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Epic Collection Vol 1 Amazing Spider-Man 21
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Appearing in "Secrets, Puzzles and Little Fears..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #334.

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Synopsis for "Secrets, Puzzles and Little Fears..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #334.

Hearing rumors about a new super-conductor being stored at a warehouse, Electro plans to steal the device. Using his electrical powers he shorts out the security system and goes inside. Unknown to the villain at the time, Spider-Man has been staking out the warehouse for the past week hoping that something like this would happen so he can take photos for the Daily Bugle. Inside, Electro deals with the security guard and gets a boost from the electrical system in order to have the power to break into the vault. However, before he can accomplish this goal, Electro is confronted by Spider-Man. The wall-crawler dodges his blasts, making Electro run low on power. Starting to panic, the villain tries to boost his electrical power. Suddenly, metallic arms come crashing through the wall, and Spider-Man realizes, to his horror, that Doctor Octopus has arrived. While the Doctor uses his mechanical arms to keep Spider-Man at bay, Doctor Octopus tells Electro that he planted the story about the superconductor in order to draw Electro out to make him a proposition. With police approaching the scene, Electro asks Doctor Octopus if he has a place for them to hide out. Doctor Octopus smashes the ceiling revealing a hovercraft above the building. While Spider-Man is busy saving the security guard from the falling debris, Doctor Octopus and Electro manage to escape. In the aftermath of the battle, Spider-Man wonders what he's gotten himself into this time.

The next day, Peter Parker is at Empire State University assisting Professor Evan Swann. They are working on a project that could use the Earth's ley lines as a power source. In order to map these ley lines, they have been allowed by Cordco Inc and Stark Industries is allowing them to use their launching pad to send their satellite into space. The satellite would then release a dye in Earth's atmosphere that will allow them to map out the ley lines. Peter is concerned about how safe this experiment is, but he is assured by Swann's assistant Anne-Marie Baker assures Peter that it is safe. The discussion is interrupted by a commotion outside the lab as people rush outside to catch a glimpse of Iron Man as he delivers an integrated reciprocator for Swann's project. After dropping this off, Iron Man heads off as he has Avengers business to conduct. Unimpressed with Iron Man's showing off, Peter decides to show off for his peers. Slipping away, he changes into Spider-Man and shows that he has the strength to lift up the device, but the gathered students are still excited about Iron Man's appearance. Spider-Man figures that he is so frequently seen on campus, the students don't pay him much attention.

Meanwhile, at the midtown television studio where "Secret Hospital" is filmed, Mary Jane flubs one of her lines. This angers director Hal McGee who cuts the scene and begins ranting about working with rank amateurs and calls for a five-minute break. Mary Jane is unimpressed with his egotistical attitude, but her co-star Brie Daniels tells Mary Jane that Hal is under a lot of pressure as his wife drinks like a fish. As Hal tries to calm down, one of the stage lights falls on his head. As people are rushing to his aid, one of the lighting technicians notices that the cable on the light was deliberately cut. Later at that day, Mary Jane is still upset about the incident when she and Peter arrive to visit Aunt May. Concerned, Peter asks if they should cancel, but Mary Jane doesn't want to sit at home and dwell on the accident. When Peter and Mary Jane are invited in by Aunt May, Nathan Lubenski decides to go out and get some fresh air. Because of his heart condition, everyone is worried about his health, and Peter agrees to keep an eye on Nathan before dinner.[Continuity 1] Peter discreetly follows Nathan to the bank. When Lubenski leaves the bank a satchel full of money, he is noticed by a gang of thugs who start to follow him. Sensing trouble, Peter slips away and changes into Spider-Man to follow after him.

Sure enough, in a nearby park, Nathan is confronted by the thugs who try to take his money. While Spider-Man is dealing with the gang members, one manages to get behind Nathan and put a knife to his throat. He orders Spider-Man to leave or he'll cut the old man's throat. With no other choice, the wall-crawler complies, intending to swing in from behind instead. However, before he can, an elderly woman who had been watching this mugging strikes the young punk in the face with her cane. Spider-Man then knocks the thug out and webs him up with the others. The excitement affects Nathan's heart and they get him his medication in time. At that moment, Spider-Man gets a look in Nathan's satchel and sees that it is filled with a large sum of money. Nathan then grabs the bag back from the web-slinger and wheels his way back home. Changing back into his civilian clothes, Peter returns shortly after Nathan gets back. Although May and Mary Jane are glad that Nathan came back in one piece, Peter can't help but wonder where Lubenski got all that money, and worries that it might mean danger to him and his Aunt May.[Continuity 2]

Meanwhile, in Brookyln, the Sandman is returning to his rented room when he is approached by Doctor Octopus. Otto tells the Sandman that he has a job he wants him in on. However, the Sandman explains that he has gone straight and that he is not interested.[Continuity 3] However, Doctor Octopus shows the Sandman a package that he mailed to Flint's borders, the Casadas. He explains that it is rigged with a bomb that will explode once the package was opened. With the Casadas' lives at risk, the Sandman has no choice but to join Doctor Octopus. When asked, Otto explains that he is preparing for the biggest caper of his criminal career and in order to carry it out he has decided to reform the Sinister Six.[Continuity 4]

Appearing in "Shocks!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #335.

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Synopsis for "Shocks!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #335.

The Hobgoblin's sanctuary is infiltrated by Doctor Octopus, who has come to offer the demonically possessed mercenary a position in the new Sinister Six. After his failed partnership with Carrion, the Hobgoblin is uninterested in working with anyone and attacks.[Continuity 5] Hobgoblin tries to attack Doctor Octopus, but the mad scientist manages to deflect the attacks with his mechanical arms. With Otto's mechanical arms around his neck, the Hobgoblin threatens to incinerate him with hellfire. However, Doctor Octopus threatens to snap his neck before the flames can reach his physical body. Impressed, the Hobgoblin decides to learn more about the offer Doctor Octopus has come to give. Octavius tells the Hobgoblin to go to a specific address while he continues recruiting members of the Sinister Six.

Meanwhile, at the Cordco launching pad on Long Island, a corporate spy working for Stane International begins snapping photos of the launch site when he is interrupted by Spider-Man. The wall-crawler easily disarms the spy and leaves him webbed up for security. While back at Peter and Mary Jane's Soho apartment, Mary Jane is visited by Officer Goldman who has been investigating the accident on the set of "Secret Hospital". Goldman tells MJ that he suspects that Jonathan Caeser may have been responsible. This is not a shock to Mary Jane since Caeser has been obsessed with her for months.[Continuity 6] When Peter enters the room, Detective Goldman is surprised to see her husband home and says that he has to go.[Continuity 7]

Peter tells his wife that he has to photograph a charity event, but first, he wants to check on Aunt May. When he calls, she tells him that Nathan Lubenski's condition is getting worse.[Continuity 8] He wants to ask what Nathan was doing with all the money he pulled out of the bank, but that seems less important. After the call, he tells Mary Jane that he feels so helpless and wishes there was more he could do for Nathan. Mary Jane decides to try and cheer her husband up by asking if he wants her to tag along, which he gladly accepts. While back at Aunt May's home, Nathan wakes up from his rest and admits to May that he is scared. So is Aunt May, because she can't stand seeing him live in pain and can't think of living without him. Nathan assures her that she'll get by just fine, saying that he has assured that. On their way out of their apartment, Peter and Mary Jane run into Flash Thompson and Felicia Hardy who ask if the couple want to hang out. Peter tells Flash about his assignment and agrees to hang out sometime soon. Alone again, Peter admits to Mary Jane that he feels bad for avoiding Flash since he started dating Felicia. However, he is concerned of Felicia's twisted scheme to break Flash's heart.[Continuity 9] Mary Jane asks him if he's jealous himself of his ex-girlfriend dating one of his friends.[Continuity 10] Peter insists that his only concern is for Flash... mostly.

Soon, the couple arrives at Madison Square Gardens where Peter has is photographing a performance being put on by Captain America. Between the crowd cheering for Captain American and recognizing Mary Jane for her role on "Secret Hospital" gets Peter feeling left out again. However, he comes up with an idea and asks Mary Jane if she wants to meet Captain America. Using his press credentials, Peter takes his wife backstage, but when they arrive Captain America has already left in a Quinjet. Suddenly, the room begins to shake and there is a large crash. With his spider-sense blaring, Peter tells his wife that he has to go into action as Spider-Man. In the box office, the Shocker is trying to make off with the money gathered for charity. Spider-Man interrupts him and the pair come to blows. Their fight sends them smashing through the wall and into the middle of a rock concert.[Continuity 11] As the battle rages in the middle of the arena, the concert goers cheer Spider-Man on. While Spider-Man is saving the people from a falling scaffold, the Shocker tries to flee through the concession. There, Spider-Man finally gets the leg up by tossing a vat of popcorn butter onto the floor, causing the Shocker to slip up enough to be webbed up by Spider-Man.

That evening, on a lonely stretch of Pennsylvania road, Mysterio tests out his latest illusion, an earthquake simulation that will allow him to rob an armored car. He is interrupted by Doctor Octopus who was able to track Mysterio by his cash transfers from Atlantic City to Philadelphia. Offering him a position in his new Sinister Six, Mysterio isn't interested at first. However, when police cars begin coming their way, the pair hide out to avoid capture. With his current scheme compromised, Mysterio agrees to join up. Thinking to himself, Doctor Octopus gloats over his current scheme will change the world forever. The next day at the Daily Bugle, Peter is heading into the office to deliver his photos of the charity show. There he overhears how police in Pennsylvania found Mysterio's holographic projector. Recalling how both Electro and Doctor Octopus are also on the loose and worries that he may have more on his hand than he can handle.

Appearing in 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #336.



Synopsis for 3rd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #336.



Appearing in "Rites and Wrongs"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #337.

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Synopsis for "Rites and Wrongs"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #337.

Following the death of Nathan Lubensky, his friends and family are present at his burial. This includes Peter Parker, his Aunt May, and the former tenants of Aunt May's boarding house.[Continuity 12] After the service, Peter and his wife Mary Jane offer to let Aunt May stay with them for a while.[Continuity 13] However, May declines the offer, saying that she needs to get used to living alone again. As the couple leaves, Peter expresses his concerns for his Aunt May. Mary Jane points out that losing a loved one is hard for anyone, and that they need to support her during this difficult time. Still, Peter is worried about how his other worries might impede his ability to be there for her. Primary of these are the ley line experiment at ESU and how Doctor Octopus is planning something.

