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Appearing in "Dark Destiny!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Spotlight #32.

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  • Arachne (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)

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  • Hydra (Main story and flashback)
    • Alpha Flight Team
      • Alpha Leader
    • Numerous unnamed members (Main story and flashback)
    • Count Otto Vermis (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)
    • Jared Kurtz (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)

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  • Rocket Plane (Destruction)

Synopsis for "Dark Destiny!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Spotlight #32.

With Nick Fury stationed at a S.H.I.E.L.D. base on the Riviera, Hydra (led by Otto Vermis) sends a squad to attack, with their newest super-agent, their "spider-woman" who they have code-named Arachne. Sent to assassinate Fury, Arachne thinks back to the events that led her to become a member of Hydra: How she was a girl in a small European village and was considered a witch because of her fantastic powers. However, she was found and taken in by Otto Vermis and made a member of Hydra. There she became lovers with fellow Hydra agent Jared. However, Jared would soon become captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., and Vermis would send Arachne to assassinate Fury himself in revenge.

When she accidentally kills Jared trying to get at Fury, Nick realizes that Arachne is unaware that Hydra is a terrorist organization, and shows her video footage of Jared threatening innocent lives. Convinced that Hydra has played her for a fool, the angry Arachne goes back to get revenge against Vermis and his Hydra unit. Confronting Vermis before he can escape he reveals the truth about her origins: That she is really one of the High Evolutionary's New Men, a highly evolved spider, who did not fit in with her fellow New Men and fled to a nearby town where she was recruited by Hydra.

Vermis manages to break free from Arachne and tries to make his escape in a Hydra shuttle. Arachne follows after his ship, damaging it enough to make it crash, killing Vermis. As S.H.I.E.L.D. secures the Hydra base, Arachne flees and wanders off into the wildness to wonder what she will do with herself now that she has no purpose.

Appearing in 2nd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #29.



Synopsis for 2nd story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #29.



Appearing in "Battle Atop Big Ben!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #30.

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  • Trevor (First appearance)
  • Chauncy (First appearance)
  • Hydra
    • Unnamed Supreme Hydra

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Synopsis for "Battle Atop Big Ben!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #30.

Ben and Alicia are still in 3 enjoying the sights when Ben hears an explosion. Investigating, he finds two crooks who are blasting open the secret locations of map plates which would lead to a long lost treasure. As the Thing tries to round them up, he is attacked by the newly revived Spider-Woman, who is once more loyal to Hydra. She has come to terminate Ben, however, at the last moment, she chokes and is later forced to flee. Returning to Hydra headquarters she angers her superiors but promises to kill Ben Grimm next time.

Later, while sight-seeing, Ben and Alicia are once more attacked by Spider-Woman, who kidnaps Alicia and flies off. Ben chases after her but runs amok of the same crooks trying to uncover yet another piece of their treasure map. Ben fights through them and picks up his trail on Spider-Woman, which takes him to Big Ben, where the two battle it out. Although Ben has superior strength, he's no match for Spider-Woman's speed and venom blasts. However before a victor can be made, the two crooks -- also at Big Ben to find another part of the map, capitalize on the battle to try and eliminate Ben, and so they detonate a bomb which knocks both Thing and Spider-Woman into the Thames River.

Appearing in "My Sweetheart...My Killer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #31.

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  • Humans (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "My Sweetheart...My Killer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #31.

Knocked into the Thames River by a bomb blast, the Thing saves Spider-Woman and brings her to shore. Indebted to him, she tells him of her forced servitude in Hydra and agrees to help him rescue Alicia.

While the two criminals continue to search for their lost treasure -- which turns out to be stolen from British Treasury during World War II -- They have almost completed collecting the plates needed to assemble a map pointing out the location of the treasure.

Meanwhile, Hyrda exposes Alicia to the serum they synthesized based on Spider-Woman and mutates her into a woman-spider creature, restoring her sight technologically. Ordering her to destroy the Thing and Spider-Woman, Alicia attacks them and their battle takes them across the city of London, finally ending in a department store where the Alicia-creature catches Ben in a spider-web.

Appearing in "And Only the Invisible Girl Can Save Us Now!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #32.

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Synopsis for "And Only the Invisible Girl Can Save Us Now!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #32.

As Ben and Spider-Woman continue to battle the spider-mutated Alicia Masters, the two criminals searching for the long lost stolen treasure of World War II. They find the treasure they sought, however, when they open the treasure chest, they find themselves sucked into it by mystical forces.

As the battle between Ben, Spider-Woman, and Alicia rages on, Ben smashes the control module on her forehead. Losing their ability to control Alicia thanks to the destruction of this device, the Hydra agent in charge of this mission is ordered killed by the Supreme Hydra for his failure.

Alicia has the two heroes on the ropes until the Invisible Girl arrives. Using her invisible force fields, Sue manages to cut off Alicia's oxygen supply until she passes out. While Dr. Kort tries to restore Alicia back to normal, Thing wanders around London brooding. To make Ben feel worse, the people of London who originally treated him with celebrity when he first arrived are now treating him as a monster following the battle. Sue tracks down Ben and tells her that Alicia is calling out to him, and so they return to Kort's lab just as Alicia is being transformed back to normal.

Appearing in "From Stonehenge with Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #33.

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Synopsis for "From Stonehenge with Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Marvel Two-In-One #33.

Taking a trip to Stonehenge, Alicia and the Thing are secretly followed by Spider-Woman. Meanwhile, the chest uncovered by thieves looking for lost World War II treasure unleash a mystical force. Arriving at Stonehenge, Thing and Alicia are confronted by four elemental demons: Fire, Aero, Hydro, and Mud. Their appearance forces Spider-Woman to reveal herself and defend Ben and Alicia.

The trio is all transported below Stonehenge where they find that all the tourists have been transported to and are being kept as prisoners. The elementals explain that they were summoned to capture Mordred the mystic for Merlin, who has recently been revived in modern times. They have vowed to capture Mordred even if it means the destruction of the Earth. As the elementals are explaining their mission, Ben and Spider-Woman attack them but prove unable to make any lasting damage against them.

When all seems lost, Mordred arrives to answer the elementals challenge. While Mordred and Spider-Woman battle the elementals, Ben goes looking for Alicia. Mordred transports himself, the elementals, and Spider-Woman back to the surface where Mordred uses his magic to convince the elementals to fight each other. Each opposing element pitted against each other and being destroyed. After the battle, Mordred transports everyone back to the surface and erases the tourist's memories of the experience. Afterward, Ben and Alicia depart leaving Mordred to take Spider-Woman under his arm and take her on as an apprentice.

Appearing in "...A Future Uncertain!"

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

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Synopsis for "...A Future Uncertain!"

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

Spider-Woman is inside a grocery store after closing hours thinking of stealing food. She continues to contemplate what to do with her life and who she really is and decides not to steal. Sneaking out of the store, she is confronted by Jerry Hunt, who tries to stop her. However, Spider-Woman manages to escape, although Jerry manages to grab her mask and pull it off, and swears that he's seen her face before. Returning to the apartment that she lives in, all too aware of everyone's fear of her because they can sense she is more than human.[Continuity 1] Once Jessica Drew returns home she decides to retire for the evening.

