Appearing in "'Til Death Do Us Part!"
- Symbiote (Apparent death)
- Vulturions (First appearance)
Synopsis for "'Til Death Do Us Part!"
This story continues from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100...
Peter Parker has just ended his relationship with the Black Cat, deciding to go out as Spider-Man, Peter can't shake the feeling that something is out to get him.[Continuity 1] Distracted by the sound of his neighbors giving up on suntanning that he doesn't see that his old alien costume has returned and disguised itself as one of his red and blue costumes. Ironically, he thinks about how the costume almost bonded had it not been for the help of Reed Richards removing it from his body.[Continuity 2] As he prepares to put on his web-shooters, Peter catches his reflection in the mirror and is horrified to see the symbiote reveal itself and cover his entire body.
Meanwhile, on the Lower Eastside, a gang of thugs robs an elderly woman of her social security money. One member, a jittery man named Pigeon, questions why they mugged the woman since they have been able to complete a bank robbery with their new wings. His pals, Sugar Face, and Gripes aren't overly concerned with Pigeon's worries, even if their leader, Honcho, is upset that they are late for their meeting. When they catch up with Honcho, he is furious that they are late and figures out that they mugged someone. He warns them that such attention will bring Spider-Man down on them, as they have all been captured by the wall-crawler in the past. However, Honcho hopes to change things since his stint in prison. An engineer by trade, he befriended the Vulture and charmed the notorious super-villain enough to learn the secrets of his wings. Having created them all flying suits, Honcho and his friends have become the Vulturions to make it rich and get revenge against Spider-Man. Back at Peter Parker's apartment, Spider-Man struggles to try and get outside and to Mister Fantastic, but the alien symbiote fights him the whole way. A few blocks away, Mary Jane Watson runs into Peter's Aunt May while out shopping. May is surprised to hear that Harry and Liz Osborn are having a baby, as she and Peter aren't talking presently.[Continuity 3] May explains that she is still mad at Peter for dropping out of college.[Continuity 4] Mary Jane tries to speak in Peter's defense, but Aunt May still can't accept that Peter is giving up on being a scientist.[Continuity 5] Mary Jane notices that Aunt May is interested in a hat, but May decides against buying it because she doesn't have the money.
Elsewhere, Spider-Man continues to struggle to free himself from the symbiote, but it continues to resist him. Eventually, the web-slinger is spotted by one of the Vulturions who heads back to alert the others. With the costume keeping him from going to the Baxter Building. Spider-Man realizes that the symbiote can read his mind, and that's how it keeps tripping him up. Gripes notice this and nabs the wall-crawler, thinking him insane when Spider-Man tries to explain that he is fighting his costume. Gripes rejoins his teammates. As they fly across the city, the approach a nearby church. Spider-Man begs the symbiote to stop fighting him, otherwise, the Vulturions will kill them both. Much to his relief, the symbiote stops fighting him and he manages to incapacitate all the Vulturions except for one. When he struggles to figure out how to get rid of the Symbiote he hears the church bell toll and realizes the sound could destroy the alien. Hearing his, the symbiote starts fighting him again. However, Spider-Man manages to wreck the Vulturion's wings and force a crash landing in the belfry. The sound of the ringing bells is overpowering. As the last Vulturion flees, Spider-Man stays behind, resisting the pain of the loud bells in the hopes it will force the symbiote off him.
Thinking he is going to die, Spider-Man he can't stop thinking about his Aunt May, and doesn't want to die without reconciling with her, as well as unresolved feelings for Mary Jane. Suddenly, the symbiote separates itself from Peter's body and tries to flee. However, the symbiosis between Peter and the alien being had filled the creature with love for Peter Parker and it risks its life to drag Peter to safety. With Parker safe, the creature strokes his face one last time before seemingly crumbling to bits.[Continuity 6]
Appearing in "Treasures!"
- Vanessa Fisk
- Bambi Modica
- Candi Muggins
- Randi Cooper
- Mary Jane Watson
- Harry Osborn
- Liz Osborn
- Normie Osborn (Unnamed)
Synopsis for "Treasures!"
The story is continued from last issue...
Following their defeat at the hands of Spider-Man, the Vulturions return to their hideout. They are both furious and confused, as Spider-Man kept on talking about his costume being alive. After their first foray, Honcho has decided that they will need weapons in order to equal the playing field against Spider-Man. He orders Sugar Face to open one of the crates. Inside, Sugar Face finds blowguns and some darts. Gripes thinks the idea of using blow darts against Spider-Man to be ridiculous. However, Honcho asks Sugar Face to use a dart on Gripes. One single dart causes Gripes to black out and collapse onto the floor. Honcho explains that the tarts include a toxin that relaxes the muscles until ultimately the victim dies. Honcho briefly considers letting Gripes suffer this fate but applies the antidote instead.
A week later, Spider-Man is web-slinging across the city, thinking about how he narrowly avoided defeating the alien costume that wanted to bond with him and is glad that it is gone.[Continuity 7] Along the way, the wall-crawler stops a mugger from picking a pocket. As he continues on his way, Spider-Man thinks about his clash with the Vulturions and wonder why they are and why they are after him. Needing to buy a birthday gift for his Aunt May, Spider-Man sneaks into a store washroom and changes back into Peter Parker.[Continuity 8] Searching the store, he finds a hat that he thinks will be perfect for his Aunt May. Meanwhile, the Vulturions rob an armored car, using their new blow darts to incapacitate security guards.
Later, Peter Parker pays a visit to the Daily Bugle to show off his Aunt's birthday gift to Joe Robertson in the hopes that it helps fix their strained relationship.[Continuity 9] Suddenly, J. Jonah Jameson enters the room, excited about reports of the damage caused by Spider-Man's battle with the Juggernaut.[Continuity 10] Joe tries to quash this editorial, pointing out that as the new editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, he would be presenting balanced stories.[Continuity 11] Seeing an opportunity to make money off the photos he took of the fight, Peter pretends to agree with Jonah, much to Robertson's disappointment. Jameson tells Joe that he missed a perfect opportunity and explains that he is starting a news magazine so he can publish his own stories and intends to take Parker with him. As Peter Parker tries to explain himself to Joe, they are interrupted when a copy boy informs them of the Vulturions' attack at the bank. Joe assigns Peter to get photos of this story. Peter then goes up to the roof of the Bugle Building where he changes into Spider-Man. Spider-Man is looking forward to a rematch against the Vulturions, but has to go to the hospital to see Harry and Liz Osborn's with Mary Jane first.
Back at their hideout, the Vulturions gloat over their recent haul, Honcho suggests that they need to convince the Kingpin that he should hire them to be his chief assassins by killing Spider-Man. The group then head out to search for the wall-crawler. Elsewhere, Spider-Man swings across the city, a job made more difficult by the hat box that he is carrying. As he heads for home, he thinks about Mary Jane and how her recent revelation that she has known he was Spider-Man affected their relationship.[Continuity 12] On the way, Spider-Man is stopped by the Vulturions who begin to follow him. When the wall-crawler gets close to his apartment, he notices that his neighbors, Randi, Candi, and Bambi are on the roof varnishing a dresser. He tries to hang back, but when one of the women spots him, he is forced to head uptown. Spotting this, the Vulturions continue their pursuit of the masked hero.
While at the Kingpin's tower, the head mobster is watching a film with his catatonic wife, Vanessa, in the hopes that she will snap out of her condition.[Continuity 13] He then gets a call from one of his men, telling him about how the Vulturions are planning to kill Spider-Man outside of his building. The Kingpin recalls how Spider-Man had recently interfered in his business and struggles with seeing his wife recover, or witness the destruction of Spider-Man.[Continuity 14] Witnessing the wall-crawler sing by, the Kingpin notices that the hero is carrying a hat box and wonders why. Suddenly, the hero is ambushed by the Vulturions. His spider-sense warning him of a barrage of poisoned darts, he uses the hat box to shield himself. Swinging into his action, Spider-Man exposes his belt camera so he can snap photos for the Daily Bugle. Although the hero manages to down one the Vulturions, another manages to tag him with one of the blow darts. As Spider-Man struggles to stay conscious, his thoughts are on making peace with his Aunt May. Meanwhile, in Queens, Aunt May is worried about the bills that are mounting on her home. Her fiancee Nathan Lubensky suggests that she go to her nephew Peter for help. However, Aunt May is still angry at Peter for dropping out of school and refuses to tell him of their troubles unless he decides to go back to school.
Back in the city, Spider-Man begins to feel the effects of the dart. He still manages to knock out another one of the Vulturions. However, during the battle, the ribbon keeping the hat box close is cut open causing the hat to blow away. Seeing this, the Kingpin finds this revelation to be strange. When his wife begins to become agitated, the Kingpin assures her that there is nothing going on. Meanwhile, Spider-Man manages to recover the hat but is struck with yet another dart and begins falling to the ground. As he falls, he thinks about how his ex-girlfriend the Black Cat hated him being Peter Parker and how Mary Jane hates him being Spider-Man.[Continuity 15] While at the hospital where Liz Osborn just recently gave birth to her son.[Continuity 16] Noticing that Mary Jane is pacing the room waiting for Peter, Liz tells her to relax but also wonders why she keeps watching the skyline.
By this time, Spider-Man is still trying to avoid the Vulturions and keep the hat he bought for his Aunt May safe. However, although he managed to knock out the rest of the Vulturions, he was struck by additional darts and falls into a trash-strewn alley and the hat drifts away in the wind. In the aftermath of the battle, the Kingpin was impressed with Spider-Man's performance. However, he is still confused as to why the hero was so focused on protecting the hat, as he could have easily win sooner. Seeing that the hat is still blowing in the wind, the Kingpin orders one of his helicopters to take off and recover it. When Spider-Man wakes up, the Vulturions are gone and he realizes the hat is missing. Trying to find it, the hero swings up to the rooftops where he spots the helicopter lowering the hat box nearby. He recovers the hat and finds a note from the Kingpin, thanking him for defeating the Vulturions.[Continuity 17]
Appearing in "Vulture Is as Vulture Does!"
- Charlie (Prison helicopter pilot) (Only appearance)
- Fred (Only appearance)
- Mr. Slater (Only appearance)
- New York City
Synopsis for "Vulture Is as Vulture Does!"
From his prison cell, Adrian Toomes reads the latest newspaper reports about the Vulturions and is furious that they would steal his technology. Having secretly rebuilt his wings in his prison cell, the Vulture flies again, vowing to prove his superiority by killing everyone. Although a prison helicopter tries to follow him, the Vulture manages to get to Manhattan and escape through the subway. Elsewhere in the city, Spider-Man nabs a pair of purse snatchers. After recovering his camera and the hat that he bought for Aunt May's birthday, but decides to go to the Daily Bugle to try and sell his photos first, deciding he has enough time to have the present express mailed to his Aunt May. As Spider-Man changes into Peter Parker, the Vulturions attack Rockefeller Center and rob a jewelry store in a flee the scene. The group gloats over how easy their robberies have been since getting their wings. As they plot getting revenge against Spider-Man, they are unaware that the Vulture has been watching for them and is preparing to strike.Back at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson turns down the pictures that Peter has taken are useless as he only wants photos of Spider-Man looking bad. As Jameson walks away, Peter is greeting by Mary Jane who has come from their lunch date. Before they can go, she hears a radio report about the Vulture escaping prison over her headphones.[Continuity 18] At that moment, the Vulturions return to their hideout only to be ambushed by the Vulture. He knocks out all of the Vulturions except Honcho, whom he takes off with Honcho, demanding to know how he managed to steal his technology. At that same moment, Peter and Mary Jane are sitting down for lunch. Peter complains about the how much time he has left to mail off his present to Aunt May. Mary Jane assures him that there is plenty of time.[Continuity 19] Mary Jane suggests that Peter reveal his secret identity to his Aunt May.[Continuity 20] Suddenly, Peter's spider-sense begins going off. Looking skyward, the pair spot the Vulture battling with the Vulturions. When one of the Vulturions comes crashing through the skylight, Peter insists that he has to do something before someone gets hurt. Mary Jane is upset with him because the last time he battled the Vulturions he was almost killed.
Meanwhile, in Queens, Aunt May and Nathan Lubenski are preparing for May's birthday. They are also concerned about their money troubles, and Nathan once again suggests that May talks to Peter about it. However, May is still mad at Peter and refuses to tell him. When they hear a radio report about the Vulture's attack in the city. The couple recall how they previously met Adrian Toomes when they were living in the nursing home together.[Continuity 21] Nathan jokingly suggests that he take Toomes up on his past offer to join him as a partner in crime to solve their money woes. Back in Manhattan, the Vulture has lured the Vulturions into Times Square, where his superior flying skills are an asset among the massive billboards and neon signs. As the Vulture begins to trounce the Vulturions, Spider-Man arrives on the scene. He is chastising himself for going off and leaving Mary Jane to worry. When he stops the Vulture from killing one of the Vulturions. Seeing his longtime foe prompts the Vulture to flee the scene. When Spider-Man snags Toomes with a web-line, the villain begins trying to knock him loose by flying through the massive billboards. During the fight, Spider-Man is struck by one of the Vulturion's darts. Although Spider-Man manages to get to safety before blacking out from the dart, the Vulture manages to escape. Before the darkness takes him, Peter notices it is after 5 pm and he is too late to mail Aunt May's birthday present.
The next morning, Peter is woken up by Mary Jane knocking at his door. Mary Jane was worried about Peter and is glad he is okay. She gives him his Aunt May's present, which he left behind when he went off to be Spider-Man. When Peter tries to talk to her about their relationship, Mary Jane insists that she can't be involved with him romantically as long as he continues to be Spider-Man. She tells her that her own cowardice keeps her from being with him, but asks Peter what is keeping him apart from his Aunt. Later, Aunt May checks the mail and finds only bills. Nathan Lubenski is surprised to learn that there isn't even a present from Peter. Nathan scoffs at this, telling May that she has more than enough gifts to from others. However, Spider-Man leaves the gift outside and rings the doorbell and hides. When May opens the gift she whispers a thank you to her nephew, who watches her joy from up in a tree.
Appearing in "Arms and the Man!"
- Dr. George Jefferson (Only appearance)
- Jack (Only appearance)
- Paul (Only appearance)
- Molecule Man (Owen Reece) (Recap)
- New York City
- Battleworld (Recap)
Synopsis for "Arms and the Man!"
Spider-Man is staking out a warehouse where he observes a gang stealing crates full of fur coats. Using the cover of darkness, Spider-Man manages to ambush the thugs, taking down many. However, he loses the advantage when he gets tangled up in a rack of coats. He is dogpiled by some of the thugs but fights them off. The last of the gang tries to run over Spider-Man with the delivery truck. The wall-crawler is briefly blinded by the headlights but dodges it at the last moment. The truck smashes through a wall and tries to getaway. Unfortunately for him, Spider-Man manages to leap onto the roof of the truck and forces it to crash. However, the drivers now stuck in a traffic jam get upset with the wall-crawler. Spider-Man pulls the wrecked truck off the road and when the police arrive he web-slings away. Having taken pictures, Spider-Man goes to the Daily Bugle building where he changes into Peter Parker. He stops briefly to say hello to Betty Leeds before heading in to try and sell his photos to Joe Robertson.[Continuity 22] Unfortunately for Peter, Joe Robertson isn't interested in more pictures of Spider-Man. On his way out, Peter bumps into J. Jonah Jameson, spilling the pictures on the floor. Jameson likes the photos and asks to use them in his revived Now Magazine. Once more, Jameson asks Peter to join his team, exclaiming that Now Magazine is going to be big. As he leaves, Peter thinks that becoming a photographer for Jameson's magazine he could pull in a lot more money than usual and considers taking some photography courses.
Meanwhile, at the Brooklyn Psychiatric Facility, Doctor George Jefferson is in a session with Otto Octavius, the criminal known as Doctor Octopus. He tries to get Otto to open up about his childhood, but Otto can't bring himself to talk about it at that moment. Jefferson understands and as he walks Octavius back to his room. He assures Otto that they will work to finish the work started by Mister Fantastic.[Continuity 23] He promises that they will get over his fear of Spider-Man and make him a productive member of society again. Otto decides to take a nap before lunch, and as Jefferson leaves he thinks about how people claim that Doctor Octopus can't be cured, and vows to prove them wrong. After a troubled sleep, Otto wakes up and sees a spider has made a web in the corner of his room and begins to panic. He remembers the last time he was defeated at the hands of Spider-Man, one of his most humiliating defeats.[Continuity 24] This is followed by memories of his return home from the Secret Wars, how the sheer power of the Molecule Man drove him to the brink of insanity.[Continuity 25] Suddenly, Doctor Octopus begins to hallucinate that he is being swarmed by a swarm of spiders.
