Appearing in "Hermit-Age!"
- Mister Fantastic
- Human Torch
- Jonathon Ohnn
- Cloak (On-screen)
- Dagger (Recap)
- Cloak (Recap)
- Silvermane (Recap)
- Answer (Recap)
- Aunt May (Recap)
- New York City
- Tibet (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "Hermit-Age!"
Spider-Man is web-slinging through the city to clear his head. His mind thinks back to recent events, primarily his recent clash with the Kingpin who had attempted to revive his rival Silvermane as his slave. This led to Spider-Man joining forces with the vigilantes known as Cloak and Dagger to stop him.[Continuity 1] He also thinks about his personal problems, such as his Aunt May being upset with him for quitting grad school,[Continuity 2] and the tension in his relationship with the Black Cat.[Continuity 3] Lastly, he thinks about the alien costume he brought back to Earth from the Secret Wars.[Continuity 4] Has just recently learned that the costume was a symbiotic creature that was trying to permanently bond with him. After making this discovery, he had the costume removed and gave it to Mister Fantastic for observation.[Continuity 5] As he swings onward, Spider-Man suddenly has a craving for a bottle of Lotto Cola and wonders why unaware that he had done some of his thinking atop of a billboard advertising the popular soft drink.
The effective advertising is the work of one Timothy Quail, an incredibly anxious man who works for an advertising firm. When his bosses demand that he give a presentation on their next ad campaign, the reclusive Quail resists and has to be dragged down to the boardroom. One of the ad executives wonders how this timid man can be so great at advertising. His co-worker explains Timothy's story, explaining that is a native New Yorker, who grew up a loner that kept to himself. However, at a very young age, he discovered that he had the uncanny ability to come up with solutions to the problems of others. As a child, he used this to help his friends ask girls out and how to get out of trouble with their parents. Soon his intuitive knowledge of human nature became known to the children of the neighborhood who would line up for hours to get his advice. However, young Timothy Quail hated all the attention his gift brought him. When he grew old enough, he moved out of New York and hid from civilization in the mountains of Tibet. However, knowledge of his amazing gifts soon brought travelers to the cave he called home. It didn't help by this point that Quail had grown a long beard and wore robes. Eventually, Timothy discovered that he could package things for sale and abandoned his hermitage to return to New York and work in advertising. One boon to this new job is that most executives in the industry leave him alone until he has to make a presentation.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man scours the city looking for some crime to photograph for the Daily Bugle. The only thing he finds is some men removing trash from the side of the building. His spider-sense goes off, and he decides to go down and ask them what they are doing. However, the men clearing the rubbish, claim that they are not doing anything illegal. When one of them mentions J. Jonah Jameson's anti-Spider-Man editorials, Spider-Man becomes frustrated and leaves, thinking he needs to hire a good PR man. As he leaves, he wonders what could have triggered his spider-sense, and hopes that it is not a side effect of being a host to an alien symbiote. After the Spider-Man leaves, the men gloat over being able to trick him, as the "trash" they are removing is actually stolen loot. At that moment, at the advertising firm on Madison Avenue, Timothy Quail is congratulated for his latest presentation, and he is told to take the rest of the day off. Outside, Timothy is grabbed by some men and ushed into a limo. The man waiting for him in the passenger seat wants to know all about his abilities.
Later, at the Baxter Building, the Human Torch enters Mister Fantastic's lab and is almost tricked into thinking that Spider-Man's symbiote costume has escaped from its containment cylinder. However, before Johnny can open the cylinder, he is stopped by Mister Fantastic. Reed reveals the symbiote's trick by bombarding it with a sonic blast, revealing it was hiding on the ceiling of its cell. Johnny thanks Reed for stopping him before he made a serious error in judgement. At that moment, at the Kingpin's headquarters, the crime boss curses Spider-Man and the Black Cat for interfering with his plans to use Dagger to cure his wife Vanessa from her catatonic state.[Continuity 6] He vows to get revenge against his two costumed foes, however with the apparent death of the Answer, he wonders who will succeed him as the Kingpin's chief assassin.[Continuity 7] At that moment, in the Kingpin's lab, his scientists are busy cleaning up the damage done during the clash between the Kingpin and Cloak. One of them is a scientist named Jonathon Ohnn, who decides to review the footage of the battle. Noticing the strange energies eminating from Cloak, Ohnn discovers that this energy comes from another dimension. He figures after significant examination, Jonathon could duplicate Cloak's powers.
The next day, Peter Parker arrives at the offices of the Daily Bugle to see Joe Robertson about getting a photo assignment. Unfortunately, Robertson has nothing for him, but he tells Peter to look into a series of robberies that have been committed of late. He tells him how a bunch of thieves robbed a building disguised as workmen. Peter realizes that these were the men he encountered as Spider-Man the day before. Peter tells Joe that he'll try to drump up some leads on that story. On his way out, he happens upon Flash Thompson who is visiting Betty Leeds. Flash is gloating about how he could have taken on the Asgardian warriors they encountered together recently.[Continuity 8] When Peter tries to greet Flash, he accuses him of interfering with his relationship with Sha Shan and storms out.[Continuity 9] When Peter asks Betty what she is doing hanging out with Flash, she tells him that even though she is married she can have male friends and tells him to mind his own business.[Continuity 10]
Meanwhile, the mobster who has kidnapped Timothy Quail has been using his abilities to try an edge over the major players in the city's organized crime. This has been made complicated by the conflict between the Kingpin and the Rose, as well as the return of Silvermane and the Hobgoblin.[Continuity 11] With Qauil's success, the mobster decides that it is time for a big hit and they begin planning. That evening, Peter Parker changes into Spider-Man and goes to the roof of his apartment to meet up with the Black Cat. When she arrives, Spider-Man demands to know where she got her new powers. When she sputters at this, he reminds her that some of the other heroes he was with on Battleworld during the Secret War told her about her hunt for powers. This combined with her ability to hold her own against super-powered villains, somehow knowing the Answer worked for the Kingpin, and how the Kingpin said she owed him a debt, things are not adding up. The Cat makes up a series of lies, including how this debt was carried over from her father before his death.[Continuity 12] When Spider-Man presses her for answers, the Black Cat gets upset and tells him that if he can't trust her, then they have nothing more to talk about and swings away.
Spider-Man tries to follow after her, but his spider-sense warns him of some danger below. All he sees are a number of joggers. However, upon closer examination, Spider-Man notices that the leader of the pack is scrawny, while the other joggers are overweight. Spider-Man decides to follow after them to figure out what's going on. Suddenly, the juggers come upon an armored car, and the men start strong arming the guards. Spider-Man swoops in to stop them, and rounds up the crooks neatly. When one of them tries to attack Spider-Man from behind, Timothy Quail warns him. With the mobsters being arrested, Spider-Man asks Quail about his involvement in the whole scheme. Timothy explains that he was forced into helping the mobsters due to his unique abilities. After hearing his explantion, and his desire to be left alone, Spider-Man suggests that Quail just change his "package". The next day, Peter's photos appear in the Daily Bugle. The advertising firm wonders how Timothy Quail was involved, but he appears to have disappeared off the face of the Earth. This is because Quail has found the best "package" to hid himself and his talents with, disguising himself as a homeless man. As he wheels a car full of trash down the street, Timothy is happy that people are now going out of their way to avoid him, much to his delight.
Appearing in "True Confessions!"
Synopsis for "True Confessions!"
In his apartment, Peter Parker protests to himself about what he has to do. However, there is no avoiding the problem, so he pulls out his Spider-Man costume to get changed. He laments about how long it takes to get changed, after having the alien costume that followed his mental commands. Still, getting rid of it was the right thing, as it was trying to permanently bond to his body.[Continuity 13] As he leaps across the city, he finds none of the usual joy he gets from web-slinging. Part of him hopes that Felicia Hardy is not home, but unfortunately, her apartment light is on forcing Peter to proceed with what he must do. His arrival startles Felicia, but they both agree to talk. When Spider-Man tries to remove his mask so they can talk face-to-face, Felicia suggests that they go out swinging through the city.[Continuity 14] Spider-Man agrees but wants to stay focused on the task at hand.
Meanwhile, at the Kingpin's hideout, the crime boss meets with his scientists demanding results in creating a replacement for the Answer who was seemingly destroyed during the fight between Silvermane and Cloak and Dagger.[Continuity 15] The Kingpin points out how easily they were able to give the Black Cat her powers with the late Harlan Sitwell's machines.[Continuity 16] That's when scientist Jonathon Ohnn tells the Kingpin that they haven't had time to fully examine the equipment, however, he may have stumbled upon a discovery that will suit the Kingpin's needs. Jonathon shows the Kingpin his device which scanned the powers of Cloak and Dagger. Although Dagger's abilities blew out the scanners, he managed to get a reading on Cloak and may be able to replicate his powers. The Kingpin, preoccupied with his war with Micah Synn, tells Ohnn to proceed.[Continuity 17]
Jonathon Ohnn gets to work, trying to tap into the dimension that is the source of Cloak's power in his lab. Suddenly, a massive black portal opens before him. As the hole, in reality, begins to shimmer, Jonathon decides to take a once in a lifetime opportunity and walks through the portal. However, once he is on the other side Ohnn begins to scream. By this point, the portal overloads his equipment as it shuts down it causes a blackout across the city. This is noticed by Spider-Man who is briefly distracted by the event before begins his talk with the Black Cat. Meanwhile, outside the Baxter Building, the alien symbiote that briefly posed as Spider-Man's costume lurks in the darkness, seeking its former host, Spider-Man.[Continuity 18] Elsewhere, Spider-Man decides to postpone their talk. However, he's not interested in romance like the Black Cat, but to help whatever crisis arise during the blackout. As the couple stop a gang of looters, Spider-Man tries to explain to Felicia that he doesn't fight crime for kicks, but due to a sense of great responsibility. He tells her about how he got his powers from a radioactive spider and immediately started using his powers to become famous. However, this all changed the night he let a burglar getaway at the TV studio. The burglar went on to murder his Uncle Ben. Realizing this, he learned that with great power comes great responsibility.[Continuity 19]
As the pair stop an elderly couple from getting mugged, the Black Cat reminds the wall-crawler that he has already told her this story many times. She questions why he continues to let the baggage from this event continue to bring him down. She reminds him that her father was a top notch cat burglar when he was alive. She tells him about how she was mercillously teased by the nieghborhood kids.[Continuity 20] However, she proved them otherwise when she fellowed in her father's footsteps and no longer lives with any shame. However, Spider-Man doesn't think that is the right way to think of it, and asks her why she can't see how wrong this is. Those same words are mirrored across town as Betty Leeds is out on a dinner date with Flash Thompson. She feels guilty because she is married, however, Flash points out that they are just two lonely people spending time together due to their relationship problems.[Continuity 21] Betty relents, saying that she had to properly thank Flash for keeping her safe during the freak blizzard recently.[Continuity 22] The two agree that they are only good friends and cheers each other.
Back on the roof tops, the Black Cat points out the hypnocracy of Spider-Man keeping secrets. Telling him that she saw him going out alone looking for Cloak and Dagger after he said it was too dangerous to seach for them alone. Spider-Man points out that he was asleep at that moment, under the control of the alien symbiote that he wore as a costume.[Continuity 23] Meanwhile, Jonathon Ohnn wakes up in a strange white dimension with black portals all around him. He realizes that he was successful in tapping into the dimension that give Cloak his powers. When he reaches out to one of the black portals, he is suddenly pulled through. When he emerges back in the Kingpin's lab, Ohnn's wearing a totally white body suit covered in black spots. Curious as to what happened to him, Jonathon is shocked when he tries to touch one of the spots on his body and his hand goes straight through it. While on a rooftop, the Black Cat is about to tell him about where she got her powers when suddenly the power comes back on in the city. Despite this, she finally reveals that she got her powers from the Kingpin, explaining to the wall-crawler that he did it for him.[Continuity 24]
Spider-Man is horrified by this revelation, because she made a deal with one of his greatest foes. The Cat tries to explain that she paid her debt to the Kingpin by helping the Answer recover Silvermane's body from the city morgue.[Continuity 25] Spider-Man scolds her for doing so, pointing out how many people could have been hurt hadn't they stopped Silvermane. Suddenly, the roof under Spider-Man's feet begins to cave in. Quick thinking, Spider-Man tries to swing away by attaching a web to a nearby water tower. However, the wood is rotten and he ends up smashing through it. When the Black Cat comes to see if he is okay, the wall-crawler tells her to keep away. He thinks that her powers are somehow affecting him now, and the Cat admits that she doesn't have any control over them. She tries to tell Spider-Man not to turn away from her, but he tells the Cat that this revelation has given him a lot to think about. He tells her to meet him tomorrow so they can pay a visit to the Kingpin and learn the extent of the powers he had given her. As the lovers part company, the Black Cat worries about the fate of their relationship, while Spider-Man struggles to consider spending the rest of his life with the Black Cat.
While at the Kingpin's private lab, Jonathon Ohnn is amazed at his newfound powers. Deciding that he could be the Kingpin's new assassin, he decides to test out his abilities by eliminating Spider-Man.
Appearing in "Spider on the Spot!"
- Candi Muggins (First appearance)
- Randi Cooper (First appearance)
- Bambi Modica (First appearance)
- Leonard Elkhart (First appearance) (Unnamed) (Bonds to the symbiote)
Races and Species:
- Spider-Man's Black-and-White Suit (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Spider on the Spot!"
While trying to duplicate the powers of Cloak, the Kingpin's scientist Jonathon Ohnn has been transformed into a being that can create small portals that allow him to cross between dimensions to two different points on Earth.[Continuity 26] Testing out this ability, he discovers that he can not only use this as travel but to literally hit someone from the other side of a room just by punching or kicking into one of his portals. Calling himself the Spot, Ohnn decides to test out his powers further by using them against Spider-Man, but first, he needs to make sure that his discovery is not shared with others.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man is heading home to his apartment in Chelsea. His mind is focused on the troubles in his relationship with the Black Cat. Their heart-to-heart talk the night before seems to have not gotten through to her, as she still sees costumed heroics as a thrill, as opposed to a responsibility.[Continuity 27] Back in his apartment, Peter changes into his street clothes and after a quick drink of orange juice he heads out to go to the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 28] On his way out, he bumps into his new neighbors, Candi, Bambi, and Randi. They are amused that he is blushing at their beauty and assume that he is shy around women. That opinion quickly changes when Sha Shan arrives troubled about her relationship with Flash.
Outside, the two talk about how strange Flash has been acting recently. Peter promises Sha Shan that he will find out what's gotten into him recently and the two depart.[Continuity 29] As Peter heads off to the Daily Bugle, he doesn't realize that he is being spied on by Flash Thompson who is in a car with two other men. Seeing this convinces Flash that Parker is trying to steal his girlfriend from him.[Continuity 30] When the two men in the car ask if they should rough Peter up, Flash tells them that he wants to handle this on his own. When Peter arrives at the Daily Bugle looking for an assignment, he takes time to stop by Betty Leeds desk and ask her about Flash. Betty at first says it's none of Peter's business, but gives in when Peter expresses his concern over Flash's state of mind.[Continuity 31] She tells him that he is fine, and suggests that the problem in his relationship with Sha Shan is her doing, implying that she is having an affair on Flash with Peter. This veiled accusation goes over Peter's head, but he isn't able to inquire further because he is soon called into Joe Robertson's office.
In Joe's office, Peter asks if there are any assignment available, but Joe has none. When Joe asks if Peter got any shots of the previous evening's blackout, Peter admits that he got none as he has been too caught up in his own problems.[Continuity 32] After explaining them, Joe assures Peter that he will bounce back, mentioning that Peter's photographic skill has been getting better recently.[Continuity 33] He also takes the time to appologize for being so stern with Peter recently, saying that his new job as editor-in-chief of the Bugle has been a strain on him.[Continuity 34] He assures Peter that he has gotten the hang of it and the two make amends. Later that evening the Black Cat is busy sewing while waiting for Spider-Man to arrive. The pair have planned to confront the Kingpin and make sure that her debt to him has been fullfilled. When he finally arrives, she shows him what she has been making: a cloth version of his black and white costume. At first, Peter thinks it is he Symbiote, but after she explains that it's a replica, Spider-Man refuses to wear it as it reminds him of how the symbiote almost permanently bonded with him.
On their way to the Kingpin's headquarters, Spider-Man's webbing suddenly snaps, but thanks to his quick reflexes he manages to pull out of his fall. Spider-Man brushes this off as his webshooters needing to be repaired after being in storage for so long, but the Black Cat is convinced that her bad luck powers are affecting him.[Continuity 35] At that moment, the Kingpin is overseeing repairs being done to his building following Silvermane's rampage. The foreman complains to Kingpin that all the shift changes is slowing down the work, but the Kingpin insists that this is a necessity so that nobody has enough information about the construction of his building to pass on to his enemies. The Kingpin is then contacted by his head of security who informs him that Spider-Man and the Black Cat are heading his way. Wanting to get revenge against the wall-crawler, he tells the security head to activate the security systems. Elsewhere in the building, the Spot overhears this conversation and decides that this is finally the chance to test out his new powers.
