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Appearing in Citizen Osborn

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #250.

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Synopsis for Citizen Osborn

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #250.

The Green Goblin flies across the city and hovers outside the Parker home. After a few moments, he begins to laugh and flies away. This is all a nightmare had by Mary Jane, who wakes up from the dream in a panic. Although she can't remember what the nightmare is about it still frightened her very badly and wishes her husband, Peter Parker, was home to comfort her.[Continuity 1] She becomes upset when she thinks that she always takes a back-seat to his responsibilities as Spider-Man. That's when the phone begins to ring. Hoping it's Peter, Mary Jane is disappointed by Betty Brant. However, what Betty tells her over the phone is a complete shock to her.

Meanwhile, at the apartment of Ashley Kafka, Spider-Man has tied up John Jameson who has been convinced into thinking he is the Man-Wolf again after a botched session of hypnotherapy. With John restrained, Ashley begins trying to work to repair the damage she has caused. Unfortunately, she ends up making things worse as she ends up causing a full-on transformation into the Man-Wolf. Breaking free from his bonds, the Man-Wolf tries to attack Kafka, but Spider-Man gets between them. While Spider-Man works to restrain the Man-Wolf, Ashley continues to try to reach out of him. Eventually, she gets through, making John to face his demons, forcing a reversion back into being a human in both mind and body. Meanwhile, Norman Osborn has returned to his company to reclaim his office, much to the shock of his widowed daughter-in-law, Liz Osborn, who wishes Norman could just stay dead.[Continuity 2] Norman warns her to watch her tone with him, prompting Liz to admit that seeing Norman alive has come as a shock to him. Norman uses this as an opportunity to put on an emotional display where he wishes it was he who was dead, instead of his son Harry.[Continuity 3] Still, Norman is glad that Harry sired a son, Normie, so that the Osborn Legacy can continue. Hearing this, Liz refuses to allow Norman any opportunity to get near or corrupt her son. Norman admits that he wants no harm to go to the boy, but warns her that if he can't have Normie, then nobody will.

Elsewhere, Flash Thompson is in a busy emergency room following a car accident. He is visited by his sister, Jesse, who wants to know how drunk Flash was when he got in a wreck. When she asks how drunk he was, Flash tries to put blame on the kid who ran across the street. Since their father had a problem with driving under the influence of alcohol and she doesn't want to hear Flash making the same excuses. As Jesse turns to leave, Eugene breaks down and begs her to come back. She gives in and promises to be there for Flash. However, before they can leave the hospital an officer enters the room and puts Flash under arrest for impaired driving. While at the Kravinoff estate, Kraven the Hunter's tranquility is interrupted by the arrival of Calypso. Thinking this to be the original Kraven the Hunter, Calypso has followed him back to his home from the cemetery where he previously blew her off.[Continuity 4] Kraven allows the pair to give in to their carnal desires. Afterward, Calypso admits that she is glad that Kraven is back. However, the mood suddenly changes when Kraven begins to laugh and painfully yanks on her hair. Asking what is so funny, Calypso learns that this is not her beloved Sergei, but his son. He clarifies that he is not Vladimir, the late Grim Hunter, but yet another son, telling her that his father has had many children from different lovers.[Continuity 5] Calypso is furious that the young man would deceive her like so. When she tries to attack, Kraven summons his loyal beasts to defend him. Realizing that she is out of her depth, Calypso retreats but vows to get revenge.

Back in Queens, the news that Norman Osborn has bought the Daily Bugle has come as a shock to her. Going through old photo albums, Mary Jane thinks about how all of her friends were struggling with their own demons. Peter was still struggling with the death of his Uncle Ben and the responsibilities of being Spider-Man.[Continuity 6] Mary Jane was also struggling with her own family problems, while Harry Osborn was dealing with being raised by his father, a total monster.[Continuity 7] The only well-adjusted person in their group back in those days was Gwen Stacy, and she was ultimately destroyed by Norman Osborn.[Continuity 8] She thinks about how things all changed when Gwen died, and how Harry ended up following his own path into madness and ultimately his own destruction. Realizing how grim she sounds, Mary Jane tries to remember that there have been happy times in all these years as well and not to let Norman Osborn's darkness swallow them all.[Continuity 9]

Two Weeks Later

Norman Osborn has organized a huge gala to announce the re-opening of the Osborn Foundation, the charitable organization that was started by his son, Harry, before his death.[Continuity 10] During a press conference, one of the reporters asks for an explanation for reports of his death. Osborn explains that he did not die but went into hiding, accusing Spider-Man for the reason his life was in danger. When asked why he chose now to come back, Norman explains that between the death of his son Harry, his wife Liz taking over the family company, Ben Urich's damning book on the Osborn Legacy, and the recent attack on the Daily Bugle by a madman claiming to be him, Norman could no longer stay hidden.[Continuity 11] He says the person who supported this decision the most was his friend, J. Jonah Jameson. Calling a reluctant Jameson up to the stage, Norman goes on to tell the press and that he and Jonah have now become co-owners of the Daily Bugle. Between the newspaper and his charity, Norman intends to use his resource to make the world a better place.

