Appearing in "The Hobgoblin Revealed!"
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Marla Jameson (See chronology)
- Flash Thompson
- 1400 Club
- Rose (Richard Fisk)
- Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale) (See chronology)
- Mr. Varley (Death)
- Mr. Johnston (Death)
- Ned Leeds (Appears in flashback)
- Ben Urich
- Lance Bannon
- Blake Tower
- Sharon Banks
- Felicia Hardy
- Wolverine (Recap)
- New York City
- Berlin (Recap)
Synopsis for "The Hobgoblin Revealed!"
This story follows the events of Spider-Man Versus Wolverine #1...
Jason Macendale is in a meeting with the Foreigner, seeking to hire him to eliminate the Hobgoblin. Shockingly, within a single phone call, the Foreigner has Macendale's nemesis eliminated.
Sometime later, Peter Parker is among Betty Leeds and his Daily Bugle colleagues as the body of Ned Leeds is being offloaded from a plane. Ned was killed while on assignment in Germany investigating a story. Peter blames himself as he was with Ned at the time, but failed to save his life. After the plane is offloaded, customs begins searching the coffin for contraband, much to the upset of Betty and earns the ire of J. Jonah Jameson. Jonah then berates Peter Parker for not having his camera to phorograph the security agents. When Joe reminds Jonah that Parker was there when Ned was murdered, this prompts Peter to think back to that moment, when he and Ned were in Berlin investigating a group of spies. While they were there, Peter was tracked by the mutant hero known as Wolverine who told Parker that he needed to talk. Peter recalls how he returned to his hotel room he found Ned tied to a chair with his throat slit. Even though Wolverine told Spider-Man not to get involved, Spider-Man did what he could to avenge the death of Ned Leeds.[Continuity 1] Peter wonders why, especially after he decided to give up being Spider-Man.[Continuity 2]
As Peter comforts Betty his spider-sense kicks off, warning him of the presence of the Hobgoblin. Peter recalls how he vowed to capture the Hobgoblin and clear Flash Thompson's name.[Continuity 3] Peter partially blames the Hobgoblin for what happened to Ned. Had he captured the Hobgoblin, he would never have gone to Berlin and he figures Ned would still be alive. Jonah admits to Joe that he is lashing out at everybody because he blames himself for Ned's death. For years he found it so easy to blame everything on Spider-Man, but for the first time he can't because, as far as he knows, Spider-Man was thousands of miles away. Peter overhears this as he walks away with Betty and winces.
Later, at the headquarters of the Kingpin, the crime boss meets with his associate, the Foreigner for a game of chess. The Kingpin is not happy with the news that the the Foreigner had the Hobgoblin killed. This is because the Hobgoblin kept the Rose busy allowing the Kingpin to continue his operations uninterrupted. The Kingpin warns that such a move, without informing him, could be disastrous. The Foreigner wins the chess game by putting the Kingpin into a checkmate. He then tells the Kingpin that he was hired to do a job and his elimination of the Hobgoblin was business and nothing personal. After he leaves, the Kingpin orders his secretary to bring him the life he has on the Hobgoblin. He also asks to put the word out on the street that he wants to speak with Spider-Man to give him all the information on the Hobgoblin he has, including his secret identity. The following day, Peter Parker is among those attending Ned Leeds' burial. Everyone is shocked when Betty begins thinking that Ned might not be dead, and asks that the coffin be opened up just to make sure. That's when Peter rushes Betty home, where she seems to have not only blocked out the fact that her husband is dead, but also that they ever had any troubles in their relationship. She assures Peter that she will be fine because her mother is coming to visit soon.
Satisfied that someone will be coming to look after her, Peter heads out. He begins to think about all the losses that Betty has had in her life, when he suddenly remembers that Betty's mother is dead. Realizing that he's out of his league, Peter decides to call Mary Jane to see if she will come and keep an eye on Betty.[Continuity 4] Not far from Peter, Flash Thompson hides out in an alley. He has been hiding again ever since the Hobgoblin attacked him at Betty's home. He recalls how the Hobgoblin beat him into unconsciousness, and that both the villain and Betty were gone when he came to. Seeing a police car, Flash decides to turn himself in. However, the officers blow him off before he can tell them who he is, and then rush off to the scene where an officer is down.
Later, at the Rose's headquarters, the masked villain has found the situation with the Hobgoblin has reached its end. However, he discovers that his assistants, Mr. Varley and Mr. Johnson are dead. He vows to avenge them by eliminating their killer. It's then that the Hobgoblin reveals himself and takes ownership for killing Varley and Johnson. The Rose is surprised, as he heard that the Hobgoblin as dead. He tells the villain that his father, the Kingpin, has a file with all the information on the Hobgoblin, including his true identity and that he intends to turn it over to Spider-Man. This is the interest of to the Hobgoblin and he rockets out of the Rose's hideout on his Goblin Glider. Meanwhile, Spider-Man arrives at the Kingpin's office to ask what the crime lord wants. The Kingpin hands him the file he has on the Hobgoblin, telling him to take all the time he needs to read over it. The Kingpin then leaves his office and tells his guards that he will be leaving and to make preparations. He stops one of his minions and reveals that he knows that he bugged the room for the Rose and kills him when he admits to it. Just then, Spider-Man finds the horrifying truth regarding the true identity of the Hobgoblin.
According to the files, the Hobgoblin was actually Ned Leeds. Not long after Peter and Wolverine had left Ned alone in his hotel room, Leeds was preparing to go out as the Hobgoblin. However, before he can, Ned is ambushed by the Foreigner's men who easily overpower him. One of the Foreigner's minions then knocks Ned down and strangles him to death.[Continuity 5] When the Kingpin returns, Spider-Man asks how this could be if he saw the Hobgoblin recently. The Kingpin explains that the Hobgoblin's equipment was handed over to Jason Macendale, the assassin formally known as Jack O'Lantern, who decided to usurp the Hobgoblin's identity. The Kingpin tells Spider-Man that while he doesn't know where the Hobgoblin hides out, he knows where Spider-Man can find the Foreigner. Spider-Man knows where to find the Foreigner because of his past experience with the assassin and heads off to face him.[Continuity 6] The Kingpin then goes down to his limo when he spots a pumpkin bomb in the passenger seat. Spotting the Hobgoblin on a rooftop and asks to know what he wants. The Hobgoblin demands the file the Kingpin has on him, however the Kingpin tells him that he gave it to Spider-Man. When the Hobgoblin threatens to kill the crime lord, he discovers the folly of doing so as the entire area is surrounded by armed guards to protect the Kingpin. Seeing that he won't succeed, the Hobgoblin takes off on his glider and tosses a pumpkin bomb at the Kingpin as he goes. The Kingpin swats the pumpkin bomb.
As Spider-Man swings across the city, a powerful storm blows in. He is spotted by Flash Thompson who tries to get Spider-Man's attention, but the hero is too high to hear him. Spider-Man soon arrives at the office of the Foreigner where he strong arms a security guard and asks him where he can find his employer. After the guard points him in the right direction, the guard is killed by the Hobgoblin. The two battle it out, knocking out the lights. Needing more room to fight, the Hobgoblin blasts a hole in the wall and flies outside. Spider-Man swings up after him, where the Hobgoblin tosses a hallucinogenic pumpkin bomb at the wall-crawler. Spider-Man pretends to breath in the gas, allowing his foe to get close enough to attack. After a prolonged battle, the Hobgoblin blasts Spider-Man, setting his costume on fire. Spider-Man rips off the burning part of his costume, the pain is so extreme that the hero falls off the side of the building. The Hobgoblin sees that the file is burning up with the ripped costume, causing the villain to gloat. Spider-Man falls on the ground, leaving him open for attack from the Hobgoblin. When the villain tosses a pumpkin bomb at him. Seeing this, Flash Thompson runs to Spider-Man's aid, grabbing the bomb in mid air and tosses it back at the villain. Stunned by the blast, Hobgoblin decides to flee, vowing to get revenge against Spider-Man later.
Seeing Flash fall to the ground, Spider-Man rushes to his side. Weakened by his time on the run, and hurt by the blast, Flash is about to die. However, Spider-Man refuses to let another friend die because of him and performs CPR, saving his life. Spider-Man brings Flash to Mercy Hospital, where he visits Flash later as Peter Parker, with Flash's lawyer Sharon Banks. After he tells them how Spider-Man saved his life, they are visited by Blake Tower, the New York City District Attorney. He tells them that due to eye witness accounts of Flash Thompson facing the Hobgoblin, all the charges against him are being cleared. When the wonder who the real Hobgoblin is, Peter thinks of keeping this secret to himself, more because he is concerned what it will do to Betty. Later, the Foreigner and the Kingpin are playing chess again. The Foreigner is impressed with how he manipulated both Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin. After their match, the Kingpin hands the Foreigner and envelope and tells him not to open it until he leaves. In the elevator, the Foreigner opens the envelope and realizes that it is an explosive that will go off in three seconds. Because of his skill, the Foreigner is able to get out alive and returns to the Kingpin's office where applauds the Kingpin for the attempt on his life and agrees to meet him again next week.
Back at his apartment, Peter Parker tells Felicia Hardy that he has decided to continue being Spider-Man, recalling advice from his Aunt May telling him that Parkers aren't quitters.[Continuity 7] However, he doesn't know what to do now that his costume is in tatters, however that's when Felicia reveals that she sewed him a number of new black-and-white costumes. Spider-Man thanks her and then goes out web-slinging as Spider-Man.
Appearing in "The Big Question"
- Mayor Ed Koch (Topical reference)
- Ben Parker (Recap)
- Father Curtis (Only appearance)
- Kevin (Only appearance)
- Billy (Only appearance)
- New York City
Synopsis for "The Big Question"
Early in the morning, Spider-Man is trying to convince himself that he should be happy. He's decided to continue being Spider-Man, but the wall-crawler still feels as though something is missing. Swinging across the city, Spider-Man ends up in Times Square where the Mayor of New York City is giving a public address regarding the revitalization of the area.[Continuity 8] The mayor and Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson are being held hostage by a gun-toting man calling himself the Preserver. The Preserver is against the plans for gentrification, threatening to kill the mayor if they don't stop. Spider-Man quickly disarms the Preserver and discovers that the gun was unloaded. As the man is being arrested, the mayor explains that they aren't tearing down any historical buildings, but repairing them. The mayor then congratulates Spider-Man for saving them and suggests that Jameson thank Spider-Man in the Daily Bugle, much to the publisher's chagrin.
Spider-Man is surprised by this whole scenario, however, when he gets back to his apartment, he still can't feel happy. After a shower, Peter finds that nothing really interests him presently and that his apartment feels empty. Since there is only one person who knows that he is Spider-Man, Peter decides to pay a visit to Mary Jane at her apartment. Peter admits to her that after hearing Flash praise Spider-Man for never giving up, he has decided to continue being Spider-Man. However, he still feels that he still doesn't know who he is. Mary Jane suggests that he spends some time with his Aunt May as she was always good at giving him advice. As Peter leaves, Mary Jane can't help but feel a little jealous that Peter is going to another woman for advice, even if it is just his Aunt. Suddenly, Mary Jane realizes that she is putting his happiness before her own, and thinks that perhaps she is starting to grow up herself. Later in Forest Hills, Peter pays a visit to his Aunt May. When he tells her that he has been feeling directionless in life, she reminds him of some advice his Uncle Ben had, to be true to themselves. As Aunt May goes to make some tea, Peter decides to go looking around his old room.