Meanwhile, at a dockside warehouse in New Jersey, the newly reformed Sinister Six meets together for the first time. Doctor Octopus tells his allies that they are going to hold the entire world ransom. He explains that Cordco Inc. is launching a satellite from their Long Island facility. Octavius intends to load the satellite with poison that could wipe out all life on Earth if the leaders of the world don't give into his demands. Sandman doesn't want to be party to wholesale slaughter. However, Doctor Octopus insists that governments wouldn't risk annihilation and then warns him what will happen if he refuses to help.[Continuity 14] When Mysterio asks how they are going to protect themselves from the poison, Otto tells Mysterio and Hobgoblin to steal a supply of burundite from Empire State University that will make them immune to the poison. He also sends Electro and the Vulture to get other supplies they will need for their operation.

While in Soho, Mary Jane tries to get Peter to make a decision on what to have for dinner, but he is distant. When she asks Peter what's wrong, he tells his wife to leave him alone. This comes as a shock to Mary Jane, who has never seen Peter so confused. As the couple go into their apartment, they are unaware that Detective Goldman is watching and assumes that Peter is abusive toward his wife. Inside, Mary Jane is about to lose her temper because she has her own problems, namely her stalker Jonathan Caeser.[Continuity 15] Insider their apartment, the couple apologize to each other for their short tempers before Peter leaves for ESU for Professor Swans ley lines project.

At that moment at Empire State University, a scientist is about to examine the burundite when he is interrupted by Mysterio and the Hobgoblin. Before he can call security, Mysterio hypnotizes the scientist and orders him to turn over the rare element. However, before he can, a colleague comes into the room and grabs the burundite and locks it in a titanium safe. However, the safe is no match for the demonic powers of Hobgoblin. As it so happens, Peter Parker is walking past the building and hears the commotion inside. Changing into Spider-Man, the wall-crawler comes crashing in and stops Hobgoblin from harming some security guards. Spider-Man is surprised to see both Hobgoblin and Mysterio working together. Before he can stop them, Mysterio uses his illusions to make Spider-Man look like a bruiser threatening an elderly woman, allowing the two villains to escape. Once Mysterio's illusion wears off the mob stops attacking Spider-Man. He then overhears someone talking about a radio report about an attack on Governor's Island. While in Greenwich Village, Flash Thompson and Felicia Hardy are walking through a neighborhood basketball court. Flash is telling her that he has never found the right girl until he met her. This plays into Felicia's hands as she intends to break Flash's heart to get revenge against Peter Parker.[Continuity 16] They are interrupted by a gang who tries to mug them. Flash doesn't want any trouble and hands them Felicia's purse. Hardy thinks Flash is a coward until one of the muggers decides to try and rape Felicia. This pushes Flash too far and he beats them all into submission. This comes as a surprise to Felicia who never had anyone stand up for her before.

On Governor's Island, the Vulture and Sandman are attacking a military facility to steal an amphibious tank. When Spider-Man arrives on the scene he is looking forward to paying the Vulture back for his part in Nathan Lubenski's death. However, the Sandman commendeers the tank and uses it to catch the wall-crawler in a net. By the time Spider-Man frees himself, the Vulture and Sandman have escaped. That's when Spider-Man hears a radio report about Electro attacking the Henly Building. Spotting the hero Nova flying by, Spider-Man tries to flag him down, but Nova doesn't see him. While at that moment, Jonathan Caeser finishes building a scale model of a "ideal" tropical honeymoon spot for when he finally forces Mary Jane to marry him, amused that if she resists him he can always feed her to the sharks. At that moment, Spider-Man has caught up with Electro who has stolen a satchel full of plans. Although Spider-Man causes Electro to spill the papers. Electro stuns Spider-Man and gathers up the papers, escaping in Doctor Octopus' ship. However, a scrap of the plans drifts is drifting in the air. Spider-Man grabs the scrap and discovers that it is a security diagrams for the Cordco facility, leaving the wall-crawler to wonder what their plans have to do with the ley line project.

Back at their hideout, the members of the Sinister Six wait for Doctor Octopus begins preparing the formula that will make them immune to the poison. Doctor Octopus then explains to them the next step of their plan: infiltrating the Cordco facility and put their poison in the satellite. Unknown to his allies, Doctor Octopus intends to betray them as soon as they are no longer of use to him.

Appearing in 5th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #338.



Synopsis for 5th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #338.



Appearing in "The Killing Cure!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #339.

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Synopsis for "The Killing Cure!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #339.

While attempting to stop the Sinister Six from launching a satellite full of deadly poison, Spider-Man ended up getting gassed with the same poison leaving him at the mercy of his foes. However, the poison doesn't seem to be killing Spider-Man as quickly as they had expected. That's when Doctor Octopus arrives and reveals the secret he has been keeping from his allies. He tells them that poisoning the entire world was a worthless prospect, and instead the satellite is loaded with a chemical that will cause cocaine addicts convulse when they take the drug. The only cure is the stolen burundite. He explains that addicts will be willing to pay a fortune to continue their addictions giving Octavius the funds he needs to take over the world on his own. Furious at being double-crossed, the Sinister Six attack Doctor Octopus, but he is able to deflect all of their attacks with his mechanical arms. When the authorities begin arriving on the scene, the Sinister Six flee. Before Doctor Octopus can get away, a recovered Spider-Man tries to stop him. However, Octavius tosses the weapon that will restore Sandman back to human form into Long Island Sound and escapes. However, Spider-Man tags the weapon with a spider-tracer, and another on the fleeing Doctor Octopus. Unwilling to leave the Sandman trapped in a glass form, the wall-crawler recovers the weapon and uses it to restore Sandman to normal.

With nothing left to do at the scene, Spider-Man returns to his apartment in Soho. There he finds his wife Mary Jane, who tells him about the not she received from her director, Hal McGee asking her to meet with him.[Continuity 17] No sooner has Peter sat down the phone rings. It's Professor Swan who tells him that he needs to get to Empire State University. The couple takes a cab together. No sooner have they gone does Mary Jane receives a phone call from a colleague. Getting the voicemail, she explains that she has called to tell her that Hal McGee died in the hospital. While Peter learns that the chemical created by Doctor Octopus could destroy the Earth's ozone layer. Peter examines the information and tells Swann that burundite could neutralize the toxin that was recently stolen from Doctor Octopus. Meanwhile, Mary Jane arrives at the television studio and soon discovers that it was a trap set for her by Jonathan Caeser. When he tells her that he had come for her, she refuses to go anywhere with him. This upsets Caeser who decides that if he can't have her, nobody can, and pulls out a knife.

At that moment, Spider-Man has tracked down his spider-tracer to Doctor Octopus' hideout in New Jersey. While at the television studio, Jonathan Caeser is interrupted by the arrival of officer Hal Goldman, who easily dealt with Caeser's hired muscle. Jonathan is shocked to have his plan falling apart and is gunned down by the police officer. Mary Jane is horrified to witness a cold-blooded murder committed by a police officer. Hal tells her that he lied to her when they first met, he then reveals to Mary Jane that he is her biggest fan. Meanwhile, Spider-Man confronts Doctor Octopus and warns him of the risk to the ozone layer. Doctor Octopus refuses to listen and attacks Spider-Man. The two struggle with one another until his Doctor Octopus' flailing arms strikes a fuel tank, causing an explosion. As flames rush toward the burundite as Spider-Man races to save it from destruction.

While at the television studio, Officer Goldman reveals that he is not really a police detective but a simple file clerk. He explains that he is a huge fan of "Secret Hospital" and after reading the file on Jonathan Caeser decided she needed protection. He then reveals that he was the one who ran over the elderly woman who slapped her across the face, dropped a spotlight on his director's head, and attempted to kill her husband.[Continuity 18] Realizing she is dealing with another stalker, Mary Jane warns Goldman that she has a gun. However, Goldman knows she is bluffing because there is a wait period to purchase a gun. She tells Hal that she doesn't want his protection. Disappointed by this, Goldman decides that he will have to kill her.

At that moment, Spider-Man has saved the burundite from the flames. This convinces Doctor Octopus that Spider-Man was telling the truth and vows to get his ultimate revenge against Spider-Man for another time. As Doctor Octopus flees, Spider-Man rushes to Empire State University with the burundite. While at the television studio, Mary Jane tries to stall for time. She tells Hal that when he kills her that they will have to change the story arc for "Secret Hospital" and asks him if he'd like to hear what they were planning on doing. Hal falls for this, allowing Mary Jane to get close enough to spray him in the face with her hairspray. While Goldman is blinded she hits him so hard she knocks him out. At Empire State University, Spider-Man assists staff in creating a device that will release burundite into Earth's atmosphere neutralizing Doctor Octopus' deadly chemicals. In order to get it into space, Spider-Man has called in Thor to assist them. The thunder god flies into orbit with the device and activates it, saving the Earth. Seeing that Spider-Man isn't cheering over their victory, Thor asks him why. The wall-crawler explains that he is too busy worrying about what would have happened. That evening, Peter returns to his apartment to find Mary Jane waiting for him. When they both say they couldn't believe the day they had, the two can't help but laugh and hug each other.

Appearing in "The Hero Subtracter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #340.

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Synopsis for "The Hero Subtracter"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #340.

Spider-Man is chasing after a group of thieves in a department store who had just stolen the payroll. The wall-crawler webs up all except for their leader. Chasing him outside, where the thug tries to toss a tear gas grenade at the wall-crawler. Spider-Man knocks it out of his hand and wraps it up in webbing to smother the blast and knocks the ringleader out. Recovering his camera, Spider-Man hopes he can sell the photos to J. Jonah Jameson. Starting to cough, Spider-Man wonders if this is a side effect of the chemical that the Hobgoblin had sprayed him with. When Spider-Man returns to his apartment through the skylight window. Taking off his mask, Peter notices how dreadful he looks. When his wife Mary Jane asks him if he is done with the shower, it is because his Aunt May has come to visit.[Continuity 19] Putting on a bathrobe, Peter emerges from the bathroom to greet his aunt. May notices that Peter is sick and after the recent loss of her fiancee Nathan Lubenski, May tells Peter to call a doctor.[Continuity 20] He promises that he will if he's not well by the following day and sees her out. She reminds Peter that he promised to go to the opera with Mary Jane and asks him to tell her all about it.

