialist is Curt Connors.

Appearing in "Deadly is Delilah!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #414.

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Synopsis for "Deadly is Delilah!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #414.

The assassin-for-hire known as Delilah poses as a singer, putting on a song for mobster Don Vito Torrancio for his birthday. Circling behind the mobster, she stabs him through the neck with her microphone, killing him instantly. When the other members of his mob try to put her down, Delilah easily slaughters them. She meets with her employer who is waiting for her in the back of a limo outside. He congratulates her for a job well done by handing her a rose and a picture of her next target, Garon Lewis.

Meanwhile, Ben Reilly is in the hospital visiting Peter Parker who is clinging to life.[Continuity 13] While outside, Mary Jane asks Doctor Curt Connors about her husband's chances. He tells her that she owes it to her unborn child to keep calm, but tells her that he has not found a means of slowing Peter's downward spiral. After Connors leaves, Ben asks Mary Jane if she thinks its a good idea to divulge the fact that Peter is actually a clone. She doesn't think this would be a good idea since nobody knows how to cure clone degeneration if that is what is affecting her husband.[Continuity 14] As Ben Reilly leaves, Joe Robertson arrives to ask if there has been any change in Peter's condition. He also mentions that J. Jonah Jameson was supposed to stop by earlier, only to learn that the Daily Bugle publisher has not been in to see Peter.

Upon the roof of the hospital, Ben changes into Spider-Man, thinking how J. Jonah Jameson is likely trying to find some way to go cheap on Peter's insurance benefits. His thoughts about Peter's plight is quickly interrupted when he notices police arriving on the scene of a robbery. Going in to investigate, he overhears the officers remarking that the robbery looks like the work of the Ringer.[Continuity 15] Spider-Man adds the Ringer to his mental list of foes that Peter Parker battled as Spider-Man while Ben was in exile that have resurfaced recently.[Continuity 16] When Ben arrives at the Daily Grind he tries to help Shirley with a spill but she snaps at him. This catches Reilly off guard, but Buzz tells him that Shirley has been under a lot of pressure since her ex-husband has been poking his nose into her life again. That's when Desiree Winthrop and her friends come in for some coffee.[Continuity 17] He then asks her if she has seen Jessica Carradine, as he has been trying to get ahold of her but she had recently had her phone disconnected. Unfortunately, Desiree doesn't know what happened to her, as she dropped out of her classes and disappeared. Ben is disappointed as this is yet another troubled person he failed to help.[Continuity 18] That's when Shirley apologizes to Ben, explaining that she is upset that her ex-husband is trying to play a more active role in the life of her son, Devon. This is something she doesn't want, as she is certain that Garon is involved in illegal activities. Offering to help, Ben asks Shirley where Garon is going to be meeting with Devon.

A few hours later, Spider-Man arrives in Central Park in order to observe Garon and find out what sort of shady dealings he's involved with. Shirley is not the only one suspicious of the sudden reappearance of Garon Lewis, as Devon confronts his father about his motivations. Despite Devon's assertions that his father has reappeared in their lives to upset his mother, he insists that he only came to see if she needs financial help after she has gone into debt rebuilding her coffee shop.[Continuity 19] Suddenly, a woman pushing a baby carriage shoves it toward Garon and Devon. His spider-sense buzzing, Spider-Man leaps down and intercepts the buggy. Seeing that there is a bomb hidden inside, the wall-crawler shoves the carriage aside. Although he saves the Lewis' from the blast, the web-spinner is stunned by the blast. While Spider-Man recovers from the blast, Garon chases his would-be assassin into the sewers. After Devon tells Spider-Man what happened, the web-head follows after them. Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Joe Robertson finds J. Jonah Jameson's office locked. Getting no response to his calls, Joe kicks the door open and finds that someone turned the office upside down.[Continuity 20]

Down in the sewers, Garon Lewis looks for his attacker when he is joined by Spider-Man. He tells the wall-crawler to beat it when they are suddenly confronted by Delilah. She manages to ambush the pair, but Spider-Man manages to pull Garon to safety. However, Devon has come looking for his father and is taken hostage by Delilah. She uses the boy as a bargaining chip to secure her escape. Garon agrees but demands to know who ordered this hit on him, Delilah states that she was hired by Hammerhead.[Continuity 21] Delilah then tosses Devon aside, prompting Spider-Man to come to the boy's rescue. With Delilah making a clean getaway, the web-slinger furious that Garon allowed Delilah to escape and demands to know why Hammerhead is gunning for him. That's when Lewis reveals that he is not a criminal, but a detective in the NYPD's organized crime task force. After shaming the wall-crawler for thinking he was a criminal, Garon realizes that his life is too dangerous to allow him to reconnect with his son and tells his son he'll see him around.

Later as Devon returns home, he is met by Ben Reilly who offers to be a friend to the young boy. Meanwhile, Delilah meets with her employer to report the success of her mission. This employer turns out to be the Rose, who is happy to hear that she tricked both Detective Lewis and Spider-Man that she was employed by Hammerhead. The Rose gloats over this victory as it will complicate his rival's attempt to take over the criminal underworld paving the way for his own bid for leadership.

