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Epic Collection Vol 1 Amazing Spider-Man 15


Appearing in "All My Pasts Remembered!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #259.

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Synopsis for "All My Pasts Remembered!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #259.

After revealing that she has known that Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for years, Mary Jane Watson takes Peter to Central Park so he can tell her about her own deep secret. Peter considers trying to convince her that she is wrong, worrying about if he can trust her with his biggest secret, particularly because she acts so flakey. Mary Jane reads Peter like a book and assures him that she can trust him, that the happy-go-lucky girl she has portrayed for years was an act. They stop at a lake where she admits that she has had a habit of running away from responsibility, something she learned from her parents. She then begins to tell Peter about her family life.

Mary Jane's mother, Madeline, met her father Philip while they were in college. Her father was studying literature, while her mother was in drama. After they graduated, Madeline wanted to go to New York to pursue an acting career. Philip had other ideas, they were soon married and eight months later, Mary Jane's sister Gayle was born. Mary Jane was born four years later. While Madeline raised the kids, Philip worked as a college professor while he tried to write a novel that would make them rich. However, with each failure, Philip became angrier and took out that anger out on his wife. Philip moved them from town to town, and while Mary Jane became a class clown, her sister focused on ballet. Things took another turn on the night that Philip struck Gayle. This was the final straw for Madeline, who took her two daughters and left her abusive husband. Mary Jane dealt with this by adopting her happy-go-lucky attitude. They moved from relative to relative. Most didn't care for Madeline or her children, however, Mary Jane took a liking to her Aunt Anna. Anna was the person who first introduced Mary Jane to May Parker. Mary Jane finishes her recollection by reminding Peter of how their aunts first tried to set them both up. Peter and Mary Jane continue their walk, and Peter admits that he intentionally avoided Mary Jane, and regrets not meeting her sooner.

Elsewhere, at a secret gambling den hidden within a rail car, the illegal casino is smashed by the Hobgoblin. The villain demands that the owner give him 10% of the revenue the illegal casino generates. However, the owner already gives part of the take to the Kingpin and questions why he should give money to the Hobgoblin as well. The masked villain tells the man to consider it, lest the Hobgoblin returns, driving his clientele away.

While back in Central Park, Mary Jane continues to tell Peter about her troubled childhood. She explains that her father moved to Oregon not long after her mother left him. She attempted to keep in contact, but he never responded to her letters, so she eventually stopped. Meanwhile, Mary Jane's mother finally found them some semblance of stability by moving in with her cousin Frank Brown. However, Frank expected Madeline to slave over him and his three unruly children. By this time Gayle started attending high school where she met and fell in love with football star Timmy Byrnes. During this period, Gayle continued to focus on her dancing, while Mary Jane took up an interest in acting. Things got heated when Gayle and Timmy announced that they were planning on getting married after graduating from high school. Madeline protested this, warning Gayle that she was throwing her future away, but they were married anyway. Timmy went off to learn pre-law in college while Gayle worked to support them. Soon, Mary Jane and her mother were invited to visit her sister. When they arrived they discovered that Gayle had just given birth to a son. While this was a momentous occasion, Mary Jane couldn't help but notice that Timmy look as though he felt trapped in the relationship. Peter interjects, telling her that Timmy loved her sister. Mary Jane explains that Timmy couldn't even finish college, and expresses her opinion that love was good for nothing.

Meanwhile, not far away, inside a confectionary store, a backroom sports betting room is crashed by the Hobgoblin. Like the illegal casino earlier, the masked villain demands that they pay him 10% of their take. The men inside try to overpower the Hobgoblin, but he is too powerful for them. He leaves, warning the owner of the gambling operation that if he doesn't pay up, he will die.

After taking a break to collect her thoughts, Mary Jane continues her story. She tells Peter how while she was busy with high school, her sister's marriage disintegrated. Timmy couldn't handle the pressures of being a father. Gayle stood strong and soon announced that she was pregnant again. When Madeline and Mary Jane went down for a surprise visit they discovered that Timmy left her, as he couldn't handle supporting a family. Her mother invited Gayle back to cousin Frank's place to stay with them. However, her health continued to deteriorate and Madeline Watson soon died. After the funeral, Gayle tried to console her sister, telling Mary Jane that they can make it together, raising her children on their own. However, Mary Jane would have none of it. She points out how both her mother and Gayle gave up their dreams and Mary Jane would not let herself fall into the same trap. She ran away from her sister and never looked back. With her story over, Mary Jane tells Peter that she attempted to keep in touch with her sister, but Gayle never forgave her from walking out on her during her time of need. This causes Peter to think about the rift he currently has with his Aunt May and hopes that he can sort things out with her before it is too late.

Mary Jane thanks Peter for listening to her pour her heart out, remarking how great a listener he is. Mary Jane realizes that she still cares about Peter and has resisted the urge of running away from him as well. She makes a point to stress that she cares about him, but doesn't want a romantic relationship. This is fine with Peter and looks forward to their newly open and honest friendship. Meanwhile, at the Baxter Building, the She-Hulk has finished carrying equipment into Mister Fantastic's lab. There, Reed's preoccupied with the alien costume that he has contained since Spider-Man brought it to him for examination. He explains how the costume is alive and he has been attempting to communicate with it, to no avail. She-Hulk finds the idea of the creature being capable of feeling emotions like love and hate absurd. As they walk away, the costume continues its attempts to break free from its confinement. Across town, the Hobgoblin returns to the penthouse of the Rose to report back on his progress. When the Rose reminds the Hobgoblin that he agreed to help take down the Kingpin, the Hobgoblin promises that he will. However, he wants to deal with a vendetta of his own by going after Harry Osborn and his wife Liz. A few hours later, Peter Parker returns home to his apartment after his outting with Mary Jane. He realizes that he still has feelings for her, but decides against following them since he is currently in a relationship with the Black Cat.

Inside, Peter turns on the news and watches a report about the Hobgoblin's recent activities. This comes as a shock to Peter, because he assumed that the Hobgoblin was dead after their last battle. Deciding to bring the villain to justice, Peter goes into his closet and pulls out his web-shooters, signal belt, and lastly his original red and blue costume. Putting on these familiar trappings, Spider-Man is ready to go out and take down the Hobgoblin once and for all.

Appearing in "The Challenge of Hobgoblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #260.

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Synopsis for "The Challenge of Hobgoblin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #260.

May Parker looks out of the window of her home morosely. He thoughts are interrupted by one of her tenants, Arthur Chekov who has brought her some tea. Arthur has noticed that May is still upset with her nephew Peter and suggests that she call him. However, May stubbornly refuses to do so, telling Arthur that he doesn't understand. She tells him that Peter devoted his entire life to science and now he has quit. Chekov points out that perhaps she is being unfair and should hear Peter's side of the story, believing that he is a gentle young man who couldn't bring himself to intentionally hurt somebody.

At that very moment, Spider-Man has shown up at one of the illegal gambling operations that were recently visited by the Hobgoblin. During the ensuing battle, one of the wall-crawler's web-shooters backfires, covering his hand in webbing. This catches Spider-Man off guard, but he easily trounces the thugs. He prevents the bookie from escaping and learns that the Hobgoblin came to force them to turn over 10% of their profits to him. Unfortunately, Spider-Man learns that the Hobgoblin doesn't collect the moeny himself, but has minions under the employ of the Rose to get the money. As Spider-Man swings away, he thinks about how his web-shooter backfired on him and realizes that he hadn't kept up with their maintenance since he returned from Battleworld with his alien costume. Since he turned that costume over to Reed Richards to examination he has had to wear his original costume and equipment without testing out if it works. Spider-Man has also had other concerns on his mind lately. Namely, the turbulance in his relationship with the Black Cat, his need to make peace with Aunt May, and how to deal with the fact that Mary Jane Watson revealed that she knows that Peter Parker is really Spider-Man. His mind then turns to the Hobgoblin, and he worries that the villain teaming up to the Rose will only make things worse. Spider-Man recalls how the Hobgoblin used Norman Osborn's Goblin Formula. Although he destroyed Norman Osborn's journals, Spider-Man still feels responsible if the Hobgoblin seriously hurts anybody.

Meanwhile, the Hobgoblin reports back to the Rose, informing him that everything is going according to plan. The Rose then allows the Hobgoblin to go off on his personal mission. Once the villain is gone, the Rose's men ask him if they can trust the Hobgoblin. The Rose is unconcerned, as soon he will aquire enough power to eliminate the Hobgoblin as soon as he has no purpose. Elsewhere, Mary Jane Watson is running late for a meeting with Liz and Harry Osborn. When she catches up with them, she remarks at how much Liz's pregnancy is now showing. Unaware that they are being watched by someone, Harry tells the two women that he can't join them for lunch as he has work back at the office to complete. As Mary Jane and Liz enter the restaurant, the two men watching them from afar bide their time to act. While at the Baxter Building, Franklin Richard's accidentally bounces his toy ball into his father's lab. When Franklin recovers the ball, he makes eye contact with the alien costume that Spider-Man brought back from Battleworld. The creature hypnotises the young Richards child, but senses that the boy is teeming with potentially uncontrollable power. Before the symbiote can do anything, Franklin is found by his mother, the Invisible Woman. Unaware of the potential danger, she leads her son out of the lab as they are due at their home in Belle Porte.

At that moment, Harry Osborn returns to the Osborn Manufacturing building. He frets about keeping his father's business afloat, but fears that he can't handle the responsibility. In his office, Harry worries that someone is trying to take over the company. As he is lost in thought, he doesn't see the Hobgoblin flying toward his office window. Smashing through the window, the Hobgoblin demands that Harry turn over the last of his father's journals. However, before he can get anything about Harry, Spider-Man arrives on the scene. Realizing that Harry is frozen with fear, Spider-Man then takes their fight elsewhere. As the two fight across the building, Spider-Man shouts at the Osborn employees to get out while they can. While at the Daily Bugle, Betty Leeds tries to call her husband Ned, but can't reach him. That's when Ann MacIntosh comes to gossip with her about how J. Jonah Jameson is already back from his honeymoon. Jameson overhears this and tells MacIntosh to return to work. Joe Robertson asks Betty if she was able to get ahold of a photographer for assignment, but she hasn't been able to reach either Peter Parker or Lance Bannon.

While back at the Osborn Manufacturing Building, the battle between Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin rages on. The two tumble into the women's washroom where the Hobgoblin attempts to blow the hero up with a pumpkin bomb. Spider-Man quickly webs the bomb to the Hobgoblin's hand. The villain quickly douses the bomb by dunking his webbed up hand into a nearby toilet. With his fighting ability compromised, the Hobgoblin attempts to flee the scene on his goblin glider, however the wall-crawler manages to hitch a ride with a webline. The Hobgoblin tries to shake off the wall-crawler. He finally succeeds when he slams Spider-Man into the side of a subway train. Believing that Spider-Man is dead, the Hobgoblin heads off to pressure Harry Osborn into giving over his fathers journals. At that moment, Mary Jane and Liz have finished their lunch date when they are suddenly the men who have been watching them get out of their car and tries to grab them. Harry arrives and tries to shop them, but is shoved aside while the two thugs escape with his wife and friend. Harry is furious that someone would threaten his wife and unborn child and vows that if any harm comes to them they will feel the wrath of the son of the Green Goblin.

At that very moment, Spider-Man crawls onto the roof of the subway car, having survived his clash with the Hobgoblin. He worries about the Hobgoblin's harassment of Harry, as it could lead to his remembering the fact that his father, Norman Osborn, was the Green Goblin and that Harry himself also briefly adopted the identity and knows Spider-Man's secret identity.

Appearing in "The Sins of my Father!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #261.

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Synopsis for "The Sins of my Father!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #261.