This mental distress affects the mental link that Doctor Octopus has with his mechanical arms, which are stored in a facility deep below Manhattan. The arms begin to flail around in the holding cell, but this is dismissed by the guards. Suddenly, Otto's fear turns into rage and he crushes the spider in his room. This also commands the mechanical arms to break free and begin burrowing their way up to the surface. As Doctor Jefferson and the orderlies enter his room to sedate Otto, he has had another mental break. Without the conscious mind of Doctor Octopus controlling them, the mechanical arms go on a rampage through the city. Even with special equipment provided by SHIELD, the NYPD are unable to stop the arms. Peter Parker hears the reports of the rampage from a radio in an electronics store where he is purchasing a new lens for his photography.[Continuity 26] Grabbing a portable police band radio, Spider-Man follows the reports to the source of the rampage.
Spider-Man arrives just as the mechanical arms have broken Doctor Octopus out of his cell. Cradling the sleeping body of its master, the mechanical arms damage the foundation of the mental health facility. Spider-Man is forced to hold rescue those trapped inside, allowing the mechanical arms to flee with Octavius. Otto wakes up in one of his hideouts and realizes that his mechanical arms had freed him. Thinking of all the battles over the years with Spider-Man, and all the humiliating defeats, Doctor Octopus puts on his mechanical arms once again and vows that this time, he will destroy Spider-Man.[Continuity 27]
Appearing in "The Enemy Within!"
- Michael Gerdes (First appearance)
- Larry (Henchman) (Only appearance)
- Mel (Henchman) (Only appearance)
- Roger (Henchman) (Only appearance)
- Mendel Stromm (Mentioned)
- New York City
Synopsis for "The Enemy Within!"
As the newspapers scream with headlines about the escape of Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man scours the city searching for his foe.[Continuity 28] Spider-Man thinks about their last encounter during the Secret Wars and recalls how they never fought directly and wonders if his old foe is really afraid of him now.[Continuity 29] His is briefly distracted when a scaffold holding a pair of men putting up a billboard advertisement breaks. He quickly catches them and places them safely on a nearby rooftop and swings away without a word.
Meanwhile, in the secret hideout of Doctor Octopus, some of his minions put the finishing touches on a Spider-Man robot. Worrying that Octopus isn't in his mental facilities after his jaunt into space. They then unleash the robot on their leader, Doctor Octopus savagely battles the robot and destroys it. Even though Doctor Octopus triumphantly boasts over this victory, his minions are still not certain if he could manage to battle the real Spider-Man. The next afternoon, Spider-Man returns home from another fruitless search for Doctor Octopus, although he did manage to help the Rocket Racer.[Continuity 30] Returning to his apartment, Peter changes out of his costume and decides to call his Aunt May, relieved that they have finally settled their differences.[Continuity 31] The phone is answered by her fiancee Nathan Lubenski, who tells Peter that Aunt May is out shopping. He takes the opportunity to tell Peter about their financial problems. Peter assures Nathan that he will do everything he can to help. After the call, Peter takes a quick shower and heads out hoping that he can find Doctor Octopus so he can sell photos to the Daily Bugle.
Peter pays a visit to the Daily Bugle offices and checks with J. Jonah Jameson about work for Now Magazine. Jameson tells him that he is busy setting things up and he will call him. Heading into the newsroom he goes looking for Joe Robertson for work. Joe stops Peter and tells him that there is someone he should meet. He soon finds himself in the office of the Bugle's new city editor, Kate Cushing. Kate tells Peter that she is impressed with his work and asks him to try and get exclusive photos of a meeting at the Schavian Embassy. Peter stops at the bank to pull money out of the machine. Although he only has twenty dollars in his account, he is surprised when the machine gives him more money by mistake. However, his luck changes when Doctor Octopus and his minions launch an attack on the bank. Peter changes into Spider-Man and ambushes the armed thieves. Spider-Man deals with the minions and is about to go down and stop Doctor Octopus from raiding the safe. However, he notices that one of the tellers has been struck with a bullet. Unable to let the woman bleed out, Spider-Man is forced to take her to a hospital. By this point, Doctor Octopus learns that Spider-Man was there and is furious that his minions didn't tell him. Suddenly, they hear some police sirens prompting them to flee. As they flee, nobody is aware that one of the minions has been tagged with a spider-tracer.
Later, Spider-Man arrives at the Schavian Embassy, where security is tight. However, this is no concern for the hero, as he climbs into the ventilation system. From there, he crawls down through the vents until he finds a grate overlooking the meeting. As Spider-Man begins snapping the photos, he overhears a guard discovering the open vent. He realizes that this will prevent him from leaving until after everyone has left. While Spider-Man is stuck at the embassy, Doctor Octopus and his minions come crashing into the Daily Bugle newsroom demanding Spider-Man. With Joe Robertson and J. Jonah Jameson out of the office, Kate Cushing is in charge of the office. He demands that Cushing call the authorities and tell them that he is taking the Daily Bugle hostage until Spider-Man faces him.[Continuity 32] An hour later, Spider-Man is finally able to leave the vents. Changing back to Peter Parker, he quickly finds a payphone to phone in and tell Kate Cushing that he finished his photo assignment. That's when he learns about the hostage situation.
As Peter changes back into Spider-Man and rushes to the Bugle, Doctor Octopus begins to grow impatient. With his escape helicopter arriving, Octopus takes Kate hostage and flees. Spider-Man learns moments later to learn that Octavius will be contacting them soon to reveal where he has taken Cushing. When J. Jonah Jameson returns, he blames Spider-Man for the damage done to the office. Spider-Man takes this as his cue to leave, using his spider-sense to locate the spider-tracer he previously planted on one of Doctor Octopus' minions. Spider-Man then ambushes Doctor Octopus. At first, Doctor Octopus thinks he is fighting yet another Spider-Man robot. However, when Spider-Man begins quipping, Otto realizes that he is fighting the real hero and begins to crack up again. Doctor Octopus enters a catatonic state. His minions consider attacking Spider-Man, but the hero points out that they owe Otto no loyalty and they stand down. That's when the police arrive with Otto Octavius' lawyer Michael Gerdes. When Spider-Man is about to destroy Doctor Octopus' arm, Gerdes orders him to cease and desist as he has a legal order as his client has rights. Since he cannot convince the authorities otherwise, Spider-Man decides to depart. On his way out, he notices the Spider-Man robot that Doctor Octopus used and briefly considers using it himself but decides against it.[Continuity 33] As he swings away, Spider-Man can't help but feel sorry for Doctor Octopus.
The next morning, Peter has a meeting with Kate Cushing, who is impressed that Peter was able to get those exclusive photos. However, she can't use the photos because of the grating from the vent. As such she had to go with a photo taken by Lance Bannon. With this bit of bad news, Peter walks home, just as it starts to rain, wishing that he could have a happy ending for once.
Appearing in "Gold Rush!"
- Arthur Chekov
- Henry Trumpsley (Only appearance)
- Jim (Only appearance)
- Joey (Only appearance)
- Lisa (Only appearance)
- Al (Only appearance)
- Louie (Only appearance)
- Officer Sam (Only appearance)
- Officer Marty (Only appearance)
- Beyonder (Recap)
- Heroes for Hire (Recap)
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.
Synopsis for "Gold Rush!"
Story continued from Secret Wars II #2...
The Kingpin is woken up at 3:00 am with some troubling news. He places a call to a man Bainbridge. As he waits for the man to answer, he figures out the financial worth of the current crisis and realizes that it could make the great depression seem like prosperous times. When Bainbridge answers the phone, the Kingpin explains what must be done...
While elsewhere in Manhattan, Mary Jane Watson cannot sleep, her mind keeps coming back to the fact that she had recently revealed to Peter Parker that she's known that he's secretly Spider-Man for years[Continuity 34]. She struggles with the fact that she can't be with someone that risks their lives on a daily basis, and although she is still friends with Peter she cannot shake the feelings she has for him. As she considers the strange twist of fate she finds herself in, she notices that there is a fire some blocks away and wonders what the cause of it could be.
At the site of the fire is the man of Mary Jane's thoughts, Spider-Man who is at the scene of the office building that formerly housed the Heroes for Hire until the Beyonder recently turned the structure entirely into gold just moments ago. Realizing that there might be people trapped inside the building despite the late hour, Spider-Man enters the building and begins finding those who are trapped inside and finds that everything except for humans has been turned into gold.[Continuity 35] As Spidey searches for survivors, those few who are still up at this late hour find it almost impossible to believe that a building can be turned into gold. However, before anyone can capitalize on this, the Kingpin calls in to his contacts in Washington D.C. to assist in closing off the area to prevent people from making off or learning about this sudden cache of gold, as it could cause a financial crisis. Hard pressed for resources, the government makes a deal with the Kingpin even though they realize that they are making a deal with the proverbial devil.
Unaware of this deal, Spider-Man continues to rescue those trapped in the building as two police officers arrive. When the cops wonder how they will keep the public away from a giant pile of gold, they soon find themselves surrounded by a heavily armed guard of gangsters and street thugs. They are soon relieved by government agent Charles Anderson who explains to the two officers that these men as assisting in keeping the area secure until the military arrives. When Spider-Man returns to the outside he recognizes some of the armed men as enforcers for the Kingpin. He also witnesses as the owner of the building, Henry Trumpsley, is forced to accept a check buying his property and is escorted off the property.
When Anderson tells Spider-Man to leave, the Wall-Crawler refuses to tell him that he can rescue the people trapped inside easier. Despite being shot at, Spider-Man slips back inside, wondering what the Kingpin has to do with the recovery. Seeing that he is unable to stop Spider-Man, and hard pressed for resources, Anderson orders the men to hold their fire and let Spider-Man do his job.
As the work continues on, over in Queens Aunt May and her fiancée Nathan Lubensky mull over the financial problems they're having keeping their elderly boarding house afloat.
By this time, the military has arrived and begun slowly removing the gold and shipping it out of the area and a massive barrier is being erected around the block to prevent people from seeing it. By the time the press arrives, there is speculation going around as to what the military is clearing out of the area. Inside the wreckage, Spider-Man continues to pull people out of the building. For the most part, everyone is alive, but he does come across one dead body within the wreckage. After bringing the body out, Spidey decides to take a break and take into consideration that scope of what the Beyonder has done. Everything, including simple trash, has been turned into gold, a discarded notebook that was considered trash hours earlier is now worth a small fortune. When Peter considers how much he and his Aunt May could benefit from something as small as a solid gold notebook, Peter wrestles with his desires and what he feels is the right thing to do and leaves the notebook behind. Spider-Man's attention is drawn to another individual who is trapped in the building. However, upon closer inspection, the Wall-Crawler learns that the reason why the man is trapped is that he was attempting to carry out all his personal possessions that had been turned into gold and that the weight of it all had pinned him to the floor. The man is unwilling to give it all up until the roof begins to collapse over their head and he begs Spider-Man to save him.
With the last of the people out of the building, Spider-Man is about to web-sling away when he notices a black limo pull up to Anderson. Spider-Man is shocked to see that it is his old foe the Kingpin, and becomes angry when he witnesses a number of soldiers loading several gold typewriters into his limo. Furious that he must struggle through life while a known criminal like the Kingpin gets free gold from the government, Spider-Man finally has enough and decides to get what he believes he deserves. Jumping back into the ruins of the building, he recovers the gold notepad that he previously decided to leave behind. Exiting the building he confronts Anderson and tells him that he saw the transaction between him and the Kingpin and shows him that he intends to keep a reward for himself. After angrily chastising the government official, Spider-Man swings off leaving Anderson to consider what he has just done.
This story and Secret Wars II continues in Amazing Spider-Man #268...
Appearing in "Welcome... ...to My Nightmare!"
- Mamie Muggins
- Candi Muggins
- Bambi Modica
- Randi Cooper
- Liz Allan (Dream)
- Betty Brant (Dream)
- Blob (Fred Dukes) (Dream)
- Burglar (Dream)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Dream)
- Cyclops (Scott Summers) (Dream)
- Doctor Leonard Samson (Dream)
- Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius) (Dream)
- Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) (Dream)
- J. Jonah Jameson (Dream)
- Uncle Ben (Dream)
- Aunt May (Dream)
- Rom (Dream)
- George Stacy (Dream)
- Gwen Stacy (Dream)
- The Thing (Ben Grimm) (Dream)
- Thor Odinson (Dream)
- Mary Jane Watson (Dream)
- Wolverine (Logan) (Dream)
Races and Species:
- New York City
- Dimension of Dreams
- Spider-Man's Suit
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Spider-Man's Spider-Signal (Dream)
- Doctor Octopus' Tentacles (Dream)
- Mjolnir (Dream)
- Cyclops' Visor (Dream)
- Cloak of Levitation (Dream)
- Captain America's Shield (Dream)
- Captain America's Uniform (Dream)
Synopsis for "Welcome... ...to My Nightmare!"
Peter Parker is having a dream wherein he has arrived at the Daily Bugle completely naked to see if Joe Robertson is in. Betty Leeds sends him through, not noticing that he is not wearing clothes. Likewise, Peter doesn't seem the least bit concerned that the Daily Bugle staff is comprised of heroes and villains. Betty warns Peter that Joe is in a bad mood, but he assures her that he can handle it. However, when he arrives outside Robertson's office he is shocked to see the Hulk come smashing out. With this threat before him, Peter's original Spider-Man costume begins to appear upon him. The other people in the Bugle begin to run, telling Spider-Man to run. With the Hulk looming over him, Spider-Man can't find a way to fight back. Thinking a change of costume will confuse the Hulk, Spider-Man's costume suddenly changes to his black and white costume and flees from the Daily Bugle building. Suddenly, the Daily Bugle building collapses. Examining the rubble, Spider-Man discovers the Hulk is still alive. As his costume continues to alternate between red-and-blue and black-and-white, he tries to battle the gamma-spawned monster. Despite his efforts, the wall-crawler is grabbed by the Hulk and tossed at the Brooklyn Bridge. However, instead of being splattered against the metal frame of the bridge, he rips through it like a piece of canvas. On the other side, the web-slinger finds himself falling into a void. He hears a voice calling out for help, but can't find any way to save himself from falling.
Suddenly, Peter Parker wakes up and realizes that this was all a dream. Even though he is in his Spider-Man costume and has a coffee machine in his apartment, Peter doesn't realize that he's still dreaming. When he hears someone cry for help, he looks out his window and sees his Aunt May's home down below. Fearing the worst, Peter puts on his mask and swings down to the house. There, Spider-Man watches in horror as the Burglar with an automatic weapon mowing down his Uncle Ben, Aunt May, Gwen and George Stacy, Mary Jane, and Betty Leeds.[Continuity 36] Horrified to see all his loved ones dead, Peter demands to know why the Burglar killed them. Fleeing the scene, the Burglar tells him that this is what Spider-Man wanted, that he needs guilt to keep going. Spider-Man denies this and in a fit of rage follows after the Burglar. Suddenly, Spider-Man finds himself replaying his confrontation with the Burglar at the Acme Warehouse.[Continuity 37] Spider-Man knocks the crook out, but this time when he gets a good look, he has the face of Peter Parker. This is a shock to Peter but this puts him in a state of despair that he believes that Spider-Man is actually responsible for the death of his loved ones.
