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Appearing in "Let Fly These Aged Wings!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #224.

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Synopsis for "Let Fly These Aged Wings!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #224.

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While exercising in his apartment, Peter Parker answers a phone call from his Aunt May and is happy to hear from her. She is glad to hear that her nephew is keeping in shape and says that fiancee Nathan Lubensky had suggested it. When Peter asks how Nathan is doing, Aunt May tells him that Nathan is in physical therapy today and invites Peter over for dinner on the weekend. After ending the call, Peter is happy to hear that his aunt is in better health. With no classes until that afternoon, he decides to go out web-slinging as Spider-Man. As he swings across the city, his spider-sense begins going off, alerting him to a bank robbery in progress. Spider-Man prevents their getaway by webbing up the back tires of their getaway car. He then makes short work of the masked thieves as they try to escape on foot. Peter then webs their hands to the hood of the car and waits for the police arrive. He then returns to the rooftops to recover his camera and hopes he can sell the pictures to the Daily Bugle.

Meanwhile, at Bellevue Hospital, Adrian Toomes -- aka the Vulture -- has been recovering well from his latest injuries battling Spider-Man. The guard that is posted to watch him is impressed at his recovery, thinking that someone Toomes' age would be in traction for the rest of his life. The guard reminds Adrian that once the doctors give him a clean bill of health he is going straight to prison. Toomes is turned over to a doctor to start his physical therapy. There, he meets Nathan Lubinski, who is soaking in a hot tub. While the doctor is busy answering a page, the two elderly men get acquainted. When Toomes talks about being too old to be much good, Nathan tells him not to give up as long as he is alive. Adrian is surprised when he learns that Lubinski is confined to a wheelchair. Lubinski tells Toomes how happy he is at the Restwell Nursing Home and how he has friends and a girlfriend waiting for him. The doctor quickly returns to bring Nathan to the dressing room. Nathan chastises the doctor for treating him like a cripple the whole way back. Toomes is inspired by Nathan's words and left alone with the components of a machine he fashions a crude version of his wings and uses them to escape the hospital. With renewed confidence, Adrian Toomes vows that the Vulture will fly again and he will finally get his revenge against Spider-Man.

At that moment, at the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker is developing his action shots in the dark room. Unfortunately, J. Jonah Jameson and Lance Bannon come barging in, ruining the photos before they can develop. When Peter demands to know why they didn't heed the warning light, they point out that it's not on. Bannon taps it twice and it turns back on again and suspects that it must have been a short in the light. He then makes his way into the dark room to develop his own photos. Jameson then lectures Peter about how much of a better photographer that Bannon is, and about how he is tired of giving publicity to Spider-Man. Just then, Joe Robertson comes barging in to tell Jonah about the Vulture's escape. Peter thinks about how his day seems to be getting worse.

Meanwhile, the Vulture has recovered his costume and wings and robs jewels, banks, armored cars and a gold exchange. Spider-Man hunts his old foe across the city. However, as it begins to rain, the Vulture ends his crime spree to return to his rented furnished room. There he changes into his street clothes when someone comes knocking at his door and invites him to a poker game. At that moment, Spider-Man gives up his search for the Vulture so he can change back into Peter Parker and meet up with Aunt May and Nathan for supper. When Peter arrives at Restwell and meet with Aunt May, she tells her nephew that Nathan is playing cards in the rec-room and asks Peter to get him. Much to Peter's surprise, one of the card players at Nathan's table is none other than Adrian Toomes. Toomes realizes that Peter recognizes him and quietly threatens him with a gun. Making up a story about wanting to show Peter photographs of his own son, Adrian lures Peter out of the rec-room. In his room, Adrian knocks out Peter and then changes into his Vulture costume.

Suddenly, there is a knock at the door. Throwing a blanket over himself, Toomes answers the door and finds Aunt May looking for her nephew. Toomes tells her that Peter abruptly left and closes the door. On the other side, May is upset that Peter has left without telling her. When the Vulture turns around, Peter Parker is gone and in his place is Spider-Man. Not making the connection between Parker and the wall-crawler, the Vulture is caught off guard. The pair then begins fighting across the retirement home. With the web-slinger gaining on him, the Vulture grabs a hostage but suddenly realizes that it is Nathan that he has grabbed. Not wanting to harm the man who convinced him to keep on living his life. When Aunt May calls out to Nathan, the Vulture shoves the old man into Spider-Man and makes his escape. Spider-Man tries to follow after him, but he is surrounded by the residents of Restwell who want to thank him for saving them from harm.

Unable to follow after the Vulture, Spider-Man slips away and changes back into Peter Parker. He then reunites with Aunt May and Nathan and tells them that he was tied up by the Vulture but "Spider-Man" had freed him. Peter then joins his Aunt and her fiancee for dinner.

Appearing in "Fools...like us!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #225.

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Synopsis for "Fools...like us!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #225.

Two FBI agents are on the hunt for the Foolkiller, a murderous vigilante who has been killing people he deems to be fools. The stakes are higher for these two agents since they recently received a letter from their target that proclaimed them fools. As they search a Bowery alleyway, the two FBI agents are caught by surprise by the Foolkiller who uses his laser to incinerate the two lawmen. With his latest victims dead, the Foolkiller then destroys the files they compiled about him to ensure that nobody can resume hunting him where they left off.

Later, Peter Parker is giving a lecture to a group of freshmen and is frustrated that they don't know the answers to his questions. When the lecture ends, Peter is greeted by Greg Salinger, an English literature major who Peter had befriended and imparted an interest in science. Greg tells Peter that he was late for class again because the admissions office still can't find his scholarship paperwork. When Peter says that this has been quite a problem with students in recent days, Greg hopes they straighten things out before someone takes matters into their own hands. When Peter heads out, he finds himself exhausted due to his recent activities as Spider-Man. Despite his fatigue, Peter's spider-sense goes off alerting him to a costumed individual climbing up the side of the registrations office. Peter decides to change into Spider-Man to investigate the situation. Inside the building, Harvey McNamara is slogging through the backlog of paperwork when he is interrupted by the arrival of the Foolkiller. Before he can kill McNamara, Spider-Man leaps in to stop him. Outmatched, the Foolkiller leaps out of the nearby window and escapes, vowing to kill Spider-Man if he interferes with his crusade again.

Spider-Man gives the Foolkiller chase, but the villain escapes by blasting a hole in the street to the subway below and escapes on a passing subway train. When the wall-crawler finally catches up, the Foolkiller is already long gone. Returning to his hideout within a semi-trailer, the Foolkiller rests after his flight. He then goes over his computer files, reviewing his career. He recalls how Man-Thing saved Richard Rory from Ross Everbest, the original Foolkiller and how this led to his taking on the mantle. He recalls how he learned of the Foolkiller while he and Richard Rory shared a cell in prison. Upon his escape, he recovered the original Foolkiller's equipment to wage his own crusade against the foolish. This led to a clash with Omega the Unknown, and the Defenders, both encounters leading to a defeat. In his last battle, he was taken away in an ambulance, but a road accident allowed him to escape and resume his crusade anew. Now, the Foolkiller realizes that he just needs to wait for the fools to interfere with his life and he can dispatch them more easily.

The next day, Peter Parker pays a visit to the offices of the Daily Bugle. There he sells photos of his battle with the Foolkiller to Joe Robertson, as Jameson is busy dealing with the truckers union. Robertson is disappointed that Peter is selling photos of Spider-Man's failure, telling him that he is above to stooping to the same level as Jameson and his competition, Lance Bannon. After learning more about the Foolkiller from Joe, Peter leaves as Jameson arrives and reams him out for making a "social" visit with one of his employees. Peter changes back into Spider-Man and goes searching for the Foolkiller. With no sign of his foe, the wall-crawler goes to Empire State University and changes back into Peter Parker for classes. As he changes in a closet, his spider-sense goes off. Peaking outside, he spots Greg Sallinger and wonders how he could be setting off his senses. He talks to Greg and learns that he sent more letters to the admissions office. Peter remarks that the people in the mailroom are "fools", who Greg takes literally and abruptly storms off.