Mary Jane Watson and Liz Osborn have been captured by the Hobgoblin and are now his prisoner in one of the Rose's warehouses. When the women ask why they have been kidnapped, the Hobgoblin explains that he is holding them in order to force Harry Osborn to turn over any remaining journals written by his father Norman, the original Green Goblin. He warns them not to try anything as they are expendable. When the Hobgoblin calls Mary Jane by name, she wonders how the villain knows who she is. After locking up the women, he rejoins the Rose who is waiting outside. The Hobgoblin explains that he has to make his threats otherwise the Osborns won't give him what he wants. The Rose is concerned about how pregnant Liz Osborn is, fearing that she could go into labor at any moment. This is why they also captured Mary Jane, in the hopes she can help should that happen. The Rose is also happy to see that the Hobgoblin is using the office space to store some of his equipment so he doesn't have to go back to his own secret hideout should he need anything. The Rose continues to assure the Hobgoblin that they need to work together and wishes him the best with this Osborn business. The Hobgoblin is still confident that things will work out in his favor, believing that Harry Osborn will not gamble the safety of his wife and unborn child.

Elsewhere, Harry Osborn tears through his personal storage in the hopes of finding any of his father's journals. When he finds nothing, he curses his father for his career as the Green Goblin. He figures that there are no journals left and figures they were all in the possession of the Hobgoblin when Spider-Man destroyed them. That's when Harry notices one of his father's old desks. Searching it, he finds a secret compartment which contains a diary. Looking through the book, he discovers that it is a master list of all of the secret storage rooms that Norman used as the Green Goblin. Harry leaves, determined to face the Hobgoblin alone because he can't think of anyone who could help him right now. As he drives away from the storage facility, Harry is unaware that Spider-Man has tagged his vehicle with a spider-tracer. Spider-Man follows after Harry. Along the way, he feels sorry for Harry, as his father's legacy continues to haunt him, even long after the death of his father.

Meanwhile, at the Baxter Building, a flying device infiltrates the building and flies into the laboratory of Reed Richards. It locates the containment unit that is holding Spider-Man's alien costume and blasts a small hole in the unit. This allows the alien costume to escape. As it scales down the wall of the Baxter Building, it is seething with feelings of anger and hatred and seeks to get revenge against Spider-Man for abandoning it.

At that moment in Central Park, Harry Osborn waits for the Hobgoblin to show up so he can exchange his father's diary for his wife and Mary Jane. When the Hobgoblin arrives he demands that Harry turn over the diary. However, Harry refuses to do so until Liz and Mary Jane are set free. Instead of bargaining, the Hobgoblin attacks Harry, knocking him out. Confirming that the journal is authentic, the Hobgoblin flies away with both the book and Harry. The masked villain is unaware that Spider-Man has been watching from the trees and is now following the Hobgoblin back to his hideout. Soon, Harry is tossed into the room where Liz and Mary Jane have been held, prisoner. When Harry tells them what happened, Mary Jane asks if Peter Parker knows what's going on. Harry explains that he doesn't, asking her why he would get Peter involved in this situation, unaware that Peter is actually Spider-Man. The Rose congratulates the Hobgoblin for completing his mission and then tells his partner that they need to go over their current operations and reigning in more gambling dens into their criminal empire.

Meanwhile, outside, Spider-Man arrives at the Rose's warehouse and begins taking out the guards on the grounds. Inside, Harry reveals that he has a gun strapped to his leg. They then get the attention the guard and Harry threatens to shoot him if he doesn't let them go. The thug calls Harry's bluff and Harry can't bring himself to pull the trigger. However, while everyone is focused on Harry, Mary Jane manages to sneak up behind the guard and hit him over the head with a shovel, knocking him out. As the trio make their escape, one of the other men calls out the alarm. Harry begins shooting at him, alerting the Rose and the Hobgoblin of the escape attempt. Also hearing the shots from outside, Spider-Man rips his way through the main entrance. Before the Hobgoblin can harm the Osborns and Mary Jane, Spider-Man leaps in to their rescue. While Spider-Man is busy with the Hobgoblin, the others try to escape. Instead of finding the exit, they enter the Hobgoblin's office. Seeing all the goblin equipment in the room, Harry realizes what he must do and tells Liz and Mary Jane to run for it.

At that moment, Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin's battle starts a fire in the warehouse. The Hobgoblin rushes back to his office to recover the last Osborn journal. However, Harry is waiting for him and attacks the Hobgoblin with his own weapons. As the two fight it out, the fire spreads out of control. Mary Jane and Liz try to find their way out, but they end up surrounded by flames. To make matters worse, Liz begins going into labor, leaving Mary Jane to wonder where Peter is. Spider-Man revives and hears Liz screaming, and runs to their aid. However, when he learns that Harry is fighting the Hobgoblin alone, he tells the women to hang tight while he saves Harry. Spider-Man arrives just in time to save Harry. While the wall-crawler lays into his foe, Harry rushes out and tries to save the women from the flames, but they are soon trapped. Hearing Harry calling for help, Spider-Man is forced to let the Hobgoblin escape so he can save his friends. Before leaving, the Hobgoblin destroys all the equipment and flees.

By this time, the fire department and an ambulance have arrived. Liz and Harry are quickly rushed off in an ambulance to get Liz to a hospital. As it drives off, Mary Jane hopes that Liz doesn't lose the baby, and wonders why the Osborns have to continue to suffer. Spider-Man admits that he doesn't know. Elsewhere, the Hobgoblin returns to his secret hideout and looks over the Osborn journal. He realizes that it is a list of all the storehouses that he already looted, making it useless and destroys it. Realizing that he has to rely on his own cunning from now on, the Hobgoblin vows to destroy Spider-Man once and for all.

Appearing in "Trade Secret"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #262.

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Synopsis for "Trade Secret"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #262.

Spider-Man has webslinger to Newark International Airport to get photos of the President of the United States who is scheduled to arrive in New Jersey that day. While the wall-crawler finds someplace to change into Peter Parker, other photographers congregate in the airport arrivals. Among them is Jake Jones, a sleazy tabloid photographer who hopes to get an embarrassing photo of the President. As he walks toward the luggage carousel, Jake bumps into a woman causing her purse to spill open. Although Jack appears to help her gather up her things, he uses the opportunity to steal her wallet. He then goes into a storage room to ditch the evidence where he bumps into Spider-Man changing out of his costume. Seeing the hero with his mask off, Jack snaps a photo and bolts. With his identity compromised, Peter tries to go after Jones but realizes has to stop to put his costume back on. Despite the wall-crawler's efforts to stop Jack Jones, the wily tabloid photographer is well trained in evading capture and manages to escape in a luggage cart. Spider-Man chases after him, but Jack sends the cart speeding toward a shuttle bus. While Spider-Man is stopping the collision, Jack Jones manages to escape.

Later, back at his apartment, Jack Jones realizes what a stroke of luck he has on his hands. Unfortunately, Jones doesn't know how to match the face with a name, given the massive population in New York City. However, he realizes the value of the photo in question and decides to sell it to a criminal instead. While downtown, Peter Parker frets over what might happen if his identity is exposed to the world. He worries what will happen if the photo is sold to a newspaper, or worse, to one of his foes like the Kingpin. Not knowing the identity of the photographer, Peter hopes Ben Urich can identify him from Peter's description. Peter then goes to the Daily Bugle where he learns all about Jake Jones and his unethical practices. He goes over the Bugle's file on Jones and hope it is enough to track him down. Urich warns Peter to be careful, as Jake Jones is nothing but trouble.

Meanwhile, Jake Jones is attempting to sell the photo of Spider-Man's face to someone in the criminal underworld. He starts at a sleazy bar and believing that Jake is some crank, the thugs who run the place throw him out. Out on the street, Jake decides to sell the picture to a newspaper, after all, deciding that perhaps the Daily Bugle will be interested. Meanwhile, in the backroom of the bar, the thugs tell their boss, mobster Roberto DeNatale, about what just happened. He is interested in the validity of Jones' claims and tells his men to follow after him and force him to give up the photo. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is swinging across the city trying to find a trace of Jake Jones.

By this time, Jake has returned to his hotel room where he is assaulted by DeNatale's men who threaten to kill him if he doesn't turn over the photo. Before they can kill Jones, Spider-Man comes crashing through the window. While Spider-Man is busy with DeNatale's men, Jake Jones escapes the room via the fire escape. Outside, Roberto DeNatale is informed of Spider-Man's involvement and thinks that this was all just a set up to lure him into a trap. Roberto and his men corner Jake in an alley. Seeing this, Spider-Man considers leaving Jake Jones to his fate, but he remembers the lesson he learned when his Uncle Ben was killed due to his inaction. Reminded again that with great power comes great responsibility, Spider-Man swoops down to save Jake Jones. As Spider-Man is thrashing the mobsters, Jake Jones tries to escape again. Having finished up DeNatale and his men, Spider-Man webs up the alleyway, preventing Jones from escaping. Spider-Man puts on some theatrics to frighten Jones into turning over the negatives.

In the aftermath of this fiasco, Jake Jones laments about losing the negative. Although he lost the photo, Jones memorized Spider-Man's face and figures he'd know him to see him. However, he once again thinks about the massive population in New York and realizes that the task of tracking down Spider-Man is next to impossible.

Appearing in "The Spectacular Spider-Kid!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #263.

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Synopsis for "The Spectacular Spider-Kid!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #263.

Ollie Osnick is patrolling the city in his new costumed identity of the Amazing Spectacular Spider-Kid. As he moves across the city with his mechanical spider-legs, Ollie thinks back to how misguided he was in the past, worshiping Doctor Octopus. He recalls how he used his mechanical arms to go on a crime spree, only to be stopped by Spider-Man. Since the hero gave him a second chance by letting him go, Ollie was inspired by Spider-Man to be a hero. Modifying his mechanical arms, he took on the guise of Spider-Kid to try and fight crime like his new hero. His thoughts are interrupted by a woman's scream. Spider-Kid follows the sound to an alley where he finds members of the Blazing Skull gang attempting to mug an elderly couple in an alleyway. When the Spider-Kid tries to stop them, he trips over his own mechanical legs and crashes into the thugs. This allows their would-be victims escape. The two gang members are furious that their victims escape and are about to teach Spider-Kid a lesson when the sound of approaching police cars scare them away. When the police arrive on the scene they are confused by the sight of the Spider-Kid. Having completely recovered from his fall, Ollie manages to escape. Considering what he accomplished on his first night out as a superhero, Ollie believes that Spider-Man would be proud of him.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man and the Black Cat are racing away from the Kingpin's headquarters after a failed assault. Although the battle was a failure, the Black Cat is happy that Spider-Man now knows about her new bad luck powers. However, Spider-Man is worried as to why the Kingpin gave her these powers and what his game is. The Black Cat assures the wall-crawler that she is in full control of her newfound powers. However, given the fact that the Cat had kept this a secret for so long leads him to doubt her assurances. The Black Cat is insulted and abruptly leaves the scene. As Spider-Man goes his own way, he can't blame the Black Cat for getting short with him, as he has been on edge since his recent battle with the Hobgoblin. The Hobgoblin had kidnapped Liz Osborn in order to get at her husband Harry. Liz appeared to go into labor during the battle, but after she was rushed to the hospital the doctors determined it to be a false labor brought on by the stress of being held hostage. Spider-Man was going to visit Liz in the hospital, but now it is too late so he decides to retire for the night.

Returning home, Peter Parker grabs a quick bite to eat and thinks about how his Aunt May has been mad at him since he told her that he dropped out of grad school. Peter realizes that he has been meaning to call his Aunt and try to patch things up but things have been keeping him away from doing so. After washing his costume, an exhausted Peter Parker heads off to bed. The following morning, Ollie Osnick is woken up by his mother. Ollie is exhausted from being out late the night before and gets ready for school. There Ollie is harassed by a group of kids led by his old friend Brad Rossi. This bullying is stopped by Jane Lane, who Ollie considers the prettiest girl in his school. Osnick is impressed to discover that she stood up for him and wonders what she would think if she knew he was secretly the Spider-Kid. Meanwhile, Peter Parker arrives at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital to see how Liz Osborn is doing. There he meets Harry and the doctors tell both of them that the pregnancy has hit some complications and that it is too soon to determine if everything will be okay. Harry is wracked with guilt over the whole situation, as he blames himself for it and he doesn't know what he would do if Liz didn't make. Peter thinks to himself how much he can relate because that's just how he felt when Gwen Stacy died.