Meanwhile, the alien symbiote is free and trying to locate Spider-Man. In order to speed up its search, the alien creature takes possession of a tourist so it can web-sling across the city.[Continuity 36] At that moment, on the roof of the Kingpin's skyscraper, Spider-Man and the Black Cat arrive on the roof and are instantly attacked by the defense systems. Spider-Man is able to dodge them thanks to his spider-sense, while the Black Cat's bad-luck powers prevent her from being harmed. Worrying that her powers might start affecting him, Spider-Man tells the Cat to keep her distance. That's when they are ambushed by the Spot. Spider-Man finds this new foe and his name to be hillarious, however he finds little to laugh about when the Spot uses his mini-portals to punch the hero from afar. Spider-Man is totally caught off guard, and when the Black Cat comes to his side, the Spot decides that he has tested his powers enough. He warns Spider-Man against harassing the Kingpin in the future, or else he will destroy the wall-crawler. As the Spot disappears in one of his own portals.
Recovering from the Spot's onslaught, Spider-Man suggests that they regroup and come up with a better plan of attack. As the couple depart, both begin thinking about going after the Kingpin on their own.
Appearing in "Breakin'!"
- Candi Muggins
- Randi Cooper
- Bambi Modica
- Vanessa Fisk
- Mary Jane Watson (Dream)
- King of the Sewers (Dream)
- Cloak (On-screen) (Recap)
- Leonard Elkhart
Synopsis for "Breakin'!"
The Kingpin is preparing for what he hopes will be the final battle between Spider-Man and the Black Cat by undergoing a training exercise where two of the fighters are dressed up like his foes. However, the fight is not challenging as fighting the real thing and orders the pair away. Since one of his scientists, Jonathon Ohnn, had discovered the secret to Cloak's powers. When he goes and checks on Ohnn, he is annoyed that the door to his lab is locked and demands to be let in. On the other side, Jonathon Ohnn is still in the form of the Spot. Thinking about the chain of events that led to him gaining his powers, he doesn't want to reveal himself to the Spot just yet.[Continuity 37] Focusing the concentration, Jonathon manages to draw in all the black circles on his body to a center point on his chest, returning him to some semblance of normality. Quickly getting dressed, Ohnn allows the Kingpin into his lab. The Kingpin demands an update on his progress on duplicating Cloak's powers. However, Jonathon tells him that the recent blackout caused a setback and secretly wonders if he should be keeping his newfound powers a secret, or if he could take on the Kingpin with them. The Kingpin demands results, and Ohnn promises to deliver them soon. Satisfied, the Kingpin leaves to spend time with his wife Vanessa, who is still in a catatonic state.[Continuity 38] The Kingpin thinks about how the vigilante known as Dagger could have cured his wife with her powers, and is furious at her refusal to do so.[Continuity 39] to his surprise, his wife briefly comes out of her catatonic state to calm him, but when she starts recalling, as a dream, her ordeal before her current condition she begins to scream.[Continuity 40] The Kingpin orders her doctor to come back and calm her with a sedative.
While across town, at the Chelsea apartment building that Peter Parker calls home, his new neighbors Bambi, Randi, and Candi, consider inviting him along with them to the beach for a picnic. However, they decide against it since they heard Peter come home late the night before. In his apartment, Peter is tossing and turning in his sleep, as he has a nightmare. In his dream, he is walking hand-in-hand with the Black Cat and Mary Jane Watson. The two women are fighting over him and which part of his personality is better, that of Peter Paker or Spider-Man. Suddenly, a powerful wind picks up and sweets the two women away while Spider-Man finds himself sinking into the path they are walking on. Calling for help because he is stuck, Mary Jane's last words are that he is trapped by Spider-Man. Peter realizes that the black tar surrounding him is actually the alien costume he got rid of recently and it is trying to permanently bond with him. Suddenly, he hears a ringing noise and rejoices as loud noises can harm the creature.[Continuity 41] Suddenly, Peter wakes up realizing that it was just a dream and that the ringing he was hearing was actually his telephone.
The call is coming from Sha Shan who states that Flash Thompson is preparing to leave their apartment early in the morning again. Peter promises her that he will come over as soon as he can.[Continuity 42] Quickly changing into Spider-Man, Peter exits from his bathroom skylight to head over to Flash and Sha Shan's apartment. He arrives just as Flash is coming out, arguing with Sha Shan the whole way. On his way out, he accuses her of cheating on him with Peter Parker and takes off in a car that has come by to pick him up.[Continuity 43] Spider-Man follows after the car and it leads him to a nearby high school football field. There he watches as Flash relives his glory days by playing football in the hopes of getting onto a team. However, after watching Flash get tackled hard, Spider-Man overhears the coach telling his assistant that Flash probably doesn't have what it takes anymore to play football. At first, he is relieved that Flash isn't having a secret romance with Betty Leeds, he is disappointed when he sees Betty show up. Watching the two together upsets Peter, who web-slings off and wonders how he should break this to Sha Shan.[Continuity 44]
As he swings back into the city, Spider-Man thinks about how complicated his personal life has gotten since high school. One thing he is glad for though is the fact that his alien costume is safely secured at the Baxter Building. Spider-Man is wrong as, unknown to him, the symbiote has gotten loose and been using a tourist named Leonard Elkhart to search for him.[Continuity 45] Spider-Man returns to his apartment where he decides to go through with his plans to go after the Kingpin alone. He calls the Black Cat and tells her that they should put off their plans to attack the Kingpin's hideout together. The Cat, having decided to go after the Kingpin alone herself, tells him that it is a good idea.[Continuity 46] After getting off the phone, both Spider-Man and the Black Cat get into costume to go and confront the Kingpin. Their approach is detected by the Kingpin's security, who prepare a suitable welcome for the two costumed heroes. Spying on the Kingpin, Jonathon Ohnn learns that the security cameras did not record the Spot the night before and decides to face the two heroes again to further test his powers.
Using his portals to the "spotted dimension", the Spot travels to the roof of the Kingpin's skyscraper and puts a portal over the security cameras, obscuring their view of Spider-Man. He then ambushes the wall-crawler, catching him off guard. As Spider-Man fights back, he is unaware of the Black Cat arriving at the scene. She is upset to see that Spider-Man went against his word and went after the Kingpin alone. She slips past the two fighters so she can confront the Kingpin on her own. She waits for the automated guns to kick in, the bullets don't harm her thanks to her bad luck powers. This allows the Black Cat to slip under the gun and into it's trap door, gaining access to the Kingpin's headquarters. As she slips past all the other defenses, the Kingpin's guards warn him that she is on her way. The Kingpin tells his men to allow her to reach him unmolested and waits for her arrival. Meanwhile, on the roof, Spider-Man continues to battle the Spot. The hero then begins to formulate a plan on how to stop the Spot, and leaps out of his reach. Elsewhere, the alien symbiote arrives in Chelsea where it dumps its temporary host body. Slinking up the side of the apartment building Peter Parker calls home, the symbiote waits at the window for its former host to return home.
While Spider-Man continues to fight a losing battle against the Spot, the Black Cat emerges from the ventilation shaft inside the Kingpin's lair. There she is confronted by his bodyguards, but she easily trounces them and gains access to the Kingpin's office where she is greeted by the villain. He tells her that he has been expecting her and has been planning a suitable revenge against her since the time she stole a nuclear detonator from him earlier.[Continuity 47] He explains that because of her theft, Doctor Octopus threatened to blow up the city, forcing the Kingpin to consider abandoning his city.[Continuity 48] While up on the roof, Spider-Man continues to let the Spot land blows until he gets too close. As he suspected, the Spot is not prepared for Spider-Man's strength, and surrenders. Back in the Kingpin's office, the Kingpin explains that he arranged for the Black Cat to gain her bad luck powers as their influence would eventually effect those she cares for most, specifically Spider-Man, thus forcing them to split up.
Hearing this, the Black Cat becomes furious but can't bring herself to harm the Kingpin. Hurt by this revelation, the Black Cat fights back tears as she flees. No sooner than she is gone, Spider-Man arrives to confront the Kingpin. When the Kingpin tells the wall-crawler that his business with the Black Cat has concluded, Spider-Man doesn't believe him and the pair come to blows. While on the roof, the Black Cat crosses paths with the Spot who is gathering up all his portals. He tells her that he was defeated by Spider-Man and the wall-crawler went to confront the Kingpin. As the battle below rages on, the Black Cat tries to comes to terms with what has been revealed and decides that, for Spider-Man's own safety, she must break up with him. With the battle turning against him, the Kingpin decides to summon the police. Since the Kingpin isn't wanted for any crimes, Spider-Man is trespassing and is forced to retreat before the police arrive. Up on the roof, Spider-Man runs into the Black Cat and both agree that it is time to talk. Spider-Man speaks first, and has decided that since the Black Cat can't take their relationship or his heroics seriously, he has decided to break up with her. The Black Cat suddenly finds herself angry that he broke up with her for less noble reasons than she wants to end the relationship. Without telling this to Spider-Man, she tells him that she is fine with the breakup and storms off.
Exhausted by the ordeals of the evening, Spider-Man returns to his apartment where he strips off his costume and hangs it up. As Peter falls asleep as soon as he climbs into bed. As he sleeps, he is unaware of the Symbiote entering his apartment and slinking into his apartment.
This story is continued in Web of Spider-Man #1...
Appearing in "Echoes..."
- "Lonesome" Pincus (Mentioned)
- Betty Leeds
- Ed Palmer (Only appearance) (Security Guard)
- Sue Palmer (Only appearance) (Ed's Wife)
- Gwen Stacy (Recap)
- Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) (Recap)
- New York City
- Goblin Glider (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "Echoes..."
At the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Spider-Man sees a bluegrass concert is about to begin. Thinking this is what he needs to get out of his funk, and remembering "Lonesome" Pincus opinion on the artists,[Continuity 49] Spider-Man pays the admission, even though it will make him broke, and sets up a web hammock to watch the show from above. However, Spider-Man's interest in the show is soured when he sees a number of couples together and decides to leave. As he web-slings through the city, Spider-Man realizes that the reason why he is in a funk is that in a few days it would have been the birthday of Gwen Stacy, had she lived. After stopping to help a man fix a flat tire on his van, Spider-Man soon finds himself atop Brooklyn Bridge, the very place where Gwen was killed by the Green Goblin.[Continuity 50] Spider-Man laments that he couldn't save her. He tells himself that he doesn't ever want to forget Gwen, but her memory hurts too much. Returning to his apartment, Peter Parker tosses and turns all night and sleeps poorly due to his thoughts of Gwen. Needing money, he gets out of bed and decides to check in at the Daily Bugle so he can pay his rent on time for once.
At that moment, in Lower Manhattan, the super-powered terrorist known as Blacklash has been hired by Cross Technologies to steal a new computer prototype before it can be locked in a safe at Keefe Industries. Inside, security guard Ed Palmer is brought his lunch by his newlywed wife Sue. Suddenly, Blacklash uses his high-tech whip to smash through the walls of the building. With his bullet-proof cape and fast-moving whip, Blacklash protects himself from the hail of bullets fired at him by the guards. As he fights his way through the guards, Ed tells his wife to get to safety. However, this warning comes too late as Blacklash takes the woman hostage. Unable to get the computer, Blacklash flees out the building and finds Keefe Industries headquarters is surrounded by police. He warns the police to stay away or he'll kill the woman and flees into another building. At that moment, Peter Parker is at the Daily Bugle looking for a photo assignment. That's when news about the Keefe Industries attack reaches Joe Robertson. With none of his other photographers available, he sends Peter to get the photos. When Peter arrives on the scene, he sees that the authorities are in negotiations with Blacklash to let the woman go. Realizing that this isn't a run of the mill hostage situation, Peter decides that he needs to do something as Spider-Man.
Changing into his costume on a rooftop, Spider-Man tries to slip into the building unseen. As he is trying to do so, he is shocked to see a security guard has snuck in. That's when Spider-Man is spotted by the crowd. Hearing that the wall-crawler is nearby, Blacklash warns Spider-Man to stay away or he'll kill his hostage. With no other choice, Spider-Man has to pull back and join the crowd. There he is swarmed by the press who want to know what he was trying to do. As he tries to field their questions, Spider-Man overhears one of the reporters identify the hostage as the wife of a Keefe security guard. Spider-Man puts two-and-two together and realizes that Ed Palmer is trying to save his wife. This reminds him once more of how he tried to save Gwen Stacy. His distraction causes him to get swarmed by more and more reporters. Snapping out of it, Spider-Man manages to slip away and escape into the sewers. There he uses the drainage system to get into the basement of the building where Blacklash is holding Sue hostage. Going up to the upper levels of the building, Spider-Man runs into Ed Palmer. Not wanting him Ed or his wife to get killed, Spider-Man webs him up.
Going into the room where Blacklash has the woman hostage, Spider-Man notices that the villain has his whip wrapped around Sue's neck so he can snap her neck in a moments notice. Spider-Man webs Blacklash's free hand forcing him to let Sue go. While he is unwrapping the whip from around Sue's neck, Spider-Man is defenseless as Blacklash pulls his hand free and pulls out a spare whip. Spider-Man is forced on the defensive, particularly his arm is made numb when struck by Blacklash's whip. Backed into a corner, Spider-Man manages to stop Blacklash from advancing by webbing his feet to the floor. This gives him a chance to push Sue out of harm's way. However, Blacklash tosses his whip at the wall, causing it to collapse on the hero. Pinned under the rubble, Spider-Man is too weak to break free, allowing Blacklash to wrap his whip around Spider-Man's neck. Trying to break free, Spider-Man gets a good look at Sue and she reminds him of Gwen Stacy due to her blonde hair. Finding an ounce of extra strength, Spider-Man manages to hit the button that makes Blacklash's whip retract. Without his weapon, Blacklash is quickly knocked out by Spider-Man. In the aftermath of the battle, the wall-crawler tells Sue to free her husband from his webbing and leaves the way he came.
Later, back at his apartment, Peter Parker watches the news where Ed Palmer tells the media how Spider-Man saved his wife and considers him a hero. The thanks is something that Peter Parker really needed. Later, as Spider-Man, Peter goes to the cemetery where Gwen Stacy has been buried and leaves a flower by her grave.[Continuity 51]
Appearing in "A Life for a Life!"
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "A Life for a Life!"
The villain known as Killer Shrike the First Bank and Savings Association of the Bronx. The guards try to stop him, but they are no match for his enhanced powers. Although he succeeds in his task, as he flies away, Shrike wants to get in on a big stake heist. Something like when he was a special agent for the Brand Corporation prior to getting shut down.[Continuity 52] Ducking into a nearby alley, Shrike changes into his street clothes and heads home. He thinks about how none of the other criminal organizations have reached out to him due to the fact that he always attracts the attention of superheroes. Returning to the apartment he calls home, he happens upon his neighbor Donnie Gardner as his girlfriend dumps him for being too negative all the time.
Meanwhile, in Edgewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Peter Parker is saying goodbye to his friends Harry and Liz Osborn after a visit. When he boards the bus back to New York, he takes a seat next to Donna Gardner. Noticing that she is reading a magazine article with one of his pictures of Spider-Man, the pair strike up conversation. Learning that Peter is a photographer, Donna tells him that she always aspired to be a model. She is moving back to New York from New Jersey to be with her twin brother Donnie and give it a shot as a model. The pair exchange plesant conversation until their bus arrives in New York. There they are about to part company, when Donna is struck by a hit-and-run driver. Overhearing that an ambulance has been called, Peter Parker ducks away to change into Spider-Man so he can chase after the driver. The wall-crawler easily spots the erratically driving car and leaps onto the roof. The driver begins to panic and tries to shake the hero off, putting more pedestrians in danger. Furious, Spider-Man rips the roof off the car and orders the man to pull over. Once he has done so, Spider-Man lifts him out of the car and realizes that the driver is drunk. Spider-Man is angry enough to hit the drunk driver, but he stops himself as he can't handle this type of crime like he does with super-criminals. Instead, he leaves the drunk driver webbed up in his car and catches up with the ambulance taking Donna to the hospital to see if there is anything he can do to help. At the hospital, Spider-Man changes back into Peter Parker where he waits to hear on Donna's condition. When a doctor comes out to talk to him, he learns that her kidneys were badly damaged and she needs a transplant, and are trying to locate a family member that might be compatable. Peter recalls that Donna has a twin brother, an ideal candidate for organ donation. Without an address for Donna's brother, Peter slips away to change into Spider-Man to try and find him, starting with Donna's address.