Peter goes to the teaching assistance office where he finds Debra Whitman in an angry mood. When he asks her what's wrong, she tells him how she had a heated argument with Greg Salinger, that ended with him calling her a fool and storming off. Suddenly, Peter puts two-and-two together and realizes that Salinger is actually the Foolkiller. By this time, Greg has changed into the Foolkiller and is terrorizing the men in the ESU mailroom. He is attacked by Spider-Man before he is able to kill anyone. Outmatched, the Foolkiller attempts to flee again, but this time Spider-Man is able to follow him back to his trailer. There, the wall-crawler rips the place apart, but the Foolkiller eludes him again. He flees into an alleyway, where he is distracted by the screams of a homeless woman. As he threatens her, the Foolkiller is left open to Spider-Man getting the drop on him. Taking away the killer's laser and webbing him up, the web-slinger takes the Foolkiller where he can get the mental help he needs.

Appearing in "But the Cat Came Back..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #226.

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Synopsis for "But the Cat Came Back..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #226.

At Mitchell State Hospital, Greg Salinger -- aka the Foolkiller -- is brought in following his battle with Spider-Man. Now considering himself a fool, Salinger demands that they kill him as that is the fate of all fools. Hearing this exchange is Felicia Hardy, who is also a resident of the hospital since her last encounter with Spider-Man as the Black Cat. She finds the subject interesting, which leads her nurse to ask Felicia about her encounters with the famed wall-crawler. Hardy recounts her career as the Black Cat, and how she tricked Spider-Man into thinking that she had gone insane. Now that everyone has been tricked into thinking so, Felicia drags her nurse into a room and ties her up so she can escape unnoticed. However, her escape is eventually discovered, but far too late to stop her.

That evening, Spider-Man is returning home after helping the Falcon battle his foe Stoneface. Suddenly, a spotlight is shined on his face. Looking down at the street below, the wall-crawler spots its source, the vintage car owned by Captain Jean DeWolff. Swinging down to street level, Spider-Man asks the captain what he can do for her. She tells him about the Black Cat's escape and asks her to keep a lookout for her. Spider-Man swings away and thinks about his last encounter with the Black Cat. He wonders how much of her apparent insanity was a ruse, however no matter what the situation is, he is determined to bring her in.

A week later, in Midtown Manhattan, the Black Cat has broken into a penthouse of a wealthy art collector. There she steals an original Ehrenreich painting and easily slips out without setting off the security system. Still, she wants him the owner to know he has been robbed, so before she scales down the side of the building she tosses a rock through one of the windows, setting off the alarm. Down on the street, she gives the operator of a horse-drawn carriage a substantial tip to ride her away from the scene of the crime. Satisfied that she hasn't gotten rusty during her time in the mental hospital, her thoughts turn to Spider-Man when she sees one of the Daily Bugle's billboards about the wall-crawler. She wonders what the web-slinger is up to this evening. At that moment, Spider-Man has returned to his apartment after a fruitless hunt for the Black Cat. Once he's home, he realizes that not only does he not have any food in his apartment, but he is in desperate need of clean laundry. Changing into the only clothes he has, Peter Parker grabs a bite to eat and goes to the local laundromat. There, while waiting for his clothes to dry, Peter strikes out trying to make small talk to an attractive woman who is also trying to do her laundry.

Meanwhile, at her penthouse apartment, Felicia Hardy looks at his recent stolen painting but finds her evening lonely. Putting on a disguise, she goes down to the laundry room to do her wash. There she strikes up a conversation with another tenant who tries to invite her over for a nightcap. She declines, unable to get her mind off of Spider-Man. She wonders how she can get in touch with Spider-Man, when she spots a newspaper advertisement for a sky-writing company. The next day, her message -- asking Spider-Man to meet her at the site of their "first date" -- is written above the the New York City skylilne. Peter Parker learns about this stunt as he leaves his teaching assistant job and catches a news report on the subject. He realizes that this is a message from the Black Cat. That evening, Spider-Man goes the Emil Greco's old hideout, the first place he met the Black Cat and finds her waiting for him.

She tells him that she only wants to talk, but Spider-Man is determined to bring her in. As the two struggle, the Black Cat explains how she recently stole a painting, owned by a member of the Maggia, but had a change of heart about continuing her criminal career because she wants to be with Spider-Man. The wall-crawler doesn't know what to say about this offer, and while he's distracted she manages to break free from his hold and escape. Spider-Man then finds the stolen painting that she left behind with a note telling him to meet her at Phil Bradshaw's party the following night at the Empire Ballroom. He decides to take the stolen painting to Jean DeWolff and fact checks what the Black Cat told him. DeWolff tells the wall-crawler that the costume party is a meeting of criminals.

That evening, the Black Cat arrives at the party and goes looking for Spider-Man. She mistakes an actual party goer as the wall-crawler. However, she later finds the real Spider-Man, who has dressed up in another costume. The two dance until the Cat spots Bradshaw and reveals that she stole his painting. Bradshaw and his men then draw their guns. Spider-Man and the Cat try to fend off their attackers. Although the Black Cat trips him off, but they manage to wrap up all the Maggia goons just as Jean DeWolff and her officers arrive on the scene. There they find Bradshaw and his minions are tied up and a note from Spider-Man and the Black Cat. Watching from the skylight, the Black Cat suggests they celebrate their first victory together by sharing a kiss. Spider-Man is reluctant at first, but gives in when she lifts up his mask enough to miss him.

Appearing in "Goin' straight!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #227.

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Synopsis for "Goin' straight!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #227.

Spider-Man asks Jean DeWolff to give the Black Cat a chance to go straight. Black Cat wants to do one last job (steal a golden and ruby statuette called the "Quest's End") and secure her and Spider-Man a nest egg but it is not to be. Spider-man and the Cat fight, and Spidey leaves.

Spider-man goes to the ESU and Peter Parker writes down a work on the DNA he should have finished days ago. Peter feels better than ever and capable of doing anything.

Later on, the Black Cat enters the mansion of Sam Galvagno and steals the "Quest's End" statuette. But Spidey is waiting for her on the balcony when she leaves the robbery scene. He forces her to give the statuette back but she lies to him and makes him push the alarms because the Black Cat wants him to be her companion in the robbery business.

The alarms make Sam Galvagno and his henchmen appear and the guns explode! Spidey succeeds in escaping with the Cat, but he is injured in a leg. The Cat escapes from him too and Spider-man pursuits her until the docks. There he tries to convince her to abandon her crime life and ask the district attorney for an amnesty but she does not believe that possible and keeps running. Then Spider-man covers her with his web and she decides to drown instead of going back to jail. Spidey dives after her but does not find the Cat or her body.

Later on, as the nurse cures his leg, Captain DeWolff arrives with the amnesty's papers. Too late, Spidey throws the papers to the water and mourns

Appearing in "Murder by Spider"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #228.

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Synopsis for "Murder by Spider"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #228.

For the third time in an evening, Spider-Man finds himself drawn to an old mansion. Spider-Man gives into his curiosity and looks into one of the windows. All he sees is an elderly man sitting down to dinner. Dismissing the old man as threatening as his Aunt May, and swings away. No sooner is the wall-crawler gone, the man is suddenly swarmed with venomous spiders whose bite causes him a painful death. Not far away, Spider-Man spots some muggers attempting to rob a couple. Seeing how helpless their victims are put Spider-Man into a rage and he beats the crooks into submission. Seeing how frightened both the muggers and their victims have become, Spider-Man stops himself and walks away. He dismisses this outburst as a reaction to losing the Black Cat recently.