Accepting defeat, Spider-Man doesn't resist when the Hulk comes smashing through the wall to destroy him. However, when the Hulk smashes the floor, it breaks away and the pair both fall into some water below. Once again he hears a voice calling out for help and begins swimming toward the voice. This leads him into a sewer where he finds the creature that calls itself Nightmare. It begs Spider-Man for help as the Hulk has been chasing him and begs Spider-Man to save him before his realm is destroyed. Spider-Man finally clues in to the fact that he is dreaming. However, Nightmare warns him that if he dies here, he will die in real life. When the Hulk catches up to them, Spider-Man lures the brute out to the surface. Spider-Man is surprised that this dreamscape looks just like Manhattan. Surfing in the air on a manhole cover, Spider-Man loses the Hulk around the Statue of Liberty. He returns to Nightmare and demands to know why Nightmare's realm looks like Manhattan. Nightmare explains that his realm takes on aspects that are familiar to those who are trapped in it and that only an adept can see it as it truly is. When Spider-Man mentions the name of Doctor Strange, Nightmare curses his foe, blaming him for everything that has happened. Spider-Man demands answers, and Nightmare tells the wall-crawler that Doctor Strange cursed his realm with Bruce Banner's sleeping mind.[Continuity 38]
Nightmare goes on to say that this dream-form of the Hulk is just as powerful as the real thing and that he chose Spider-Man due to his sense of responsibility and his previous experience battling the Hulk. That's when the Hulk comes crashing through again. Spider-Man blinds the behemoth with some webbing, allowing them to flee. Nightmare takes Spider-Man to the very edge of his realm where there is nothing but a white void that Nightmare states is a realm of utter madness. When the Hulk catches up to them once again, Spider-Man battles it the best he can, and ultimately uses his superior agility to knock the Hulk into the void, destroying it. Exhausted, Spider-Man is glad it is over so he can finally return to the waking realm. However, Nightmare has other ideas, telling the hero that he intends to keep him in the Nightmare Realm to defend him forever. Suddenly, the Hulk reaches out from the void and grabs Nightmare dragging him in. Nightmare begs Spider-Man for help, reminding Spider-Man of his sense of responsibility. Instead, Spider-Man turns away trying to ignore Nightmare's sickening screams. Spider-Man does have a responsibility to himself, as well as others. As he leaves Nightmare's realm, he tries to ignore the horror he has seen, reminding himself that if he saved Nightmare, he'd be trapped in his realm forever and unable to save anyone ever again.
Suddenly, Spider-Man wakes up and is suprirsed to see his landlord, high neighbors, and the police standing at the foot of his bed. As it turns out, his nightmare was so intense his screams woke everyone up and they called the cops. His landlady Maimie Muggins is upset that he made such a racket. His neighbors are a little more sympathetic, when Peter tells him he forgot what the nightmare was about. However, he thinks that sometimes it is better that way.
Appearing in "Local Superhero!"
- Joe Robertson
- Smithville Thunderbolt (Fred Hopkins) (First appearance)
- Roxanne DeWinter (First appearance)
- Ludlow Grimes (First appearance)
- Marge (Only appearance)
- Irving Stein (Only appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Captain America (Photo)
- Human Torch (Photo)
- Hobgoblin (Photo)
- United States of America
- Greyhound Bus
Synopsis for "Local Superhero!"
Years Ago:[Continuity 39]
In the vastness of space, a planet explodes, hurtling debris across the universe. One such chunk ends up crashing in a junkyard on planet Earth in the small town of Smithville, Pennsylvania. The following morning, Frank Hopkins reports for work at the Smithville Savings Bank. He arrives late for work much to the annoyance of his employer. After being snubbed by Marge, the bank typist, he meets with his co-worker Irving. Irving has two tickets to an orchestra performance that evening and Frank accepts an invitation to join. That evening, Frank waits outside for Irving, who is running late. Suddenly, he hears a scream in a back alley and sees a pair of thugs tar and feathering Irving. Around his neck is an antisemitic sign reading "Jew Boy". When Hopkins tries to stop them, he is beaten up and left in the alley. The two thugs then throw Irving in the back of a pick-up truck and attempt to flee. Frank grabs ahold of the tailgate and holds on for dear life. However, despite his heroic efforts, the speeding vehicle shakes him loose, sending Frank Hopkins rolling into the junkyard. Trying to get up, Frank uses the chunk of space rock to steady himself. Suddenly he feels funny and gets up with no further pain. Walking home, Hopkins dismisses this as nothing but adrenaline.
Returning home, Frank goes through old newspaper clippings of heroes like Captain America and the Human Torch, who were active in World War II. He wishes that there were heroes like that around in this day and age to prevent such acts of violence.[Continuity 40] The next morning, the front page story in the papers is about the beating of Irving Stein, who is now recovering in hospital. Reading this at work, Frank Hopkins once more wishes there was something that could have been done for poor Irving. At lunchtime, Frank goes out into the bank parking lot to eat his lunch. When he accidentally drops his apple under a car, he is surprised when he somehow manages to lift the car off the ground in order to retrieve it. Not believing what just happened, Hopkins attempts to lift the car again. He is surprised that he is able to lift it over his head. Putting it back down he wonders what he should do with this newfound power. When he walks around the front of the bank, he witnesses the two thugs who beat up Irving as they trip a young African-American boy. Suddenly, Frank Hopkins has some inspiration.
That evening, Frank returns home and gathers an old pair of long johns, some dye, and some markers and gets to work. Putting on this outfit and a mask, Frank Hopkins goes out looking for the guys who beat up his friend. He finds them roughing up a man who just walked out of a liquor store. Frank easily trounces these youths before the eyes of astonished bystanders, who proclaim him a hero.
Peter Parker is meeting with Joe Robertson at the offices of the Daily Bugle. He is upset that Joe is once again refusing to buy photos of Spider-Man. Joe tells him that if he used every photo of Spider-Man they have in his files, they could publish them for a year-and-a-half. Sympathetic of Peter's situation, Joe assigns him to a story that Joe is researching for the Sunday Suppliment. It is regarding the true identity of the Smithville Thunderbolt, a local hero in Pennsylvania. With no other choice, Peter grudgingly accepts the assignment and is soon on a bus to Smithville. The whole way, Peter complains to himself about how hard it is to make a living now that Joe Robertson is less interested in photos of Spider-Man.[Continuity 41] Soon, Peter arrives in Smithville and once off the bus a young man runs by warning everyone of a fire. Peter sees a nearby abandoned home billowing with smoke. With everyone off the bus, Peter slips inside to change into Spider-Man to save anyone who is trapped inside.
However, no sooner is Spider-Man on a rooftop opposite the other building, he witnesses the Smithville Thunderbolt running onto the scene. The wall-crawler decides to sit back and watch things from the back of the burning building. As Spider-Man climbs into the building, the Thunderbolt leaps out with two children out the front. The web-slinger looks around but can hardly see through the smoke. Suddenly, his spider-sense begins going off, warning him of danger. However, he is too late to stop a huge bruiser in overalls from striking him from behind. The strength of the blow causes Spider-Man to break through the floor to the main level of the house. Looking at who he attacked, the mysterious attacker realizes that this isn't the Smithville Thunderbolt and leaves. Spider-Man recovers from the blow and witnesses the Thunderbolt leap away. Wanting to learn more, Spider-Man tags the local hero with a spider-tracer. With the danger over, Spider-Man decides to change back into his civilian guise before he is spotted. Later, Peter Parker begins tracing the signal from the spider-tracer. It lures him to a dumpster, and Peter fears that the Thunderbolt discarded his tracer. Suddenly, someone from behind compliments him on his camera. It's a woman, and when he thanks her for the compliment and that he uses it for journalism, the woman gets upset. Turns out, the woman is Roxanne DeWinter a reporter for the Smithville Gazette, and she views Peter's presence as competition for her attempts at learning the Thunderbolts identity. However, she quickly changes her tone when she learns that Peter works for the Daily Bugle and insists on buying him lunch.
Soon the pair are sitting down at a diner where Roxanne explains that she is looking for a big scoop so she can finally get out of Smithville. She figures that learning the Thunderbolt's true identity is her ticket out of town. She suggests that the two of them work together, but Peter declines, saying that he works better alone. He thanks her for lunch and heads out. However, Roxanne DeWinter refuses to be blown off so easily. Moments later, Peter is back at the dumpster, but doesn't find any trace of his spider-tracer. Suddenly, he picks up a faint signal and leaps over the dumpster to track it, unaware that DeWinter is following after him. The signal leads Peter to a modest looking home. He then slips around to the side of the house and changes back into Spider-Man and tries to find a way inside so he can recover his spider-tracer. Not far away, Roxanne DeWinter has lost sight of Peter since going back for her car, but deduces that he is in the only inhabited house in the area. Inside the house, Spider-Man introduces himself to Frank Hopkins, who is shocked to see Spider-Man in his home. Saying he has come to recover his property and follows the signal to a closet. Before Frank can stop it, the wall-crawler opens it and is shocked to discover the costume belonging to the Smithville Thunderbolt.
Unaware that Roxanne DeWitter is listening outside his door, Frank Hopkins confesses that he is the Smithville Thunderbolt. He begs Spider-Man not to tell anyone because he believes he will be humiliated and ridiculed. He explains that he got his power a number of decades ago, but they are now starting to fade. He reveals that he has been using ordering scientific equipment to build devices that could roughly mimic is fading powers. Frank then reveals that with crime at an all time low in Smithville, he would manufacture dangers so he could still play hero. He reveals that he staged the "fire" in the house with smoke bombs and hide in the dumpster after his "daring" rescue. He once more begs Spider-Man not to reveal his secrets, fearing he will be laughed out of town. That's when Spider-Man hears a creaking floorboard from behind a door and ues his webbing to open the door. Before they can react, Roxanne snaps a photo of Frank in costume with his mask off. As Spider-Man tries to recover the camera from Roxanne, his spider-sense begins to go off. Suddenly, the strong man that attacked Spider-Man earlier comes bursting through the wall. He intends to kill Frank, insisting that he is the true Smithville Thunderbolt.
Appearing in "The Twilight Heroes"
- Amy Grimes (Only appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Willy Grimes (Only appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Jeff Grimes (Only appearance) (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "The Twilight Heroes"
Years Ago:[Continuity 42]
A planet explodes, sending debris across the universe. One piece came to the planet Earth, breaking in two as it entered the atmosphere. One half ended up in a junkyard in Smithville, Pennsylvania. The other half ends up crashing in a nearby farmers field.
One Year Ago:[Continuity 43]
Ludlow Grimes is toiling away, plowing his field by horse. Suddenly, his plow blade strikes a rock. Ludlow digs it out and suddenly feels strange, but dismisses it as getting too much sun. When his wife calls him back to the farmhouse for dinner, he simply tosses the rock away and heads in. Down at the homestead, Ludlow is greeted by his wife and children as they set the kitchen table. When Ludlow's wife tries to swat a fly, Grimes offers to do it for her. With a single swat, Ludlow not only kills the fly but smashes through the front door with his bare hands. Ludlow is confused by what happened, but his family is frightened. His wife now thinks her husband is a monster and tells him to get out.
Ludlow Grimes has smashed his way into the home of Fred Hopkins, who has just been outted as the Smithville Thunderbolt by Spider-Man and reporter Roxanne DeWinter. Ludlow pronounces himself the true Smithville Thunderbolt and intends to kill Hopkins. Spider-Man gets between the two men and tells Frank to flee. However, Hopkins can't bring himself to go, wishing there was something he could do, but doesn't feel confident as his powers are fading. Meanwhile, Roxanne DeWinter snaps photos of the battle, intent on getting the scoop on this story in order to advance her career and get out of Smithville. Eventually, the Smithville Thunderbolt loses his nerve and flees. Spider-Man continues to struggle with Ludlow, and tells Roxanne to get out as well. However, she refuses to leave until she is finished her roll of film. Spider-Man, manages to briefly stun Grimes and tells Roxanne to get a move on. She agrees and tells Spider-Man that she will call the cops after to drops her film off to be developed. The pair begins to fight again, but Ludlow gets frightened off by the sound of a police siren and flees the scene. With an officer banging on the door, Spider-Man takes his leave as well, wondering what he should do next.
Changing back to Peter Parker, the hero goes to the Smithville Gazette to try and stop Roxanne from developing the film. However, he arrives too late, as she has finished processing the photos. He tells her that he knows what happened and who Frank Hopkins is and pleads with her to destroy the pictures. He tries to convince her that this revelation will ruin Frank's life and he doesn't deserve it after all he has done for the community. Roxanne refuses to listen because she is still chasing fame and heads off to the printers with her photos. Meanwhile, Frank Hopkins has changed back into his civilian clothes and returns to his home. Talking to the police, he pretends to have no idea what happened at his home. After assuring the police that he isn't in any danger, he goes back into his home. There he pulls out his binder full of newspaper clippings of his exploits as the Thunderbolt. He laments on how he is a nobody without his powers, which are now fading. Knowing that Roxanne DeWinter will ruin his life with her exposé, he takes a gun out of his deskdrawer and briefly considers murdering her. However, he can't bring himself to take a human life and decides to find some other way.
Elsewhere, Ludlow travels through a nearby swamp, confident that nobody will find him here. Looking at his reflection in the water, Grimes begins to think back to the events of the past year. He remembers how his wife thought he was a monster since he got his powers and kicking him out of his own home. He went to the local church for guidance, but the priest insisted that his powers were the product of the devil and shunned him. Soon, a lynch mob was out searching for him forcing him to flee into the wilderness. For a whole year, Ludlow lived off the land. One day he happened upon a newspaper article about the Smithville Thunderbolt and became jealous how he was respected and treated as a hero with his powers. Grimes then came up with his plan to kill the Thunderbolt and take his place so that he could be considered a hero. This all brought him to Hopkin's home and his clash with Spider-Man. Later, as rain begins to fall over the town, Roxanne DeWinter drives the Smithville Gazette news van to the printers. Still intending to try and convince Roxanne to drop the story, Peter has changed back into Spider-Man and is hitching a ride on the roof of the van.
As they drive down a country road, they are spotted by a downed tree to block the road. When Roxanne is forced to stop, her car won't move and rocks begin to tumble down toward the road. As Spider-Man leaps into action, Roxanne tries to flee, only to be carried to safety by the Smithville Thunderbolt. Unfortunately, Spider-Man discovers that the rockslide was fake, another one of the Thunderbolt's fake rescues. Before the heroes can remove the tree, they are ambushed by Ludlow Grimes. As Roxanne slips into her van and tries to get away. However, when Spider-Man tosses Ludlow, it strikes the van knocking it over the side of the road and down a cliff. Seeing that the van is caught in some tree branches, the Thunderbolt overcomes his fears to climb down and try and save Roxanne. While Grimes and Spider-Man battle it out, Frank manages to save Roxanne, who is grateful that he had done so, even without his powers. By this point, Ludlow has knocked Spider-Man out and is annoyed to hear that Hopkins has no powers. Ludlow is about to lambaste Frank but sees how frightened he looks and realizes that they are the same. By the time Spider-Man recovers from Grimes' beating, the situation has defused itself.
The next day, the life of Ludlow Grimes takes a fortuitous turn, as he is enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D. Finally finding a place to belong, Ludlow is finally happy. After witnessing this, Peter Parker is about to head out, when he sees that Roxanne still published the story about the Thunderbolt's true identity. Furious, Peter goes down to the Gazette office and confronts DeWinter over this revelation. She still doesn't care as she is confident that this will boost her career. Suddenly, they hear a mob heading toward Hopkin's home, thinking it is a lynch mob, Peter rushes to see what he can do to stop them. However, much to his surprise, the townspeople have come to celebrate their local hero. Roxanne is about to gloat about how her story caused no harm she is suddenly silenced by the sound of a gunshot. Peter forces the front door open and discovers that Frank Hopkins committed suicide. Sadened by this turn of events, Peter Parker walks away without saying another word. Roxanne DeWinter, however, pulls a camera out of her handbag and takes a picture of Smithville's fallen hero.
Appearing in "There, But for Fortune!"
- Sabbath Raven (Elena von Lundt)
- Jerry Fortunov
- Sabbath Raven (Gina Morelli) (Only in flashback)
- Bert (Only appearance)
- Keith (Henchman) (Only appearance)
- Jonas (Henchman) (Only appearance)
- Uncle Ben (Recap)
- Burglar (Recap)
- Turner D. Century (Recap)
- United States of America
Synopsis for "There, But for Fortune!"
In the early days of World War II, before America entered the conflict, Dominic Fortune found himself smashing up a casino operation along with his female companion Sabbath Raven. They have been hired to recover some plans that had been stolen by Nazi spies. The pair managed to round up the spies and helped capture their leader Baron Wolfgang von Lundt. Their capture landed them in the newspapers.
An elderly Dominic Fortune struggles to flee from a gang of thugs who want him dead.[Continuity 44] As he flees down an alley, Dominic trips over a discarded can. He manages to get his footing, but he is cornered in a dead end. When he offers to pay the men off, in order to spare his life, they refuse. Not far away, Spider-Man is web-slinging across the city. He is in a depressed mood. He wonders what he is going to do with the solid gold notebook he took from a building that the Beyonder turned into gold.[Continuity 45] He considers this as big a mistake as the night that he allowed a burglar get away, who later went on to murder his Uncle Ben.[Continuity 46] He wishes his Uncle Ben was still alive so he'd have someone to talk to so he can do the right thing.