Meanwhile, at the Bronx apartment complex, Simon Maddicks has become incredibly jumpy after his bank heist. Looking out the peep hole to his apartment, he only sees Donnie Gardner returning to his apartment. Inside, Donnie catches his roommate Fred just as he is heading out. Fred reminds him that the bill for their phone bill is due and he's behind on his half of the rent. Donnie tells him that he will pay Fred back soon, but Fred wants to know when. He empathizes with Donnie after he lost his job, but points out that it was two months ago and he hasn't started looking for a job. Fred tells him that he can't keep supporting the both of them and if Donnie can't pull his weight, he will have to start looking for a new roommate. Left alone in his apartment, Donnie sits on the couch and dwells on his misfortuntes. At that moment, Spider-Man forces his way into Donna's apartment. There he finds an address book with Donnie's phone number. When he calls, Donnie answers, but doesn't say anything. When Spider-Man asks if anyone is there, Donnie angrilly rips the phone off the wall, cutting the connection. With Donnie's address in hand, Spider-Man heads off in the hopes he can find him there.
Back at the hospital, Donna's prognosis is getting worse, and her hopes for survival are diminishing the longer it takes her twin brother to come for the needed organ transplant. As Spider-Man reaches Donnie's apartment complex, his approach is observed by Simon Maddicks. Thinking Spider-Man is after him, Maddicks begins changing into Killer Shrike to confront the hero. As Spider-Man climbs up the wall of the building, he is suddenly ambushed by Killer Shrike who accuses Spider-Man of coming after him. Spider-Man curses Shrike for attacking him during a life or death situation. While up in his apartment, Donnie decides that nothing in his life will go right and decides to give up. He sits down at a desk and begins writing a suicide note. As Spider-Man deals with Killer Shrike, Donnie climbs up onto the roof of his apartment complex, intending to jump to his death. Although Killer Shrike has the advantage against Spider-Man due to his ability of flight, the wall-crawler eventually manages to land a knock out blow. With the fight over, he rushes back to the apartment complex where he finds Donnie's suicide note. Hoping it's not to late, the web-slinger goes up to the roof and finds Donnie standing at the edge of the building.
He tells Donnie to reconsider, and after hearing Donnie's problems tries to relate to him by explaining his own personal losses.[Continuity 53] He then convinces Donnie to come down from the ledge by telling him that his sister needs him. Hearing about Donna's condition, he asks to be taken to his sister. Spider-Man rushes Donnie to the hospital, where his organ donation saves his sisters life. As Peter Parker, the wall-crawler learns that Donna will pull through. He hopes that after saving his sister's life Donnie can get past his depression and learn the real value of his own life.
Appearing in "Compulsion!"
- Human Torch (Poses as Blaze)
- Captain Jean DeWolff
- Daily Bugle staff
- Ashley Cranford (First appearance)
- New York City
Synopsis for "Compulsion!"
Spider-Man is present for the interrogation of a university student named Barry. Declining to have a lawyer present, Barry tells Jean DeWolff what they had done was out of compulsion. He explains that he and his friends at Empire State University had grown bored with their academic pursuits and sought some form of amusement. It was all the idea of his classmate, Ashley Cranford, and insists that nobody was supposed to get hurt. He begins telling his story...
He, Ashley, and Thomas were always trying to expand their intellectual pursuits. One day, as they were playing a drab game of trivia, Ashley suggested that they is more fitting of their intellect. That's when Barry suggests that they play the new edition of a superhero role-playing game. Ashley scoffed at this idea, finding it juvenile, saying that superheroes are unintelligent. To prove his point, Ashley bets that he can run a superhero ragged, Barry and Thomas agree to take him up on the wager and they began debating on which superhero they should use as their subject.[Continuity 54] After some consideration, they all agree to go after Spider-Man and spend the next few days researching everything they can about the wall-crawler. After documenting the basic route that Spider-Man uses to patrol the city. Noticing that most of Spider-Man's photos were taken by Peter Parker, they come to the conclusion that Parker, and Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson may be in cahoots with Spider-Man.[Continuity 55]
Hearing all this so far makes Spider-Man think about how sloppy he has been getting if college kids could so closely connect Peter Parker with Spider-Man. Barry goes on to explain the next part of their plan, to create a non-existent super-villain to pit against Spider-Man...
The began coming up with ideas and a design for their phony villain. Eventually, they came up with Blaze, an armed mercenary that uses flame guns as a primary weapon. Part of his fictional background is to make a name for himself by going after a costumed superhero. Naturally, they were going to choose Spider-Man.
Later, at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson is furious to receive "fan mail" for Spider-Man and passes it off to Joe Robertson.[Continuity 56] Joe opens it up and finds a warning to Spider-Man by someone named Blaze. As they are about to tell Betty Leeds about it, the letter goes up in flames. J. Jonah Jameson is furious that Spider-Man's foes are targeting his employees and demands that Joe use a front page coverage of this story, but Joe tanks the idea as they shouldn't give into the demands of terrorists. Later, at a press conference in the South Bronx, the mayor of New York City announces new federal funding to gentrify an old neighborhood.[Continuity 57] It's then that a burning message from "Blaze" appears on the side of a building, threatening Spider-Man. This is all a special effect rigged up by Ashley and his friends. However, by this point, Thomas thinks they have gone too far and bows out of the plan.
Later, Ashley and Barry begin the next phase of their plan. Dressing up in a Blaze costume, Ashley is filmed threatening Spider-Man, announcing that he knows the hero's secret identity and that he will attack him and his "allies" at the Daily Bugle. Once the footage is filmed, they mail it off to the local television statements. When the video gets out to the public, it causes trouble between management and the union at the Daily Bugle. Betty Leeds has her husband Ned assure his mother that he is safe. Ashley and Barry decided to take a tour of the Daily Bugle to watch the staff worry. When Barry snaps a photo of Peter Parker, he gets mad at them, pointing out that everyone in the office is on edge. This new development brings joy to Ashley and Barry.
That evening, as Spider-Man is out on patrol looking for news photos, he sees some fireworks go off. Going to investigate he finds a strange effigy that is half Spider-Man, half Peter Parker. Spider-Man fears that Blaze has somehow discovered his secret identity. Suddenly, his spider-sense goes off and the effigy suddenly bursts into flames. As Spider-Man tries to make sense of the situation, Ashley and Barry watch from behind a dumpster and try to contain their laughter.
In the hospital,[Continuity 58] Captain DeWolff asks Barry why he made the effigy to look the way it was. Barry explains that it was to point out the connection between Spider-Man and the Daily Bugle. Spider-Man breaths a sigh of relief that these youths had not discovered his secret identity. That's when a nurse comes in to scold Jean DeWolff for smoking in the hospital. Spider-Man asks the nurse how Thomas is doing and she informs them that he has burns of 90% of his body. This causes Barry to choke up a bit, swearing to DeWolff and Spider-Man that they didn't intend for anyone to get hurt. That's when Ashley continues, explaining that they had no idea that someone would really take on the identity of Blaze...
... Barry and Ashley were plotting the next part of their plan. However, Ashley refuses to go walking around in public in the Blaze costume. Looking in the ESU library, they come across a book on creating holograms, giving them inspiration. However, they are soon confronted by a man in a costume claiming to be the real Blaze. He thanks them for creating him before walking out, leaving out the window. Realizing they are three stories up, the pair rush to the window and find no trace of Blaze. Ashley and Barry begin to panic, but Ashley assures him that he will figure a way out of this mess.
At that moment, Blaze fires a signal into the sky that creates a massive flaming "B", attracting the attention of Spider-Man. However, when the wall-crawler tries to attack him, Blaze disappears in a burst of flame. Once Spider-Man's vision clears, he finds a note from Blaze challenging Spider-Man to meet him at the Arch near New York University. Ashley and Barry are delighted by this recent development but don't think that this impostor would be dumb enough to face off against Spider-Man. However, when they returned to their dorm room they find a message waiting for them, inviting them to watch Spider-Man's downfall.
When they arrived at the Arch that evening, they found Thomas had also received a note as well. He warns Ashley and Barry that they have gone too far this time. That's when Spider-Man arrives and tells them to get to cover. Before they can, Blaze suddenly appears at the top of the Arch. As Spider-Man battles, the villain, Ashley, and his friends watch by the sidelines. They are astonished to see the Blaze apparently has the ability of pyrokinesis as well as other weapons. When Spider-Man is stunned by Blaze's "killer frisbee", Thomas runs to his side and is blasted by Blaze's flame gun in the process. Blaze is horrified by what he has done and flies away, leaving Ashley and Barry behind. The pair think their friend is dead and begin to panic over what has happened. Spider-Man tells them that they can explain everything when they get to the hospital....
With their story done, Captain Jean DeWolff tells the two young men to go home, but to show up at the police station at 10 am the next morning with lawyers for formal charges. When Ashley and Barry leave, DeWolff asks Spider-Man if he is satisfied. He is, as is Thomas, who was not really injured at all but was wearing makeup to make it look like he was horribly burned. That's when "Blaze" comes out of hiding as well, he was actually the Human Torch in disguise. Jean DeWolff asks for the trio to fill in the blanks for her so she can understand what happened.
Thomas explains that he decided to do something about the situation after he saw the Blaze video on the news. He approached Peter Parker and told him all about it in the hopes he can contact Spider-Man. Parker says he can't and suggests that Thomas try to get in touch with the Human Torch. Thomas then went to the Baxter Building, where he found both the Torch and Spider-Man.[Continuity 59] Spider-Man is furious and wants to teach the kids a lesson, but both Thomas and the Human Torch suggested a more subtle approach. That's when they put together the entire ruse to trick Ashley and Barry. After hearing all this, Jean DeWolff is furious to hear that they played such a prank, or that she went along with it and warns them against pulling a stunt like this again. Spider-Man points out that it was for a good cause because Ashley and Barry seemed to learn their lesson.
However, Spider-Man wouldn't think so if he could hear Ashley assuring Barry that the police have nothing on them. On their way to the elevator, he tells Barry that, at worse, they would be charged with misdemeanors. As they enter the elevator, Ashley is already thinking of a new scheme, asking Barry if he knows just how well the president is protected...
Appearing in "The Last Race"
Races and Species:
- Rocket Skateboard
Synopsis for "The Last Race"
The Spider-Man is on the scene of an armored car robbery being perpetuated by his old foe the Rocket Racer. Hearing the villain gloat about being unstoppable reminds Spider-Man of the last two times he stopped the Racer.[Continuity 60] Spider-Man decides to put off his search for Doctor Octopus in order to deal with the Racer.[Continuity 61] When the Racer spots Spider-Man, he tries to blast the wall-crawler with his wrist rockets, but the hero blocks them with a web shield. Fleeing up the side of a wall, the Rocket Racer tries to make his escape, but Spider-Man snags his stolen loot. Furious, the Racer turns around to fight the masked hero one-on-one. During their struggle over the stolen money causes the bag to rip open, spilling money all over. The Rocket Racer tries to gather up as much cash as possible when suddenly he is shot at by a gun-toting mercenary calling himself the Bounty Hunter. Frightened that the Bounty Hunter has found him again, the Rocket Racer tries to make his escape. The Bounty Hunter follows the Racer, keeping up thanks to his jetpack. Wanting to know what's going on, Spider-Man web-slings after them.
Meanwhile, the Bounty Hunter is tracking the Racer with a device that can track the villain's equipment. He is prepared when the Rocket Racer tries to ambush him and attempts to catch him in a net. However, the Racer manages to dodge the net and flees again. The Bounty Hunter chases him to a construction site where he finally catches the youth in an electrified net. Before the Bounty Hunter can completely incapacitate the Racer, Spider-Man leaps in and strikes him. As the Racer escapes, the Bounty Hunter hands the wall-crawler paperwork giving him legal authorization to capture the Rocket Racer. He explains that the Racer had his bail posted by a bondsman but skipped bail, thus he was hired to bring the Racer in. Still, Spider-Man doesn't like his methods and frees the Racer from the net. He tells his old foe to surrender and that he will accompany him to jail to ensure that the Bounty Hunter won't harm him. However, the Bounty Hunter suddenly blinds Spider-Man with a phosphorescent flare and knocks him off the side of the building under construction. However, by this point, the Rocket Racer has escaped so the Bounty Hunter flies off to find him.
Later, the Rocket Racer has hidden in a pile of trash and narrowly avoids getting spotted again. The Bounty Hunter calls out to him, telling the Racer that he will eventually track him down. The Rocket Racer curses his high-tech skateboard getting into this mess, and not being good enough to get him out. Not far away, Spider-Man recovers from the Bounty Hunters attack and finds that men are gone. Deciding to get involved, Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle for more information. There, as Peter Parker, he goes through the Daily Bugle's morgue files to learn everything he can about the Rocket Racer.[Continuity 62] He finds records of his last capture of the Rocket Racer.
Reviewing the issue of NOW! Magazine that featured a story on his arrest he learns that the Racer is really Robert Farrell, a 23-year-old man. Without a father, his mother had to raise Robert and his six siblings on her own. As a teenager, he was adept in the sciences, and after he graduated he joined the Air Force to get a higher education. Unfortunately, when his mother became ill and the family was falling behind on their medical bills, Robert turned to crime, becoming the Rocket Racer. After his arrest, Peter discovered that Robert's family used a bail bondsman service to bail Robert out. Unsure what a bail bondsman is, Peter asks Bugle reporter Ben Urich more information about them. He learns that bondsmen usually pay the bail on a criminal in exchange of a fee or some other kind of security, that way they still get paid should the criminal skip bail. He also learns that if the fee can't be paid, the bondsman can hire a bounty hunter to bring them in. Realizing what is going on, Peter changes back into Spider-Man and tracks down the Rocket Racer's family. There, he asks Robert's mother to tell him what happened so he can try to help. Mrs. Farrell explains that in order to raise the money to pay the bail bond, she got the help of people in the neighborhood.
However, the bondsman kept on raising the interest on the loan, making it nearly impossible to pay. This forced Robert to turn to crime once again so that the bondsman doesn't foreclose on the homes and businesses that were put up to help pay for the bail. Spider-Man feels horrible for the Farrell's situation, as it is akin to blackmail. While the wall-crawler thinks of a way to help the Rocket Racer, one of his younger brothers tells Spider-Man where he can find Robert. Spider-Man soon web-slings to a nearby junkyard where Robert developed his technology as the Rocket Racer. The fact that Robert made his equipment with common junk impresses Spider-Man and thinks that Robert could have made something of himself if he hadn't turned to crime. Spider-Man arrives just as the Bounty Hunter has the Racer at his mercy. He overhears the Hunter gloat that the bail bondsmen that he works for intentionally set him up for a fall as a warning to others that use their services to pay up. Spider-Man leaps in for the attack, but as he dodges Bounty Hunter's various shells he is hit with pellets containing gas that robs the web-slinger of his strength. The Rocket Racer watches Spider-Man go down and contemplates fleeing again. However, he decides not to leave the hero to the mercy of his pursuer and attacks.
Although the Bounty Hunter manages to disable the Rocket Racer's skateboard with corrosive bullets, he is distracted long enough for Spider-Man to get into the junkyard's magnetic crane. He uses it to pick up the Bounty Hunter and drop him on a massive pile of tires, knocking him out. With the battle over, the Rocket Racer decides to turn himself in. Although Spider-Man assures him that the judge might go easy on him after they learn about the crooked bonds bailsmen company, the Rocket Racer doesn't care. As he walks away, he tells the wall-crawler that whatever happens to him next, he'll take it like a man.
Appearing in "United We Fall"
- Vince Granetti (First appearance)
- Robert Sanchez, Sr. (Corpse)
- Robert Sanchez, Jr. (Only appearance)
- NEVELL (First appearance)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "United We Fall"
A Riverside Drive brownstone explodes, killing its lone occupant. Seeing the blast from afar, Spider-Man heads over there to see what he can do before the fire department gets there. Swinging into the blazing building, where he finds no sign of life. In the bedroom, he sees the burning remains of the homeowner. Even though he feels like a ghoul for doing so, he snaps some photos of the burning corpse for the Daily Bugle. Spider-Man isn't sure that Joe Robertson would be interested in the gruesome photos. However, the next day, Peter Parker is surprised to discover that Robertson is interested in the photos. He identifies the dead body as Robert Sanchez, Sr. the head of the Longshoresman union. Recently, Sanchez had managed to get employees from the Northeastern Shipping Company, earning the ire of the company. When they theorize who might be responsible in the murder, Joe wonders if the shareholders of NSC at Norris, Edwards, Van Dyne, Everett, Lloyd and Lloyd might somehow be involved in this situation. Peter doesn't understand why this would be interesting. Joe explains that one of the shareholders is Janet van Dyne, the Avenger known as the Wasp. He figures it would be newsworthy to investigate if she is somehow implicated in the murder.