Upstairs, Peter thinks about this is exactly where he developed his web-shooters and Spider-Man costume.[Continuity 9] When Aunt May comes up with the tea, he notices that his microscope is missing and asks Aunt May what happened to it. May explains that she donated it to a church bazaar which is trying to raise money for a new orphanage. She presumes that she must have given it away with some of Peter's old toys by mistake.[Continuity Error 1] Peter tells her that it is no big deal, but when he leaves shortly thereafter he thinks about how much that microscope meant to him back in high school. Peter recalls how devoted to science he was as a teenager, and while he still loves science, being Spider-Man has made his further education impossible.
Peter soon finds himself at the church bazaar and goes intside to visit Father Curtis. In the church, he is told to come back later to view the sceptre. Father Curtis apologizes for Max, a member of Heaven's Angels, a neighborhood program run by ex-gang members. Curtis then explains that they are displaying the Judas Sceptre, on loan from to the church. The priest intends to charge an admission fee for people to view the holy relic in order to raise funds for the new orphanage. When Father Curtis asks Peter what he wants, Peter is about to ask for his microscope back when he hears how it is being put up for auction. Peter instead tells the priest that he and his Aunt May are happy to help. Unfortunately for Peter, he hasn't sold any pictures recently and can't spare the money to buy his microscope back. As Peter leaves, one of the police guards asks Max to take it easy on people as they are professionals. Max assures them that he doesn't want to cause any trouble. Nobody is aware of the fact that Max has a gun tucked into the back of his pants. Peter then decides to walk around the bazaar where he sees a child being dragged away from the midway. He overhears the boy expressing his interest in baseball, but his father tells him that he will be an orthopedic surgeon like he is. Peter remarks about how when he was growing up, his Aunt May let him make his own decision, even if they were wrong they were always his own.
Meanwhile, back at Aunt May's house, May gets a phone call from Mary Jane asking if Peter is still there. When he learns that he has left, she tells Aunt May that it's not important and ends the call. However, she is lying to Peter's Aunt, as Mary Jane needs to talk to Peter because she feels like her life is about to explode. Back at the church, Peter scrounges his money together in the hopes of bidding for his microscope. As the auction begins, Peter overhears someone calling the alarm because a gang of hoodlums stole the money from one of the rides. At first, Peter thinks about dismissing this, but then recalls that the last time he shirked his responsibility his Uncle Ben died.[Continuity 10] Peter slips away and changes into Spider-Man and goes after them. However, before he can catch the thieves his spider-sense goes off, warning him of danger inside the church. Looking into the window, he sees Max robbing the police officers of the Judas Sceptre. Spider-Man leaps in and knocks down Max, but the officers think the wall-crawler is trying to steal the artifact for himself. When they open fire, Spider-Man leaps to safety, allowing Max to escape. That's when Father Curtis arrives and stops the officers long enough for Spider-Man to go back on Max's trail.
On the construction site of the new orphanage, Max comes across two kids and grabs one of them as a hostage. Spider-Man arrives and tells Max to let the boy go, but Max refuses. He promises that he will let the boy go if Spider-Man allows him to leave, but the wall-crawler doesn't trust him. While Max is focused on the situation, Spider-Man uses his webbing to snare some paint cans. He then waits until Max tries to go down the ladder to get off the scaffolding. In order to keep his balance, Max has to take the gun away from the boy's head, leaving him open for Spider-Man to whip the paint cans at him. When they hit, Max drops the boy and falls off the scaffold, and is quickly grabbed by the wall-crawler who knocks out the would-be theif with a single punch. In the aftermath, Spider-Man leaves Max with the police and goes out looking for the gang members who escaped with the stolen receipt. He finds them being busted by police and snaps a few photos for the Daily Bugle. Suddenly, Spider-Man remembers his microscope and quickly changes back into Peter Parker. He arrives at the auction just in time to put in the winning bid for his microscope. Later, Peter is happy he won his microscope because it is a reminder of everything he ever wanted out of life. This makes Peter realize that he has to start living a new life.
Soon, Peter arrives at Mary Jane's apartment as he wants to talk with her. However, she is busy packing for a very important trip. As she fusses over the deails, Peter can't get a word in edgewise. Peter eventuall manages to get Mary Jane to stop long enough for him to ask her a very important question: Will she marry him?
Appearing in "Dark Journey!"
- Tommy Byrnes
- Kevin Byrnes (First appearance)
- Philip Watson (Voice)
- Alice Larkin (Only appearance)
Races and Species:
- Spider-Slayer Mark VIII (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Dark Journey!"
Peter Parker has just asked Mary Jane Watson to marry him. She responds by saying no at first, then admits she doesn't know. Peter asks if it is because he is Spider-Man, she reminds him that they were only friends. Peter points out that they are more than friends. He tries to explain to her how the events of the morning convinced him to propose to her, Mary Jane quickly changes the subject. She explains that her Uncle Spencer was by and with some family news and so Mary Jane is going to Pittsburgh to visit her sister Gayle. That's when Peter remembers that Mary Jane and her sister haven't seen each other in years, recalling how Gayle told Mary Jane she never wanted to see her again.[Continuity 11] Mary Jane responds by telling Peter that it is "girl stuff" that he wouldn't understand. Peter follows Mary Jane outside where she is hailing a taxi. He can tell that she is putting up a facade by acting like the "party girl", as she always does when something is bothering her. As she gets into the cab, Peter's spider-sense goes off, but he sees no danger. Thinking about how he has encountered someone who doesn't set off his spider-sense, he is left wondering if his powers are going haywire.[Continuity 12]
What set off Peter's spider-sense is a nondescript looking van which has no apparent driver. It pulls into the alley behind Mary Jane's apartment building where a robot emerges from the back. The robot then scales the wall of the building and blasts a hole into Mary Jane's apartment where it begins to search for someone. Overhearing someone outside going to call the police, the man piloting the robot makes a hasty retreat back into the van and drives away. Peter doesn't hear this because he is blocks away at this point. Mary Jane wouldn't let him get into the cab with him and he's left wondering what is going on. Meanwhile, the mysterious van pulls into a warehouse. From within the robot emerges the body of Alistaire Smythe, who is now confined to a wheelchair.[Continuity 13] Even though his body is disabled, his mind is still as sharp as ever, and he intends to use his intelligence and technical know-how to destroy Spider-Man and avenge the death of his father.[Continuity 14] Smythe then begins working on a better tracking device to hunt down Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Mary Jane is on a plane to Pittsburgh with a great deal of apprehension about going back home to her family and wonders what tomorrow will bring.
The next day in New York City,[Continuity 15] Peter Parker wakes up and wonders what he should do with himself. He briefly considers going after Mary Jane but decides against it since he doesn't think she wants him butting in. Meanwhile, Alistaire Smythe has completed a number of tracking devices and dispatches them all over the city so he can track down Spider-Man. While in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane arrives at the home of her sister, Gayle. There she meets her nephews Tommy and Kevin as well as their babysitter Alice Larkin. When Mary Jane asks where her sister is, Alice realizes that Mary Jane doesn't know what's going on. Back in New York, Peter decides to go out on as Spider-Man and get some exercise web-slinging. While he is out, Smythe's trackers give away his location. Alistaire then enters his Spider-Slayer in the hopes of destroying his hated for once and for all. Later, in Pittsburgh, Mary Jane goes to the county jail where her sister has been incarcerated. Visiting Gayle, Mary Jane asks what happened and offers to help. However, her sister is not happy to see her. Reminding Mary Jane how she abandoned her four years ago when she needed her most. She then tells Mary Jane to go back to New York and ends the visit. Mary Jane tries to put on a strong face, however, once she is outside she begins to cry.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man is attacked by the new Spider-Slayer at a construction site. Spider-Man is surprised to see that Smythe is out of prison and tries to blind his new robot with webbing. Unfortunately, it is covered with a non-stick coating and the webbing easily slides off. Smythe explains to the wall-crawler that not only is he coming to avenge his father, but himself. He tells the wall-crawler how a lack of insulation in his previous Spider-Slayer robot damaged his nervous system after his last defeat at the hands of Spider-Man. When Spider-Man dodges one of the Slayer's blows, he is caught off guard when the limb sprays ethyl chloride in his face.[Continuity 16] As Spider-Man struggles to shake off the effects of gas, Smythe captures him in one of his coils. This is witnessed by a construction worker in a bulldozer who saves Spider-Man's life by running over the Spider-Slayer's arm. Spider-Man then takes advantage of this assist to kick the pinned arm clean off the Spider-Slayer. With his robot damaged, Smythe blasts free of the bulldozer and makes a hasty retreat while the wall-crawler checks to see if the construction worker is safe. Later that evening, Mary Jane returns to her sister's home to find someone waiting for her. When she sees who it is she is instantly shocked.
The following morning, Alistaire Smythe is back on the road again, gloating over his genius. The ethyl chloride that he sprayed Spider-Man with the night before allows him track Spider-Man anywhere. As he follows the signal, Smythe has to suddenly swerve out of the way of a homeless woman crossing the street, crashing his van into a parked car. When a police officer comes to get the driver's information, Smythe emerges from the back of the van in his Spider-Slayer. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is watching television in his apartment trying not to think about Mary Jane. Suddenly, a news report comes on about Smythe's appearance in the city. Peter quickly changes into Spider-Man, but before he can leave the phone begins to ring. It's Mary Jane who tells Peter that she needs him to come to Pittsburgh immediately, and admits that she does love him. Peter finds himself conflicted between going to Pittsburgh or stopping Smythe. Just as the Spider-Slayer reaches Peter Parker's apartment, Smythe picks up that Spider-Man is moving. Much to his surprise, he discovers that Spider-Man is taking a taxi cab and decides to follow it. Smythe follows the signal all the way to Kennedy Airport where he follows Spider-Man's signal right up to the boarding gate of an airplane. However, he is too late to get on board as the plane is already taxiing the runway, but he learns where it is going.
Meanwhile, on the airplane, Peter Parker feels awful for not dealing with Smythe, however he thinks about how the city has various law enforcement agencies to protect them and Mary Jane only has him. He looks forward to finding settling something for Peter Parker without Spider-Man getting in the way. However, back at JFK, Alistaire Smythe is purchasing a first class ticket to Pittsburgh, intent on following Spider-Man there.[Continuity 17]
Appearing in "Growing Pains!"
- New York City
Synopsis for "Growing Pains!"
Answering a call for help from Mary Jane, Peter Parker has traveled to Pittsburgh. Although he feels guilty for leaving New York City while Alistar Smythe is on the loose, the wall-crawler is the only one Mary Jane can rely on, while the city has many protectors. Web-slinging to the hotel, Spider-Man slips into the alley next door to change back into his street clothes and gets a room. He puts on the news while he checks the phone book for the address to Gayle Byrnes, Mary Jane's sister. His mind is put at ease when he hears a news report about how the Spider-Slayer's rampage ended shortly after it started and that nobody was injured. However, Peter is unaware that Alistair Smythe has figured out where Spider-Man has gone and is now having his Spider-Slayer equipment loaded onto a plane bound for Pittsburgh. Later, Peter takes a cab to Gayle's house and Mary Jane is glad to see that he has come to see her. He is surprised to see that Mary Jane's father, Philip is there. When Mary Jane refuses to call him dad, they start to argue about how Philip walked out on Mary Jane's mother years ago.[Continuity 18] Mary Jane has had enough and decides to leave, taking Peter with her. As they head out, they catch Mary Jane's nephew Kevin as he goes off to school. She tells Peter that they have been staying at the neighbor's house. Getting into a car, she tells him that she needs to talk, and Peter is more than willing to listen.