Among those in the audience are Joe Robertson, his wife Martha, Ashley Kafka, Peter Parker and his wife Mary Jane. None can believe what is going on and believe that Jonah has just made a deal with the devil. Joe is surprised to see Peter here, as Norman being back must be opening old wounds. Peter explains that sometimes you need to look a monster right in the eyes. That's when Osborn spots Peter and draws the press to Parker's attention. Putting on a false sense of pride, he tells everyone how Peter was friends with his son Harry and how much he has changed since then. Rubbing salt in the wound, Norman recalls how Gwen Stacy was murdered by the Green Goblin and swears to Peter that he will use all his resources to bring Gwen's killer to justice. Before he can lose his temper, Peter is pulled aside by Joe Robertson and tells the young man that he needs to calm down. Norman then continues on, spinning more lies to distance himself from the Green Goblin. Peter's anger continues to boil, but Joe reminds Peter that if they attack Norman without any proof they'll make themselves criminals in the eyes of the law. Not far away from this, John Jameson and Ashley Kafka question why John's father, J. Jonah Jameson, would agree to work with Norman Osborn. Jonah can't give an explanation but tells his son that he did what he had to in order to protect his family.

Meanwhile, Flash Thompson returns home to discover his apartment is a total mess. Since the car accident, he has been fired from his job and the fines for driving under the influence has wiped out his bank account. Even more annoying, his sister Jesse has insisted that Flash join Alcoholics Anonymous. As he reaches into the fridge for a can of beer, he thinks how he can solve his problems on his own. Realizing that he is about to start drinking again, Flash decides that he can't help himself and trashes his apartment. After he is done, he looks at himself in the mirror and sees the reflection of his father looking back at him. In doing so, Thompson decides that it is might be about time that he pay his father a visit. While at the Kravinoff estate, Alexi Kravinoff trains by fighting his pets. Fighting off a lion, tiger, and gorilla with his bare hands he feels that he can now rest as he has a great challenge ahead of him in the future. Spotting a spider crawling along the wall, Kraven swats the creature. Back at the Osborn Mansion, Norman takes some time to talk to his grandson Normie. Made uncomfortable by this, Liz tries to tell Norman that she needs to get her son home. Norman insists that the boy sit and have dinner with him and walks off with the boy. Noticing how tense Liz is, her boyfriend Foggy Nelson tries to get her to talk about what's wrong but she won't say anything. Disgusted with how Norman is manipulating people, Mary Jane tries to convince Liz to do something. Growing angry, Liz tells Mary Jane to stop dictating how she should raise her son and storms off. When Peter sees if his wife is okay, they both notice that Norman is making them turn against each other.

The Parkers have had enough and they decide to return home. On the cab ride into Queens, Mary Jane decides that they shouldn't run away from this like they did when they were dealing with the Jackal and Ben Reilly. Peter agrees, mostly because he doubts there is anywhere they can run in order to get away from Norman Osborn.[Continuity 12] When they arrive home, they discover Mary Jane's Aunt Anna in a panic as someone has broken into and trashed their home. Shocked, Peter rushes into the house to look for clues as to who is responsible. In the bedroom, Peter finds his Spider-Man costume intact. Looking among the rubble he discovers a Green Goblin action figure holding a small sign that reads "Gotcha!". Furious, Peter decides that it is time to deal with Norman face-to-face. Spider-Man ambushes Norman Osborn in his penthouse apartment. As he beats his foe and tosses him around the room, the wall-crawler tells him that Norman will not interfere with his life anymore, that there will be no more victims, and orders Osborn to leave the country once more.