Meanwhile, at the NEVELL offices, the shareholders are holding a meeting as union protesters picket outside. While the male members of the board are debating on what they should do about the union situation. Janet van Dyne however is getting annoyed with their cigar smoke, so they tell her to go make them some coffee, saying that although she sits in for her late father, they don't care to hear her opinions.[Continuity 63] After she leaves, Mister Lloyd suggests dumping ownership of Northeastern as Consolidated Imports is interested in buying the company. In the kitchen, Janet van Dyne bumps into Spider-Man and he asks her about who might be responsible in Sanchez's death. She suspects that it might be the head of Consolidated Imports as it's owner, Vince Granetti, is a drug runner with eyes on the New York market. Suddenly, they hear shouting coming from the boardroom. Janet returns and finds Robert Sanchez, Jr. has interrupted the meeting to accuse the other investors of killing his father. He tells them that union members will not be working for Norteastern and storms out. When Janet goes to get the coffee, she finds that Spider-Man has left. Returning to the boardroom, Janet is the only one who votes against selling NSC. This leads to protests, but Janet refuses to sell to a bootlegger. When Lloyd complains about this further, Janet threatens to buy out all the other shareholders so she can get out of the office in time for her hair appointment.
Later, Spider-Man arrives outside the home of Vincent Granetti's mansion to get a look around. He spots guards patrolling the area. Suddenly, his spider-sense goes off and narrowly avoids laser blasts. Firing a web, Spider-Man pins the shooter's arm to a tree. The shooter turns out to be the mercenary known as Paladin. Spider-Man underestimates Paladin's strength and is easily pinned down by the mercenary.[Continuity 64] Before the fight can go any further, Granetti and his men come out and order Paladin to stand down, as he is not paid to fight the wall-crawler. He sends Paladin off on his job and then threatens to call the police on Spider-Man for trespassing. The wall-crawler calls his bluff, saying that Granetti has more to hide than he does. When Spider-Man explains that he is here to look out for a friend, Vincent knows he is talking about Janet van Dyne. Granetti is amazed that Janet would buy out her shareholders and take control of Northeastern but is sure that Paladin will be able to convince her the errors of her ways and sell to him. When Spider-Man tells Granetti that he thinks that the mobster was responsible for the death of Sanchez, Vincent openly admits it. However, without evidence, it is Spider-Man's word against his in a court of law.
At that moment, Janet van Dyne is on a walk through Central Park. Along the way she spots a rose in the middle of the path. When she bends over to pick it up, laser blasts pass over her head and strikes a tree. She is surprised to see Paladin is after her, but while he jumps at her he whispers for her to play along.[Continuity 65] As they struggle on the ground, Paladin explains that he has to pretend to be rough with her in order to maintain his reputation. He tells her that he has come to deliver a message, however, Janet is far from harmless. She shrinks down to wasp size and manages to overpower Paladin. Unable to regain the advantage, Paladin tells her that he is willing to sit down and talk. They sit down at a patio table of a fancy restaurant where they order drinks.[Continuity 66] They get down to business, Paladin warns Janet to sell her stocks to Consolidated otherwise his employer might take more drastic measures. It's then that Paladin decides to depart seeing Spider-Man coming their way, and probably upset that Paladin tossed his spider-tracer into Central Park Lake.
When Spider-Man arrives, the Wasp fills him in on what is going on. When the wall-crawler tries to come up with a plan to watch the other shareholders, Janet leaves it in his hands as she has a hair appointment and walks out on the flustered hero.
Appearing in "No Fury"
- Vince Granetti (Last appearance)
- Edwin Jarvis
- Chester (Only appearance)
- Jackson (Only appearance)
- Dirk (Only appearance)
- Daphne (Only appearance)
Synopsis for "No Fury"
A drug smuggler named Vince Granetti threating the shareholders of the Northeastern Shipping Company, Spider-Man finds himself pacing around Avengers mansion waiting for the return of the Wasp, one of the shareholders. His pacing upsets the Avengers butler, Edwin Jarvis, but the wall-crawler explains the situation and his exasperation over Janet van Dyne being more concerned with her hair appointment than stopping Granetti. Also present is Starfox, and when Spider-Man asks if either of them are listening, Janet finally returns home. Spider-Man is even more upset to learn that the Wasp went shopping instead of helping him organize around the clock protection for the NSC shareholders. When Spider-Man begins to lose his temper, it makes Starfox begin to laugh. Janet assures the wall-crawler that she already has a plan in motion and invites him into the Avenger's computer room. She pulls up the Avengers records on Granetti, having come to the conclusion that the only way to stop Granetti is to catch him in the act of smuggling drugs. She pulls up records of Granetti's shipping company and suspects that one of the shipments might have illegal drugs in them.
Meanwhile, at Granetti's mansion, Vince mocks Paladin for flubbing his job on Janet van Dyne. Although there are heated words exchanged between Paladin and his employer, the mercenary is assigned to guard one of his barges of merchandise. Later that evening, Spider-Man comes upon a couple named Dirk and Daphnie near the docks and tells them to get to safety. He then ambushes the dock shipment being unloaded by Granetti's men. Although Spider-Man easily takes out the gun toting thugs, he is ambushed by Paladin and their struggle sends them into the water. When they reach the surface they hear cries for help. Back on the docks, they discover that Dirk had been hit by a stray bullet. Putting their differences aside, both Spider-Man and Paladin agree to help him. While Spider-Man swings Dirk to the nearest hospital, Paladin carries Daphnie off to join them.
At that moment at a private hangar at JFK airport, the Wasp interrupts a shipment of what appears to be teddy bears. The gunmen are chased off, but when she checks the merchandise she discovers that the teddy bears are only filled with sugar. While at the hospital, Spider-Man and Paladin learn that Dirk is going to be okay. Spider-Man just realizes that he missed meeting up with the Wasp at JFK. However, the Paladin assures the wall-crawler that Janet could handle herself. When Spider-Man leaves to stop the next shipment, Paladin -- having second thoughts about his current employer -- tags along with him. Later, a train carrying illegal drugs is racing down the track with Granetti's men on board. Suddenly, an Avenger's Quinjet is blocking the tracks. When the man in charge orders it rammed off the track, the Quinjet suddenly fires its lasers, destroying the train's engine. Thinking the Wasp is inside, the gunmen begin opening fire. However, the Wasp is actually under the train, unhooking the freight cars from the train. However, another engine is on the opposite end of the shipment and it begins pulling away.
That's when Spider-Man and Paladin arrive and take out the gunmen. Seeing the other train pulling the cargo away, Spider-Man tries to hold the train back, only to yank the freight cars off the track (unaware that the Wasp had severed the last bolt which in her own words "would yank the boxcar off the trucks if the train moved"). The Wasp thanks Spider-Man for his help, but they are interrupted by Vince Garnetti who manages to get the drop on them. Before he can shoot the two heroes, he is knocked out from behind by Paladin. With the evidence they need, the Wasp warns Garnetti to stay away from her investors and leaves Spider-Man to wait for the cops to show up and take Vince away. A few days later, Janet van Dyne sits among her investors explaining how business has turned around since Vince Garnetti is taken away, gaining the respect of the others. Listening to this from outside the office window, Spider-Man overhears the Wasp conclude the meeting to get her hair done and thinks she's a ditz. As he swings away, Spider-Man wonders what Mary Jane is up to that evening.
Appearing in "Original Sin"
- Ernie Popchik (First appearance)
- Aunt May
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Joe Robertson
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
- Jean DeWolff (Appears in flashback) (Death)
- Sin Eater (First appearance)
- Celia (DeWolff) Weatherby (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Emil Gregg (First appearance)
- Reverend Bernard Finn (First appearance)
- Reverend Tolliver (First appearance)
- Judge Horace Rosenthal (First appearance)
- Bernard Finn (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "Original Sin"
Fatally shot, Jean Dewolff's life flashes before her eyes. She remembers how her father, Philip, left her mother six months after she was born. After the divorce, Jean was left in the care of her mother, while her brother was in the care of her father. Her mother swore off relationships with people in law enforcement until she met and later married patrolman Carl Weatherby. Although Jean grew to love and idolize her step-father, her mother always worried when the day would come when she would get word that her newlywed husband was killed in the line of duty. Jean's mother didn't like the idea that her daughter had an interest in being a police officer herself. However, Jean soon enlisted and eventually graduated from police academy, much to the disappointment of her mother. Wanting Carl's approval, Jean pushed herself eventually rising to the ranks of Captain. Unsmiling during all her achievements, Jean knew that Carl was proud of her, and was likely holding out until she made police commissioner.[Continuity 67] As things begin to go black she hears pounding at the door of her apartment. As two police officers force themselves into her apartment, they find the gore-spattered body of Jean DeWolff. Finding Jean's dead body, the officers call the situation in.[Continuity 68]
The next day, Peter Parker is out snapping photos for the Daily Bugle when he runs into Ernie Popchik, one of the new tenants to move into his Aunt May's boarding house. Greeting Mr. Popchik, he learns that the old man is in the city to cash his social security check and then do some shopping. As Peter parts company, his spider-sense begins to go off as Ernie is pulled into a nearby alley. Peter rushes to his aid, but is too late to stop a gang of punks from robbing Ernie and making a run for it. When a crowd forms, Peter tells them to call an ambulance while he goes for help. As he runs through the alley, Peter begins stripping off his street clothes, revealing the black-and-white costume of Spider-Man. The wall-crawler catches up to the crooks and manages to nab them all. As they robbed an elderly man, Spider-Man treats them rougher than usual. That's when the police arrive on the scene and take the thieves into custody. One of the officers tells Spider-Man that Ernie Popchik seems okay, but he is being taken to the hospital for observation. It's then that the officer asks the wall-crawler if he's heard about Jean DeWolff's murder. This comes as a shock to Spider-Man, who asks if they know who did it, but at this time the police don't know.[Continuity 69]
Meanwhile, at a church, a bespectacled man has come to see the priest in order to make a confession. At the same time, J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson are going over the Jean DeWolff story. Jonah is sickened by the actions of the killer, telling Joe that even though he didn't like her, nobody deserves to die the way she did. When Joe asks him if he feels the same way about Spider-Man, Jonah admits that although people like Hitler, cop killers, and assassins deserve to die, Spider-Man isn't fit in those categories. They are interrupted by the arrival of Reverend Tolliver, who is setting up a new parish in New York City and would like a mention in the Bugle. Jameson remembers a story about some slayings in Atlanta that Tolliver was involved with. This leads to a brief exchange about race between Jameson and Tolliver, for which the priest apologizes. That evening, Spider-Man pays a visit to the police station to talk to the officer in charge of investigating the DeWolff murder. He learns that it is Sargent Stan Carter, who had just left for the evening. Spider-Man manages to catch up with Carter, and he invites Spider-Man into his car. Spider-Man tells Carter that he wants to know more about what happened. He learns about DeWolff's grisly death and that there are a large number of suspects, including Spider-Man. When the wall-crawler asks if Carter thinks he did it. Carter is certain that Spider-Man wasn't involved and tells how Jean DeWolff thought very highly of Spider-Man.
In the early morning, Daredevil has finished his patrol of the city and heads criminal courts where he is due to represent a client at trial as lawyer Matt Murdock.[Continuity 70] Murdock is representing the thieves who attempted to rob Ernie Popchik the other day. Among the members of the public watching the arrangement is Peter Parker, his Aunt May, and the tenants of her boarding house. When they are released on their own recognizance and without bail, Popchik is upset that the thieves are just going to be released. Peter chastizes Murdock for making this happening, unaware that he was revealing that he is secretly Spider-Man as Murdock recognizes his unique heartbeat. His Aunt May scolds Peter for giving grief to the blind lawyer, and Peter apologizes and leaves. After the courtroom clears out, Murdock confides in Judge Horace Rosenthal how his oath to uphold the law makes him feel awful when he has to represent people like his clients that day. Horace tells Matt that he should try being a public defender for a few years as it will strengthen his resolve. He then suggests they have lunch together and excuses him to go to the washroom first. This allows Matt to learn who is hiding out in the Judge's office. Walking around in the dark, he senses a masked man wielding a shotgun.
Matt calls out, asking who is in the room with him. That's when the masked man walks out and introduces himself as the Sin Eater. Murdock pleads the Sin Eater not to hurt him as he is blind. However, when he admits that he is a lawyer, the Sin Eater opens fire. Murdock barely manages to leap to cover under Horace's desk in time. Converting his walking cane into his billy club and tosses it across the room, striking Sin Eater in the back of the head. That's when Judge Rosenthal enters the room. Before Matt Murdock can tell him to get down, the Sin Eater whirls around and pulls the trigger.
Appearing in "Sin of Pride"
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock) (Appears in flashback)
- Aunt May
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Joe Robertson
- Marla Jameson
- Ernie Popchik
- Hugo Kelsey (First appearance)
- Emil Gregg
- Reverend Tolliver
- Joy Mercado
- Judge Horace Rosenthal (Appears in flashback) (Death)
- NYPD (Only appearance)
- Celia Weatherby
- Reverend Bernard Finn (Death)
- Charles Bronson (Only appearance) (Topical reference)
- Nick Fury (Photo)
- Jean DeWolff (Photo)
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Synopsis for "Sin of Pride"
Years ago, when Matt Murdock was still studying law, there was a guest lecture by Judge Horace Rosenthal. After the lecture, Matt approaches Rosenthal and thanks him for the lesson. However, Matt points out that there was an error in the judgment of one of the case studies he provided. Horace points out that Murdock should have said so during the lecture, not after. He tells Matt that to be a lawyer you need guts and you need to be true to yourself. This was the first time Judge Horace Rosenthal met Matt Murdock.
Judge Rosenthal has been fatally shot in his office by the Sin Eater in front of Matt Murdock. The Sin Eater managed to escape in the confusion and his shotgun blasts draw a crowd. Vowing to avenge the death of his colleague, Matt storms out of the courthouse determined to find Horace's killer as Daredevil. Not far away, Peter Parker, his Aunt May and Ernie Popchik are still upset about how the men who attacked Ernie were released on their own recognizance. Ernie can't understand it, and wonders if the judge has something against war veterans.[Continuity 71] Despite Peter's assurances that isn't the case, Ernie thinks that pretty soon the streets won't be safe. Suddenly, people on the street are in a panic because the Sin Eater is fleeing down the street. The Sin Eaters assurances that he will harm nobody fall on deaf ears. As the crowds flee in a panic, Peter is separated by his Aunt May.
In the confusion, Peter changes into Spider-Man to try and stop the Sin Eater. When he orders the masked man to put down the shotgun, the Sin Eater opens fire anyway. Instinctively, Spider-Man leaps out of the way. Suddenly he hears screams and realizes that the people behind him were struck by the Sin Eater's bullets. This horrifies Spider-Man, especially because his aunt is somewhere in the crowd. When the Sin Eater reloads his gun, Spider-Man webs the barrels shut. As the two trade blows, Spider-Man notices that the Sin Eater has a gavel and police badge clipped to his belt and realizes that this is the man who murdered Jean DeWolff. Admitting this, Sin Eater plans on making Spider-Man his next victim. The wall-crawler's anger gets the better of him allowing the Sin Eater to pummel the hero with his gun. During the battle, Spider-Man is distracted when he sees Aunt May facedown on the ground and he fears the worst. This gives Sin Eater a chance to flee when the wall-crawler tries to stop him, he realizes that his web-shooters were damaged in the brawl. When he tries to tag Sin Eater with a spider-tracer, the killer notices and brushes it off.
With the Sin Eater having escaped, Spider-Man changes back into Peter Parker to check and rushes to Aunt May's aid. She is okay, but Peter gets scolded by Ernie by not being by her side the whole time. Not long after, Daredevil arrives on the scene to discover that he is too late to stop the shooting spree. There are too many erratic heartbeats for Daredevil to zero in on the Sin Eater's heartbeat. As Daredevil chastizes himself for being too slow, the Sin Eater makes his escape in a passing city bus. The Next day, Spider-Man pays a visit to Stan Carter who just learned from ballistics that the gun that killed Judge Rosenthal was the same one that was used to murder Jean DeWolff. Spider-Man explains that he wants to help, especially after he failed to stop the Sin Eater. Now that their killer has a name, Carter explains that a Sin Eater is something that comes out of a folklore. Spider-Man is surprised to see a photo of Nick Fury on Stan's desk and learns that he is a former agent of SHIELD. When Spider-Man asks to check out Jean's apartment, Stan declines it, knowing that it will make the other officers more critical of him. When the wall-crawler asks what Stan's partner thinks about all this, he learns that Carter's partner was killed in the line of duty six months previously and that Stan brought their killers to justice. However, Stan implies that he will turn a blind eye if Spider-Man wants to check out the apartment anyway.