As Jessica sleeps, she dreams of the brief time she spent with Modred the Mystic and how he used his magic to reveal the truth about her past.[Continuity 2] He revealed she wasn't one of the New Men as she was told by Hydra's Otto Vermis.[Continuity 3] In reality, she was a human being. She was Jessica Drew, the daughter of Jonathan and Miriam Drew. They worked with Herbert Wyndham on Wundagore Mountain. Jessica fell victim to radiation poisoning, and her father treated her. Her mother, however, would eventually die. Failing to find a cure for Jessica's condition, Jonathan would leave Wundagore, leaving Wyndham to try and find a cure for the girl's radiation poisoning. Infusing her with the DNA of a spider, he put her in suspended animation for years, slowing her aging process until she developed an immunity. Years later, long after Wyndham became the High Evolutionary, Jessica was cured of the radiation poisoning and when she was awoken it was discovered that she had fantastic powers she would later use as Spider-Woman. Jessica wakes up screaming, but eventually calms down. She thinks about how after she later became a brainwashed servant of Hydra under the command of Otto Vermis and vows never to let that happen to herself again.[Continuity 4]

The next day, Jessica tries to find a job, but during her search, she is spotted once more by Jerry Hunt, who once more tries to stop her. Running in an alley, Jessica changes into Spider-Woman and decides to fight back. Tossing a lamp post at Jerry, she realizes that he could be killed. Quickly she pushes Jerry to safety and flees the scene. Back home, she decides to do a better disguise job at disguising herself. To do so she alters her mask and dyes her hair black. Going out as Spider-Woman once more, she would later find Jerry and the authorities trying to stop some crooks who are armed with hi-tech lasers. She recognizes these men as Chauncy and Trevor. two men she encountered with the Thing and later Modred.[Continuity 5] Jerry is injured in the crossfire prompting Spider-Woman to swoop in and get him to safety. She then turns her attention to the two gunmen and discovers that she is immune to the unique radiation emitted from their weapons. She easily knocks out the two men with her venom blasts then goes to check on Jerry. As she is distracted, Chauncy recovers and manages to shoot her from behind. Quickly recovering from the blast, Spider-Woman whirls around and takes him down with another venom blast.

Unsure of what her part in everything is, the police attempt to arrest Spider-Woman, despite Jerry Hunt's protests. Spider-Woman grabs Jerry and flies away to a hospital, where she administers a blood transfusion allowing him to recover from his injuries much faster than normal. Not only is he surprised to learn that Spider-Woman saved his life, he is also informed that the captured criminals had stolen metal plates that they thought they could use to create billions in counterfeit money. However, a recent change in currency in the United Kingdom made this plot utterly useless.[Continuity 6] When they try to explain how Jerry's superior, Nick Fury, responded to all of this they notice that Hunt's mind is miles away as he is still thinking about Spider-Woman. Jerry comes to the realization that the masked woman is unlike any female he has met before and that, no matter what, he wants Spider-Woman.

Appearing in "A Sword In Hand!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #2.

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Synopsis for "A Sword In Hand!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #2.

Jessica Drew, as Spider-Woman, finds herself drawn to Britain's Natural History Museum in London, and specifically towards Morgan le Fay's Excalibur. However before she can pull the sword out of the stone, she is confronted by officers of Scotland Yard and is forced to flee. This gives Slapper Struthers, a thief who broke into the museum, a moment alone to pull the sword out himself.[Continuity 7] In doing so, he is connected through the ages to Morgan le Fay, who chooses him to be her tool in the modern age. She sends the soul of a knight to possess Struthers' body changing him into her warrior, Excalibur. When the police officers hear the commotion, Excalibur attacks them, drawing Spider-Woman back to defend them, but she is knocked out by one of his mystical blasts for long enough to allow him to escape. Exhausted by her encounter, Spider-Woman leaves the scene and returns home to rest.

The next day, as Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman attempts to find employment with minimal success. Walking the streets of London she once more believes that people's aversion to her is because experiments conducted on her years ago by the High Evolutionary has made her more than human, and people can sense this on an unconscious level.[Continuity 8] Eventually, she is drawn into the shop of Charles Magnus, who promises to read her fortune for free. He tells her that he sees a great destiny in store for her in America. At that same moment, Jerry Hunt -- a SHIELD liaison to Scotland Yard -- continues to obsess over the files about Spider-Woman and once more orders her to be brought to him. His colleague, Frank, is concerned about his obsession with this mystery woman and asks why he is so determined to find her. After a moment to think it over, Jerry admits that he has fallen in love with the masked vigilante.

Meanwhile, Slapper Struther's is in an Underground station when some force pushes him out onto the tracks. This is Mordan le Fay, who transforms Struthers into Excalibur once. Seeing an approaching subway train as a dragon, he destroys it with a single swing of his enchanted sword. She then orders Excalibur to return to the surface. There he uses his magical abilities to summon a horse so he can carry out his mission for her. By this time, Jessica Drew has returned home to think about what Magnus told her, and contemplates about going to America. Going out for a walk, she sees Excalibur on the rampage and changes into Spider-Woman to try and stop him. She fails to stop Excalibur from making his way to the shop owned by Charles Magus. Setting the building ablaze, Excalibur demands that Magnus turn over a book of spells so that he can give it to his master. However, Magnus refuses to turn over the book as the black arts must not be used ever again. As Spider-Woman recovers from Excalibur's attack, word of her battle reaches Jerry Hunt who rushes to the scene.

At that moment, Magnus distracts Excalibur long enough for Spider-Woman to knock his sword out of his hand. She then prevents him from recovering it long that the warrior reverts back to normal. Slapper Struthers is then knocked out by Spider-Woman with a single punch. In the aftermath of the battle, Magnus explains that Morgan le Fay is an old enemy of his, despite the gulf of centuries that separate them. Then, with a wave of his hand, Magnus makes his shop disappear and tells Spider-Woman that their destinies await them in America. By the time Jerry Hunt and the authorities arrive on the scene the only thing they find is the unconscious body of Slapper Struthers. Pinned to his shirt is a note that simply reads "America Spider-Woman". Deducing that Spider-Woman is going to the United States, Jerry decides to put in a request to his superiors at SHIELD so he can follow her there.

Appearing in "The Peril of -- Brother Grimm"

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

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Synopsis for "The Peril of -- Brother Grimm"

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

Los Angeles, California, and a pair of costumed twins called the Brother Grimm are terrorizing a stage production of Hansel and Gretel and rob the audience of their valuables. Later they terrorize the home of Congressman James T. Wyatt, where they try to blackmail the Congressman out of $50,000. When Wyatt complied, he was locked in a safe to die. Meanwhile, Jessica Drew and her friend Magnus arrive in Los Angeles, where Jessica begins looking for a job and lodgings as well as continuing her search for her father. The two of them end up taking rooms with Priscilla Dolly, an eccentric landlady who has two sons named Jacob and William. With Magnus's help, Jessica finds out that her father is dead, and visits his grave. She gets upset at Magnus, figuring that he manipulated her, like the High Evolutionary and Hydra before him.[Continuity 9] However, Magnus advises her that he only wishes to help her learn the truth behind her father's death.