The next morning, Peter Parker goes to the Daily Bugle where he reads a front-page story about the elderly man who was killed by spiders. He is not surprised that his boss, J. Jonah Jameson, has used this story to continue his vendetta against Spider-Man, accusing the web-slinger of being responsible. He learns the elderly victim was a wealthy man by the name of Adlai Schmidt. It's then that Jameson emerges from his office with Joe Robertson in tow. He insists that Spider-Man is responsible for the murder, believing that the wall-crawler can somehow control spiders, even though the masked vigilante has never demonstrated these powers before. Joe apologizes to Peter for Jonah's outburst and tells him that since Schmidt had no living relatives his antique furniture will be auctioned off to pay off back taxes. This rules out money as a motive for murder, but it opens up another line of thought for Peter who decides to look in at this new angle. Since Debora Whitman has an interest in antiques, Peter decides to invite her along for the auction. Meanwhile, at a seedy bar in the warehouse district, a bespectacled man is paid for the job of recovering a necklace for his client, who claims that it is for his aunt.

The following week, Peter and Debora arrive at the auction. While Whitman finds the antiques amazing, Peter is lost in thought over why someone would kill Adlia Schmidt. When Debora picks up an antique quill pen, it is snapped out of her hands be a man who purchased all the French pieces and storms off. Taken back by the man's rudeness, Peter wonders who he is. One of the other auction attendees informs them that the man is Norman Junque one of the wealthiest antique dealers in Manhattan. Hearing that Junque purchased everything, Peter abruptly tells Debra that he needs to go. As he leaves, Debra questions why Peter is always running out on her, remarking that it is only pushing her to continue dating Biff Rifkin, even though she finds him obnoxious. Outside, Peter spots Norman getting into a cab, and quickly changes into Spider-Man in order to follow after him. Soon he finds himself at the Montana Apartments, one of New York's ritziest apartment buildings.

Suddenly, Spider-Man begins to detect the same feeling he did on the night the Schmidt was killed. Spider-Man then goes in through a window. His entry is witnessed by the doorman who calls the police. Following the signal, Spider-Man suddenly hears a scream and rushes to its source. He finds the police have arrived on the scene and are trying to get into the apartment. Spider-Man forces himself through the officers and finds a bunch of venomous spiders have bitten an elderly woman. Seeing that the woman is clinging to life, Spider-Man leaps out of the window with the woman in arm in order to take her to a hospital, dodging police bullets on his way out. Spider-Man drops the woman off, and the arriving paramedics figure that she will just barely make it. As the wall-crawler slips away, the elderly woman mumbles about Spider-Man taking her earrings.

Spider-Man had done precisely that, but only because he detected some kind of hidden circuitry inside the earrings. The hero decides to take a closer look at home and find out what is going on. Meanwhile, the man who sold the earrings happens upon the newspaper headlines and learns that this device not only attracts spiders but Spider-Man. This man decides to increase the power of this device in the hopes of taking full control of Spider-Man. Soon, Spider-Man is out trying to pick up the signal again in the hopes of bringing them back to their source. When he does, he finds himself walking into a trap set by the killer. The man has built a device that will affect Spider-Man's spider-sense causing him great pain. He explains that he was hired to kill the wealthy so his clients could collect what they wanted. The man tries to kill the wall-crawler with his gun, but Spider-Man manages to disarm him. Running out a door, he plants an explosive charge on the door to destroy his foe. Spider-Man sense the trap and sets off the bomb to trick his foe. When the killer goes to check if Spider-Man is dead, the wall-crawler easily defeats him.

It's then that the police arrive on the scene, prompting Spider-Man to flee. The killer, fearful of Spider-Man attacking him again, confesses his crimes. Meanwhile, Spider-Man swings away complaining about the new rips in his costume.

Appearing in "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #229.

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Synopsis for "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #229.

Madame Web sees visions that she will be attacked by a large figure which just happens to be The Juggernaut. So she contacts Spider-man to defend her by stopping the unstoppable Juggernaut.

Black Tom Cassidy wants Madame Web to join him and Juggernaut in order to be able to predict X-men movements and so defeat them in future battles. In the mood for real action, Juggernaut leaves Black Tom Cassidy's yacht and crosses under the harbor waters until Battery Park. He gets the surface there and starts his way straight to Madame Web's appartment.

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In the meantime Madame web contacts by phone with Peter Parker in his appartment and asks him for help. But since she does not know any details he leaves to the Daily Bugle. There he talks with Glory Grant and together meet a returning Betty Brant. Then Madame Web phones him and tells about Juggernaut arriving to Battery Park.

Peter runs to there and tries to stop Juggernaut unsuccessfully. Right afterwards he tries to reach the Avengers or the Fantastic four but they both are not at home. Madame Web tells him Juggernaut's power is related to the Cyttorak ruby so Spìdey goes to Dr Strange's mansion, but Wong tells him his master is also out.

So Spidey is alone with the police to try stopping Juggernaut. And all of them fail as Juggernaut arrives at Madame Web's apartment and takes her out of her chair. This makes her almost die and so Spidey tells Juggernaut. This decides to leave Madame Web on the floor and quits.

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Spider-man reanimates her and an ambulance brings her to the hospital. Decided not to leave Juggernaut escape after having almost killed Madame Web, Spidey goes to catch him.

Appearing in "To Fight the Unbeatable Foe!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #230.

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Synopsis for "To Fight the Unbeatable Foe!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #230.

While attempting to stop the Juggernaut from kidnapping Madam Web, Spider-Man failed to stop the elderly clairvoyant needing hospitalization following the encounter. Because of this failure, the wall-crawler vows to stop the Juggernaut before he can escape. Following his foe is a simple enough task given the Juggernaut has smashed his way through everything in his way. Leaping to a nearby construction site, Spider-Man uses his webbing to sling shot a girder at the Juggernaut. However, his foe catches it and crushes it before it can strike. The Juggernaut then runs into the construction site and collapses the building that Spider-Man is standing on. The wall-crawler jumps to safety and attempts to strike the Juggernaut with a wrecking ball. Like with the other attacks, Juggernaut easily swats this away. The wrecking ball strikes another building slated for demolition, causing it to collapse. Spider-Man just barely manages to duck in some massive piping to avoid getting buried under tons of debris. When Spider-Man finally digs himself out, he is told by the construction workers that the Juggernaut shrugged off the building collapse and simply walked away.

Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle, Joe Robertson and his co-workers listen to police reports about the Juggernaut's rampage through the city. Joe tells the other reporters to stand by for re-writes as he is taking this situation to publisher J. Jonah Jameson. Elsewhere in the office, Betty Brant settles into her new job as Joe Robertson's new secretary. She is brought coffee by Glory Grant, and the two secretaries talk about the differences between working with Robertson and Jameson. Suddenly, Lance Bannon comes bursting into the office with his girlfriend, Amy Powell, in tow. She is upset with him and threatens to leave him. Lance reminds her that they are in an open relationship and tells her she can go if she wants. Amy storms off, but vows to herself that she will get even with Lance. That's when Jonah and Joe emerge from his office, spotting Lance, Jonah tells him to get to the Hudson in order to take photos of the Juggernaut.

