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Appearing in "Paralyzed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #16.

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Synopsis for "Paralyzed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #16.

Since returning to New York, Mindy Brown has had trouble sleeping after her husband's recent accident.[Continuity 1] She is awoken in the middle of the night by noises elsewhere in her home. Going to investigate the source of the noise she is shocked to see the Prowler in costume in her house. She immediately assumes that this is her husband, Hobie, but the Prowler tells her that it is not Hobie, and never will be again.

In the early morning hours in Queens, Mary Jane is trying to examine the puncture marks on her husband, Peter Parker's neck.[Continuity 2] He struggles because the bite marks are still painful to touch, and she suggests that Peter have someone take a look at them.[Continuity 3] Peter points out that he can't make up a good excuse for the wounds, and that he has been busy between his classes as Empire State University and dealing with the Chameleon and the Rose as Spider-Man anyway.[Continuity 4] They are interrupted by Mary Jane's Aunt Anna who is coming into the room to deal with the laundry. This prompts the couple to scramble to cover up Peter's Spider-Man costume until Mary Jane can convince Anna that she will handle the wash instead.

Meanwhile, Hobie Brown is having a nightmare about the Prowler. In it, his alter ego leaps across a rooftop only to fall to his death. However, in this dream, Hobie is witnessing this himself. When the Prowler hits the ground, Hobie removes the heroes mask, revealing another man underneath. Blaming himself for an innocent man getting killed, Hobie begins to scream as he wakes up in the hospital room he has been in since his recent injuries. His wife, Mindy, is sitting next to him and asks what he was dreaming about. Hobie confides that he feels helpless after learning that someone stole his Prowler costume and that using it might lead to this person to get hurt, and he can't help but feel responsible. That's when Spider-Man reveals that he is in the room and asks Hobie for clues to help him find this thief. Spider-Man explains that he decided to come and check on his old ally after he heard reports of someone in a Prowler costume has been involved in a series of break-ins.[Continuity 5] When the wall-crawler asks who might know Hobie's double identity, Brown says that other than his wife, his brother Abe, and the Rocket Racer, there is nobody else. Despite this, Spider-Man tells Hobie to focus on getting better and let him worry about the person masquerading as the Prowler.

Later, Spider-Man searches the city for the new Prowler. He feels bad for Hobie but is glad to hear that his injuries were not as serious as once thought and that he will be able to walk again. Still, he can relate with Hobie's frustration and his feelings of responsibility regarding the current situation, making his vow to catch the new Prowler even more important.[Continuity 6] While in an apartment not far away, the man who has co-opted the Prowler costume revels in the robberies he has committed. Leaving his home, the Prowler finds a building to break into. As he is cutting a hole in one of the windows he is briefly distracted because he sees something out of the corner of his eyes. Just as he is about to dismiss it as nothing, the Prowler is ambushed by the Vulture. Unaware that this is a different person in the Prowler costume, the Vulture seeks to get revenge for the original Prowler foiling his plans to take over Bestman Electronics.[Continuity 7]

As the Prowler tries to explain that the Vulture has the wrong person, Spider-Man leaps in and kicks his old foe in the face. As the two trade blows, the Prowler makes a hasty retreat. When the wall-crawler notices this it causes enough of a distraction for the Vulture to strike him. The force of the blow sends Spider-Man crashing into an apartment building. After making a hasty apology to the tenants, the web-slinger goes outside and discovers that the Vulture has managed to escape as well. With no trace of either Vulture and the Prowler, Spider-Man is forced to give up his search for the night. The following morning, Peter is upset to discover that the photos he took while in the Savage Land ended up on page 17 of the morning edition of the Bulge instead of the Sunday magazine that was scheduled to go out on Sunday. He is especially upset that the Bugle isn't reporting on how Roxxon was responsible for almost flooding the Savage Land. J. Jonah Jameson doesn't care, and questions why Peter still cares about it after he had been paid for the job.[Continuity 8] Jonah then quickly changes the subject by introducing Peter to Billy Walters, the newest freelance photographer to join the Daily Bugle. Jameson wants Peter to take the young photographer under his wing and teach him everything he knows, a job that Peter is less than enthusiastic about. He sends both Parker and Walters out to 38th Street where a disturbance has been reported.