Later that day, back at Ollie Osnick's school, the class bell rings. Walking the halls, Ollie accidentally bumps into Brad Rossi. Rossi is about to beat Ollie up when the frightened youth warns Rossi against it, saying that he has powerful friends. Brad finds this hilarious and he, and everyone in earshot gets a good laugh when Ollie claims that he is friends with Spider-Man. Ollie is allowed to leave, he vows to make Brad Rossi regret making a fool of him. Having seen this, Jane Lane has had enough of Brad picking on Ollie and dumps him on the spot. Furious over this, Brad vows to get revenge against on Osnick for ruining his relationship. Back at the hospital, Mary Jane Watson arrives and learns that Liz is still in labor. She offers to stay with Harry so that Peter can leave. Peter is consumed with worries about what would happen if Liz lost the baby. When Peter gets back to his apartment he remembers that he left his Spider-Man costume to soak overnight. He rushes to the sink and fishes out the costume and realizes, to his horror, that it shrunk in the water overnight. With no other choice, Spider-Man goes into his closed and digs out the black and white costume that the Black Cat sewed for him, based off of the alien costume he recently got rid of.

That evening, Ollie Osnick is tinkering in his lab and puts the finishing touches on his newest invention, a modified flashlight. Changing into his Spider-Kid outfit, Ollie goes to the roof of his apartment building. He points the flashlight at the sky and turns it on. It illuminates a bright spider symbol in the night sky. This is spotted by Spider-Man, who is web-slinging across the city. Curious to know what is going on, Spider-Man goes to check it out. He finds Spider-Kid on the rooftop and asks him what he is doing. Ollie is upset to see that Spider-Man has changed his costume again as their outfits no longer match. Suddenly, Spider-Man realizes that he is talking to Ollie Osnick. When Ollie explains that he wants to be Spider-Man's sidekick, the wall-crawler isn't impressed. Spider-Man tries to explain the dangers of crime fighting and that he is able to do what he does due to his super-human abilities. Although Spider-Man tries to let Ollie down gently, the boy takes the rejection hard and runs off crying. As it so happens, Jane Lane is passing by and when she sees the Spider-Kid leaping between two buildings, she recognizes him as Ollie based on his physique and decides to follow him and see what is going on. She isn't the only one who sees Ollie either, the members of the Blazing Skull Gang spot the would-be hero and decide to get revenge against him.

Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Liz Osborn continues to struggle through the labor process. Doctors realize that they are going to have to engage in medical intervention to help her through the birthing process. While elsewhere, Spider-Man searches the area to try and find Ollie in order to make him understand. Jane Lane finds Ollie first and he brings her into a nearby alley so he can confide in her in privacy. That's when the Blazing Skulls arrive, prompting Ollie to grab Jane and flee. Before the thugs can catch up with him, Spider-Man leaps in and incapacitates most of the thugs. However, some of them got past Spider-Man and now have Ollie and Jane cornered in a dead end alley. Ollie courageously stands up to the thugs. Although he is no match for them, they are frightened off when they notice Spider-Man atop one of the buildings. As the crooks flee, Spider-Man webs up the entrance to the alley, stopping the gang members in their tracks. In the aftermath of the battle, Jane Lane is impressed by Ollie's bravery but was worried that he could have been seriously hurt. Spotting Spider-Man up on the building, Ollie tells her that he is going to hang up his costume, just for her.

Changing back into Peter Parker, Spider-Man returns to the Columbia where he learns that Liz's birth was a success thanks to a cesarean section. Harry is overjoyed that his wife has given birth to a healthy baby boy. They all celebrate and are soon allowed to see Liz and the newborn. This renews hope in Peter, and he decides that he needs to tie up some loose ends. The next day, Brad Rossi and his pals are about to begin their daily bullying on Ollie Osnick when suddenly Spider-Man shows up. Not only are they shocked to see that Ollie was telling the truth about being friends with thew wall-crawler, Brad Rossi is also surprised to see that Ollie is now making time with his ex-girlfriend Jane Lane. Spider-Man swings away and although he has problems of his own to sort out, he can't help but feel great.

Appearing in "Red 9 and Red Tape!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #264.

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Synopsis for "Red 9 and Red Tape!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #264.

Spider-Man is web-slinging across the city when he is suddenly attacked by a costumed youth calling himself Red 9. With his rocket boots and his personal force field, the cocky young man believes that he has the power to defeat Spider-Man in battle. The wall-crawler is far too agile for the clumsy young man. Spider-Man notices that Red 9 is sweating profusely. When Spider-Man attempts to web up his attacker, Red 9's force field prevents the webbing from gripping him. Red 9 then tries to shoot Spider-Man with his blasters, but the hero manages to leap onto Red 9's shoulders. Red 9 then tries to fly away, but the pair ends up crashing through a window. The impact is humiliating for Spider-Man, but it knocks Red 9 clean out. Spider-Man checks on his attacker and notices that he is looking flush. His examination is interrupted by Philmont Magee, a resident of the hospital they have crashed into. Spider-Man is flabbergasted when Magee orders him to sweep up the broken glass off the floor of his room. Spider-Man can't help but pick up a broom and begin sweeping.

That's when Doctor Rattaum enters the room and he isn't surprised that Magee was the source of all the commotion. After exchanging some heated words with the ornery old man, Rattaum discovers Red 9 laying on the floor. One of his assistants notes that he has a serious fever and Rattaum orders his assistants to take Red 9 down to the ER for examination. The whole time, Rattum is scolded by Magee. Having had enough, Rattaum explains to the old man that he was only expected to live for three months. Fed up with the crotchety old man, Rattaum informs Philmont that he has been declared legally dead and his government assistance has been cut off and he will soon be removed from the building. Hearing this Spider-Man wants to know why Magee is being thrown out. Rattaum explains that the old man has been fighting to get his way to the point that it is costing too much money to keep him. Even though it is probably a computer error, Rattaum has no interest in straightening things out. Spider-Man can't just let the old man be thrown out, no matter how grumpy he is, and vows to get this situation sorted out by 5 pm that afternoon.

Spider-Man goes to the social security office, but the woman at the counter is not interested in talking to Spider-Man. Back outside, Spider-Man wonders why he even bothered putting on his costume that day. Suddenly, the wall-crawler comes up with a way to help out Magee. Changing into Peter Parker, the hero then uses his charm and press credentials to talk to the woman at social services. She is taken by his flattery and explains that the situation with Philmont Magee is not the mistake of social services, but medicare. Travelling there, he tries to talk to Mr. Blodgett, the manager at medicare to try and straighten out Magee's situation. He's disinterested, and when one of his employees offers to help Peter out he loses his temper. Despite this, the employee looks up the information and discovers that Philmont Magee was mixed up with the similarly named Philip Magee. However, Blodgett informs Parker that the only way they can change the computers is through a court order. He then gloats over how the judge in charge of this duty, Benjamin Handley, always leaves work early on Wednesdays. Coincidentally, the judge's niece is also one of the employees under Blodgett's employ. She tells Peter that her uncle can be found at the Silver Lake Golf Course on Staten Island.

With time running out, Peter changes back into Spider-Man and rushes to catch the ferry to Staten Island. Unfortunately, he misses it by mere moments. Luckily a couple in a motorboat see this and offer to give him a lift to the island. Using his webbing to make an improvised handglider, Spider-Man is pulled to Staten Island. There he lands in a tree on the golf course and uses its cover to change back into Peter Parker. He learns where Judge Handley is in the clubhouse. When he gets there, the Handley was already informed by his niece and has all the paperwork done up. As Peter goes to leave, the judge calls ahead to the hospital to tell them that he is coming with Philmore Magee's paperwork. He tells Parker to beware of Red 5 who is running amok in the hospital. The judge explains that the youth has pneumonia and is spoiling for a rematch against Spider-Man. Changing back into Spider-Man, Peter makes his way back to the hospital. En route he is attacked by Red 9 once again. During the fight, Spider-Man asks Red 9 where he got his armor. Red explains that his uncle built it for NASA and offered him a chance to test it out. Recently turning sixteen, Red's friends put him in the suit and sent him to New York to test it out against Spider-Man.

During their fight, Red 9 clips Spider-Man's web-sack with his blaster. This causes his street clothes and court order to spill out onto the street below. When Spider-Man tries to recover the paperwork, he arrives too late to stop it from burning up in the barbeque of a street vendor. Furious, Spider-Man easily trounces Red 9, whose low power and illness make for an easier defeat. Ripping apart Red 9's costume, Spider-Man scolds him for delaying him further and carries him to the hospital. After a quick phone call and another trip to Long Island to get a new set of papers, Spider-Man returns to the hospital. Finding an empty wheelchair in Magee's room makes Spider-Man believe he is too late and he smashes it with his hands. However, he is proven wrong when Magee enters the room and scolds him for making another mess. As it turns out, the other patients and Red 9 (who has since been treated for his pneumonia) had tied up Doctor Rattamun to buy more time. Raddamun is furious t his treatment and vows to toss out Magee once and for all. Spider-Man shows him the paperwork and tells him to do no such thing before ramming the court order in Rattamun's mouth. As Spider-Man gets ready to leave, Magee orders him to sweep up the broken wheelchair before he goes. Spider-Man does so grudgingly, lamenting that none of his foes have been able to make him do such a humiliating task.

Appearing in "After The Fox!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #265.

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Synopsis for "After The Fox!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #265.

The Black Fox is selling a valuable diamond to his fence, André Bullion. While going over the details André asks if the rumors of the Black Fox's retirement are true. The Fox confirms this, telling his friend that after his next heist he is going to retire indefinitely. Boullion suggests that they have a toast to Fox's career. However, the celebrations is interrupted by the sudden arrival of the police. André tells the Fox to make a run for it, but the police come bursting through the front door. Grabbing the jewels, the Black Fox covers his escape with a gas bomb and leaps out a nearby window. As the Black Fox flees down the street, he is unaware if he is being tracked by two men in a car. Suddenly, a van carrying a number of armed men start chasing the Black Fox. The Fox slips into an alleyway, and when the van tries to stop there, it accidentally rear-ends another car. When the owner of the car demands to know who is going to pay for the damage, he is surprised when one of the men in the van writes him a check, payable by Silver Sable International. In the alley, the Black Fox realizes that these armed men mean business when they begin opening fire on him, but he manages to leap over a fence and get to cover.

Meanwhile, at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Peter Parker is introduced to Harry and Liz Osborn's newborn son, Norman. They are soon joined by Mary Jane Watson who finds the baby adorable. By this time, Peter tells them that he has to go to the Daily Bugle and leaves. As he leaves, Peter is happy for Harry and Liz but grew uncomfortable with Mary Jane's presence especially after she revealed that she knows his secret identity. More upsetting was the fact that she calling him by her old pet name for him, "Tiger", which opens up old feelings. This is more trouble for Parker who is still concerned about his Aunt May being upset with him for quitting grad school and how his relationship with the Black Cat is turned sour. Deciding that some web-slinging is in order, Peter slips into the elevator and changes into Spider-Man. As he web-slings across the city, Spider-Man decides to go looking for an opportunity to take some crime photos as he needs the money. He just happens to come across the armed men who are pursuing the Black Fox. The Black Fox is pinned down and is begging to surrender, prompting Spider-Man to leap in and attack the men shooting at the Fox.

While Spider-Man is busy trouncing the armed men, the Black Fox takes the opportunity to escape. When the battle is over, the NYPD's Lieutenant Kris Keating scolds Spider-Man for interfering with a joint effort of the NYPD and the Symkarian government to capture an international jewel thief. Humiliated, Spider-Man leaves, but his presence isn't escaping the notice of the men who were watching the Black Fox. They decide that their employer, Silver Sable, will want to know about Spider-Man's interference. The news soon reaches the Symkarian embassy, and Silver Sable's Uncle Mortimer brings her the news and his concerns about cost overruns. However, Silver Sable already knows about the situation, and given the funding, she is getting she believes that she and her Wild Pack can continue their operation for fifteen days and still turn a profit. As she begins a training session, Mortimer reminds her that Silver Sable International wasn't formed to make money. Silver knows this all too well, how her father founded the Wild Pack to hunt down Nazi war criminals. However, times have changed, and so must the Wild Pack's mission. She quickly incapacitates the men fighting with her, although she accidentally shatters the kneecap of one of the fighters. Suddenly, one the servants tries to attack Sable with a knife. However, Silver Sable is agiler and quickly knocks out this would-be assassin. Suspecting that this killer was sent by one of her enemies, Silver Sable orders Mortimer to have the woman interrogated.