Back in the alley, Dominic Fortune finds a metal pipe in a trash can and uses it to defend himself. When one of his attackers pulls a gun, Spider-Man arrives on the scene and webs up the gun and trounces them. By this point, Dominic finds himself having trouble breathing. Spider-Man realizes there is trouble, he swings off with Fortune to get him medical attention. Meanwhile, at the 68th Street office of Steele Enterprises, Simon Steele is furious to hear that his men were defeated by Dominic Fortune.[Continuity 47] They explain that Spider-Man interfered, but Steele decides to prepare for further interference from the wall-crawler, as he does not want Dominic to accomplish his goals.[Continuity 48] Steele wonders what Dominic would think if he knew he was being targeted once more by Baron Wolfgang von Lundt.[Continuity 49] Meanwhile, at a nearby hospital, Dominic Fortune is visited by his son Jerry insists that his father returns to a retirement home. However, Dominic refuses to do so. This leads to an argument between the two. That's when Peter Parker enters the room, telling Jerry that his father has become quite a hero and has come to take photos of him for the Daily Bugle. Jerry asks if Peter will be there to take photos when his father is found dead in a gutter and walks out of the room.
Dominic tells Peter to ignore his son's comments, telling him that his son would rather he lives a quiet life with Jerry's family. However, the quiet life drove him crazy he had a thirst for adventure, leading to his recent adventure with Spider-Man. Peter mentions that his Aunt May lived at Restwell Retirement Home with Dominic and that she now runs a boarding house. Dominic turns down the offer to move in there, telling Peter that he won't rest until he found his former lover, Sabbath Raven. On his way out, Peter asks Jerry who Sabbath is. Jerry has nothing nice to say about Raven, saying that she is likely dead and his father is risking his life for nothing. Peter suggests that his father's search is harmless, however, Jerry asks Peter if he would think the same thing if it was his father. Having nothing to say in response, Peter walks away. Later that evening, Simon Steele and his men have driven to a run-down part of the South Bronx. There they go into a building to see the man that Steele intends to hire to eliminate Dominic Fortune. The ramshackle building hides a fancy apartment owned by the costumed criminal known as the Shocker. He demonstrates the power of his vibrational gauntlets by shattering a chunk of granite. However, Steel is not convinced and orders his men to attack the Shocker. The masked villain easily trounces his attackers. This impresses Steele and he hands the Shocker a contract. The Shocker signs it but won't let himself be treated like a chump like when he worked for Egghead.[Continuity 50] To this end, he has set up a video camera to record everything so if things go south, the Shocker can tie Steel into his hit job. Looking over the contract, he notices a mention of Spider-Man and asks what it is about. Steele explains that Fortune sometimes works with the wall-crawler and will pay him triple if he kills Spider-Man as well.
A few days later, Peter is heading to the Daily Bugle office to see if there are any photo assignments when he bumps into Dominic Fortune, who asks Parker for help. Peter agrees and they go down to the Daily Bugle's morgue to look for records of what happened to Sabbath Raven. He explains that he is looking into it and suspects Wolfgang von Lundt, who fled to the United States after the war and changed his name to Simon Steele. They look through the Bugle's archives and find the records they have on Sabbath Raven. According to these records indicate that had gone missing in 1942 and is presumed dead. The last newspaper article about Raven is about her disappearance in Europe. This angers Dominic who decides that the only place he will be able to find answers is by going to Europe. When Peter tells him to be reasonable, Dominic explains that he intends to find Sabbath or die trying.
The next day, Dominic goes to JFK Airport to catch a plane. However, he is ambushed by the Shocker. That's when Spider-Man swings in and starts battling his foe. The villain is not alone, as some of Steele's minions have come as well. Spider-Man tries to disarm the Shocker by removing his gauntlets. However, the Shocker had planned for this and built his vibrational powers directly into his costume. While Dominic deals with Steele's men, Spider-Man is fighting a losing battle with the Shocker. Seeing the wall-crawler in trouble, Dominic hops into a jeep and runs into the villain. This allows Spider-Man to rip apart the Shocker's suit, rendering him powerless. Although he is arrested, the Shocker is happy that he will share a cell with Steele. However, the former Nazi has other ideas, after hearing that the Shocker failed, he has the villain's apartment blown up, destroying all evidence of his involvement. Steele is then visited by a woman named Sabbath who asks him to join her for champaign.[Continuity 51] The next day, Peter Parker goes to Mount Sinai Hospital just in time to see Jerry Fortunov storm out of his father's hospital room. Peter asks Dominic if perhaps he is pushing himself to hard for someone his age. Dominic guesses that he could take it easier and play it safe like Spider-Man.
Appearing in "Have You Seen... That Vigilante Man!"
- Street gang (First appearance)
- Hector Candelario (First appearance)
- Ms. Kwan (First appearance)
- Ms. Garrison (First appearance)
- Mr. Tong (First appearance)
- Mr. Lisle (First appearance)
- Ms. Han (First appearance)
- Bob (Only appearance)
- Ray (Only appearance)
- J. Jonah Jameson (Recap)
- New York City
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Spider-Man's Belt Camera
- Spider-Man's Spider-Signal
- Spider-Man's Black Suit
Synopsis for "Have You Seen... That Vigilante Man!"
Web-slinging across the city, Spider-Man is running late for an important task. En route, he happens upon a stick-up at a local grocery store that has turned violent upon the arrival of the NYPD. Unable to shirk his responsibility, the wall-crawler swings down and beats the thugs with his web-sack and quickly incapacitates the thieves for the police to round up. Unfortunately, the grocery store owners and the police are not impressed with Spider-Man's interference. Fleeing the scene, the web-slinger goes through his web-sack and discovers that his textbooks have been mangled when they were used to bludgeon the crooks. These were books that he took out from the library, however he found them useless as he was seeking answers at to what he should do with the golden notebook he recovered from a building turned into gold by the Beyonder.[Continuity 52] The fact that he now has to pay for the damaged books is accepted as another instance of the Parker bad luck.
Soon, Peter Parker is doing his laundry at the local laundromat. Suddenly, three hoods come in and start harassing the attendant in an attempt to rob her. Hearing the commotion, Peter goes to see what is going on. Seeing the robbery in progress and unable to change into Spider-Man, Peter decides to act anyway. Pretending that he knows martial arts in order to hide his spider-powers he trounces the three thieves and send them fleeing. The locals are impressed and tell Parker that he is a hero. Peter tries to brush it off like it was nothing and collects his laundry. However, on his way out, he tells them his name is Peter Parker, even though getting publicity in his civilian guise is the last thing he needs. Later, Spider-Man is web-slinging across the city complaining to himself that the word of his heroism has spread fast, with his neighbours congratulating him and the story being picked up on the local news. The wall-crawler fears that Peter Parker's new celebrity status will create complications for his double identity. Elsewhere, a neighbourhood meeting is well under way, and the locals express their frustration with the local crime and the lack of police response. They begin planning to start a local neighbourhood vigilante group to root out crime. They are unaware that the three thugs who tried to rob the laundromat are watching from the roof through a skylight. They begin coming up with an idea to do patrols and decide to name it after Peter Parker. While they begin planning these patrols, a reporter from the Daily Bugle is frantically taking notes, wondering if this is the same Peter Parker that takes photos for the Daily Bugle.
When the story reaches the Daily Bugle, Joe Robertson confirms to Kate Cushing that it is the same Peter Parker that they employ. Although Joe is proud of Peter for stepping in, he cannot condone vigilante activity, and neither will publisher J. Jonah Jameson. He fears that someone might get hurt by taking the law into their own hands. When Kate asks if she should kill the story, Joe tells her to run it, but bury it deep in the newspaper. At that moment, Peter Parker returns to his apartment to discover that someone set off a stink bomb inside. He finds a note impaled through his pillow with a knife, it is a written threat. Unable to stand the smell any longer, Peter rushes out of his apartment, bumping into one of his neighbours. Recognised, Peter is told about the "Peter Parker Patrols" that the local community is planning. Peter is not impressed to hear this. Later he meets with Mary Jane Watson at a photo gallery in SoHo to talk about the problem. When Mary Jane arrives, she begins to regret telling Peter that she has known that he is Spider-Man.[Continuity 53] When she meets with Peter, he is impressed with the photos that are on display. Mary Jane suggests that Peter meets her friend who took them, telling him that he needs to slow down. However, they soon get down to what Peter wanted to talk about. He tells her about the vigilante group that is being formed in his name. After hearing this, Mary Jane suggests that he ignores it, saying that people have short memories and soon his act of heroism will be quickly forgotten.
Elsewhere, the three thugs are eating fast food after robbing a number of elderly women for their money. However, they are upset that the "Peter Parker Patrols" have interfered with their ability to commit robberies. They can't think of any other ideas outside of their previous attempt to frighten Parker. When the gang leader, Reno, heads back to his apartment he discovers that the door is open. Suspecting trouble, Reno pulls out his switch blade and goes inside. In the darkness, he is ambushed from behind by someone who easily subdues Reno. It turns out to be Reno's brother Hector who has returned home. Hector explains that when a burglar killed their father, he tracked the murderer down and killed him. However, the heat that the killing brought forced Hector to flee New York and start up a new life in Chicago and joined the mob. Learning that his brother has become a hitman, Reno asks to help out. However, Hector refuses to allow his brother to follow him. When Reno begins idolising his brother, Hector tells him that his life is not as perfect as it appears and leaves. Reno, however, intends to prove to his brother that he is a big shot. At that same moment, Reno's friend Freddy is being beat by his father, who just learned that his son has been stealing again. Later, the trio meet again and Reno has yet another plan to deal with Peter Parker.
Later, Peter returns home after Mary Jane turned him down for lunch and Kate Cushing having no assignment for him. Hungry, Peter is about to open his fridge door when his spider-sense goes off warning him of a danger coming from inside. Getting to a safe distance, Peter uses his web-shooters to open the fridge. Once it is open, a number of large rats come leaping out of the appliance. Peter is furious and swats the rodents away. Heading to his front door, he finds another written threat from the three thugs pegged to the door with a knife. His frustrated screams attract his neighbour, who suspects that the thugs got in through Peter's skylight. He assures Parker that the "Peter Parker Patrols" will beef up security around his house. This doesn't set Peter's mind at east, because it makes it difficult to come and go as Spider-Man. Wondering how to deal with the situation, Peter decides to pay a visit to Flash Thompson. He ask Flash for advice about bullies, since Thompson picked on Peter when they were in high school. Flash refuses to accept that he was a bully in high school, saying that Peter was so stuck up that Flash only teased him to take him down a few pegs. This justification shocks Peter, but Flash then asks him if he ever done something to someone to take them down a few pegs. Thinking of all the times that Spider-Man played a prank on J. Jonah Jameson, Peter realises that he can. Flash explains that nine out of ten "bullies" will ease off if their victims act like a straight shooter, telling Peter that he would have eased off on him years earlier if Peter had stood up to him. When Peter asks about the one out of ten, Flash says you need to kick their head in.
When Peter returns home to find his neighbour guarding his door, and believes this would have warded off any further attacks from the three thugs. However, when Peter goes inside, he discovers that his entire apartment has been trashed. Furious, Peter slips away and changes into Spider-Man. He then tracks down the three kids in an alley and catches them. He tells them that he doesn't know Peter Parker, but has read about the harassment he has received in the Daily Bugle. Spider-Man warns them to ease off, reminding them that he isn't the law and will beat them up if they don't lay off Parker. Later, Peter Parker meets up with Mary Jane and he fills her in on what happened as they head back to his place. Mary Jane points out that Spider-Man's assistance has made Peter Parker more of a hero in the eyes of the people in the neighbourhood. When they arrive at Peter's apartment building they discover fire trucks in the area and smoke billowing out of his apartment window. From a nearby rooftop, Reno tosses down a rock with a note attached to it. The note mocks Peter for having others fight his own battles. With this recent development, Peter Parker wonders what he can do to stop these punks once and for all.
Appearing in "Law and Order"
- Mamie Muggins
- Jean Hillman
- Jean Hillman
- G. David Guntley (Only appearance)
- Angus (Only appearance)
- Ms. Kwan
- Ms. Garrison
- Mr. Tong
- Mr. Lisle
- Ms. Han
Synopsis for "Law and Order"
Following an apparent fire in his apartment, Peter Parker and Mary Jane survey the damage done. Peter is furious that this has happened and plans to get back at the three local hoods who have been harassing him the past few days. That's when the fire marshal comes in and tells Peter that the cause of the fire was a crude incendiary device. As Peter moves to hide his exposed Spider-Man costume, the marshal tells him that he is lucky that the device was so crudely made as most of the damage done was due to smoke. After the marshal leaves, Peter complains about the damage done to his costume. Mary Jane suggests that they look around to see what can be salvaged.[Continuity 54] Peter complains that everyone keeps saying how lucky he is, but he doesn't have a decent place to stay. Mary Jane offers to put Peter up for a while. Peter declines the offer, unwilling to allow himself to get driven out of his home by three hoods. Peter figured that his reputation as a menace would have scared the thugs off when he threatened them as Spider-Man. Mary Jane then suggests that he should get them arrested, an idea that didn't even occur to Peter. However, thinking it further, Peter realizes that he doesn't know the names of the kids bullying him. When he thinks about a way to find out, Mary Jane gets annoyed that he's thinking of going out as Spider-Man again. She storms out, telling Peter to call her when he needs help refurnishing his apartment.
Peter feels bad because Mary Jane is his only friend who knows that he is really Spider-Man, and she isn't dealing with it very well.[Continuity 55] Still, he changes into Spider-Man and goes out looking for the teens who set fire to his apartment. At that moment, Reno and his friends are departing after their latest stunt, Reno assures his pals that he will get his brother Hector deal with Spider-Man and Peter Parker once and for all. As Reno heads home by himself he is unaware that Spider-Man has been following him. After confirming which apartment Reno lives in, Spider-Man takes off. Unfortunately for the wall-crawler, he doesn't hear Reno try convinces his brother, a hitman, to deal with his problems with Spider-Man. Hector is shocked and tells Reno that he doesn't want to mess with a costumed super-hero. This upsets Reno, who gives his brother a look that makes him feel guilty for refusing family.
Later, Spider-Man returns to his apartment building to see that the "Peter Parker Patrol" is lurking around his apartment to protect it from further vandalization. Unable to get into his apartment skylight, Peter slips into the alleyway where he has previously stashed some clothing.[Continuity 56] Finally getting to his apartment, Peter discovers that his phone is ringing. On the other end of the line is G. David Guntley of Time Magazine. Guntley is telling Peter that he has been nominated crime buster of the month and will be featured in Time. Peter is about to refuse it when he hears that he is being rewarded two thousand dollars. Since he needs the money, Peter grudgingly accepts the check. One of Guntly's writers is upset to showcase a Bugle photographer, however, David explains that the Bugle buried Peter's story deep in the paper, giving them an edge. When J. Jonah Jameson hears this, he is furious, even though burying the story was his idea. Jameson decides to counter this by writing an editorial hailing Peter Parker as a hero. Joe Robertson reminds Jonah that the Bugle has a police against vigilantism and that he has to put a disclaimer on the editorial. After a tense moment with Joe, Jameson relents and storms out. However, Joe admits to Kate Cushing that Jonah was right and that he let his personal opinions prevent him from reporting a newsworthy story.
Meanwhile, the NYPD has caught Reno Candelario and put him under arrest. When he refuses to tell them who his accomplices are, they remind him that he will be taking the fall by himself. Reno gives up his friends and Freddy and Dumbo are quickly arrested as well. Peter Parker and the woman at the laundromat are brought into the police station to identify the gang in a police line up. While Peter quickly identifies the teens who tried to hold up the laundromat, the attendant refuses to get involved. Lawyer Jean Hillman tells Peter that this case is not going to go well with a reluctant witness. Remembering Hillman from the Reaper trial, and hears that it isn't going well unless more witnesses come forward.[Continuity 57] When Peter returns to his apartment, he is harassed by his landlord, Maimie Muggins who tells Peter that he is behind on his rent again. Furious at being badgered during this stressful time, Peter angrily writes Muggins a check that get him ahead on his rent. After so many years, this is the first time Peter's been ahead of his rent while living in Muggin's building. Something that makes Maimie speechless for once. Peter is satisfied until he realizes that he blew all his award money to pay his rent when he had other expenses to worry about.