That night as Spider-Woman, Jessica breaks into police headquarters to learn more about her father's death. Finding the file, she suddenly becomes interested in the loud conversation happening in the next office. Listening in, she overhears James Wyatt giving a statement to the police. Dismissing this as none of her business, Jessica heads home with the file on her father. Reading it with Magnus, Jessica learns that her father worked for a company called Pyro-Technics and that he had ties with the Congressman. As she considers paying the congressman a visit her thoughts are interrupted when she overhears Jacob and William Dolly arguing each other. However, their spat is quickly dispelled by their mother, Priscilla, who wishes things could be like they were before their father die.[Continuity 10] Later Jessica goes out as Spider-Woman and confronts the Congressman at his office looking for answers. The Senator tries to shoot her, but she disarms him with a venom blast. As she tries to get answers out of him they are interrupted by Brother Grimm who bursts into the room. As it turns out, Wyatt gave Brother Grimm counterfeit money the night before and now he has come to demand more.

When Spider-Woman tires to learn who Brother Grimm is, the villain attacks her. While they fight, Congressman Wyatt calls the authorities. Defeating Brother Grimm, Spider-Woman flees the scene when she hears police sirens approaching, leaving Brother Grim for the cops, telling Wyatt that she will be back. When the authorities arrive on the scene, the Congressman fears that Spider-Woman could ruin him if news got out that he was handing out counterfeit money and begins plotting to silence her. Outside, Spider-Woman watches as the officers take Brother Grimm into custody. Deciding that she hit a dead end here, she decides to investigate the only other lead she has, Pyro-Technics, Inc. When the police get Brother Grimm to the station for questioning, he refuses to talk.

On her way back to her apartment, Spider-Woman is once more attacked by Brother Grimm. The fact that he is not in police custody and that he has an entirely different demeanor confuses her. She tries to subdue him, but Brother Grimm manages to escape and warns her to stay out of his business in the future. Returning to her apartment, she tells Magnus that she will investigate Pyro-Technics tomorrow. That's when they hear a radio report about Brother Grimm breaking out of jail. To her surprise, his escape happened an hour after her last encounter with him, leaving her to wonder what is going on.

Appearing in "Hell is the Hangman!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #4.

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Synopsis for "Hell is the Hangman!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #4.

Spider-Woman is pondering her lot in life atop the Hollywood Hills when she spots Brother Grimm attacking a car being driven by a diamond dealer.[Continuity 11] Confronting Brother Grimm, he blasts her off the side of a cliff. When she gets control of her gliding and swoops back up, she finds Grimm and the diamonds gone. The diamonds are given to one of Grimm's thugs, who plants them in another man's car, douse the unconscious driver with alcohol and dump him off a cliff. However, before he can complete his task, he's confronted by the Hangman, who is told of the scheme. After learning of the plot, the Hangman decides to dispense his brand of justice by hanging the thief. Deciding that Brother Grimm is an affront to true justice, the Handman decides to put the villain at the top of his list for execution. Elsewhere, Brother Grimm is apparently arguing with himself, adopting different personalities that are apparently in competition with each other. Getting fed up with the argument, Brother Grimm decides to get out of costume and douses his face with a chemical that dissolves the adhesive that keeps his mask on his face.

The next day, as she is having lunch with Magnus, Priscilla Dolly and her boys, Jessica learns that her father Jonathan Drew, briefly boarded in their home and that William Dolly worked at Pyro-Technics with him. She explains to them that Jonathan is her father and that he was murdered and she is looking for his killer.[Continuity 12] When Jessica presses William for more answers, he excuses himself from the table. Changing into her Spider-Woman costume, Jessica decides to go and check out the connection between her father, Pyro-Technics, and Congressman James Wyatt. Wyatt, meanwhile, dismisses his wife and begins making calls to try and eliminate Spider-Woman. At that same time, Jerry Hunt arrives in Los Angeles from London. He is picked up at Los Angeles International Airport by Bill Foster, who was sent out at the request of his employer, Tony Stark. After making acquaintances, Jerry begins asking Bill if he has seen any appearances of Spider-Woman in the area. Unfortunately, Foster has not, and the two leave the airport to grab some Mexican for lunch.

Meanwhile, Spider-Woman breaks into the Pyro-Technics building to learn the truth of her father's death. She can't help but notice how nervous William Dolly was when she questioned him. That's when she spots his car in the parking lot and goes inside the building. Deciding to follow William to see what he knows, she is lured into experimental wind tunnel and locked inside. As soon as she realizes she is trapped, the massive wind turbine inside the tunnel begins to whirl to life. While at a warehouse on 5th Street, diamond thieves under the employ of Brother Grimm nervously wait for the return of their boss. They are ambushed by the Hangman, who demands to know everything about their employer. At that same time, Spider-Woman is being sucked toward the spinning blades of the turbine. She tries to stop the fan with her venom blasts but they have no effect. Quick thinking, she manages to save her life by ripping a strut off the wall and toss it into the turbine, wrecking it. As she recovers from this brush with death, she begins to wonder -- not for the first time -- what Magnus really knows about her father, finding the fact that they are renting a room in the same home her father once stayed at.

Breaking out of the wind tunnel, she wonders if Magnus was involved in her father's death. When she finds William Dolly he is surprised to see her in the building, but she is ambushed by Brother Grimm. As the two fight, Spider-Woman blasts Brother Grimm, causing him to drop some volatile chemicals on the ground, causing a fire. With the building turning into an inferno, William Dolly flees the scene. Before Spider-Woman can resume her attack on Brother Grim, the Hangman arrives and decides to "save" her. To do so, he hogties her with his noose and drags her outside. Once they are outside, the Pyro-Technic building explodes. However, the Hangman isn't finished with Spider-Woman yet, telling her that he will keep her in his dungeon where he can keep her safe forever.

Appearing in "Nightmare"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #5.

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Synopsis for "Nightmare"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #5.

Spider-Woman has been taken to "safety" by the Hangman, who ties her to a chair and gags her in the dungeon of an old abandoned home he has taken up residence in. He tells her that he has brought her here to keep her safe from a society that craves violence and lawlessness, made popular in movies.[Continuity 13] When he then leaves Jessica alone, she easily frees herself and begins trying to find a way out of the Hangman's home.

Spider-Woman is startled when a mirror shows a reflection of a skeletal version of herself in her costume. This is the first of many hauntings which Spider-Woman experiences in this house. She is soon caught in a spider-web and is stalked by an evil spirit taking the form of Jerry Hunt that transforms into a spider.[Continuity 14] Meanwhile, at the boarding house that Jessica shares with Magnus, Magnus has a conversation with Priscilla Dolly about her late husband and what he did for a living.[Continuity 15]

Back at the haunted house, Jessica manages to escape from the Jerry Hunt apparition only to be haunted by apparitions of her father and Magnus. Although she escapes one, the other manages to pin her to the ground until she blacks out. When she revives, she finds herself in a strange dungeon. Traveling through it, she is attacked by animated suits of armor. Fighting off these suits, she soon finds the room flooded with water but manages to break free. In yet another room of the house, she sees what appears to be Magnus tied up to a chair. Confirming that it is the real Magnus, Jessica tries to revive him. Suddenly she is visited by the operation of Morgan le Fay, who appears with her Doomslayer warriors to have her revenge against them.