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Aunt May is looking through old photographs in the attic of her home. She is called down by her fianceé, Nathan Lubensky, calls her down. He tells her to patch things up with Peter, pointing out while she is upset with him for giving up on his future, she has given up on him. Nathan gets through to May, and she decides to call her nephew. However, whenever she tries to call the line is busy. Incidentally, this is because Peter is trying to call May, but her line is busy since they have been trying to call each other at the exact same time. Peter really wants to talk to Aunt May, but every time he has attempted to see her, something gets in the way of that goal, the incident with the Black Fox being the latest. Unfortunately, Peter can't shake his responsibility and must catch the Black Fox. With his red and blue costume rank from sweat, Peter decides to wear the black and white costume made for him by the Black Cat. As he swings across the city, Spider-Man wonders what he is to do about his costume situation. Although he likes the new black costume, he still has an attachment to the red and blue. However, his thoughts are interrupted by his spider-sense warning him that a nearby helicopter is following him. As Spider-Man ducks for cover, the two Wild Pack agents in the chopper are surprised by how quickly the wall-crawler can move.

At that moment, at a shady dock-side bar, the Black Fox is making arrangements to be smuggled out of the country. He is unaware that one of Sable's agents is present. When the call is put in, the helicopter following Spider-Man is called to that location. Seeing the chopper turning away, Spider-Man decides to follow it and see what is going on. Quickly, the wall-crawler swings up and attaches himself to the bottom of the helicopter. While the Wild Pack prepare to surround the Black Fox, Spider-Man manages to find the thief first. However, the Black Fox manages to escape Spider-Man by using a smoke bomb. Unfortunately for the Fox, when he rounds the corner it is right into the clutches of the Wild Pack. The mercenaries begin opening fire on the Fox. Spider-Man is disgusted by the scene but is thankful that the Wild Pack are using mercy bullets instead of live rounds. Spider-Man webs up the mercenaries and swings away with the Black Fox. Safely on a rooftop, Spider-Man asks what the Black Fox why he is in this area and learns about the thief's attempt to smuggle himself out of the country. Spider-Man is about to turn the Black Fox over to the authorities, but the thief begs him not to, telling the hero that he has a family back in Europe that is depending on him to support them. The Black Fox goes on to say that he let the years slip away. Reminded of the situation with Aunt May, Spider-Man understands and helps the Black Fox escape from the Wild Pack.

While Spider-Man holds off the soldiers, the Black Fox escapes in a motorboat. He gloats about how he was able to trick Spider-Man into letting him go and looks forward to his retirement. However, when he checks his pockets for the jewels he stole, he finds a note from Spider-Man instead. Back ashore, Silver Sable is upset that Spider-Man allowed the Black Fox to escape. She is less upset when he turns over the stolen jewels to her. As the wall-crawler leaves the scene, Silver Sable can't help but find the masked hero interesting and wants to learn more about him. Later, Peter Parker makes a visit to Aunt May's house. When Nathan answers the door, Peter's voice is such a shock to May that she drops a plate on the floor. Peter rushes to her side to help her pick up the pieces. Finally face-to-face with each other, both Peter and Aunt May admit that they both missed each other.

Appearing in "Jump For My Love" or "Spring Is in the Air"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #266.

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  • Various Thugs

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Synopsis for "Jump For My Love" or "Spring Is in the Air"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #266.

The mutant villain known as the Toad has had enough of his tortured existence and has decided to commit suicide by jumping off the side of a building. A crowd has formed below, and one particularly sick individual is encouraging the Toad to jump. Soon, Spider-Man arrives on the scene to snap photos for the Daily Bugle. He arrives just in time to catch the Toad as he leaps off the side of the building. The Toad is upset that he couldn't even commit suicide properly. Learning that the Toad has no self-worth because nobody cares about him. Spider-Man points out that he cared because he saved the Toad's life. This changes the Toad's attitude and Spider-Man tells him how in some cultures saving the life of another, you become responsible for them. With that, Spider-Man takes the Toad down to the street and into the hands of the police. When the man who was encouraging the Toad to jumps starts badgering Spider-Man for more entertainment, the wall-crawler responds by webbing his mouth shut. As the hero swings away, the Toad can't believe that someone has actually stood up for him, and promises that when he gets out of jail, he'll devote his life to his new friend, Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is joined by the Black Cat, who wants to know why he went out on patrol without her. Spider-Man explains that as long as she is keeping secrets from him, he doesn't feel comfortable working with her and leaves, creating tension between the couple.

A few weeks later, a comic book shop is being held up by some thugs. The robbery is interrupted by the arrival of two police officers who came in to purchase some comic books. Seeing the situation, they rush outside and call for back up. Peter Parker happens upon the scene and slips away to change into Spider-Man. When the robbers come out with hostages, Spider-Man comes up from behind and webs up their guns. While Sthe hero is knocking out one of the thugs, he is about to be struck from behind by the other. Before this can happen, the Toad leaps in and knocks the crook off balance. Spider-Man recognizes the Toad as a former member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants but nearly forgets that this is the same man he saved from committing suicide weeks earlier. Much to Spider-Man's dismay, the Toad is out of therapy and has decided to live up to his promise to be Spider-Man's friend and partner. The situation is made even more embarrassing due to the fact that there is a live news crew on the scene who capture this declaration. Eugene Patilio watches this from his television at home and is furious that the Toad is apparently becoming Spider-Man's partner. Calling the Toad a poor imitation, Patilio vows to send the mutant running in his costumed identity of the Frogman.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is trying to get away from the Toad. Spider-Man admits that he considers the Toad a friend, but he refuses to allow him to be his partner. The Toad thinks that this is because he is a mutant. However, Spider-Man points out that excuse is ridiculous, as the Toad doesn't even know if the wall-crawler is a mutant or not. Spider-Man explains that he used to have the Black Cat as a partner, and that didn't work out. He tells the Toad to take some time to cool down and they'll meet up together the following morning down by the docks and hash things out over breakfast. With the wall-crawler gone, the Toad vows that he will convince Spider-Man to let him be his partner in fighting crime and leaps away. This declaration is overheard by someone inside the building, and that person has some different ideas about that. Later that night, the Toad goes to a bar and listens to some criminals complaining about having to deal with superheroes all the time. The Toad convinces them to go attack Spider-Man at the docks the following morning, hoping to rescue the wall-crawler and prove his value as a partner. It's then that the Toad notices that he is being followed by Eugene Patilio. Eugene pretends to want to get in on the Toad's scheme, but the mutant refuses to do so. As the Toad leaves, Eugene is left to believe that Spider-Man is being led into a trap and vows to help Spider-Man as Frogman.

At that moment, Peter Parker has just finished developing photos for the Daily Bugle. He wonders how he is going to resolve the situation with the Toad. Turning on the television he catches a clip of Kermit the Frog singing "It Ain't Easy Being Green" and Parker decides to go up to the roof to get some fresh air. There, he discovers that his neighbor Bambi is on the roof as well and the pair get to talking. He asks her about how to deal with someone that he needs to "ditch" gently. Bambi recalls that whenever an incompatible suiter tries to make a move on her or her roommates, they set them up with somebody else. Peter thanks Bambi for her advice and goes out on the town as Spider-Man to meet up with the Toad. When he arrives at the docks, Spider-Man is approached by Frogman, who warns him of the trap set up by the Toad. Suddenly, the thugs come out. The Toad also leaps in, telling Spider-Man that he is there to help. However, instead of the 47 men he was expecting, only 9 showed up, and they are all hung over from the previous nights drinking.

While Spider-Man deals with the thugs, the Toad and Frogman fight amongst themselves. They crash into the window of a pet store, unleashing a horde of frogs that trip up Spider-Man a bit. Suddenly, a second car full of armed thugs arrives on the scene, but the car is flipped over by the Spider-Kid, who has arrived on the scene to prove to the Toad and Frogman that he is the one who is worthy of being Spider-Man's partner. The trio clash with each other, but only manages to knock themselves out. By this point, Spider-Man has had enough and tells them that they all deserve each other. Much to his horror, Spider-Man has inadvertently convinced the trio to start a team and fight crime together. The trio decides on calling themselves the very thing Spider-Man called them, the Misfits, and go off to figure out how to organize their team, much to Spider-Man's dismay. In the aftermath of this experience, Peter returns home and goes out onto the roof again. Bambi is up there waiting for the sunset and the pair decide to watch it together.

Appearing in "The Commuter Cometh!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #267.

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  • N.Y.P.D.
  • Mona (Only appearance)[1]
  • Shana (Only appearance)[1]
  • Irving (Only appearance)[1]
  • Frieda (Only appearance)[1]
  • Ralph (Only appearance)[1]

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  • Ron's Car
  • Garbage Truck
  • Subway
  • Taxi Cab

Synopsis for "The Commuter Cometh!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #267.

Spider-Man is clinging to the side of a building, lamenting over his recent problems. He is spotted by the Human Torch, who wonders if Spider-Man is back to wearing the alien symbiote again and decides to find out. To test this out, the Torch tosses a small flame past Spider-Man's head. The wall-crawler quickly attacks, but the Torch stops the fight and explains why he did it. He learns that Spider-Man is actually wearing a facsimile of the alien costume made for him out of cloth by the Black Cat. The two travel across the city, and when the Torch compliments Spider-Man for hooking up with the Black Cat, the wall-crawler explains that they just recently broke up. However, Spider-Man isn't feeling well and isn't up for playing catch up and tells the Torch that he is going to call it an early night. However, when the Torch flies off, Spider-Man happens to look into the window of Mister Fred's clothing store and spots a crook robbing the safe. As Spider-Man heads to the building to stop him, the crook, a man named Ron, spots the wall-crawler and tries to think of some way to escape the hero. When Spider-Man enters the building, Ron grabs a nearby mannequin and pretends that it is a hostage. Thinking that Ron has an actual woman as a hostage, Spider-Man keeps his distance until Ron can escape into the subway, tossing his prop side. Spider-Man checks on the "woman" and can't believe that he fell for such an obvious ploy.

The hero quickly runs down into the subway as the thief boards the train. Spider-Man manages to tag him with a spider-tracer but is nabbed by some transit cops for hopping the turnstile, slowing up Spider-Man enough to lose the train. However, the hero is confident that the spider-tracer will soon trip the crook up. Shortly thereafter, at Grand Central Station, Ron changes his clothes with a fresh set of clothes he stashed in a locker and takes a connecting train. While Spider-Man returns home to his apartment to spend the evening by himself, Ron returns to his home in the suburbs where he spends the evening with his wife. The following morning, Peter Parker wakes up and in a sleepy fog goes about his morning routine. All the while Ron sleeps in peacefully. Changing into Spider-Man, the wall-crawler spends most of the day crossing town trying to find the signal from his spider-tracer. He soon realizes that the perp must be outside of the city. The wall-crawler quickly returns to his apartment and digs out his old electronic signal tracker as it has a much longer range than his spider-sense.

Picking up the signal, Spider-Man is drawn out to the edge of the Bronx and discovers that the spider-tracer is actually out in the suburbs. Hopping on a commuter train, Spider-Man follows the signal all the way to the suburb of Scarsdale. Leaping off the train, Spider-Man lands in someone's backyard and is approached by a guard dog. Before the dog can bite the hero, he webs its mouth shut and leaps out of the backyard. There he runs into a little girl playing on the sidewalk. After saying hello, he tries to web-sling but discovers that there are no tall buildings to do so. Instead, he decides to leap across town from the trees, but the first one he leaps into breaks at the trunk sending the wall-crawler crashing to the ground. Spider-Man is then approached by Irving, the head of the local neighborhood watch, and his wife. Irving scolds Spider-Man for destroying the tree and tries to put him under citizens arrest. Spider-Man is so confused by the whole experience that he can't think of anything to do until Irving takes the opportunity to pinch Spider-Man's butt. In response, the wall-crawler webs the couple to the roof of Irving's car and continues on his search.