At that moment, Flash Thompson has returned to his family home where he attacks his father and demands that he answer for the years of alcoholism and abuse that he put his family through over the years. When he has Harrison Thompson at his mercy, Flash is suddenly horrified by what he has done. What's worse, he feels even more shame and guilty when his mother -- Rosie -- enters the room and demands to know why Eugene would attack his father. Unable to provide any answers, Flash walks out of the house. Back at the Osborn penthouse, Norman is amused that Spider-Man has attacked him like this, as it proves that under the veneer of a hero there is a savage just as destructive as he is. Norman then reveals that he had recorded the entire attack so he can use the footage to show the world and turn society against the wall-crawler. That's when Norman's security team comes crashing in forcing the wall-crawler to leave. As he swings away, Spider-Man realizes that he allowed himself to fall into this trap. Thinking of all of Norman Osborn's manipulations, all the lives he destroyed, Spider-Man begins to wonder how he will ever be able to stop Norman Osborn this time.

Appearing in All My Pasts Remembered!

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

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Synopsis for All My Pasts Remembered!

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

From his secret hideout, Doctor Octopus reads the news reports about his miraculous return to life.[Continuity 13] Although his loyal follower, Carolyn Trainer, thinks this is great news, Otto just wants to be left alone. Particularly because his memory is still jumbled after his return and he is still recovering over the ordeal. He is also upset that his return came at the expense of Angelina Brancale who sacrificed her virtual reality form and is now stuck in a catatonic state. Carolyn tries to assuage Otto by telling him that Angelina sacrificed herself willingly. Confused by why the world at large hates him, Octavius asks Trainer to explain to him why this is.

While in Queens, Otto Octavius is the subject of conversation in the Parker home. Peter reminds his wife, Mary Jane, that Doctor Octopus is one of his most deadly foes and he needs to catch him before he does something.[Continuity 14] Although Peter wants to go out looking for Otto right away, Mary Jane convinces him to go out for breakfast with her so they can review Otto's history and try and figure out where he might be hiding out now. While at the Daily Bugle, Ben Urich tells Dilbert Trilby about the return of Doctor Octopus. As the Bugle's obituary writer this is very distressing for Tribly to hear, as he hates writing obituaries about super-humans as they always manage to cheat death.[Continuity 15] Urich thinks Trilby is getting paranoid and asks the obituary writer to tell him what he knows about Otto Octavius for insight on a story he wants to write.

What follows is a recounting of the life of Otto Octavius told from the perspectives of Dilbert Trilby, Carolyn Trainer, and Peter Parker.[Continuity 16]

The Life and Times of Otto Octavius

Trilby: Otto Octavius was a smart student in school but was tormented by bullies in school and abused by his father, Torbert Octavius, at home. The only source of love Otto received was from his overbearing mother, Mary. Otto focused on his studies and went on to college on a full science scholarship. He was driven to focus on his studies by his mother, especially on his freshman year when his father was killed in a construction accident.[Continuity 17] Eventually, Otto graduated from college at the top of his class, much to the delight of his mother.

Trainer: After graduation, Otto established himself as a genius in the field of nuclear research. It was during one of his early lectures about a mechanical harness that could be used for handling radioactive materials that Carolyn Trainer first met Otto Octavius. The tickets were a gift from her father who knew she was a fan of Otto's work. Meeting him in person, Carolyn found herself instantly smitten by Otto. She came to see him as a gracious, giving, and generous man.

Parker: That's not the opinion held by the people at the Atomic Research Center where Otto Octavius worked. There he was viewed as a cruel and arrogant man and went through multiple lab assistants each year. The use of his mechanical arms in his research earned Otto Octavius the nickname "Doctor Octopus" among his peers. Although Mary Jane finds this kind of sad, but Peter insists that Otto brought it on himself.

Trainer: Carolyn has a different opinion, she feels that his colleagues were jealous of Otto's genius. She even thinks that the woman Otto dated at the time -- Mary Alice -- was equally as jealous of him, and tried to manipulate Otto into doing what she wished. However, this romance was short-lived when Otto's mother learned of it and forced him to break it off for fear that her son would abandon her. Although it broke Otto's heart to do this, Carolyn believed that this was the right move as he deserved so much better.

Trilby: After briefly wondering what would have happened to Otto Octavius if he had stood up to his mother, the obituary writer continues his narrative. He tells about how, after the break-up, Otto Octavius buried himself in his work becoming more cold and distant to his colleagues. It was during this time he discovered his mother was now dating a man. Furious that she allowed herself to find the happiness that was denied him, Otto went into a rage that frightened his mother so much she suffered a heart attack and died.[Continuity 18] Over the next three weeks, Otto did his work like a zombie and continued pushing himself to the edge. Trilby believes that it was his state of mind that led to an explosion that fused his mechanical arms to his body, turning him into Doctor Octopus.