Later that evening, after the opera, Mary Jane notices that her husband is in a distant mood. He tells her his concerns about the chemicals he was sprayed with by the Hobgoblin. She suggests that he runs a few tests on himself at Empire State University. Even though his expertise isn't biology, Peter agrees to do something. Peter arrives at the new digest that J. Jonah Jameson had set up after Thomas Fireheart bought the Daily Bugle to sell his photos.[Continuity 21] He walks in on a meeting between J. Jonah Jameson and a Doctor Turner.[Continuity 22] Turner has come to Jonah's publication looking for Spider-Man. Turner explains that he wants to run some tests on Spider-Man as the results could be beneficial to his crusade to help people. Jameson tells Turner that he has no connection to the wall-crawler and tells him to scram. Overhearing all this, Peter wonders what he these benefits could be and decides to go and seek out Dr. Turner as Spider-Man.

Quickly changing into Spider-Man, the wall-crawler catches up to Doctor Turner on the street and agrees to accompany him back to his lab. There, Doctor Turner shows Spider-Man a machine he created that can do a thorough scan of his powers to give the most detailed explanations possible. After taking a blood sample from the hero, Turner asks him to stand under a lens matrix that will scan his entire body. When the machine is turned on, Spider-Man's spider-sense begins to scream warning him of serious danger. Starting to feel weak, Spider-Man leaps out of the lens matrix's beam. When he tries to cling to the nearest wall, at first it doesn't work, but he soon finds purchase, much to his relief. Fearing that the machine was stripping him of his powers, Spider-Man orders Turner to destroy it and leaves. Doctor Turner notices Spider-Man's concerns over his powers and suspects he may come back for further tests if he is given the proper motivation, and he knows just who to hire.

The next morning at JFK International Airport, Spider-Man is among those welcoming the ambassador of a recently liberated Baltic country. Spider-Man muses about the situation, attributing it to the Daily Bugle's recent positive reports about the masked hero. When the ambassador disembarks from his plane. Suddenly, Spider-Man's spider-sense goes off warning him of danger. He notices that some unseen force is causing the plane to move forward. He quickly webs up the landing gear and carries the ambassador to safety. No sooner does Spider-Man have the ambassador away from the danger is he confronted by the Femme Fatales. He recognizes both Whiplash and Bloodlust, but is introduced to their other teammates Knockout and Mindblast.[Continuity 23] When the police arrive on the scene, they are slaughtered by Bloodlust. Spider-Man tries to stop her, but she manages to slash open his calf in order to break free of his hold. Put on the defensive, Spider-Man tries to get some distance between himself and his attackers. Exhausted and slowing down, he leaps onto the top of the ambassador's aircraft to catch his breath. Unfortunately, Bloodlust cuts open the fuel tank and while Mindblast uses her telekinetic powers to keep Spider-Man near the plane. When Knockout prepares to set the jet fuel on fire, Spider-Man manages to snare a wing with his webbing and slam it into Mindblast, allowing him to get clear before the plane explodes.

With reinforcements arriving on the scene, the Femme Fatales flee. Returning home, and telling his Aunt May that he is feeling better, he confides in Mary Jane. After nearly getting himself killed during the battle earlier that day, Peter fears over what his death would do to his Aunt May. After some thinking, Peter decides to strip himself of his powers. To this end, Spider-Man returns to Doctor Turner's lab and tells him to run his scanning machine again in order to take away his spider-powers for good.

Appearing in "With(out) Great Power..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #341.

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Synopsis for "With(out) Great Power..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #341.

After a near death experience, Spider-Man has come to Doctor Turner whose scanning machine can strip him of his spider-powers.[Continuity 24] After being exposed to the rays, Spider-Man tells Turner to shut it off because he can't handle the pain anymore. After the machine is shut off, Spider-Man runs some tests to make sure that his spider-powers are gone. Sure enough, his wall-crawling, super-strength, and spider-sense are all gone and thanks Turner before leaving. He is unaware that Doctor Turner has ulterior motives for stripping Spider-Man of his abilities. As the powerless hero goes up to the roof he thinks about his decision to get rid of his powers. After the death of Aunt May's fiancee Nathan Lubenski, he is the only one that May has left.[Continuity 25] He further justifies this since only his wife Mary Jane knows he is really Spider-Man.[Continuity 26] Instinctively web-slinging to get home, Spider-Man stops himself when he remembers that he doesn't have his spider-strength or agility anymore. Fearing his safety, Spider-Man climbs back up onto the roof and resigns to the fact that he's going to have to go home by foot.

Back inside Doctor Turner's office, the doctor asks his secretary to get him some grapes. He then begins to muse at the good fortune he had purchasing his scanning device from the Tinkerer. While at the secret hideout of the Tarantula, hidden in an inconspicuous garbage scowl on the Hudson River, the villain gets a call from government agent Gulliver South. South tells the Tarantula that Spider-Man has recently lost his powers and that he can get revenge on the hero for interfering with his mission to eliminate Delvadian refugees living in New York.[Continuity 27] Wondering how South got this information, Gulliver tells him that he has access to lots of information. However, this call was not made by South, it is actually Doctor Turner in disguise. When his secretary returns with grapes, he slaps her across the face for failing to peel them first. Later, in Soho, Peter and Mary Jane return home to their apartment. Along the way, Peter explains how strange it is to be a normal person again. When they get to their front door they find Flash Thompson and Felicia Hardy waiting for them. They have come to invite the Parkers along with them for a picnic in Central Park. Much to Mary Jane and Felicia's surprise, Peter thinks this is a great idea and invites their couple inside while he makes a few phone calls. Inside, Mary Jane pulls Peter aside and asks why he wants to go on a picnic with Flash and Felicia especially since they know that Felicia is only dating Thompson because she wants to get back at Peter for marrying Mary Jane.[Continuity 28] However, Peter isn't concerned anymore since he is no longer Spider-Man, pointing out that Felicia was only attracted to Spider-Man.[Continuity 29]

When Peter calls his Aunt May to invite her along, she turns down the offer as she is still processing Nathan's death. She lets her go when there is a knock at the door. It's the new mailman, Willie Lumpkin who has brought a letter from May's friend Anna Watson in Florida. He tells her that it had insufficient postage, but tells her it's on him this time and bids her a good day. As Lumpkin leaves, Aunt May can't help but notice what a kind "young man" the elderly letter carrier is. At that moment, at a block party being thrown to raise money to provide refuge for Delvadian refugees. The ceremonies are hosted by Padre Enrique Lopez. As he talks to the media, the festivities are interrupted by gunfire. The shots are fired by the Tarantula's men, who distract the authorities so the Tarantula can dispatch them with his poison-tipped foot spikes. The Padre asks the Tarantula what he wants, and the villain explains that he wants revenge against Spider-Man. Meanwhile, in Central Park, Peter and Flash enjoy tossing a frisbee around. After, Flash suggests they get some ice cream, but only he and Felicia are interested. Left alone, Mary Jane points out that Felicia seems less catty this time around. Peter figures that she is having a great time like they are. At the ice cream stand, Flash surprises Felicia with a heart-shaped locket much to her surprise. When they return to Peter and Mary Jane they all overhear a radio report about the Tarantula's challenge to Spider-Man. Peter rushes off to do something about it, even though he doesn't have powers anymore. Flash grabs Felicia and heads that way as well, thinking that Spider-Man might need help. Mary Jane tries to keep calm and collected but can't and resigns to go with the others.

Peter rushes home to get his Spider-Man costume and decides to go into action as he cannot allow Father Lopez die before of him. Clumsily swinging through the window into the building where the priest is being held hostage. Even though he is without his powers, Spider-Man is limber enough to dodge the Tarantula's strikes for the time being. While outside, a SWAT team prepares to storm the building, Flash fears that Spider-Man might get shot and rushes into the building himself. Mary Jane also notices that Felicia managed to slip away while nobody was looking, leaving Mary Jane to wonder how many people she is going to lose this day. Back inside, Spider-Man manages to drop a crate full of streamers which distract him long enough for the wall-crawler to land a blow. Surprisingly, hitting his enemy actually hurts his hand. Elsewhere, Flash Thompson manages to get the drop on one of the Tarantula's minions and gets his weapon. As Spider-Man is busy dodging the Tarantula's strikes, Flash manages to get the Padre and covers his escape with gunfire. While the Tarantula is distracted, Spider-Man flees the scene. However, the danger has not passed as the Tarantula manages to catch up to Flash and strike him with his poisoned tipped boots.

Before he can land the fatal strike, the Tarantula is attacked by Felicia. She knocks out the Tarantula with her powers. When Spider-Man asks why she risked her life for Flash, she lies telling him that she can't break his heart if he is dead. Soon the authorities start forcing their way inside, prompting Spider-Man to leave. Outside, Peter and Mary Jane are reunited, and Felicia goes with Flash to the hospital. On her way out, Felicia tells Peter that she hopes that he was able to take some great photos, saying that Spider-Man wasn't himself, hinting that she knows that he lost his powers. Meanwhile, Doctor Turner has heard that his recent ploy to destroy Spider-Man has failed and goes through his computer records for another agent. He settles on Spider-Man's old foe the Scorpion and decides that he would be perfect for this operation.

Appearing in "The Jonah Trade"

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Synopsis for "The Jonah Trade"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #342.