Appearing in "End of a Nightmare!!"

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

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Synopsis for "End of a Nightmare!!"

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

Morgan le Fay and her two demon-barbarians attack the helpless Magnus as he remains bound to a chair. Spider-Woman drives the demons away with several venom blasts, but is powerless to fight Morgan, as she currently exists on the astral plane.[Continuity 16] Morgan wants the Darkhold, but Spider-Woman has no idea where it is. However, in order to save Magnus' life, she agrees to search for it. Morgan le Fay tells her to go, assuring her that her mentor will guide her along the way.

While Spider-Woman embarks upon her journey, Magnus surreptitiously sends a psychic command to SHIELD agent Jerry Hunt. Hunt suddenly feels the urge to leave his office and resume his search for Spider-Woman. Spider-Woman meanwhile, learns that a young man named Jack Russell once possessed the Darkhold.[Continuity 17] She goes to his apartment at Colden House, just as the full moon begins to rise. Jack tries to warn her away, but it is too late. He transforms into the Werewolf and attacks Spider-Woman.[Continuity 18] He chokes her until she falls unconscious, then lumbers off into the night. Jessica quickly revives and follows the Werewolf onto the city streets. She manages to lay him low with a concentrated venom blast and brings him back to Morgan le Fay's keep, unaware that she is being followed by Jerry Hunt.[Continuity 19] As she arrives with the unconscious Werewolf, Jerry Hunt shows up as well. Magnus attempts to combat Morgan on the astral plane, but she defeats him by destroying his physical body. That's when Jerry Hunt arrives, prompting Spider-Woman to tell him to get away. As Spider-Woman and Jerry fight for their lives, Jerry admits that after thier first encounter he has found himself strangely attracted to her. Particularly after she gave him a life saving blood-transfusion.[Continuity 20]

Morgan then realizes that she will increase her own capabilities by assuming a corporeal form. She opens up a time window to 12th century Camelot where her physical body lies sleeping. She begins a process to transplant her astral self into her chronologically older body, but Spider-Woman sends a venom blast through the portal, destroying her sleeping form. The paradox creates a time vortex that violently pulls Morgan le Fay away from this dimension.[Continuity 21] With Morgan's presence eliminated, her castle disappears. Suddenly, Magnus appears and reveals that he faked his own demise in order to keep Morgan distracted. However, doing so greatly diminished his magic powers. As Magnus continues to mutter to himself, Jessica and Jerry embrace one another. Turning his attention Jack Russel and uses his power to send him back to his home. When he turns to assure Jessica and Jerry that Jack will be okay, he sees that they are still too engrossed in each other to listen.

Appearing in "July 4, 1978..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #7.

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Synopsis for "July 4, 1978..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #7.

July 2nd[Continuity 22]

After an outing at a zoo, Jerry Hunt informs Jessica Drew that they can use S.H.I.E.L.D.'s computers to try and figure out who killed her father. Jerry agrees to let Jessica consult S.H.I.E.L.D.'s records, in spite of her friend Magnus's reservations about the idea. Soon they arrive at the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters in Los Angeles where they search the records. The computer comes up with the answer: Pyrotechnics. That evening there is a meeting among the board of directors at Pyrotechnic. It is here that Senator James Wyatt tells the other members of the board that Spider-Woman must be destroyed due to her recent interference in their operations. As he gives this order, he is unaware that the building is being staked out by both Spider-Woman and Jerry Hunt. When Wyatt leaves the building, Spider-Woman follows after him while Jerry infiltrates the Pyrotechnics building to try and learn what the company is up to.

Spider-Woman follows Wyatt's car to a nearby military base, where she overhears Wyatt talking to one of the commanding officers about an injection of some kind. She decides to leave the scene to follow up with Jerry, believing that she will get caught if she hangs around for too much longer. Meanwhile, Jerry, having successfully broken into the Pyrotechnics building, begins to snoop around. Taking on the guise of a security guard, Jerry manages to take pictures of Pyrotechnic's files and hear a bit more about the company's plans as well before departing back to home base.

July 3rd

Back at the boarding house where Jessica stays with Magnus, the trio compare notes. They deduce that shortly after Jonathan Drew abandoned Jessica and left her in the care of Herbert Wyndham, he traveled to London, then on to America where he would work for Pyrotechnics.[Continuity 23] When Magnus deduces that perhaps he was being held against his will and later murdered by the company when his usefulness ran out, Jessica pieces it together and abruptly leaves the two men behind. Jerry tries to go after her, but Magnus tells him that she has to go and face her destiny alone.

Changing into Spider-Woman, Jessica barges in on Senator James Wyatt at his home and demands answers, revealing that Jonathan Drew was her father. She learns that the chairmen of Pyrotechnics are planning some kind of attack on July 4th. When she confronts the board members at the Pyrotechnics' office, she's knocked out by Brother Grimm, who has arrived to collect money. When Jessica revives, she finds herself sealed in an armored truck. Wyatt gloats about how they had her father's perfect serum that would make their soldiers immune to radiation so that they can deploy a neutron device and seize control of the United States. Before they can launch their scheme, Wyatt's compound is raided by a S.H.I.E.L.D. unit led by Jerry Hunt. As he fights his way into the control room, Spider-Woman manages to break free. In a panic, Wyatt tries to activate the bomb but Jerry guns him down before he can press the trigger. As Wyatt dies, he tells Jerry and Jessica that he wanted power and wealth, he also admits to murdering Jonathan Drew. Before dying, he pushes the self-destruct button on the base, forcing Jerry and Spider-Woman to flee as quickly as possible.

July 4th

Spider-Woman, Jerry, and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents just narrowly escape as the Pyrotechnic facility self-destructs. They then return to the S.H.I.E.L.D. outpost, where they inform Nick Fury of Senator's Wyatt's plot. Fury explains that they are rounding up the rest of Wyatt's men. When Fury asks Jessica how she feels now that she has learned who killed her father, she explains that she is happy because she also found a man she loves at the same time.

Appearing in "The Man Who Could Not Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #8.

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  • American Revolutionaries

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Synopsis for "The Man Who Could Not Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #8.

While out with Jerry Hunt, Jessica Drew witnesses a man trying to kill himself by falling from a fatal height. Changing into Spider-Woman, she saves the man, who flees the scene, upset that she tried to stop him. Following after him as he rides off on his motorcycle, she is shocked to find that he survives its subsequent crash, even when the motorcycle bursts into flames. Jessica is soon captured by the man, who reveals himself to be Samuel Davis. Davis has been condemned to live forever thanks to showing cowardice during the War of Independence after his entire unit was killed. Since then he has been trying to die, and each time he has found the curse to be true.

Learning that the only way to be free of the curse was to find someone who was willing to die for him, he hopes to kill himself along with Spider-Woman. Spider-Woman resists until Samuel saves her from a bear attack. Breaking free, Spider-Woman easily defeats the bear and then agrees to die with Davis. Jumping off a cliff over some pointed rocks while chained together, Spider-Woman breaks free and flies away, leaving Davis to be impaled alone. However, he is killed, having been willing to put the safety of others ahead of his own wellbeing, thus lifting the curse.