Later, at Point State Park, Mary Jane recounts how her father left her mother, and in turn, she left her sister Gayle after their mother had died. She tells him that since then, Philip academic standing eroded and he got into the business of selling rare manuscripts to private collectors. He had recently set his sights on the Tavistock Paper, a monograph written by Benjamin Franklin. The paper was on loan to Duquesne University, where Gayle was working. Philip then convinced to try and steal the paper. Gayle hid the paper intending to sneak it out of the university after work, but she was caught on camera and was arrested. Philip now wants Mary Jane to figure out where the paper is and recover it for him. Philip promised to leave and never bother the family again and Gayle would be released due to lack of evidence. When Peter asks why Gayle would agree to make the theft, Mary Jane explains that blood ties are hard to break, and she figures that Gayle did it to come to terms with her feelings toward their father. Peter tells Mary Jane that making a sacrifice for the family is a noble idea, however, it is a waste if done for the wrong reasons. He points out that Philip only cares about his family now because he has a use for them. However, he tells her that he will support her through whatever decision she makes. She is grateful that Peter is there for him, and that she loves him and the couple kisses.
Back at Gayle house, Mary Jane surprises by Peter when she tells her father that she will help him. While this is happening, Alistair Smythe has set up operations in a warehouse. After paying for the space and labor, he privately uncrates the components of his Spider-Slayer and prepares to hunt for Spider-Man anew. Later, Peter and Mary Jane are visiting Gayle at the jail. However, Gayle is still bitter over how Mary Jane left her to struggle on her own years earlier. When Mary Jane can't get through to her sister, she gets frustrated and leaves. That's when Peter tries to get through to Gayle, telling her that Mary Jane only wants to help. He explains that they are trying to find the stolen papers so Gayle can be freed. When Gayle is still reluctant, Peter tells her not to let her father ruin the lives of her children like she has done with her and Mary Jane. He drives him the point by asking her who will take care of Kevin and Tommy if Gayle is sent to prison. Still, Gayle puts up a tough front, but Peter finally breaks through and convinces her to help.
Back at the warehouse, Alistar has completed reassembling his Spider-Slayer, vowing to succeed in destroying Spider-Man where his father failed.[Continuity 19] Still able to track the wall-crawler due to the chemical gas he sprayed him with the night before, Alistair enters his Spider-Slayer and emerges from the warehouse. At that moment, at Duquesne University, Peter and Mary Jane have come to recover the stolen papers. Peter learned from Gayle that she hid them in an old sensory deprivation tank in the basement of the facility and they quickly recover it. Suddenly, Smythe's Spider-Slayer comes crashing through the wall. Running for cover, Peter uses his web-shooter to take out the lights and tells Mary Jane to try and get away. However, Smythe catches her in the Spider-Slayer's spotlight and recognizes her as the woman he once thought was Spider-Man.[Continuity 20]
This creates enough of a distraction for Peter to change into his Spider-Man costume and face Smythe himself. Spider-Man then lures the Spider-Slayer outside and tries to head to the suburbs where nobody can get hurt. However, as he crosses one of the bridges, Smythe rips out the girder out from under Spider-Man, coils him up in one of the Spider-Slayer's arms and attempts to drown him in the river below. By this time, Mary Jane has followed the chase in her car and rams into one of the Spider-Slayer's legs. This allows Spider-Man to break free and come up for air before he can drown. Spider-Man tries to lure Smythe up Mount Washington, but discovers that it is a densely populated area. Before he can turn back, the Spider-Slayer attacks him again with ethyl chloride. Mary Jane helps again by borrowing a baseball bat from a nearby child and uses it to attack the giant robot. Angered by the interruption, Smythe turns his attentions to Mary Jane. However, before he can kill her, Spider-Man shakes off the effects of the gas and jump kicks the Spider-Slayer from behind. The wall-crawler then furiously rips the Spider-Slayer apart to get at Alistair. Before he can harm his foe, Spider-Man remembers Mary Jane and tosses Smythe aside and checks to see if Mary Jane is safe.
Spider-Man then turns to Smythe and warns him against coming after Mary Jane or any other innocent person again. With the threat over, Mary Jane stays behind to give a statement to the police while Spider-Man swings off to clean off the chemical tracer off his costume, agreeing to meet Mary Jane at his hotel later. Soon the pair return to Gayle's house to turn over the manuscript to Philip. However, Peter has decided that he can't let Mary Jane's father get away with a theft and decides to tag him with a spider-tracker so he can arrest him later. However, Mary Jane is merely getting a confession out of her father for the police who have arrived to arrest him. As her father is being taken away, Mary Jane confides in Peter that seeing him risking his life against the Spider-Slayer helped her find a courage she didn't know she had, and the couple have come to realize that they are good for each other. Two days later, Gayle is released from jail and reunited with her children. She thanks Mary Jane and Peter for their help and they make their goodbyes. Later, at the airport, Mary Jane has decided to stop running away from the people she cares about and tells Peter that she accepts his proposal and will marry him.
Appearing in "Crawling"
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Referenced)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Referenced)
- Anna Kravinoff (Referenced)
- Hitler (Referenced)
- Vladimir Lenin (Referenced)
- Nikolai Kravinoff (Referenced)
Synopsis for "Crawling"
This story continues from Web of Spider-Man #31..
Karven the Hunter has succeeded in burying Spider-Man alive and stolen his identity. Standing before Spider-Man's grave, Kraven pulls off his mask and laughs maniacally in the pounding storm. Elsewhere, a woman tries to run for cover from the rain down an empty Manhattan street. She is frightened when a rat scurries past her causing her to slip and fall to the ground. As the woman tries to recover, a manhole cover opens up behind her and a hair covered hand reaches out from the sewers and pulls the woman in. Trapped in the sewers among the rats, the woman is approached by the rat-man known as Vermin, who intends to eat the woman. Meanwhile, Mary Jane Watson waits at the apartment she shares with her husband waiting for him to come home from his rounds as Spider-Man.[Continuity 21] Mary Jane can't help but worry that her husband might be dead when she spots a rat scurrying across the apartment. Revolted by the site of the vermin, Mary Jane beats it to death with a boot. Seeing the smashed corpse of the rodent disgusts Mary Jane who turns away from the grotesque site.
Meanwhile, Kraven the Hunter travels across the city in a Spider-Man costume back to his mansion. In the grips of madness, he intends to try and literally become his seemingly dead foe. Entering a room with a massive display of spiders, Kraven strips off the upper part of his costume and laps at a bowl of hallucinogens on the floor. Suddenly gripped with pain, Kraven angrily smashes the display glass, filling the room with spiders. Beginning to hallucinate, Kraven tries to keep his fear in check as the mass of spiders forms into a massive gestalt. While back in the sewers, Vermin and the sewer rats have finished devouring his victim. After his meal, the Vermin comes across a page from a newspaper. Seeing a photo of Spider-Man frightens Vermin, who recalls his last encounter with Spider-Man and Captain America.[Continuity 22] Vermin is conflicted between his fear of the masked hero and the idea that he isn't afraid of anyone. The Vermin tries to prove this by trying to go up to the surface. However, when a spider crawls past the manhole cover, the Vermin is frightened and returns to the safety of the sewers. Hearing footsteps above, the Vermin fears that it is Spider-Man coming after him and beats one of his own rats to death in order to keep quiet and avoid detection.
However, this is not Spider-Man, but his wife Mary Jane who is out walking in the rain trying to find some sign of her husband. Her search is interrupted by two men who catcall at her. When she tells them to get stuffed they become angry. At that moment, Kraven the Hunter tries to maintain his sense of identity as he fights the mass of spiders but he is soon swarmed by them all. Simultaneously, the Vermin senses some calling out to him and thinks it is Spider-Man and grows angry. While on the surface, Mary Jane tries to get away from the two men who were gawking at her. When they catch up to her, they are suddenly Spider-Man apparently appears. However, as Mary Jane watches as the costumed man brutally beats the two men without a single word, she realizes that this is not her husband. When she begs Kraven to stop, he does and then leaps away. Not far away, Vermin emerges from the sewers to hunt for Spider-Man, but he is not sure where to begin looking. His mind suddenly turns to food once he discovers that he is hungry once again, and begins searching for something -- or someone --to eat.
This story continues in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131...
Appearing in "Thunder"
Synopsis for "Thunder"
This story continues from Web of Spider-Man #32...
With the Vermin his prisoner in an electrified cage, Kraven the Hunter thinks about his mother's descent into madness. In his frenzied mind, he has come to believe his mother was stolen from him by the "spider" that has been haunting him his entire life. His thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of Spider-Man who is furious that his old foe buried him alive and usurped his life for two weeks. He strikes Kraven across the face, drawing blood, and his foe only smiles. When Spider-Man tells Kraven how much he is going to hurt Kraven, the villain holds his hands up and tells Spider-Man to strike freely, explaining that he has already won. Pulling off his replica Spider-Man costume, Kraven explains that since he "killed" Spider-Man he as now "become" his most persistent foes. As Kraven continues to strip nude, Spider-Man points out that he didn't actually die. Kraven understands this, saying he could have killed the wall-crawler if he wanted. Putting on his traditional Kraven garb. He then tells Spider-Man to follow him, assuring him that there are no traps waiting for him. The whole time this discussion is occurring, the Vermin tries to break out of his electrified cage, but to no avail.
Spider-Man follows Kraven down into the basement of his mansion where various trophies are kept, including the cage which holds the Vermin. Kraven tells Spider-Man that the man-rat is the "cannibal killer" that has been reported about in the news. The mad hunter then gloats over the fact that he was able to kill this vicious killer, something that both Spider-Man and Captain America failed to do.[Continuity 23] He then tosses a torch into Vermin's cage, the flames frightening him. Vermin becomes even more afraid when he sees Spider-Man. However, the wall-crawler means the tortured creature no harm and uses his webbing to pull the torch out of the cave. Seeing Kraven grinning at him, Spider-Man becomes enraged and tells Kraven to put an end to this madness. Instead, the hunter leaps onto a trophy of an elephant and gives out a triumphant animalistic cry. Spider-Man flips the elephant over sending Kraven crashing to the ground.
When the Hunter gets back on his feet, Kraven reaches out to touch Spider-Man, but the hero swats Kraven's hand away. Amused, Kraven releases Vermin and tells Spider-Man to battle the pitiful creature for his amusement, but the hero refuses. As a result, Kraven taunts the Vermin enough to enrage the man-rat and it attacks Spider-Man instead. Spider-Man tries evading Vermin's slashing attacks, trying to talk sense into the creature, explain Kraven's manipulations, but Vermin believes he is lying. Spider-Man's temper is quickly lost when Vermin manages to slash open the wall-crawlers arm. Furious, he beats into the Vermin trying to explain how Kraven shot him and buried him alive. Realizing what he has done, Spider-Man stops himself and can't bring himself to escalate things any further. Vermin, however, has no such compunctions and lashes into the hero again. However, before the creature can land the killing blow, Kraven whips the creature back and then pins its hand to the wall with a knife. Kraven then tells Vermin that his point has been made and he is free to go. Vermin becomes frightened, pulls the knife out of his hand and scurries away. Weakly, Spider-Man begs Kraven to go after Vermin as he will kill again. However, Kraven decides that he must "help" Spider-Man and carries him back upstairs.