While at the courthouse, Hector has his brother and his friends released on bail. The next day, Peter Parker arrives at the Daily Bugle office to look for a photo assignment. When he arrives he is cheered by his co-workers and shown the front page of the paper, which heralds him as a hero. He is told that J. Jonah Jameson wants to meet him. In Jonah's office, Peter hears the publishers plans to exploit Peter's celebrity status when he gets Now Magazine off the ground. He tells Peter to read his upcoming editorial about him. Peter is mortified to see that Jonah is using this a platform to convince New Yorkers to form groups to get rid of costumed vigilantes like Spider-Man. Peter briefly considers the idea of giving up his double-identity and using the Peter Parker Patrols to carry out his duty without being despised as Spider-Man. That's when he gets a call transferred to him from Jonah's phone. It's Reno, who mockingly tells Peter that he and his friends are out of jail and that they plan on getting him. This is the last straw, Peter storms out of the Daily Bugle office and changes into Spider-Man. Having reached his wit's end, Spider-Man vows to no longer play Mister Nice Guy.
Back at Reno's apartment, his brother Hector tells him that he has decided to deal with his problem by assassinating Peter Parker. When he leaves to carry out this task, Reno and his friends begin having second thoughts, they were fine with eliminating Spider-Man, but a normal person is going too far. Realizing they will be compliant in the murder, Reno and his friends rush after Hector to try and stop him. Meanwhile, Hector is on the roof across the street from Peter's apartment waiting to get a shot on Parker. Before he can get a proper shot, Parker zips past the window. Inside the apartment, Peter's spider-sense saved him from the sniper's shot. Suspecting that it is the three youths are about to attack him again, Peter has had enough and changes into Spider-Man. When the wall-crawler is about to leave via his skylight, his spider-sense warns him that someone is watching. At that moment outside, Hector becomes tired of waiting for Parker to appear in one of the windows and decides to go inside for a personal confrontation. As he does so, Spider-Man's spider-sense ceases to buzz, so the masked hero slips out while he can. As the wall-crawler swings off, he doesn't hear his phone starting to ring. It's Mary Jane, but when she gets no answer she decides that Peter needs someone to talk to and heads to his apartment. By this time, Hector has forced himself into Peter's apartment and sits down on the couch to wait for Parker's return.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man finds Reno and his friends running down the street. He quickly webs them up, but when they try to warn him about Hector he webs their mouths shut before they can tell him. Thinking that they had just mugged someone, Spider-Man decides to wait for their victim to catch up. After a time, the wall-crawler realizes that nobody was coming, he takes them down the street and asks store owners if they had been robbed by the youths. Finding nobody who has been victimized by the three youths, Spider-Man rips the webbing off Reno's mouth and demands to know what's going on. When Reno tells the web-slinger about his brother Hector, Spider-Man fears the worst and swings off to stop Hector before someone gets hurt. At that same moment, Mary Jane has arrived at Peter's apartment building and heads inside unaware that Hector is pointing his gun at the door, intending to shoot whoever walks in. Just as Mary Jane opens Peter's apartment door, Hector is stopped in the nick of time by Spider-Man who webs up his rifle. After telling Mary Jane to run for it, Spider-Man orders Hector to surrender, but he pulls a pistol on the wall-crawler and threatens to shoot. Spider-Man knows this and threatens to take his head off as soon as he squeezes off his first shot. It's then that Reno and his friends come bursting in and beg him not to kill Peter Parker.
Reno convinces Hector to put his gun down, but Spider-Man is still spoiling for a fight. Before he can harm anyone, Mary Jane returns with some police officers who quickly arrest Hector. With the situation under control, Spider-Man swings off and quickly changes back to Peter Parker. Returning to his apartment, Peter tells the officers that the three youths were not responsible for his attempted murder. After Hector is taken away by the police, he calls Jean Hillman and tells her that he is dropping the charges against Reno and his pals, much to her frustration. The youths are grateful and Peter tells them to keep their noses clean in the future. As they leave, the Peter Parker Patrol arrives to tell Peter that they have finally organized their skylight patrol. When Peter tells them that he dropped all charges so the gang has a chance to live a law-abiding life, his supporter turned sour. Feeling betrayed, the vigilante mob decide to disband. Peter is frustrated because all he wanted was his normal life back, wondering if that was too much to ask. Seeing that Peter's costume is poking out of his shirt, Mary Jane buttons him up and agrees that it isn't too much to ask.
Appearing in "Point of View"
- Unnamed teller-machine heisters (Only appearance)
- Buddy Corbett (Only appearance)
- Friel (Only appearance)
- Michelle March (Only appearance)
- Mike (Only appearance)
- a truck
Synopsis for "Point of View"
Spider-Man is web-slinging across the city when an unemployed man named Buddy Corbett sees the masked hero and panics. He begins to run down the street against the traffic and puts himself in the path of an oncoming truck. Seeing this danger, Spider-Man braces himself on a lamp post and uses a web-line to try and stop the truck. Although Buddy is still struck, he is not as seriously injured as he would have been had Spider-Man not intervened. Swinging down to check on the man, a crowd gathers around the wall-crawler, accusing him of causing the accident. Spider-Man is angered that they would accuse him when there is an injured man on the street and orders them to call an ambulance. One finally arrives and as Corbett is being loaded into the EMT vehicle, Spider-Man swings off. The entire scene is photographed by a young man named Friel who hopes to make a career in photojournalism. Later at the Daily Bugle, Friel shows his photos to publisher J. Jonah Jameson. Jameson is impressed by the photos but only wants to use the ones that make Spider-Man look bad. Overhearing this while passing by, Joe Robertson complains that Jonah is overstepping himself and Kate Cushing to publish these photos. Jonah assures Joe that once he gets Now Magazine off the ground, he will get out of Joe's hair. The next headline on the Daily Bugle screams "Spidey Goes Berserk!", and the accompanying story paints a jaundiced account of what happened.
Soon, reporters show up at Buddy Corbett's hospital room to get statements about his injury and the alleged attack by Spider-Man. When Buddy's doctor sees what is going on, she orders the nurse to clear out the room. On his way out, Ben Urich is suspicious of Buddy's account, thinking that he is hiding something. Shortly, J. Jonah Jameson arrives with Peter Parker, looking to get exclusive photos of Corbett. Peter is furious that Jonah continues to crucify Spider-Man in his newspaper for nothing more than making money. When the doctor tries to stop them from disturbing Buddy Corbett, Jameson reminds him that he is on the hospital's board of directors. With the threat of being fired, the doctor allows them to see Corbett and the rest of the press to stay. When Jameson begins playing up the situation, Buddy Corbett explains that he wasn't attacked by Spider-Man, that he just panicked when he saw the hero because of the public perception of the hero being a menace. However, Jameson insists that Spider-Man intentionally attacked him, and plies Corbett to accept this narrative by offering to pay his hospital bills.
Meanwhile, across town, news reporter Michelle March begins interviewing eye-witnesses regarding Spider-Man's alleged attack on Buddy Corbett. A local businessman didn't see much but is convinced that Spider-Man was pulling the truck toward Corbett. Alternatively, a homeless woman witnessed the whole thing and says that Spider-Man saved his life. With the trucker out of town, March has to choose between the businessman or the homeless woman as they only have 10 seconds left for their report. After briefly thinking it over, Michelle decides to go with the businessman because he is more photogenic. At that moment, Ben Urich calls up a friend in the police force and asks him to look up any records the police may have on Buddy Corbett. While at a bank, a man is being held up at the outdoor ATM machine. They want him to make a withdrawal, and when he does, they put a piece of TNT into the machine to blow open the machine. However, their plan backfires as the money is ruined. Spider-Man swoops in, dodging bullets, and quickly incapacitates the thieves. Soon an angry mob forms and they accuse Spider-Man of being a menace. Fed up with being blamed for everything and swarmed by the mob, Spider-Man barely manages to flee. Returning to his apartment, he is further upset that his apartment is in shambles and he has no money or insurance to repair the damages. Turning on the television, Peter catches the news interview with the businessman who claims Spider-Man intentionally tried to harm Buddy Corbett.
At his wit's end, Peter puts his mask back on and is about to go out to vent his frustration when the phone rings. It's Mary Jane, and she tries to calm Peter down, but he refuses to do so and hangs up on her. Back at the hospital, Ben Urich manages to catch Corbett before he is discharged.[Continuity 58] Ben reveals that he has learned that Corbett is a con-man and asks if this is the latest in a string of crimes he has committed. Buddy confesses that he didn't plan this, that he just saw Spider-Man and panicked. Although this clears Spider-Man, the wall-crawler is unaware of this when he comes crashing into J. Jonah Jameson's office. He is furious and is looking to take out his anger on the newspaper publisher.[Continuity 59] When Jonah tries to flee, Spider-Man webs the door shut. The commotion draws Joe Robertson and the rest of the Bugle staff, who try to get into the office. Spider-Man is angry that Jonah has continued to push him even after all the times the wall-crawler saved his life from villains like the Scorpion and the Kingpin.[Continuity 60] Spider-Man explains how sick he is of being on Jameson's hit list and decides that enough is enough and threatens to put his fist through the publisher's head.
Jameson tells the wall-crawler that he can't be blamed for making anything up, he interpret's facts like any other journalist. He then points out that if Spider-Man truly wasn't a menace, he managed to convince the hero that he is a menace because he is sure acting like one now. This causes Spider-Man to pause and his anger abating tells Jonah he stinks and leaves. He is gone when Joe Robertson and the others manage to force their way into Jonah's office. Jameson tells Joe that Spider-Man attacked him and for the first time in his life, he actually feels like he was in danger. That's when Joe Robertson tells him that Ben Urich managed to dig up the true story on Buddy Corbett. Hearing that only the Daily Bugle has this exclusive story, Jonah tells Robertson to run it. Jonah asks Joe what he would have done had Jameson told him to kill the story. Robertson tells him that he would run the story anyway and resign. Jameson knew this, and says he wouldn't have accepted the resignation, a fact that Joe also knows. Looking out his broken office window, he says to himself that he still publishes the retractions of accusations over the years, that he is not the souless monster Spider-Man makes him out to be. Although he will never admit it to anybody, Jameson thinks that perhaps they are both wrong, depending on your point of view.
Appearing in "All That Glitters"
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Synopsis for "All That Glitters"
Peter Parker's landlady, Maimie Muggins, has come to his door with a copy of their lease agreement. Telling him that if he doesn't fix the fire damage done to his apartment in the next two days, she will have him evicted. Peter tries to tell her that he wasn't responsible for the damage done, but Muggins refuses to accept this excuse, telling him that repairs are his responsibility. Muggins hopes that she can finally be rid of Peter, especially after he was responsible for a vigilante movement in the neighborhood.[Continuity 61] Left with his thoughts, Peter thinks about all of the bad luck he has been having recently. Particularly the fact that his Aunt May's fiancee Nathan Lubensky is in the hospital after a beating that Peter could have prevented, and his trouble selling photos at the Daily Bugle.[Continuity 62] As he paces around his apartment, Peter kicks the golden notebook that he recovered from a building that the Beyonder had recently turned into gold.[Continuity 63] Peter considers the value of this notebook and that selling it could put him on easy street.
Suddenly, Peter realizes what time it is and that he is late to meet Aunt May at Nathan Lubensky's hospital room. As he begins changing into his black-and-white costume, Peter realizes that it smells pretty ripe. After a quick shower, he puts on his classic red-and-blue outfit even though it still smells smokey after the fire. Elsewhere, the Black Fox is walking down a street and leaps up onto a rooftop. He almost slips, realizing that he is getting too old for these sorts of stunts. Still, he climbs up onto the upper level of the building and deactivates the security alarm on a nearby window. Going inside, he greets his old friend and fence Andre Boullion to celebrate his recent release from police custody.[Continuity 64] The two toast the Black Fox's upcoming heist, but Andre explains that he can't help him fence it as the police will be monitoring his activities for the next few months. Thinking to himself, this complicates the Black Fox's plans, and he hopes that he can convince Bullion to make an exception in this case.
By this time, Peter arrives at the hospital and learns from Aunt May and Mary Jane that he just missed visiting hours. May tells Peter not to worry about it since Nathan is expected to return home the following day. When Peter apologizes to Nathan for being late, he gets a cold reception from his aunt's fiancee. Peter feels bad because Nathan feels that he is neglecting his Aunt May, and this just proves his point.[Continuity 65] On their way out, Aunt May tells Peter and Mary Jane that Nathan's health insurance is refusing to pay his hospital expenses because of the suspicious nature of his injuries. She then tells the pair that she and Nathan are too proud to accept any charity from them and leaves. Peter is hurt by his Aunt's inability to ask for help and decides that he needs to get some money fast. To this end, Peter goes to the Daily Bugle building to see if there are any assignments available for him. When he arrives it is in the middle of an argument between J. Jonah Jameson and Joe Robertson.[Continuity 66] When Peter tries to talk to Jonah, Jameson tells him to leave him alone.
Peter learns from Joe that Jonah might be missing his old job and may be trying to get it back. That's when Parker asks Joe if he can get an advance for photos because he is strapped for cash. However, before Joe can authorize this, Kate Cushing interrupts telling them that as city editor, all vouchers need to go through her. She tells Peter that his work is sporadic and inconsistent in quality, and as such, she can't authorize an advance. As Peter heads home, he once more thinks about the golden notebook, but can't think of a way of selling it that wouldn't raise attention or be illegal. That evening, at the Carnelian Embassy, guards on the roof are distracted when a teddy bear is tossed onto the roof. Dismissing this as a non-threat, the guards are surprised when the teddy bear suddenly explodes spraying them with taser darts that knock them out. With the guards down, the Black Fox gets to work to steal a jewel called the Eye of Carnelia. Shortly thereafter, Spider-Man is swinging by looking for crimes to photograph. Spotting the knocked out guards, Spider-Man goes to investigate and discovers the Black Fox committing a robbery. Spider-Man is upset tht the Black Fox played him for a dupe the last time they met and decides to stop him.[Continuity 67]
However, before Spider-Man can swoop in and stop him, the Black Fox is interrupted by more guards. As the Black Fox blinds the guards with some smoke bombs, the wall-crawler leaps down to try and stop the thief. In the hopes of getting action photos for the Bugle, the web-slinger knocks out the guards. Moments later, soldiers enter the room, and Spider-Man realizes that he is in an embassy. As he fights off the soldiers, Spider-Man regrets trying to sensationalize the battle for money, as he is on the verge of creating an international incident. With bullets flying, the Fox decides to get out before he is shot and leaps out of the skylight. Spider-Man follows shortly thereafter, intending to sell his photos to the Bugle after he captures the Black Fox. However, he realizing that he has nothing worth selling because of all the smoke and that any clear photos would show Spider-Man fighting the authorities. Witnessing the Black Fox change into his civies in an alley, he overhears him talk about bringing the stolen gem to his fence. Intrigued by this, Spider-Man tags the Black Fox with a spider-tracer and returns to his apartment. There, he recovers his golden notebook and swings back out into the city. Even though Spider-Man struggles with the ethics of what he is planning on doing, he realizes that he doesn't have much choice.
Tracking the Black Fox, the wall-crawler witnesses him leaping out of the window of Andre Boullion. As Spider-Man approaches the window his spider-sense begins to go off, but he ignores it since the Black Fox is fleeing. Entering the apartment, Spider-Man turns on the life and discovers the dead body of Andre Boullion. Thinking that the Black Fox murdered the man, Spider-Man vows to bring him to justice once and for all.
Appearing in "Fox Hunt"
- Elmo Twig (First appearance)
- Mamie Muggins
- Jim (First appearance)
- Karen (First appearance)
- Johnny (Only appearance)
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Synopsis for "Fox Hunt"
Thinking that the Black Fox had just murdered Andre Boullion, Spider-Man swings across the city to hunt for the camp burglar. Spider-Man is furious that the Black Fox managed to trick him into thinking that he had a wife and children recently and that he was going straight after one last heist.[Continuity 68] He also recalls how he followed after the Black Fox after he stole Eye of Carnelia in order to discover who his fence was and sell the sold gold notebook in his possession.[Continuity 69] He compares the death of Boullion to that of his Uncle Ben, who died thanks to a burglar that Spider-Man failed to stop.[Continuity 70] As Spider-Man web-slings across the city, he is observed by a costumed mercenary known as Chance. He contacts his employer, the Foreigner, that he completed his task, but Spider-Man had gotten involved. He offers to wager $10,000 to eliminate the masked hero in 24 hours. Impressed, the Foreigner accepts Chance's wager.