Appearing in "Eye of the Needle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #9.

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Synopsis for "Eye of the Needle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #9.

After a night out with Jerry Hunt, Jessica Drew refuses to let him drive her home, opting instead to glide home as Spider-Woman. Jerry, left alone in his thoughts, overhears a scream, and goes to the person's aid. There he comes face to face with a costumed being known as the Needle. Pulling a gun on the Needle, Jerry soon finds himself paralyzed when the Needle makes eye contact and is helpless when the Needle stitches his mouth shut and then flees.

The next day, Jessica is informed by Priscilla Dolly, her landlady, that Jerry is in the hospital. When Jessica rushes there, she learns about what happened. In spite of Jerry's protests, she decides to go out and investigate as Spider-Woman. That night, she goes out on patrol looking for the Needle. However, she doesn't find any sign of him until it's too late, and only finds one of his latest victims.

The next day, Jerry is released from the hospital, and he gives Jessica flack for going out after the Needle alone. Both agree to tackle him together. That night, as the Needle prepares to make his next nightly appearance, he reflects how he was just a mild-mannered elderly tailor until he was beaten senseless by thugs. In the hospital, he developed an ability to stun with his one good eye and upon his release from the hospital, he took on the guise of the Needle to get revenge on the kind of people who made him a victim.

When he strikes again, Jerry and Spider-Woman are there to stop him.[Continuity 24] When Jerry is stunned, Spider-Woman steps in to stop the Needle. During the fight, she too is stunned by the Needle's gaze. However, Jessica manages to snap out of it before the Needle has a chance to stitch her mouth shut. She then easily defeats the Needle by knocking him out with a powerful venom blast. When the police arrive, Spider-Woman flees the scene. Later, back in her civilian guise, she watches with Jerry as the Needle is taken into police custody.

Appearing in "Things That Go Flit in the Night"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #10.

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Synopsis for "Things That Go Flit in the Night"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #10.

Out on a romantic evening by the beach with Jerry Hunt, Jessica Drew spots a strange woman with wings flying above them.[Continuity 25] This prompts her to change into Spider-Woman and try to go after the woman. However, the strange moth-like girl gets away. Returning to Jerry, Jerry is very upset that Jessica went chasing yet another "freak", and calls it a night and takes her home. Returning to the boarding house she shares with her friend Magnus, Jessica asks their landlady Priscilla Dolly if she's seen her "uncle" around, Dolly tells her that Magnus got a job as a stage magician. Going up to her room, Jessica finds a new dress purchased for her by Magnus and an invite to see Magnus's stage show. Jessica goes to the nightclub. but arrives too late to see Magnus perform. Magnus invite her to accompany him to an exclusive party he has been invited to.

Going to the party, Jessica finds that Magnus has made himself quite popular very quickly, but finds herself more or less ignored by the party-goers, although she does meet a man named Guy Balsam who does not have the combination of attraction and fear that most men have for her.[Continuity 26] When Jessica sees the moth-woman again, she is shocked to see that she has some sort of powers that allow her to control thread, as she uses it to turn some of the female party-goers' dresses into cocoons. Not wishing to let this girl get away, Jessica has Magnus turn her party dress into her Spider-Woman costume and chases after her. Engaging the super-powered woman, who introduces herself as Gypsy Moth, Jessica is attacked by her strange powers.[Continuity 27] She finds that this woman is not friendly in the least, and is not interested in doing more than fighting. Gypsy Moth uses her powers to take thread from other people's clothing to wrap Spider-Woman up in a thread cocoon and dump her in the pool. However, Jessica breaks free and battles the Gypsy Moth again. Jerry arrives and fires a shot at the Gypsy Moth, hitting one of her wings. Realizing that the wings are part of the Moth's body, Jessica stuns Jerry with a venom blast and takes Gypsy Moth out of there. She decides that to let the Gypsy Moth go, since she didn't really do anything wrong, and isn't interested in making friends, and so Spider-Woman slinks away before the Moth can recover.

Later, Jessica is reunited with Jerry, and the two have another argument about what exactly it was that Jessica was doing.

Appearing in "And Dolly Makes Three"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #11.

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Synopsis for "And Dolly Makes Three"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #11.

While waiting for her boyfriend Jerry Hunt to show up for another date with her, Jessica Drew decides to admire her landlady Priscilla Dolly's doll collection and finds a small compartment that contains two dolls in the shape of Brother Grimm.[Continuity 28] She quickly hides them again when Priscilla enters the room, Jerry shows up shortly after, and the couple leaves. Priscilla wonders if Jerry is the man she's been waiting for, and also deduces that Jessica found her secret compartment.

While at dinner, Jerry and Jessica are attacked by Brother Grimm. Terrorizing the dinner guests, Jessica changes into Spider-Woman and tries to stop him. Brother Grimm then escapes on a cloud-and-swing device, with Jessica following behind. Furious that Jessica still doesn't utilize teamwork, Jerry follows after them in his car. He loses them and stops his car, where Brother Grimm somehow gets the drop on him and knocks him out.

Meanwhile, Jessica tracks down the Brother Grimm on the cloud device and zaps him with a venom blast. This causes his costume to crumple up as though there was nobody inside. She is then attacked from behind by Brother Grimm and is knocked out. Elsewhere, Magnus returns to the boarding house and retires for the night.[Continuity 29] In his sleep, he is attacked and subdued by Dolly's doll collection, which has sprung to life. Finally, Jessica recovers and finds herself and Jerry chained up in a theater. Standing before them is Priscilla Dolly and two Brothers Grimm. Priscilla announces herself as Madam Doll and tells them that they are going to witness a show they will not soon forget.

Appearing in "The Last Tale Of the Brothers Grimm!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #12.

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Synopsis for "The Last Tale Of the Brothers Grimm!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #12.

Magnus is awoken by the mystically animated bodies of Priscilla Dolly's doll collection and traces the mystical aura to a playhouse where Dolly and the Brothers Grimm have Spider-Woman and Jerry Hunt hostage. Dolly explains to Magnus that her husband Nathan Dolly was a doll collector who became the costumed villain Mr. Doll before being defeated by Iron Man.[Continuity 30] He then went on searching for dolls with similar powers. He came across the Brothers Grimm dolls, which he was told he could put his life force into.[Continuity 31] Upon doing so, Dolly soon found his body trapped within his dolls, and since then his wife Priscilla has been trying to find a way to give Nathan a new body.

She and the Brothers Grimm (revealed as her sons William and Jacob) demand that Magnus casts a spell to transport Nathan's soul into Jerry's body, threatening to kill Spider-Woman if he refuses. Magnus agrees, and Jessica and Jerry are knocked out with gas. After a strange dream about Jerry and herself resembling the story Little Red Riding Hood, Jessica awakens to find that a magical ceremony is underway to transport the soul of Nathan Dolly into the body of Jerry Hunt. The Dolly brothers in one pentagram (with a Brother Grimm doll each) in one pentagram and Jerry in another, Jessica watches as Magnus casts his spell. Breaking free and subduing Madam Doll, Spider-Woman swings in and pulls Jerry free as Nathan's soul is pulled out of the dolls. Traveling to the now empty pentagram, Nathan is mortified that there is no host body waiting for him, and is cast off into oblivion. With Jerry and Magnus safe, the trio departs, leaving Mrs. Dolly behind with her boys, who turned out to be dolls themselves controlled by Dolly's influence. The maddened Dolly talks to her boys, asking them to please, please wake up.