Peter Parker returns home angry that he couldn't do more. His wife Mary Jane tells him not to be so hard on himself because he's not Spider-Man anymore.[Continuity 30] He is referring to when they were out on the town and they came upon a couple being mugged in an alley. Peter wanted to leap in and help, but Mary Jane reminded him that he doesn't have his spider-powers anymore. Peter grabs a piece of wood to use as a defensive weapon, but she insists that he could get hurt. Instead of coming in to help, Peter throws the piece of wood into a store window setting off the alarm and scaring off the crooks. Mary Jane tells him that he did the best he could given the circumstances, but still, Peter feels useless. When he tells Mary Jane that he's going up to the roof to get some air, she worries that he is taking the death of Aunt May's fiancee Nathan Lubenski.[Continuity 31]

Meanwhile, at Doctor Turner's office, the doctor has outfitted the Scorpion with a new tail based on the original designs of the one that was recently taken from him by the Rhino.[Continuity 32] After the villain tests out his weapon to make sure it's working, he is ordered to use it to destroy Spider-Man. After the Scorpion leaves, Doctor Turner goes to his staff and tells them it is time for them to leave. While on the roof of his Soho apartment, Peter Parker is approached by the Black Cat who is concerned about how Spider-Man needed help during his recent battle with the Tarantula. When Felicia presses him for answers, Peter admits that he got rid of his powers. Peter then tells her that she can end her revenge scheme against him by breaking Flash Thompson's heart.[Continuity 33] Felicia tells Peter that her relationship with Flash Thompson is none of his business. She tells him that she realizes that she has feelings for Flash and she isn't sure hurting Peter is worth hurting Peter. As they are discussing this, Mary Jane arrives on the roof with hot cocoa for herself and Peter. Seeing Peter talking to Felicia, hurts her and she goes down without another word.

Meanwhile, at Blessing Hospital, Doctor Elias Wirtham are examining a young woman with a heart problem. When her heart monitor starts giving the alarm, Wirthham sends the nurse to get a crash cart. However, she won't come back in time to save this young woman's life. Left alone, Wirthham realizes that he is going to have to act. He holds his hand over the woman's chest and it begins to glow. When the nurse and other doctors arrive, she is back to normal. Her survival is considered a miracle. The next day at Empire State University, Peter is working on a way to commercialize his spider-tracers to make some extra money. His work is interrupted by a phone call from Aunt May who invites him out to lunch. There, she tells him how her new mailman, Willie Lumpkin, has invited her out to see a band concert in the park. She tells Peter that he is a nice man and wonders if it's too soon after Nathan's death to start seeing someone. Hearing this, Peter tells her that she can't go on mourning Nathan's death forever and she should go for it. Later Peter goes to the offices of J. Jonah Jameson's News Digest for an assignment.[Continuity 34] He realizes that he won't be able to get sensational photos without his spider-powers, but is glad that he doesn't have to deal with super-villains anymore. Just as he is thinking this, the Scorpion comes crashing into the office to kill J. Jonah Jameson once and for all.[Continuity 35] As he walks out of the office with Jameson as a prisoner, he tells the publisher that he would consider sparing his life if Spider-Man takes his place.

As the Scorpion gets away, Peter tries to call the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, but neither team is home.[Continuity 36] With no other choice, Peter calls Flash Thompson to ask if Felicia is around. While the Scorpion makes his demands to the police, Peter waits for Felicia to arrive with his Spider-Man costume. When Spider-Man and the Black Cat arrive on the scene, the Scorpion lets slip that he was hired by Doctor Turner, which comes as a surprise to Spider-Man. While the Black Cat tangles with the Scorpion, Spider-Man makes sure that Jonah is safe. As usual, Jameson figures that Spider-Man is in league with the Scorpion. Spider-Man doesn't have time for Jameson's recriminations and tells him to get to safety. When the Scorpion ambushes the wall-crawler, he just barely manages to grab onto the edge of the roof before he falls off. However, as the Black Cat continues to battle the Scorpion, Spider-Man loses his grip. Quick thinking, he fires a web line and swings into a nearby skylight. Spider-Man rushes up the stairs and tries to snare the Scorpion in a web ball, but the villain easily breaks free. The Black Cat leaps in to get Spider-Man out of harm's way.

However, Spider-Man can't just stand back and do nothing and leaps at his foe. The web-slinger is easily whipped away. Angered that Spider-Man was hurt, the Black Cat uses her claws to slash open the Scorpion's power pack and pushes him into a nearby rooftop swimming pool. This shorts out the Scorpion's tail. Without his primary weapon, the Scorpion leaps onto a passing helicopter to get away, but not before Spider-Man tags him with a modified spider-tracer. The pair rush to Doctor Turner's office and discover that it is totally deserted. Searching for clues, Spider-Man finds a laurel wreath in a trashcan and has a pretty good idea of who Doctor Turner really is.

Appearing in "War Garden!"

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Synopsis for "War Garden!"

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Amazing Spider-Man #343.

Since Spider-Man has lost his powers, the Black Cat agrees to swing him back home. She complains about how much he weighs prompting Spider-Man to joke that he is not to blame, but they both know otherwise. Peter thinks back to earlier when the Black Cat had brought him home after their last battle. Peter recounts how his powers were taken away from him by Doctor Turner, and that he has somehow been involved on the recent attacks on the wall-crawler since he lost his powers.[Continuity 37] When Black Cat returns Spider-Man home to Mary Jane, MJ remembers that she invited the Osborns and Flash Thompson over for dinner. This prompts Spider-Man (Peter) and the Black Cat (Felicia) to quickly change out of costume, with Mary Jane telling Felicia to take clothes from her closet. When Peter and Mary Jane answer the door, they invite their guests in. They are all stunned when Felicia enters the room wearing one of Mary Jane's revealing evening dresses. Mary Jane is unimpressed that Peter's ex-girlfriend is showing her up at her own party.[Continuity 38] However, seeing how Felicia is acting around Flash, Mary Jane is convinced that she actually cares for him. Peter is glad, because Felicia told him that she was helping him because of his friendship to Flash, and he needs Felicia to help him survive.

After the visit, Spider-Man uses his spider-tracer tracking device to lead them to the Botanical Gardens. Looking in from the roof, Spider-Man and Felicia see Doctor Turner meeting with the Femme Fatales, the Scorpion, and the Tarantula. Listening in, they are surprised when Doctor Turner reveals himself to be the Chameleon. They overhear the Chameleon telling his minions that the device he procured from the Tinkerer didn't eliminate Spider-Man's powers, only suppressed them. Hearing this, and realizing that he can't give up his powers, Spider-Man decides that he needs to use the machine to get his powers back. The Black Cat leaps through the window and keeps the villains distracted while the wall-crawler sneaks in, in the hopes of using the machine while his foes are distracted. However, the Chameleon has prepared for an attack and uses a device to activate some artificial plants that he planted in the area that begin restraining her. The Black Cat manages to break free and hold her own, taking out Knockout and Brainscan with the Tarantula's poison-tipped shoes. However, she is ambushed by the Scorpion, Bloodlust, and Whiplash. By this point, Spider-Man has figured out the machine and uses it to restore his powers. His spider-sense kicks in immediately, and he sees that the Black Cat has taken damage to her body.

With his powers back in full force, Spider-Man leaps into battle. First, he wraps up Bloodlust, followed by Whiplash and the Scorpion. When Spidey remembers the Chameleon, he sees the Black Cat who says she's going after the Chameleon,but when Spider-Man wonders what happened to her wounds, he sees the real Black Cat, and realizes that he was tricked by the Chameleon pretending to be the Black Cat. He hears the police arriving and decides to leave the villians to them, choosing instead to help the injured Black Cat escape. As they leave, Spider-Man wrecks the machine that suppressed his powers. In the aftermath of the battle, Black Cat is concerned because she has lost her powers. Peter apologizes, as he couldn't let the machine fall into the wrong hands. Although this is a huge change for her, she doesn't want Flash to know she was the Black Cat because he might figure out that she was toying with his emotions just to hurt Peter.[Continuity 39] Spider-Man assures her that he will keep her secret if she keeps his. The next day, Peter and Mary Jane go to visit Aunt May in Queens. There he asks his Aunt May a "hypothetical" question on if he should help someone in danger even if it means someone will get hurt or killed. May tells him that if he didn't try, he wouldn't be welcome in his house anymore. She reminds him of his sense of responsibility and how his Uncle Ben would be proud of him. As they finish their discussion, May's new boyfriend, Willie Lumpkin, arrives with a dozen roses. Interestingly, he tells May that she hit the jackpot, the very same words that Mary Jane said to Peter when they first met.[Continuity 40]

While at Blessing Hospital, a cocaine addict goes berserk with a knife, cutting Doctor Elias Wertham's arm. As his nurses restrain him, Wertham goes back to his office to paint over the Vibranium mesh that has replaced his skin, revealed by a knife cut. Elias had decided that he has waited on the sidelines long enough and that he will deal with the death merchants that peddle drugs as Cardiac.

Appearing in "Hearts and Powers"

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Amazing Spider-Man #344.

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Synopsis for "Hearts and Powers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #344.

Slipping past the guards in a warehouse, Spider-Man takes photos of chemicals that are used in the production of cocaine that is being kept there. As the wall-crawler begins taking photos for the Daily Bugle, his spider-sense begins to go off. Suddenly, one of the walls blows open, revealing a costumed individual calling himself Cardiac. The guards open fire, but the bullets bounce off Cardiac's invulnerable hide. He then turns his staff on the barrels of chemicals and blast them. That's when Spider-Man intervenes. At first, Cardiac is delighted to see a fellow crime fighter, but when Spider-Man points out that he can't just blow up property at a legitimate operation, Cardiac considers the wall-crawler an enemy and tries to blast the hero. Spider-Man dodges the blast, and while he is avoiding getting crushed by debris Cardiac makes his escape. Hearing police sirens, Spider-Man leaves the scene and changes back into Peter Parker. As the officers are cordoning off the area, he meets up with reporter Joy Mercado and confirms that he managed to get pictures inside. While Peter worries that the coincidence of Spider-Man and Peter Parker being in the same place might compromise his double identity, Doctor Elias Wirtham considers the implications of being Cardiac due to his Hippocratic oath as a physician. However, Wirtham takes to heart what Spider-Man told him during their battle, that the world is not perfect.