Trainer: Carolyn was in college at the time of Otto's accident and she was devastated by the news. She spent long hours waiting for updates on his condition while he was in the hospital. She learned that Otto was being cared for at Bliss Private Hospital under the care of Doctor Kevin Hunt. Hunt believed that Otto suffered brain damage from the explosion, but Carolyn dismisses this idea, calling Hart a quack. When Otto finally awoke from his coma he discovered that he could mentally control the mechanical arms that were fused to his body.

Doctor Octopus is Born

All three parties then recount Spider-Man's first battle against Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 19] Peter tells about how J. Jonah Jameson sent him to photograph the hostage situation at the Atomic Research Center. Going as Spider-Man, the novice hero didn't realize how serious the situation was until he saw Doctor Octopus threatening his hostages and came crashing in. Carolyn Trainer recalls how, initially, Otto delivered a humiliating defeat to Spider-Man. Trilby focuses on how, despite the humiliating defeat, Spider-Man returned to ultimately defeated Doctor Octopus. However, this was not the end of the notorious villain.

Trainer: Carolyn tells Otto about how he was represented by Matt Murdock following his first arrest. It was his skills as a lawyer that Otto managed to get a more lenient sentence on an insanity plea. Trainer then began visiting Otto in prison and the two became close. During one such visit, Otto assured her that he has been spending his time in prison constructively by honing his ability to control his mechanical arms and vows that once he gets out, he will never get captured again.

Parker: Peter tells Mary Jane how Otto only spent a short time in prison as it was his first offense.[Continuity 20] Once free from prison, Doctor Octopus began working with Philidelphia mobster Blackie Gaxton. When Spider-Man tried to stop them, Betty Brant's brother Bennett was killed. Although Peter thinks Bennett might still be alive had he not interfered, he assures Mary Jane that only Doctor Octopus is to blame for what happened.[Continuity 21]

Failures

Trilby: This time, the authorities were less lenient with Doctor Octopus.[Continuity 22] While in custody this time, they enlisted the aid of Giant-Man, Iron Man, and Mister Fantastic who developed a means of removing Otto's mechanical arms. Unfortunately for them, they didn't realize that Otto could still mentally control his mechanical arms, even from afar, and eventually escaped.[Continuity 23]

Trainer: Carolyn then tells Otto about how, during that escape, he recruited Electro, Mysterio, the Vulture, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter to form the Sinister Six.

Parker: Despite this ambitious scheme, Spider-Man managed to defeat each of his foes in one-on-one combat until they were all defeated and sent back to prison.

Trainer: However, Otto didn't stay captured for long. Breaking out of prison he set himself up as the Master Planner, building the underwater hideout that they are now using to hide out. Otto remembers this last failure, becoming furious that Spider-Man ruined this master scheme.[Continuity 24]

Trilby: From then on, the majority of the schemes created by Doctor Octopus ended in failure, usually at the hands of Spider-Man.

Cheating Death

Trainer: Carolyn explains that after a time, Otto became convinced that his endless battles with Spider-Man might lead to his death and began putting measures in order to try and reach immortality, of a sort. Seeking out Carolyn, Otto tapped her expertise in virtual reality to create a sophisticated artificial intelligence called the Master Programmer. The Master Programmer was then programmed with copies of Otto's memories and personalities up to that point. It was also this time that Angelia Brancale, Carolyn's secretary, became smitten by Otto. When it became obvious that she would do anything for him, they used her as a test subject for their creating a virtual reality construct that could interact with the real world, and thus Stunner was born.

Trilby: Otto's death eventually happened at the hands of the mercenary known as Kaine. Dilbert wrote Otto's obituary and attended his funeral.[Continuity 25] Concluding his tale, Dilbert is quite distrubed by the news that Otto is somehow back from the dead. The only logical explanation is that his death was a hoax.

Epilogue

After finishing the lengthy tale, Peter expresses his concerns about Otto's return. Prior to his death, Otto discovered Peter's secret identity and although he appeared to have gaps in his memory when he was resurrected, Parker fears that Otto may someday remember and put their lives at risk. Mary Jane is not as concerned, pointing out all of the others that know Peter's double identity, and reminds him that she can take care of himself -- like when the Chameleon attempted to attack her recently. Remembering how his wife defeated the Chameleon causes Peter to burst out laughing.[Continuity 26]

Luckily, Peter has nothing to worry about as at that moment Carolyn Trainer explains that Doctor Octopus was murdered by Kaine before he had a chance to upgrade the memories copied over to the Master Programmer. Although she planned on creating a virtual reality construct of Otto, she is grateful that other options came to fruition that allowed them to bring Otto back from the dead. After hearing his life story, Doctor Octopus vows that although he has failed many times in the past, all he needs is one major success in able to claim total victory.