Not far away, on a rooftop, the Black Fox is in a panic after discovering the death of Andre Boullion, his friend. He laments that all he wanted to do was steal the Eye of Carnelia as big score before retiring to the French Riviera. Soon, Spider-Man catches up to the Black Fox, thanks to the spider-tracer he tagged the thief with earlier. Spider-Man lunges at the Black Fox, who stumbles and falls. Before the wall-crawler can strike him, the Black Fox tells Spider-Man that he didn't kill Andre, pointing out that it would make no sense to kill the fence he was trying to offload the stolen jewel on. The wall-crawler begins to see sense, his spider-sense begins to warn him of an incoming danger. The pair narrowly manages to leap out of the way of a blast fired from nearby. When Spider-Man recovers, he is confronted by Chance who begins to fire darts filled with acid at the hero. The web-slinger manages to dodge them thanks to his spider-sense and reflexes and slips away. As Chance tries to find the hero, the Black Fox decides to take this moment to escape as well. Chance begins using the high-tech equipment in his helmet to scan for Spider-Man. He manages to detect Spider-Man trying to sneak around behind him.
Pretending that he doesn't see the wall-crawler, Chance begins talking about how he killed Andre Boullion for not joining his employer's intelligence network.[Continuity 71] When Spider-Man tries to sneak up on him, Chance whips around and opens fire with his wrist-mounted weapons. Spider-Man narrowly avoids getting struck again thanks to his spider-sense and ducks. The sound of the battle rouses one of the tenants in the building who goes up to see what's going on. Armed with a shotgun, he orders Spider-Man and Chance to stop. Hearing police sirens in the distance, Chance decides to split, and blasts a chimney behind the man, threatening to bury him under a pile of bricks. While Spider-Man leaps to save the man, Chance manages to escape. Realizing its dawn, Spider-Man gives up his pursuit of the Black Fox and heads back home. Exhausted, Peter collapses in his bed when, but not even a moment later there is a knock at his door. It's Mary Jane, who offers to take Peter out for breakfast before she goes for a modeling shoot. However, when she becomes curious of the gold notebook (encased in dissolving webbing), Peter turns down her offer and sends her on her way.[Continuity 72] Peter decides that he needs to sell the notebook or he will soon be homeless and decides to go back out to find the Black Fox.
Meanwhile, the Black Fox is attempting to offload the Eye of Carnelia on another fence named Elmo Twig. Twig tries to low-ball the Fox, who points out his reputation. Elmo decides to take a closer look at the jewel and goes into the next room. However, he actually uses this situation to call Chance and report the location of the Black Fox. Chance thanks Elmo for the tip and begins putting on his battle suit. At that moment, Spider-Man is searching for the Black Fox when he picks up the spider-tracer signal again, leading him directly to the Black Fox. However, before he can swing in through the window, he is ambushed by Chance. The pair ends up battling it out in a nearby construction site. Witnessing the battle, the Black Fox decides to flee, but twists his ankle leaping out a window. Realizing how vulnerable he is, the Fox decides to flee the situation. Meanwhile, Spider-Man manages to get the best of Chance, ripping out the power-supply for his armor, causing an electric feedback, stunning the assassin. When Spider-Man tries to continue his pursuit of the Black Fox, he discovers his spider-tracer in a nearby alley and realizes that he has lost the thief once again. Changing back into Peter Parker, the hero pays a visit to Elmo Twig and offers to sell the gold notebook. Twig agrees to buy it, but for no more than three thousand dollars. With no other choice, Peter is forced to accept the offer.
Peter then uses the money to anonymously pay for Nathan Lubenski's hospital bills.[Continuity 73] Peter then pays a visit to his Aunt and Nathan in the hospital. Nathan is annoyed that someone had done so anonymously, saying it has been happening too often lately. When Peter asks what Nathan is talking about, he points Peter's attention to a news broadcast about the anonymous return of the Eye of Carnlia and collected the reward. Realizing that the Black Fox returned the stolen gem himself, Peter is amused by thief's ballsy move. At that moment, aboard a cruise ship on the Atlantic, the Black Fox can't believe he was reduced to returning something he successfully stole. However, his humiliation is quickly forgotten when he notices a woman on deck wearing an expensive necklace and begins romancing her. With no money left, Peter heads to his apartment to face the music and finds himself strangely at peace even though he is about to become homeless. Parker is in for a surprise when he arrives at his apartment and is confronted by his landlady Maimie Muggins. Muggins explains that his friend Mary Jane left a note for him.
Mary Jane writes to explain that she couldn't stand to see Peter get evicted. Peter can't believe it, and when he goes into his apartment he discovers that she paid to have the place repaired and refurbished. Peter collapses in a nearby chair, and Maimie tells Peter he looks sick. He tells her that she is wrong, that he feels just swell.
Appearing in "Underworld!"
- Charla Hanks (First appearance)
- Seth Hanks (First appearance)
- Wayne (Only appearance)
- Dr. Udoff (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "Underworld!"
In the Appalachia Mountains a young woman and her son flee through the mist covered forest. They hope to get to the nearby highway and get help. However, they soon find themselves surrounded by locals armed with various weapons. The woman begs them to let them go back to Temple Corners. When pleading for mercy fails, the woman begins to pray as the men close in on her and her son. The men take the boy and disappear into the mist, leaving the mother sobbing alone in the woods.
In Manhattan, Spider-Man is web-slinging across the city in the pouring rain. Unable to find any crimes to photograph for the Daily Bugle, the wall-crawler returns to his apartment. Needing some fast money, he begins looking through some of his old photographs to see if there is anything worth selling to the Bugle, but finds nothing useful.[Continuity 74] Peter also needs to look into why his Aunt May's pension check has been delayed, but first, he has to stop at the Daily Bugle. Looking through his closet, he finds that he only has one clean shirt. However, as he scrambles to get dressed, it gets caught in a door and rips. With no other clothes, Peter is forced to wear a Strawberry Shortcake t-shirt that he got as a gag-gift during the last Bugle Christmas party. Once he arrives at the office, everyone has a laugh at his expense. When Peter arrives at Joe Robertson's office, he tries to sell some of his Spider-Man photos, but Joe turns them down due to their poor quality.
Just then, J. Jonah Jameson comes into the office, happy to see Peter Parker is in the office. He has something exciting to show Peter and takes him up to the next floor where he unveils the offices of the newly revived Now Magazine.[Continuity 75] Peter is not the only one that he has brought up from the Daily Bugle, Jonah has also enlisted reporter Joy Mercado. Jameson wants to send Joy and Peter to Temple Corners, where a recent factory closure has caused local frustrations that may explode into violence before long. Peter is about to turn down the assignment because he has to sort out Aunt May's social security situation. However, Jameson reams him out for trying to turn down a paying job. Remembering that he really needs the money, Peter accepts the assignment. When he tries to call Aunt May, there is no answer. Peter decides to leave a note for Betty Leeds to ask her to call his Aunt May. Unfortunately, as Peter leaves another co-worker puts her coffee mug on top of the note.
Soon, Peter and Joy are on a private plane heading southwest, a few hours later they pull up to the factory in Temple Corners and discovers that it is dead quiet. Pulling up to the security checkpoint, Joy Mercado questions the guard about the reports of labor unrest in the area. The guard tells her that she must be mistaken, but Joy isn't convinced. As she and Peter drive off, the guard calls his employers to tell them that there are reporters sniffing around. In town, everything appears normal, but Joy explains to Peter that Temple Corners is one of the poorest towns in Appalachia. However, as she points out, everyone seems to have new vehicles and electronics. She suggests that they find some answers by asking questions. In the local general store, Joy's questions make the owner nervous. Suddenly they hear the sound of glass breaking outside. Running out to see what the cause was, Peter and Joy find a local "welcoming committee" who have smashed the windshield of their jeep. The mob tells the outsiders to get out of town, however, they resist. That's when the mob tries to rough them up. However, they are unprepared for the fact that Peter and Joy are willing to fight back.[Continuity 76]
Soon, more locals are rushing at the two reporters, forcing them to flee. Ducking into an alley, a woman opens her door and tells the pair that they can hide in her home. With no warnings from his spider-sense, Peter convinces Joy that they should listen. Inside, the woman introduces herself as Charla Hanks and asks them to help her rescue her son Seth. She explains that "men without faces" took him after to the "center of the Earth". Joy thinks the woman is a drunk, but she tells her that these same men also pay the locals $1000 a day to pretend that nothing is happening. Suddenly, Peter's spider-sense begins to go off again, and he tries to suggest to Joy that they move on. However, Joy doesn't want to leave without hearing the full story. Suddenly, men in hazmat suits come crashing in through a wall. Seeing that they are armed, Peter decides to allow themselves to get captured as he doesn't want anyone to get hurt.[Continuity 77] Taken prisoner and loaded into a van, Joy asks Charla why these men are interested in her son. She isn't entirely sure, as her son is developmentally delayed, but suspects it might be due to his affinity for numbers.
To everyone's surprise, the van drives out to a field where a hidden lift lowers them down to an underground cave. Lead down a tunnel, Peter decides to take this as an opportunity to make a break for it. Using his hidden web-shooters, Peter webs up one of the guard's feet allowing him to flee down a fork in the tunnel. This allows Peter a chance to change into Spider-Man and get the drop on two of the armed men who follow after him. Looking around, the wall-crawler is surprised to discover that there is a massive underground city in these caves. Looking around, he witnesses as Joy and Charla are brought to a man named Doctor Udoff, who hopes that reunion between Charla and her son will further assist their project. Joy demands to know what this project is all about, but Udoff refuses to divulge that information. All he can say is that it will restructure global power and that Seth Hanks is vital to the project's success. From above, Spider-Man finds himself conflicted about what to do, fearing that if he swoops in as Spider-Man, Joy may make a connection between the masked hero and Peter Parker. However, he realizes that he has no choice and leaps down to save Joy and the Hanks. While Spider-Man deals with the guards, Dr. Udoff tries to round up Joy but she is more fight than he can handle.
Spider-Man manages to wrap up the last of the guards as Joy leads Charla and Seth to safety. Warned by his spider-sense, the wall-crawler is able to leap out of the way of a blast of molten magma. Spider-Man turns and finds himself facing up against the lava spewing villain known as Magma.
Appearing in "The Magma Solution"
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "The Magma Solution"
Spider-Man fights Magma under the volcano. Meanwhile, Joy Mercado tries to flee with Charla and Seth, but they are stopped by Magma's men. Seeing that the best strategy at that moment is to flee, Spidey runs away leaving Joy and the rest in the hands of Magma.[Continuity 78]
Magma shows them the central complex and soon asks the young Seth to sit and keep doing his job. Magma explains that the boy is, though mentally deficient, what scientists call an idiot savant: he can formulate mathematical equations so advanced that the most sophisticated computers cannot match them. Joy also notices that the financing needed for this operation has been provided by the Roxxon corporation, as Magma himself further explains.
Then Peter Parker appears as a new hostage and is imprisoned together with Joy in a cell. They soon escape, knock out some guardians, and also free the boy and his mother. They go through the tunnels in search of an escape route, until the Magma's men find them and Peter gets separated, as he had planned so that he can act as Spider-Man again.
Spider-Man attacks Magma again, and during the battle, the lava blast of the villain provokes an unstoppable reaction in the complex. Explosion after explosion, the tunnels begin to collapse. Seth leaves to find Peter Parker until Spider-Man sees him and returns the boy to his mother. Just as Spider-Man sends Joy and the Hanks off, the tunnel collapses trapping Spider-Man inside. Just as the others get to safety, the entire complex explodes. Soon the National Guard arrive on the scene and begin providing relief to the people of Temple Corners. As Joy gains her bearings she fears the worst and wonders what happened to Peter Parker. Not far away, the tatters of Spider-Man's costume is among the debris.[Continuity 79]
In the end, Joy wonders if Peter was able to find a way out, or died on the mountain. Not far away,
Appearing in "The Longest Road!"
- Virginia National Guard (Only in flashback)
- Seth Hanks (Last appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Charla Hanks (Last appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Deputy Sheriff Sarah (Only appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Sheriff Andrews (Only appearance) (Only in flashback)
- FBI (Mentioned) (Only in flashback)
- Eddie Brock (First appearance; hand only) (Unnamed)
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
- Spider-Man's Red and Blue Suit (Destruction) (Main story and flashback)
- Web-Shooters (Main story and flashback)
- Spider-Man's Black Suit
- Venom Symbiote (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "The Longest Road!"
Mary Jane has been spending the past few days cleaning Peter Parker's apartment from top to bottom while waiting for Peter to return home. She is starting to worry especially when she gets the runaround whenever she calls Now Magazine. Suddenly, she hears Peter fumbling with the door. She rushes to it and opens it and is surprised to Peter wearing nothing more than a trench coat and the final rags of his costume. He collapses in Mary Jane's arms out of exhaustion and tells her he really needs a shower. As soon as he is out of the shower he looks as the remnants of his red-and-blue costume and comes to terms with the fact that it is not salvageable, and he'll have to stick to his black-and-white costume from now on.[Continuity 80] It is just as well, as Peter shows her that his web-shooters are also damaged and gets to work on repairing them. Mary Jane demands to know where Peter has been for the past three days. He reminds her how he was sent to the Appalachians for a story with Joy Mercado. He explains that he ended up tangling with a costumed villain named Magma below the town of Temple Corners. It ended with an underground explosion. Luckily, Spider-Man managed to escape out through a new fissure in just moments to spare but was still caught in the force of the blast.
Knocked out for some time, Spider-Man woke up to hear members of the National Guard searching the area. Not wanting to be seen, the weary wall-crawler leaps up into a tree. From this vantage point, Spider-Man can see that the authorities are arriving and that Joy Mercado, Charla Hanks, and her son Seth are safe and sound. Assessing himself, Spider-Man finds that his costume is in rags and one of his web-shooters is damaged. Still, one of the web-shooters works and Spider-Man uses it to swing away. Discarding most of his tattered costumes, Peter Parker comes upon a farmhouse. Seeing the farmer busy at work, Peter steals his trenchcoat so he can cover himself and begins hitchhiking. After a string of bad luck, Peter is later picked up by a long haul trucker who takes him into the state of Delaware. Growing hungry, Peter heads into a nearby town but remembers he has no money or identification and ducks into an alley to think about his next move. As he considers eating a discarded apple core out of the trash he suddenly picks up the scent of a blueberry pie cooling on a nearby window. When he leaps up to snatch it, the woman who baked it sees his face reflected in her teapot. Unaware of this, Peter greedily eats the pie on a stoop he is caught by a woman named Sarah, the local Deputy Sheriff. Hearing that he will have a cot to sleep on, Parker voluntarily surrenders so he can get some rest and think of a better solution to his problems.
At the local jail, Peter gives them the name "Jay Jameson", and is processed by the officers.[Continuity 81] Sheriff Andrews sizes Peter up and thinks he would be useful to put to work in the alfalfa fields. However, Sarah thinks this is a bad idea as they don't know if "Jay Jameson" is dangerous or not. Peter is then sent into a jail cell that holds a number of prisoners. Laying down in the nearest cot, he is surrounded by the other prisoners who think that he is easy pickings. He shows them otherwise by using his spider-strength to crumple one of the bedposts, and that all disperse without another word. Seeing this, Sheriff Andrew thinks that he can make use of this new prisoner. The next day, Peter is taken out of his cell to work, but instead of being loaded in the prisoner transport, Sheriff Andrews put him in the back of a squad car and drives him personally. This entire scene is witnessed by Sarah, who is suspicious of the Sheriff's activity.
Soon, Peter is brought to a mansion owned by Medgar DuPaul. DuPaul gives the Sheriff $500 per person and invites the prisoners in. He shows them around the mansion and explains that he had to work since he was four years old and never had a childhood. Now that he's rich, he has been trying to recapture his youth. However, this takes a sinister turn when the Sheriff removes Peter's handcuffs. Medgar tells Parker that he is being set loose on the property to be hunted. If DuPaul fails to hunt him down, Peter is free to go. Peter bolts for it, and figures this is going to be easy. This changes when his spider-sense warns him of a massive flying saucer armed to the teeth with weapons. Although Peter is able to evade the flying bullets, he notices a camera and realizes he can't go all out without revealing his identity. He manages to flee to a nearby pond and dives in. As the massive drone moves on, Peter resurfaces from the water and tosses mud at its onboard camera. He smashes the drone, killing the video feed to DuPaul's monitors. As Medgar and the Sheriff try to figure out what's going on, they are interrupted by Sarah who holds them at gunpoint. Unfortunately, she gets distracted by a pair of prisoners fleeing the room, allowing Sheriff Andrews to get the jump on her.