There, Kraven tells Spider-Man that he is free to go, that he knows the wall-crawler will not rest while Vermin is on the loose. Spider-Man is reluctant to leave Kraven to hunt and ruin someone else's life. However, Kraven assures him that after tonight, he will hunt no more. Considering this, Spider-Man warns Kraven that he will be back and leaps out into the storm to hunt down Vermin. As Spider-Man goes, Kraven offers him a silent farewell. Looking at an old family photo, Kraven thinks about how his family fled Russia and how he earned his honor in the jungles. How after years of elusively searching for happiness, Kraven now feels he has finally achieved it. With nothing left to live for, Kraven takes his rifle and places the barrel in his mouth, and pulls the trigger. The recoil from the blast sends Kraven's dead body cartwheeling backward into an open coffin, his blood splatters the framed family photo.[Continuity 24]
This story concludes in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #132...
Appearing in "Man of the Year"
- Iron Man 2020 (Arno Stark) (First appearance chronologically) (Origin revealed)
- Joe Robertson
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Mary Jane Watson
- Robert Saunders (Earth-616) (Only appearance)
- Dr. "Hawk" Hawkins (Death)
- Cynthia Stark (Only appearance; dies)
- Arno Stark, Jr. (Only appearance; dies)
- Mrs. Muggins
- Candi Muggins
- Randi Cooper
- Richard Saunders (Only appearance)
Races and Species:
- Stark International
- SX-9 (Arno's talking computer)
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Spider-Man's Belt Camera
- Arno Stark's Time Machine
Synopsis for "Man of the Year"
Nearly 30 years in the future, Arno Stark, the poses for the press in his new suit of Iron Man armor. Stark has been nominated as man of the year, which he explains came as a surprise to Arno, who has been spending most of his time in his lab since he purchased Stark Enterprises from the estate of Tony Stark. His interview is interrupted by a call from with wife Cynthia, who hopes that he is not reneging on the weekend plans with her and her son. Their call is interrupted by his assistant Dr. Hawkins who tells him that there is something he needs to see in lab b. As he flies to the lab, Arno thinks about how his time machine has a few more bugs to work out, and how he has to keep on a good face for the military he develops weapons for. However, he is still thrilled that he invested his late father's fortune into buying Stark Industries so he can establish his own reputation. En route, Iron Man is informed of his itinerary for the weekend. When he meets with military officials, he is asked on the progress on the new planet buster missile that they have been developing to compete with the Russians.
As he is briefing them on the current prototype, Hawk comes into the room and tells him that a terrorist organization led by the cyborg named Robert Saunders is planning on destroying Stark Enterprises and the new bomb as an anti-war protest. Arno tells Hawk not to worry, that he will handle it and heads outside. That's when Arno's wife Cynthia calls again, Hawk covers for him by telling her that he is in a meeting. Furious at being brushed off again, and tired of being trapped in a mansion surrounded by reporters, Cynthia decides to take her son and pay her absent husband a visit. Meanwhile, Arno Stark conducts the latest test of the planet buster bomb, however, the military officials watching over the test are not happy with the estimated fatality rate, demanding that it be increased. While back at Stark Enterprises, Robert Saunders is busy working to destroy the facility in protest to the munitions work that Stark has initiated. Mistaken for a technician, he is interrupted by Arno Stark Jr., who is asking him if he has seen his father. As Cynthia drags her son away, Robert decides to take advantage of the fact that Arno Stark's family has just hand delivered themselves to his clutches. Soon a red alert is sounded, and Hawk contacts Arno. He tells him that Saunders has activated the bomb in lab b and taken his wife and son hostage. In his Iron Man armor, Arno speeds back to his facility.
Meanwhile, the facility is going on lockdown, with a massive dome closing around the facility. Robert Saunders tries to escape on a jet bike but runs into Iron Man on the way. Thanks to the armored scientist's interference, Saunders crashes into the dome instead of escaping and is killed in the resulting explosion. Inside, Arno learns from Hawk that Saunders was the only one who could disarm the bomb, using his rental patterns in time for them to free his wife and son. When presented with Saunder's records, the only major entry is an old newspaper article from 35 years in the past about a young Saunders being injured in a superhero battle involving Spider-Man. Arno decides to use the time machine to find Robert's younger self and tells Hawk to fire up the device.
In the past, Spider-Man is attempting to prevent Blizzard and his thugs from committing a robbery. With his automatic camera taking photos for the Daily Bugle, Spider-Man quickly incapacitates Blizzard's minions so he can focus his energies on the villain alone. Spider-Man manages to end the battle quickly by using his webbing to drop a chunk of Blizzard's ice slide on the crook's head. The Blizzard is then webbed up for the authorities to pick up. As Spider-Man web-slings toward the Daily Bugle, he worries that the ever critical Kate Cushing will reject his photos, and just when his rent is about due. On the roof, Spider-Man changes into his civilian identity of Peter Parker. Downstairs, he learns that Kate isn't in the office and will have to deal with a very busy Joe Robertson instead. This works against Peter as the banks are closing soon. That's when he notices a young boy imitating his nervous pacing around the office. Peter learns from a co-worker that the boy is Bobby Saunders, the son of Richard Saunders, a Daily Bugle shareholder who is being shown around the office by J. Jonah Jameson. Much to Peter's surprise, Bobby is a fan of Peter's pictures of Spider-Man. That's when Joe comes out of his office. When Peter tries to get him to okay the pictures, Joe passes off the job on Kate Cushing, even though she isn't in the office. As he leaves, Joe tells Peter he hopes that. That's when J. Jonah Jameson comes out of his office and tells Parker he needs a photographer to go to Geneva to photograph the peace talks happening there and promises the job will be very lucrative. As this solves his money troubles, Peter thanks, Jameson and bolts out of the office.
Peter is so excited, that he changes into Spider-Man and races to Mary Jane's apartment to tell her the good news. He is so excited that he leaps in through her window still wearing his costume, scaring Mary Jane half to death. When he tells her the news, she tells him that he can't go because it is his Aunt May's birthday. This deflates Peter's excitement because he thought that his aunt's birthday was the following week. Still, Peter needs the money and the next day he hopes his Aunt will understand that he couldn't be there for his birthday. Popping his head out the door, he spies his landlady Maimie Muggins sweeping outside his apartment. Knowing she will hound him for rent, he changes into Spider-Man and tries to climb out the skylight in his bathroom. However, his neighbors Candi and Randi are on the roof sunbathing. Peter then comes up with a crazy idea and decides to go out his front door in costume. He figures the Muggins isn't paying enough attention to notice which apartment he came out of. Unfortunately, his cover is almost blown by Bobby Saunders, who managed to track down Peter Parker's address through his father's connections. Spider-Man then quickly rushes Bobby outside.
At that moment, the Blizzard -- who was just bailed out of prison -- is riding in a van with his minions gloating about how ineffectual the justice system is. As they pass the Daily Bugle building, they witness Spider-Man drop, Bobby Saunders, off there. As Spider-Man swings away, the Blizzard orders his driver to pull over so he can snatch the child. Before they can leave, someone lands on the roof. At first, they think it is Spider-Man, but are shocked when the future Iron Man, Arno Stark, rips through the roof of the vehicle. Arno grabs Bobby and flies off. Thinking that this is his old for, the Iron Man of this era, the Blizzard is left fuming that the hero has interfered with his plans yet again. Getting out of the vehicle, the Blizzard unleashes a freeze blast at Iron Man. This causes Iron Man and Bobby to land on the roof of a city bus. When the Blizzard comes after this, Iron Man uses his built in weapons to kill the villain, as he has no time to deal with his ancestor's foe. With the danger over, Iron Man pulls a device out of his armor that will allow him to take the rental scans of Robert Saunder's eyes he needs to deactivate the bomb in his own time. Before he can complete this task, Spider-Man snags the scanner with his webbing. The wall-crawler had come back to make sure that Bobby got into the building okay.
Also confusing this man for the Iron Man of his time, Spider-Man asks what he is doing. With time occurring concurrently in the past and in his present time, Iron Man can't stop to explain everything and attacks the wall-crawler. Spider-Man leaps out of the way and is forced to drop the retinal scanner in order to save people from falling debris. The scanner shatters when it lands on the ground. With no time to rig up a new one, Iron Man has no other choice but to bring Bobby Saunders with him back to the future. By this point, Spider-Man has snatched up the boy and is trying to get him to safety. The wall-crawler is confused as to why Iron Man isn't trying to explain his actions, still unaware that he is dealing with one of Iron Man's relatives of the future. Iron Man continues to try to attack, and during the battle, Bobby's face is struck by flying glass when one of Iron Man's blasts shatters a window. Seeing the injuries sustained to the boy, Spider-Man becomes enraged and strikes Iron Man as hard as possible, sending the armored warrior crashing into a nearby construction site. Spider-Man then lays into Iron Man, relentlessly beating on him, refusing to stop long enough to listen. Soon enough, Iron Man's window into this era and the time-shift returns him to his own time.
Bobby's injury becomes the news story that Iron Man saw in the distant future. as the disfigured boy heals in the hospital, Spider-Man checks in on the kid. After this whole episode, he has to pass up the Geneva assignment and worries about his impending eviction. As he mulls over who to call first, his Aunt or Jameson, Spider-Man is approached by Richard Saunders, Bobby's father. He wants to thank Spider-Man for saving his son's life and offers to pay him a reward. Unwilling to accept a payment, Spider-Man asks for a loan instead, for the exact amount of his upcoming rent. While back in his own time, Iron Man discovers that not only is he too late to save his wife and son, the new enhancements to the bomb also eliminated several blocks, leaving nothing but a massive radioactive crater.
Appearing in "The Wedding!"
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker (First appearance as Mary Jane Watson-Parker) (See chronology)
- J. Jonah Jameson (See chronology)
- Joe Robertson (See chronology)
- Aunt May (See chronology)
- Flash Thompson (See chronology)
- Harry Osborn (See chronology)
- Betty Brant (See chronology)
- Wendy Thorton
- Ben Urich
- Glory Grant
- Liz Osborn (See chronology)
- Willi Smith (Only appearance) (Topical reference)
- Anna Watson (See chronology)
- Marla Jameson (See chronology)
- Judge Spencer Watson (Only appearance)
- Thomas Hepburn (First appearance)
- Bruce (Actor) (First appearance)
- Hotchkiss (First appearance)
- Uncle Ben (Photo)
- Gwen Stacy (Recap)
- Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) (Recap)
- Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) (Dream)
- Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff) (Dream)
- Lizard (Curtis Connors) (Dream)
- Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) (Dream)
- Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) (Dream)
- Vulture (Adrian Toomes) (Dream)
- Mysterio (Quentin Beck) (Dream)
- Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich) (Dream)
- Thing (Ben Grimm) (Dream)
- Human Torch (Johnny Storm) (Dream)
- Thor (Dream)
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock) (Dream)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Dream)
- Hawkeye (Clint Barton) (Dream)
- the Burglar (Recap)
- Fu Manchu (Photo)
- Woody Allen (Photo)
Races and Species:
- United States of America
- New York
- New York City
- Brooklyn Bridge
- New York City
- New York
- United States of America
- Spider-Man's Suit
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Spider-Man's Belt Camera
- Captain America's Shield (Dream)
- Captain America's Uniform (Dream)
- Doctor Octopus' Tentacles (Dream)
- Pumpkin Bomb (Dream)
- Vulture's Wings (Dream)
- Goblin Glider (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "The Wedding!"