Appearing in Son of the Hunter!

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #251.

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Synopsis for Son of the Hunter!

This story is a reprint of the comic
The Spectacular Spider-Man #251.

After being tricked into attacking Norman Osborn on camera, Spider-Man has become a social pariah in the eyes of the media. Watching the news reports about the attack are Peter Parker, his wife Mary Jane, and her Aunt Anna.[Continuity 27] Released from the hospital after the attack, Norman Osborn then gave an interview further spinning the attack to gain public support, by saying the attack proves his claims that Spider-Man is a threat to his own life. Crying crocodile tears, Osborn expresses concern for the safety of his daughter-in-law Liz Osborn, and his grandson Normie. Turning off the television, Peter finds the whole spectacle despicable. Aunt Anna agrees although she thinks that Peter is talking about Spider-Man. Mary Jane tries to convince her Aunt that there are two sides to every story, saying that both she and Peter know that Norman Osborn is an evil man. Anna points out that, even if this is true, it doesn't give Spider-Man the right to act above the law. When Peter suggests they not argue about the subject, Anna agrees, saying that this is Spider-Man's problem to deal with.

At the editorial offices of the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson go over the front page of the next edition with Norman Osborn.[Continuity 28] Jonah feels the cover story about Spider-Man seems overly melodramatic, which Joe Robertson finds ironic considering all the years of anti-Spider-Man rants that Jonah has written in the past. Norman suggests they can kill the story if they want, as he is only concerned about the safety of his family. After giving Jonah a stern look, the publisher suddenly changes his opinion, saying the story is great just the way it is and that it will allow them to finally deal with Spider-Man once and for all, much to Osborn's satisfaction. Once Norman is gone, Joe demands to know what's going on as he thinks that giving Norman part-ownership of the Daily Bugle is akin to making a deal with the devil. When Joe asks what Osborn has on Jonah, the publisher gets defensive, reminding Robertson that Spider-Man is the real enemy, blaming the wall-crawler for the recent attempt on his life.[Continuity 29] Seeing that he isn't getting through to Jonah, Joe gives up and leaves the publisher to think over what has done.

By this time, Peter and Mary Jane have arrived on the campus of Empire State University. Peter can't believe how easily Norman Osborn manipulated him to twist public opinion of Spider-Man. However, Mary Jane points out that they'll get through it as they have been through worse in their lives. Still, Peter is concerned about being able to protect Mary Jane and Anna if Norman tries to go after them. Mary Jane points out that Norman won't be willing to play the victim for very long and she has faith that Spider-Man will get the opportunity to take him down. This gives Peter a lot of confidence and he tells her that he feels like the luckiest man in the world. Realizing that he is running late for class, Peter rushes off. As he goes, Mary Jane tells Peter not to worry about things so much, and once he is out of earshot she admits to herself that she will do all the worrying for the both of them. While at the Chase Manhattan Bank in midtown, there is a bank robbery in process. The thieves manage to get into their getaway car, but they have to swerve out of the way of someone who darts into the middle of the road. This man is Kraven the Hunter, who forces them to crash and easily disarms, incapacitates, and rounds up the crooks with the authorities. Once the thieves have been strung up in a net, Kraven addresses the crowds and news media, that this is a gift from Kraven the Hunter and disappears.

Back at the Daily Bugle, Flash Thompson pays another visit to his ex-girlfriend, Betty Brant. When Betty tries to tell him that she is busy with deadlines, he won't let her brush him off again. Realizing that he needs someone to talk to, Betty agrees to take a break and listen to what he has to say. Outside, Flash wants to know why she started ghosting him after saying that she wanted to help him through his problems. Betty admits that she got scared because of her past experiences with her brother, and her late husband Ned, she got scared of being a support for Flash and his drinking problems.[Continuity 30] She is afraid because every time she tried to help the men in her life, she ended up getting hurt and losing them. That's when Flash tells her that he has decided that he can't rely on the help of others to get him through his problems. He then fully admits that he is an alcoholic and that he is going to get into a program to help him get over his addiction. Hearing this makes Betty proud and she tells Flash that she loves him. Flash still feels the same way, and with everything out in the open, he decides to go and tells her that he will call her soon. As Betty wipes her tears away, she is approached by Norman Osborn, who overheard the whole exchange. He comments on how Flash Thompson is a strong-willed man that will be able to beat his demons, something that he finds very interesting.