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Continuity Notes

  1. The Kingpin lost his criminal empire following the events of Daredevil #300.
  2. Don Fortunato's previous criminal empire was explored in Amazing Spider-Man #-1.
  3. At the time of this story, Peter had just recently lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. These abilities will eventually return in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  4. Arthur's brother, George, was killed during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #90. George's daughter Gwen was later murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  5. 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.
  6. Mary Jane announced she was pregnant in The Spectacular Spider-Man #220. Peter and Mary Jane moved to Portland and Peter lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1-5. They decided to move back to New York last issue.
  7. Peter collapsed and was rushed to the hospital in Spider-Man #70.
  8. 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.
  9. At the time of this story, Peter had just retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 and then lost his powers in Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4. However, his powers will begin coming back in The Spectacular Spider-Man #237.
  10. Also at the time of this story, Peter Parker has been led to believe he is a clone and Ben Reilly is the original Spider-Man. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226. It is also part of a complex lie created by the Green Goblin as seen in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1.
  11. The reason why Jameson hasn't come by is that, at the time of this story, he had recently been kidnapped by the Scorpion as seen in Spider-Man Unlimited #13.
  12. At the time of this story, the Shocker had just recently been arrested following the events of Spider-Man Unlimited #12. The true identity of the thief here is revealed next issue.
  13. The narrative here covers a lot of things that are going on these are:
    • The on going, and very complicated Clone Saga:
      • Originally, the Jackal created a clone of Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #149. That battle ended with Spider-Man seemingly killing his clone and he later disposed of the body in a smokestack in Amazing Spider-Man #151.
      • The supposed clone survived and left New York on a five-year self-imposed exile as seen during the Parker Legacy story arc.
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
      • The alleged clone returned in Web of Spider-Man #117, calling himself Ben Reilly. This turned Spider-Man's life upside down.
      • After running some tests, it was revealed that Ben Reilly was the real Spider-Man and that the man calling himself Peter Parker all these years was actually the clone. That happened in The Spectacular Spider-Man #226.
      • Things recently became even more confusing when a skeleton in a Spider-Man costume was recovered from the smokestack in Sensational Spider-Man #2.
    • The truth is far, far more complicated than all of this. As revealed in Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1, the Jackal intended to swap Peter and Ben so that it was Peter who was disposed of in the smokestack. However, the Green Goblin got involved, tricking the Jackal into thinking he succeeded in this switch. In reality, the real clone was dumped into the smokestack. Later, when Ben Reilly revived and left his would-be tomb, the Jackal then dumped the body of a failed clone into the smokestack in order to further confuse his enemies.
    • The current situation with Peter Parker's life:
  14. The Jackal revealed that his clones all suffer from eventual degeneration in Spider-Man #56. Since Peter is not really a clone, this is not the situation.
  15. One of the officers believes that the Ringer is dead. The general public believes the Ringer to have died during the Scourge's massacre at the Bar With No Name in Captain America #319-320. however, he survived and became the cyborg known as Strikeback as seen in The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #3.
  16. Spider-Man recounts his recent battle with the Shocker, Wil O' the Wisp, and Dragon Man whom he fought in Spider-Man Unlimited #12, and The Spectacular Spider-Man #235-236 respectively. He also wonders when the Grizzly will turn up again. While Ben Reilly never fought the Grizzly in the past, he has all of Peter Parker's memories leading up to Amazing Spider-Man #149, he would have memories of Spider-Man's battle against the Grizzly in Amazing Spider-Man #139-140.
  17. Ben apologizes for ducking out on her the other day. That was in Sensational Spider-Man #6.
  18. Ben's relationship with Jessica Carradine is very complicated. In Sensational Spider-Man #3, Ben learned that Jessica is the daughter of the burglar who murdered his Uncle Ben years earlier in Amazing Fantasy #15. She also blamed Spider-Man for her father's death, the burglar actually died of a heart attack as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #200. To make matters even more complicated, she discovered that Ben was Spider-Man in Sensational Spider-Man #4. She hasn't been seen since Sensational Spider-Man #6, and is never seen again.
  19. The Daily Grind was torched during the Blood Brother story arc.
    Blood Brothers
    Sensational Spider-Man #4 Amazing Spider-Man #411 Spider-Man #68 The Spectacular Spider-Man #234 Sensational Spider-Man #5 Amazing Spider-Man #412
    It had just recently re-opened last issue.
  20. At the time of this story, Jonah was kidnapped by the Scorpion as revealed in Spider-Man Unlimited #13.
  21. This is a lie, but it reminds Spider-Man that Hammerhead has been trying to take over the criminal underworld in Spider-Man #70. He is trying to fill a void after the Kingpin had recently suffered a fall from grace in Daredevil #300.

Error

  1. Ben can't believe that Peter Parker is friends with Flash Thompson, who bullied Parker in high school. This is based on the premise that Ben Reilly is the original Peter Parker instead of a clone. This is a continuity error based on the fact that Ben shares all of Peter's memories leading up to Amazing Spider-Man #149. While Flash Thompson was Peter's high school bully (first depicted in Amazing Fantasy #15) he and Peter pretty much ended their animosity toward each other by Amazing Spider-Man #138.

See Also

Footnotes

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



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