It is days before his wedding, Spider-Man is web-slinging across town when he happens upon the police attempting to stop a heist being run by Electro.[Continuity 25] Spider-Man swings in to lend a hand webbing up one of his men and tying him to a lamp post. During the course of the battle, Electro puts the lives of innocent people at risk, forcing Spider-Man to save them and leaving himself open to attack. However, the wall-crawler ultimately defeats Electro by tossing a manhole cover at a fire hydrant. Upon impact, the fire hydrant breaks open and sprays Electro with water, short-circuiting his powers and knocking the villain out. Although the police attempt to arrest him, Spider-Man slips away and recovers his camera which has been taking photos from afar. He takes a few shots of Electro and his men being taken away by the police.[Changes 1] Later across town, Spider-Man prevents a bank heist by flipping over the getaway car and webbing up the doors and windows so the thieves inside cannot escape.
Later, Spider-Man returns to his apartment in Chelsea where he strips off his costume and gets to develop his photos. An hour later, Mary Jane arrives with a bunch of luggage as she is moving into his apartment. After explaining how his automatic camera manages to take photos of him in action as Spider-Man, Peter discovers that they might not have enough room to store all of their belongings together. Mary Jane suggests that Peter throw out the replica of his original costume that he purchased in Berlin recently.[Continuity 26] Peter decides that this is a concern for another time and that they should call their Aunts and let them know the good news. Mary Jane tells Peter to sell his photos to the Daily Bugle and that she can call them from the limo that is taking her to a modeling shoot. As he watches his bride-to-be leave his apartment, Peter realizes that Mary Jane comes from a very different world, one that requires a great deal of money, something Peter doesn't have a lot of.
When Peter goes to the Daily Bugle to sell his photos, he is happy to find that Joe Robertson is willing to buy all the photos, even though he feels that the paper overexposes the costumed hero. Before Peter can go to get paid, Joe brings him to the Daily Bugle staff lunch room where his co-workers have prepared a surprise party for him. The celebrations become tense when J. Jonah Jameson enters the room. However, he hasn't come to badger his employees back to work, but to congratulate Peter on his upcoming wedding. When Jameson reminds Peter how serious getting married is, Peter suddenly begins to question if he is actually ready to get married. Before Jonah can leave to answer a call from his own wife, Joe Robertson uses the opportunity to guilt Jonah into signing a bonus check for Peter to go to his wedding. After the party, Peter bumps into Betty Brant on the way out. He tells her about his upcoming wedding and Betty tells him that she and her husband Ned will be in attendance. This disturbs Peter as Betty seems to be blocking out the fact that her husband is dead.[Continuity 27] Running into Betty makes Peter think about how they once had a relationship and that his career as Spider-Man affect him.[Continuity 28]
At lunchtime the next day, Peter Parker meets up with Mary Jane at her apartment for lunch. There he presents her with a ring which he purchased with the bonus he got from the Daily Bugle. As they sit down to eat, Peter mentions the pep talk that he got from J. Jonah Jameson. This prompts Mary Jane to ask if Peter has had some second thought. He stammers but tells her that he hasn't, and when she is asked as well, she stammers through a response as well. They are saved from any uncomfortable questions when the phone rings. The caller is a man named Bruce, a someone from Hollywood who is trying to talk Mary Jane out of getting married by offering to take her on a trip to Paris. She declines his offer, but when she tells Peter about it, and the possibility of a fashion gig on her wedding day, Peter is once more left to question the type of life he will provide to his future wife. Later, Mary Jane is at the office of a world famous fashion designer, who offers her a job on a shoot in the Bahamas. However, Mary Jane has to turn it down because it is her wedding day. The designer understands and tells MJ that he will have a surprise waiting for her in the next few days.[Continuity 29] On her way out, she is confronted by a man who gives her an audio recording and tells her to listen to it in a nearby parked car. She recognizes it as Bruce's car and listens to the recording. It's another attempt to convince Mary Jane to reconsider marriage, revealing that there are two tickets to France in the glove compartment.[Continuity 30] Mary Jane thinks Bruce will never change but considers the idea could be fun.
Later that day, Peter pays a visit to his Aunt May at her home in Forest Hills. While she attends to a pie, Peter looks through an old family album. Coming across a picture of himself with his Aunt May and his Uncle Ben get Peter to think about the events that turned him into Spider-Man. How a moment of selfishness led to a crook to get away, a crook who later shot his Uncle Ben.[Continuity 31] Peter then finds a photo of his old girlfriend Gwen Stacy. He thinks about how his career as Spider-Man led to her death at the hands of the Green Goblin.[Continuity 32] That's when Aunt May startles him from behind, and he questions if he should keep his loved ones at arms length. May tells him that is a foolish thing to do and goes back to the kitchen to attend to her pie. While she is busy, Peter slips the photo of Gwen Stacy into his shirt pocket. Moments later, Mary Jane and her Aunt Anna arrive. With everyone present, Peter and Mary Jane announce that they are getting married. The two aunts congratulate the young couple on the announcement. Having a private conversation with Aunt May, Peter admits that the idea of getting married is scary. Aunt May reminds him that he's a Parker and he loves Mary Jane and will do what's right for both of them. Outside, Mary Jane tells Peter that she is meeting someone and is picked up by Bruce, making Peter feel jealous and suspicious over what's going on.
Peter spends most of the evening pacing his apartment wondering where Mary Jane could have gone and with who. Suddenly she arrives at his apartment at 1 in the morning. She tells Peter that she had spent the last few hours thinking. She then asks him to take her where he goes when he wants to be alone to think. Peter then changes into Spider-Man and takes up to the very top of the Empire State Building. Peter says he goes up here to think and look at the sites.[Continuity 33] When Mary Jane notices he can also see the Brooklyn Bridge, the place where Gwen Stacy died, Peter assures her that he has moved beyond that part of his life. When Peter drops Mary Jane home she reminds him that they have to pick up their marriage license the next day. Peter then returns home where he spends the rest of the early hours of the morning looking at the photo of Gwen. Peter is roused by a phone call at 9 am from Mary Jane who is excited to tell him about the beautiful wedding gown that was gifted to her by the fashion designer. She is excited for their upcoming wedding, but Peter is reluctant to share in her excitement.
The following day, Peter and Mary Jane go to the Department of Licenses and Registration to get their marriage license. When Mary Jane says their marriage will be forever, this instills more doubt in Peter. Still, they fill out the required paperwork and agree to meet up for dinner. Peter then pays a visit to Flash Thompson who is about to be released from the hospital.[Continuity 34] Peter asks Flash to be his best man, and Thompson is honored to accept the offer but notices that Peter is a little nervous. However, Peter brushes it off as nothing. Later when he is sitting down for dinner with Mary Jane, Peter tries to call off the wedding, but she interrupts him to show a picture of her wedding dress. When she asks Peter what he wanted to talk about, she loses his nerve and tells her that Flash wants to throw a bachelor party for him. Mary Jane is happy to hear it because her friends are throwing a party for her as well. Peter's bachelor party is a tame affair at the Coffee Bean drinking champaign with Harry Osborn and Flash Thompson. Peter takes this opportunity to express his doubts about getting married, but when Thompson asks if Parker loves Mary Jane, he says he does. Thompson says the issue is settled and proposes a toast.
Meanwhile, Mary Jane and her friends are throwing a party at an upscale club. The whole time the men in attendance are trying to talk Mary Jane out of getting married. Later, Peter and his friends are leaving the Coffee Bean, and he thanks them for their advice before heading home for the night. While at the nightclub, Mary Jane gets a message from Bruce giving her a final chance to rush off with him to France at 4 am that morning. Mary Jane finds herself conflicted and decides to party the night away.[Continuity 35][Changes 2] That night, Peter has a nightmare about the wedding. In it, he is dressed in his Spider-Man costume while standing at the altar. In attendance are his Uncle Ben, as well as a bunch of Spider-Man's allies and greatest foes. When the priest asks for the ring, Flash Thompson can't find it. That's when Gwen Stacy approaches Peter with the ring. She gives Peter the ring and kisses him on the cheek. When Gwen says goodbye, she vanishes and Spider-Man begs for her to come back. When the priest asks if there are any objections to the wedding, the villains have just tied up all the other heroes and attack. Peter tells Mary Jane to run for it, but she refuses to go. When the villains rush at her, Peter Parker wakes up from his dream screaming. It's 3 am when Mary Jane leaves the club and finds Bruce waiting for her outside in his car. He once more asks her to accompany him to France. She decides to get in, but only because she has to make a decision once and for all. Meanwhile, Peter is atop of the Brooklyn Bridge where he is torn by his old feelings for Gwen Stacy and wonders what he should do.[Changes 3]
The following afternoon, the guests are arriving at the church waiting for the bride and groom. That's when Bruce's red sports car pulls up. Mary Jane comes out in her wedding dress and discovers that Peter hasn't arrived yet. For a brief moment worries that Peter has gotten cold feet.Peter then arrives just seconds later, apologizing for running late, Mary Jane is relieved to see that he has arrived. Soon everyone gathers inside the church for the service. After the couple exchange vows and rings, the priest pronounces them husband and wife, and the newlywed couple kiss.[Changes 4] Soon after, a reception is held in honor to the newlywed Peter and Mary Jane Parker. As usual, J. Jonah Jameson takes the opportunity to take credit for the Bugle picking up the tab and giving a long-winded speech. Even though he just got married, Peter is sulking a little because he can't afford to take Mary Jane on a honeymoon. That's when Mary Jane produces the plane tickets given to her by Bruce. He had given them to her as a wedding gift when he realized that she wouldn't reconsider getting married to Peter.[Changes 5] Two weeks later, Peter and Mary Jane return to their apartment in Chelsea after an adventurous time in France.[Continuity 36] Peter asks Mary Jane what they should do after such a romantic getaway and have to return to a dump like his apartment. Mary Jane assures him that no matter where they are they will always be doing the same thing: Living happily ever after.[Changes 6]
Appearing in "High Tide"
- Daily Bugle staff
- Mary Jane Watson
- Aunt May
- Charlemagne (Only appearance; dies)
- Victor Palermo
- Rose Palermo
- Nathan Lubensky
- Storm (Ororo Munroe) (Only in flashback)
- Havok (Alex Summers) (Only in flashback)
Races and Species:
- United States of America
Synopsis for "High Tide"
Wolverine has come to Berlin to assist his friend Charlie, and the pair found themselves fleeing from Russian spies who want to kill them.[Continuity 37] With Charlie, whose real name is Charlemaign, injured Wolverine has to face the mob of spies alone. Wolverine relished this, slicing through the spies, smiling the whole time. With their attackers all dead, Wolverine turns to see that Charlie had disappeared in the confusion. He finds a heart-shaped locket there, a private joke between the two. Wolverine never saw Charlie again.
Spider-Man is web-slinging across New York City looking to take newsworthy photos to sell to the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 38] Suddenly, Spider-Man witnesses a teenaged girl screaming while running down the street. He also notices a woman who is dressed too fancy for such a rough neighborhood but ignores her to see what is wrong with the teen. The youth is upset about Sophie and Bert, owners a local grocery store. Spider-Man swings down there to see what's wrong and discovers that both have been killed with gunshots to the head. Spider-Man takes photos of the grisly scene and heads back to the Daily Bugle. Changing back to Peter Parker, he is surprised when Kate Cushing buys his pictures without her usual critique of his style. J. Jonah Jameson then pulls Peter aside, intending to send him on an assignment for Now Magazine. They are interrupted by Ned Leeds who needs to talk to Jameson right away. This allows Peter to slip away as he is running late for dinner at his Aunt May's house.