Back at Empire State University, Peter and Mary Jane are spending time between classes talking about the Spider-Man news with their friend, Jill Stacy. Jill also thinks that Spider-Man is a menace, but before they can discuss it further they catch a news report about how Kraven the Hunter stopped a bank robbery.[Continuity 31] Peter is shocked to see Kraven the Hunter on television and makes an excuse to take photos for the Daily Bugle so he can go into action as Spider-Man.[Continuity 32] As the wall-crawler swings across the city, he wonders if this is Kraven back from the dead, something that is not so impossible considering that Norman Osborn has also managed to cheat death in recent history.[Continuity 33] He later concludes that this new Kraven the Hunter must be the Chameleon who claimed that he was Kraven's brother during their last encounter.[Continuity 34] Still, the idea of his old foes coming back from the dead deeply disturbs him, as his loved ones die and remain dead.[Continuity 35] This also makes him think about the strange experience he had recently where he helped Kraven's soul find peace, although the whole experience could have been a hallucination like Mary Jane believes.[Continuity 36] None of this answers the real question: if Kraven is somehow back from the dead.[Continuity 37] That's when his spider-sense goes off allowing him to snatch a drug-tipped dart before it strikes him.

That's when Kraven ambushed him while riding on the back of an elephant. The pair end up crashing through the roof of a warehouse. There, Kraven admits that he is a Kravinoff but not the Chameleon. That's when the drugs -- which were absorbed through the skin -- being to affect Spider-Man. As he begins to hallucinate, Kraven begins asking the hero to consider what it must have been like for his father to commit suicide. Growing angrier, Spider-Man lunges at Kraven and begins throttling him, refusing to allow another one of his foes come back from the dead. Although the wall-crawler overpowers Kraven, he cannot bring himself to kill his enemy and begins to cower. Finding this pathetic, Kraven picks up his hunting rifle and reveals that one thing that separates him from his coward of a father: He uses real bullets in his gun. Just as he finished saying this, Kraven pulls the trigger.

Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. 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.
  2. At the time of this story, everyone believed 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. Everyone became aware that he was still alive in Spider-Man #75.
  3. At the time of this story, everyone 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. Norman is directly involved in this deception and his claiming that Harry is dead is all part of maintaining this ruse.
  4. Sergei Kravinoff committed suicide after the Kraven's Last Hunt story arc.
    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