Soon, the two photographers arrive on the scene to see terrorizing some construction workers. Just before Peter can slip away and change into Spider-Man, Billy assures Peter that he is going to be right behind him to watch everything he does, preventing Peter from doing his job as Spider-Man...

Appearing in "Helpless!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #17.

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Synopsis for "Helpless!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #17.

Witnessing the new Prowler terrorizing a construction site, Peter Parker wants to slip away and change into Spider-Man, but can't get away from Billy Walters -- the newest freelancer for the Daily Bugle -- who has been assigned to learn from Parker. As Peter Parker wonders what to do next, the Prowler harasses a construction foreman named Frank Rizzo. He is furious at Rizzo for firing him from his construction job knowing full well that the Prowler -- a man named Lawson -- needed the money to pay his way through med school. Fearing for his life, Frank accidentally backs off the side of a girder and is only saved from the fatal fall thanks to his safety line. However, the Prowler won't let him cheat death so easily, and intends to cut the line to make the man fall. By this time, everyone is so distracted by the unfolding drama that Peter manages to slip away and change into Spider-Man and interrupt the Prowler. The wall-crawler demands that the Prowler stop what he is doing and return his costume to its rightful owner. Instead, the Prowler tries to flee the scene, prompting Spider-Man to follow after him. However, when Spider-Man catches up with the Prowler, the would-be thief is standing on a girder suspended over the crowd and threatens to cut the cable and make it fall on the people below. While Spider-Man scrambles to web up the falling girder, the Prowler manages to escape once again.

With everyone safe, Spider-Man slips away to change back into Peter Parker so he can explain his absence to Billy. Still, Peter spotted the Vulture nearby during the fight and knows that there is more trouble ahead.[Continuity 9] As he and Billy head back to the Daily Bugle, Peter begins to get annoyed by the young man's enthusiasm up until he starts praising Spider-Man for his heroism. Meanwhile, the Prowler returns to his home, revealing over his escape from Spider-Man. Running late for work, he begins stripping off his costume, unaware that the Vulture is watching from the building across the street, allowing the villain a good look at the Prowler's true identity. At that moment, Spider-Man returns to the hospital where Hobie Brown is recovering from recent injuries. Since he last saw the wall-crawler, Hobie has been thinking about who might have learned his secret identity. He recalls how, when he was first injured, he was brought to the hospital by Robbie Farrell -- the Rocket Racer. Although Robbie removed most of Hobie's Prowler costume, he wasn't able to take it entirely off due to Brown's back injuries. Hobie theorises that whoever stole his costume must have discovered the remaining part of his costume and put two-and-two together. To help Spider-Man determine who that person might be, Hobie and his wife Mindy compiled the names of the staff that were working the emergency room that night. Before the wall-crawler can leave, Hobie thanks Spider-Man for helping him out, as he feels so helpless and can't handle the guilt if someone were to get hurt because of his impostor.

Later that evening, the Prowler returns home from another robbery to find the Vulture waiting in his apartment.[Continuity 10] At that same moment, Spider-Man has narrowed his search to the apartment of Rick Lawson. Before he can swing in, he suddenly is stricken with a headache and dizziness -- a side effect from being bitten by Morbius the Living Vampire recently.[Continuity 11] Still, he swings in, interrupting the Vulture before he can attack the Prowler. As the wall-crawler knocks down the Vulture with a blow the Prowler tries to flee the scene. However, the Prowler is stopped dead in his tracks when Spider-Man webs him to the wall. Unfortunately for the web-slinger, a wave of dizziness strikes leaving him open to attack from the Vulture. When he recovers from the blow, he finds that both he and the Prowler are now at the mercy of the Vulture.