Spider-Man suddenly sees a city bus passing by and leaps onto the roof to catch a ride. However, it eventually stops and the driver gets out and demands that Spider-Man pay the fare. With no money on him, the bus driver gets back in the bus and drives away, forcing Spider-Man to walk the rest of the way. Since he didn't bring his civilian clothing with him, Spider-Man is stuck walking through the neighborhood wearing his costume under the gawking eyes of the locals. As he passes by a garbage truck, one of the garbage men thanks Spider-Man for saving his sister's life. Wanting to get this done and over with, Spider-Man asks for a lift from the garbage men, but feels nothing but humiliation being driven around in a garbage truck. As Spider-Man gets closer to his destination, Ron begins doing laundry. It's then that Ron finds the spider-tracer and stomps on it. As Spider-Man curses the lost of his signal, he spots Ron trying to escape in his car. Grabbing onto a tree, the wall-crawler tries to snare the car in a spider-web. However, all Spider-Man manages to do is pull off the rear bumper.

Spider-Man tries to run after the car but stops as he happens upon a taxi cab. Although the driver only appears to understand Spanish, he manages to get the driver to follow Ron's car. This chase attracts a police patrol car as well as Irving and his wife who join the chase. Ultimately, the chase ends with the cab crashing into the garbage truck, Spider-Man leaping over Irving and the city bus and forcing Ron to crash his car. With the crook webbed up, Spider-Man watches as the locals all complain about all the things Spider-Man did while in town. The wall-crawler can't wait to get home because he finds the suburbs too hectic for him.

Appearing in "This Gold Is Mine!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #268.

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  • Helicopter
  • Cargo Ships

Synopsis for "This Gold Is Mine!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #268.

This story is continued from Web of Spider-Man #6...

After the Beyonder turned an office building into solid gold[2] the government, with the aid of the Kingpin have been trying to cover-up the clean-up operation as the discovery of so much gold would ruin the world market and create an economic depression the world has never known. Spider-Man, witness to the transformation of the building came to the rescue of the trapped workers and in turn learned of the Kingpin's "aid" of the clean-up operation in return for several gold type-writers. Fed up of being shortchanged while criminals profit, Spider-Man would take a golden notebook for himself before leaving the scene[3].

As Peter web-slings away, the working day is beginning and office workers are being turned away at the military blockade. As Spider-Man web-slings home to his Soho apartment he reflects on the night's events and after checking the news to find out that nobody knows what is going on behind the barrier decides to get some rest and worry about what he has learned the next day. As Peter sleeps, Agent Anderson instructs the military in loading the final trucks full of the gold to be shipped off to the docks of the Hudson River. There the gold would be transported out to sea and dumped a deep ocean trench off the coast of Puerto Rico by military ships escorted by F-14 fighter jets.

While this is done with the utmost secrecy, moles within the Pentagon relay the information to the Kingpin's minion the Arranger. When the Arranger brings this to his master, the Kingpin informs the Arranger that he is already aware of the governments plan to dispose of the gold and has come up with a plot to capitalize on it for himself.

The next morning at the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker reports to the office to see that J. Jonah Jameson is on a rampage seeing if his reports have any leads on the mysterious military operation happening in the middle of the city. Seeing Parker, Jameson sucks up to Peter hoping that he has some exclusive pictures of the site. When it turns out he does not, Jameson loses his temper and orders everyone to get out of his sight and get an exclusive no matter what it takes.

Peter decides to change back into Spider-Man and keep an eye on Agent Anderson, and as he heads back to the site of the collapsed golden building he wonders if he should expose the governments deal with the Kingpin and how he might be able to do it. As he arrives at the site, he is surprised to see how quickly the military has cleared the area and that they are finalizing the last shipment off the site. As this is happening, one of the military ships on its way back to the Hudson River is left alone by the air patrol, which assumes that it is no longer at risk now that it is empty of its gold. This leaves it open for an attack by the Arranger, who's minions knock out all the sailors aboard the ship and take their places so that they can collect the final shipment of gold which they can then dump elsewhere along the route for more of the Kingpin's men to collect later.

What they don't anticipate is that Anderson accompanies the final load and that Spider-Man -- still suspicious of Anderson -- follows after to keep an eye on things. When the ship leaves port, Spider-Man stows away and overhears as Anderson learns that the soldiers aboard the vessel have been replaced by the Kingpin's men and the Arranger's plan for the gold. Spider-Man attacks the Kingpin's men, the battle alerting the fighter pilots in the air who report back to base. With the military sending ships to intercept the one loaded with gold, Spider-Man easily rounds up the Arranger and his men and prevent them from dumping the gold before it can reach the trench near Puerto Rico. As the other military boats arrive, Spider-Man hides. When Anderson is recovered he cannot confirm Spider-Man's involvement as he was knocked out at the time. As Spider-Man hitches a ride home on the vessel taking the Kingpin's goons back to the mainland, he is spotted by Anderson who salutes the Wall-Crawler. Spider-Man realizes that in the end perhaps Anderson wasn't such a bad person.

As Spider-Man rides home, he realizes that he didn't get a single picture for J. Jonah Jameson and wonders how his day could get any worse. These prove to be words that may come back to bite Spider-Man later, as in the deepest reaches of space the former herald of Galactus known as Firelord speeds toward the Earth.

This story is continued next issue...

Secret Wars II continues in Fantastic Four #282...

Secret Wars II
Secret Wars II #1 New Mutants #30 Captain America #308 Uncanny X-Men #196 Iron Man #197 Secret Wars II #2 Web of Spider-Man #6
Amazing Spider-Man #268 Fantastic Four #282 Secret Wars II #3 Daredevil #223 Incredible Hulk #312 Avengers #260 Secret Wars II #4
Dazzler #40 Alpha Flight #28 Rom #72 Avengers #261 Secret Wars II #5 Thing #30 Doctor Strange Vol 2 #74
Fantastic Four #285 Secret Wars II #6 Cloak and Dagger Vol 2 #4 Power Pack #18 Micronauts Vol 2 #16 Thor #363 Power Man and Iron Fist #121
Secret Wars II #7 New Mutants #36 Amazing Spider-Man #273 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #111 Uncanny X-Men #202 Defenders #152 Secret Wars II #8
New Mutants #37 Amazing Spider-Man #274 Avengers #265 Uncanny X-Men #203 Fantastic Four #288 Secret Wars II #9 Avengers #266



Appearing in "Burn, Spider, Burn!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #269.

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Synopsis for "Burn, Spider, Burn!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #269.

Firelord, former herald of Galactus, is flying across the universe. After destroying a meteor swarm. After, he notices that he is near the planet Earth and decides that it would be an ideal place to rest before going off to his next destination.

Meanwhile, in Forest Hills, Peter Parker is visiting his Aunt May at her boarding house. There, the Lund sisters fuss over Peter, much of to the disapproval of Nathan Lubenski who has taken a disliking to how Peter treats his Aunt. Peter manages to find a means of getting away from the Lund sisters by having Arthur Chekov take his seat while he deals with the dishes. While he does so, Nathan turns on the television. They catch an anti-mutant editorial featuring the X-Men, as well as the singer known as Dazzler who recently outed herself as a mutant. Neither Nathan or Arthur think the editorial will cause nothing but trouble. In the kitchen, Peter is spending time with his Aunt May. Peter feels bad for not visiting as often as he should, especially since he has a fair deal of spare time. May suggests that Peter should go back to grad school, reminding him how devoted he was to science as a teenager. Peter misses studying science but isn't ready to go back just yet. Suddenly, he gets a jolt from his spider-sense warning him of danger, leaving Peter to wonder if the Beyonder has returned again.

What Peter is detecting is the arrival of Firelord, who has arrived in the city and desires to try some Earth food. He stops at Tony's Pizzarea, mashing in through the front door. There Firelord demands to be fed. The television is on in the pizzeria, and one of the patrons was watching the anti-mutant editorial on the news. When he notices Firelord, the man assumes that he is a mutant. Meanwhile, Firelord demands that the owner of the pizzeria make him a pizza. However, the owner tells him that they are serving breakfast food and the pizza ovens haven't been fired up yet. Firelord decides to remedy the situation by shooting fire from his eyes, melting the ovens into molten slag. Meanwhile, the man who thinks Firelord is a mutant sneaks out of Tony's and rushes to the construction site where he works. He rouses his co-workers about the "mutant menace" in the pizzeria. Grabbing tools as weapons the construction workers head back to the pizzeria.

At that moment back in Queens, Peter Parker is saying his goodbyes to Aunt May and her tenants. Nathan Lubenski is off to get the morning paper and takes the opportunity to speak to Peter in private. Nathan tells Peter that he doesn't like how the youth comes and goes out of his Aunt May's life and his continued refusal to return to school before departing and leaving Peter to think things over at a bus stop. As the two men part company, they are unaware that someone is watching them from the shadows. With the bus not coming for another 45 minutes, Peter climbs up into a nearby tree to change into his Spider-Man costume. At first, he thinks he is wearing his red and blue costume, but soon discovers he is wearing his black and white one instead. He remarks how having two distinct costumes will take some time to adjust to and hopes that he won't accidentally mix and match between the two. As Spider-Man swings through the city, his thoughts turn to the Beyonder, the god-like being who recently came to Earth. The wall-crawler wonders what Beyond might want on Earth and fears for the safety of the planet. Suddenly, his spider-sense kicks in, and Spider-Man decides to check it out.

Not far away, the construction workers outside of Tony's Pizza have attached a hose to a nearby fire hydrant and use it to try and put out Firelord's flame. This has no effect on the cosmic-powered being from space and he sends the construction workers flying with a single blow. Spider-Man swings in to save the construction workers from Firelord's wrath. The former herald of Galactus is furious at being physically assaulted. However, despite his superior power, Spider-Man is able to wrest Firelord's staff from his hands. Unfortunately, Spider-Man doesn't realize that Firelord merely channels his power through he staff. He learns the hard way when Firelord fires a massive burst of flame at Spider-Man. The hero leaps away from the condemned building mere seconds before Firelord's blast levels the building. Realizing that he is facing a former herald of Galactus, Spider-Man is horrified by how outmatched he is and tries to flee deeper into the city to get help.

In order to get ahead of the alien, Spider-Man tosses Firelord's staff into the Hudson River. While Firelord is recovering his weapon while the wall-crawler heads towards the Fantastic Four's headquarters. However, when he arrives on the scene, he discovers -- to his horror -- that the entire Baxter Building is missing. He suddenly remembers hearing that the Baxter Building was recently destroyed and wonders how he will be able to get ahold of the Fantastic Four. Spider-Man begins to panic over what to do next and decides to change into his civilian identity and lay low. When getting changed, Peter drops his wallet on the ground. Picking it up it flips open to a photo of himself with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. He is reminded once again how his inaction when he first became Spider-Man led to Uncle Ben's death and vows not to let something like that again. He changes back into Spider-Man to try and stop Firelord even if it kills him. Spider-Man then swings back out into the open, hunting for Firelord, promising to put up one heck of a fight against the villain.

Appearing in "The Hero and the Holocaust"

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Synopsis for "The Hero and the Holocaust"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #270.

Firelord erupts from the East River, furious at the dishonor Spidey has caused him. He reminisces how he visited Earth only to partake in its delights, but was attacked "without explanation" by men mistaking him for a mutant, and would have killed those men if not for Spider-Man's intervention. Spider-Man's audacity must not go unpunished, so he sets off to find him.

Meanwhile, Spidey brainstorms ideas on how to end Firelord's rampage, realizing there's no way to reason with the former herald's strange alien code of honor. Just then his spider-sense sets off, and he dodges Firelord's attacks. He decides to lure him indoors so as to avoid collateral damage, venturing into an office building. One of the employees activates the sprinkler system, which on contact with Firelord's body creates enough steam to mask Spidey's escape.

At the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson is introduced by Robbie to their new city editor, Ms. Kathryn Cushing. A secretary bursts in informing them of the commotion going on in mid-town involving Spider-Man. Cushing leaves to investigate, and upon her departure, Jameson warns Robbie that she is rude, arrogant and opinionated.