Later, at a church, the bespectacled man who came to confess his sins returns to Reverend Finn to confess again. He tells the priest that he still hears voices telling him to do terrible things. Meanwhile, Spider-Man arrives at Jean DeWolff's apartment and begins looking around, hoping that his spider-sense will pick up on something that the police might have missed. The masked hero finds nothing until he searches Jean's drawers. There he finds newspaper clippings that are all about him. When he sees one of the articles had the Black Cat clipped out of it, Spider-Man realizes that Jean had feelings for him. This hurts Spider-Man who removes his mask. He thinks how Jean DeWolff was always stern with him and regrets that she never made her feelings known, and considers what sort of future they could have had together had she said something. Later, two burials are being conducted at once, one for Jean DeWolff and the other for Judge Rosenthal. At the DeWolff funeral, Jean's mother blames her stepfather for the death of Jean, as he encouraged her to become a police officer. Attending the Rosenthal burial is Matt Murdock. As the attendees of both services begin to filter out, Matt detects the Sin Eater's unique heartbeat. Unfortunately, there are too many people around for him to pinpoint who exactly who it is. Also among the attendees is Reverend Tolliver who criticises the lack of attention that murdered African-Americans get from the police. Stan Carter makes an off-color joke, wondering if the Sin Eater could do requests. It is received poorly. Meanwhile, Matt Murdock decides that he can't keep the knowledge that the killer is among them a secret and tries to warn everyone, but by the time he speaks up, everyone is gone. Peter Parker takes a ride home with J. Jonah Jameson. He somberly vows to himself that Spider-Man will catch the Sin Eater in the next forty-eight hours.
Back at the church, the Sin Eater goes into Reverend Finn's confessional for advice. He tells the priest that he has lost his resolve in his mission to right wrongs, fearing that nobody will understand. Unaware of who he is talking to, Finn tells him to follow his convictions and to do what he thinks is right. Hearing this, the Sin Eater loads his shotgun and opens fire on Reverend Finn.
Appearing in "He Who Is Without Sin"
- Hugo Kelsey (Death)
- Reverend Tolliver
- Reverend Bernard Finn (On-screen)
- Gerald Jablonski (Only appearance)
- Susie Jablonski (Only appearance)
- Madame Fate (Mentioned)
- New York City
Synopsis for "He Who Is Without Sin"
With the news of the murder of Reverend Bernard Finn at the hand of the Sin Eater, the news media asks the question, who will be the next victim? Among the dead include Captain Jean DeWolff, Judge Horace Rosenthal, as well as Hugo Kelsey, one of the innocent bystanders who was shot during Spider-Man's clash with Sin Eater. Hearing this, Peter Parker blames himself for leaping out of the way of Sin Eater's shotgun blast. He is talking on the phone to Detective Stan Carter on the phone as "Spider-Man" about the latest developments in the case. Carter is unimpressed when he sees Reverend Toliver is interviewed about the Sin Eater's activities. Also watching the news is Marla Jameson, wife of J. Jonah Jameson. She decides to call Betty Leeds to ask her to come and stay with her while Jonah is out of town as she doesn't feel safe being alone while the Sin Eater is on the loose. Also watching the news report is Reverent Toliver, who pats himself on the back for the speech he gave during his interview. Likewise is Emil Gregg, the man who frequently made confession with Reverend Finn. He hangs his head in his hands as the reporter expresses the authorities are concerned about possible copycat killers. Lastly, Matt Murdock listens as the reporter goes onto a story about a string of burglaries on the East Side.
At that moment, on the East Side, a young girl is woken up by a knock at the window. She is surprised to see Santa Claus standing there. She asks Santa why he is visiting her home before Christmas. The man dressed like Santa tells the girl that he will explain everything once she lets him in. Later that evening, the Kingpin is dictating a letter to C.B. Kalish who has been inquiring his next assassin. He is unimpressed that, as Madame Fate, Kalish assaulted some of his men and declines her off, and warns her not to interfere in his efforts again. Aware that Spider-Man is lurking on the ceiling, the Kingpin fires his cane-ray at the hero, but he leaps to safety. The Kingpin knows what Spider-Man has come for, and tells him the same thing he told Daredevil minutes earlier, he knows nothing about the killer. He tells the wall-crawler that he doesn't care about the deaths of DeWolff and Rosenthal, he takes issue with the Sin Eater killing a priest. Explaining that killing religious figures polarizes a city and makes it harder to control. The Kingpin then tells Spider-Man that he can leave out the front door, and to not knock out any more of his guards, suggesting he takes lessons in subtlety from Daredevil.
Meanwhile, Matt Murdock is going to seedy bars in his civilian identity to find out if anyone knows anything about the Sin Eater. However, the rough clientele tries to rough him up. However, Murdock easily trounces them. When they stand down, they tell him that they know nothing about Sin Eater. As Murdock leaves, the bartender is relieved that nobody broke the window. No sooner has he said this does Spider-Man come crashing through the window demanding information about Sin Eater. He begins beating the thugs in the bar, but finds nothing either.[Continuity 72] Spider-Man scours the city to for leads but finds none. After leaving Carter a voice mail about his progress, he tries another tactic. He then goes to the home of a drug dealer named Gerald Jablonski and takes him from his home. He takes Gerald to a shady bar where he tries to get him to talk. Nervous about other crooks seeing him talking to the wall-crawler. Although he admits to being the middleman in his drug dealings, he knows nothing about the Sin Eater.
The next day, Peter Parker goes to the Daily Bugle to see if they turned up anything regarding the Sin Eater. No sooner as he has arrived, a man who appears to be the Sin Eater comes barging into the newsroom and demands to see J. Jonah Jameson. He takes his wife Marla as a hostage. Quick thinking, Peter tosses some office equipment at the gunman, knocking him out.[Continuity 73] They unmask the man, revealing him to be Emil Gregg. Peter thinks that he has captured the real Sin Eater. Later, as Spider-Man, Peter sits in on the interrogation of Gregg who makes a full confession. However, Daredevil enters the room and after listening to Emil making a confession, he asks to speak privately with Spider-Man. Outside of the interrogation room, Daredevil tells Spider-Man that Gregg is lying. Spider-Man asks how he knows, but Daredevil isn't sure if he should tell Spider-Man about his ability to detect heartbeats and tell when people are lying. However, he convinces Spider-Man to join him in checking out Emil's apartment.
There, they search the apartment to try and find out if Gregg is the Sin Eater or not. Daredevil takes the opportunity to chastise the wall-crawler for coercing Jablonski into confessing his drug dealings. Searching the room, they find a locked door that has recently been picked. They discover it leads into the apartment next door. Searching this second apartment, Spider-Man finds bills that are addressed to Stan Carter. At first, the wall-crawler is shocked to discover that the killer lived next door to the detective on the case. However, Daredevil discovers a secret storage room that contains spare Sin Eater costumes, a shotgun, as well as a tape recorder. The evidence points to Stan Carter being the Sin Eater, and that Emil Gregg -- although mentally disturbed -- was confusing the records as voices in his head. When they consider who the Sin Eater will be going after next, Spider-Man realizes that it is going to be J. Jonah Jameson. However, Jonah is out of town, and while Marla works late, Betty Leeds is staying with her. Spider-Man frantically calls Joe Robertson to get Jameson's phone number. He then calls Betty to warn her about the Sin Eater. However, he is too late to warn her as the Sin Eater has already broken in. As Spider-Man tries to warn Betty to get out of the apartment, the Sin Eater opens fire, blasting a hole through the long back chair that Betty is sitting in.
Appearing in "All My Sins Remembered"
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
- Marla Jameson
- Daily Bugle staff
- Aunt May
- Ernie Popchik
- District Attorney Blake Tower
- Chief James D'Angelo (Final appearance)
- Carl Weatherby (Final appearance)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent
- Ivan Snyder (Only appearance)
- Timmy (Only appearance)
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Synopsis for "All My Sins Remembered"
With Betty Leeds at the mercy of the Sin Eater, Spider-Man and Daredevil rush to her aid. Fearing that she may have been murdered by the serial killer, he thinks back to how Betty was his first love.[Continuity 74] At the home of J. Jonah Jameson, where Betty has been staying, the Sin Eater stands in front of a desk chair with a hole blasted through it. However, he did not hit Betty, as she quickly slipped under the desk. The Sin Eater is surprised that he missed his shot. When she confirms that she works for J. Jonah Jameson, he attempts to choke her to death with his shotgun. As she gasps for breath, Betty asks the Sin Eater why he is committing his murders. The Sin Eater explains that he wants to kill Jameson because he opposes masked vigilantes, he killed Reverend Finn because he was against capital punishment, Judge Rosenthal because he went easy on criminals, and Jean DeWolff... because he felt like it. While he is explaining this, Betty manages to get a hold of a letter opener and stabs the Sin Eater in the leg.
Before the Sin Eater can harm Betty further, Spider-Man comes crashing through the window. The Sin Eater tosses Betty at the hero to give him time to reload his shotgun. The hero webs the barrel shut, then yanks the gun out of Sin Eater's hands. Spider-Man breaks the shotgun over his knee and attacks the villain. Knowing that the Sin Eater is really Detective Stan Carter, he is enraged when Carter claims that they are alike. Losing his temper. Spider-Man begins mercilessly beating the Sin Eater. He is angry not just because of the murders he committed, but how Stan strung him along and pretended to be Spider-Man's friend. The wall-crawler's rampage is stopped by the arrival of Daredevil, who stops Spider-Man before he kills Carter. However, the wall-crawler refuses to stand down, so Daredevil has to put himself between the hero and the killer. He tries to convince Spider-Man that the only threat in the room is himself, angering the web-slinger is sick of Daredevil's constant recriminations, the two come to blows. Their struggle takes them out onto the street while they argue over ideologies on crime fighting. Ultimately, a combination of Spider-Man's blind rage and Daredevil's enhanced senses prove to be the wall-crawler's undoing and he is knocked out by Daredevil. In the aftermath of the battle, Daredevil considers the fact that he also lost someone close to him thanks to the Sin Eater. He wonders if Spider-Man feels too much about this case, or if he doesn't care enough.
Not long after the arrest of Stan Carter, the press swoops in and tries to investigate Betty and Marla Jameson. Betty is disgusted that the press is sensationalizing the danger she was in. As the news that the Sin Eater was a police detective becomes public knowledge the public is outraged. Other officers wonder what sort of backlash they're going to get from the public. At a bar, some patrons complain how the police are always covering for each other. Elsewhere in the city, a young boy is found at the window of his apartment is told to go back to bed. When his father wonders where their portable television is, the boy thinks how surprised his parents will be when Santa Claus returns with a new television he traded the portable model for. The next morning at the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker arrives to see J. Jonah Jameson returning from the distributor's conference in Florida. He is furious about the who ordeal but suddenly changes his mood when Peter informs him that the Sin Eater had been captured after putting Marla's wife at risk. Peter finds some perverse joy in telling Jameson that it was Spider-Man who saved her life and caught the killer. In the office, Peter gets a call from his Aunt May, who is worried about her tenant Ernie Popchik. He left the house after the news about the Sin Eater and took his old service pistol. He assures his Aunt that he will try to keep an eye out for him.[Continuity 75] Overhearing this, Joe Robertson assigns Peter to take photos for a vox populi article about the Sin Eater.
At that very moment, aboard a subway train, Ernie Popchik reads the newspaper and thinks about how unsafe the city has become. He is on his way to the World Trade Center, but when some young men get onto the train and try to hassle him for money. Panicking, Ernie pulls out his gun and shoots the three men and flees the train when it stops. Soon, the news that Stan Carter is being transferred to Rykers Island is leaked to the media and made public knowledge. As the situation unfolds, police chief James D'Angelo, District Attorney Blake Tower, and an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. discuss the Stan Carter case. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent explains that Stan might be found not criminally responsible for his crimes. He explains that Stan was a test subject for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s research and development division. There he was injected with drugs like PCP and Angel Dust so they can study the apparent strength enhancement functions of these drugs. During this program, Stan became increasingly paranoid and because acting violently toward authority figures. When Carter was later retired from S.H.I.E.L.D., they were certain that the drugs were out of his system. He figures that the recent death of Stan's partner pushed him over the edge. This does not impress Blake Tower, who has a public relations nightmare on his hands. Their meeting is soon interrupted when an angry mob forms outside the police station and begin protesting.
Spider-Man arrives on the scene and begins taking pictures. Suddenly, Daredevil arrives on the rooftop and the two begin arguing their ideologies on how to handle this situation. That's when the police send officers out in riot gear to hold back the crowd while they transfer Stan Carter to Rykers. Suddenly, a full-on riot breaks out, led by Carl Weatherby, Jean DeWolff's step-father. Daredevil leaps down to try and stop the riot, but Spider-Man refuses to get involved. That is, until, Daredevil is swarmed by rioters and calls out to Spider-Man. When the wall-crawler turns to walk away, Daredevil calls out to him by his first name.[Continuity 76] This reaches Spider-Man who swings down and fights the mob off Daredevil. He then prevents Carl Weatherby from strangling Stan Carter to death. They pull Carter to safety until the police can disburse the mob and turn Stan back over to the authorities. In the aftermath, Spider-Man is surprised that Daredevil has figured out his secret identity. To make things even, Daredevil tells Spider-Man that he is really Matt Murdock. Spider-Man finds this incredible to believe and suggests that they go back to his place to talk in private.
At Peter apartment, out of costume, explanations are made all around.[Continuity 77] Murdock gets Spider-Man to admit that he leaped into the crowd to help because Daredevil thought what he was doing was right. Murdock applies this logic to the fact that everyone deserves a fair trial under the law, even Stan Carter. Their discussion is interrupted by a phone call. It's Peter's Aunt May, who tells Peter how Ernie shot three youths and turned himself in to the police. Overhearing this, Murdock grabs the phone and offers his services, promising to do everything he can to ensure that Ernie gets a fair trial. Finally seeing Matt Murdock's point, Peter agrees when Matt tells her that he will give her faith that the system works.
Appearing in "And Then the Gods Cried"
- Ralph Macchio
- Maude Macchio (Only appearance; dies)
- Fantastic Four (Recap)
- Avengers (Recap)
- X-Men (Recap)
- Hulk (Recap)
- Galactus (Recap)
- Dr. Octopus (Recap)
- Dr. Doom (Recap)
- Lizard (Recap)
- Enchantress (Recap)
- Absorbing Man (Recap)
- Molecule Man (Recap)
- Dazzler (Recap)
- Dr. Strange (Recap)
- Telithia Smith (Only appearance)
- Louie (Only appearance)
Races and Species:
- The Black Costume
- Spider-Man's Belt Camera
- Mjolnir (Only in flashback)
- Captain America's Shield (Only in flashback)
- Captain America's Uniform (Only in flashback)
- Iron Man Armor MK V (Only in flashback)
- Cloak of Levitation (Only in flashback)
- Absorbing Man's Ball and Chain (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Octopus' Tentacles (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Doom's Armor (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "And Then the Gods Cried"
Story and Secret Wars II continue from Amazing Spider-Man #273...
Following his encounter with the Beyonder, the Puma has found himself teleported to Japan where he has important business to attend to in his civilian guise of Thomas Fireheart.[Continuity 78] Stuck in Japan without a passport, Fireheart must now wait until his passport (with forged entry stamps) is smuggled into the country before he can leave. In the meantime, he transforms into the Puma and decides to pay a visit to his old sensei Muramoto. Along the way, he considers the Beyonder's power, and how his destiny to slay the Beyonder must be accomplished. He wonders if the Beyonder purposely teleported him to Japan in a lurch, and has doubts as it seems that the One From Beyond did so to help him, not realizing the implications of his actions.
Arriving at the temple of his former master, Puma slips past security and fights off the ninjas that guard Muramoto. After explaining his mission to destroy the Beyonder and the circumstances that led to him being teleported to Japan, the Puma is shocked that the Beyonder -- called Kurami Muramoto -- has been seeking enlightenment from Muramoto in the recent history. The Beyonder tells the Puma that it is impossible to kill him unless he wills it and teleports the three of them to the universe that he used to inhabit. There he explains his origins and how he had learned of this universe and gathered heroes and villains to battle in a Secret War.>.[Continuity 79] He explains that he learned desire and came to Earth to learn about it. Falling in love with a woman and getting rejected, the Beyonder first learned incompleteness,[Continuity 80] and that through meeting with Dr. Strange he learned to seek the path to completeness and fulfillment.[Continuity 81] He subsequently learned that his role to fulfillment would come from teaching others their true potential.[Continuity 82] The Puma is still determined to kill the Beyonder, however, the Beyonder insists that it is impossible to do and suggests that he return home, telling him his passport had just arrived. The Puma does leave, telling the Beyonder he will not give up on his ordained task. As he leaves, Muramoto explains to the Beyonder's shocked ears what the Puma's origins and destiny are.