Appearing in "Powerless & Responsibility"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #18.

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Synopsis for "Powerless & Responsibility"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man #18.

At Ravencroft Institute, Doctor Ashley Kafka and John Jameson assess the damage done to the facility after DK finally snapped and escaped from his cell. Burned into the floor is a message that reads "Thank you I'm so sorry." Ashley has been treating David Kalen for the depression caused by his survivors' guilt and transformation into the sludge monster known as DK. Now that he has broken free, she fears for the safety of her patient and for the general public as, during his last attempted escape, he killed two guards in the process before surrendering. She believes that Kalen may have escaped in order to commit suicide.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man stands dazed in the Prowler's apartment, a side effect from being bitten by Morbius the Living Vampire, leaving him and the Prowler at the mercy of the Vulture.[Continuity 12] The Vulture gloats how he is finally going to kill the Prowler and defeat Spider-Man, something that he was never able to do when he was an old man.[Continuity 13] When Spider-Man tries to focus and attack, he is easily swatted away by his foe. However, the Vulture pushes things too far when he uses his wings to slice the Prowler, prompting Spider-Man to renew his attack and web up his longtime enemy. Checking the Prowler, Spider-Man realizes that the novice cat-burglar will bleed out unless he does something and uses his webbing to bind the Prowler's wounds. With the Vulture all webbed up, Spider-Man then rushes the Prowler to a nearby hospital for immediate medical attention. With the Prowler took care of, the wall-crawler then pays a visit to Hobie Brown in his hospital room.[Continuity 14] He tells Hobie and Mindy that the new Prowler is an orderly named Rick Lawson. He was there on the night that Hobie was first brought to the hospital and learned that he was secretly the Prowler. Lawson then learned where Hobie lived and broke into his apartment to steal his Prowler costume. That's when Hobie and Mindy reveal the good news, the doctors have reported that Hobie is making great strides in his recovery and he could be walking again within a few weeks. Hobie thanks Spider-Man for dealing with the phony Prowler, as it did a lot to help him focus on his own recovery.

Later, Peter Parker returns home to Queens to develop his photos and have a private conversation with his wife, Mary Jane, without her Aunt Anna interrupting them.[Continuity 15] Mary Jane tells Peter that she doing well in school and has been racking up a lot of credits that go toward her psychology degree. Peter then tells her about how J. Jonah Jameson has Peter mentoring Billy Walters, the new freelancer at the Daily Bugle and how it has been hampering his ability to work as Spider-Man. He also talks about the close call with the Prowler and how he managed to get him to the hospital before he bled out. Since they finally have a moment alone, the couple decides to take advantage of the situation to have a moment of romance. Outside the darkroom, Anna Watson worries why Peter and Mary Jane are taking so long in there as she wants to talk to them about the new neighbors that moved in next door. She is particularly concerned about their young daughter, who stands outside for hours staring at the Parker house without saying a word. Meanwhile, the Vulture returns to his hideout, furious that Spider-Man has once more interfered with his plans. However, now that he has youth on his side, the Vulture vows that he will destroy the wall-crawler once and for all.

Soon, Peter Parker is at the Daily Bugle turning in his photos and tries to convince Jameson to assign Billy to someone else. However, Jonah won't do it, pointing out that not only is Walter's turning out to be a good photographer, he is also great at writing stories. However, when Billy enters the office to get Jonah's feedback, Jameson blows him off, saying he needs work. Peter is shocked and tries to get Jonah to give Billy positive reinforcement when they are interrupted by a news report about a disturbance in Central Park. The cause is DK who has come looking for Spider-Man. Wanting to resolve this situation, Peter asks Jonah to assign him to the story, and insists on bringing Billy Walters along. Soon the pair arrive at Central Park, and Billy is willing to bet that Spider-Man will arrive on the scene, even though Peter says it will be unlikely.[Continuity 16] Billy surprises Peter by telling him to go ahead and get photos while he hangs back and gets the story. This allows Peter to slip away, set up his camera, and change into Spider-Man. When the wall-crawler confronts DK, the creature tells Spider-Man to keep away. Allowing his face to resume human form, DK explains that his body is deteriorating, rotting him from the inside out. Since he is dying, DK explains that he wanted to get Spider-Man's attention to thank him for helping him. Then, much to Spider-Man's shock and horror, DK dissolves into a puddle of goo.