  5. Vladimir first appeared in Spider-Man #47. The Grim Hunter was murdered by Kaine in Spider-Man #55. His assertion that Kraven has had many children is very true. Other children include a sister Anastasia (first seen Amazing Spider-Man #565) and a half-brother Ned Tannengarden (first seen Spider-Man: Get Kraven #2)
  6. Peter's Uncle Ben was murdered in Amazing Fantasy #15.
  7. Mary Jane and Harry's troubled childhoods were documented in Amazing Spider-Man #259 and Amazing Spider-Man #40 respectively.
  8. The Green Goblin murdered Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  9. Mary Jane doesn't specify how many years has passed since between the death of Gwen Stacy and this story. Per the Sliding Timescale it has been almost seven years.
  10. Harry Osborn first formed the Osborn Foundation in The Spectacular Spider-Man #200.
  11. Ben Urich wrote a book revealing that Norman Osborn was the Green Goblin, something that was, until then, not known by the general public. That happened in Spider-Man: Legacy of Evil #1.
  12. The "insanity" with the Jackal and Ben Reilly is a reference to the very convoluted Clone Saga.
    Clone Saga Reading Order
    Prelude
    The Double
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
    The Parker Legacy
    Amazing Spider-Man #400 Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    The Lost Years
    Spider-Man: The Lost Years #1 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 Spider-Man: The Lost Years #3
    Act One
    Power and Responsibility
    Web of Spider-Man #117 Amazing Spider-Man #394 Spider-Man #51 The Spectacular Spider-Man #217
    The Exile Returns
    Web of Spider-Man #118 Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Spider-Man #52 Web of Spider-Man #119 Spider-Man #53
    Back From the Edge
    Spider-Man Unlimited #7 Amazing Spider-Man #395 The Spectacular Spider-Man #218 Amazing Spider-Man #396 The Spectacular Spider-Man #219
    Web of Life
    Web of Spider-Man #120 Spider-Man #54 Web of Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man #55
    Web of Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
    Funeral for an Octopus
    Spider-Man Unlimited #8 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #2 Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #3
    Smoke and Mirrors
    Web of Spider-Man #122 Amazing Spider-Man #399 Spider-Man #56 Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
    Spider-Man: The Clone Journal #1
    Players and Pawns
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #222 Web of Spider-Man #123 Amazing Spider-Man #400
    Aftershocks
    Spider-Man #57 The Spectacular Spider-Man #223
    Mark of Kaine
    Web of Spider-Man #124 Amazing Spider-Man #401 Spider-Man #58 The Spectacular Spider-Man #224 Spider-Man Unlimited #9
    Crossfire
    Web of Spider-Man #125 Amazing Spider-Man #402 Spider-Man #59 The Spectacular Spider-Man #225
    The Trial of Peter Parker
    Web of Spider-Man #126 Amazing Spider-Man #403 Spider-Man #60 The Spectacular Spider-Man #226
    Planet of the Symbiotes
    Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
    Act Two
    Maximum Clonage
    Spider-Man: The Jackal Files #1 New Warriors #61 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Alpha Web of Spider-Man #127 Amazing Spider-Man #404 Spider-Man #61 The Spectacular Spider-Man #227 Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Omega
    Growing Pains
    Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 Spider-Man Super Special #1 Venom Super Special #1 Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special #1 Web of Spider-Man Super Special #1
    The Exiled
    Web of Spider-Man #128 Amazing Spider-Man #405 Spider-Man #62 Spider-Man Unlimited #10
    Time Bomb
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #228 Web of Spider-Man #129
    The Greatest Responsibility
    Amazing Spider-Man #406 Spider-Man #63 The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 Spider-Man: The Parker Years #1
    Act Three
    Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1
    Virtual Morality
    Scarlet Spider Unlimited #1 Web of Scarlet Spider #1 Amazing Scarlet Spider #1 Scarlet Spider #1 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
    Cyberwar
    Web of Scarlet Spider #2 Amazing Scarlet Spider #2 Green Goblin #3 Scarlet Spider #2 The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #2
    Nightmare in Scarlet
    Web of Scarlet Spider #3 New Warriors #67 Web of Scarlet Spider #4
    The Sensational Spider-Man
    Wizard Mini-Comic #3 Sensational Spider-Man #0 Amazing Spider-Man #407 Spider-Man #64 The Spectacular Spider-Man #230 Spider-Man Unlimited #11
    The Final Adventure
    Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #1 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #2 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #3 Spider-Man: The Final Adventure #4
    Act Four
    Media Blizzard
    Sensational Spider-Man #1 Amazing Spider-Man #408 Spider-Man #65
    The Return of Kaine
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #231 Sensational Spider-Man #2 Amazing Spider-Man #409 Spider-Man #66 The Spectacular Spider-Man #232
    Web of Carnage
    Sensational Spider-Man #3 Amazing Spider-Man #410 Spider-Man #67 The Spectacular Spider-Man #233
    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
    Redemption
    Spider-Man: Redemption #1 Spider-Man: Redemption #2 Spider-Man: Redemption #3 Spider-Man: Redemption #4
    Peter Parker Returns
    Sensational Spider-Man #7 Amazing Spider-Man #414 Spider-Man #71 The Spectacular Spider-Man #237
    Loose Ends
    Amazing Spider-Man #415 Spider-Man #72 Sensational Spider-Man #8 The Spectacular Spider-Man #238 Sensational Spider-Man #9 Amazing Spider-Man #416 Spider-Man #73 The Spectacular Spider-Man #239 Sensational Spider-Man #10 Amazing Spider-Man #417 Spider-Man #74
    Revelations
    The Spectacular Spider-Man #240 Sensational Spider-Man #11 Amazing Spider-Man #418 Spider-Man #75 Spider-Man: Revelations #1 Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal #1
  13. Doctor Octopus was murdered by Kaine in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221. More recently, he was resurrected in Amazing Spider-Man #427.
  14. 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.
  15. A number of the examples that Dilbert cites are:
    • Spider-Man: For a time it was believed that the original Spider-Man was killed when a skeleton wearing a tattered Spider-Man costume was discovered in The Spectacular Spider-Man #231. At the time, Peter Parker had retired as Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man #229 and Ben Reilly, Peter's clone, took up the mantle in Sensational Spider-Man #0 adding credibility to this claim. This idea fizzled out when Peter returned as Spider-Man in Spider-Man #75.
    • Daredevil: At the time of this story, Daredevil faked his death in Daredevil #325 and assumes a new identity. He eventually dumped this new identity in Daredevil #347.
    • The Hulk was believed to have been killed in a nuclear explosion in Incredible Hulk #345. In reality, he was laying low and working as a bodyguard in Las Vegas until his survival became public knowledge circa Incredible Hulk #377.
    • Trilby says "don't even get me started on the X-Men". Indeed many X-Men have been reported dead only to come back, even at this point. There are too many instances to list here.
    • He also figures that the recent deaths of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four might also become undone. He's not wrong. The two teams were thought to have been killed in Onslaught Marvel Universe #1. However, they really survived and exist in a pocket dimension as seen in the Heroes Reborn event. They will return to their proper dimension in Heroes Reborn: The Return #1-4.
  16. A lot of the details here, particularly details about Otto's childhood, were previously detailed in Spider-Man Unlimited #3.
  17. This contradicts The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 2 #9. In that story, Otto states he was still a young child when his father died and was forced to watch his father die in bed. Given Otto's varied state of mind, there's no telling what facts were are true.
  18. This is contrary to Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #3. In that telling, Otto's mother did not suffer a heart attack but was strangled to death by Otto. It's entirely possible that Otto covered up the fact that he murdered his mother.
  19. The first battle between Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man happened in Amazing Spider-Man #3.
  20. Peter specifically states that Otto was in prison for a year. Otto was released from prison in Amazing Spider-Man #11. Per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, Peter's assessment of Otto being in prison for a year should be considered a topical reference as it measures the length of time between publications. Per the Timescale, Otto would only have been in prison for a few months, at most. Since Peter states that Otto did not act up while in prison, modern readers could assume that Otto was released from prison early based on good behavior.
  21. This all happened in Amazing Spider-Man #11. Although everyone believes Bennett died here, he survived and will resurface again in Venom Vol 2 #1.
  22. Although not implicitly stated here, Doctor Octopus was arrested in Amazing Spider-Man #12.
  23. What follows here is a recounting of Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.
  24. Doctor Octopus operated as the Master Planner from Amazing Spider-Man #31-33.
  25. Trilby attended Otto's funeral in Spider-Man: Funeral for an Octopus #1.
  26. Mary Jane lists off a number of individuals who know Peter's double identity at the time of this story:
    Web of Death
    Amazing Spider-Man #397 The Spectacular Spider-Man #220 Amazing Spider-Man #398 The Spectacular Spider-Man #221
  27. 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.
  28. One of the stories on this newspaper is about Daredevil getting shot. That happened in Daredevil #368.
  29. In reality, Jonah was almost killed by his son, who was under the hypnotic control of Mad Jack, who is in the employ of Osborn in The Spectacular Spider-Man #247. The threats on Jameson and his family is the hold that Osborn has on him.
  30. At the time of this story, Betty believed that her brother Bennett (a chronic gambler) died during a fight between Spider-Man Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #11. Meanwhile, her husband Ned was murdered by the Foreigner's men in Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1 when it was believed he was the villain known as the Hobgoblin.
  31. Before they are interrupted by the news report, Mary Jane is about to mention how the Stacy family has some history with Spider-Man. Namely, that Jill's Uncle George was killed during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in Amazing Spider-Man #90 and her cousin, Gwen, was murdered by the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
  32. At this moment, Peter thinks that this is Sergei Kravinoff the original Kraven the Hunter, who had committed suicide 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