Back in New York, Spider-Man is out on patrol thinking about all the events the troubles he has had recently. How Jean DeWolff had been murdered, Ernest Popchik being in jail,[Continuity 83] his recent encounter with Dominic Fortune,[Continuity 84] Nathan Lubensky being in the hospital,[Continuity 85] and his recent blow up where he attacked J. Jonah Jameson.[Continuity 86] His thoughts are broken up when he hears police sirens and hopes that whatever the emergency is it can provide him with news pictures to earn some money. Racing to the scene, he witnesses as the police chase a van in hot pursuit. As the maniac drivers speed through the city, dance-club owner Ralph Macchio is driving his wife to a tennis practice. As the two bicker over handing out pamphlets for Cosmic Oneness over tennis, they are side-swiped by the van. Attempting to stop the crook and save lives still wracked with guilt over the innocents killed by Sin-Eater Spider-Man snags both vehicles with web lines and stop them. While the crooks get out of their vehicle and flee, Ralph's wife is killed when the sudden stop kills her due to the fact she was not wearing a seatbelt.
Sometime later, Peter is in his apartment painting with Mary Jane when Thomas Fireheart arrives.[Continuity 87] He dismisses Mary Jane and again attempts to convince Peter to help him kill the Beyonder. When Peter suggests that the Beyonder could come at a mere call of his name, they are both shocked when the Beyonder suddenly appears before them.[Continuity 88] The Beyonder once more attempts to explain to Fireheart that he has no intention to threaten the universe, that his goals are to make everyone fulfill their true destiny. He points out that Spider-Man is living his (which Peter isn't sure is a compliment) and tries to convince him further by teleporting Muramoto before them. Muramoto has taken a punk-rocker style and has practiced being what he has always dreamed to be: a rock and roll star. The Beyonder explains that Muramoto is going to perform at the club owned by Ralph Macchio and departs. Fireheart is furious that both his former master and Parker will not help him destroy the Beyonder and rushes off to prepare to confront him at the dance club. Muramoto explains to Parker that the Beyonder seeks to make beings discover their true path and find fulfillment and that for the Puma it is to destroy the Beyonder.
Elsewhere in some strange dimension, the Beyonder meets with Death and mulls over his plight: That he seeks to show the Puma his own fulfillment and that in order to do so he must die, and that of all the things he worries most about is what will happen to him after his own death. He wonders why when he knows what happens after death he is still afraid. While outside Bellevue Hospital, a news reporter interviews Ralph Macchio following the death of his wife. He tells the camera crew that he blames the Beyonder and his cult of Cosmic Oneness for his wife's death and swears to make him pay. The news story is caught by Daily Bugle editor Kate Cushing who assigns Peter and Joy Mercado to do a story on Macchio's nightclub as a sidebar for Ned Leed's story on the cult. Peter is disappointed for getting such a minor story, but Joy tells him a story is a story and suggests that he finds something other than his suit and tie to wear to the club because he looks like a narc. Going into the men's room, Peter finds the Beyonder there, who tells him that no matter what happens, he will allow the Puma to kill him as it is the only way that the Puma can find fulfillment. While at Fireheart industries, Thomas learns from his hired men that there is no legal means in which he can bring down the cult of Cosmic Oneness and decides that the only way to crush the Beyonder is to go to the club and kill him personally.
As Muramoto's performance begins, the Beyonder spends time in the club waiting for the Puma to arrive and preparing himself for what he hopes is his inevitable death. While outside, Peter, not heeding Joy's advice has a hard time getting into the club until Joy manages to get him in. As the two dance, the Puma arrives simultaneously with club owner Ralph Macchio. Macchio has come with a gun and is determined to kill the Beyonder. When Muramoto spots Macchio with the firearm he jumps in the way, taking the bullet meant for the Beyonder. The bullet passes through Muramoto, killing him and although the bullet passes through and strikes the Beyonder in the head, it has no effect on him.
This causes a panic that sends the club goers fleeing, and when Joy tries to go for the story, Peter slips away to change into Spider-Man. As the Puma sees his master gunned down, all his doubt in his destiny lifts granting the Puma the power to destroy the Beyonder -- causing him to grow in size. Before he can land a killing strike, Spider-Man attempts to get in the way and is swatted aside. Spider-Man tries to bind the Puma and this too fails, and when he tries to carry the Beyonder out, the One From Beyond resists him as well. When Spider-Man suggests that the Beyonder has been manipulating the Puma to fulfill his destiny and walks out not wanting to play part in it, it causes enough doubt in the Puma for him to lose his extensive powers and his strike is insufficient to kill the Beyonder. With his task failed, the disappointed Beyonder teleports away, hoping to find another willing to kill him, leaving the Puma alone with the dead body of his former master.
Secret Wars II continues in Uncanny X-Men #202...
Appearing in "You Never Make a Sound"
- Santa Claus Imposter (Last appearance)
- Bambi Modica
- Randi Cooper
- Candi Muggins
- Mamie Muggins
- Harry Osborn
- Liz Osborn
- Normie Osborn
- Randy Robertson
- Amanda Robertson (First appearance)
- Steven Estevez (First appearance)
- Alex Woolcot (First appearance)
- Fritz Woolcot (First appearance)
- Jordan Modica (Only appearance)
- Joe Krolik (Only appearance)
- Doctor Octopus (Vision)
- New York City
Synopsis for "You Never Make a Sound"
It's Christmas Eve in New York City, as shoppers go about their business a young man steals a present out of the arms of a woman and makes a run for it. Although he gets past the bystanders and slips into an alley, he runs into a web put up by Spider-Man. The youth, named Joe Krolik, begs Spider-Man to let him go as he stole the gift to give to his sick mother. Spider-Man doesn't buy this flimsy excuse and soon the woman arrives with a police officer. With the officer on the scene, Spider-Man wasn't even going to consider letting the young thief go, especially after he had been tricked by the Black Fox in the past.[Continuity 89] While Spider-Man wasn't buying the excuses, the woman does and tells the officer that she is dropping charges against Joe Krolik. She learns her mistake when he manages to steal her watch while shaking her hand.
Later, Peter Parker arrives at the Daily Bugle, he's disappointed to see a toy donation drive isn't going as well as it could. Peter can't find himself in the Christmas spirit after the murder of Jean DeWolff and his recent clashes with Puma and the Beyonder.[Continuity 90] On his way to see Kate Cushing, he bumps into Joy Mercado who asks Peter if he has heard about the string of mystery robberies. Noticing that they are standing under mistletoe and kisses Peter as she heads out. This catches Peter off guard, but he goes about his business. Unfortunately, Joy doesn't have anything for Peter and suggests he find a more convenient way of the Bugle getting in touch with him when they have a photo assignment for him.[Continuity 91] Peter thinks of what might happen if he was battling Doctor Octopus and has to answer a message from the Bugle, and tells her he'll think about it.
Feeling unwanted, Peter calls his Aunt May, who is happy to hear from him. She tells him how her borders are all off visiting family for the holidays, and with Nathan Lubinsky being in the hospital and Ernie Popchik in jail, May is spending Christmas Eve with Anna Watson.[Continuity 92] Peter thinks his Aunt May is blowing him off and tells her not to worry about him intruding. May doesn't hear this as she puts the phone down to stop a pot from boiling over on her stove. When she picks up the phone, Peter is saying goodbye and hangs up. May wonders why Peter didn't say he was coming over for Christmas dinner and figures he must have his own plans for the evening. On his way out of the office, Peter asks Joe Robertson what he is doing for the holidays. He informs Peter that his son Randy is coming home from college for a family reunion of sorts. He's interrupted by Kate Cushing who asks him to get Jonah off her back. When Joe is finished with her, he invites Peter over for Christmas, but when he turns around he discovers that Parker is already gone.
Having changed into Spider-Man, Peter web-slings across the city. He figures he should probably go home, although his place still smells of smoke. He figures he could spend his time washing his red-and-blue costume since it still reeks.[Continuity 93] As he swings over a schoolyard, he wishes he had no troubles in the world like the children down below. Peter would be wrong, as a young student named Alex Woolcot tells his teacher, Mr. Estivez, about how his father loses his temper. When Mr. Estivez asks Alex how he got the black eye, he tells his teacher that he fell down the stairs. Suddenly, Alex's father arrives to pick the boy up. Fritz Woolcot confronts Mr. Estivez about how he has started legal action to look into Alex's abuse. He warns the teacher to stay out of his family business and warns that rumors might start regarding his interest in his son. This stuns Mr. Estivez into silence.
Meanwhile, at Macy's, Jordan Modica tells the mall Santa all of the things he wants for Christmas. When he mentions the types of electronics his mother has in the apartment she shares with her roommates, Santa asks Jordan to "remind him" what the address is.[Continuity 94] Soon his mother Bambi arrives to pick him up and as they leave, he tells Santa not to forget his presents. Writing down Bambi's address, this mall Santa assures him that he won't. Back at his apartment, Peter Parker tries to think of something to do. He tries calling Harry and Liz Osborn to see what they are up to. However, their son Normie is colic and Harry can hardly hear Pete over the phone. Peter tells Harry that he will call back later. He then calls Mary Jane, but gets her voice mail. He hangs up instead of leaving a message. Mary Jane is in the bath, thinking about looking her best to join May and Aunt Anna for Christmas. Going to visit reminds her of the first time she met Peter Parker, and how he avoided this meeting thinking she was going to be unattractive.[Continuity 95] She has tried to get ahold of Peter, but he has either not been home or the line has been busy. She figures that she'll see Peter at May's house, because there's nowhere else he would be spending the holidays.
Soon, Peter's phone begins to ring, but when he answers it the person on the other line hangs up. The caller was Felicia Hardy, aka the Black Cat, who wanted to wish him a merry Christmas but is still hurting after he broke up with her.[Continuity 96] She decides to take her mind off Spider-Man by putting on her Black Cat costume and going out on the prowl. Patrolling the city lifts her spirit immensely and she soon finds a group of men trying to rob fur coats. She easily trounces them thanks to her bad luck powers. For a brief moment, she considers taking the mink coats for herself. However, she notices some homeless women trying to keep warm by a trash barrel fire. Felicia decides to give the fur coats to the women to help them keep warm. As she swings away, the Black Cat feels great about what he has done and decides that perhaps she should use her skills of a cat burglar to be like Robin Hood, robbing from the rich to give to the poor. By this point, Peter Parker has given up on spending Christmas with anyone and gets his last two cans of Coke out of the fridge. One is for himself, the other he pours for his Spider-Man costume, which he tells to drink up, warning it that the Coke will get warm.[Continuity 97]
At that moment, Joe Robertson gets a call from his son Randy, who informs his father that his flight was delayed.[Continuity 98] It's here that he tells his father that he is bringing an "old friend" with him for the holidays. When he hangs up the phone, the "old friend" Amanda ask Randy why he didn't tell his father the truth that they actually are married. Randy explains that he isn't sure how his father will feel about the fact that he married a white woman. He assures her though that he will tell his parents about their marriage the moment he finds the nerve to do so.
As the evening comes to a close, Peter Parker has called it a night and gone to bed. In the apartment next door, Randi, Bambi, and Candi have also retired for the night. However, Bambi wakes up in the middle of the night because she hears a noise. Thinking its her son Jordan trying to get an early start at unwrapping his Christmas presents, she is shocked to discover a man in a Santa costume stealing the electronics. Spotted, the Santa thief pulls a gun and threatens Bambi. As Bambi begins to panic, Peter's spider-sense is kicked off and he wakes up. He quickly changes into Spider-Man and comes crashing through his neighbor's window. Spider-Man confronts the thief, but they are interrupted when Jordan, Candi, and Randi wake up to see what the commotion is. When Spider-Man tries to web up the crook, he hits Candi and Randi by mistake allowing the thief to make a break for the door. Following after him, Spider-Man runs into his landlord, Maimie Muggins. She scolds Spider-Man for trespassing, but Spider-Man quickly moves her out of the way and continues his pursuit. Spider-Man catches up to the thief as he is fleeing up to the roof, dropping his stolen loot along the way.
When the thief gets up to the roof he runs into the real Santa Claus who is not impressed with his imitator.[Continuity 99] When Spider-Man arrives on the roof, he finds no sign of the thief. The next morning, Peter Parker is woken up by a phone call from Kate Cushing who tells Peter she has an assignment for him. She tells him that the man who was supposed to be dressed as Santa at the Bugle was found tied up in the closet and he won't believe who has taken his place. Peter rushes down to the Bugle Building where he discovers the thief giving out handcrafted toys to children. When Peter asks a police officer at the scene, he learns that the thief called the police to tell them he was here and confessed to all his crimes. Seeing Peter, the thief tells him that he has reformed and hands him a note written by his friend. The note tells Peter to call his Aunt May.
Soon Peter is at his Aunt May's who is happy to see him home for the holidays. As they have breakfast with Anna and Mary Jane Watson, May tells Peter that Ernie Popchik was released from prison as the judge refused to indict him and he is visiting his son for the holidays. Mary Jane asks Peter what's wrong, and he tells her that something feels wrong. She tells Peter that he needs to learn to relax and starts tickling him. Outside of Aunt May's two men are watching from the bushes. When one of them pulls out a switchblade, the other tells him to stop, that they'll carry out their plans another day, assuring him that their intended victim won't get away.
Appearing in "Mayhem"
- Aunt May
- Ernie Popchik
- Kate Cushing
- Joy Mercado
- Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
- Alex Woolcot
- Mary Jane Watson
- Anna Watson
- Thugs Shot by Ernie
- Nathan Lubensky
- Arthur Chekov
- Victor Palermo
- Rose Palermo
- Martha Lund
- Sophie Lund
- Lt. Kris Keating (First appearance) (Secreetly the Foriegner in Disguise)
- Joey Face (Only appearance)
- Evelyn Woolcot (First appearance)
- Fritz Woolcot
- Schweitzer (fence) (Only appearance)
- Mr. Colby (Only appearance)
Races and Species:
- New York City
- Hudson Street Orphanage (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Mayhem"
Ernie Popchik comes rushing into Aunt May's boarding house telling May to close the door quickly as there are members of the press following after him, demanding answers about Popchik's recent release from jail.[Continuity 100] As Aunt May's other tenants come to Ernie's aid, May forces the door closed. Popchik apologizes for the media circus as his son informed the press that he would be returning home today. May understands and Nathan Lubenski tells Ernie that some people consider him a hero for shooting the hoods in the subway. Ernie doesn't feel like a hero, as he shot them out of fear after he was mugged a few days earlier.[Continuity 101] Arthur Chekov asks May if there is anything her nephew Peter can do to get the media off their front step. Nathan agrees, thinking Peter needs to do something for his aunt for once. May thinks Peter can do something as he can be pretty persuasive.
Elsewhere in the city, Spider-Man has caught a stool pigeon named Joey Face to learn what he can about why the Hobgoblin is now working for the Rose.[Continuity 102] However, when Joey has nothing to tell, Spider-Man leaves in frustration. He heads back to the Daily Bugle where, as Peter Parker, he hopes to get a photo assignment from Kate Cushing. He finds Kate talking to reporter Joy Mercado. When they see Peter they ask him to try and use his connections with his aunt to try and get an interview with Ernie Popchik. Peter doesn't feel right doing so, but Joy reminds him of his erratic work and guilts him into doing it. Although he is going to feel bad for weeks, Peter leaves for Queens with Joy Mercado. Meanwhile, the thieves who were shot by Ernie Popchik have just been released from the hospital. They're furious that the old man is being hailed as a hero after nearly killing them and have decided to pay him a visit. Travelling by subway, the goons decide to pass the time by mugging a woman and her daughter. At that moment, a gang of jewel thieves are going over their haul when suddenly they are interrupted by the Black Cat. She easily incapacitates the heavies and ropes up their leader. The man tells the Black Cat that the thief known as the Foreigner has a more valuable collection. Although she thinks the Foreigner is a myth, she is interested and gets the address, but still keeps the stolen gems. As she leaves, the Black Cat intends to fence the stolen gems and donate the money to the Hudson Street Orphanage.