The next morning, Mary Jane has just finished acting a scene for her character on the soap opera "Secret Hospital". On break, she finds her husband, Peter Parker, have come bring her breakfast.[Continuity 41] Peter is glad that the scene, which involved Mary Jane kissing a co-actor, is all part of the script. This causes Mary Jane to feel guilty by the comment, given what almost happened between her and actor Jason Jerome.[Continuity 42] However, this unease is quickly forgotten as the couple sit down to eat. Meanwhile, at Wirtham Tower, Elias checks his schedule for the day. Learning that he has a charity function to attend that evening, he tells his secretary to cancel the appearance as he has more pressing matters to attend to. Entering his office, he remembers the vow that he made to someone special that set him on this course to take preventative measures to stop those whose illegal activities are ignored, hence his attack on the Spirdyne Chemicals warehouse the night before. He intends to use his newfound powers to right these sorts of shady operations.

At that moment, Justin Hammer is enjoying a tranquil vacation within his secret facility hidden within an arctic iceberg. He is informed of the financial losses caused by Cardiac's attack on the Sapirdyne Chemicals. Upset at being interrupted, Hammer tells his assistant to send his costumed operative the Rhino to, as he has prepared a new suit of armor for the villain. While at Empire State University, Peter Parker is busy working on a scientific experiment in his advanced chemistry class. Unfortunately, he is unable to focus on his work when he realizes that the chemicals he is using were produced the Sapirdyne. He decides to look into the company to find out what Cardiac's attack was all about. Later that evening, at Rykers Island, Eddie Brock exercises in his cell, much to the annoyance of his cellmate, Cletus Kasady, a notorious serial killer. Brock explains that he needs to keep his body in peak physical condition so that he can avenge the death of the symbiote that made him Venom.[Continuity 43] When Cletus explains that one can do what they want if they have the will to do it, which wearies Brock, who is unhappy with being cellmates with the killer. Looking out the window of their cell, Cletus is frightened by something he sees looking in on them. However, when they go for a closer look, there is nothing there.

Later that evening, Spider-Man swings across the city. Along the way, he passes the Osborn Chemical Company and he briefly wonders what the chemicals produced by his friend Harry's company does with the chemicals they create. Soon, he arrives at his destination, the Sapirdyne Chemical factory. Also arriving at the scene is Elias Wirtham, who changes into his costume inside his van and prepares to attack the facility. When Cardiac gets past the main gates, he is ambushed by the Rhino who is protecting the facility. Unprepared for an encounter with a supervillain, Cardiac begins to panic. As he flees the Rhino, Spider-Man arrives on the scene and attacks the Rhino. However, the Rhino rams into the wall, damaging the catwalk that Cardiac has fled to. As Spider-Man comes to Cardiac's aid, and when he tries to web up the Rhino, his webbing dissolves once it hits the villain's costume.[Continuity 44] When the Rhino charges again, Spider-Man manages to knock over a drum filled with liquid teflon to trip up his enemy.

In response, the Rhino pulls free a number of wires and throws them at Spider-Man, forcing the wall-crawler to dodge them. Before the Rhino could attack the hero, Cadiac interferes, sending the Rhino crashing through a wall. With the Rhino distracted, Cardiac uses his staff to blast the vats of chemicals he came to destroy, despite the protests from Spider-Man. With the live wires snaking on the ground near the highly flammable chemicals all the combatants flee the scene just moments before the chemical plant explodes. Spider-Man stays on the scene as firefighters. He hopes they can find a clue as to why Cardiac attacked the facility, as he doesn't have anymore answers than when he first arrived. When the reports of the incident get to Justin Hammer, he is amused to discover that Spider-Man tried to stop Cadiac and decides to use this to his advantage.

Appearing in "Gun From the Heart"

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Synopsis for "Gun From the Heart"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #345.

Cardiac continues his attacks on Sapirdyne Chemicals by targeting their main office. He blasts open a safe looking for records, however, he finds none. One of the executives tells him that the CEO, Mr. Sapir, had taken them early that morning. Cardiac figures they were taken intentionally after his last attack. Suddenly, the security guards come bursting into the room. Not wanting to hurt them, Cardiac tries stuns them with a blast from his beta-powered pulse staff. However, with bullets flying all over the office, Cardiac decides to leave the scene to find the information he is looking for and leaps out of the window. Quickly getting away, Cardiac slips into the ambulance that he has parked nearby and changes into his civilian guise of Doctor Elias Wertham. As he heads back to the hospital he owns, he fears that his attacks on Sapirdyne have caused them to start covering up their ethically questionable business deals. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is swinging across Queens trying to find some lead on Cardiac. He questions Cardiac's methods of attacking Sapirdyne's sale of chemicals to South America. While they could be used to produce cocaine, the chemicals also have a legitimate use and they can't jump to the conclusion that they are going to be used in criminal activity. No matter how noble Cardiac's intentions are, Spider-Man has to stop him. Moments later, Mary Jane arrives at Aunt May's house and worries that Peter is going to be late. However, he surprises her by arriving on time.[Continuity 45]

After Peter changes into his civilian clothes, he and Mary Jane are invited into May's house for lunch. Also, there is May's new boyfriend, Willie Lumpkin. Left alone with Willie while the women are serving lunch, Peter has an awkward time striking up a conversation with the mail man. Willie breaks the ice by telling Peter he knows how he must feel after the death of his Uncle Ben and the more recent passing of May's fiancee Nathan Lubenski, but he assures Peter that he has nothing but honorable intentions for May.[Continuity 46] Peter thanks Willie for speaking so candidly with him and apologizes for being stand-offish. Willie takes no offense as he knows Peter loves his aunt and only wants what is best for her. Meanwhile, at the Arctic retreat of industrialist Justin Hammer, the crooked businessman cannot take his mind off of how Cardiac is interfering with his business operations. Hammer decides to take things a step further, telling his assistant Phillip Barnett to get him the contact information for the press and various embassies located in New York City.

Two days later, Peter Parker still has found no trace of Cardiac and it has started to affect his grades. Returning to Empire State University, Peter comes across a poster of Silver Sable asking Spider-Man to contact her immediately. He wonders what Sable wants with his alter-ego this time. Changing into Spider-Man, the wall-crawler pays a visit to the Symkarian Embassy where Silver Sable introduces him to Herschel Sapir the owner of Sapirdyne Chemicals who has hired Silver Sable International to deal with Cardiac. Since he also knows that Spider-Man had previously assisted Silver Sable in the past he has also asked for the web-slingers assistance as well. He is willing to pay Spider-Man for his time, and the web-slinger accepts the offer although he doesn't entirely trust Sapir considering he had hired the Rhino to protect one of his chemical plants. At sunset, Elias Wertham's media alert system informs him of a news report about how Sapirdyne Chemicals making a massive shipment of chemicals aboard the S.S. Palermo in what the company insists is a legal sale of chemicals. Seeing this Elias begins to be wracked with pain. He rushes to his secret lab where he uses the maintenance program to stabilize his artificial heart that not only keeps him alive but also channels his powers. He insists that he must stay alive as long as possible so he can fulfill the promise he made to his brother Josh.

That evening, tugboats pull the S.S. Palermo out of New York Harbor for its trip.[Continuity 47] Onboard, the ship is Spider-Man, who is on board to protect the ship from attack by Cardiac. Also on board is an Australian man who has been to hired to deal with Spider-Man after. While at Riker's Island, Eddie Brock continues his ongoing exercise regime, much to the annoyance of his cellmate Cletus Kasady, a notorious serial killer. Suddenly, the window of their sell is filled with a black substance that seems to be alive. Cletus is frightened by the mass, but Eddie Brock is delighted to see that his symbiote is alive after all.[Continuity 48] Bonding with his "other", Eddie Brock then smashes the outer wall of his cell and flees. Cletus is still frightened but figures the incident is over with, unaware that the symbiote left a dripping portion of itself on the bars of the window.

By this time, the tugboats have finished pulling the ship out to sea. No sooner than the S.S. Palermo begins its voyage, Spider-Man's spider-sense goes off. He warns the crew to abandon ship and they all comply except for the Australian man. He turns out to be Spider-Man's foe Boomerang. Meanwhile, Spider-Man confronts Cardiac in the ship's cargo hold. He tries to reason with Cardiac, telling him that laws are not to be broken, even if they need to be changed. Not willing to listen, Cardiac opens fire with his beta-staff, but the wall-crawler dodges it. The hero then tries to pull the weapon from Cardiac's hands but fails. As the battle rages, Boomerang watches from the sidelines. Even though Justin Hammer ordered him not to reveal himself until after the battle is over and to finish whoever was left. However, the villain wants to make a reputation for himself and attacks the pair. He tosses two "disruptorangs". While one briefly stuns Spider-Man, the other affects Cardiac's, artificial heart. Seeing Cardiac in distress, the wall-crawler quickly stops Boomerang's attack by webbing up one of his rocket boots sending him flying out of control into the ocean.

When Spider-Man turns to aid Cardiac, he discovers that his foe has recovered and he successfully blasts a hole in the ship, causing it to sink. Cardiac gloats that he has struck a crippling blow to Sapirdyne Chemicals that will lead to the organization's financial ruin. Summoning a glider, Cardiac makes his escape despite Spider-Man's failed attempt to tag him with a spider-tracer. While back ashore, Eddie Brock climbs out of the waters. With his symbiote enveloping his entire body, he becomes Venom once more.

Appearing in "Elliptical Pursuit"

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Synopsis for "Elliptical Pursuit"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #346.

In the dead of night, Sly Fenster is pulling confidential reports from The Daily Globe database. Catching the reflection of large eyes and a toothy grin on the screen he wheels around to find Venom hanging from a web above him. Stating how he had always assumed Sly hadn't held his position as a reporter in the same reverence as he (Brock) once had, Venom webs up Sly's face and begins to trawl the database for any experiments which may be of help in his quest for "justice".[Continuity 49] Settling on one, Venom returns his attention to Sly only to find he has suffocated. Despite his dislike for the man, Venom apologizes that his death held no glory - which will not be the case when he kills Spider-Man.