At that moment, from his yacht, Black Tom is keeping a look out for the Juggernaut. When he sees his partner approaching, he is upset to see that the Juggernaut has failed to capture Madam Web. Spider-Man has finally caught up with the Juggernaut, but discovers that his web-shooters are empty. Stopping atop a Roxxon fuel truck, he also finds that all the cartridges on his belt are empty as well. When the driver threatens Spider-Man with a tire iron, the wall-crawler easily disarms the man and twists the tire iron like a pretzel, scaring the man away. The wall-crawler then commandeers the fuel truck and sends it on a collision course with the Juggernaut. His unstoppable foe merely stands his ground and survives the massive explosion caused when the truck strikes him. The Juggernaut, furious that Spider-Man has been annoying him this entire time, extinguishes the flames surrounding him and goes after the wall-crawler.

Spider-Man then jumps onto the Juggernaut's back and uses his arms to cover the eye holes in his helmet. The Juggernaut furiously pounds on the web-slinger, but he still holds on tight. Enduring the pain of the Juggernaut's blows, Spider-Man tricks him into wandering out into onto the wet concrete of a new building foundation. As Spider-Man had planned, the Juggernaut begins sinking in the concrete. Leaping to safety, Spider-Man watches as his foe goes under and hopes that this will be enough to keep him at bay. Much to his surprise, Spider-Man discovers that his camera was running the entire time, and hopes he got some good shots of his battle with the Juggernaut. Peter rushes to the Daily Bugle with the developed shots, and although the photos are grainy, Joe Robertson buys them as nobody was able to get photos of the Juggernaut's battle with Spider-Man. Peter then rushes to the hospital to check on Madam Web, and discovers that the temporary removal from her life support system caused her to lose her memory and she no longer remembers who Peter Parker is. Talking to the doctors, they tell Peter that it will be months before they learn if the damage is permanent.

Meanwhile, back on the Hudson, Black Tom watches the police surround the foundation where the Juggernaut went down. He gleefully waits for his partner to burrow his way out of the concrete. After some time, the Juggernaut still hasn't freed himself, leaving Black Tom to wonder if his friend has finally been stopped for good.

Appearing in "Caught in the Act..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #231.

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Synopsis for "Caught in the Act..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #231.

The Cobra has broken into a properties room at a police precinct. However, his arrival is heard by two officers who check out the source of the sound. Finding nothing, they lock up the room once more. The Cobra comes down from the roof then begins collecting evidence that was taken during the bust of a jewel theft ring. After taking a handful of the stolen loot, the villain makes his escape by contorting his body so he can slip into the drainpipe in the floor. Using the sewers, the Cobra travels back to his apartment where he gloats over his string of evidence thefts. Removing his costume, the Cobra then places his newly acquired jewels in a secret safe hidden beneath his apartment's fireplace. The Cobra remarks how he has had not had this level of success when he was partnered with Mister Hyde. Thinking of his old partner in crime gives the Cobra the shivers. He recounts how he heard that Hyde accidentally flash-froze himself during a battle against Captain America. Glad he is no longer working with the brutish Hyde, the Cobra toasts himself to living the good life.

Meanwhile, at his Chelsea apartment, Peter Parker puts the finishing touches on a new Spider-Man costume. This has become a necessity because his other costume has been damaged. After the costume is finished, Peter puts it on to see how it fits. He is impressed with his workmanship, particularly adding the underarm webbing that has been absent from his costume for such a long time. However, his mind quickly turns to the pile of bills that need to be paid. Peter decides not to let this get him down and goes out web-swinging for the fun of it. Little does Spider-Man know that a shadowy figure has appeared at the site where his recent battle with the Juggernaut had ended. This mysterious character vows to get revenge and storms off into the night.

At that moment, at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson is meeting with his girlfriend Marla Madison. Marla questions if they are doing the right thing, but Jonah insists that being in the newspaper business is about taking risks. They are joined by reporter Ned Leeds, and the pair recount Marla's recent job offer with the Brand Corporation and that led to her being kidnapped by the costumed villain known as Killer Shrike. Marla knows that she was needed for some nefarious plot, but due to some hypnotic effect, her memories of her capture are clouded. Marla turned down the job offer immediately after and whenever she asked about the Brand Corporation to colleagues in the scientific community, they were afraid to talk. Leeds isn't surprised, as the Brand Corporation is a subsidiary of Roxxon Oil. He tells Marla and Jonah that he has an underworld connection who has some dirt on the Brand Corporation. Marla insists accompanying Ned to meet this contact, despite protests from Jameson. Before leaving, Ned stops by to tell his wife, Betty Brant, what he is up to. After he assures her that there is no danger with this assignment he leaves. However, Ned leaves behind his notebook by accident. When Betty sees that her husband is meeting with his contact in a bad part of town she begins to worry about it.

Betty calls the teacher's assistant office at Empire State University, looking for Peter Parker. The phone is answered by Debora Whitman and she tells Betty that Peter is no longer a teaching assistant, but transfers the call to one of the labs where Peter is working on an assignment. As Debbie transfers the call, she worries that this could be trouble, especially if what she suspects about Peter Parker is true. In the lab, Peter answers the phone and listens to Betty's concerns. He assures her that Ned can take care of himself and ends the call. When the experiment that Peter and Roger Hochberg is a success, Peter excuses himself so he can keep an eye on Ned to make sure he doesn't run into any danger.

Meanwhile, Ned and Marla arrive at a dive bar called Maxies where they meet with his contact "Nose" Norton. After paying Norton his fee, Ned and Marla follow him outside so he can get some "fresh air" and tell them what he knows. As they make their way out the Cobra, in disguise, arrives at the bar looking for Nose himself. When Norton is pointed out to him by the bartender, the Cobra recognizes Ned as a reporter and fears that Nose is selling him out. Outside, Ned begins to become impatient with Nose and demands the information about the Brand Corporation. As this heated exchange is going on, the mysterious figure is approaching Maxies. Not far away, Spider-Man is also heading in that direction when his spider-sense begins to go off, warning him of danger. Suddenly, the Cobra leaps off the building and grapples with Nose Norton. However, before the Cobra can silence the stoolie, Spider-Man arrives to stop him. The Cobra tosses two venom bombs at Ned and Marla, but the wall-crawler catches them in mid-air and tosses them onto a rooftop where they explode harmlessly.

Spider-Man then tries to trap the Cobra by webbing up the exit from the alley. When the Cobra attempts to fire poisoned darts at Nose Norton, Ned leaps in the way and takes the darts himself. As Spider-Man rushes to Ned's aid, he discovers that the reporter avoided harm because his pocket recorder saved him from the darts. By this point, the Cobra has grabbed Nose Norton and dragged him into the bar. Spider-Man quickly follows after them and the Cobra attempts to flee. Spider-Man manages to catch the Cobra with a web before he can slip away and knocks him out. With Ned and Marla safe, Spider-Man heads off to deliver the Cobra to the police. However, before he can get to them, someone throws a chunk of a building at the wall-crawler and his prisoner. Spider-Man narrowly avoids the debris and lands on a nearby roof. There he is confronted by Mr. Hyde, who demands that Spider-Man hand over the Cobra if he wants to live.

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Synopsis for "Hyde... in Plain Sight!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #232.

While attempting to bring the Cobra to the authorities, Spider-Man is interrupted by the villain's former partner, Mister Hyde. Hyde demands that the wall-crawler turn over the Cobra or be killed as well. Refusing to do so, Spider-Man tries to get away with the Cobra, but Mister Hyde rips a heating duct off the roof they are on and tosses it at them. When that fails, Mister Hyde tries to rope them up with a live electrical wire but misses. Spider-Man fears that, due to an injured ankle, he won't be able to keep away from their attacker for very long.