Appearing in "Suddenly...the Shroud!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #13.

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Synopsis for "Suddenly...the Shroud!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #13.

Leaving for Las Vegas, Magnus bids farewell to his friends Jessica Drew and Jerry Hunt. After Magnus's departure, Jerry informs Jessica that S.H.I.E.L.D. wants him back on assignment and drops Jessica off at home.[Continuity 32] Jessica begins to ponder over what she should do for employment. After a night out as Spider-Woman, Jessica begins job hunting and finds that people's negative reactions towards her make the jobs she applies for not last.[Continuity 33] Wondering what's wrong, she decides to go to the Hatros Institute for Emotional Research to try and figure out why. As a stroke of luck, after her first session, she is offered a job as a receptionist at the Institute.[Continuity 34]

As Jerry Hunt receives mission orders to find two missing S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Jessica begins her job as a receptionist. Hearing a strange noise, she goes to investigate and is knocked out by the Shroud, who is investigating the Hatros Institute because he suspects they are tied with the Cult of Kali.[Continuity 35]

Reviving, Jessica changes into Spider-Woman and counter-attacks the Shroud, and after a brief battle, she easily defeats him, knocking him out with a venom blast. Carrying his unconscious body through a therapy room, she is shocked to find it filled with members of the very cult that the Shroud had come looking for.

Appearing in "Cults and Robbers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #14.

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Synopsis for "Cults and Robbers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #14.

Surrounded by followers of the Cult of Kali, Spider-Woman is forced to drop the Shroud's unconscious body to defend herself. During the fight she fights off the Cult members, but suddenly the room goes black momentarily, and the Shroud disappears. Changing back to Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman calls the police but finds that the cult members are missing after she goes back in to check on them. While Jessica is interrogated for three hours, Jerry Hunt and his fellow SHIELD agents go looking for their missing members, to no avail.

The next day, Jessica takes part in another group session at the Hatros Institute, unaware that its owner Adrienne Hatros is taking a secret interest in her. After the session, Jessica decides to look into the strange emblem that the members of the Cult and the Shroud had in common, and learn that it's a depiction of the Indian god Kali, the Goddess of death and destruction. Going on to research more, she tries to see the Jade Idol of Kali but learns that it has been stolen.

Figuring it's a lead in her case, Jessica goes to a seedy bar down by the waterfront. There, as Spider-Woman, she pressures some thugs into revealing who stole the idol. Following the thieves to their boat. Spider-Woman fights them all and easily defeats each one. When she questions the leader, he tells her that they stole the idol to try and sell it, however, the item was too hot to sell to their usual fence. Spider-Woman realizes that these common crooks have nothing to do with the cult and returns home.

After a shower, and pondering what her next move is, she's suddenly visited by the Shroud who has appeared in her home.

Appearing in "Into the Heart of Darkness!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #15.

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Synopsis for "Into the Heart of Darkness!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #15.

Stepping out of the shower, Jessica Drew finds the Shroud in her apartment. Introducing himself, he explains his origins to her, and his ties to the Cult of Kali.[Continuity 36] He asks for Jessica's help into breaking into a SHIELD facility to help him find information on the Cult of Kali, expressing that he needs her help because, due to his blindness, he cannot read.

As Spider-Woman and the Shroud break into the SHIELD outpost that she knows of, Jerry Hunt and his Laura Brown visit the Hatros Institute.[Continuity 37] This does not escape the notice of Adrienne Hatros, who calls her fellow cult members, suggesting that their next sacrifice be the two snooping SHIELD agents. As Jerry and Laura are captured, Spider-Woman and Shroud, with the information they gathered from SHIELD's files, track down the Cult to an old tomb where they find Jerry and Laura about to be sacrificed by the cult.[Continuity 38]

After a battle against the Cultists, the Shroud and Spider-Woman make short work of them and free Jerry and Laura. After the battle, the Shroud bids farewell to Spider-Woman and departs. While back at the Hatros Institute, Adrienne Hatros is revealed to be Nekra, who has deduced Spider-Woman's true identity and vows to get revenge against her for ruining her plans.

Appearing in "All You Need Is Hate"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #16.

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  • Los Angeles
    • Hatros Institute
    • S.H.I.E.L.D. Los Angeles Headquarters
    • Adrienne Hatros' Mansion

Synopsis for "All You Need Is Hate"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #16.

Running late with a session with her doctor, Jessica Drew is forced to travel as Spider-Woman in order to make it on time. Changing back to her civilian guise, she is examined by two specialists, who determine that people's aversion towards her is not psychological, but physical. As it turns out, she gives off a pheromone that affects others around her. Meanwhile, Jessica's boyfriend Jerry Hunt and his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents interrogate the members of the Cult of Kali and learn that their leader is not among the cult members they captured.

That night, Jessica goes to visit Adrienne Hatros at her home and learns that she is really the supervillain Nekra. Nekra explains that after she was defeated by Daredevil, Black Widow, and Shanna the She-Devil she was kept in a drugged stupor in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.[Continuity 39] It wasn't until she happened upon the Hate Monger's broadcast across America, that had sufficient emotional power to counteract the drugs, and allowed for her to escape.[Continuity 40] Nekra then wandered the underground tunnels of LA until she came across the Cult of Kali. She tricked them into believing that she was their god reincarnated, and used their financing to back the Hatros Institute.

She finishes by telling that she had hired Jessica Drew because of her unique biology and hoped to use it to her advantage to get revenge against the Mandrill by developing an immunity to pheromone-based powers. This leads to a battle between the two women, which Spider-Woman ultimately wins, beating Nekra into submission.[Continuity 41] After the fight, Spider-Woman calls the police and changes back into Jessica Drew. That night at her apartment, Jessica is visited by Jerry Hunt, who tells her that he's been reassigned to go back to London, and asks her to join him. Having established herself in Los Angeles, Jessica decides that she doesn't want to uproot her life again, and the two part company.

Appearing in "Jessica's Night Out!"

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Spider-Woman #17.

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Synopsis for "Jessica's Night Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #17.

After mending her costume, Jessica decides to call on her old friend Magnus in Las Vegas to see how he's doing, and finds that the club that he said hired him has never heard of him. Going out to test her costume, one of the seams on her glider wings rips, causing her to crash into a couple's home, and she quickly flees apologizing for the damage.[Continuity 42]

The next day, Jessica pulls another day's work at the Hatros Institute before going to see her doctor, who gives her pills to inhibit her pheromones. Deciding to test it out, she goes to the most popular dance club in the area.[Continuity 43] There, she is instantly picked up by a suave man who says his name is Eric, and the two end up dancing the night away. One of the patrons of the disco accidentally grabs Jessica's purse when she goes to freshen up for a guy who she wants to notice her. In digging through Jessica's bag, she finds her Spider-Woman costume and decides to put it on.

Jessica notices her purse is missing, and to her horror, she spots the girl now wearing her costume. However, when the girl stumbles off and almost falls down a ravine that is adjacent to the bar, Jessica uses her spider-powers to save the girl, who passes out from the shock. Jessica then recovers her costume.