However, when he arrives at Aunt May's house, dinner is already over with. He spends some time with his Aunt and her boarders for a while before he and Mary Jane are sent off to enjoy the evening together. The couple catches a movie in Times Square. As they leave the theater, Peter's spider-sense begins going off and he warns Mary Jane to run for cover. Slipping into an alley, Peter changes into Spider-Man, just as a sniper begins opening fire on the crowd. However, when Spider-Man arrives on the scene, the police begin firing at him. With a SWAT team arriving, Spider-Man realizes that there is nothing to do and he grudgingly leaves. He returns to Mary Jane's apartment where Mary Jane is waiting for him. Peter paces the room until Mary Jane can't stand it and tells him that he can't save everyone.[Continuity 39] However, Peter can't let it go and in the heat of the moment kisses Mary Jane before leaving to see what he can do.[Continuity 40] While back at the Daily Bugle, Ned Leeds goes over his investigation of Russian spies and points out that all of the recent murders in the city were all Russian spies. He shows Jameson evidence that the killer is Charlemagne, the freelance operative that has not been seen for many years. Ned wants to investigate it further, and requests money and a photographer from Jameson.
At this moment, Peter Parker has decided that he should give up being Spider-Man and tosses aside his costume. Needing to get out of the city, Peter begins packing a bag when his phone rings. It's Jameson, who wants him to go on assignment with Leeds. Later, in Berlin, Wolverine has returned after learning that his pal Charlie is active again. The deaths of Russian spies were a means of sending a message to Logan, and wonders why he has come. Walking down the streets, Logan thinks about how he came to Berlin despite the protests from Storm, the X-Men's leader, who is concerned over recent attacks on their group.[Continuity 41] Wolverine's senses warn him of two men approaching him from behind. However, he dismisses that they are Russian spies given their mannerisms. Logan lures them into a trap and ambushes them in the bushes. He decides against killing the muggers and lets them go. However, the Russian spies that have been tailing him reveal themselves by shooting the muggers dead. He confronts the two assassins but spares them when they leave, knowing that they are only trying to get a lead on Charlie. Logan then returns to his hotel room where he begins meditating.
The next day, Wolverine continues his search for Charlie, walking down the streets of Berlin. He passes by Ned Leeds and Peter Parker, who is investigating Ned's story. Although Wolverine doesn't recognize who Peter is, he identifies his scent as that belonging for Spider-Man.[Continuity 42] He wonders what the wall-crawler is doing in Berlin, and wonders they are on the same side. Later, Peter is back in his hotel room finishing a phone call with his Aunt May. That's when Wolverine climbs into his hotel room through the window. Peter tries to deny that he is Spider-Man. However, Wolverine doesn't buy it and goes through Parker's luggage and finds his web-shooters and cartridge belt. Logan insists the Spider-Man accompany him, but Peter tries to explain that he didn't bring his costume. Wolverine doesn't care and leaps out the window. With no other choice, Peter follows after Wolverine. Along the way, Logan is convinced that Spider-Man isn't in league with the spies. He tells Peter of his recent encounter with the spies and the dead bodies that ended up in their wake. He warns Peter that things are going to get ugly, and warns him to leave while he still can. Peter asks if this has anything to do with the Charlemagne character that Ned Leeds is looking into. Again, Wolverine warns Peter to leave immediately and to convince Ned to go with him.
Peter then walks back to his hotel room, thinking about how he made a mistake running away from his problems back home. When he arrives outside his hotel room, he notices that the door is open and there is the smell of smoke. There he discovers that someone has tied Ned to a chair and slit his throat.[Continuity 43] As he tries to process Ned's murder, he doesn't realize that there are gunmen in the room. When he does, it is too late. The men try to question him in German and Russian. Before they can kill Peter, Wolverine comes crashing through the window. He pulls Peter out through the window. On the street, Logan tells Peter to get out of the country and go back home. Parker then goes to a nearby bus station, intending to take Wolverine's advice, but can't bring himself to run back home while Ned's killers are on the loose. Peter then goes to a nearby costume shop to buy a costume. Unfortunately, the only costume that he has on hand is a facsimile of his original red and blue costume. This is embarrassing at first, but once Peter is in costume he finally feels free. Having tagged Wolverine with a spider-tracer, Spider-Man begins following the signal. Along the way, he runs into the authorities who open to fire on him, but he manages to slip away.[Continuity 44]
Following the signal, Spider-Man crashes into a hotel room but finds a young couple there instead of Wolverine. There he finds his tracer attached to a note from Logan, the note warns Spider-Man that he is in over his head and to go home. Meanwhile, Wolverine has tracked Charlemagne to a steel mill that is a front for Russian spies. There he finds Charlie's handiwork and finds her waiting for him. She is happy to see him and kisses him, telling Wolverine that it has been a while. She then takes him to her mansion outside of Berlin. There she explains that intelligence agencies all over the world are seeking to eliminate her and that there is nowhere left she can hide. Logan picks Charlie up into his arms, tells her that she doesn't need to hide, and carries her upstairs to the bedroom. Later, Logan and Charlie go out for dinner. As they are given their meal, Logan's senses pick up poison and suggests that they get out of there. Knowing that they are not getting out without a fight, Wolverine and Charlie are about to fight for their life, when suddenly Spider-Man comes crashing into the dining room from the kitchen. Spider-Man leaps over to Logan and Charlie's table, where he discovers that his rescue mission was unnecessary.
While Spider-Man and Wolverine deal with the assassins, Charlie manages to escape. The pair then leaves the restaurant. After putting on his costume, Wolverine explains Charlie's predicament and they begin trying to find her. The pair crash through another Russian spy front and after incapacitating the guards, they discover that Charlie had already been there and killed more of her would-be assassins. Wolverine has grown more concerned and tells Spider-Man that they need to find her before its too late. Spider-Man, however, feels ineffectual and wonders why he is getting involved with killers who are killing each other. However, he reminds himself that he needs to avenge Ned Leeds death. The pair begin crashing more spy fronts but every time they arrive to late to stop Charlie. Wolverine becomes fed up and blames Spider-Man for his interference preventing him from stopping Charlie. Wolverine goes back to his hotel room to meditate, waiting for Charlie to call, while Peter tosses and turns in his. Eventually, Charlie calls Wolverine and he meets her at a nearby cemetery. With all her assassins dead, Wolverine warns her that the authorities will be after her.
With no other way out, she asks Wolverine to kill her, so she doesn't end up in a foreign gulag. Wolverine places his claws to her stomach and extracts his claws. However, he flinches and his cut wasn't fatal. As he tries to think of something to say before the final fatal blow. However, before he can do it, Spider-Man catches his arm in a web-line. The wall-crawler is horrified to see that Wolverine is about to kill Charlie. Wolverine tries to tell Spider-Man that he doesn't understand the lives they live and tries to put Charlie out of her misery once again. Unfortunately, Spider-Man refuses to sit idly by and watch Logan kill someone. The two come to blows, and Spider-Man realizes that he may have gotten in too deep. With Wolverine going into full berserker mode, Spider-Man finds himself fighting for his life. However, he isn't willing to just let himself get killed, because of his unresolved feelings for Mary Jane. Spider-Man lays into Wolverine and manages to get a number of powerful blows. Wolverine manages to bowl Spider-Man over and is about to make a killing blow. Spider-Man then grabs the feral mutant by the throat. Wolverine then calls Spider-Man's bluff, pointing out that the wall-crawler could easily snap his neck, but won't, because he can't bring himself to kill.
Wolverine is furious that Spider-Man interfered in his plan to stop Charlie from committing more killings. Before the fight can be resolved, a police helicopter appears over the cemetery. While Spider-Man is distracted, his spider-sense goes off. Thinking it's Wolverine trying to attack him, he turns and punches without thinking and realizes that he has fatally punch Charlie in the face. The wall-crawler is horrified by what he has done. Wolverine catches Charlie as she goes down, and asks her why she had to do this, as they could have had a life together. She calls him a bad liar and dies in his arms. Wolverine realizes that Charlie intentionally, using Spider-Man's blow to commit suicide. He thinks about Spider-Man, and figures that the wall-crawler will be processing this for a long time. Suddenly, they are surrounded by armed men, but when Wolverine tells them that Charlie is dead, they quickly depart. The next day, Peter and Logan leave the country, Parker haunted by what he has done. They don't say much to each other and don't even say goodbye, Wolverine understands and doesn't see much point in it. When Peter finally gets home, he gets a call from J. Jonah Jameson who is impressed by Peter's photos. However, when he asks where Ned Leeds is, Peter can't handle it and hangs up the phone. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door, it's Mary Jane who has come to see Peter now that he is back. With so many bad feelings, Peter could use a friend and invites her in.
Appearing in "Descent"
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Heroin drug dealers
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Mentioned)
- Daily Bugle (Referenced)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Descent"
Kraven the Hunter has seemingly killed Spider-Man and usurped his identity.[Continuity 45] As the Spider, Kraven barges in on a gang of crooks engaged in a drug deal and brutally beats them into submission. That's when the police arrive, but when they ask the masked man to stand down, but the Spider flees. Thinking that this is Spider-Man, the officers remark how the hero has been on a rampage against crooks all week long. When they check on the crooks, they discover that one of the heroin dealers is dead. Not far away, Kraven finds himself struggling to keep his identity straight. At first, he thinks of himself as "the spider", but then denies this. Ripping off his mask, he shouts his name over the pounding rain, considering himself Spider-Man's superior as he defeated the wall-crawler and taken his place.
Elsewhere in the city, a woman tries to hail a cab, only for it to pass her by. Angry to be left in the pouring rain, the woman decides to walk since her destination is ten blocks away. Unfortunately, she is yanked into a nearby alley by the man-monster known as Vermin. After senselessly slaughtering his innocent victim, and consuming some of her body. The vicious creature then scurries across the street hoping to find its foes, Spider-Man and Captain America. Instead, Vermin walks into the path of a squad car. Leaping on the hood of the car, the Vermin smashes through the windshield and throws the police officer in the passenger seat onto the street. There he is swarmed by an army of rats summoned up from the sewers by Vermin. The officer's partner manages to wing Vermin with her gun. However, before the creature can attack it pauses. This is because the other officer reminds him of his mother. Licking her face, Vermin orders his rats back into the sewer and streaks off into the night rain.
Meanwhile, Joe Robertson goes over the newspaper while listening to the evening news. He is disturbed by a knock at the door. It turns out to be Peter Parker's newlywed wife, Mary Jane who has come talk about her husband.[Continuity 46] She is about ready to tell Joe that Peter is really Spider-Man, but decides not to tell him after all. She apologizes for calling so late and promptly leaves. While back at the Kravinoff estate, Kraven torments a rat in a cage with a knife. His fevered mind thinks that there must be one final tests out there to prove that he is superior to Spider-Man, sensing a creature to hunt somewhere in the city. In the sewers below, Vermin looks up to the surface with fear, almost as though he can sense that something dangerous is now stalking him. The creature is correct, as Kraven has decided to go on the hunt that very evening.
Later, dressed in a Spider-Man costume, Kraven tracks down Vermin who is sleeping in the sewers. Seeing what he thinks is his foe Spider-Man, Vermin begins to panic. Kraven mocks Vermin over his last defeat at Spider-Man's hand. The Vermin points out that he had Captain America to help him last time and lunges at the masked man.[Continuity 47] Kraven mocks the Vermin as they battle it out. Vermin savagely lashes out at Kraven, cutting his side and biting his foot. However, Kraven manages to beat the man-monster into unconsciousness. With his foe defeated, Kraven carries Vermin back home with him. Throughout this entire ordeal, spiders have swarmed around the grave where Kraven buried Spider-Man. Suddenly, the wall-crawler's hand bursts out of the dirt, his first thoughts are his wife, Mary Jane.