Spider-Man gets an idea and heads to the Grand Central Terminal, goading Firelord into colliding headfirst with an oncoming train; Unfortunately, he heightens his body temperature enough to easily pierce through it, avoiding any casualties. Spidey laments that he could've gotten someone hurt, formulating a new plan. The Avengers get an emergency signal from the police department, stating that "Firelord Is On A Rampage!"

Firelord bursts through the ground, having been confused by the subway tunnels and decided to just fly out. Turns out Spidey hitched a ride to an elevated track, just in time to be found. Firelord contemplates creating a nova blast to obliterate Spider-Man (along with New York,) but decides such a victory would not be worthy, and he must crush his foe in personal combat. He encircles the train with solar flares, which die out the instant Spider-Man leaps from it. Seeing a demolition crew, Spidey decides to use the soon to be demolished the building as the perfect place to take down Firelord, telling the workers to set it off as soon as they count to a thousand. Firelord arrives and battles the web-head, until his spider-sense rings go off and he escapes the building right before it falls, seemingly crushing the former herald.

Since the building wasn't big enough, Spidey lures Firelord to a gas station, causing him to seemingly destroy himself by firing an energy blast at its vicinity. Despite totaling over a block of abandoned housing, Firelord is unscathed. At this point Spider-Man has had enough of Firelord's lethal attempts at his life, finally fighting back, barraging him with blow after blow until he falls. Just then the Avengers appear, with Captain America congratulating Spidey on a job well done, stating from what he saw Firelord couldn't lay a hand on him. He replies that he's just lucky... REAL lucky.

Appearing in "Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan?"

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Synopsis for "Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #271.

Years ago, the wrestler known as Crusher Hogan was challenging people to last three minutes in the ring with him. One of these contestants was a young man with spider-like abilities. This youth managed to survive in the ring, and Crusher Hogan took him under his wing. Hogan trained the youth to make use of his agility and strength. He also helped create web-shooters and the costume for the young man who would later become the hero known as Spider-Man. Crusher Hogan taught the wall-crawler everything he knows, at least that's how Hogan tells it now. Times haven't been good to the former wrestler, now that he is a janitor at a gym. He spins his tale about Spider-Man to a young boxer named Bobby Chance, although the other men training at the gym think Hogan is a washed up fool, Bobby buys into the story. As the converse, the owner of the gym, a muscle-bound thug named Manslaughter Marsdale comes out of his office and orders Hogan to get back to work. Marsdale then approaches Chance and asks about rumors that the young man won't be renewing his contract with his gym. Manslaughter warns the boy not to cross him, using his strength and ball knuckles to smash a punching bag, warning Bobby that if he leaves, it could be hazardous to his health.

Marsdale then goes back into his office where he meets with his associate Madam Fang and tells her about Bobby's decision to sign up elsewhere. She then orders him to deal with Chance in the usual manner. They then become aware of someone listening outside of the office. Marsdale goes outside and finds Hogan listening in. Manslaughter shouts at the lowly janitor and tells him to get lost and keep his mouth shut, or else. Later that evening, Crusher Hogan returns to his small apartment. He is worried for Bobby Chance and wonders what he could do. Looking at one of the many posters of Spider-Man hanging in his apartment, Hogan wishes he really did know Spider-Man so he could ask the hero for help.

At that moment, Spider-Man is attempting to return to his apartment, but unfortunately, his neighbors are sunbathing on the roof again. Desperate to get back into his apartment, the hero resorts to creating bats out of webs and tossing them at the women. The ploy works and Candi, Randi, and Bambi all flee for cover, allowing Spider-Man to climb back into his apartment through the skylight. As Peter Parker begins removing his costume, his thoughts on how to deal with this recurring problem is interrupted by a pounding on his front door. It's Peter's landlady, Maimie Muggins, who suspects that Peter had something to do with the girls screaming on the roof. Muggins has pegged Peter for a pervert, particularly after a recent screaming fit he had one night. Before leaving, she reminds Peter that his rent is due in a week, and she wants to receive it on time for once. After Muggins leaves, Peter worries about getting enough cash. He considers selling the solid gold notebook he recovered from a building that was turned into gold by the Beyonder but can't think of anyone who would believe it was real, let alone give him money for it. He still feels guilty about taking it to begin with.

That's when Mary Jane Watson comes knocking, she tells Peter that she just got a raise and a new modeling gig and wants to celebrate. As Peter is getting ready to go out, Mary Jane happens upon the golden notebook and is shocked to see such a thing. Peter quickly brushes it off as a gag novelty item. While at in Forest Hills, Aunt May and her fianceé Nathan Lubenski is spending the day together when the phone rings. Nathan answers it and is shocked to when it is the voice of someone who has been looking for Nathan for such a time. The voice on the phone tells Nathan to meet him at the usual place, or else. Aunt May, unaware of the threats being made, asks Nathan who that was on the phone. Nathan brushes it off, telling her that it was nobody. The next day Peter and Mary Jane go out shopping before Mary Jane has to go work at her new employer. Peter is surprised to learn that Mary Jane is modeling for Roderick Kingsley. Peter doesn't say anything, however, isn't sure he likes the idea of Mary Jane working for Roderick given his shady dealings in the past. Peter then goes to the Daily Bugle to see if Betty Leeds can provide him with a photo assignment.

There he sees her having an argument with her husband, Ned Leeds, and Peter worries about the marital problems the couple has been having lately. Suddenly, Peter's spider-sense goes off and he ducks, avoiding a pat on the back from rival photographer Lance Bannon. Lance tells Peter that he has been swamped with photo assignments given to him by the new city editor, Kate Cushing, and wants a night off, so he offers Peter his latest assignment. Kate isn't happy with the exchange but allows it. On his way out, Peter watches Ned Leeds storm out of the office leaving Betty behind in tears. By the time Peter gets back to his apartment he gets a phone call from his Aunt May. She is worried about Nathan and asks Peter to follow him while he goes to meet with someone that evening to find out what the trouble is all about.

At that moment at Marsdale's gym, Manslaughter is making arrangements with Madam Fang to convince Chance to stay with the gym. On his way out, Marsdale shoves Crusher Hogan out of his way, reminding the janitor to keep his mouth shut. When Bobby Chance bumps into Hogan moments later he asks Crusher what's wrong. Crusher brushes it off, telling Bobby that it is nothing. At that moment, back in Forest Hills, Spider-Man is staking out his Aunt May's home waiting for Nathan to make his late night rendezvous. As soon as Nathan gets in a taxi, Spider-Man begins to follow him. Meanwhile, back at the gym, Crusher Hogan decides to try and warn Bobby about Manslaughter Marsdale, but he is caught in the act. Marsdale orders Hogan to scram, but when his man tries to pull a gun, Crusher smacks him over the head with a broom. As fate would have it, Spider-Man is passing by and hears the gunshots. Finding himself in a conflict, Spider-Man decides to investigate the sound of gunshots. After setting up his camera, Spider-Man comes crashing in through a window to stop Marsdale and his men from roughing up Bobby and Hogan. While Spider-Man handles Marsdale's goons, Chance attempts to strike Manslaughter. TO his surprise, it is like hitting a brick wall. Marsdale explains that he had an operation that eliminated his ability to feel pain.

While Spider-Man is busy fighting Manslaughter Marsdale, Nathan Lubenski arrives at a darkened alley for his late-night meeting. The men gathered there are upset that Lubenski hasn't paid back his gambling debts. They decide to motivate him by giving him a serious beating. Back at the gym, Spider-Man manages to knock out Manslaughter Marsdale thanks to an assist by Crusher Hogan. In the aftermath of the battle, Bobby Chance tells the wall-crawler everything that Crusher had told him. Finally, Spider-Man recognizes Crusher, and decides to go along with the tall tale, and confirms that Hogan taught him everything he knows. By the time Spider-Man leaves, the other boxers return back and find Marsdale and all his thugs webbed up. When they hear how Crusher did it with the help of Spider-Man, they find a newfound respect for Hogan.

Feeling good about himself, Spider-Man changes back into Peter Parker goes back to Queens to follow up with his Aunt May. He feels bad for not following Nathan but assumes that there couldn't be much trouble. However, when Aunt May answers the door she tearfully tells Peter that Nathan is in the hospital after being beaten within an inch of his life. Aunt May feels foolish for asking Peter to follow after Nathan, knowing that her nephew has a life of his own and closes the door. Depressed, Peter stands on the porch and feels horrible over what has happened and what it's done to Aunt May. However, he can't help but think what would have happened to Crusher Hogan and Bobby Chance if he hadn't have intervened. He wonders if this is the price his family will always pay as long as he is Spider-Man.

Appearing in "Make Way for Slyde!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #272.

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Synopsis for "Make Way for Slyde!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #272.

A new costumed villain known as Slyde is making his criminal debut by robbing a bank. With his slick body suit he is able to skate across the floor to the teller window in moments. After robbing the teller at gunpoint, Slyde is confronted by the guards. Unphased by this, Slyde tosses his gun away and slides right through them and out the window and into the street. Meanwhile, elsewhere in town, Spider-Man is busting up a shady poolhall to learn who was responsible for beating up Nathan Lubenski the night before. However, before he can get any answers he is chased out by the owner. As he swings away the wall-crawler blames himself for not being there to protect Nathan and likens it to the death of his Uncle Ben, something that happened because Spider-Man failed to act. On a rooftop, Spider-Man wonders why he can't even save the people he cares about and angrily punches a chimney. Hearing sirens, Spider-Man decides to go and check it out in the hopes it gets him photos good enough to sell to the Daily Bugle.

A few blocks away, Slyde manages to keep a step ahead of the cops thanks to his non-stick costume. Evading them, he manages to force the cops into crashing into an oncoming vehicle. That's when Spider-Man arrives on the scene and tries to stop Slyde by webbing him up, unfortunately, not even Spider-Man's webbing can cling to the fleeing criminal. Slyde manages to trip up Spider-Man, making him land in the back of a fruit truck. As he crawls out of the truck, he asks himself how things can get any worse. Looking in a shop window he sees a mannequin that resembles the Beyonder and hopes he won't run into the god-like being again, especially after their last encounter. With Slyde long gone, Spider-Man web-slings away and heads on to the hospital to see how Nathan is doing. At that moment, Slyde has escaped to his home where he celebrates his first outing as a costumed criminal. He thinks back to when he was Jalome Beacher, a chemical engineer working for the Beemont Manufacturing Company. It was there that he developed a new chemical coating. However, the company was soon bought out by a larger corporation owned by a man named Rockwall and Beacher soon found himself out of a job. When Jalome attempted to start his own business, the banks refused to grant him a loan. As such, he decided to use his new coating to get him the money he needed through crime. He now vows to make Rockwell pay for screwing with his life.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker arrives at the hospital and learns from the doctors that the men who attacked Nathan didn't give him any lasting injuries, something Peter finds odd. When he goes in to check on Nathan, he gets a cold reception from Aunt May who is still upset with him for not watching after Nathan the night before. When Peter asks Nathan who attacked him, Lubenski tells Peter that he doesn't want him to get involved and that he doesn't want to think about it anymore. However, he looks at a bouquet of flowers sent by an "ominous" friend. At that moment, at the Beemont Manufacturing Company, Hawkins is gloating over how profitable his business is making him. Suddenly, Hawkins and his assistant Max hear a crash from one of the other rooms. When they go and check it out, they find Slyde. With nowhere to go, Slyde smashes out the window and decides to abort his petty revenge. Outside, he spots Maxwell trying to make a break for it with a briefcase. Seeing some value in it, Slyde snatches it from Maxwell and makes a break for it. Rockwell is furious because the records in that briefcase could ruin him.

As Slyde makes his getaway, Peter Parker is walking his Aunt May to the bus. He apologizes to her again for not being there to protect Nathan. She tells Peter it's not his fault and supposes that family eventually drifts apart. The words cut Peter deep and he thinks it over as he watches the bus drive away. At that moment, Slyde has returned home and goes over the documents in Rockwell's briefcase. He finds two sets of papers, one that shows the Beemont losing money, while others show that the company is actually turning a profit and Rockwell is using it to launder money for the mob. Slyde considers turning over this information to the District Attorney but decides to use it for a more fitting revenge against Rockwell. Back at the Beemont office, Rockwell is expecting the thief to call and blackmail him. Sure enough, Slyde calls and demands a large sum of money in exchange for returning the papers. Rockwell makes arrangements but has no intention of paying the money, and orders Max to hire as many men as he can to eliminate Slyde and get the papers back.