Offering to take Jessica home, Eric takes her to a "parking" spot, and is about to make a move, when he begins to start acting strangely, and suddenly his face begins to melt.

Appearing in "Sins of the Flesh!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #18.

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Synopsis for "Sins of the Flesh!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #18.

In a car with Eric, a man who picked her up at a disco, Jessica Drew becomes concerned when the man bolts out of the car. Unknown to her, the man's face has begun to melt. However, when Jessica catches up to Eric, his face is back to normal. Finding a secluded spot to sit, Eric tries to make out with her and melts all over her. The horrified Jessica flees, blasting off the waxy gunk off her body with her venom blasts. She changes into Spider-Woman and tries to chase after him. He manages to get back into his car and flee the scene, so Jessica glides after him. Jessica finds Eric has turned back to normal and gone back to the disco where she met him. Jessica watches as another man picks up a girl in the disco, but leaves in Eric's car. Suspicious, Spider-Woman follows after them.

When they all get to the girls' place, Spider-Woman feels wrong about spying on the couple and decides to just live and let live. While trying to sleep, she suddenly feels a connection to the Waxman and a sensation that he's smothering another girl. Going into action as Spider-Woman, Jessica sees that the police have arrived at the girl's house, and overhears that she had been killed.

Deciding to prevent this from happening again, Jessica begins spending her nights out trying to find the Waxman. She eventually meets a man calling himself Bill and knows it's the Waxman when he touches her. Wondering if he recognizes her, she lures him back to Priscilla Dolly's house, where she is lodging. There she goes to "freshen up" however, she changes into Spider-Woman and confronts "Bill" over the death of the girl. This causes Bill to recall his past, how he was a scientist with a rare skin condition and tried to cure it, the end result being that he was turned into the Waxman.

The Waxman flees and hides under the covers of an upstairs bedroom. When Spider-Woman pulls off the covers, she's shocked to see that the Waxman has taken on a form similar to hers. This shocks Spider-Woman enough to be enveloped in his waxy body, however, she bursts free, seemingly killing the Waxman. Disgusted and horrified, Spider-Woman flees the scene, unaware that parts of the Waxman are slowly drawing themselves back together.

Appearing in "The Beast Within"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #19.

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Synopsis for "The Beast Within"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #19.

Flying to the Sunnyview Mental Hospital, Spider-Woman changes back into her civilian identity of Jessica Drew. She has come there to pay a visit to her old landlady Priscilla Dolly.[Continuity 44] Later, she shows up late for her job at the Hatros Institute, and at a counseling session, she offers up her problems in life.[Continuity 45] However, when she is pressed for details, she cannot bring herself to tell them anymore. The experience upsets her, and her new friend Lindsay McCabe takes her home to her place so that she can try to cheer her up.[Continuity 46] When night falls, Lindsay decides that Jessica is in no condition to be left alone, and insists that she stay the night.

That night, Jessica hears a strange howling coming from outside. There she finds the Werewolf by Night fighting the Enforcer. The Enforcer tries to take down both the Werewolf and Spider-Woman, using his tranquilizer darts to incapacitate them. The Enforcer then tags them with a chemical that would cause them great pain if they reveal to anyone the Enforcer's existence. However, Spider-Woman quickly develops an immunity to the tranquilizer and the other chemical has no effect, so she is able to get the drop on the Enforcer. Spider-Woman knocks out the Enforcer, however, and the police arrive. Spider-Woman then grabs the Werewolf and takes him back up to the apartment that he was initially knocked out of. There, she finds the Werewolf's friend Buck Cowan is unconscious. Changing back into Jack Russell, the Werewolf explains how he ended up in a fight with the Enforcer. The two are formally introduced as Jack doesn't remember their last encounter.[Continuity 47] After Jack shoos off a police officer who comes to question him. After, Jessica asks who their attacker was. From the description, Jack identifies him as the Enforcer.[Continuity 48] He deduces that the Enforcer was after his friend Buck Cowan after Buck's former employer spontaneously combusted.[Continuity 49] With all the explanations out of the way Jack and Jessica part company, and Spider-Woman promising to visit him again soon.

Appearing in "Tangled Webs"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #20.

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Synopsis for "Tangled Webs"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #20.

After losing her job at the Hatros Institute and receiving an eviction notice from her landlord, Jessica Drew becomes desperate, and as Spider-Woman steals money out of the Hatros Institute's payroll safe.[Continuity 50] Returning home with the money, Jessica struggles with the fact that she had to steal in order to get by. However, her conscience wins the day and she goes back to return the money she had stolen. As it happens, Peter Parker is in Los Angeles along with some of his colleagues from the Daily Bugle covering a story about the Hatros Institute. When Peter happens upon Spider-Woman returning the money she had taken, he assumes that he has caught her in the act of stealing. She shoves Parker aside and makes an escape.

Peter sneaks off, changes into his Spider-Man costume and goes after her, and the two battle across the city. During their fight, Jessica (who has never met or heard of Spider-Man before) demands to know who he is and what she wants. When Spidey introduces himself, she wonders if Spider-Man is also from Wundagore and was given spider-powers just like her.[Continuity 51]

Spider-Man informs her that he saw her cracking the safe, and when Spider-Woman tries to flee, he stops her and forces her to explain herself. When Spider-Man hears the "whole" story (Spider-Woman tells him she was doing this for a friend to protect her secret identity) Spider-Man decides to cut her some slack because he can relate to her position. After things are reconciled, Spidey realizes that he needs to get back to his co-workers and wishes Spider-Woman luck before departing.

Appearing in "Beware the Spider-Woman -- Bounty Hunter!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #21.

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  • Los Angeles
    • Los Angeles Police Headquarters
    • Theater Supply Shop
    • Scotty McDowell's apartment
    • Jessica Drew's apartment

Synopsis for "Beware the Spider-Woman -- Bounty Hunter!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #21.

Jessica Drew has begun a new chapter in her career as Spider-Woman, finding job hunting difficult, she has turned her costumed identity into a source of money by becoming a bounty hunter. Following her, the leads provided by her new partner, the crippled Scotty McDowell, Spider-Woman manages to capture Lou and Sidney DeFalco, who have just held up a jewelry store. She would hand deliver the DeFalcos and the stolen loot to LAPD Captain Alexander Walsh, who is not entirely impressed with a costumed bounty hunter but allows her to operate anyway. After her visit to the police station, Jessica returns to the theatrical supply house where she got her costume. She thinks about how her recent encounter with Spider-Man inspired her to make changes in her life. However, she wishes that the costume shop she has come to rely on now didn't come at a tragic price.[Continuity 52]

Stopping by Scotty's home, Jessica begins to discuss their next targets with him: The Shark-Mob, who have holed up in an abandoned lighthouse, intending to wreck a ship and steal its cargo. Jessica wishes to capture them right away, however, Scotty is worried about her safety. Ignoring his concerns, Spider-Woman soars into action. She arrives at the lighthouse and gets the drop on the Shark-Mob. During the fight, Jessica frees the lighthouse attendant, who is forced to kill one of the mobsters who is trying to shoot his rescuer.