Appearing in "Ascending"
- Kraven the Hunter (Photo)
- Flash Thompson (Photo)
- Reed Richards (Referenced)
- Baron Zemo (Referenced)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Ascending"
Following his final battle with Kraven the Hunter, Spider-Man goes after Vermin, who escaped during the battle.[Continuity 48] In the sewers below the city, Spider-Man begins to feel claustrophobic and fights off the fear caused by being buried alive recently.[Continuity 49] Crawling through a muck-encrusted pipe, the wall-crawler manages to get into a primary sewer tunnel. He stops to rest when suddenly, a rat bites his finger. Soon a horde of the rodents begins flooding out of the sewer pipes. As Spider-Man struggles to fight off the swarm of pests, Kraven's servants prepare his body for burial on the surface. While at Kraven's home, the police have arrived following an anonymous tip. Their search of the premises uncovers a written confession of Kraven's activities, plus photos proving that he briefly usurped Spider-Man's identity and was responsible for the serious of violent attacks on criminals.
Back in the sewers, the rats have retreated from Spider-Man, who mockingly calls out to Vermin. When the man-monster tires to ambush Spider-Man from behind, his spider-sense warns him of trouble. The creature tries to drown Spider-Man in the fetid water. This reminds Spider-Man of being buried alive and he struggles to break free. Vermin soon loses his prey and fears that his foe will hurt him again. The Vermin's fears are warranted, as Spider-Man has managed to scurry up to the ceiling and webs him up. Spider-Man assures Vermin that he hasn't come to hurt him, and that the man who attacked him earlier was Kraven the Hunter in disguise.[Continuity 50] As he tries to convince the pitiful creature that he is trying to help, Vermin manages to break free from the webbing. Vermin refuses to surrender and cured of his condition, having come to love his current life. During the battle, Spider-Man's claustrophobia gets the better of him and flees in fear, with the Vermin following not far behind.
However, Spider-Man isn't just running out of fear, he also tricks Vermin into following him up to the surface. By this time, the rain storm has finally ended and the sun is rising in the morning sky. Horrified to be on the surface in the day light, the Vermin freezes in the middle of the morning rush hour. However, before the pitiful creature can be run over by a truck, Spider-Man swings by and rescues him. Wrapping the Vermin up with webbing and turns him over to the police. He tells the officers that he is going to get in contact with Mister Fantastic, as he believes that Reed Richards can potentially cure the Vermin of its condition. With the nightmare finally over, Peter returns home to his wife Mary Jane, who is overwhelmed with joy to see that he is alive and well.[Continuity 51] While back at the Kraven estate, Sergei Kravenoff's servants hold a silent ceremony for their master before placing his body into the ground.
Appearing in "Mask"
- Daily Bugle Staff
- Marla Madison-Jameson (See chronology)
- Ned Leeds (Corpse) (As Hobgoblin in recap)
- Alfredo Morelli
- Kingsley Limited
- "Roderick Kingsley" (Poses as Roderick Kingsley)
- "Captain Kris Keating" (Foreigner in Disguise)
- Mr. Varley (Death)
- Mr. Johnston (Death)
- Black Cat (Vision)
- Kingpin (Recap)
- Daredevil (Recap)
- NYPD (Mentioned)
- Flash Thompson (Mentioned)
- United States of America
- Germany, Europe (Referenced)
- Berlin (Referenced)
- Hobgoblin's Suit
- [[Pumpkin Bombs]]
- Spider-Man's Black Suit
- Adamantium Claws
- Wolverine's Suit
- Daredevil's Suit (Recap)
- Daredevil's Billy Club (Recap)
Synopsis for "Mask"
Peter Parker attends the funeral for Ned Leeds who was murdered while they were on assignment in Germany.[Continuity 52] As Ned's co-workers pay their respects, Richard Fisk pays his respect from afar. As the mourners file out, Peter wonders what Betty is going to do now that her husband is dead, and blames himself for leaving Ned alone to get killed.[Continuity 53] With everyone else gone, Richard Fisk approaches Ned's coffin to leave a rose. He is caught in the act by Joy Mercado and Lance Bannon, who ask him to ask him why the son of the Kingpin is here to pay his respects. Fisk tells them to stay out of his business and runs to his car where his friend Alfredo and Dinah are waiting for him. As they speed away, Alfredo points out that it's hardly a surprise that the press are asking difficult questions. He decides to tell Dinah about his connection to Ned Leeds.
He explains that Ned Leeds was really the Hobgoblin and that they both worked together to try and overthrow his father's criminal empire.[Continuity 54] Realizing that there are a number of loose ends that could reveal his plans and calls his assistants to set things in motion. Meanwhile, Peter stops at a payphone to call Mary Jane and ask if he can come over. After the call, he wishes he could work out what happened in Germany. Thinking about another hero he can confide in, he realizes the only other person is Daredevil, who Spider-Man is still upset with him for his involvement with the recent gang war.[Continuity 55] He finally settles on going back home to talk to the Black Cat who has been crashing at his place for a while.[Continuity 56]
At that moment, at the offices of Kingsley Limited, Lieutenant Kris Keating, and Roderick Kingsley are arguing over the situation. Keating assures Kingsley that he can go back to being a fashion designer again, but Roderick is concerned that someone will could connect them to Ned Leeds and the fact that they framed Flash Thompson for the Hobgoblin's crimes.[Continuity 57] Suddenly, they are interrupted by Mister Varley and Mister Johnson, the Rose's assistants. They have come to kill to kill both men as part of Fisk's plan to cover everything up. Roderick is winged with a bullet, but Kris Keating manages to escape. The two assassins decide to finish off Kingsley before taking out Keating.
Meanwhile, in Chelsea, Spider-Man returns home where he finds a note from the Black Cat telling him that she had gone out for the evening. Peter wishes he could have a carefree like Felicia, but he can't. While in Greenwich Village, Richard Fisk gets updated on the situation with Kris Keating and asks his men to meet him at his penthouse. After the call, Richard admits that he has grown weary of the identity of the Rose and decides that it may retire from the roll. Preparing for the next phase of their operation, Alfredo tells Richard that he is overreacting and assures him he'll make sure that Leeds didn't write Fisk's name down anywhere. Hours later, Peter Parker is by the pier wondering why he should continue being Spider-Man now that the Hobgoblin has finally been defeated, unaware that he has been found by someone who has been looking for him. At that moment, the Rose arrives at his condo and discovers that Mr. Varley and Johnson have been murdered. As he begins pruning his rose bushes, the Rose vows that he will kill whoever was responsible for killing them. That's when someone wearing the Hobgoblin's costume enters the room and laughs. The Rose is unphased by this now Hobgoblin, who is prepared to kill the Rose in order to keep his own identity a secret. However, the Rose tells this usurper that the Kingpin has a file that reveals everything and that it has been given to Spider-Man. The new Hobgoblin decides to spare the Rose, as he still has his uses and flies off to recover the file from Spider-Man.[Continuity 58] After the Hobgoblin's departure, the Rose has concluded that he is ending his criminal career for good.
By this point, Alfredo has arrived at the Hobgoblin's former hideout. Using his high tech equipment to get past the security systems, he begins the task of eliminating any evidence that links Richard Fisk to the Hobgoblin. Back at the pier, Peter has decided that he is going to give up being Spider-Man when his thoughts are interrupted by Wolverine. The feral mutant had come looking for Parker in order to settle things. However, their conversation is interrupted by a mugger who threatens them with violence. Wolverine extracts his claws, prompting the mugger's fellow gang members to come out of the woodwork. With a brawl about to start, Peter thinks that he can't deal with this situation. At that moment, Alfredo confirms that there is no incriminating evidence connecting Richard to the Rose's crime, but is interrupted by the new Hobgoblin. While Wolverine fights with the gang members, Parker is doing nothing to fight back. This leaves Logan to deal with the gang members by himself. As Alfredo tries to flee the Hobgoblin, Wolverine forces the gang members to flee. The X-Man then tells Peter to come with him to round them up, but Peter refuses, telling the mutant that he has decided to stop being Spider-Man. Wolverine doesn't buy this, using his claws to cut open Peter's shirt, revealing his Spider-Man costume underneath to prove his point. Not getting through to Peter, Wolverine runs off to catch up with the muggers.
As Alfredo flees in his sports car, Wolverine has changed into costume and waits for the gang, who have regrouped and returned with more members. However, before they can start shooting at Wolverine, their weapons are webbed up by Spider-Man, just as Wolverine expected. Alfredo narrowly avoids the Hobgoblin's pumpkin bombs and calls Richard to tell him what is happening.[Continuity 59] By the time that Spider-Man and Wolverine have finish rounding up the gang members when suddenly the Arranger pulls up in his limo. He tells Spider-Man that the Kingpin would like to see him when suddenly Alfredo's sports car speeds by with the Hobgoblin not far behind. This prompts Spider-Man and Wolverine follow after him. Ultimately, the chase ends when the Hobgoblin blows out on of Alfredo's tires causing his car to uncontrollably swerve into the pier. Hearing this over the phone completely devastates Richard, who thinks Alfredo is dead. However, Spider-Man leaps into the water and pulls him to safety. Unfortunately, while the wall-crawler was doing so the Hobgoblin manages to escape.
Later, Wolverine finally tells Spider-Man what he came to tell him: That the masked hero shouldn't blame himself for the deaths of Charlie and Ned Leeds in Germany. He tells the wall-crawler to let go of his guilt as he has too much to live for. At that moment, Richard Fisk thinks everyone of his friends are dead and flees down the street wondering what kind of monster he has become.