Outside, Peter tries to make a break for it until he comes across a number of shallow graves. Turning back, Peter comes smashing in through one of the mansion windows and knocks out the Sheriff with a single punch. DuPaul tries to flee, but Sarah manages to get her gun on him. After the Sheriff and DuPaul are arrested, Sarah gets word back from the FBI that reveals that "Jay Jameson" is not wanted for anything. She decides to let him free but warns him not to stick around town until past sundown. Peter then high tailed it out of the county and on a nearby highway, he hitches a ride on the back of a semi-truck and rides it the rest of the way home.
With his story over, Mary Jane tells Peter that she is glad that he is back and goes to get him another bowl of soup. When she returns from the kitchen, she sees that he has fallen asleep on the couch. The next day, Peter goes to the offices of Now Magazine where he gives J. Jonah Jameson and Joy Mercado a fake story to account for the time he was missing. Glad to see he is alive, J. Jonah Jameson tells Peter to get some rest as he has an assignment for him tomorrow. Later, while waiting for a subway train, someone manages to push Peter onto the tracks without triggering his spider-sense. Pulled to safety before a train can hit him, Peter is left to wonder what is wrong with his spider-sense.
Appearing in "Give Me a Hand, Future Max"
Synopsis for "Give Me a Hand, Future Max"
Spotting a broken window outside of a jewelry store, Spider-Man swings inside to stop a robbery. Inside, much to his surprise, Spider-Man discovers that the robbery is being committed by a number of small humanoid robots. Chasing after the machines, Spider-Man watches as they begin to combine into a single large robot. When the masked hero tries to stop it, the robot begins to emit a high pitched noise that makes it hard for Spider-Man to concentrate. Through a force of will, Spider-Man is able to snare the robot with a web-line and the pull the robot to the ground. However, this only makes it worse, as the robot begins to flail around. The machine then rights itself, and with the sonic attack taking its toll on Spider-Man, the robot ropes him out and sprays him with knock out gas before fleeing the scene. Spider-Man manages to fight off the effects of the gas and breaks free from his bonds, and is able to sneak up on the robot and knock it out with a single punch. Recovering from the effects of the gas, Spider-Man recovers the robot's severed head as a souvenir. As he leaves, the wall-crawler blames himself for not taking pictures of the battle as he could have sold them to the Daily Bugle. Examining the robot's head, Spider-Man is impressed by its design and it reminds him of his of his days as a high school student. He then begins to chastise himself for allowing his identity as Spider-Man has been taking more priority to that of Peter Parker.
Elsewhere in the city, a young boy named Max is throwing out old sports equipment and toys into a nearby dumpster. A task made more difficult because of his leg braces and that his hands begin to cramp up. He suddenly hears a bunch of noise behind him, and when he turns around, Max discovers that some of his classmates have tied tin-cans to his legs. The kids chase Max, forcing him to run for it. When the intelligent child hurls insults at the other kids. Unable to understand Max's vocabulary they threaten to beat him up, but he manages to flee the scene and get back home. Inside, Max has an advanced workshop where he conducts his experiments. Turning on his computers, it activates a robot that Max called "Future Max". Max tells his robotic invention that his nervous system is slowly failing him, Max tells Future Max that he will eventually use mechanical parts to replace his own nervous system. Suddenly there is a tapping noise that comes from a brick wall. Max rushes to it, it is the girl who lives next door named Beatrice. He tells her about his day, making up a story about playing ball with his friends. Unaware of who Max really is, she hopes he wasn't playing with the local bullies who she saw bullying a handicapped child. Beatrice then shows Max a surprise by pushing out one of the bricks that she chiseled loose so they can hold hands together. The idea of Beatrice learning the truth about him frightens Max. When she asks him to touch her hand, Max tries but his hands cramp up again and he accidentally hurts her. He apologizes but convinces her that he needs wants to keep the mystery of their friendship. Beatrice can't understand it, but Max assures her that they can finally meet soon, but has to get back to work on his science fair project. It's then that Max's combining robots return home, and as he goes to work on repairing the damaged machine, he puts aside a letter from Reed Richards, declining his request for nerve restoration research due to time constraints.
The next day, a street hustler named Alexis Sharp decides to play a small con by offering to walk an elderly woman across the street in order to pick her pockets. Unfortunately, the plan backfires when her pet poodle bites Alexis' finger, forcing him to punt the dog across the street and flee. Checking out the newspaper, he finds an article about an upcoming science fair and decides to use his con-man skills to find an inventive child with a wealthy family to bilk on false promises of marketing their child's invention. Later, at the science fair, Max is setting up his science fair project. He crosses paths with his intellectual rival, Chester, who has assistants to help him set up his own project. However, these assistants are more interested in playing video games and eventually abandon Chester, leaving him to set up alone. Also present is Peter Parker, who is impressed with the imagination and ingenuity the children have put on display. Peter is impressed by Max's invention, a device that increases the strength of your grip. Peter introduces himself to Max, who is excited to meet Parker, as he knows that Peter used to attend the same school and won his share of science fairs. As they begin talking about Max's invention, the boy is happy to finally speak with someone who understands him. Peter offers to try and convince his editor at the Daily Bugle to do an article on Max and his inventions. Max is briefly interested but soon becomes engrossed in his work.
No sooner is Peter gone, Alexis Sharp approaches Max's display and is impressed by what he sees. Trying to convince the boy that he is an agent, Max declines his representation. Sharp isn't ready to give up and spots a love letter to Beatrice and another from Reed Richards that gives him an idea on how to manipulate the boy to suit his needs. Alexis then tells the boy that he is a colleague of Reed Richards, and that he works with people on an exchange basis. He convinces Max to build an exoskeleton that Alexis can wear to prove that his invention works. This finally gets through to the boy and he accepts Sharp's card. Later that evening, Max is working on his exoskeleton, having to cannibalize Future Max in order to construct it. Max hopes that Reed Richards is impressed with is invention and agrees to cure him so he can finally reveal himself to Beatrice. As he works, Max accidentally bumps a water tank, spilling water on his mechanical arm brace. This causes a jolt of electricity that Beatrice hears from the other side of the wall. Beatrice asks Max if he is okay, and suggests that they meet up the following day. Max tells her he can't for now, telling her to trust in their love for each other.
Meanwhile, Spider-Man returns home to his apartment and discovers that a local stray cat has managed to get into his apartment again. As it rubs up against the severed robot head, it suddenly calatters to life. Peter examines it more closely and realizes that it is build using the same principals as Max's grip enhancer at the science fair. Putting on his mask, Spider-Man decides to make a social call to young Max. At that moment, Max is putting the final the final touches on the exoskeleton for Alexis Sharp, who helped fund the construction by calling in some underworld markers. As Alexis begins to test out the suit, Max begins to become suspicious of Sharp's credentials. Suddenly, the doorbell rings and Max goes to answer it. It turns out to be Spider-Man who has come to talk to the youth. Seeing the robot head, Max tries to explain his situation. Hearing about Sharp's alleged relationship with Reed Richards, Spider-Man asks Sharpe if he had heard about what happened with Richards' daughter. This is a trick, as Reed doesn't have a daughter, and Spider-Man catches him in a lie.[Continuity 82] Realizing the jig is up, Alexis Sharp tries to escape in the suit.
Spider-Man follows after him, and Sharp decides to fight back. Seeing that the battle suit is heavily armed, Spider-Man lures Alexis to an area that is scheduled for demolition. With no innocent people around, allowing the pair to cut loose. Down below, Max arrives and attempts to use a device to deactivate the armor, but it short circuits. An officer arrives on the scene and gets the boy to safety as Spider-Man and Sharp fight on. As the battle rages on, Max manages to slip by the police and get close enough to Spider-Man to tell him about the exoskeleton's vulnerability to water. Spider-Man tells Max to get to cover and then uses this knowledge to lure Sharp to a nearby water tower. Knocking the crook into the water shorts out his armor, leaving him immobilized. Spider-Man then webs up Sharp and leaves him hanging for the police. The next day, Peter Parker arrives at Max's house to take photos of him for the Daily Bugle article. Max tells him that he can't take the photos as he has a date with Beatrice. Admitting that he is nervous, Peter reminds him that he helped Spider-Man that he is more brave than he thinks. Sure enough, when Max goes to visit Beatrice, they hit it off immediately.
Appearing in "Wake Me Up I Gotta Be Dreaming"
- New Mutants
- ASPCA (First appearance)
- Unnamed representative
- Karl Weber (Only appearance)
- Reni Weber (Only appearance)
- David Letterman (Vision)
- Godzilla (Vision)
- King Kong (Vision)
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Synopsis for "Wake Me Up I Gotta Be Dreaming"
It's the middle of the night at Professor Xavier School For Gifted Youngsters, where the alien known as Warlock watches a number of televisions in order to learn more about Earth culture. He is interested in the acts of heroism on display on various television shows and wishes he himself wasn't such a coward. His television viewing wakes up his fellow New Mutants, who are unimpressed that Warlock has been up all night watching television. The alien being is apologetic to his friends, and they easily forgive him. Illyana points out that Warlock's problem is that outside of his adventures with the New Mutants, his only other education comes from television, giving him a warped view of the world. She tells him that he actually needs to go out into the world and learn from real life. This all confuses Warlock, but the kids head off to bed, looking forward to sleep and dreams. Before they go, Warlock asks Rahne where he can find "real life" and dreams that they speak of. Wolfsbane suggests that New York City would be the ideal place for a human to find both. However, she warns Warlock not to go alone, because it is too dangerous. When the others go to bed, Warlock can't help but want to go to New York so that he can finally stop being such a coward. Knowing that he needs to keep a low profile in the outside world, Warlock transforms himself into the Mach-5 race car from the cartoon Speed Racer, unaware that this would make him even more of a spectacle out in the world.
Meanwhile, in Manhattan, Spider-Man is swinging across the city, complaining to himself about getting a ticket for littering. His grumbling is quickly ended when he spots a group of laboratory test animals running through the streets, frightening passers-by. Spotting the window they are escaping from, Spider-Man swings over and sets up his camera before hopping inside. Inside, he finds members of the Animal Liberation Front freeing the test animals from their cages. At first, they are startled by the masked hero but think he will be on their side since they believe their ideas of animal liberation are right. Spider-Man points out the flaw in their plan: in freeing the animals they are letting them loose in the city where they are terrified and could be killed. The ALF members try to flee, but Spider-Man grabs one of their members. He tells her that they have no right to damage property and points out that the scientists who test these animals are trying to help people. However, the woman disagrees, telling him that these animals don't deserve the way they are being treated and would rather people be dead than these animals. The hero tries to explain to her that she is probably alive thanks to animal testing that helped create flu vaccines and penicillin. This doesn't get through to the girl, she tells him that she'd rather die with the animals, pointing out that if they are willing to experiment on animals, that people won't be very far. She even suggests that Spider-Man was probably someone's experiment. Finally, she tells him that scientific progress is ruining the planet and flees. Spider-Man finds himself in a dilemma, does he chase after the ALF members or save the animals they set free.
Looking around the lab, and seeing the equipment that the scientist use to test on animals, the wall-crawler finds himself wondering who the real criminals are, the kids or the scientists. Thinking of how he got his powers, Spider-Man wonders if the "experiment" was worthwhile. Morally conflicted, the web-slinger collects his camera, satisfied that he at least got some newsworthy photos for the Daily Bugle. Elsewhere in the city, Warlock has arrived in Manhattan and disguises himself as a popular late-night talk show host to try and keep a low profile.[Continuity 83] Realizing he is attracting too much attention to himself, Warlock changes into a more non-descript form. Running low on power, he uses his transmode virus to convert a weed growing out of the sidewalk to drain it of its energy. Warlock finds it has very little energy to offer, deducing that this environment is not conducive to a living being.
As he strolls down the street, Warlock helps a taxi driver put a heavy trunk onto the roof of his cab for a customer. He then comes upon Spider-Man who is delivering some of the escaped animals to the lab. There is a representative of the ASPCA there who tells the wall-crawler that even though he doesn't agree with their methods, the Animal Liberation Front was right about the lab and he will see it get shut down. Recalling how the New Mutants consider Spider-Man a friend, Warlock extends his neck so he can greet the wall-crawler on the side of the building.[Continuity 84] However, no sooner has he introduced himself, he realizes he compromised his identity and flees. As he watches Warlock flee, Spider-Man wonders if he should abandon his search for the escaped animals to see what he can do to help. Having dropped his disguise, Warlock chastizes himself for betraying his friends. However, his mood suddenly changes when he comes across a toy store. Thinking the robots in the display window are living beings like himself, Warlock goes inside. The staff and patrons think that Warlock is some kind of new toy for sale. However, among the customers are Doctors Karl and Reni Weber who recognize Warlock as a technorganic construct.
Hearing that Warlock is looking for food, the Webers invite him back home for some food. The naive alien agrees to accompany them, assuming a human form so as not to draw attention. Soon, Warlock is brought to the Weber's laboratory, which is split in half. Reni's side is a mess while Karl's is organized. Warlock. There, the alien has an altercation with a vacuum, until Warlock sucks up its inner components and draws energy. Realizing that they are dealing with a living being, the Weber's try to feed it fast food, but this only makes Warlock sick. Seeing a potential fortune to be made from Warlock, Karl asks Warlock if he can examine the alien's body. Warlock breaks off a portion of his "hair" and gives it to Karl to analyze then begins hitting on Reni. Examining the portion of Warlock convinces Karl that the being is alive and asks for more to study. Warlock refuses, saying removing a larger portion of his body hurts. Instead, Karl decides to run some experiments on the alien instead. He hooks Warlock into a device called the Karlotro-Meter MX-6. The energy that ends up being fed into Warlock begin overloading the technorganic being causing him to grow in size. Going into a panic, Warlock tells them to turn off the power. A moment later, Spider-Man is swinging through the city complaining how boring it is when suddenly he hears the sound of large footsteps around the corner. Going to investigate it, Spider-Man is shocked to find Warlock, having taken on the form of Godzilla, is rampaging through the streets.
Warlock has Reni in his clutches and is being followed by Karl. Reni begs Karl to give back the piece he took from Warlock, but Karl refuses to do so because of its scientific value. Spotting Karl, Spider-Man asks him what is going on and learns what has happened. Spider-Man scolds Karl Weber for experimenting on Warlock, as he is a living being, realizing that he is using the same reasoning as the Animal Liberation Front. He ultimately convinces Karl to return the piece of Warlock that he had taken. As Karl rushes back to his lab, Spider-Man goes after Warlock to keep him distracted until Karl can get back. Spider-Man sets up his camera and tries to talk sense into Warlock. However, the alien explains that if he stops to talk he will ultimately explode and knocks Spider-Man aside. Changing into King Kong, Warlock begins climbing up the side of a building. Spider-Man webs up Warlock's feet, and demands that he let Reni go. He lets the woman go, but tells Spider-Man to free him otherwise he will explode there. Spider-Man suddenly feels horrible because he is exploiting Warlock by taking pictures of him, making him no better than Karl Weber. That's when Karl arrives with Warlock's component. However, it is too late as Warlock is hitting critical mass. With no choice, Spider-Man rips away the webbing allowing Warlock to turn into a rocket and blast off into the sky where he explodes.
Upset at himself for standing by while Warlock sacrificed his life, Spider-Man crushes his camera with his bare hands. As the trio thinks about how they treated a living being, they all blame themselves for Warlock's death. However, Warlock's heavily drained body falls from the sky and collects in a pool in front of them. Back at the lab, Warlock is recharged and returns to normal. After watching a news report about his activities, Warlock is offended that he is being labeled as a terrorist and vows never to watch television again. Later that evening, Spider-Man returns Warlock to Xavier's school where he tells the New Mutants what happened. While the others hope Warlock has learned a valuable lesson, Spider-Man and Wolfsbane watch as Warlock takes on human form (both inside and out) to see if he can dream.
Appearing in "This Gold Is Mine!"
- New York City
- McGuire Air Force Base (Mentioned)
- Washington, D.C.
- Atlantic Ocean
- Cargo Ships
Synopsis for "This Gold Is Mine!"
This story is continued from Web of Spider-Man #6...
After the Beyonder turned an office building into solid gold the government, with the aid of the Kingpin have been trying to cover-up the clean-up operation as the discovery of so much gold would ruin the world market and create an economic depression the world has never known. Spider-Man, witness to the transformation of the building came to the rescue of the trapped workers and in turn learned of the Kingpin's "aid" of the clean-up operation in return for several gold type-writers. Fed up of being shortchanged while criminals profit, Spider-Man would take a golden notebook for himself before leaving the scene.