Meanwhile, Ned Leeds and Marla Madison are waiting at the police station for Spider-Man to arrive. Marla suspects that because Spider-Man is an outlaw, he had lied to them about bringing the Cobra to the police. Just then they are joined by the Daily Bugles photographer, Lance Bannon. As they are getting Lance up to speed they suddenly hear a loud boom from outside and rush out with the police to see what the cause is. Outside they see that the side of a building had landed on the back end of a taxi cab, narrowly avoiding the driver. They turn their attention upwards and spot Spider-Man and the Cobra trying to flee Mister Hyde, who continues to toss chunks of building at them. When the debris misses the hero and his prisoner, the people on the street scatter to avoid the falling debris.

Spider-Man quickly comes up with a plan and tosses the Cobra at Mr. Hyde. Sure enough, the villain catches his former partner only to discover that his hand is now stuck in a wad of Spider-Man's webbing. Still, Mr. Hyde punches the top of a chimney, sending it flying toward the wall-crawler. Spider-Man quickly uses his webbing to whip it back at his attacker, but Hyde easily smashes it with his fist. On an adjacent rooftop, Ned Leeds and Lance Bannon watch the battle as it carries on. When Ned worries about their safety, Lance refuses to go, wanting to take photos of the battle. Meanwhile, Spider-Man tries in vain to knock out Mr. Hyde, but the villain crushes a water tower sending we web-slinger back on the defensive. The water from the smashed tower spreads to the building where Lance and Ned are, washing Bannon off the rooftop. He is saved from a fatal fall thanks to the quick actions of Spider-Man. On the ground, Lance complains about how the wall-crawler was unable to save his camera as well. In response to this indignation, Spider-Man webs Lance's mouth shut and goes back into battle.

However, by this time Mr. Hyde has escaped from sight, and with five o'clock coming, Spider-Man needs to leave, hoping that the two villains can keep until he can continue his hunt for them. In a nearby alley, Mr. Hyde strongarms the Cobra into revealing the location of his penthouse, and all of his stolen loot. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has returned to Empire State University where he changes back into Peter Parker. There he begins cleaning out his teaching assistance desk after giving up the job. As he does so, he feels a sense of loss, thinking of all the good times he had in this job. On his way out, he is stopped by Marcy Kane, who tries to get Peter to come with her to the lab. However, Peter insists that he is busy and quickly slips away. Marcy returns to the lab where she, Peter Hopkins, Philip Chang, Roger Hochberg, and Debra Whitman were planning to throw a surprise party for him. When Debora hears that Peter managed to slip away, it causes her to worry as she suspects that Peter might also be Spider-Man.

At that moment, Mr. Hyde has reverted to his human form of Calvin Zabo and tosses his jacket over the Cobra's costume. He then gets them past the doorman at Cobra's apartment complex. Once inside the elevator, Zabo ingests the formula that transforms him into Mr. Hyde. Once in the penthouse, Mr. Hyde takes a vial of acid out of his alter-ego's medicine bag and uses it to burn off the webbing that keeps him attached to the Cobra and then shackles his former partner. Mr. Hyde vows to get revenge against the Cobra for leaving him to rot in prison after he was defeated by Captain America. However, before he can harm the Cobra, Spider-Man comes crashing in through the window. The wall-crawler had managed to track them down thanks to a spider-tracer he planted on the Cobra when he gave him up to Hyde. This time, Spider-Man uses his quips to play on Hyde's short temper. This allows him to get a number of good blows and a shot of webbing in Hyde's face for good measure. Driven to a fury, Hyde becomes sloppy and is tossed through the walls of the penthouse and sent crashing to the street below. Going down to confront his foe again, Spider-Man is surprised when Hyde gets up after the heavy fall but is relieved when his enemy collapses to the ground again.

Meanwhile, the Cobra has managed to break free from his bonds, just as the police arrive on the scene. He attempts to get away, but before he can slip out the window he is cornered by Spider-Man. With all the fight taken out of him, the Cobra returns to the cops and begs to be arrested so nobody can hurt him anymore. Spider-Man is glad, because due to his injuries he's not sure if he could handle another fight and web-slings home to go and soak his foot.

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Synopsis for "Where the @¢%# Is Nose Norton?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #233.

J. Jonah Jameson demands to know where Nose Norton, a stool pigeon that the Bugle paid for information about the Brand Corporation, who has vanished following Spider-Man's battle with the Cobra. Reporter Ned Leeds points out that the Brand Corporation is paying some heavies to try and silence Norton. When Jameson insists that Spider-Man is involved somehow, Leeds threatens to quit if Jameson insists on letting his vendetta against the wall-crawler taint his story. Joe Robertson and Marla both agree with Ned that they should keep Spider-Man. Ned compromises with the publisher by telling him that if they find that Spider-Man is involved in the situation they will pursue that angle. At that moment, Spider-Man is web-slinging to the Daily Bugle building to see if he can get a photo assignment as Peter Parker. However, when he finishes changing into Peter Parker he discovers that an emergency crash bar has been placed on the door to the roof and he can't open it without setting off an alarm. However, he discovers a means in by way of going through the elevator shaft. Sliding down the elevator cables, Peter waits until his spider-sense gives him all clear to come out of the elevator.

Peter Parker arrives just as Jameson finishes his meeting, however, everyone is rushing out so quickly he isn't able to get the assignment he's looking for. Jameson gathers around the Bugle staff and tells them that he is offering the substantial bonus for anyone who can locate Nose Norton. Needing the money, Peter rushes out to see how he can find Nose Norton before everyone else. On his way out he almost runs into Amy Powell, Lance Bannon's girlfriend. Finding Peter attractive, she learns who he is and begins conspiring on how she can use Peter Parker to get back at Lance Bannon for his lack of commitment. Later, Spider-Man goes to a seedy pool hall to start his search for Nose Norton. When he confronts some thugs playing a game, they try to make a run for it, but he webs up the crooks. He takes their leader up to the roof and dangles him off the edge of the building and demands to know where Nose Norton is hiding out. However, it turns out this thug is an undercover police officer and Spider-Man's interference ruined his investigation. Embarrassed at making such a mistake, Spider-Man lets the undercover cop go and swings away.

At the very moment in Maimi, a representative from the Brand Corporation meets with the terrorist known as the Tarantula and hires him to eliminate Nose Norton. For a week the Brand Corporation scours New York City. Norton has been in hiding this whole time, but Norton gets stir crazy and goes to a bar along the docks. This leads to him getting spotted by one of the Brand Corporation's spies. They phone in Norton's location to the Tarantula. At that very moment, Ben Urich gets a call from his own informant who tells him where to find Norton. As Urich rushes to the scene, he is unaware that Spider-Man has been tailing him in the hopes that he would get a tip-off to Norton's location. Later, aboard the Staten Island Ferry, Ben Urich thinks about his success in finding Norton on his own when his thoughts are interrupted by Peter Parker. Urich grudgingly agrees to let Peter tag along with him.

When they arrive at the bar, they quickly find Norton, but before they can get him away to safety, the Tarantula comes crashing in through the window and makes off with Nose Norton. Urich runs after the terrorist, telling Peter to follow in tow. However, Peter slips away to change into Spider-Man. Meanwhile, the Tarantula is demanding that Norton turn over the papers he took from Brand. Norton doesn't understand what the Tarantula is talking about. Before the villain can harm him, Spider-Man swings onto the scene. Their battle takes them to a garbage scow, where the Tarantula reveals that his boot spikes retract out of his boots. When Spider-Man webs the Tarantula's feet to the ground, he reveals that he also has blades concealed in his gloves. Meanwhile, Ben Urich tries to get Nose Norton to come with him but the frightened crook pulls a gun and tells Urich to stay away. Suddenly someone yells at the pair to freeze.