Having heard of Brock's recent escape, Peter is desperately attempting to get MJ on a train so she can lay low at her sisters. She is indignant but eventually, Peter persuades her, though she still hates the idea of leaving Peter alone against the mad-man.[Continuity 50] Making his way back through Soho, Peter runs into Flash Thompson and Felicia Hardy, who ask if he wants to hang-out. Knowing this will only place them in more imminent danger, Peter tells them he has work to do at the university. Though Felicia offers her help, he tells her that its something he has to handle alone.[Continuity 51] Musing on his history with Venom, Peter goes for a coffee - only to find Brock waiting for him on the next seat. The two leave the café and Brock explains that the cancer that Styx induced in the symbiote merely placed it into a coma while it battled the malady.[Continuity 52] When it fought off the illness it returned for him, and Parker knows why. Peter leads them to an alleyway - if he must fight, there should be as few casualties as possible. Suddenly a gun-wielding man steps from the shadows and demands their money, and threatens to shoot Peter for his meager $30, to which Brock responds by throwing the guy against the wall, informing the man that no-one has that right but Him. The man faints and he is released, all for the best Brock decides - too many have died already, but none as deserving as Spider-Man. He realizes that he is now alone in the alley, but no matter - he is patient and it's a small world...Above, Peter is ashamed of his decision to hide - its time he found a way to permanently put Venom out of commission.

Awaking the following morning in a run-down hotel, Peter checks his phone messages. Professor Swan from the university called to inform him that there has been a breakthrough in cryogenics at Moleed Labs, who can now successfully and safely quick-freeze a human, and would he be interested in hearing his input having read his published paper on the subject. The other message is from Brock; wishing him a good nights sleep. Slamming the receiver down, Peter puts two-and-two together...

Spider-Man swings through the Bronx, the quickest route to Moleed Labs (and, he dwells, the first place he met Venom), while an unseen Venom peruses. Venom punches Spidey in the face with a cry of "TAG!", sending him tumbling into a wall. Spidey tries to regain himself, but Venom is already launching the second blow from above him. Spider-Man grips the wall to slow the fall and waits for the next attack, ducking out the way as Venom's fists land and quickly following up by kicking him from his perch whilst his balance is off. Venom crashes into a water tower, admittedly impressed by the spider's underhanded strike. Hoping Venom is now in a blind enough fury to simply peruse without the games, Spider-Man continues his way to the lab, speeding up as he notices his quarry gaining. Confused as to why his spider-sense has activated when the symbiote doesn't trigger it, he narrowly avoids the steel girder that Venom threw from the construction site below, causing him to lose hold of his webline. Angling himself, he lands safely on the wall of the Bronx zoo, only to have Venom barrel-roll him through it instantly, which breaks the bars of the lion cage behind it. Venom saves the crowd by webbing up the cat and resumes the chase. Realising he'll not survive long enough to get Venom to the lab, Spidey decides its time to take the offensive. As Venom swings under a Brooklyn Bridge arch, Spider-Man leaps from his hiding place and landing a blow on his face that sends Venom crashing into a support cable. He quickly regains himself, no longer willing to waste time with games.

Spider-Man arrives at a deserted Moleed Labs, hoping he didn't lose Venom - who then tackles him through the door. Not waiting for Venom to regain himself, Spidey runs off in search of the cryo-labs, eventually finding a man who points him in the right direction. Spidey thanks him and sets off, the man telling him to think nothing of it as the symbiote's disguise peels away. Spider-Man sees the door to the control center (assuming that the controls on the outside must be for auxiliary power) and swings inside - only to find the room is empty. The door slams shut behind him, and Venom observes his captured foe from the viewing window while discarding the makeshift sign that covered the door's "Danger: Cryogenic Chamber" warning. As Spider-Man becomes increasingly immobile with cold, Venom explains that he read that this installation has since been closed down due to budget constraints and that it was He who made Professor Swan call Parker. The horror seeps in, and Venom concludes that he knew Spidey would take the bait. "Yesterday, we told that mugger you were ours! And now you are!".

Appearing in 14th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #347.



Synopsis for 14th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #347.



Appearing in "Righteous Sand"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #348.

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Synopsis for "Righteous Sand"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #348.

After publicly joining the Avengers, the Sandman shows off to the neighborhood children on Coney Island.[Continuity 53] He is called back into the Cassada house where he has been renting a room for months. Rosa Cassada tells William that she has the unfortunate task to ask him to leave, explaining that the media attention hasn't given her family a moments rest. She tells him that she and her family deserve a normal life, something that the Sandman can understand. Going to the front door, he tries to scare away the press but realizes that it won't stop as long as he lives here. Dissolving into sand mode, the reformed villain slips away. Although his life on the straight and narrow has been difficult, he is still proud to be a member of the Avengers, even though he is only on the reserves. While in Soho, Peter Parker complains to his wife about just the same thing, as his wife prepares for her daily shoot on the set of "Secret Hospital".[Continuity 54] Mary Jane barely registers his complaints as she gets ready and heads out. Needing to blow some steam off, Peter changes into Spider-Man goes web-slinging. He thinks about his recent brush with death battling Venom and wonders if he is suffering from some kind of post-traumatic stress.[Continuity 55]

Since Mary Jane has moved on with her life, Peter figures he should try to do the same thing and heads for the Daily Bugle. There, he approaches J. Jonah Jameson for some work, but Jameson is too busy to talk to him. That's when Peter is tipped off by Ben Urich that there is a strange shipment coming in through the Brooklyn Trainyards this afternoon. Peter thanks Ben for the tip and decides to go and see if there is something worth taking pictures of. While in Brooklyn, the Sandman is approached by a concerned citizen who tells him that he saw some men in camouflage loading weapons into the back of a truck. The Sandman goes to the address given to him, and he overhears how the men are intending to rob a shipment of radioactive materials to sell to terrorists and decides to do something about it. While at Empire State University, Peter considers getting in touch with the Avengers. When he walks into class, he is surprised to see it is filled with international students. Professor Swann tells Peter that the lab has been put on loan for the day. With nowhere else to go to get his minds off things, Peter decides to check out that lead that was given to him by Ben Urich. At that same moment, Sandman frightens a kid selling counterfeit watches on a street corner so he can get a quarter and use a pay phone to call the Avengers.

When Spider-Man arrives at the rail yard, his spider-sense begins to go off just as another train pulls up next to the government train. As he starts taking pictures, he suddenly notices the Sandman leaping onto the scene to warn the American soldiers about the attempted theft. With their cover blown, the mercenaries deploy their helicopters and troops to steal the radioactive materials. The military troops are soon knocked out by has, but Sandman is able to slip past. He is joined by Spider-Man in taking out the mercenaries. During the battle, one of the helicopters makes away with a tanker of toxic waste. That's when the Vision, Thor, Sersi, Quasar, the Black Widow, Captain America, and She-Hulk of the Avengers arrive on the scene. Captain America tosses his shield out of their Quinjet cutting through the cables holding the radioactive materials. As Thor slows its fall, it is caught by She-Hulk. When the chopper tries to fire missiles at the heroes, Quasar deflects the warheads with his Quantum Bands. Sersi then uses her powers to transmute the helicopter into glass.

In the aftermath of the battle, while Captain America commends Sandman for his work, he reminds him that the Avengers are chartered to deal with global threats only. Before Cap can explain anything further, Sandman jumps to the conclusion that he is being asked to resign from the Avengers and storms off. However, Captain America only wanted to tell him to be more careful next time. Sersi tries to console Captain America by telling him that the Sandman will come to his senses sooner or later. Unfortunately, that may not be the case as the Sandman begins considering going back into crime again. After dropping his photos off at the Daily Bugle, Peter returns home that evening to find Mary Jane asleep in bed. He feels bitter because he isn't getting the attention from her he needs. As he thinks this, Mary Jane briefly wakes up and says that she missed him and snuggles up. Looking at his wife, Peter realizes that he has been an idiot for thinking his wife was neglecting his needs. This gets him thinking about the Sandman who doesn't have the benefits that he does. Meanwhile, the Black Fox has returned to New York aboard a cruise ship. As he disembarks, one of his fellow passengers trips as she walks off the ship. The Fox catches her and secretly palms a gold broach she is wearing. He figures this stolen property will help finance what he needs for his planned jewel heist.

Appearing in "Man of Steal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #349.

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Synopsis for "Man of Steal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #349.

The Black Fox is back in New York City to commit yet another heist. He breaks into the penthouse apartment of Robert Chalmers who is off on a safari. After he disables the security system, the Black Fox finds this the ideal place to stay, especially since Robert's brother, Roy, bears a striking resemblance to the Black Fox. The next day, he cements his ruse by convincing the landlord and the building staff that Robert Chalmers died in an accident and as his "brother" he is the executor of Robert's will. This allows him to secure the location so he can plan his heist.

The next morning, Spider-Man catches a purse snatcher on his way home. He is disappointed that the incident happened so quickly that he didn't get a chance to set up his camera to take pictures. However, he at least has an assignment to photograph the Trask Diamond. He arrives back home to discover his wife Mary Jane is hope.[Continuity 56] She tells him that she wanted to surprise him, knowing that she hasn't been as present and Peter is still dealing with his recent battle with Venom.[Continuity 57] With 20 minutes to spare before she has to go back to the studio for taping, the couple decides to take advantage of the situation for a little romance. Meanwhile, at JFK International Airport, air traffic control is in an uproar when they have to allow a priority landing for a state aircraft owned by the Latverian government.

At that moment in Midtown Manhattan, the Black Fox uses his false credentials to sell a number of jewels stolen in Europe to a fence to further fund his new heist. The next day, at the Trask Center, Raymond Trask unveils the Trask Diamond. Among those in the audience is Peter Parker who is taking photos of the event for Kim Drunter, the finance reporter for the Daily Bugle. While Trask continues to boast to the audience, elsewhere in the building, the Black Fox sneaks inside through the vents and knocks out the security guards on his way to the Trask Diamond. Using the devices he purchased with his fence money, the Black Fox is able to steal the diamond right in front of the entire audience. Peter tells Kim to call this into the Bugle while he goes to find out what's going on. Peter is about to slip to change into Spider-Man when he spots the Black Fox trying to sneak out disguised as a security guard. After changing into costume, Spider-Man catches the Black Fox as he is changing out of his disguise in a back alley. Caught red-handed, the Black Fox begs Spider-Man not to send him to prison because he is an old man. Wondering why he keeps on going easy against the Black Fox, the wall-crawler agrees, agreeing to let the elderly thief go if he hands over the diamond and promises to leave town. The Black Fox appears to comply, but as he runs off instead, Spider-Man tags him with a spider-tracer to keep tabs on him. That evening at the Latverian embassy, one of the staff reports that the man they are searching for has been located and they will capture him in a matter of hours. He is told he has an hour to complete this task or face death.