Meanwhile, at the Woolcott home, Fritz Woolcott complains to himself about his son Alex's need for intention while working on his disintegration ray. Alex soon comes into the room and tells him that a lawyer has come to see him and his wife. The lawyer, Mr. Colby, has come to help the Woolcott's fight against a child abuse accusation filed by one of Alex's teachers. Fritz doesn't want to deal with the inconvenience of going to trial. Colby has a simple solution, that if they move to another district, the school board will have to begin their investigation from scratch. As they discuss this situation, Alex is fooling around with his father's newest invention. He puts his hand into the path of the disintegration mean causing a massive flash. Fritz and the others enter his lab where he scolds the boy. He is about to hit the child when he remembers that his lawyer is present and instead comforts the boy. As Alex comes out of his shock, he notices that his hand has started glowing.
Later, in Forest Hills, Anna and Mary Jane Watson are heading back to Aunt May's house. Anna uses this time to ask Mary Jane about her relationship with Peter, pointing out that they are more than just friends. Mary Jane tries to brush this off, but his Aunt sees right through him. She thinks to herself that she is trying to deal with the fact that Peter is secretly Spider-Man.[Continuity 103] When they see a group of men climbing into May's house through the window, Anna suggests that they call the police, however, Mary Jane intends to call Peter first, knowing he can do more as Spider-Man. At the same time, Peter is just arriving with Joy Mercado. Joy explains to Peter that she would sell out her own mother for the right story, but Peter still doesn't feel right about his current assignment.[Continuity 104] When they arrive at Aunt May's house they are shocked to see the police have the house surrounded. As Peter demands what's going on, Lieutenant Kris Keating is trying to negotiate with the intruders in order to get them to let the occupants of the house go.[Continuity 105]
Peter is found by Mary Jane who fills him in on what's going on when suddenly his spider-sense begins to go off. Suddenly, there is a shot from inside the house, prompting Joy to push Peter and Mary Jane to the ground. Keating tells his officers that the crooks have crossed over the line and to get into position. Peter is determined to do something, but Mary Jane tries to tell him to not get involved. She worries that his emotions might get the better of him and he might get his Aunt and everyone inside killed. Inside, the leader of the gang, John, finished making his demands and hangs up. Nathan Lubinsky chastises the young man for holding them hostage. However, the young man jokingly explains that they need to show them respect as he and his friends are famous celebrities, given that they all have the same first names as the Beatles. When John insults Nathan's manhood, Aunt May slaps him across the face. Furious, John grabs Aunt May and pushes her toward the window and puts a gun to her head. Seeing this development, Mary Jane tells Peter to forget what she told him and save everyone inside. Peter quickly changes into Spider-Man and sneaks into the house from his bedroom window. In the hall, he ambushes one of the thugs watching Anton Chekov as he goes to the bathroom.[Continuity 106]
Downstairs, Nathan warns John not to threaten May again only to get have his wheelchair knocked over sending him spilling to the floor. Suddenly, John hears a thump and goes to the phone demanding to know what's going on. Kris Keating tells him that they haven't moved on him, not trusting him, John warns that he will kill everyone in the house if he finds discovers something going on. Upstairs, the thug guarding the Palmero's has gotten sick of the couple's constant bickering and threatens to shoot them. That's when Spider-Man comes in and webs up his mouth and gun. This gives Victor an opening to knock out the goon with a single punch. Thinking something is going on, John sends his friend Paul upstairs to check on the others. Spider-Man knocks him out with a simple headbutt. Downstairs, Nathan agitates John to the point where he grabs Aunt May again and threatens to shoot her. That's when Spider-Man leaps downstairs and webs up the barrel of his gun. As John backs toward the window, Nathan opens the blinds, giving a sniper on the roof a clear shot. The sniper takes it killing John with a shot to the head. Although the danger is over, Spider-Man didn't want it to end like this but leaves as soon as the police enter the house. Horrified over what happened, Ernie decides to leave so he doesn't put his friends at risk again. Meanwhile, Aunt May is horrified that Nathan opened the blinds when Spider-Man had the situation under control. Nathan tries to explain himself, saying that the punks deserved it for threatening her and insulting him. However, May isn't sure she wants to understand. That's when Peter comes rushing in to make sure everyone is okay but notices that the rift that has now grown between May and her fiancee.
Appearing in "The Key"
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Spider-Man's Belt Camera
- Spider-Man's Spider-Signal
- Spider-Man's costume (both black and red)
Synopsis for "The Key"
A young thief named Marc Noletti tries to pick the lock on the front door of an apartment, complaining to himself how tricky the expensive lock is. However, Marc made the mistake of trying to break into an apartment when the tenant is still home. When the owner opens the door and demands to know what he is doing, Noletti flees the scene. Fleeing down the stairs, Marc manages to get outside, but he trips over some garbage pales on his way out. Marc gets up and overhears people talking not far down the alley. There he sees Officer Polanski telling Cheech Beldone and his gang, the Barons, to stay out of his neighborhood. Cheech and his boys claim they haven't done anything, but Polaski is not buying it as he is intent on busting them the moment they screw up. When Beldone mouths off to the officer, Polaski tries to get rough. This angers the gang who all pull out weapons and surround the officer. Before things can get any more heated, Spider-Man arrives and gets between them.
The wall-crawler easily fights off the Barons who flee the scene. When Spider-Man asks Polaski if he is okay, he gets an earful from the officer, who is unimpressed with the heroes interference. This upsets Spider-Man who wonders why he bothers and swings off. When everyone leaves, Marc leaves his hiding place. Needing fast cash, he thinks about how Spider-Man probably doesn't have to worry about money. Suddenly, he remembers a guy from Chelsea named Parker who recently bought a bunch of locks from his father's store. Going there, Marc easily breaks in and is disappointed to discover the Parker lives in a dump. Still, he searches for something of value. In the darkness, he finds a box in the closet that he assumes is filled with electronics. Suddenly, Marc hears a thud from the bathroom and decides to split, taking the box with him. This is Spider-Man returning home after a busy evening catching crooks. Turning on the lights, the wall-crawler is upset to discover that he has been robbed. Seeing his closet door is open, Spider-Man frantically searches it and confirms his worst fear, that his spare Spider-Man equipment has been stolen.
Later, in Little Italy, Marc returns home and laments that he has to resort to stealing in order to earn money. He is bothered that nobody will hire him as he is a teenager with no experience, especially since his father struggles to provide for them. Marc loves his father for looking after him after his mother died and hopes his father never learns how he earns his money. Going into his room, he hopes that the box of equipment he stole from Parker's apartment can help him finish repairing an old television set. Looking at the box's contents, he finds Spider-Man's signal belt and costume and realizes what he can do with this equipment. Putting on Spider-Man's costume, Marc begins scaling the side of a ritzy apartment building and discovers that it is harder to do than he thought. Breaking into an apartment, Marc is discovered by the tenant because of the noise he made. When the elderly woman sees that she is being robbed by "Spider-Man" she tells Marc where all the valuables are instead of calling the police. After taking all the valuables from the apartment, Marc begins scaling his web-line back down the side of the building. With "Spider-Man" gone, the old woman calls the police to report the robbery.
Unfortunately for Marc, he is unaware of the fact that Spider-Man's webbing dissolves after an hour, so he is surprised when the web-line suddenly gives sending him crashing to the ground. Knocked out from the fall, Marc is helpless as police arrive on the scene. Meanwhile, back at Peter's apartment, Spider-Man worries about what he is going to do about his stolen equipment. Suddenly, he remembers that there were spider-tracers in the box and that he can use his spider-sense to track it. As Spider-Man begins his search, the officers who arrested Marc Noletti brings him to the police station where they show his unconscious body to Officer Polaski. Polaski tells him them to leave "Spider-Man" in his office and say nothing about the arrest to anybody. Later, Marc wakes up and discovers where he is, and that Polaski has removed his mask. Thinking he is dealing with the real Spider-Man, Polaski tells Marc that he has been photographed and fingerprinted and that unless "Spider-Man" does what he is told, Polaski is going to hand over the evidence to the police. Unable to tell Pollaski the truth, for fear of what the shock might do to his father, Marc figures his only option is to play along.
Pollaski wants to use Spider-Man to deal with the Barons once and for all and takes Marc to the warehouse that the gang hangs out in. Going into the warehouse, Marc tries to round up the Barons with Spider-Man's web-shooters, however, he is inexperienced with the weapons and is soon swarmed by the Barons. Outside, Polaski wonders what's taking so long when he is suddenly ambushed by the Barons and knocked out by a brick. When the officer wakes up, he finds himself tied up in a chair at the mercy of Cheech Beldone who intends to shoot the officer in the head with his own gun. Meanwhile, Marc is locked up in a supply room and wonders what he can do to get out. Turning on the spider-signal, Marc looks through the cartridge belt in the hopes he can find something he can use to help him. He finds Spider-Man's spider-tracers and deduces what they are used for. However, he fears that the signal won't be strong enough for Spider-Man to find them in time. Searching around the room, Marc discovers a radio and uses his electronics skill to rig it to the spider-tracer in the hopes of boosting its signal.
As soon as Marc turns on the spider-tracer, the real Spider-Man is suddenly bombarded by its signal, allowing him to easily track it. Back at the warehouse, the other members of the Barons are starting to reconsider the idea of killing the police officer, however, Beldone insists that they end Polaski's life. Before Cheech can eliminate the officer, the real Spider-Man comes busting in and sends the thieves packing. After freeing officer Polaski, Spider-Man finds Marc in the back room. The wall-crawler is furious but relents when Marc confesses that he stole in order to help support his father. Spider-Man realizes that he and this boy have more in common than he thought and suggests that they talk outside. After telling Marc about his former career in showbiz, he makes up a story about giving his old costume and equipment to Peter Parker, who called him when the equipment was stolen. Marc easily buys this story, still thinking Spider-Man couldn't possibly have any money problems. By this point, Officer Polaski comes out of the warehouse and seeing the real Spider-Man next to Marc easily concludes that the boy wasn't the real hero. After hearing how Marc managed to boost his spider-tracers signal, the wall-crawler suggests that he pursue a career in electronics.
Several weeks later, Marc has started his own electronics repair business, bringing in enough legitimate money to help his father pay the bills. Later, Marc's father sends his son out to help a client who has locked himself out of his apartment. Much to Marc's surprise, it's the apartment belonging to Officer Polaski. Polaski wants to apologize for manipulating the boy into doing a dangerous job and invites him in to talk.
Appearing in "Ace"
- Reapers (First appearance)
- Dragons (First appearance)
- Jean Hillman (First appearance)
- Rosie Spencer (First appearance)
- Mrs. Spenger (First appearance)
- Vince DiFeo (Only appearance; dies)
- Mr. Alexander (Only appearance)
- Sammy (Only appearance; dies)
- United States of America
- Vietnam (Only in flashback)
- Ace's Motorcycle
Synopsis for "Ace"
Spider-Man is snapping photos of the aftermath of a gang shootout outside of DiFeo's Restaurant. He is disgusted by the scene and wishes there was something he could have done to stop it. The wall-crawler thinks about the situation that brought him here. He was patrolling the city when he heard gunshots coming from Harlem. However, he arrived too late, as paramedics are already on the scene collecting the wounded. When he spots Captain Jean DeWolff arriving on the scene, Spider-Man swings down to his old friend, who is not too happy about being called to the scene of a crime on her night off.[Continuity 107] The wall-crawler learns that this is yet another shooting committed by the youth gangs that are running wild in the city. They soon learn that this is yet another in a string of clashes between two rival street gangs, the Dragons and the Reapers. That's when the owner of the restaurant, Vince DiFeo tells Jean and Spider-Man that he recognized two of the Reapers and identifies them as Lorenzo Spencer and Al Webber. That's when Spider-Man wet to the rooftops to snap photos.
It's then that Spider-Man spots someone on a motorcycle in a nearby alley wearing sunglasses. Finding this suspicious, the hero decides to take some pictures of the mystery man in case he has anything to do with the shooting. The youth sees this and when Spider-Man swings away, he starts up his motorcycle and speeds off. As he speeds by Jean DeWolff, she warns the man -- named Ace -- to slow down or she will have to arrest him, again. Ace speeds home to the slum that he calls home. He arrives to find his sister, Rose, sitting on the floor reading the Wizard of Oz. He suddenly spies a rat and tosses his switchblade at the rodent, killing it before it can attack his sister. After some pleasantries with his sister, Ace is called into his mother's bedroom. Mrs. Spencer knows that there was some kind of trouble and asks Ace if he was involved. Ace tells her that he wasn't and, satisfied, his mother goes back to bed. When Rose asks Ace why their mother always asks him the same question, he tells her that he always gives her the same answer.
The next afternoon, Peter Parker is heading to the Daily Bugle when he is almost bowled over by reporter Joy Mercado. Recognizing Peter as a photographer, Joy pulls him into a cab to go down to the criminal court building.[Continuity 108] On the way, Joy compliments Peter on his photos of the gang war, but wishes he could have got photos of the gun battle. When Peter admits his squeamishness at the idea, Joy tells him of the time she reported a war in Southeast Asia, which was much worse than a gang war.[Continuity 109] After a bumpy cab ride there, Joy tries to chastise the driver, only to discover he only speaks Spanish. Peter tells her that she won't get anywhere because he has dealt with this cab driver before.[Continuity 110]
Meanwhile, across town, a disabled war veteran travels along the street, complaining to himself about how much of a slum his neighborhood is. Suddenly, he is confronted by some thieves who are attempting to mug them. Before they can try, Ace shows up, but the disabled man assures them that Ace won't get involved, that he taught him better. He relates to when he was an idealistic young man. He enlisted in the military and was sent overseas to a conflict in Asia. During a brutal firefight, his legs were blown off by the enemy.[Continuity 111] After he had recovered from his injuries he was sent home where he met a young and impressionable Ace. He taught Ace not get involved in the affairs of others. These memories bring the man to tears. When the thieves confirm that Ace will do nothing if they try to rob him, the man confirms this, but he is far from harmless. From under his wheelchair seat he pulls out a shotgun and threatens to blow their heads off. Frightened by the gun, the thieves flee for their lives. With the danger over, the man tries to talk to Ace about the trouble his brother has got himself caught up in, as he heard that his brother Lorenzo has been arrested and is facing trial at the courthouse. Hearing this, Ace rides away, with the man warning Ace to stay out of others business.
At the courthouse, Peter Parker is snapping photos of the trial against Lorenzo Spencer and his fellow gang member Andrew Webber. When they learn that the victim, Mr. DiFeo is in a coma, the judge calls a pause to the trail until he comes out of it. He also remands Spencer and Webber into custody unless the bail of $25000 paid. Outside the courtroom, Peter and Joy learn from DiFeo's lawyer that he had just passed away while they were in court. The only chances that they have to include DiFeo's account is either by motioning a deathbed testimony, which could be refuted if the defense points out that DiFeo didn't think he was going to die. The other option is res gestae, if DiFeo blurted out the names of the shooters without being questioned it could be admissible. Peter remembers that, as Spider-Man, he asked Difeo who shot him, he realizes what a mistake that he made. Later, Joy laments that the case can't be won without a witness. That's when Peter goes rifling through his camera bag and pulls out the photo he took of Ace, telling Joy that he was at the scene of the crime. Joy recognizes Ace and tells Peter to come along with her to convince him to tell his side of the story.
Peter doesn't know who Ace is, but as he and Joy search for him and interview people who know him, he gets a good idea. Allegedly, Ace had formed the Reapers street gang. However, there are conflicting reports of his involvement in prostitution and drugs. What everyone can agree on, everyone in the neighborhood, including the gangs, respect Ace. They are warned that Ace once took on five men at once for disrespecting him and they never touched him. However, they fail to find Ace and just before Joy is about to give up they are confronted by members of the Dragons confront them. They don't like outsiders in their neighborhood and attempt to rough them up. Peter tries to fight back without betraying his secret identity. However, soon Ace arrives and the sound of his motorcycle makes them back off of Parker, fleeing with Joy. Ace speeds in Peter's direction, but he leaps out of his way and pretends to be knocked out. Ace goes up and checks Peter, who is playing possum and looks through his bag. Finding a camera, Ace smiles and leaves it where he found it and rides off. With Ace gone, Peter gets up and slips into an alley to change into Spider-Man. He is confused that Ace didn't steal his camera and wonders if Ace connected Peter Parker with Spider-Man.