Returning home after her completed mission, Jessica gets a call from her friend Lindsay McCabe and is visited by Scotty for dinner. As Jessica goes over their operation, all Scotty can do is fantasize about Spider-Woman.

Appearing in "Bring on... the Clown!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #22.

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Synopsis for "Bring on... the Clown!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #22.

The Los Angeles area has been terrorized by a killer named the Killer Clown, who has been targeting young women. The story gets the attention of Scotty McDowell, who sends Spider-Woman on the job to track down the Killer Clown and bring him to justice. While out on patrol, Spider-Woman stops the Killer Clown before he can kill a young girl the Clown had picked up hitch-hiking. With the young woman seriously hurt, Spider-Woman is forced to bring her to a hospital for immediate medical help, allowing the Killer Clown to get away.

Leaving the hospital, Spider-Woman is unaware that she is being followed by the Clown, who tracks her back to Lindsay McCabe's home, whereas Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman is running late for a dinner date with her friend.[Continuity 53] When Jessica goes down to the store to get items for their dinner, Lindsay is alone in the house when the Clown (mistaking Lindsay for Spider-Woman) attacks the girl. When his joy buzzer device does not kill Lindsay, he is about to strangle her instead when Jessica returns to the house. Panicked, the Clown flees, leaving Jessica to call for medical help.

The Clown, resuming his civilian identity of Casper Whimpley, returns home to his overbearing wife Roberta. After being interviewed by the police, Jessica decides to watch over Lindsay in the hospital, believing news reports about her survival could prompt the Killer Clown to come back and try to finish the job. Sure enough, the Clown does just that, and after a brief battle, Spider-Woman is able to fight off his gimmicks, knock him out and turn him over to the authorities.

Appearing in "Enter the Gamesman"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #23.

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  • Los Angeles
    • Scotty McDowell's apartment
    • Spider-Woman's disguise warehouse
    • The Situation Room
    • Ned's Bar
    • Civic Autotorium

Synopsis for "Enter the Gamesman"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #23.

At the start of his day, Alexander Walsh finds another delivery from the bounty hunter Spider-Woman. There she gets some leads on the next wanted man the police are looking for, a criminal known as the Gamesman. As Walsh tells Spider-Woman about the case, they are unaware that the police station's janitor calls the Gamesman's men and warns them of Spider-Woman's interest in capturing him. Leaving the police station, Spider-Woman is cornered by a gang of thugs. She fights them off but is assisted by Timothy Braverman, an L.A. Times reporter who happens to be on the scene. Leaving in his car, the two hit it off, and Braverman invites her out to a picnic the next day. Returning to her associate Scotty McDowell's home, Jessica is given the third degree about being out late and is suspicious of Braverman.

That night, Jessica goes out undercover to try and find any leads to the location of the Gamesman or his current plans and turns up nothing. The next day she meets up with Braverman and the two share a kiss, and some information. Later, when she tells Scotty that she was out with Braverman, Scotty expresses his continued suspicion over Braverman and tells her that he learned that the L.A. Times doesn't have an employee by that name, a fact that Spider-Woman chooses to ignore.

Jessica decides to go after Braverman's lead that the Gamesman will target the Rajah Ruby at the Los Angeles Civic Auditorium. She stakes out the location and sure enough, the Gamesman and his men break in and try to steal the jewel. Scotty, believing that Jessica is walking into a trap, goes out to try and help. He arrives just as the Gamesmen's men (having incapacitated Spider-Woman) flee, having set the Auditorium on fire with Spider-Woman on fire tied up inside. As Scotty goes to her rescue, the Gamesman decides to go back to the Auditorium.

At gunpoint, the Gamesman unmasks, revealing himself to be Braverman, who admits that he came back because he realized that he's in love with Spider-Woman. These romantic feelings are shared by Spider-Woman, much to Scotty's chagrin. The police arrive and arrest Braverman. When Scotty suggests that Spider-Woman help round up the Gamesman's goons, she refuses, deciding that she wants to be left alone.

Appearing in "Trapped... in the Doomsday Room!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #24.

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Synopsis for "Trapped... in the Doomsday Room!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #24.

Visiting Timothy Braverman in prison, Spider-Woman learns how he eventually became the criminal known as Gamesman: He grew up in Brooklyn, and, coming a dysfunctional family, Tim and his brother turned to petty thefts in order to get food. One day, Tim's brother Bart was accidentally shot dead by an drunken, off-duty police officer who tried to stop one of their recent thefts. Vowing never to be poor again, Tim turned to a life of crime and eventually created the Gamesman identity and empire for his own personal gain.

Finishing his story, Braverman uses his charm to convince Spider-Woman that he loves her and to try to use any leverage she has to try and get him early parole. Flying back home, she stops by the scene of an apparent accident. However, it's a trap set up by Braverman's former henchmen, under the leadership of a successor who adopted the Gamesman identity. They try to eliminate Spider-Woman, but she injures them and forces them to flee, but not before one of their numbers manages to wing her with a bullet. When she goes to Scotty to have the bullet removed, she tells him of her intent, which her business associate Scotty McDowell disapproves of.

After a phone call from Lindsay McCabe to Jessica informing her that she is out of the hospital, Jessica foils an attempt of the new Gamesman's men from holding up the Saudi Arabian ambassador and his wife.[Continuity 54] As Spider-Woman, Jessica easily incapacitates the crooks and turns them over to the police. While visiting Captain Walsh, Spider-Woman's location is reported by the Gamesman's mole, and she is trapped by the Gameman's men and put in their specially constructed Doomsday Room, which is set to detonate in an hour, killing her. The new Gamesman leaves her to die, but not before one of his men draws a sketch of Spider-Woman's costume for the next phase of their plan.

Appearing in "To Free a Felon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #25.

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  • Los Angeles
    • The Situation Room
    • Jessica Drew's apartment
    • Los Angeles Bank and Trust Company

Synopsis for "To Free a Felon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Spider-Woman #25.

Trying to capture the Gamesman, Spider-Woman finds herself his prisoner instead, left to die in the Doomsday Room, an explosive-rigged room set to detonate in less than an hour. Using her super-powers, Spider-Woman manages to escape. Monitoring the room, the Gamesman assumes that Spider-Woman is killed when the room explodes, and begins the second phase of his plans with a drawing of Spider-Woman's costume.

By coincidence, the Gamesman hires Jessica Drew's actress friend Lindsay McCabe to pose as Spider-Woman (leaving her to believe that it's for a movie) to try and press the first Gamesman Timothy Braverman into revealing the location of hidden loot that Braverman hid before his incarceration. When asking him doesn't work, the Gamesman has McCabe provide Braverman with a means of breaking out of his cell.

When Jessica Drew learns of McCabe's new mystery job, she decides to snoop as Spider-Woman and learns the truth, switching places with McCabe to spring Braverman from prison. Taking him back to the Gamesman's hideout, the two defeat the Gamesman's goons. With the crooks roped up, Braverman suggests that they steal the loot. However, Spider-Woman reveals how she figured out the Gamesman's plan and called the police in advance. Alexander Walsh and his men come and arrest everyone and take Braverman back into custody. Realizing that Braverman had no intention to reform, Spider-Woman leaves, ashamed of herself for having been so gullible.

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Footnotes

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