By this point, Spider-Man knocks out the Tarantula when he hears gunshots. When Spider-Man goes to the source he spots both Nose Norton and Ben Urich on the ground. Checking on Ben, he discovers that Ben is okay, as he dived down when the shots were fired. The two learn that the shooters are private investigators hired by the Brand Corporation to get Nose Norton by any means necessary. However, despite their efforts to kill Nose Norton, the stoolie is still alive and in dire need of medical attention. Spider-Man goes back for the Tarantula but discovers that his foe has fled. He then quickly slips away to change back into Peter Parker. Noticing that his roll of film has been expended, Peter wonders if he got the entire ordeal on film. When Ben asks him where he was, Peter says he was taking photos and both are curious to learn just what is on the roll of film.

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Synopsis for "Now Shall Will-O'-The-Wisp Have His Revenge!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #234.

At a Brand Corporation facility in Chicago, the Will O' the Wisp breaks into the facility. When security tries to stop him, the bullets pass harmlessly through him. Wisp tells them to evacuate the building as he doesn't wish to harm them. Once the building has been evacuated, Will O' the Wisp causes the building to explode.

Meanwhile, at the offices of the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker is with Ben Urich developing the photos of the night Nose Norton was shot. Unfortunately, the only photos they got were of Spider-Man's battle with the Tarantula and no proof of the fact that the private investigators hired by the Brand Corporation shot Norton before he could threaten them. Peter then takes the photos to Joe Robertson, who buys them even though they are somewhat out of focus. It's then that Ned Leeds gets the news of the destruction of the Brand Corporation facility. The pair rush off to follow this new wrinkle in their story. When Betty Brant learns that her husband is skipping out on going to lunch with her, she confides in Peter, telling him that if she didn't work at Joe Robertson's secretary she would almost never see her husband. Peter is on his way out when he runs into Amy Powell. Seeking to get revenge on Lance Bannon for not taking their relationship serious, tells Peter that she has admired his photography for years. However, her charms are brushed off by Peter who tells her that he needs to go. Powell realizes that Peter Parker is going to prove to be a challenge.

Riding the elevator to the top floor of the Bugle, Peter changes into Spider-Man. When the doors open, Spider-Man bumps into J. Jonah Jameson who is furious that the wall-crawler is in his office. Spider-Man makes a hasty exit, with Jameson yelling at him the whole way out. When Peter returns home, he wonders why he brushed off Amy Powell and suspects that he is still reeling from the apparent death of the Black Cat. As he thinks about his past relationships, he goes to his fridge for something to eat but discovers that there is hardly any food left. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door, and it is Peter's neighbor Joseph Pincus, who has a bunch of food that is about to expire. Hungrily, Peter happily accepts the free food.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the city, the Tarantula writhes in pain while thinking about his recent defeat at the hands of Spider-Man. That's when the Brand Corporation's James Melvin offers the Tarantula an opportunity to destroy Spider-Man for his interference. He also offers the terrorist the power to be Spider-Man's equal. The next morning, Spider-Man snags a discarded copy of the Daily Bugle and is surprised to discover that the Tarantula story has been pushed off the front page in favor of the explosion at the Boston Brand Corporation facility. Spider-Man finds this news interesting and recalls of his recent battle with the Brand's agent Killer Shrike and an attempt to cure Will O' the Wisp of his transformation, an attempt that seemingly led to the destruction of the Wisp. Arriving at Empire State University, Peter runs into Roger Hochberg who tells him that their latest experiment is going great. As fate would have it, Peter notices that the Brand Corporation is looking for student interns and decides to use this to try and learn more about Brand's shady dealings.

Later, Peter Parker arrives at the Brand facility in Jamaica, Queens. Inside, Peter is surprised by the heightened security on the scene. While walking the halls he spots James Melvin. Recognizing him from his previous encounter, Peter tosses a spider-tracer onto him so he can track Melvin later. Slipping into a washroom, Peter climbs up into the ceiling where he changes into Spider-Man. The wall-crawler then follows his spider-tracers signal through the vents until he comes upon a massive lab with an observation theater overlooking it. There he witnesses as Melvin oversees an experiment to grant the Tarantula with spider-powers. After being injected with a spider-serum and dunked into a chemical tank. That's when Spider-Man comes crashing out of the vents to stop them. When security is called, Spider-Man webs up the door. Before he can stop the experiment, Will o' the Wisp phases into the room. He begins trashing the equipment. When Spider-Man tries to stop him, he is no match for Wisp's abilities.

Wisp is only stopped when James Melvin shoots him with a magno-pulse gun. As the wall-crawler is checking to see if Wisp is okay. Suddenly, there is an explosion that frees the Tarantula who has been mutated into a spider-monster.

Appearing in "Look Out There's a Monster Coming!"

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Synopsis for "Look Out There's a Monster Coming!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #235.

Tarantula, in his new spider-like form is on a rampage and wouldn't you know it, he blames Spider-Man for his hideous new makeover. While Spider-Man tests the limits of Tarantula's new abilities even going as far as to see if he has a spider-sense, but discovers he doesn't. Wisp wakes up, and he starts attacking the Tarantula but he's hardly affected because of his new found strength. The fight moves outside and both Wisp and Tarantula fall into the Jamaica Bay. The wall-crawler waits to see if they surface but no one comes out of the water, and he presumes they both perished.

Changing back to his civilian identity, Peter returns home to find out that his film from the pics he took are worthless because the equipment in the lab was pumping out low-level radiation, which caused the film to fog up.

At the Bugle, Robbie, Ned, and Marla have all be summoned to Jonah's office where they meet with Raymond Royton of the U.S. Department of Justice. After recounting various events that involve super beings spawned by the Brand, they get told that they'll have to kill their news story on Brand until they can find all the evidence they need. Jonah wishes there was another way to get the dirt on Brand. Outside the window, Spider-Man is listening in and thinks to himself that there is another way to get the information they need.

The wall-crawler pays a visit to James Melvin's home. Oblivious to the fact that Spider-Man has followed him inside, Melvin goes into his home to relax in his office. Soon, Melvin gets a call from one of his superiors and he updates him on what happened at the Queens Brand plant. He's sure that Wisp is no longer among the living. Of course, it's at this moment that he's proven wrong when Wisp shows up. The Wisp recounts his ties to the Brand Corporation as he used to work for them as Jackson Arvad and Melvin was his boss. Melvin kept moving up the deadlines for their project and one day while half asleep, Jackson tried to prevent a gravimetric power surge from shattering a mango-chamber. Melvin found out that the accident made Avard an immaterial ball of energy and wanted to study him like a lab rat before he died. However, Jackson managed to gain enough control of his powers to reform into the Will O' the Wisp.

Will O' the Wisp electrifies himself by grabbing a nearby lamp and asks Melvin to shake his hand as thanks for all he has done. That's when Spider-Man intervenes and tries to convince the Wisp that if he kills Melvin, he would be no better than the Brand Corporation. This angers the Wisp who engages Spider-Man in battle. The wall-crawler tries his best to stop Wisp, but his abilities make it difficult to subdue him. Before either man can win their battle, they stop when they hear the shriek of the Tarantula, who now has Melvin as his prisoner.

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Synopsis for "Death Knell!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #236.