As he tries to make sense of this situation, Spider-Man is then ambushed by the Vulture. Thanks to his spider-sense, the wall-crawler dodges the ambush causing the Vulture to crash into the muck that was once DK. To everyone's surprise, some part of David Kalen is still alive and begins trying to wrap the Vulture in his mucky form. Pleading with DK to stop, Spider-Man man manages to use his webbing to pull the Vulture free. However, when he gets a good look at the Vulture's face what he sees comes to a shock. When the authorities arrive, Spider-Man slips away and changes back into Peter Parker. He meets up with Billy and pays up for losing his bet. However, Peter is still distracted by what he saw after saving the Vulture and remarks about how strange life is. As the authorities carry the Vulture away, the villain is still in a state of shock as his exposure to DK has robbed him of his youth and he is now old once more.

Prologue

For years, the Living Monoloith's massive stone form has been drifting in space under constant observation by SHIELD and NASA.[Continuity 17] Rendered harmless in the void of space, the massive statue begins to drift into space. However, this is about to change as a portion of the Monolith's stone form breaks free from his body and begins to drift back into Earth's atmosphere....

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. Mindy Brown was pursuing a career in California as seen in Prowler #1-4. Her return to New York follows Hobie's injuries sustained when the Prowler was involved in the Great Game in Spider-Man Unlimited #14.
  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. At the time of this story, Peter was bitten by Morbius in Spider-Man #77.
  4. At the time of this story, Spider-Man dealt with the Chameleon in The Spectacular Spider-Man #242-245, while the Rose has been a constant issue since Amazing Spider-Man #419.
  5. Spider-Man refers to Hobie as an "old pal", the pair have often worked together since they first met back in Amazing Spider-Man #78.
  6. Spider-Man can relate to Hobie Brown's sense of responsibility because, for years, the wall-crawler has blamed himself for the death of his Uncle Ben back in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  7. The Vulture attempted to seize control of Bestman Electronics in Prowler #1-4.
  8. Peter was recently in the Savage Land in Sensational Spider-Man #13-15.
  9. Although he is unaware that it is someone new in the costume, the Vulture wants revenge against the Prowler following the events of Prowler #1-4.
  10. The Vulture makes a comment about being old once. Recently, the Vulture was de-aged during the events of Amazing Spider-Man #388.
  11. Moribus bit Spider-Man in Spider-Man #77.
  12. At the time of this story, Morbius had recently bitten Spider-Man as seen in Spider-Man #77.
  13. The Vulture isn't aware that this isn't Hobie Brown, the original Prowler, who ruined one of the villain's plans in Prowler #1-4. He mentions how he used to be "old", Adrian Tooms was always an elderly man until recently when he regained his youth in Amazing Spider-Man #388.
  14. At the time of this story, Hobie Brown is recovering injuries sustained from a serious fall while participating in the Great Game, as seen in Spider-Man Unlimited #14.
  15. 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.
  16. Peter suggests that Spider-Man is too busy watching the Rosie O'Donnell Show to catch the news. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Particularly since that particular talk show ended in 2002.
  17. The Living Monolith was ejected into space during the events of Marvel Graphic Novel #17. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, the Monolith's defeat happened roughly three years prior to this story.

Flashback Notes

  1. Rick Lawson
  2. Hobie Brown
  • The cover reprints, inverted, the cover of Sensational Spider-Man #16.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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