While in Soho, Peter Parker is too preoccupied to sleep. He tells Mary Jane about how he keeps letting the Black Fox go and wonders why. When Mary Jane tells him to come back to bed, Peter tells her he can't go to sleep until he does something. Changing into Spider-Man he goes out to look for the Black Fox. Eventually, he locates him and follows the thief as he drives to an abandoned resort on Long Island. There he meets with the members of a Japanese gang to turn over the diamond. The exchange is interrupted by Spider-Man and begins trouncing the gangsters. The Black Fox and their leader find themselves in a stand-off for the exchange of goods. Unfortunately, Spider-Man uses his webbing to snap open the mobster's briefcase causing the money to get caught up in the wind kicked up by his escape helicopter. The Black Fox tries to flee again, but Spider-Man is still able to follow him thanks to his spider-tracer. Cornering him in an indoor pool, Spider-Man is about to nab the Black Fox when they are interrupted by Doctor Doom who has come for the Black Fox as well.

Appearing in "Doom Service!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #350.

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Synopsis for "Doom Service!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #350.

While trying to catch the Black Fox at an abandoned resort on Long Island, Spider-Man is interrupted by the arrival of Doctor Doom. Doom is after the Black Fox. When the wall-crawler demands to know why the monarch of Latveria would want with a cat burglar like the Black Fox, Doom refuses to explain himself and blasts Spider-Man away. He then corners the Black Fox and demands that he turn over the diamond known as the Dragon's Egg. The Black Fox plays dumb, but Doctor Doom knows that the Black Fox stole the emerald while it was on loan to the Monaco Museum. The Black Fox then tries to explain to Doom that he already sold the diamond. Before Doom can harm the old man, Spider-Man ambushes him from behind. While the wall-crawler is busy deflecting Doctor Doom's finger blasts, the Black Fox manages to escape. Spider-Man, meanwhile, is knocked out. When he regains consciousness he finds that Doctor Doom has been waiting for him to wake up. Doom tells Spider-Man that he is going to die because the Dragon's Egg was a powerful emerald owned by his mother, a powerful sorceress. Doom goes on to say that this treasured heirloom from his mother was kept with the Latverian crown jewels and it's inclusion at the Monaco display was an error. Since Spider-Man interfered with his attempt to regain the stolen jewel, the monarch of Latveria intends to see the masked hero dead. His opening salvo strikes a gas operated stove causing a massive explosion. Disorientated by the blast, Spider-Man tries to get to safety, but Doom easily catches up to him. Realizing that he is no match for Doom, Spider-Man tries to flee and takes more of a beating.

Managing to get outside, Spider-Man hears police sirens arriving on the scene. Knowing that Doom wants to keep the recovery of the jewel a personal affair, the wall-crawler convinces him that it will become incredibly public when the authorities and the press have arrived on the scene. He then convinces Doom to give him 24 hours to recover the diamond. Although Spider-Man is grateful to have survived the experience, he wonders if this is merely a stay of execution. Meanwhile, the Black Fox returns to his hideout and decides the past course of action is to use the Trask Diamond in order to recover the Dragon's Egg, but decides to get some rest first. The next morning, Peter Parker wakes up dazed and confused. Mary Jane is worried about him, but Peter assures her that she should go to work and he'll be fine.[Continuity 58] When Mary Jane is gone, Peter gets out of bed to get on with his day, however, he feels incredibly dizzy and decides against going out as Spider-Man. Meanwhile, uptown, the Black Fox arrives at his fence's office and discovers that he has already sold the Dragon's Egg. The fence refuses to reveal who he sold it too, until the Black Fox agrees to give all the money he has on him.

Later, Peter Parker gets off the bus on his way to Empire State University. He is shocked to discover his Uncle Ben is standing there waiting for him. When Peter points out that his Uncle is dead, Ben tells him that he can't let something like death keep him from being there for Peter. Peter admits that he needs advice because he keeps on letting the Black Fox get away because the elderly thief somehow reminds him of his uncle. Ben reminds Peter of how he and Peter's Aunt May raised him after Peter's parents died.[Continuity 59] He then recounts how Peter was bitten by a radioactive spider, and let fame get to his head. By allowing a burglar to run free, Peter signed the death warrant for Ben when that same burglar later tried to rob the Parker home.[Continuity 60] Ben explains that since then he has worked to atone for the death of Uncle Ben. Ben also points out that this also has made Peter seek the approval to elderly men like the Black Fox and Dominic Fortune.[Continuity 61] Ben concludes by reminding Peter that the Black Fox is a crook and he has no reason to get his approval. When Peter arrives at Empire State University, he is convinced that he is really talking to hus Uncle Ben and tries to introduce his "uncle" to Professor Swann and his assistant before suddenly passing out.

Meanwhile, at the Latverian Embassy, Doctor Doom waits in his office counting down the hours Spider-Man has left to recover the Dragon's Egg. Later, at the Blessing Hospital, Peter Parker wakes up and is told by the doctors that he has suffered a concussion. Although the doctor and Mary Jane insist that Peter stay overnight for observation, Peter refuses, telling them that he has so much to do. When Peter and Mary Jane return home, he insists that he has to bring the Black Fox to justice, explaining that even though the appearance of Uncle Ben was probably a hallucination, what it had to say made sense. Mary Jane tries to understand, but after his injury, she thinks that he is committing suicide. Later, the Black Fox floors it over to New Jersey after spending the day to get the equipment he needs to get the Dragon's Egg back, unaware that Spider-Man has hitched a ride on the back of his car. He soon arrives at the mansion owned by reclusive millionaire Andrew Carpathian. As Black Fox sneaks past the guards and security system he continues to remain unaware that he is also clearing a way for Spider-Man as well.

Unknown to them at this time, Andrew Carpathian is a direct descendant of Ambros Carpathian, an occultist who attempted to mystically control a swarm of carnivorous insects. He tells his followers, the Arcane Order of the Night, how the swarm was released and disposed of recently by Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Outlaws.[Continuity 62] However, using the Dragon's Egg as a power source, they have developed a device to bring the swarm back to Earth. Both Spider-Man and the Black Fox overhear this and agree to work together to prevent this from happening. The pair leap through the skylight. While they are busy fighting the cultists, Andrew activates the device. Suddenly, Doctor Doom comes crashing through the wall, coming to recover his jewel and nothing more. Dodging the flying bullet, Spider-Man manages to swing up and snatch the Dragon's Egg from the device, saving the Earth. With the cultists fleeing the scene, Spider-Man returns the Dragon's Egg to Doctor Doom. Still, the monarch of Latveria demands a suitable punishment for the Black Fox. Since he has agreed to spare the thief's life, he takes the Trask Diamond and crushes it to worthless powder. After Doctor Doom leaves, the Black Fox once again tries to convince Spider-Man to let him go. However, Spider-Man is not falling for it this time, thinking of the advice given to him earlier by "Uncle Ben", Spider-Man takes the Black Fox into custody.

Appearing in "Spirits of the Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth HC #1.

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Synopsis for "Spirits of the Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth HC #1.

While on patrol, Spider-Man can't help but think the city looks beautiful that evening. However, the mood quickly changes when he spots a mugger trying to steal a woman's purse and flees. Spider-Man follows the man into a nearby alley where he meets up with his friend Louis. Spider-Man easily subdues the two crooks and then webs them up on a lamp post for the police. A short time later, the wall-crawler changes back into Peter Parker so he can meet his Aunt May at an east side restaurant for supper. He tells May how he and Mary Jane are going to be taking a second honeymoon.[Continuity 63] He tells May that one of Mary Jane's relatives, Mary MacLeod, had recently passed away. However, in a letter written before her death, she had written Mary Jane a letter, willing to her home in Scotland. Reading the letter to his aunt, Peter explains that there are some legal issues to tie up, but developers have been canvassing the people in town to buy up their properties.

Soon, Peter and Mary Jane make the trek to Scotland. As they are driven into the small town of Lochalsh, they pass by the historic Castle Duncraig. They are soon dropped off outside of an inn where they check into the room they had booked for the week.[Continuity 64] They are welcomed to the inn by its owner, Alan Sinclair. Sinclair knows that the Parkers have come to see Mary MacLeod's cottage and tells Mary Jane that her relative spoke fondly of Mary Jane before her passing. The following day, Peter and Mary Jane visit Mary's grave. Later, at her cottage, Mary Jane looks at the many photos that were taken over the years. She finds one of herself during her christening as a child. She then notices that Peter is looking sullen and asks him why. He admits to her that he misses the rumble of New York City. She tells him that they'll make rumbles of their own once she changes into something more suitable.

They return to the inn they are staying at and after Mary Jane has changed, they go down to the pub. Mary Jane's arrival catches the attention of a trio of men playing pool. One of them, Angus Munro, who finds her attractive. However, she quickly points out to him that she is married and introduces him to her husband, Peter. However, she agrees to play pool with them. While his wife is playing, Peter sits down at the bar and listens to one of the locals complaining about how the town is not the way it used to be. He tells of a strange feeling he has and attributes it to the faeiries of legend. Seeing the astonishing look on Peter's face, Alan Sinclair asks Peter if they don't have ghost stories in the United States. The elderly man takes no offense and claims that the faeiries were the responsible for the recent kidnapping of a young lord named Hugo Munroe. Angus joins the conversation, telling them that Hugo the Elder, the boy's father and Angus' uncle, has sat silently in the pub every night since the boy went missing. He says that his family has lived in the region for sixteen generations, working in the hills. However, now crop refuses to grow and he believes that it is the work of some kind of curse. Mary Jane begins joking about hiring ghostbusters, which makes Hugo Munroe, Sr. angry. Telling her that the faeiries are real and they still haunt this land. Hearing all this, Peter wonders what is really going on, but concludes that he doesn't like Angus Monroe. It's then that they are interrupted by the arrival of an elderly woman the locals know as Dark Mairi of the Shore.