While trying to get dirt on the shady dealings of the Brand Corporation, Spider-Man found himself in a battle with the revenge-seeking Will o' the Wisp. This fight is interrupted by the arrival of the Tarantula who is continuing to mutate into a massive spider form. Watching this from a video monitor is Roxxon official John Gamelin, who decides to record these events for his records. Meanwhile, Spider-Man chastises the Wisp for allowing the Tarantula to nab James Melvin so that he can kill him. However, the Wisp points out that James Melvin is still alive and orders the Tarantula to drop him. The Wisp explains that when he and the Tarantula seemingly perished in the water, he used his powers to put the creature under his hypnotic control. He then explains that Melvin is his prisoner and warns Spider-Man not to stop him, as he doesn't wish to battle him. The wall-crawler refuses to back down, telling the Wisp that killing James will not solve anything. When Spider-Man leaps at his foe, the Wisp becomes intangible, making the web-slinger pass harmlessly through him. By this point, the Tarantula looks down at Melvin and begins considering him for his next meal. When the Wisp tells him to stop, the two get into a fight, allowing Spider-Man to escape with James Melvin. Knocking out the Tarantula, Will o' the Wisp wonders how many others were transformed by the Brand Corporation and heads off after James Melvin.

From his office, John Hamelin fears that Spider-Man's interference will prompt the Daily Bugle to revive the expose they were working on against Brand and calls his superior at Roxxon, August D'Angelo. D'Angelo tells John to begin cleaning up the mess so that this embarrassment doesn't harm Roxxon. When John goes back to his view screen, he is surprised to see that the Tarantula has disappeared. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is trying to give Will o' the Wisp the slip, but his foe manages to catch up. Needing his hands-free, he leaves an indignant James Melvin webbed up to a chimney. He then confronts the Wisp and tells him if he wants Melvin he has to catch him. Still thirsting for revenge, the Wisp follows after the wall-crawler as the hero desperately considers what to do next. Meanwhile, not far away, a news reporter is upset at being assigned to cover a society fundraiser instead of covering Sam Wilson's congressional campaign. It's then that he and his cameraman spot the Tarantula moving across the rooftops. The two men find this a much interesting story and follow the mutated creature in their news van.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man has lured Will o' the Wisp to a local power plant when the Wisp bowls him over. When Wisp attempts to hypnotize Spider-Man to learn the location of James Melvin. However, the wall-crawler resists the hypnosis long enough to punch Wisp in the stomach, knocking the wind out of him. Spider-Man then picks up his foe and tosses him at the exterior of the power plant. Just as Spider-Man planned, the Wisp becomes intangible again to pass through the wall. The Wisp passes through three operating dynamos, weakening him sufficiently that when he comes out the opposite side of the building he collapses. With his opponent to weak to fight back, Spider-Man then takes him back to where he stashed James Melvin. On the way, he explains that the Justice Department is attempting to build a case against the Brand Corporation and turning James Melvin over to the authorities will force him to talk.

When they arrive where Melvin has been webbed up, they discover that the Tarantula has found him as well. Spider-Man battles the Tarantula, who continues to lose his humanity with each passing moment. The battle is caught on live television by the camera crew that followed the Tarantula. However, the broadcast is cut off due to the fact that the television station is owned by Roxxon. When John reports this back to D'Angelo, the Roxxon head orders the elimination of Melvin. Back at the battle, Will o' the Wisp breaks free from Spider-Man's webbing and instead of killing James Melvin, he frees him, deciding that he is through being one of Brand's monsters. At that moment, Spider-Man is surprised when the Tarantula manages to web him up. Spider-Man points out to his foe that he has completely transformed into a massive spider. Enraged at his lost humanity, the Tarantula attempts to take his rage out on Melvin. However, the Wisp transports him to safety.

By this time, the police have arrived on the scene and cordoned off the building. Seeing the officers, the Tarantula attempts to attack them only to be fatally shot and sent crashing to the ground. In the aftermath of the battle, Will o' the Wisp uses his hypnotic powers to force James Melvin to go to the police and confess. When he returns to Spider-Man and tells the wall-crawler that he is once more in his debt. Later, at the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker relates the whole situation to Joe Robertson. However, they catch a news report with John Gamelin of Roxxon saying that the corruption within the Brand Corporation will be investigated following the closure of the operations. Peter considers this a win for the good guys, however, Joe Robertson isn't too sure as a commercial airs that states the news program is sponsored by Roxxon Oil.

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Synopsis for "High & Mighty!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #237.

Reading over the newspaper, Wilbur Day laments that his career as the costumed criminal known as Stilt-Man has been an utter failure. He had hoped he would find fame and fortune when he stole the hydraulic stilts created by his employer Karl Klaxton to become Stilt-Man. However, instead, he was defeated at the hands of Daredevil. He recounts how a later encounter with Spider-Man led to the wall-crawlers defeat, but the Stilt-Man didn't stick around long enough to finish off the hero and was defeated once again by Daredevil. He recalls how the computer known as FAUST constructed an even more powerful suit of armor for him, but he was easily defeated at the hands of the thunder god Thor. His most recent defeat happened when he Turk Barrett knocked him out and stole his Stilt-Man armor. With his ill-gotten funds dwindling and his inability to get work, Day needs a win that will bring him back into the game. Hearing a radio report about Spider-Man's recent activities, he decides that he will defeat Spider-Man to restore his tarnished reputation.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man is searching the city for any traces of Doctor Octopus and the Owl. With no trace of his foes, Spider-Man decides to return home. Changing back to Peter Parker, the web-slinger worries about upcoming exams and finding work from the Daily Bugle. Just then he gets a phone call from his Aunt May, who Peter promises to visit the next day, and learns that things with her new boarding house are going well and tells Peter to take it easy. With the call over, Peter retires for the night. The next morning, Peter is taking the subway to deliver photos of Spider-Man's battle with Doc Ock and the Owl. Suddenly, his spider-sense begins going off and Peter follows its source. Going into the next car, Peter's spider-sense is going off due to a nervous-looking, seemingly harmless man. Peter wonders why he would be setting off his spider-sense, unaware that this is Wilbur Day. When the train reaches the next stop, Day gets off, and suspicious of what is happening. Peter tags him with a spider-tracer. However, this momentary distract leaves Parker open to a pickpocket. Peter chases after him, catching the thief easily thanks to his adhesive fingers.

While Peter is turning over the thief to the police, Wilbur Day arrives at a Cordco facility where he knocks out the guard at the front gate with a canister of gas. Gaining access to one of the manufacturing facilities, Wilbur gets to work on building a new suit of armor. However, Day's presence isn't totally undetected. When the guard fails to check in with Stark International's head of security, Vic Martinelli, on Long Island, they decide to investigate. Later, Peter has sat down to a meal with Aunt May and her borders. Although Peter enjoys the meal and thinks that his Aunt is doing well, he is still consumed by his own problems. May's fiancee, Nathan Lubenski notices that Peter is bothered by something and advises him to go out and take care of his troubles. The pep talk inspires Peter to go back out as Spider-Man to get action pictures for the Daily Bugle.

As he web-slings across the city, he spots a Stark International security van speeding through the city and decides to investigate. This leads him to Cordco where he goes in ahead of the security guards to find out what is going on. Inside the facility, Wilbur Day is finishing his final touches on his new suit of armor. He catches Day by surprise, but the villain manages to escape into the control room of the lab and activates the defenses. While Spider-Man dodges these weapons, Wilbur finishes his Stilt-Man armor and attacks Spider-Man directly. However, this time, the wall-crawler is ready for his gas by holding his breath. During the battle, Spider-Man notices a sonic disruptor is aimed right at Stilt-Man. The wall-crawler leaps in the way of the blast and is knocked out. With his foe at his mercy, Stilt-Man considers killing Spider-Man but realizes that there is nobody to witness it. Since Spider-Man saved his life, the Stilt-Man decides to spare him instead. He turns the wall-crawler over to Vic Martinelli and escapes.

Appearing in "Who's That Lady?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16.

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Synopsis for "Who's That Lady?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16.