Appearing in "The Wages of Sin"
- Hobgoblin (Leeds) (Appears in flashback)
- Mister Varley (Only in flashback)
- Mister Johnson (Only in flashback)
- Wolverine (Recap)
- Arranger (Recap)
- Flash Thompson (Recap)
- Hobgoblin (Kingsley) (Recap)
- Jack O'Lantern/Hobgoblin (Macendale) (Recap)
- Vaness Fisk (Recap)
- Harry Osborn (Recap)
- Daredevil (Recap)
- Captain America (Recap)
- Nuke (Recap)
- Hammerhead (Recap)
- Punisher (Recap)
- Blue Boys (Recap)
- Silvermane (Recap)
- Germany (Recap)
- Mexico (Only in flashback)
- Italy (Only in flashback)
- Venice (Only in flashback)
- Goblin Glider (Only in flashback)
- Pumpkin Bomb (Only in flashback)
- Captain America's Shield (Recap)
- Daredevil's Billy Club (Recap)
Synopsis for "The Wages of Sin"
Spider-Man is reeling from the revelation that Ned Leeds was the Hobgoblin.[Continuity 60] He thinks about everything that has happened in the last day, starting with Wolverine coming to get him a pep talk and the appearance of a new Hobgoblin.[Continuity 61] He thinks how the Arranger told him that the Kingpin wanted to see him, and how he got the file that explains how Leeds was the Hobgoblin and how the Foreigner had him killed, to how Flash Thompson assisted him in defeating the new Hobgoblin.[Continuity 62] With Flash's name cleared, and the fact that he rededicated himself to being Spider-Man, the wall-crawler begins his hunt for the new Hobgoblin.[Continuity 63]
Meanwhile, in Greenwich Village, Dina tries calling all over the place to find her lover Richard Fisk. She is worried about him after he disappeared a few days ago. She fears that, due to his being the Rose, she fears that the Hobgoblin may have killed him. Alfredo assures her Richard is still alive, figuring he has been laying low. While at St. Patrick's cathedral, Richard Fisk has entered a confessional to talk about how his life has spiralled out of control. He starts by explaining how it all began years ago when he had retreated to the Hamptons to get away from his father. It was then that Daily Bugle reporter Ned Leeds came to learn more about his father, the Kingpin, for a series of investigative reports on the notorious mobster. However, at the time, Richard didn't want to talk warning Ned that his father will either kill Leeds story or Ed himself. However, Ed wasn't easily scared that easily, that's when Alfredo tells Leeds to take a hike. Before Leeds left, Richard told him that he attempted to overthrow his father in the past, only to get burned in the end.[Continuity 64] On his way out, Ned swears that he has only just begin to try and take down the Kingpin. Richard goes on to say that Ned Leeds followed him and Alfredo as they travelled the globe living the playboy lifestyle. Richard figured it was all over when his father promised his mother to give up his life of crime.[Continuity 65]
Richard goes on to say that his father came out of retirement when the Kingpin's former minions kidnapped his wife.[Continuity 66] His mother was injured in an explosion and lost her memory until she was rescued from the dregs of society by Daredevil in order to stop the Kingpin from backing a crooked politician.[Continuity 67] When the news reached Ned and Alfredo they were in France. Seeing that his mother was being traded like a commodity, Richard decided that it was time to take a stand. They secretly moved back to New York City where they began planning to bring down the Kingpin. To start, Alfredo called in Ned Leeds to help them out in this scheme.[Continuity 68] Ned agreed and then took them to one of the Green Goblin's old lairs and shows them his newly created identity of the Hobgoblin. While Ned began the Hobgoblin's career, Alfredo recruited Johnson and Varley, two crooked cops to be his lieutenants of his new criminal empire.[Continuity 69] With the Hobgoblin's credibility established, Richard Fisk took on the costumed identity of the Rose in order to protect his identity. They then staged a public display where the Hobgoblin "pledged" his allegiance.[Continuity 70] However, as the scheme progressed, the Hobgoblin became more and more unhinged. He became obsessed with getting any remaining diaries written by Norman Osborn to increase his arsenal.[Continuity 71]
Things started falling apart from there, particularly when Ned Leeds discovered that his wife, Betty was having an affair with Flash Thompson. Ned became obsessed with getting revenge and planted evidence that suggested that Flash Thompson was really the Hobgoblin, leading to his arrest.[Continuity 72] With his father focusing all his time and energy on trying to destroy Daredevil, Fisk had Alfredo hack into the Kingpin's database to get information. This ended with the Kingpin leaving New York in disgrace.[Continuity 73] His mother was left in the care of a doctor and briefly left to Europe before returning to New York seemingly worse than before.[Continuity 74] During the Kingpin's absence, a gang war erupted between the Arranger, Hammerhead, the Blue Boys, Silvermane, and the Rose. During this gang war, Ned became more unhinged then ever before.[Continuity 75] The priest is horrified to hear all of this and suggests that Richard go to the police. However, Fisk can't bring himself to do this because he killed a police officer near the end of the gang war.[Continuity 76]
With this, Richard realises that he had become just as ruthless as his father, especially now that he thinks all of his friends are dead.[Continuity 77] Richard then flees the confessional booth and runs out into the night. Later, Richard arrives at Fisk Tower when he concedes victory to his father and pledges his allegiance to the Kingpin.
Appearing in "The Coffin"
- Nikolai Kravinoff (Referenced)
- Kraven's minions
- Joe Face (Corpse)
- Anna Kravinoff (Referenced)
- Vladimir Lenin (Referenced)
- Harry Skitter (Only appearance)
- Ned Leeds (Referenced)
- Aunt May (Referenced)
- Mary Jane Watson-Parker (Referenced)
- Uncle Ben (Referenced)
- Captain Stacy (Referenced)
- Gwen Stacy (Referenced)
- Doctor Octopus (Referenced)
- Vulture (Referenced)
Synopsis for "The Coffin"
In his room, Kraven the Hunter prepares for a battle of pride and honor. Training in the nude against his various trophy animals, he then storms out of his room. Outside, his assistants are digging a grave in the pouring rain. He grimly thinks about how the world has no room for Russian aristocrats of old. Putting on a robe and pouring himself a drink, Kraven comes to terms with the fact that he will die soon. Entering the main hall of his mansion, Kraven has set up a mock funeral, complete with a coffin at the end of the hall. Approaching it, he is determined to complete one last hunt before the end finally comes to claim him. From within the coffin, Kraven pulls out a Spider-Man costume and begins to cry.
Elsewhere in the city, a number of criminals are holding a funeral in a dive bar for Joe Face, a known street-snitch. They are taking collections since Joe didn't have much or any family to look after his affairs Hearing about it, Spider-Man comes to pay his respect. However, his arrival frightens the assembly of crooks. Spider-Man webs the door shut, telling them that he didn't come for trouble, but to say goodbye.[Continuity 78] One of the crooks still decides to take the opportunity to try and shoot the wall-crawler. However, Spider-Man warns him to not even try. The masked hero then pulls out a wad of money and places it in the donation plate, telling them that it is for a decent coffin and a plot to bury him in. Heading home, Spider-Man wonders what could have drawn him to the funeral. He suspects that it is a fear of his own mortality, especially after so many of those near and dear to him have already died.[Continuity 79] Exhausted, Spider-Man comes into his apartment from the pouring rain, strips off his soaking wet costume and goes to bed. Accepting the fact that, he too, will one day die he watches as a spider descends from the ceiling. He briefly considers plucking it off its web but lets it climb back up to and turns off the life.
Meanwhile, Kraven the Hunter is continuing to prepare for his final battle. Sitting nude in a room that begins filling with thousands of spiders, the villain allows himself to be buried in the arachnids. Suddenly, he begins frantically killing and eating the spiders, he decides that tonight will be the night he goes on his hunt. As Kraven continues to consume the spiders, Peter wakes up from a nightmare where he was alone in the darkness with things crawling all over him. Seeing a spider on his hand, Peter instinctively crushing it against the wall. Unable to sleep and with a pounding headache, Peter goes out into the night to web-sling. At that same time, Kraven the Hunter is on the prowl, searching for his longtime enemy. Meanwhile, Spider-Man can't shake the feeling that someone is following him. However, he tries to pass this off as the upset that he has been feeling since Ned Leeds died. Still, he can't shake the feeling, and his worries prove right when he narrowly avoids a drugged dart shot at him by Kraven. He's not so lucky with the second one. When the drugs in the dart begin to incapacitate him, the wall-crawler begins to hallucinate the ghost of Joe Face. At first, Spider-Man thinks it is this angry spirit that has hurt him, but he manages to regain his lucidity and confirms that it is Kraven the Hunter.
Spider-Man leaps toward his enemy and tries to fight off the effects of the drugs in his system. However, they are too potent and Kraven manages to disorientate him and catch the wall-crawler in a net. With his prey incapacitated, Kraven unslings a rifle that he has slung over his shoulder. Kraven tells Spider-Man that his honor needs to be restored and takes aim. Seeing this, the masked hero tries to talk sense into Kraven, reminding him that they have always battled hand-to-hand. Kraven pulls the trigger and Spider-Man's last thought is the realization that his old foe has completely lost his mind. Soon, Spider-Man is placed in the coffin at the Kraven estate. There is a moment of silence before Kraven's aids lower the coffin into the hole dug in the ground. Kraven takes a shovel and after tossing the first clump of dirt down into the hole he stops. First, he expresses sadness, then grins with insane delight before handing the shovel over to his aids to finish the job of burying Spider-Man's body.
This story is continued in Amazing Spider-Man #293...
Appearing in "Resurrection"
- Vermin (Edward Whelan) (Cameo)
- Gwen Stacy (Referenced)
- Uncle Ben (Referenced)
- Aunt May (Referenced)
- Ned Leeds (Vision)
Synopsis for "Resurrection"
In a white void, Peter Parker is tucked into the fetal position. He feels warm and safe. Suddenly, the silence is interrupted by the sudden appearance of Ned Leeds. Remembering who he is, Peter is horrified to see Ned as Leeds is dead.[Continuity 80] Saying this aloud makes Ned realize that he is dead and his body suddenly decomposes into nothingness. Consumed with fear, Peter tries to reclaimed the warm silence of the void. From the darkness, the eyes of Spider-Man stare out at him and tell Peter to get out. Suddenly, he starts thinking of his newly-wed wife Mary Jane.[Continuity 81] Not wanting to leave this comfortable place, he tries to push it out of his mind, but the incoming darkness forces him to accept the real world outside. That many of the people he loved are dead, that he is the immortal spider.[Continuity 82]
Totally embracing his animal nature, Peter then turns into a spider and begins crawling down a tunnel. On the other end, he can see the glowing red eyes and white fangs of creatures seeking to destroy him. Doubting who and what he is, Peter begins to doubt himself as the creature attacks him. Soon, his spider form is mauled to death. However, Peter sees that the spider is nothing more than a coffin trapping him and he needs to get out. Peter pulls himself out of the dead body of the spider, accepting that he is Peter Parker. Getting to his feet, Peter walks toward his attackers. He sees Spider-Man's face again, this time, the mask starts coming off, revealing Kraven the Hunter beneath. Reliving the moment when Kraven shot him over and over again. Each time, Kraven orders him to get out. Peter reaches the end of the tunnel and comes to a dead end. Thinking of his wife, Peter begins to frantically dig his way out. Proclaiming his love to Mary Jane, Peter makes the final push out from the grave that Kraven the Hunter buried him in.
Struggling to his feet in the middle of a raging storm and heads toward Kraven's mansion. He searches around the property and can't find a single soul. In the library, he finds a number of newspapers. The front page stories are about Spider-Man going berserk and Vermin's murder spree. Reading the dates on the papers, Spider-Man is horrified to discover that he had been buried underground for two weeks. This horror turns into rage when he processes the fact that Kraven left him for dead and spent two weeks perverting his identity. Entering Kraven's trophy room, the wall-crawler rips apart everything in sight. Stopping to rest, two of Kraven's aids enter the room. Before they can flee, Spider-Man turns around and lunges at them and demands to know where their master is. The two men are so terrified that they can't speak. Spider-Man drops them and decides to find Kraven by himself and leaps out the window into the storm. Elsewhere, Kraven the Hunter removes his Spider-Man mask, sensing that Spider-Man is free. While in an electrified cage, Vermin is filled with fear and tries to get out. Grabbing the cage, he is jolted back with a powerful blast of electricity.
While at their shared apartment, Mary Jane is up late watching the news. She fears that the man who has been posing as her husband may have killed him. She thinks about her encounter with this imposter, Kraven the Hunter, who saved her from some rapists and is horrified by the whole situation.[Continuity 83] Tossing her remote control to the floor, it is caught in a web. Looking at the window, she sees someone in a Spider-Man costume. When the wall-crawler removes his mask, Mary Jane is so happy to see that it is her husband Peter and the two embrace and crawl into bed together. After their romantic reunion, Peter wakes up from a troubled sleep and decides to go back out looking for Kraven and Vermin. Mary Jane tries to convince him to go back to bed because he needs to recover from his ordeal. Even though Peter wants to stay with her, his sense of responsibility prevents him from resting until the two violent criminals are brought to justice. Mary Jane tries to get her husband to talk about his ordeal, but he refuses to talk about it. He insists that he is going and after briefly holding her hand and putting it on his face and then leaves out the window.
As he swings the city looking for Kraven, his foe senses that he is coming. Suddenly, Spider-Man's spider-sense begins to go off, bringing him right to Kraven.
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