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Quote1.png Forget it, Robbie. It's not important. I've got enough to be happy about. 'Cause you see, I'm beginning to realize -- next to some people's problems -- my life is charmed -- a regular picnic if you know what I mean. Quote2.png
Peter Parker

Appearing in "Man-Wolf at Midnight!"

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Synopsis for "Man-Wolf at Midnight!"

While out for dinner with his fiancée Kristine, John Jameson spots Spider-Man swinging through the city. The sight prompts memories of the time where Spider-Man helped cure him of becoming the Man-Wolf. After their dinner, he puts Kristine in a cab and sends her home. John is suddenly struck with a headache like when he was bonded to the Moon-Stone and fears the worse. While elsewhere, Spider-Man captures some jewel thieves taking pictures for the Bugle. Taking them to Joe Robertson, Joe shows him reports about vampire-like attacks across the eastern seaboard and a photo of his old foe Morbius the living vampire, apparently alive and well after all this time. J. Jonah Jameson enters and treats Peter with praise. This difference in attitude puzzles Peter, when Joe tells him that Peter has been nominated for photographer of the year.

Meanwhile, John Jameson stumbles into a diner, where he suddenly transforms into the Man-Wolf and attacks the waitress working there. The Man-Wolf then follows the urge to go to a nearby warehouse, there the creature is attacked by Morbius, who gets the better of the beast and manages to bite the creature. With the creature drained of enough blood to knock it out, Morbius replaces the Moon-Stone around the creature's neck. His bite putting the creature under his control, Morbius hopes to use the beast for his own ends.

By day, Peter Parker goes to school, where he arranges an outing with Mary Jane and Flash Thompson. That night, John Jameson revives and is told by Morbius that he is going to be used as a pawn to save the living vampire's life by aiding in providing a cure. When Jameson turns into the Man-Wolf at dusk, the beast is fully under the control of Morbius, and the two head towards the ESU campus. There they are spotted by Peter Parker who is heading home after classes. Peter changes into his Spider-Man costume and attacks the two.

The Man-Wolf takes up most of Spider-Man's attention, allowing for Morbius to make an escape. After a battle across the campus against the Man-Wolf, Spider-Man traps up the beast in a spider-web trap between two trees. He then goes after Morbius, deducing that he's possibly going to visit hemotological researcher Dr. Harold when he learns that the doctor is working on an experimental cure for leukemia. Spider-Man departs when Morbius fails to show up. He goes back to check on the Man-Wolf and finds that the beast got free and has fled the scene.

Spider-Man then returns to the lab where he waits out for Morbius. When Morbius arrives, he and Dr. Harold have worked on a way of tricking Morbius. When the two begin fighting, Harold "warns" them against wrecking the equipment as its destruction would destroy his research. Sure enough, the battle does just that, and realizing what has happened, the furious Morbius flees vowing to get revenge against the wall-crawler. Spider-Man departs soon after, convincing Harold that Morbius was convinced of their trick and won't be a bother in the future.

Spider-Man then pays a visit to J. Jonah Jameson's home, where he warns Jameson that he believes that his son John is becoming the Man-Wolf again. Jameson denies this, telling the wall-crawler that his son had been home all night and tells the wall-crawler to go away. Spider-Man leaves, hoping that Jameson is telling the truth. Jameson checks on his son, who has passed out following his night out as the Man-Wolf, and Jameson wonders what he will do for his son. The next day, Peter learns that he hasn't won photographer of the year, but takes it in stride.

Appearing in "Rogue's Gallery"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
(originally printed as The Sinister Six)

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Synopsis for "Rogue's Gallery"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
(originally printed as The Sinister Six)

Having broken out of prison, Dr. Octopus gathers Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, the Vulture and Sandman to get revenge against Spider-Man as the Sinister Six. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has once more found that his spider powers have faded and has to exercise more caution getting back home, lest someone take advantage of his lost powers to find out his secret identity.

As Peter wanders the city lost in thought over all the stress caused by his Spider-Man identity, he doesn't go to school. This prompts the school to call his Aunt May. Worried about Peter, she goes to Betty Brant for help, and they, in turn, see if J. Jonah Jameson has seen Peter recently. This makes them a target for the Sinister Six, who have decided to use Betty Brant as bait to lure Spider-Man, and so, they kidnap both Betty and Aunt May.

Peter arrives at the Daily Bugle just in time to see the Vulture delivering a message to Jameson. The Vulture tells him that the Sinister Six have gone to six different locations, and at each location they each have a clue to the whereabouts of Betty and May. While superheroes all over the city try to find Spider-Man, Peter decides that powers or no powers, he's going to save his Aunt May and Betty from his enemies.

