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Appearing in "Feral Part 4 of 5: The Beasts Within"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man Vol 2 #26.

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Synopsis for "Feral Part 4 of 5: The Beasts Within"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sensational Spider-Man Vol 2 #26.



Appearing in "An Obituary for Octopus"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #3.

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Synopsis for "An Obituary for Octopus"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man Unlimited #3.

Dilbert Trilby is in his office writing the latest set of obituaries. A high school intern named Oscar steps in with his latest assignments. Trilby shows Oscar his office which stores all of the obituaries and the retractions they've had to make over the years with people being dead but coming back. Trilby gets a phone call from Joe Robertson telling him that Doctor Octopus just robbed the Robeaux Research Centre and that his obit had to be updated. Trilby tells Oscar about a blank which is a person who has accomplished nothing important in their life and won't be missed by anybody in the world. Trilby finds the Doctor Octopus folder as he continues to talk to Oscar. He then fills Oscar in on the life of Otto Octavius.

He starts with his school life and how he was popular with schoolyard bullies. His father also disapproved of the way he would never fight back and constantly called him weak and a coward. This led to confrontations with Otto's mother, Mary, about Otto's personality.[Continuity 1] Meanwhile, at the Robeaux Research Centre, Peter finishes taking photos of the hole in the wall Doctor Octopus made his entrance through. Dr. Iberia tells him and Ben Urich that they specialize in viral research and that Ock stole their latest bloodwork.[Continuity 2]

Trilby continues with Otto's obituary, now at the point of his college years. They mention that he survived high school, and due to his extreme intelligence, was left with many college possibilities. However, during Otto's freshman year, Torbert died in a construction accident.[Continuity 3] He then graduated college at the top of his class. Spider-Man finds Eddie Rollins to find out information about Ock's whereabouts and motives. Trilby then moves on Otto's work at the U.S. Atomic Research Centre. It is there that he meets Mary Alice Anders and they begin a relationship. It is at this time that he begins working on his robotic tentacles.[Continuity 4]

A man named Willard Jaxton moves radioactive materials in his truck and has done for the past twelve years. Suddenly, a tentacle smashes through the window and steals a radioactive isotope when Spider-Man shows up. The two battle but Ock seems more interested in escaping that fighting. Despite the fighting, Ock doesn't reveal his intentions for the blood and the isotope. He distracts Spider-Man by smashing a gas pipe. Spider-Man quickly attaches a Spider-Tracer on his shoulder and seals up the gas pipe. Trilby tells Oscar that the relationship between Otto and Mary Alice deepened to the point that he proposed to her, which she accepted. Overjoyed, he rushed to his mother's house to tell her. But she wasn't happy about it because she hoped he would live to take care of her. Saddened by this, he broke his engagement. Rumors say that he had his cousin have her dismissed from the research facility.[Continuity 5]

In Doc Ock's lab, he has set up an experiment compromising of the blood and the radioactive materials. He reveals that he just has to monitor the chemical levels when Spider-Man bursts out of the dark and attacks him. During the fight, Doc Ock continues with his experiment and says that the experiment is not for his own health. In the last part of Trilby's obituary, it shows that Otto's personality changed over anger for his mother so much that people started calling him Doctor Octopus. He returned to his mother's house to talk to her when he finds her all dressed up. She reveals that she has been dating a librarian she met at the supermarket. She says she is entitled to fun and happiness. Otto becomes angry at this because he could have been happy with Mary Alice. Shocked by this attack, Mary has a heart attack and dies.[Continuity 6] He was so consumed with guilt that he was careless over the next few weeks. He was distracted during one of his experiments which exploded, fusing his tentacles to him that he became Doctor Octopus![Continuity 7]

Continuing on with the fight, Doctor Octopus becomes angrier as the web-slinger pursues with finding out what he's up to. Spider-Man guesses that he is making a cure, but refuses to believe that. Ock announces that his experiment is over. Suddenly, Otto's tentacles fall to the ground, limp. Ock sadly says that his experiment has failed. Meanwhile, at the Robeaux Research Centre, Dr. Iberia is called into performing a surgery as one of his patients go into heart failure. Otto is arrested but is still crushed about his experiment. Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Trilby finishes his updated obituary of Doctor Octopus when Oscar enters saying they have caught Ock. Oscar carries another assignment sheet. Trilby looks at it and says that it's another blank who won't be missed. The sheet drops to the floor, which reads that Mary Alice Burke died today at Robeaux of a deadly virus.[Continuity 8]

Appearing in "Book Two"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Reign #2.