As Peter web-slings away, the working day is beginning and office workers are being turned away at the military blockade. As Spider-Man web-slings home to his Soho apartment he reflects on the night's events and after checking the news to find out that nobody knows what is going on behind the barrier decides to get some rest and worry about what he has learned the next day. As Peter sleeps, Agent Anderson instructs the military in loading the final trucks full of the gold to be shipped off to the docks of the Hudson River. There the gold would be transported out to sea and dumped a deep ocean trench off the coast of Puerto Rico by military ships escorted by F-14 fighter jets.
While this is done with the utmost secrecy, moles within the Pentagon relay the information to the Kingpin's minion the Arranger. When the Arranger brings this to his master, the Kingpin informs the Arranger that he is already aware of the governments plan to dispose of the gold and has come up with a plot to capitalize on it for himself.
The next morning at the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker reports to the office to see that J. Jonah Jameson is on a rampage seeing if his reports have any leads on the mysterious military operation happening in the middle of the city. Seeing Parker, Jameson sucks up to Peter hoping that he has some exclusive pictures of the site. When it turns out he does not, Jameson loses his temper and orders everyone to get out of his sight and get an exclusive no matter what it takes.
Peter decides to change back into Spider-Man and keep an eye on Agent Anderson, and as he heads back to the site of the collapsed golden building he wonders if he should expose the governments deal with the Kingpin and how he might be able to do it. As he arrives at the site, he is surprised to see how quickly the military has cleared the area and that they are finalizing the last shipment off the site. As this is happening, one of the military ships on its way back to the Hudson River is left alone by the air patrol, which assumes that it is no longer at risk now that it is empty of its gold. This leaves it open for an attack by the Arranger, who's minions knock out all the sailors aboard the ship and take their places so that they can collect the final shipment of gold which they can then dump elsewhere along the route for more of the Kingpin's men to collect later.
What they don't anticipate is that Anderson accompanies the final load and that Spider-Man -- still suspicious of Anderson -- follows after to keep an eye on things. When the ship leaves port, Spider-Man stows away and overhears as Anderson learns that the soldiers aboard the vessel have been replaced by the Kingpin's men and the Arranger's plan for the gold. Spider-Man attacks the Kingpin's men, the battle alerting the fighter pilots in the air who report back to base. With the military sending ships to intercept the one loaded with gold, Spider-Man easily rounds up the Arranger and his men and prevent them from dumping the gold before it can reach the trench near Puerto Rico. As the other military boats arrive, Spider-Man hides. When Anderson is recovered he cannot confirm Spider-Man's involvement as he was knocked out at the time. As Spider-Man hitches a ride home on the vessel taking the Kingpin's goons back to the mainland, he is spotted by Anderson who salutes the Wall-Crawler. Spider-Man realizes that in the end perhaps Anderson wasn't such a bad person.
As Spider-Man rides home, he realizes that he didn't get a single picture for J. Jonah Jameson and wonders how his day could get any worse. These prove to be words that may come back to bite Spider-Man later, as in the deepest reaches of space the former herald of Galactus known as Firelord speeds toward the Earth.
This story is continued next issue...
Secret Wars II continues in Fantastic Four #282...
- ↑ Spider-Man and the Black Cat broke up in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100.
- ↑ Spider-Man got the alien costume in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8. However, he soon discovered it was alive and had it removed in Amazing Spider-Man #258. It escaped from captivity in Amazing Spider-Man #261.
- ↑ Harry and Liz will have their son, Norman, in Amazing Spider-Man #263.
- ↑ Peter decided to drop out at ESU in Amazing Spider-Man #243. When he told Aunt May in Amazing Spider-Man #253, she was upset with him, creating a rift between the pair.
- ↑ Mary Jane thinks about how she knows that Peter is secretly Spider-Man, a revelation that she made in Amazing Spider-Man #257.
- ↑ Although the symbiote is seemingly destroyed here, it was revived by the Intelligencia as revealed in Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1. The symbiote later tried to reconnect with Deadpool in Deadpool: Back in Black #1-5. When Deadpool also rejected the symbiote, it returned to this church where it would eventually bond with Eddie Brock to become Venom in Amazing Spider-Man #300.
- ↑ The costume seemingly perished last issue. However, the alien costume is revived in Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1 by the Intelligencia. Eventually, it will return to haunt Spider-Man again after bonding to Eddie Brock, as revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #300.
- ↑ Spider-Man recalls how the store was recently damaged during his battle with the Juggernaut. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #229-230.
- ↑ Aunt May has been upset with Peter since he revealed to her that he quit grad school in Amazing Spider-Man #252.
- ↑ J. Jonah Jameson's draft about Spider-man fighting Juggernaut near Rockefeller Center is likely another reference to the encounter in Amazing Spider-Man #229-230. The fight did not take place explicitly near Rockefeller Center, but we do not know where exactly was (Madam Web may have lived near Rockefeller Center; or Juggernaut's path may have been close it).
- ↑ Joe became editor-in-chief after Jonah resigned in Amazing Spider-Man #251.
- ↑ Mary Jane broke up with Peter back in Amazing Spider-Man #183 after she rejected his marriage proposal. She later revealed that this was because she knew he was Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #257.
- ↑ Vanessa has been in a catatonic state since Daredevil #180.
- ↑ The Kingpin last clashed with Spider-Man in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100.
- ↑ At the time of this story, Spider-Man had just recently broken up with the Black Cat in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100. This was because she had secretly gained super-powers from the Kingpin in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #89 and kept it secret from Peter for quite some time.
- ↑ At this point, Harry and Liz have yet to name their child. The boy is named Norman after Harry's father in Amazing Spider-Man #265.
- ↑ Although the Kingpin's gesture seems inoccuious here, he actually planted a tracking device in the brim. Something that will come back to sting Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #19.
- ↑ Mary Jane is depicted as using a Walkman. This should be considered a topical reference of the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 due to the fact that portable cassette players are an obsolete technology.
- ↑ Peter mentions how his Aunt May is upset with him that he dropped out of graduate school. He told her this in Amazing Spider-Man #253.
- ↑ Peter mentions how Mary Jane discovered his identity. She revealed this to Peter in Amazing Spider-Man #257.
- ↑ Adrian Toomes briefly befriended Nathan Lubenski in Amazing Spider-Man #224.
- ↑ Peter thinks about his recent break-up with the Black Cat. This happened in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #100.
- ↑ Mister Fantastic freed Doctor Octopus from a fugue state in Fantastic Four #267.
- ↑ The battle that Doctor Octopus remembers in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #79.
- ↑ Doctor Octopus was involved in the Secret Wars from Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12. Otto witnessed as the Molecule Man used his powers to bring the city of Denver back to Earth and restore all the stars destroyed by the Beyonder.
- ↑ There is an advertisement for a Sony Walkman in this shop. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as walkmen are an obsolete technology.
- ↑ Among his recollections, Doctor Octopus recalls the accident that gave him his powers and his first battle with Spider-Man from Amazing Spider-Man #3. He also recalls the battle in which Spider-Man ripped off his mechanical arms in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #76.
- ↑ The headline on the newspapers are dated May of 1985. These dates should be considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, as they are relative to the date of publication. Likewise, should Spider-Man's mention of Ronald Reagan is a topical reference.
- ↑ As revealed last issue, Doctor Octopus developed a pathological fear of Spider-Man after their battle in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #79. The pair were brought to Battleworld during Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12.
- ↑ Spider-Man assisted the Rocket Racer in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #104.
- ↑ Aunt May was upset with Peter when he told her that he quit grad school in Amazing Spider-Man #243. They reconciled their problems in Amazing Spider-Man #265.
- ↑ Doctor Octopus is depicted as crushing a typewriter while making his threat. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Spider-Man makes a joke about keeping the robot in a closet and getting a Spider-Dog. This is tongue-and-cheek jab at Superman who used to have an army of Superman robots and a pet dog named Krypto the Super-Dog.
- ↑ Mary Jane revealed that she knew that Peter was Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #257
- ↑ The Beyonder turned this office building into gold in Secret Wars II #2
- ↑ This portion of Peter's nightmare is based off the fact that his Uncle Ben was shot and killed by a burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15. This is a particularly painful image for Peter because both George and Gwen Stacy are also dead, as seen in Amazing Spider-Man #90 and 121 respectively.
- ↑ Spider-Man captured the Burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
- ↑ Nightmare was manipulating the Hulk from Incredible Hulk #296-299 to attack Doctor Strange. This forced Banner to commit psychic suicide resulting in Doctor Strange banishing the Hulk to the crossroads dimension.
- ↑ This story states that the flashback occurs 30 years ago. Later a calendar on the wall states it happens in the year 1954. Hopkins also looks at magazines of Captain America and the original Human Torch. When he becomes the Smithville Thunderbolt he tackles a lot of racially motivated crimes. Marvel has yet to confirm if this should be considered a topical reference (in that it moves forward with the Sliding Timescale) or a factual one (in that these events are locked in 1954 and the Modern Age slides further and further away from this date.)
- ↑ If this story is to be accepted as happening in 1954 (as opposed to an unfixed date that pushes forward with the Sliding Timescale, the Human Torch was only recently revived, (as seen in Young Men #24). Although the original Captain America was lost during World War II (as depicted in Avengers #4) one of his successors William Burnside became active as Captain America around the same time (also in Young Men #24). Since this story takes place in Pennsylvania, it could be news of the return of the Torch and the new Captain America may not have reached that region.
- ↑ Joe Robertson had just recently took over as Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Bugle in Amazing Spider-Man #251 after J. Jonah Jameson stepped down. Since then, Joe has been less interested in pictures of Spider-Man.
- ↑ This story states that the flashback occurs 30 years ago. As established last issue, this apparently takes place in 1954. Marvel has yet to confirm if this should be considered a topical reference (in that it moves forward with the Sliding Timescale) or a factual one (in that these events are locked in 1954 and the Modern Age slides further and further away from this date.)
- ↑ Unlike the above flashback, this flashback is part of the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, it will always happen one year prior to this story.
- ↑ Dominic Fortune's past is locked in the latter half of the 20th Century. As such, the length of time between his wartime activities and the present gets longer as the Sliding Timescale moves forward. As such, it becomes increasingly difficult to explain how he could still be in relatively good health as his age advances. Marvel has yet to provide a specific explanation. However, a probable explanation is that he had access to some kind age slowing serum given his interactions with Nick Fury, and Kraven the Hunter in the 1950s as seen in Avengers 1959. Both Fury and Kraven had access to formulas that slowed the aging process.
- ↑ The Beyonder turned a building into gold in Secret Wars II #2. Spider-Man recovered the gold notebook from the building in Web of Spider-Man #6/Amazing Spider-Man #268.
- ↑ Uncle Ben's murder happened years ago in Amazing Fantasy #15.
- ↑ Steele states that Dominic Fortune was a swashbuckler from 45 years ago. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The length of time between Fortune's wartime adventures and this story will continue to get longer the more the modern age slides forward.
- ↑ Steele mentions that Dominic Fortune had worked with Spider-Man before. That was in Marvel Team-Up #120.
- ↑ Steele is Von Lundt. However, much like Dominic, Marvel has yet to explain how Von Lundt could be in good health in the modern age. Given the amount of Nazis who have slowed or completely stopped the aging process, there is likely some kind of plausible explanation.
- ↑ The Shocker worked for Egghead's Masters of Evil in Avengers #228-229.
- ↑ This isn't the original Sabbath, but the daughter of Raven and Von Lundt as revealed in Web of Spider-Man #72.
- ↑ The Beyonder turned a building into gold in Secret Wars II #2. Spider-Man recovered a golden notebook from the building in Web of Spider-Man #6/Amazing Spider-Man #268.
- ↑ Mary Jane revealed that she knows about Peter's double identity in Amazing Spider-Man #257.
- ↑ Mary Jane quips that they have a use for extra paint they bought in Amazing Spider-Man #271.
- ↑ Mary Jane revealed she knows Peter's double identity in Amazing Spider-Man #257.
- ↑ Peter says he wishes he could have avoided using his spare clothes until the year 1993. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
- ↑ Peter met Jean Hillman while investigating a gang war in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #5.
- ↑ The hospital is referred to as the Roosevelt Hospital. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as the hospital shed Roosevelt's name from its title in 2015.
- ↑ Spider-Man references their last confrontation where J. Jonah Jameson suffered a heart attack. That happened in Amazing Spider-Man #70.
- ↑ There are many times that Spider-Man saved either Jameson or one of his family members. The first was the time he rescued Jonah's son John Jameson during a test flight in Amazing Spider-Man #1. He first saved Jameson from the Scorpion in Amazing Spider-Man #20, and the Kingpin in Amazing Spider-Man #52. Most recently, Spider-Man helped save John and Jonah's bride-to-be, Marla Madison from the Scorpion in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #18.
- ↑ Peter was harassed by a gang of hoods which led to the brief formation of the "Peter Parker Patrol" and his apartment being firebombed in Web of Spider-Man #11-12.
- ↑ Nathan Lubensky was beaten up over his gambling debts in Amazing Spider-Man #271. Peter has had troubles selling his photos to the Bugle since J. Jonah Jameson stepped down as editor-in-chief in Amazing Spider-Man #281.
- ↑ The Beyonder turned this building into gold in Secret Wars II #2. Peter recovered the golden notebook in Web of Spider-Man #6/Amazing Spider-Man #268.
- ↑ Bullion was arrested for fencing stolen jewels for the Black Fox in Amazing Spider-Man #265.
- ↑ Nathan has started to become critical of Peter after he failed to meet him and Aunt May for lunch in Amazing Spider-Man #254.
- ↑ The pair are arguing over the Bugle's editorial direction. This has changed when Jonah stepped down as editor-in-chief of the Bugle in Amazing Spider-Man #281.
- ↑ Spider-Man let the Black Fox go when he claimed to have a wife and children in Amazing Spider-Man #265.
- ↑ The Black Fox tricked Spider-Man back in Amazing Spider-Man #265.
- ↑ This notebook was in a building that was turned into gold by the Beyonder in Secret Wars II #7. Spider-Man recovered this gold notebook in Web of Spider-Man #6/Amazing Spider-Man #268.
- ↑ Peter's Uncle Ben was shot by the Burglar in Amazing Fantasy #15.
- ↑ The Foreigner has begun expanding his networks to New York City as seen in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #115.
- ↑ There are mentions of the state of Peter's apartment. It was damaged during a fire-bombing in Web of Spider-Man #11. Peter and Mary Jane had begun re-painting the apartment in Amazing Spider-Man #273. Maimie Muggins threatened to evict Peter last issue if he didn't repair the damages immediately.
- ↑ Nathan Lubenski was in the hospital recovering after being beaten up over his gambling debts in Amazing Spider-Man #271.
- ↑ Peter remarks how he finds it hard to believe that Flash Thompson is the Hobgoblin. Flash was framed by the real Hobgoblin in Amazing Spider-Man #276. However, he is cleared of all wrongdoing in Amazing Spider-Man #289.
- ↑ Now Magazine was a secondary publication put out by J. Jonah Jameson, first seen in Amazing Spider-Man #2. It was last published in Amazing Spider-Man #8. Jonah began working on a revival of Now Magazine after stepping down as editor-in-chief at the Daily Bugle in Amazing Spider-Man #251.
- ↑ Peter realizes he doesn't have to hold back as much since Joy had previously seen that he can fight in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #5.
- ↑ Peter recalls how leaping out of the way during his fight with the Sin-Eater resulted in innocent people getting harmed. That happened in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #108.
- ↑ Spider-Man recalls his previous encounter with Magma in Marvel Team-Up #110.
- ↑ The epilogue of this story occurs concurrently in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #117 and Amazing Spider-Man #279.
- ↑ Although the red-and-blue costume is destroyed "for good" here, Mary Jane makes him a new one which Peter starts to wear in Amazing Spider-Man #300.
- ↑ The officer who processes "Jay Jameson" is using a typewriter. This should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 as typewriters are an obsolete technology.
- ↑ At the time of this story, Reed Richards and his wife Sue were expecting their second child. However, Sue suffered a miscarriage, as seen in Fantastic Four #267. This child is later resurrected years later in Fantastic Four Vol 3 #50.
- ↑ Warlock is depicted as resembling David Letterman, who at the time of publication was the host of the late-night talk show "Late Night with David Letterman". The crowd reacts to him as though this show is still on television. This, naturally, should be considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616 that is relative to the time of publication - particularly since Letterman retired from "Late Night" in 2015.
- ↑ Spider-Man first met the New Mutants in Marvel Team-Up Annual #6. Warlock mentions how he heard about Spider-Man from his teammate Cannonball. Likely, Sam Guthrie was telling Warlock about the time he and Spider-Man worked together in Marvel Team-Up #149.
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