At the first location, the local power plant owned by Stark Industries, Peter faces Electro. During the fight, he realizes that his powers have returned. He easily defeats Electro and learns the next location. When Iron Man arrives to offer help, Spider-Man refuses.

His next fight is with Kraven the Hunter, who attacks Spider-Man in Central Park with three tigers. Spider-Man easily fights off the attackers and secures the next clue. Along the way, the Human Torch offers help, but once again, Spider-Man refuses.

His next location is controlled by Mysterio, who sends androids based on the X-Men to attack the wall-crawler. Spider-Man easily defeats the androids and Mysterio. The next clue is set ablaze, but Spider-Man recovers its contents with his web-fluid.

His next battle is against Sandman, sealed in an airless room. Spider-Man defeats Sandman with his superior lung capacity. Next, he battles the Vulture high over the city and defeats him as well, gaining the location of Dr. Octopus, who has been holding Betty and May hostage. May, completely oblivious to her situation, believes they are Octavius' houseguests.

Spider-Man battles Octopus and his mechanical arms. Their fight takes them to a giant fishbowl, where Octopus battles Spider-Man in his "natural habitat." Spider-Man defeats Octopus by filling the tank with his webbing and tangling Octavius up, and he then frees Aunt May and Betty Brant. After returning to his civilian guise, he meets up with the pair. Aunt May remains upset with Peter over his skipping class. Jameson is once more made a fool, when he has to publish a story about how heroic Spider-Man is, and as for the Sinister Six? Forced to share a prison cell, the villains squabble among themselves.

Appearing in "How Stan and Steve Create Spider-Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
(originally printed as The Sinister Six)

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Synopsis for "How Stan and Steve Create Spider-Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
(originally printed as The Sinister Six)

Having broken out of prison, Dr. Octopus gathers Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, the Vulture and Sandman to get revenge against Spider-Man as the Sinister Six. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has once more found that his spider powers have faded and has to exercise more caution getting back home, lest someone take advantage of his lost powers to find out his secret identity.

As Peter wanders the city lost in thought over all the stress caused by his Spider-Man identity, he doesn't go to school. This prompts the school to call his Aunt May. Worried about Peter, she goes to Betty Brant for help, and they, in turn, see if J. Jonah Jameson has seen Peter recently. This makes them a target for the Sinister Six, who have decided to use Betty Brant as bait to lure Spider-Man, and so, they kidnap both Betty and Aunt May.

Peter arrives at the Daily Bugle just in time to see the Vulture delivering a message to Jameson. The Vulture tells him that the Sinister Six have gone to six different locations, and at each location they each have a clue to the whereabouts of Betty and May. While superheroes all over the city try to find Spider-Man, Peter decides that powers or no powers, he's going to save his Aunt May and Betty from his enemies.

At the first location, the local power plant owned by Stark Industries, Peter faces Electro. During the fight, he realizes that his powers have returned. He easily defeats Electro and learns the next location. When Iron Man arrives to offer help, Spider-Man refuses.

His next fight is with Kraven the Hunter, who attacks Spider-Man in Central Park with three tigers. Spider-Man easily fights off the attackers and secures the next clue. Along the way, the Human Torch offers help, but once again, Spider-Man refuses.

His next location is controlled by Mysterio, who sends androids based on the X-Men to attack the wall-crawler. Spider-Man easily defeats the androids and Mysterio. The next clue is set ablaze, but Spider-Man recovers its contents with his web-fluid.

His next battle is against Sandman, sealed in an airless room. Spider-Man defeats Sandman with his superior lung capacity. Next, he battles the Vulture high over the city and defeats him as well, gaining the location of Dr. Octopus, who has been holding Betty and May hostage. May, completely oblivious to her situation, believes they are Octavius' houseguests.

Spider-Man battles Octopus and his mechanical arms. Their fight takes them to a giant fishbowl, where Octopus battles Spider-Man in his "natural habitat." Spider-Man defeats Octopus by filling the tank with his webbing and tangling Octavius up, and he then frees Aunt May and Betty Brant. After returning to his civilian guise, he meets up with the pair. Aunt May remains upset with Peter over his skipping class. Jameson is once more made a fool, when he has to publish a story about how heroic Spider-Man is, and as for the Sinister Six? Forced to share a prison cell, the villains squabble among themselves.

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Continuity Notes

  • Joe Robertson states that Michael Morbius "died at sea" 13 months ago. This is actually an accurate measurement of the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616, as both events occur roughly a year apart from each other.
  • Spider-Man recounts when Morbius previously tried to kidnap an ESU professor. This occurred in Marvel Team-Up #34.

Publication Notes

  • Giant-Size Super-Heroes Featuring Spider-Man was intended to be an ongoing series. However, only one issue was published and the series was rennamed Giant-Size Spider-Man with rebooted numbering instead.

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