The following afternoon, Spider-Man happens upon some hoods in an alley marveling over the job they have been hired to do. As they flee, Spider-Man manages to snag one of them. He demands to know who attacked Nathan. However, the thug doesn't know anything about it, but spills all he knows about the hit taken out on Slyde. Spider-Man can't bring himself to stand by and allow someone get hurt, even a criminal like Slyde. The evening, as Slyde is making his exchange with Maxwell, Spider-Man silently takes out the hired guns. The exchange is made, and Maxwell orders his men to attack. While Spider-Man takes out the last of the guards, both Maxwell and Slyde try to make their escape. When Spider-Man tries to stop Maxwell's getaway car with a web-line, Slyde comes in and kicks out the tire. Before Spider-Man can stop Slyde, District Attorney Blake Tower and the police arrive and inform the wall-crawler that Slyde is under their protection. As it turns out, Slyde recorded Maxwell admitting to laundering money and is turning it in as states evidence. Even though he has handed this over, Slyde tries to pull a fast one by escaping with the money. When Spider-Man tries to stop Slyde, he still can't capture the crook and he manages to get away.

Meanwhile, at a Native American reservation near Heartsdale, New Mexico, members of the tribe meet with their leader, Joseph Threetrees. He has determined that the time of great bloodshed and chaos is soon coming upon them. He then tells his people that he is going to see their protector and savior. Driving into the nearby city, Threetrees barges into the head office of Fireheart Enterprises. Entering his private office, he finds Thomas Fireheart watching footage of Spider-Man. He tells Thomas that the Puma is needed and he must fight along side Spider-Man to stop He-Who-Comes-From-Beyond.

Appearing in "The Scorpion Takes a Bride! (But Not the Way You Think!)"

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

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Synopsis for "The Scorpion Takes a Bride! (But Not the Way You Think!)"

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

Crooks have just robbed the First National Bank and are escaping in a helicopter. Spider-Man happens by and swings into action to stop it. Spider-Man attaches a web-line to the chopper. While the crooks are busy trying to shake the wall-crawler loose, they end up damaging the rotors on the side of a building. As the helicopter begins to fall to the streets below, Spider-Man uses his webbing to slow its fall and catches it at the bottom before it can harm anyone. After the police come to arrest the crooks, Spider-Man returns to the rooftops to recover his camera. Changing back into Peter Parker, the hero goes to the Daily Bugle to sell the photos. When he arrives he notices everyone whispering among each other and wonders what's going on. When he checks with Betty Leeds, she tells him her husband, Ned, is back from the lengthy assignment. When Joe Robertson emerges from his office, Peter manages to sell him the photos of Spider-Man stopping the bank robbers. Not far away, a delivery man comes with a box of material for J. Jonah Jameson. When he stops by Ben Urich's desk, he manages to grab a sampler from the box. Surprised by what the box contains, he begins showing it around the office. When Peter goes to see what it is, he learns that J. Jonah Jameson is announcing his upcoming marriage to Marla Madison.

While at Jameson's office, Marla is looking forward to her upcoming nuptials. Jameson is as well, although you wouldn't know it to look at him. When Marla asks Jonah if his son John will be attending the wedding, Jonah says he doesn't think John will make it. Marla finds this preposterous and tells her future husband that John must attend. Marla leaves Jonah with a kiss so he can get back to work. No sooner is Marla gone is Jonah interrupted by Spider-Man, who comes through the window to offer his congratulations. The wall-crawler has brought a bouquet of flowers and jokingly kissing Jameson. After teasing Jonah with congratulations, Spider-Man leaps out the window as quickly as he came, with Jameson shouting obscenities at the masked hero along the way. It's then that Glory Grant calls Jonah to tell him that his limo is waiting for him outside. Spider-Man watches as Jameson leaves the office and thinks about how hard it is to believe that someone would marry J. Jonah Jameson. Still, Spider-Man thinks that Jameson isn't that bad.

A short time later, J. Jonah Jameson arrives at a mental health facility in the suburbs where his son John has been resident for some time. Jonah can't believe his son, a heroic astronaut, could have ended up here. He visits his son John in his room and Jonah learns that his son has been using jigsaw puzzles as a form of therapy. When he tells John about his upcoming marriage, John knocks over his latest puzzle in anger, as he believes that Marla will come between father and son. Jonah tries to convince his son otherwise, but John is unwilling to listen. Jonah leaves, but John's doctor tries to convince Jameson that he shouldn't feel guilty about getting married again. As Jameson leaves in his limo, his departure is being watched by another patient of the facility, Mac Gargan, also known as the Scorpion. Even though he is confined to a cell and restrained in a straitjacket, Gargan vows to get free and make Jameson pay for turning him into the Scorpion so many years ago. His thoughts are interrupted when one of his doctors comes to get him for his next session.

That evening, a guard comes to Gargan's room with coffee, a cigarette and the newspaper. Gargan has spent his time befriending the guard so that he wouldn't be prepared when Mac finally breaks out. Ripping free of his straitjacket, he overpowers the guard. Leaving his cell, Mac has the guard bring him down to the vault where Gargan recovers his Scorpion costume. With his costume back on, the Scorpion slays the guard and then breaks into John Jameson's room. There he forces Jameson into a straitjacket and takes him hostage as he makes his escape from the facility. By this time, J. Jonah Jameson has returned to the Daily Bugle where the staff have arranged a surprise party. As Jameson is being celebrated, Joe Robertson welcomes Ned Leeds back from his recent assignment. Overhearing this, Peter Parker wonders what this assignment could be. Peter realizes that of all the Bugle staff, he was the only person who did not receive an official invitation. That's when Jameson pulls Peter aside to talk to him. Jameson wants Peter to accompany the professional photographer he has hired to photograph the wedding in the hopes that Peter might learn a few things about taking photos.

Suddenly, the festivities are interrupted by the arrival of the police, who inform Jameson that not only has the Scorpion escaped, but the villain has kidnapped his son as well. Hearing this, Peter slips away so he can change into Spider-Man and go out looking for the Scorpion and rescue John. Spider-Man swings to Jameson's home, where Jonah has been reunited with his wife-to-be. Marla and Jonah are under the protection of the NYPD under the command of Captain Jean DeWolff, who assures Jameson that Marla will be safe, considering that the Scorpion is after Jameson himself. Meanwhile, in the sewers, the Scorpion tells John Jameson that he wants to get revenge against John's father. He hangs John to the wall and leaves to carry out the next part of his plot. The Scorpion forces his way into Marla Madison's condo building and trounces the police officers. He makes his way to kidnap Marla, but before he can grab the woman, Spider-Man comes smashing through the window to stop him.

As the two battle it out, the Scorpion blasts a lightswitch, dousing the lights. As the two fight it out in the dark. While down in the sewers, John Jameson continues to struggle in his attempts to get free. Back at Jonah's apartment, Jameson worries that they have not heard back from Marla's police escort. Jean DeWolff tries to radio in but gets no reply. By this point, Jameson has tired of waiting around and decides to do something about the situation. He tricks his police protection that the Scorpion is in the building and manages to sneak outside and escape in a taxi cab. Meanwhile, Marla Madison tries to escape the ongoing battle between Spider-Man and the Scorpion. When Marla knocks down a lamp, the Scorpion blindly fires a tail-blast in her direction. The blast clips her shoulder, knocking her out. Spider-Man quickly uses his spider-sense to find Marla and escape out of a nearby window, with the Scorpion following not far behind. While Spider-Man keeps the Scorpion at bay, John Jameson manages to break free and rushes up to the surface to see what he can do to help. At that same moment, J. Jonah Jameson arrives in the cab and sees Spider-Man swinging away with Marla in his arms.

Spider-Man lands on a rooftop and sends Marla away to safety while he battles the Scorpion. However, the Scorpion decides to take advantage of Spider-Man's altruism by blasting the side of the building they are battling on. While Spider-Man uses his webbing to prevent debris from falling on the crowd below, the Scorpion manages to catch up to Marla Madison. Before he can harm her, J. Jonah Jameson comes out of a nearby alley and begs the Scorpion to stop. Jameson reveals that he has been paying for Gargan's therapy as well as giving money to the victims of the Scorpion's crimes. When he asks how much it will take to stop the Scorpion, Mac explains that no amount of money in the world will make up for Jameson turning him into a freak. Instead, he intends to take away the things that Jameson cares the most, starting with killing Marla. That's when John comes around the corner and tries to attack the Scorpion, but he is easily struck aside. The Scorpion now has both John and Marla as his hostages. He then tells Jameson that he needs to choose who lives or who dies: His soon-to-be-bride or his son. Unable to choose between the two, Jameson begs the Scorpion to take his life instead.

Before the Scorpion can make a move, Spider-Man fires some webbing into the villain's eyes. Their renewed battle sends them crashing into the building next door. There, the Scorpion rips off his mask to get the webbing off his face. By this point, the Scorpion's anger gets the better of him and Spider-Man manages to get the upper hand, ultimately knocking the Scorpion out in a one-on-one brawl. With his villain defeated, Spider-Man webs up the Scorpion and leaves him for the authorities. By this point, Jean DeWolff and the police have arrived and seeing that the danger is over, allows Jameson and his family to leave.

Later, on the day of the wedding, J. Jonah Jameson is struggling to get his tie done up. His son helps him out, and the two have a moment to talk. Jonah tells John that he will always love him and that Marla will not get in the way of their relationship. Jonah hopes that John can get the chance to get to know Marla and learn to care for her as well. John is willing to try and tells his father that he is proud of him. That's when Joe Robertson comes in to see if they are ready to go. Soon, Jonah is on the altar next to Marla as the priest begins the wedding ceremony.

Appearing in "Fun 'n' Games"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #19.

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Synopsis for "Fun 'n' Games"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #19.

Spider-Man busts up the sale of cocaine being made by drug deals in a dark alley. Spider-Man webs them up, and they complain about Spider-Man going after them instead of someone like the Kingpin. One of the thugs points out that Spider-Man won't go after the Kingpin since they recently made a deal with each other, in which Spider-Man was paid with a woman's hat. Spider-Man ignores this and leaps up to collect his camera, intending to stop by the Daily Bugle to sell his pictures before meeting up with Mary Jane Watson for dinner. He figures Mary Jane will understand his delay. However, hours later, Mary Jane is fuming over the fact that her dinner has been ruined. This causes her to think of her failed relationship with Peter and how she typically runs away from her problems. However, this time, she is glad they are not in a romance because she is unease about the fact that Peter is also Spider-Man. When Peter finally does arrive he is excited about the photos he took. Mary Jane is furious, and because she has an early modeling gig the next morning throws Peter out of her apartment.

Meanwhile, in the lab of Alystaire Smythe located in the Kingpin's skyscraper, the reading the newspaper. He is furious that the Kingpin would collude with Spider-Man, the man Alystaire blames for the death of his father, Spencer Smythe. He vows to get revenge against Spider-Man and reviews footage of Spider-Man's recent battle with the Vulturions. Wondering why the Kingpin made a deal with Spider-Man over a pink woman's hat, for Spider-Man's aunt. Having learned about this, Smythe planted a tracking device within the hat before it was given to the hero so that Alystaire could track the wall-crawler later. He hopes his latest invention will be completed soon so he can go after Spider-Man himself. That's when he is interrupted by the Kingpin, who has heard rumors about Smythe's dissatisfaction with his current dealings with Spider-Man. The Kingpin explains that Spider-Man is a needed distraction for the time being, and has grown tired of Smythe and terminates his employment on the spot. Alistair leaves but vows to destroy Spider-Man once and for all.