Peter Parker is waiting at Grand Central Station for Harry and Liz Osborn to arrive in the city for a visit. Suddenly, his spider-sense goes off, turning his attention to a stunning African-American woman. With a few minutes to spare, Peter decides to follow the woman outside to get a better look at her. His harmless voyeurism quickly turns into concern as he watches the woman walk into a shady part of town. Peter slips into an alleyway so he can change into Spider-Man. Sure enough, the woman is spotted by two would-be thieves who try to snatch her purse. The woman gives one of them chase while the other crook follows behind her. When he tries to grab the woman, she throws him over her shoulder. When he pulls a knife, the woman is easily able to disarm and incapacitate her attacker. The man who took her purse tries to flee out the other side of the alley but is knocked out by a single blow from Spider-Man.

When Spider-Man goes to compliment the woman for being able to hold her own, however, she blasts him with energy from her hands. The woman -- Monica Rambeau -- is surprised to see that the man she blasted was none other than Spider-Man. Worrying that she can't keep her powers under control, Monica uses them to burn off her outer clothing, revealing a costume underneath. Adjusting her outfit and putting on her mask, Monica then turns into a beam of light and shoots up into the air and onto the top of the Empire State University. Spider-Man wakes up just to see this amazing feat and is left wondering who or what he is dealing with. From atop of the Empire State Building, Monica Rambeau is amazed at how massive New York City is, not like her home in New Orleans. Gazing over the skyline, Monica's mind drifts back to the events that led to her getting her powers...

Monica Rambeau, a member of the Harbor Patrol meets with the harbormaster to learn why she wasn't chosen for promotion from Lieutenant to Captain. He explains that she wasn't chosen due to her unorthodox methods of doing her work. However, Monica doesn't buy this for a moment and accuses the harbormaster of promoting her because she is a woman. The harbormaster ignores the comment and dismisses her from his office. Storming to her office, Monica is greeted by Professor Andre LeClare, an old friend of her grandfather who fought with him in the war. When she asks him what brings him to the United States, he tells her it's fear. He explains that he is an expert in the field of advanced physics. He was widely regarded as a crackpot due to his theories. All except for General Ernesto Ramirez, a South American Dictator. The general funded his projects, and he began working on a means of drawing energy from other dimensions. However, LeClare tried to stop the project when he learned that Ramirez intended to weaponize the project. Forced to flee the country, Andre learned that his former partner Felipe Picardo began building a device based on Andre's research on an oil rig out on the Gulf of Mexico. To conclude his incredible tale, Andre explains that he has come to Monica to see if there is anything she can do about the situation.

She decides to investigate the situation for Andre and the following day the pair take a boat out to the oil rig. As they approach the platform, Monica orders Andre to hide below deck while she deals with whoever comes out to see them. When the boat arrives at the platform, Monica is greeted by armed guards working for the Roxxon corporation. When they tell her to turn around, she gives them a story about how the old crew would allow her to sunbathe on the platform. To entice them further, Monica strips off her bathrobe, revealing that she is wearing a bikini underneath. As she hoped, the men are taken back by her beauty and Doctor Picaro himself allows her to come aboard, saying he will accept full responsibility for her presence. He then begins pouring on the charm and invites her to join him for a picnic.

A short time later, the intruder alarms going off, putting the guards on alert. Monica quickly realizes that the alarm must have been set off by Andre. Suspecting that Monica might be involved, Filipe forces her to come along. Sure enough, they discover LeClare in the control room. The guards had stopped Andre just before he could shut down the device. Filipe explains that he has completed building the device, which is intended to use to obliterate cities. Filipe decides to give Monica a demonstration by setting the device to destroy the city of Fort Benning, Georgia. However, before he can activate the device, Filipe is knocked aside by Monica. She then begins smashing the controls, causing a massive explosion. Suddenly, Monica is transformed into a beam of light and transports herself to the mainland. Disorientated, Monica quickly gets her bearings and uses a radio to try and call the navy for help. Unaware that the radio isn't plugged in, Monica subconsciously uses her powers to energize the radio. With the signal boosted, she is able to send a distress call to a Naval ship out on the Gulf.

Looking around her location, Monica discovers that she is in a warehouse where leftover costumes from Mardi Gras are being kept. In order to disguise her identity, Monica puts on one of the costumes. Wondering how she got onto the mainland, Monica suddenly finds herself transported back to the oil rig just by thinking about it. There she finds the guards are knocked out. Rushing inside the facility, Monica discovers a hole in the air with energy pouring out. Filipe, furious that Andre interfered with his plans, shoots his former employer. Monica knocks out Filipe and rushes to Andre. He tells her that the destruction of the device has poked a hole between dimensions. Monica is pulled into the hole, and she finds that with her powers she can close the portal. Meanwhile, Filipe recovers and tries to shoot Andre again. This time the bullet is stopped by Monica, who uses her newfound powers to deflect the bullet and knock Filipe out. With the danger over, Monica carries Andre out to get help. On their way out, one of the guards overhears Andre refer to Monica as "Captain" and refers to her as "Captain Maravilla -- Captain Marvel.

Two days later, at the Harbor Patrol headquarters, Monica is visited by Andre again. He has finished running a series of tests on Monica and explains that the accident gave her the ability to transform her body into any form of energy. He then gives her a gift: a new costume fashioned out of Unstable Molecules and convinces her that she should use her powers to help serve and protect the people. Monica requires little convincing on the matter. She then goes to the harbormaster and turns over her badge and gun so she can pursue her new career as a superhero -- Captain Marvel.

With her recollections over, Monica considers that she is going to need a real scientific genius to help her get control over her powers now that the energy from the portal is dangerously building up inside her. To get some ideas, Monica looks through the observation deck binoculars. It's by this time that Spider-Man has managed to catch up to her. When he fires a web, Captain Marvel suddenly blinks away in a flash of light. Noticing that she was looking through the binoculars he tries to see what she was looking at but the timer runs out. He manages to convince a kid to loan him money to look through the binoculars again. He then sees that the mystery woman was looking at the Baxter Building, home of the Fantastic Four.

Meanwhile, Captain Marvel arrives at the Baxter Building, which is in shambles after a recent battle. There she is confronted by the Thing who demands to know why she has come. Unfortunately, the Fantastic Four's leader Reed Richards is away with his wife. With the entire city in danger, the Thing suggests that they get in touch with the Avengers. However, when he opens a line of communication with the team, Monica uses her powers to travel across the line of communications. That's when Spider-Man arrives on the scene, and when the Thing tells her that this new Captain Marvel might explode, Spider-Man rushes off to help the Avengers before the Thing can explain that the woman is not a threat.

At Avengers Mansion, Captain Marvel's arrival through the communication system shorts out Iron Man's armor and temporarily causes the security systems to go haywire. To make matters worse, the energies inside Monica are beginning to reach critical mass. Spider-Man arrives on the scene and the first thing he does is attack Captain Marvel. However, a recovered Iron Man and the Wasp arrive and get him to stop, explaining the situation fully to him. Iron Man has also come up with a means of channeling the unstable energies out of Monica and discharging them harmlessly. Spider-Man helps by using his webbing to insulate the wires needed to perform the job. Iron Man manages to channel the energies up into the sky where they explode harmlessly. Sometime later, the Thing arrives in a taxi cab and arrives to find the Avengers and Spider-Man all making their acquaintance with Captain Marvel. With the crisis over, Spider-Man remembers about meeting Harry and Liz at the bus station hoping that they are still there waiting for him.

Changing back to Peter Parker, the wall-crawler learns from a ticket agent that nobody has paged him. Soon, he is joined by Harry and Liz who had arrived on a later bus. They explain that they were bringing one of Liz's friends to meet Peter in an attempt to play matchmaker, but the woman had to cancel at the last minute because she had to work overtime. Peter doesn't feel bad, telling them that considering the luck he has had with women, the blind date probably wouldn't have gone very well.

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