He begins searching for the Reaper's hideout, he is concerned about finding the gang until he spots their hideout thanks to the fact that the Reapers painted the name of their gang on the side of the building that functions as their hideout. After setting up his camera, the wall-crawler is about to rescue Joy when he is suddenly confronted by Ace. Much to Spider-Man's surprise, the young man has amazing agility. As the two fight it out, one of the Reapers who has Joy hostage explains that Ace doesn't let anyone get involved in gang business as long as it remains gang against gang. Spider-Man continues to try and take down Ace, but the young man is too fast for the hero and even manages to cut the wall-crawler with his knife. Suddenly, the Dragons arrive on the scene and storm the Reaper's hideout to get revenge. Spider-Man tells Ace to get them to stop since they will listen. Ace doesn't want to get involved, even after hearing that Joy is a prisoner inside. As the bullets fly, Spider-Man leaps in and easily subdues both gang members. Going up to the room where Joy is being held and discovers that the young man guarding her was killed by a shot to the head by a stray bullet. As Joy is explaining what happened, Ace enters the room. Spider-Man shows Ace the dead youth and points out and asks him how he can let this senseless slaughter continue. As he tries to get through to Ace, the rogue suddenly thinks of his brother, Lorenzo, in the place of the dead youth. Getting angry, Ace punches Spider-Man again and walks out. Recovering from the blow, but surprised he was hit nonetheless, Spider-Man asks Joy if he got through to Ace. Cynical as ever, Joy doesn't think so.
However, the words did hit home for Ace, who drives out to Rykers Island to visit his brother. In the visiting room, Ace tells Lorenzo that he is going to testify as a witness. This upsets Lorenzo who asks him why he could do this to his brother. Ace's final words to his brother is that he is doing this because he is family and rides off as his brother begs for him to come back.
- ↑ Spider-Man's battle with the Kingpin and Silvermane with Cloak and Dagger occurred in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #94-96.
- ↑ Aunt May has been upset with Peter since he told her he quit grad school in Amazing Spider-Man #253.
- ↑ The relationship between Spider-Man and the Black Cat has been strained since she secretly got bad luck powers from the Kingpin in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #89.
- ↑ Spider-Man obtained this alien costume in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8.
- ↑ Spider-Man turned his alien costume over to the Fantastic Four in Amazing Spider-Man #258.
- ↑ Vanessa Fisk has been in a catatonic state since Daredevil #180.
- ↑ The Answer was seemingly disintigrated during the climax of last issue. However, he survived and is living in a disembodied state, as revealed in Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #1.
- ↑ That happened during a freak blizzard last issue. This was caused by the opening of the Cask of Ancient Winters in Thor #349.
- ↑ Flash thinks Peter is trying to steal Sha Shan away from him after seeing the two of them together in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #95. He is unaware that the pair were talking about Flash and Sha Shan's faultering relationship.
- ↑ Betty has been married to Ned Leeds since Amazing Spider-Man #156. Of late, she has felt neglected by her husband who has been too focused on his work.
- ↑ The Rose has been attempting to usurp the Kingpin as head of organized crime in New York since Amazing Spider-Man #253. Silvermane was resurrected by the Kingpin in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #94 after his seeming demise in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #70. The Hobgoblin was also considered among the dead after he was defeated by Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #251. However, he has since resurfaced in Amazing Spider-Man #257.
- ↑ Walter Hardy, Felicia's father, was a professional cat burglar who had recently died as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #195.
- ↑ Spider-Man obtained his alien costume in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8. He discovered it was alive and turned it over to the Fantastic Four in Amazing Spider-Man #258.
- ↑ The Black Cat's reluctance to let Peter take off his mask is because she is attracted to Spider-Man, not Peter Parker. This was revealed in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #87.
- ↑ The Anwer was seemingly disintegrated in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #96. However, he has survived in a disembodied form as seen in Lethal Foes of Spider-Man #1.
- ↑ Harlan Sitwell was the brother of Farley Sitwell. Farley helped create the Scorpion and died in Amazing Spider-Man #20. His brother went on to create the Human Fly, but also met his demise in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10. The Kingpin used Harlan's equipment to give the Black Cat her powers in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #89.
- ↑ The Kingpin is currently in a conflict with Micah Synn for control of the New York City underworld. These events are chronicled in Daredevil #202-214.
- ↑ The escape of the symbiote is a rather complicated affair. It escaped in Fantastic Four #274/Amazing Spider-Man #261. However, it was recaptured by Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four in Spider-Man / Fantastic Four #2. It's escape from the Baxter Building goes unnoticed here because the Baxter Building is destroyed shortly thereafter in Fantastic Four #278.
- ↑ Peter got his powers, and learned the biggest lesson of his life in Amazing Fantasy #15.
- ↑ The Black Cat's father, Walter Hardy, was sentenced to prison. She later broke him out while he was on his deathbed. These events were chronicled in Amazing Spider-Man #194-195.
- ↑ Betty has been married to Ned Leeds since Amazing Spider-Man #156. She has been feeling neglected since her husband has been on assignment. Meanwhile, Flash has been having problems with his girlfriend, Sha Shan, since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #91.
- ↑ The freak blizzard happened due to the fact that the Casket of Ancient Winters was opened, as seen in Thor #349-350 and Avengers #249. Flash kept Betty safe from Asgardian warriors in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #96.
- ↑ The alien costume was taking Spider-Man out web-slining while he was asleep, as seen in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #95.
- ↑ The Black Cat wanted to get powers so she could hold her own against Spider-Man's various super-powered foes as she was put in danger ever since she was injured during a battle with the Owl and Doctor Octopus in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #76.
- ↑ The Black Cat helped the Answer recover Silvermane's body in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #93.
- ↑ Ohnn scanned Cloak's powers during his battle with the Kingpin in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #96. He was transformed into the Spot during the previous issue.
- ↑ Spider-Man is particularly upset that the Black Cat got powers from the Kingpin back in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #89, something he didn't find out until last issue.
- ↑ Peter once again laments the time it takes to change out of his costume, missing his alien symbiote costume. Peter obtained that costume in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8, however after discovering that it was a symbiote trying to permanently bond to him, he turned the creature over to the Fantastic Four for observation in Amazing Spider-Man #256.
- ↑ Flash and Sha Shan's relationship has been strained since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #91.
- ↑ Flash suspected this was happening when he last saw Peter and Sha Shan together in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #94, unaware that the two are trying to fix her relationship with Flash.
- ↑ Betty is currently married to Ned Leeds. She has been spending a lot of time hanging out with Flash since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #96 because he husband has been neglecting her.
- ↑ In addition to his relationship and personal problems, Peter mentions that his Aunt May has been upset with him since he told her that he quit grad school. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #253.
- ↑ This is another problem for Peter, as the Black Cat has been taking photos for him since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #91, and it's her work that Joe is complimenting here.
- ↑ Joe recently took over as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Bugle after J. Jonah Jameson resigned from the position in Amazing Spider-Man #251 after publishing an admission that he was responsible for creating the Scorpion back in Amazing Spider-Man #20.
- ↑ Spider-Man hasn't used his web-shooters since he started wearing the symbiote in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 as the suit created its own webbing. Peter had kept his web-shooters in storage until he started using them again in Amazing Spider-Man #259.
- ↑ The alien symbiote managed to escape last issue during a blackout. It has been mostly in captivity since it was handed over to Mister Fantastic in Amazing Spider-Man #258, although it briefly escaped in Amazing Spider-Man #261, Fantastic Four #274, and Spider-Man / Fantastic Four #2.
- ↑ Ohnn scanned Cloak's powers in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #96, he gained his powers in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #98.
- ↑ Vanessa has been in a catatonic state since Daredevil #180.
- ↑ The Kingpin recounts that Cloak and Dagger obtained their powers after being injected with experimental drugs. That happened in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64. The Kingpin learned about the nature of their powers from Spider-Man in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #69. He attempted to use Dagger to cure his wife in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #94-96.
- ↑ Vanessa's dream reminisces her encounter with the [[King of the Sewers (Earth-616)|]], also in Daredevil #180.
- ↑ Peter obtained his alien costume back in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8. However, he recently got rid of it in Amazing Spider-Man #258 after discovering it was alive and attempting to bond to him.
- ↑ Flash and Sha Shan's relationship has been turbulent since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #91.
- ↑ Flash has believed that something has been going on between Peter and Sha Shan since he saw them together in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #94 when he saw the two of them together. He is mistaken, as the two were only discussing her troubled relationship with Flash.
- ↑ Betty and Flash have been hanging out with each other since Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #96, having found kinship in the fact that they are both miserable in their respective relationships.
- ↑ The alien costume was contained at the Baxter Building since Amazing Spider-Man #258, however it recently escaped during a blackout in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #98.
- ↑ The pair want to confront the Kingpin to make sure that the Black Cat's debt following being given her new powers has been paid. The Kingpin facilitated the Black Cat getting her new bad luck powers in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #89.
- ↑ The Black Cat stole the detonator from the Kingpin in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #74.
- ↑ Doctor Octopus threatened to destroy the city with a nuclear bomb until he was stopped by Spider-Man and the Black CAt in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #75-76.
- ↑ "Lonesome" Pincus was a musician and Peter Parker's neighbor at his Chelsea apartment, last seen in Amazing Spider-Man #241.
- ↑ Gwen Stacy was killed during a battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man #121.
- ↑ Gwen Stacy's tombstone states that she was born in 1952 and died in 1972. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale. At the time of this story, three years of the modern age have passed since Gwen Stacy died and this story. Modern readers should interpret the dates the tombstone to mean that Gwen was 20 years old when she died.
- ↑ The Brand Corporation, a Roxxon subsidiary, was shut down following the events of Amazing Spider-Man #236. A new version of the organization, unaffiliated with Roxxon, opened in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26.
- ↑ Spider-Man vaguely refers to his own failures and the loss of a loved one. He is referring to the deaths of his Uncle Ben and his girlfriend Gwen Stacy, in Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #121 respectively.
- ↑ Although not implicitly stated, Ashley Cranford first chooses Batman when a bat flies through the window. This is a parody of the moment where Bruce Wayne first decided to use the bat as his emblem, first seen in Detective Comics #33. Barry and Thomas point out that Batman isn't "real". However, as explained in DC Versus Marvel #1, the DC Universe can interact with the Marvel Universe. Recent editions of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe refers to the DC Universe as a "Distant Cosmos". That said, the general population of Earth-616 is unaware of the existence of the DC Universe.
- ↑ Barry refers to Peter as a "former student" of Empire State University. At the time of this story, Peter had decided to quit grad school in Amazing Spider-Man #243.
- ↑ Peter wonders if the envelope is more nude photos of the She-Hulk. He is referring to Naked Truth publisher T.J. Vance published a nude photo of She-Hulk in Fantastic Four #275.
- ↑ The Mayor of New York is depicted as Ed Koch in this story. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Captain DeWolff reprimands Cranford for smoking in a hospital room, but Cranford's pipe is not releasing fume - Some pipe-smokers keep their pipes in their mouths even when unlit. Later, a nurse reprimands Captain DeWolff herself for smoking in a hospital room - and her cigarette is giving out smoke.
- ↑ The narrative of this story states that this takes place prior to Fantastic Four #278. In that story, the Baxter Building was destroyed by Kristoff Vernard.
- ↑ Spider-Man has battled the Rocket Racer twice before, defeating him in Amazing Spider-Man #172 and 183.
- ↑ Spider-Man has been hunting for Doctor Octopus since Web of Spider-Man #4.
- ↑ Peter commends J. Jonah Jameson for finally digitizing the Daily Bugle's files and how he used to have to search through paper files. The computer he uses is an early commercial computer that has a black and screen terminal screen. All of this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Janet inherited her father's fortune and holdings following his death in Tales to Astonish #44.
- ↑ Paladin sarcastically calls Spider-Man "Mister Overconfidence of 1985". This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ The Wasp quips that Paladin wasn't as tacky the last time they met. That was in Avengers #251.
- ↑ The waiter refers to Janet to "Mrs. Pym", but Janet assures Paladin that her and her ex-husband are still divorced. After Henry Pym struck her in Avengers #213, Janet divorced her husband, as seen in Avengers #214.
- ↑ Jean DeWolff states that her step-father hoped she would become the first female police commissioner. As of 2018, the position has yet to be given to a female police officer in New York City. Regardless, the idea is certainly an eventuality, and as such this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Although Jean DeWolff dies here, she is later resurrected years later in Clone Conspiracy #2.
- ↑ Spider-Man recalls that he just saw Jean a few days previously. That was in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #5.
- ↑ The narrative of the story recounts how Daredevil got his powers after an accident robbed him of his sight. This was first documented in Daredevil #1.
- ↑ Among the people walking the street is actor Charles Bronson, this is a nod to his role of Paul Kersey in the Death Wish film series, about a police officer who becomes a vigilante taking the law into his own hands. His appearance here is a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Also during this scene, Ernie Popchik states that he fought in World War II. This should also be considered a topical reference.
- ↑ One of the bar patrons remembers Spider-Man being like this during his hunt for the Master Planner. This was in Amazing Spider-Man #31-33.
- ↑ Peter is depicted using the roller of a typewriter as a projectile. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Peter and Betty first met in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #1.4. They began dating in Amazing Spider-Man #7 until 18.
- ↑ Peter hopes this situation isn't a repeat of when he was supposed to keep tabs on Nathan Lubinsky. Nathan was beaten up by loan sharks over his gambling debts in Amazing Spider-Man #271.
- ↑ Daredevil discovered Spider-Man's secret identity in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107.
- ↑ Peter apologizes for the smell of his apartment, as the apartment recently suffered damage from a fire. This happened in Web of Spider-Man #11.
- ↑ The Puma encountered the Beyonder in Amazing Spider-Man #273.
- ↑ These events occurred in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12
- ↑ The Beyonder fell in love with the mutant singer known as Dazzler in Secret Wars II #4
- ↑ The Beyonder went to Doctor Strange for help in Doctor Strange Vol 2 #74
- ↑ The Beyonder founded his own enlightenment movement in Secret Wars II #7
- ↑ Ernie Popchik was arrested after shooting three thieves in a subway train at the end of last issue.
- ↑ Spider-Man teamed up with Dominic Fortune in Web of Spider-Man #10.
- ↑ Nathan was beaten up by loan sharks over his gambling debts in Amazing Spider-Man #271.
- ↑ Spider-Man attacked J. Jonah Jameson in Web of Spider-Man #13.
- ↑ Peter and MJ are repainting his apartment after some gang members lit it on fire on Web of Spider-Man #11.
- ↑ These events occur concurrently with the end of Amazing Spider-Man #273.
- ↑ At the time of this story, Spider-Man had been tricked into letting the Black Fox go in Amazing Spider-Man #265.
- ↑ Jean DeWolff was murdered by the Sin Eater in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107. Spider-Man's incident with Puma and the Beyonder occurred in Amazing Spider-Man #273 and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #111.
- ↑ Joy suggests that Peter gets a pager. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as pagers are now an obsolete technology.
- ↑ Nathan Lubinsky was beaten up by loan sharks over his gambling debts in Amazing Spider-Man #271. Ernie Popchik was jailed after he shot three young men in a subway train in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #110.
- ↑ Peter's apartment was set on fire by a group of thieves in Web of Spider-Man #11. He discovered that the fire dirtied his red-and-blue costume in Amazing Spider-Man #273.
- ↑ Jordan states that his mother has a brand new VHS player. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as VHS machines are an obsolete technology.
- ↑ May Parker and Anna Watson was trying to set Peter up with Mary Jane since Amazing Spider-Man #17. The pair finally met in Amazing Spider-Man #42.
- ↑ Spider-Man broke up with the Black Cat in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100.
- ↑ Peter states that he has two cans of Coke Classic. This is opposed to "New" Coke. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. New Coke was a reformulation of Coca-Cola that was marketed in 1985. It was widely panned but wasn't pulled off the market until 2002.
- ↑ Randy is taking a flight with TWA. This should also be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. TWA ceased operations in 2001.
- ↑ Santa says "last year it was slasher films. Now this." He is referring to the film Silent Night, Deadly Night a film that was released in 1984. The film was controversial at the time due to the fact that the killer in the film was dressed like Santa Claus. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Ernie was arrested for shooting a group of thugs on a subway train in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #110.
- ↑ Ernie was robbed in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107.
- ↑ Spider-Man learned that the Hobgoblin was working for the Rose in Amazing Spider-Man #275.
- ↑ Mary Jane revealed to Peter that she knows that he is really Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #257.
- ↑ Peter states here that he never knew his mother. This is because his parents died while Peter was still an infant, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5.
- ↑ This is not actually Kris Keating, but the Foreigner in disguise, as revealed in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #129.
- ↑ When Anton asks Spider-Man how he knows his name, Peter makes up a quick excuse, explaining that he met his daughter last Christmas. This happened in Marvel Team-Up #127.
- ↑ Jean DeWolff states that she was paged to come to the scene. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Particularly since pagers have been an obsolete technology since the 21st century.
- ↑ Joy Mercado says that she was picked up by the Bugly from the Times. She is referring to the Daily Times, a newspaper she worked for previously, as seen in Moon Knight #33.
- ↑ Joy states she covered the Vietnam War. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Spider-Man met this cab driver during a disastrous manhunt in the suburbs, as depicted in Amazing Spider-Man #267.
- ↑ The conflict mentioned here was the Vietnam War. Again, this should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
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