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Synopsis for "Book Two"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Reign #2.

This is the city of New York 30 years later. The future is looking bleaker by the second, and it appears that New York is now an independent state, and although no 'super crime' has happened in over a decade, the government employs fascist methods to combat regular crime by using a new form of police, the merciless "Reign".

An old J. Jonah Jameson is giving out illegal copies of The Daily Bugle, shouting about how "The Spider" has returned. A news show the DBN (Daily Bugle News) covers a story of a crazy man (J. Jonah Jameson) who was giving out illegal newspapers and was rushed away by a group of children.

Two heavily guarded people burst through a closed door talking about an old "codger" (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) who took out two armed R.E.I.G.N. officers. Saks (one of the men),the other seems to be the leader of New York, wishes to accelerate the WEBB project, releasing it tonight, and catch Spider-Man. They go down to the Vault. Saks declares that "With great responsibility comes great... Power" Once in the Vault they find six people who volunteered to catch Spider-Man. They are called the Sinner Six, and are all fitted with micro-thermal explosives if they turn against their jobs.

A girl is reading a newspaper and two R.E.I.G.N. officers come up and take it from her, telling her that it's contraband. She insults them and is asked by a boy to join her for a special meeting...

Back to Peter, getting ready to pack, yelling at his fantasy of Mary-Jane to help and to get ready to leave. He shaves his beard and cuts himself. Peter is stunned to see that the blade cut his face.

Back to the girl who is going down a dark alley to an abandoned church. She hears the preaching of a man from inside. Going in she sees J. Jonah Jameson with a congregation of children. He orders a boy named Kasey to hack into the DBN network.

All over New York all mechanical video screens are disrupted and J. Jonah Jameson's announcement comes though, telling of Spider-Man coming to save everyone from oppression.

People start congregating out in the streets to hear the message and R.E.I.G.N. police come and start to break up the crowds. A man named the Hypno-Hustler comes and makes the R.E.I.G.N. officers dance. unfortunately his batteries die out and he is shot, J. Jonah Jameson makes all of his "children" watch the killing.

Out of his window Peter sees Hypno-Hustler being killed and the other officers launching a missile at his apartment. With the explosion Peter emerges in full Black Spider-Man regalia.

Attacking the R.E.I.G.N. guards, telling jokes and insulting them as he goes. J. Jonah Jameson makes sure that the hacked network is transmitting the fight to everyone in New York. Jonah is attacked by an officer and rising up the citizens attack the officer.

Kasey is then impaled by Kraven The Hunter's machete, and Electro and the Sinister Six attack Spider-Man. Peter is severely beaten but is saved by the "Deus Ex Machina" Doctor Octopus. Peter is brought to MJ's grave as Doc Ock digs it up. The WEBB project is being activated tonight.

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Continuity Notes

  1. Otto's abusive childhood is explored further in The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 2 #9 and Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #1.
  2. This story specifically states that the scientists are conducting AIDS research. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. At the time this story was published the AIDS virus a much deadlier illness. Since then, advances in medical science has made the virus treatable, less fatal, and a potential cure may be possible in the coming decades.
  3. This contradicts The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 2 #9. In that story, Otto states he was still a young child when he father died and was forced to watch his father die in bed. Given Otto's state of mind, there's telling what facts were are true.
  4. Otto's romance with Mary Anders is explored further in Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #2.
  5. Otto telling his mother about Mary is explored in further detail in Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #2. The supposed rumors of Mary Anders being dismissed by Elias Hargrove were likely rumors after all given that Mary was depicted as still being employed by Atomic Research up until Otto was first defeated by Spider-Man as seen in Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #3-5
  6. This is contrary to Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus: Year One #3. In this 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.
  7. The accident that turned Otto Octavius into Doctor Octopus occurred in Amazing Spider-Man #3.
  8. This story specifically states that Mary died of AIDS. As stated above, this should be considered a topical reference. Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #11-12 it is revealed that Norman Osborn was responsible for injecting her with a virus. In that story, the type of virus she is injected with is generalized.

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Footnotes

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



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