Hours later, Peter Parker wakes up from a nightmare of all those who died due to their association with Spider-Man. Fearing Mary Jane might be next, Peter wakes up screaming and grabbing for his costume. Even though he realizes it was all a dream he decides to call Mary Jane, but she doesn't answer her phone. Concerned, he changes into his Spider-Man costume and decides to swing uptown and make sure she is okay. Elsewhere, Alistair puts the final touches on his very own Spider-Slayer. Determined to destroy Spider-Man, Smyth homes in on the tracking device that was placed into the hat that was given to Spider-Man by the Kingpin. While at a restaurant, Mary Jane Watson tries to call Peter so she can apologize for how she treated the night before. When there is no answer, she returns to her Aunt Anna and May Parker, whom she is having dinner with. Both of the women know that there is a lovers quarrel going on between the two, even though Mary Jane insists that they are just friends. At this point, Spider-Man has just discovered that Mary Jane is not home. He soon remembers that Mary Jane was going out for lunch hand heads to the skyscraper restaurant.

At that moment, Alistair Smythe reaches the restaurant just as Anna is trying on May's hat. Smyth then captures Anna and Mary Jane and takes off. When Spider-Man arrives at the scene, the police are questioning his Aunt May. She tells him what happened, but finds the idea that Anna is Spider-Man's aunt to be preposterous. Suddenly, his spider-sense goes off, drawing Spider-Man to Aunt May's hat. It's there that he discovers the tracking device hidden in the brim of the hat. Furious, Spider-Man takes the hat and swings off. Meanwhile, high over Soho, Smyth carries the two Watson women across the city. As the two women wonder how Anna could be confused for Spider-Man's aunt, Smythe overhears Anna calling Mary Jane her niece. Smyth then draws the conclusion that Spider-Man is actually a woman. At that moment, Spider-Man is forcing himself into the Kingpin's skyscraper. He demands to know where the Kingpin has taken the Watsons. While at Smythe's lab, the disgruntled scientist tries to figure out how Mary Jane could have the powers of Spider-Man. Smythe concludes that Mary Jane must wear an exoskeleton. However, this revelation puts Alistair at odds, because his lecherous nature is conflicting with his need for revenge.

While back at the Kingpin's skyscraper, Spider-Man is ripping his way through the building defenses. The Kingpin is brought up to speed over what is going on and decides to use this to his advantage. The Kingpin approaches Spider-Man alone and tells him that the tracking device was planted by Alistair Smythe. Back at Smythe's lab, Alistair threatens to use his Spider-Slayer robot to harm Aunt Anna if Mary Jane doesn't give up the true identity of Spider-Man. Mary Jane admits that she is Spider-Man and offers to show Alistair where she keeps her "exoskeleton" if he promises to let Aunt Anna go. While Spider-Man arrives at Smythe's lab and rescues Anna, Mary Jane convinces Smythe into stealing a camera to record his victory over Spider-Man. Sent into an electronics shop to get a camera, Mary Jane leaves a note for Spider-Man, telling him that she is going to lure Smythe to the Daily Bugle building. When they pass by Peter Parker's Chelsea Apartment, Mary Jane shakes loose one of her boots, sending it plummeting into his skylight in the hopes that Peter is home. Seeing this, Smythe demands to know where the "suit" is and she tells him the Daily Bugle.

When Smythe arrives there, he launches an attack on the building. Witnessing what is going on, publisher J. Jonah Jameson tells Joe Robertson to call the police. Spider-Man eventually catches up with Smythe and rescues Mary Jane from his clutches. Spider-Man's battle with Smythe's Spider-Slayer, comes to an abrupt end when Spider-Man lures him to the nearby Amtrack yard and Smythe flies his craft into some electrical wires. With the danger over, Spider-Man changes back to Peter Parker and rushes back to the Daily Bugle building. He discovers that not only was Mary Jane safe, but she also used the camera she took earlier to snap photos of Spider-Man's battle with the Spider-Slayer. The Watsons and the Parkers have dinner together to celebrate Mary Jane's safe return. After dinner, Peter walks Mary Jane home. She admits to him that she is glad he is Spider-Man because all of the good he does, but admits that she doesn't have to like it.

Appearing in "'Til Death Do Us Part!"

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

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Synopsis for "'Til Death Do Us Part!"

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

This story continues from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100...

Peter Parker has just ended his relationship with the Black Cat, deciding to go out as Spider-Man, Peter can't shake the feeling that something is out to get him.[Continuity 1] Distracted by the sound of his neighbors giving up on suntanning that he doesn't see that his old alien costume has returned and disguised itself as one of his red and blue costumes. Ironically, he thinks about how the costume almost bonded had it not been for the help of Reed Richards removing it from his body.[Continuity 2] As he prepares to put on his web-shooters, Peter catches his reflection in the mirror and is horrified to see the symbiote reveal itself and cover his entire body.

Meanwhile, on the Lower Eastside, a gang of thugs robs an elderly woman of her social security money. One member, a jittery man named Pigeon, questions why they mugged the woman since they have been able to complete a bank robbery with their new wings. His pals, Sugar Face, and Gripes aren't overly concerned with Pigeon's worries, even if their leader, Honcho, is upset that they are late for their meeting. When they catch up with Honcho, he is furious that they are late and figures out that they mugged someone. He warns them that such attention will bring Spider-Man down on them, as they have all been captured by the wall-crawler in the past. However, Honcho hopes to change things since his stint in prison. An engineer by trade, he befriended the Vulture and charmed the notorious super-villain enough to learn the secrets of his wings. Having created them all flying suits, Honcho and his friends have become the Vulturions to make it rich and get revenge against Spider-Man. Back at Peter Parker's apartment, Spider-Man struggles to try and get outside and to Mister Fantastic, but the alien symbiote fights him the whole way. A few blocks away, Mary Jane Watson runs into Peter's Aunt May while out shopping. May is surprised to hear that Harry and Liz Osborn are having a baby, as she and Peter aren't talking presently.[Continuity 3] May explains that she is still mad at Peter for dropping out of college.[Continuity 4] Mary Jane tries to speak in Peter's defense, but Aunt May still can't accept that Peter is giving up on being a scientist.[Continuity 5] Mary Jane notices that Aunt May is interested in a hat, but May decides against buying it because she doesn't have the money.

Elsewhere, Spider-Man continues to struggle to free himself from the symbiote, but it continues to resist him. Eventually, the web-slinger is spotted by one of the Vulturions who heads back to alert the others. With the costume keeping him from going to the Baxter Building. Spider-Man realizes that the symbiote can read his mind, and that's how it keeps tripping him up. Gripes notice this and nabs the wall-crawler, thinking him insane when Spider-Man tries to explain that he is fighting his costume. Gripes rejoins his teammates. As they fly across the city, the approach a nearby church. Spider-Man begs the symbiote to stop fighting him, otherwise, the Vulturions will kill them both. Much to his relief, the symbiote stops fighting him and he manages to incapacitate all the Vulturions except for one. When he struggles to figure out how to get rid of the Symbiote he hears the church bell toll and realizes the sound could destroy the alien. Hearing his, the symbiote starts fighting him again. However, Spider-Man manages to wreck the Vulturion's wings and force a crash landing in the belfry. The sound of the ringing bells is overpowering. As the last Vulturion flees, Spider-Man stays behind, resisting the pain of the loud bells in the hopes it will force the symbiote off him.

Thinking he is going to die, Spider-Man he can't stop thinking about his Aunt May, and doesn't want to die without reconciling with her, as well as unresolved feelings for Mary Jane. Suddenly, the symbiote separates itself from Peter's body and tries to flee. However, the symbiosis between Peter and the alien being had filled the creature with love for Peter Parker and it risks its life to drag Peter to safety. With Parker safe, the creature strokes his face one last time before seemingly crumbling to bits.[Continuity 6]

Appearing in "Gold Rush!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #6.

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Synopsis for "Gold Rush!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Web of Spider-Man #6.

Story continued from Secret Wars II #2...

The Kingpin is woken up at 3:00 am with some troubling news. He places a call to a man Bainbridge. As he waits for the man to answer, he figures out the financial worth of the current crisis and realizes that it could make the great depression seem like prosperous times. When Bainbridge answers the phone, the Kingpin explains what must be done...

While elsewhere in Manhattan, Mary Jane Watson cannot sleep, her mind keeps coming back to the fact that she had recently revealed to Peter Parker that she's known that he's secretly Spider-Man for years[Continuity 7]. She struggles with the fact that she can't be with someone that risks their lives on a daily basis, and although she is still friends with Peter she cannot shake the feelings she has for him. As she considers the strange twist of fate she finds herself in, she notices that there is a fire some blocks away and wonders what the cause of it could be.

At the site of the fire is the man of Mary Jane's thoughts, Spider-Man who is at the scene of the office building that formerly housed the Heroes for Hire until the Beyonder recently turned the structure entirely into gold just moments ago. Realizing that there might be people trapped inside the building despite the late hour, Spider-Man enters the building and begins finding those who are trapped inside and finds that everything except for humans has been turned into gold.[Continuity 8] As Spidey searches for survivors, those few who are still up at this late hour find it almost impossible to believe that a building can be turned into gold. However, before anyone can capitalize on this, the Kingpin calls in to his contacts in Washington D.C. to assist in closing off the area to prevent people from making off or learning about this sudden cache of gold, as it could cause a financial crisis. Hard pressed for resources, the government makes a deal with the Kingpin even though they realize that they are making a deal with the proverbial devil.

Unaware of this deal, Spider-Man continues to rescue those trapped in the building as two police officers arrive. When the cops wonder how they will keep the public away from a giant pile of gold, they soon find themselves surrounded by a heavily armed guard of gangsters and street thugs. They are soon relieved by government agent Charles Anderson who explains to the two officers that these men as assisting in keeping the area secure until the military arrives. When Spider-Man returns to the outside he recognizes some of the armed men as enforcers for the Kingpin. He also witnesses as the owner of the building, Henry Trumpsley, is forced to accept a check buying his property and is escorted off the property.

When Anderson tells Spider-Man to leave, the Wall-Crawler refuses to tell him that he can rescue the people trapped inside easier. Despite being shot at, Spider-Man slips back inside, wondering what the Kingpin has to do with the recovery. Seeing that he is unable to stop Spider-Man, and hard pressed for resources, Anderson orders the men to hold their fire and let Spider-Man do his job.

As the work continues on, over in Queens Aunt May and her fiancée Nathan Lubensky mull over the financial problems they're having keeping their elderly boarding house afloat.

By this time, the military has arrived and begun slowly removing the gold and shipping it out of the area and a massive barrier is being erected around the block to prevent people from seeing it. By the time the press arrives, there is speculation going around as to what the military is clearing out of the area. Inside the wreckage, Spider-Man continues to pull people out of the building. For the most part, everyone is alive, but he does come across one dead body within the wreckage. After bringing the body out, Spidey decides to take a break and take into consideration that scope of what the Beyonder has done. Everything, including simple trash, has been turned into gold, a discarded notebook that was considered trash hours earlier is now worth a small fortune. When Peter considers how much he and his Aunt May could benefit from something as small as a solid gold notebook, Peter wrestles with his desires and what he feels is the right thing to do and leaves the notebook behind. Spider-Man's attention is drawn to another individual who is trapped in the building. However, upon closer inspection, the Wall-Crawler learns that the reason why the man is trapped is that he was attempting to carry out all his personal possessions that had been turned into gold and that the weight of it all had pinned him to the floor. The man is unwilling to give it all up until the roof begins to collapse over their head and he begs Spider-Man to save him.

With the last of the people out of the building, Spider-Man is about to web-sling away when he notices a black limo pull up to Anderson. Spider-Man is shocked to see that it is his old foe the Kingpin, and becomes angry when he witnesses a number of soldiers loading several gold typewriters into his limo. Furious that he must struggle through life while a known criminal like the Kingpin gets free gold from the government, Spider-Man finally has enough and decides to get what he believes he deserves. Jumping back into the ruins of the building, he recovers the gold notepad that he previously decided to leave behind. Exiting the building he confronts Anderson and tells him that he saw the transaction between him and the Kingpin and shows him that he intends to keep a reward for himself. After angrily chastising the government official, Spider-Man swings off leaving Anderson to consider what he has just done.

This story and Secret Wars II continues in Amazing Spider-Man #268...

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Secret Wars II #2
  3. Web of Spider-Man #6



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