Mairi insists that the faeiries are not responsible for the young lord's disappearance. She insists that over all the generations her family has lived in these lands they have always been good. She tells them that the faerie folk have at rest for centuries and that there is nothing wrong with their homes. Hugo doesn't believe her, and is about to get physical when Peter steps in, telling him to leave the old woman alone. Hugo composes himself and apologizes for his behavior, but Old Mairi has slipped away while nobody was looking. This all gives Peter a lot to think about, and Mary Jane suggests that they go to bed for the night. However, as soon as Mary Jane has fallen asleep, Peter changes into Spider-Man to investigate what's going on. However, Mary Jane wakes up as soon as he leaves his window, wishing her husband good luck and that she loves him. Spider-Man travels to Castle Duncraig to look around. Entering the ancient building, he finds a massive portrait of Hugo Munroe and his young son. He recalls how Alan told Peter about how the Munroe family has suffered many tragedies and that Hugo, his son, and his nephew Angus are the only surviving members of the entire family. He continues to look around for any clue to the whereabouts of young Hugo. He suddenly hears a strange howl coming from outside. Rushing outside, he sees the unbelievable sight of ghosts leaving the castle. Spider-Man's presence is noticed. One of the ghosts draws a sword and begins trying to attack the wall-crawler. Spider-Man manages to dodge the swings from the ghost. Suddenly, the spirit grows to tremendous size and with a swing of his sword, slices through one of the castle towers. Scrambling to stop himself from falling, Spider-Man saves himself with a web-line. Once on solid ground, he discovers that all the ghosts have since disappeared. Finding the entire experience almost impossible to believe, the masked hero decides to return home to the inn and try and get some sleep.

Peter's return wakes up Mary Jane and once her husband is sleeping soundly she decides to go down to the kitchen to make herself some tea. In the kitchen, she is cornered by Angus Munroe, who tries to make an advance on her. However, he is interrupted by his uncle Hugo. Angus takes this as a cue to leave and Mary Jane thanks Hugo for his help. At first, he blames her for what happened by walking around in her night clothes. Mary Jane reminds him what century they are living in and she can dress how she likes, and Hugo apologizes for being so rude.[Continuity 65] He then asks if he can sit down and join her for a cup of tea. Later, Mary Jane wakes Peter up and tells him of her encounter with Sir Hugo and how he invited her to a meeting with the townsfolk about the sale of the land. She also tells him that when he brought up Mairi, she was told that the old woman lives out on an island in the nearby loch that can be walked to during low tide.

Later that day, Peter decides to pay Mairi a visit to see what she can tell him about what's going on. As soon as he arrives on the island, she catches Peter from behind and tells him that she knows why he has come. Looking at the old woman, Peter briefly sees what Mairi looked like when she was a much younger woman. She invites him up to the top of the hill on her island. She explains to him that the faeries are long dead and she looks after their land and that they are not responsible for what is happening. When Peter tells her about the ghosts he saw at the castle, but she assures him that they are not the work of the faerie folk. He tells her that the Earth has her own magics that have since been covered by the glass and steal of the cities. However, in places like this, her magic is still alive. He suggests that Peter look around and see the magic in all the nature around them. After their talk, Peter heads back to the inn more confused than ever on whatever is going on in town. As it becomes dusk, Peter decides to listen in on the town council meeting. Changing into Spider-Man, he listens in from the rafters of the building. In the meeting, Angus is outlying the deal that the businessmen have offered to buy all their properties and asks if Lord Hugh has anything to say. Hugh doesn't and that's when Alan Sinclair takes the podium. He tells people that this is their home, pointing out that they don't know where they are all going to if they sell. Even though they had been facing many hardships of late, they shouldn't give up on their ancestral home. With this final appeal, Hugh tells Mary Jane that someday she may understand and leaves.

Hearing all of this, Spider-Man decides that he needs to learn more about Angus. As the people begin filing out of the meeting hall, Spider-Man watches from the roof. Suddenly, there is a bright flash of light that comes from the castle. Suddenly, horrific ghosts on horseback come flying toward the village. As the villagers begin to panic, the ghoulish horse riders head toward Spider-Man and dissolve into mist. The people see this, spotting the wall-crawler and one of them thinks that he is a demon. The frightened crowd then turns into a mob that tries to attack the wall-crawler. Spider-Man attempts to flee the scene, but it is difficult for him to get away quickly due to the lack of tall buildings. Spider-Man briefly manages to hide out in the shadows of a bridge. He then heads to the churchyard where he hopes he can change into his civilian clothes. However, he has to step past a herd of cows that are resting in a nearby field. Unfortunately, he accidentally steps on the tail of a young calf. The sound of the young cow reacting to this draws the mob in Spider-Man's direction again. Hiding up in a tree, the web-spinner worries that Mary Jane might do something to cover for him that may get her hurt. Suddenly, Mairi arrives on the scene and assures Mary Jane that she has the situation under control.

She approaches the mob and uses their superstitions and her position as the town elder to convince them to disubrse. Once they are gone, Mairi sees right through Spider-Man's mask, implying that she knows that he is Peter Parker. She then convinces Mary Jane and Spider-Man to accompany her to deal with the ghosts that apparently haunt the nearby castle. Spider-Man briefly protests, but the old woman insists that this is what needs to be done. Spider-Man leaves his wife in Mairi's care and scales the castle wall. Mairi tells Mary Jane that while Spider-Man has great strengths, they have their own and asks Mary Jane to provide her own youthful energies to help Mairi with her spell. Mary Jane agrees to do all she can to help. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has gone into the mansion. He thinks about all of his past encounters with the supernatural, usually with Doctor Strange, and the one thing about the ghosts he has experienced here is the fact that they don't set off his spider-sense. In one of the rooms, Spider-Man is confronted with the ghost of the warrior he encountered earlier. Suspecting that this is nothing more than a hologram, the wall-crawler stands completely still. Sure enough, when the alleged specter lunges at the hero, it passes harmlessly through him.

Detecting a hum coming from below, Spider-Man decides to go into the dungeon below and see what's going on. In the dungeon, he finds a drainage plug and pulls it out. There he discovers a huge cavern below. There he discovers a massive crystal, as well as some kind of sophisticated operation, happening that appeared to be mining something from the crystal and shipping it out via a secret underground highway. Getting in for a closer look, Spider-Man happens upon two guards of the Hellfire Club. He overhears them complaining about wanting to get out of the cavern, and they can't wait until the locals leave so they don't have to hide their operation anymore. Spider-Man knocks them out and continues his search. He finds the central hub of the operation. He overhears two scientists talking about an orbiting satellite has just been launched. They are preparing the crystal as acting as a power source for the satellite, which is a powerful weapon they intend to use to dominate the world. It's by this time that Spider-Man is spotted by a security camera and the guards are sent to his location. When Spider-Man webs up the soldiers, the two scientists decide to test out their weaponized crystal on him. Turning in their weapon, it blasts the wall-crawler into unconsciousness.

When Spider-Man awakens he finds himself in a holding cell with Sir Hugh. When Spider-Man begins trying to find a way out, Hugh warns him not to touch the energies creating their cell, showing the wall-crawler his bloodied hands. Hugh explains that they are probably not going to get out alive. He tells Spider-Man how his family used to be wealthy and had fallen on hard times. When these men came looking to purchase the land, Hugh refused and they kidnapped his son in order to force him into complying. They are interrupted by Angus who explains that during his research into the family history, he discovered a previously unspoken branch of their family. That one of his ancestors, Duncan Munro was a member of the infamous Hellfire Club. Duncan was disowned by this family member due to the Hellfire Club's infamy. He explains that he decided to reclaim this lost heritage. Exploring the family castle, he discovered the enormous crystal. He then took a piece of it to the Hellfire Club and showed it to their inner circle. They were impressed and agreed to help him exploit the power of the crystal. With his plan explained, Angus orders the Hellfire Club soldiers to bring out Sir Hugh's son so he can watch his father be executed.

Before committing this execution, Angus explains that they will kill Spider-Man this evening, then eradicate the townspeople the next day. This whole time, Mary Jane and Mairi have been standing in silence holding hands. Apparently channeling the power of the Earth Mother, the ground begins to quake. This causes the cavern to begin to collapse. The damage caused cuts off the power, taking down the energies that keep Spider-Man and Sir Hugh confined. As Spider-Man leaps out to deal with the guards, Angus flees with young Hugh. After Spider-Man has incapacitated the guards, he discovers that Sir Hugh had be shot and is dying. The lord takes a ring off his finger and has Spider-Man promise to give it to his son. Spider-Man pursues Angus, taking down Hellfire Club enforcers along the way. However, once he reaches the tunnel out, he is swarmed by a crowd of soldiers. As he tries to get around them, the back of his head is grazed by a bullet, dazing him. As Spider-Man struggles to stay on his feet, his spider-sense begins going wild, warning him the cavern is about to collapse. Miraculously, the falling debris lands only on the Hellfire Club soldiers. However, Spider-Man didn't survive unscathed, as his arm was injured.

Spider-Man follows the cavern up to the surface where he finds Mary Jane and Mairi. Angus had struck his wife, but she assures Peter that she'll be fine. The wall-crawler then finds Angus at the side of a nearby cliff, threatening to drop young Hugh to his death. Spider-Man confronts him even though he has a broken arm. Angus drops Hugh on the ground in order to pummel the wall-crawler. Watching this, Mairi tells Mary Jane to take her hands again as she believes the magic of the Earth can still help. Surprisingly, Spider-Man finds a new source of strength and beats Angus into submission. Admitting that he is as weak as the rest of his family, Angus decides that there is only one noble way to bring honor to himself. Before Spider-Man can stop him, Angus leaps off the edge of the cliff into the waters below. As soon as Spider-Man rescues Hugh and takes him to safety, there is a sudden volcanic eruption in the cavern below them, destroying all trace of the crystal. Surprisingly, Castle Duncraig survived the blast. Days later, Peter and Mary Jane are preparing to head back to the United States. They stop by Mairi's home one last time where Hugh will be cared for until the family castle is restored to its former glory. Mairi believes that once young Hugh is old enough, he will become a great lord and restore the village to its former glory. After saying goodbye, Mairi tells Peter to remember her and her people once he returns to the big city he calls home. On the flight back to America, Peter believes that he certainly will.

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



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