    In reality, this is Kraven's son Alexi as revealed last issue.

  33. For a long time, everyone believed 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. Peter became aware that Norman was still alive in Spider-Man #75.
  34. Spider-Man's recent clash with the Chameleon ran from The Spectacular Spider-Man #242-245, when the villain revealed that he was the brother of Kraven.
  35. The list of loved ones that Spider-Man mentions here include:
  36. Spider-Man helped Kraven's spirit find peace in Amazing Spider-Man: Soul of the Hunter #1.
  37. Spider-Man also mentions the recent return of Doctor Octopus. Not long ago, Octavius was murdered by Kaine in The Spectacular Spider-Man #221. At the time of this story, Otto was recently resurrected in Amazing Spider-Man #427.

Chronology Notes

  1. Spider-Man:
  2. Mary Jane Watson-Parker:

Flashback Notes

  1. Spider-Man:
  2. Doctor Octopus:
  3. Lady Octopus:
    • Flashback - Carolyn's early relationship with Otto.
  4. Stunner:
  5. Mary Octavius:
    • Page 9, Panel 3 - Mary learns that her son is dating a woman.
    • Page 9, Panel 4 - Mary forces her son to cut off his relationship with Mary Alice.
    • Page 9, Panel 5 - Mary is pleased to watch her son break off his romance with Mary Alice.

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